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Heather Cottage

Brockenhurst

  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

1. Do you have children who are wanting to explore, run wild, create their own adventures and challenges? Seriously – this is the house for you.

2. Do you like food? The Pig Hotel is 10 mins walk up the road. That makes it possible to eat every meal there and retreat to the cottage for privacy and space.

3. Right outside the front door, across an unfenced lane, is the National Park in all it’s green, foresty, wildness. There is a stand of ancient oaks right opposite the cottage. All the windows to the front of the cottage face this area, so parents can watch their children from a distance.

This area is perfect for tree climbing, making dens, tracking and watching the wild ponies or magnificent red deer stags who like to gather here at sunset. Just 20 seconds from the cottage you’ll find acres and acres of open grassland, manicured by pony lawn-mowers and perfect for kicking balls about on. Night-time games of hide and seek with torches will appeal to many. Forage for wood and bring it home for marshmallow cooking in the garden.

When the children are tired and hungry you’ll just have to whistle them up and they’ll be back in seconds.

The cottage itself is a bolt-hole of perfection for 2 families. There are 3 downstairs bedrooms and a big kitchen table for meals together. For those who don’t want to cook the best food is a 10 minute walk away at The Pig, Brockenhurst. The hotel/restaurant group now has 4 others across the south of England and have a huge reputation for local, excellent food. It’s so close you can even wander there for pudding.

Cycling from here is superb in all directions. There are 4 adult mountain bikes, and 4 children’s mountain bikes here for guests to use.

The Brockenhurst Riding Stables is a few doors away and their ponies graze the field behind the house, so pony and horse lovers can feed their equine friends whilst still in pyjamas.

When the kids are tired and hungry you’ll just have to whistle them up and they’ll be back in seconds.

The house itself is a bolt-hole of perfection for 2 families. There are 3 downstairs bedrooms and a big kitchen table for meals together. For those who don’t want to cook the best food is a 10 minute walk at The Pig, Brockenhurst. The hotel/restaurant group now has 4 others across the south of England and have a huge reputation for local, excellent food. It’s so close you can even wander there for pudding.

Cycling from here is superb in all directions. There are 4 adult mountain bikes, and 4 kids bikes here for guests to use.

The Brockenhurst Riding Stables is a few doors down and their ponies graze the field behind the house, so pony and horse lovers can feed their equine friends whilst still in pyjamas.

The feel of the house is modern, bright and smart. It’s been very well set up as a family escape. Christophe and Clare the owners are a well travelled pair. He makes prosthetic legs for British Paralympians and she plays viola for the Academy of Ancient Music. The sitting room hosts a favourite piano (well tuned) for guests to use. Their style is relaxed, family functional and outdoorsy.

Between them and their children (10-13) the house has been tried and tested. There is a new deck in the back garden that runs the length of the house. The house is south facing, and gets sun all day, the sunsets on this area make is super hot in summer. The garden isn’t over looked either so it’s good for sunbathing and relaxing. Clare says that in the evenings, if guests are quiet, they will see red deer stags gathering in the paddock behind the house before going to feed in the early evening.

The kitchen spans the depth of the house and is roomy enough to cook for everyone easily. The table seats 8-10. There are 4 bedrooms in the cottage which sleeps 9. We feel this could be tight if it were all adults, so we suggest it best fits 4-6 adults and the rest childrenIn addition to the single and double bedrooms downstairs, there is an ensuite room which has a single bed/sofa on the ground floor and a tall ladder to a snug rooftop double in the eves. Usefully, it also has a tiny ‘kitchen’ area with a microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge. It is not suitable to cook in, but is fine for warming meals, bottles and tea making.

Days out with kids

We haven’t written an Insiders Guide for this area yet, so here’s our top 4 things to do locally:

  1. Play in the forest. Or escape to read books. Picnic. Play hide and seek. Watch the wildlife. Foals are born in May – June and they’ll be everyone by summer.
  2. Bike from here. The trails are superb. Bikes come with the house. Or hire extras from the excellent providers in Brockenhurst town centre. Our guests get 10% off.
  3. Visit The Pig hotel for something to eat. Even if it’s pudding. Take the 10 minute walk over there and make sure you tour the walled gardens. They grow much of their own food on site. Massages are fabulous there.
  4. Go horse riding. It’s a 5 min walk and on the way to The Pig. Warren Farm stables has a good reputation and the riding from here is lovely.

 

Accessibility

There are 5 metres from the nearest car park to the kitchen door. There is a small step here and the downstairs is all on one level with toilet easily accessible. The downstairs ensuite room, is adjacent to the house, (1 metre away, but a 10 metre walk around). This is all on one level. There is a small step into the room. The shower has a small step into it. There is a single bed on the ground floor and a ladder (see gallery) up to the double bed with a king-sized mattress.

 

 

 

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What makes this special...

The Pig is a destination for foodie’s across the country. And it’s 10 minutes walk from the house. In our book, that makes it fair game to eat every meal at the hotel, and have peaceful sleeps and total privacy at the cottage.

You can even walk there for pudding. Make sure you also meander around the walled gardens. They grow much of their own food on site. The massages are fabulous there too.

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Sleeping...

  • Bedroom 1 : Upstairs, double, ensuite shower. Space for a cot here too.
  • Bedroom 2 : Upstairs, double or 1 single in a kids room
  • Bedroom 3 : Downstairs, double or 1 single
  • Bedroom 4 : Downstairs, high single bunk or we can move the mattress to the floor, space for a cot.
  • Bedroom 5 : Downstairs, 1 single sofa bed, or upstairs in the low eves, 1 king accessed by ladder. Ensuite shower.
  • Floorplan : Click to view

Bathrooms...

  • Bathroom 1 : Upstairs, family bathroom

All the rest...

  • Garden : Enclosed garden is well fenced behind. To the front, jumpy dogs might escape into the forest over the picket fence. Huge deck runs the length of the cottage at the back for summer evening sun. There is a BBQ here.
  • Kitchen : Big kitchen, table seats 8-10. Electric oven with induction hob. There is a washing machine and condensing drier in the boot room opposite.
  • Mod Cons : Wifi is ok. Roberts radio in the kitchen. Sound doc for MP3 players. 2 Smart TVs in the house.
  • Parking : Parking for 2 cars on the drive and 2 others outside (off the road), in front of the cottage.
  • Pets : 2 dogs max please.
  • Arrival & Departure : Arrivals from 3.30pm. Departure at 10am.
  • Keeping Connected : The house has good wifi and the downstairs ensuite room has an ethernet cable.

What we love

The forest area just opposite the house is made for kids to go wild and explore whilst still being in earshot of parents.

Make dens, climb trees, hunt for frogs, track ponies, escape to read a book, walk the dog, play football, go wild… it’s absolutely magical in summer. A short 10 minutes cycle up the lane and you’ll get to ‘Brockenhurst Beach’ at the Balmer Lawn water splash – an old ford. It is totally idyllic, shallow, cool, wide and leafy stream for toddlers or anyway wanting to splash about.

theLocation...

Brockenhurst, or ‘Brock’ to the locals is a sleepy little red brick village in the centre of the new forest. Encircled entirely by trees and heathland for miles in every direction it’s a charming spot. How many villages in England have a ford going through the middle? Ponies and donkeys rubbing their bottoms on the shop door handles? And you can take a train to Waterloo and be there in well under 2 hours.

The high street is well worth a visit to explore the little cafe’s and of course a fantastic butcher, baker and a candlestick seller (very good independent DIY store) no less. The village is central in the lower half of the forest area. You can reach the beach in 12 minutes by car or by 2 hours walk. It’s got a lovely young vibe and during term time the village is full of students from Brock College.

top picksTo do whilst you're here...

  • Lymington Saturday Markets
    Lymington Saturday Markets

    Lymington has a thriving and very popular Saturday market. Over 90 stall holders congregate and the road is closed for most of the day.

    It takes up almost the entire high street, is very busy and popular with locals. Stall holders include local artists, crafts people, furniture, plants,  but best of all, it’s foodie heaven – cakes, cheeses, breads, deli bits and bobs, meat, pies, drinks.

     

     

  • Moors Valley Country Park
    Moors Valley Country Park

    One of the best play grounds in the south. We’ve tested it multiple times! The play trail is extensive and you walk between huge play structures that mimic the forest creatures. There are masses of cycle trails, a GO APE activity centre, nature walks, Gruffalo-themed mini walks for toddlers, a massive separate play ground, a giant sand-pit area (really giant), a miniature train ride, hiking and fitness trails, SEGWAY routes…. the list of stuff to do is endless. The cafe and nature-centre is also well worth a visit.

    Best of all – it’s free but you pay for the parking, which isn’t overly expensive.

  • Hurst Castle
    Hurst Castle

    Jump on the ferry or take a brisk stroll on the 1.5 mile long shingle spit to the famous Hurst Castle where a £1 million renovation is currently taking place to keep it ship shape.

    This place is just the best for hide and seek. The view from the top is superb to the Isle of Wight. Anyone who likes history will love it here. Charles I was imprisoned here. The cafe is excellent. Read our blog for more info on Jason Crane, 3rd generation born here at Hurst. There is a small entry fee. Boat trips are about a fiver for a return trip.

    For holiday events for kids of all ages so check out their website at www.hurstcastle.co.uk

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Heather Cottage

Brockenhurst

Heather Cottage

Brockenhurst

1. Do you have children who are wanting to explore, run wild, create their own adventures and challenges? Seriously – this is the house for you.

2. Do you like food? The Pig Hotel is 10 mins walk up the road. That makes it possible to eat every meal there and retreat to the cottage for privacy and space.

3. Right outside the front door, across an unfenced lane, is the National Park in all it’s green, foresty, wildness. There is a stand of ancient oaks right opposite the cottage. All the windows to the front of the cottage face this area, so parents can watch their children from a distance.

This area is perfect for tree climbing, making dens, tracking and watching the wild ponies or magnificent red deer stags who like to gather here at sunset. Just 20 seconds from the cottage you’ll find acres and acres of open grassland, manicured by pony lawn-mowers and perfect for kicking balls about on. Night-time games of hide and seek with torches will appeal to many. Forage for wood and bring it home for marshmallow cooking in the garden.

When the children are tired and hungry you’ll just have to whistle them up and they’ll be back in seconds.

The cottage itself is a bolt-hole of perfection for 2 families. There are 3 downstairs bedrooms and a big kitchen table for meals together. For those who don’t want to cook the best food is a 10 minute walk away at The Pig, Brockenhurst. The hotel/restaurant group now has 4 others across the south of England and have a huge reputation for local, excellent food. It’s so close you can even wander there for pudding.

Cycling from here is superb in all directions. There are 4 adult mountain bikes, and 4 children’s mountain bikes here for guests to use.

The Brockenhurst Riding Stables is a few doors away and their ponies graze the field behind the house, so pony and horse lovers can feed their equine friends whilst still in pyjamas.

When the kids are tired and hungry you’ll just have to whistle them up and they’ll be back in seconds.

The house itself is a bolt-hole of perfection for 2 families. There are 3 downstairs bedrooms and a big kitchen table for meals together. For those who don’t want to cook the best food is a 10 minute walk at The Pig, Brockenhurst. The hotel/restaurant group now has 4 others across the south of England and have a huge reputation for local, excellent food. It’s so close you can even wander there for pudding.

Cycling from here is superb in all directions. There are 4 adult mountain bikes, and 4 kids bikes here for guests to use.

The Brockenhurst Riding Stables is a few doors down and their ponies graze the field behind the house, so pony and horse lovers can feed their equine friends whilst still in pyjamas.

The feel of the house is modern, bright and smart. It’s been very well set up as a family escape. Christophe and Clare the owners are a well travelled pair. He makes prosthetic legs for British Paralympians and she plays viola for the Academy of Ancient Music. The sitting room hosts a favourite piano (well tuned) for guests to use. Their style is relaxed, family functional and outdoorsy.

Between them and their children (10-13) the house has been tried and tested. There is a new deck in the back garden that runs the length of the house. The house is south facing, and gets sun all day, the sunsets on this area make is super hot in summer. The garden isn’t over looked either so it’s good for sunbathing and relaxing. Clare says that in the evenings, if guests are quiet, they will see red deer stags gathering in the paddock behind the house before going to feed in the early evening.

The kitchen spans the depth of the house and is roomy enough to cook for everyone easily. The table seats 8-10. There are 4 bedrooms in the cottage which sleeps 9. We feel this could be tight if it were all adults, so we suggest it best fits 4-6 adults and the rest childrenIn addition to the single and double bedrooms downstairs, there is an ensuite room which has a single bed/sofa on the ground floor and a tall ladder to a snug rooftop double in the eves. Usefully, it also has a tiny ‘kitchen’ area with a microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge. It is not suitable to cook in, but is fine for warming meals, bottles and tea making.

Days out with kids

We haven’t written an Insiders Guide for this area yet, so here’s our top 4 things to do locally:

  1. Play in the forest. Or escape to read books. Picnic. Play hide and seek. Watch the wildlife. Foals are born in May – June and they’ll be everyone by summer.
  2. Bike from here. The trails are superb. Bikes come with the house. Or hire extras from the excellent providers in Brockenhurst town centre. Our guests get 10% off.
  3. Visit The Pig hotel for something to eat. Even if it’s pudding. Take the 10 minute walk over there and make sure you tour the walled gardens. They grow much of their own food on site. Massages are fabulous there.
  4. Go horse riding. It’s a 5 min walk and on the way to The Pig. Warren Farm stables has a good reputation and the riding from here is lovely.

 

Accessibility

There are 5 metres from the nearest car park to the kitchen door. There is a small step here and the downstairs is all on one level with toilet easily accessible. The downstairs ensuite room, is adjacent to the house, (1 metre away, but a 10 metre walk around). This is all on one level. There is a small step into the room. The shower has a small step into it. There is a single bed on the ground floor and a ladder (see gallery) up to the double bed with a king-sized mattress.

 

 

 

all theEssential details...

Sleeping...

  • Bedroom 1 : Upstairs, double, ensuite shower. Space for a cot here too.
  • Bedroom 2 : Upstairs, double or 1 single in a kids room
  • Bedroom 3 : Downstairs, double or 1 single
  • Bedroom 4 : Downstairs, high single bunk or we can move the mattress to the floor, space for a cot.
  • Bedroom 5 : Downstairs, 1 single sofa bed, or upstairs in the low eves, 1 king accessed by ladder. Ensuite shower.

Bathrooms...

  • Bathroom 1 : Upstairs, family bathroom

All the rest...

  • Garden : Enclosed garden is well fenced behind. To the front, jumpy dogs might escape into the forest over the picket fence. Huge deck runs the length of the cottage at the back for summer evening sun. There is a BBQ here.
  • Kitchen : Big kitchen, table seats 8-10. Electric oven with induction hob. There is a washing machine and condensing drier in the boot room opposite.
  • Mod Cons : Wifi is ok. Roberts radio in the kitchen. Sound doc for MP3 players. 2 Smart TVs in the house.
  • Parking : Parking for 2 cars on the drive and 2 others outside (off the road), in front of the cottage.
  • Pets : 2 dogs max please.
  • Arrival & Departure : Arrivals from 3.30pm. Departure at 10am.
  • Keeping Connected : The house has good wifi and the downstairs ensuite room has an ethernet cable.

We're local, and if you have questions,
need ideas or want advice
we're on hand to help...

Call us on +44 (0) 1590 462005

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