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A home doesn’t have to be fantastically expensive to have that something extra special.

And proving the point is Mulberry Cottage at Rowlands Castle which makes the grade into the top 25 per cent of properties in the area because of what it offers rather than how much it costs.

‘Mulberry Cottage is a recent creation, but one that has that real wow factor when you see it,’ explains Anne-Marie Green, of Fine and Country estate agents in Emsworth.

‘The trick first of all is to see it. The cottage is tucked away in its own private corner with plenty of surrounding cover thanks to the trees of part of the ancient Forest of Bere which few people realise once stretched beyond Stockbridge almost on the north-west boundary of Hampshire.

‘Of course, forests were not always a mass of trees, as can be seen from the New Forest, which had many clearings and open areas. But the wooded areas around Mulberry Cottage are a wonderful haven for wildlife and even sitting at the cottage windows there’s a fantastic selection of birdlife to be seen and enjoyed.

‘Tranquillity is a major feature of Mulberry Cottage, with the living area tucked away at the far end of the cottage.

‘It’s a glorious open plan area with an open fireplace at an angle in one corner and a well-fitted kitchen area at the far end with a wood finish that matches the feel of the entire property.

‘French windows into the garden, along with windows and three roof lights allow plenty of natural light to flood the living space, which is divided from the bedrooms by the L-shaped hallway.

‘The master bedroom has a large walk-in wardrobe-cum-dressing room as well as a separate en-suite.

‘There are two further bedrooms served by a shower room and it’s possible the integral garage might be incorporated into the living or sleeping space, subject to consents, as there is plenty of driveway parking in an attractive area with circular pattern brick paving.‘

Mulberry Cottage would also suit a commuting lifestyle as the A3(M) is close by, Rowlands Castle has its own mainline station and the coast is within easy reach.’