The house in the woods was used by the author Sherlock Holmes as a resort for sale

A house in the New Forest that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used as a holiday home has been put on the market for just under £3 million.

State representative Spencers New Forest said author Sherlock Holmes regularly used Bignell Wood, in Brook near Lyndhurst, between 1924 and 1930 after buying it as a birthday present for his second wife Jean.

They say Sir Arthur was first brought to the New Forest in Hampshire while researching for The White Company – a historical adventure published in 1891 set during the Hundred Years’ War.

Minstead, about two miles north of Lyndhurst, is mentioned several times in the book, and Sir Arthur and Jean are buried in the village’s All Saints church.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle owned the house from 1924 to 1930 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

This detached house has an asking price of £2,950,000 and has eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 10 living rooms.

Other amenities include terraces, music studios, conservatories, garages and workshops, barns with three stables, and approximately six acres of woodland surrounding the house.

Spencers New Forest adds that one of the property’s standout features is its “private wooden walkway across the stream,” which has a “windy walkway” leading to the entrance.

More information can be found at: The house in the woods was used by the author Sherlock Holmes as a resort for sale

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