Chic, artsy, relaxed cottage in East End with open Forest directly opposite the driveway – for escapist walking and superb off-road cycling. Turn left to local beaches and right to The PIG (first of the acclaimed group) for a smart lunch.
The house is opposite the most extraordinary group of ancient oaks that feature in forest folklore for hundreds of years. Gypsy Wood is a collection of over 100 huge trees on a small knoll surrounded by heathland, free-roaming wild deer, ponies, cattle and the occasional pig. It is an escapists’ heaven.
And so is, using the owner’s beach hut, which is all kitted out for sandcastle and book reading mini-breaks, at Milford-on-Sea. For a charge of £30 per day, the hut is yours. Read more below.
Style: Emma’s home is full of beautiful details from statement fireplace to vintage American furniture, tailored leather corner sofa and an armchair in slate velvet, plus a collection of equine art.
The kitchen is well set up for cooking and entertaining and the kitchen table seats seven to eight. The annex bedroom is ideal for those wanting peace and quiet, such as new mums and dads, teenagers and grandparents. (Or those who’ve not finished their novel yet!) Our favourite bedroom is done in soft browns and rusts, it has Williamsburg American arch bed, (small at 4″6 but utterly lovely).
Your private outside space looks like a Country Living stylist put it together. Perfect for catching the sun and feels like your own oasis.
Throw open the bi-folds and extend the kitchen onto a suntrap flagstone terrace, plus there are two smart sun loungers and picnic table at the end of the garden for sundowners.
Available to rent through us for a separate charge of £30 per day visit, inside you’ll find a camping gas stove, tea and coffee-making kit and deck chairs, plus boogie board and blow-up flotation toys for kids stowed in the bench seat. Wonderful whatever time of year – after a walk down the beach on a cold winter’s day snuggle down with hot drinks or enjoy shade and private changing space when swimming in summer.
You could fit a baby’s travel cot in one of the rooms, but it is a tight squeeze. However, this isn’t really a house for toddlers and small children
Romantics, escapists, walkers, family breaks (with older children and teenagers).
Just so you know…
With high gardens fences on two sides, the house is private but has limited views.
There is no BBQ here.
There are no steps from the parking area by the house to the doorstep, although there is a small step into the house. Once you’re in there are no steps in the house as it’s all on one level. Small wheelchairs are fine here, but the bathroom isn’t designed to be wheelchair friendly. To get to the cabin, through the back garden, there is a small lip out of the kitchen’s bifold doors, along a flat gravel path and a small step into the cabin.
Organising a group with less mobile folk? Read our blog with ideas and tried and tested excursions (click here)
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