Sunnydell is a family friendly holiday cottage deep in the New Forest in Burley with a swimming pool.
This perky and quirky house is old and full of character with low ceilings making it cosy. It sleeps up to 8 with good downstairs sleeping options so it is particularly well-designed for VIP birthdays and those with little ones. The separate stables include an office and a playroom full of toys. The house can be rented on its own for a lower occupancy rate. The pool is heated from May to the end of September.
You’ll find the cottage in a large clearing among ancient trees. It’s a calm, leafy oasis, where birdsong surrounds you, wild ponies hang their heads over the gate for apples, and best of all you can walk out, into the wild forest for miles in every direction.
The newly renovated kitchen here is built for families to chat, play games and spend time around the big kitchen table, which seats 8. There is a modern wood burner here to heat you up on cold nights and the kitchen is well set up for cooks including a Magimix and bread maker!
There is a boot room to store plenty of the clobber and this also houses the main fridge freezer (a small under counter one is in the kitchen). The bathroom downstairs is bright, breezy and blue and has a bath and shower over the bath. This room is also the main downstairs toilet for in the cottage.
The sitting room is in the oldest part of the house and has low ceilings typical of old New Forest cottages. The fireplace and wood burner dominate the room which has a clever glassy alcove mini-library too.
Furthest from the kitchen, through the sitting room, you’ll find a downstairs double room with ensuite shower and toilet. The bed is 4’6″ so not the biggest but it’s a lovely room with double doors onto a garden terrace, which is a good sun trap and perfect for reading and resting quietly away from the pool.
Upstairs you’ll find a double room that can be made into a twin and next door a small and bright single room in the rafters. There is minimal clothes storage space here.
In the Stables, just across the lawn (by about 20 metres) are the stables, recently total renovated in oak.
There is an office/reading/music room, which has full length bi-fold doors and looks onto the lawns facing the house. This room is perfect for spa treatments.
There is a well stocked playroom with teepee and toys for smaller kids. The latter also has full length bi-folds and a good bathroom which can also be used as a shower/change room for the pool.
The site is a quarter of an acre in total and mostly set to lawn. There are a couple of apple trees to provide shade by the pool. Children will love to play games with each other, or tuck away around corners and escape.
For the twitchers we have nuthatches, great spotted and green woodpeckers, jays, tits, wagtails, starlings and sparrows, plus the odd buzzard flying over. All you need to do is put nuts and seeds in the feeders.
There are two seating areas, one under the apple tree, the other in the gravel area next to the barbecue. Sunbathers will want to move from one to the other to get maximum vitamin D! Four sun loungers are provided.
The pool is heated to 25-26 C from approx’ mid June to mid Sept – start and end dates depend on the weather. It is fenced, has a super-safe cover and a pool changing room in the Stables too.
Three of the rooms are suitable for travel cots. There is a well stocked playroom. We provide 2 cots and 2 high chairs. There are child friendly biking trails from the house. And a horse riding centre nearby which is great for kids.
Create your own treasure hunt for kids in the woods – bury real treasure for them and use our guide to make your map. (See our blog). Or go to the beach which is 20 minutes away by car.
Groups wanting to sprawl out and relax. There is also masses of kit for kids.
What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…
The cottage is accessed by a bumpy gravel track. You don’t need a 4×4 but you do need to drive slowly.
Parking in winter can be wet by the third and fourth parking space.
The bedrooms in the cottage are quite tight.
Upstairs in the cottage, the double is also quite tight. Travel cots are best to go in the single room next door.
The kitchen table will seat 6-8 easily, not 10. Big families will need to do two sittings.
The sitting room will seat 6 on chairs/sofas. There is a beanbag and a large footstool too.
There is a small step coming in from the back door into the cottage and a slightly larger step into the Stables. There is a downstairs bedroom in the cottage and it has a walk in shower room with no steps.
Only two bedrooms are upstairs at this property. The downstairs bedroom in the house has a little ensuite.
So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’
And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’