Furzedown Farm House

family friendly, celebrate

  • 11 + 2 babies
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Younger Families

This big farmhouse gives guests proper coast and country living. It’s a real find for groups and families who want to spread out, have fun, and celebrate. You’ll even have free peacocks to decorate the garden.

We love the huge open plan kitchen, massive table, the long windows that fold back onto the terrace. The music room has a gorgeous kids theatre. The house is big and roomy everywhere, simply styled, and has a fun energy. The owners are both musicians and their love for entertaining is obvious. The upstairs sitting room is a cracker.

Since 1970, the farmland has been a conservation area and is run by the whole family who still live here. The rewilding is central to the view here. You’ll find acres of wild flower meadows, 300 year old oak trees and views of the Solent through them. The land is home to plenty of deer who often pop in and out of the garden like it’s their own. (That’s the point here, it is theirs).

Next door to Furzedown Farm House sits the award winning Noble Bee Honey Company.  You will see some of the hives in the meadow beyond the garden and the Noble Bee offers experiences to learn about the bees and to go into the conservation area which is also adjacent to the house. The Guinea Fowl live next door and often visit the lawn. You might see rare breed pheasants too – they are bred next door.

Getting out and about from here is easy. Pretty Beaulieu village, with lovely cafe’s, the Palace and car museum, is a 7 minute drive west, across the National Park heath. Or head south to the long shingle (sandy in a few places) beach at Lepe Country Park. You can wild swim, walk the coastal path, spot ferries and enjoy the cafe.

You must also walk to the Hythe ferry. It’s a short trip to  Southampton Town Quay. You’ll pass the royal ships when they are in berth, huge ocean liners, then dock in the Town Quay just a short walk from restaurants, cafe’s and museums of town.

What a totally brilliant place.

from

£265 per night

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Customer service

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Always fair

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Eco Conscious

We engage with sustainable practice to actively reduce our impacts

Championing local

We celebrate the culture and traditions of the New Forest

Proudly independent

We are a small, mum-run local business at heart

All the essential details.

Here's your full run down of this place, inside and out...

Inside

The original house was built in the 1970s and has since shaped into the 21st century; with the worst of the era redesigned and the best of it reloved.

The front door opens into a huge open plan kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is set up for cooking with masses of surface preparation area, and a small bar area to one side. The focus here is the table. It's a solid piece of oak, felled on the farm by the owner's brother. It seats the full 14 easily, with plenty of elbow room and space for a high chair or two. There is also a trestle is provided for extra space for serving food.

Come winter or summer, this room is particularly lovely and full of light. The bifold doors roll right back to the terrace which make for great indoor/outdoor living.

There are two bedrooms downstairs. The largest, a super king with masses of space, has doors that open onto the terrace. Next door is another super king room and also a reasonable size. There is a shared shower room here, which, like all of them here is smart, very functional and a generous size.

The stairs here are pure 70's and in good condition - useful for those who need a handrail.

Upstairs the sitting room has another bifold window system to let the view in. The balcony is full length of the room and a solid table is a perfect spot for morning coffee and chats. The room has original flooring; piranha pine from Brazil. It also has an absolutely cracking view through the mature oaks and to the Solent. The view is better in winter when the trees are not in full leaf, but in summer it's genial, green and bucolic, with the boats passing distant, and the ocean liners looking like passing giants.

We love the enormous moss green velvet corner sofa here. It's a whopper and so comfortable. If you have 14 staying the sofa and bean bags won't be enough, but I get that you're not into clutter.... leaving that with you...

There are 3 bedrooms upstairs. The biggest has a giant bath in the main bedroom, a lovely private balcony, and space enough to swing several cats. There is an ensuite loo and shower here too.

There is another super king bedroom and a twin room. Both share a family shower room here.

Floor plan

Sleeping...

Master Bedroom : Downstairs - Super king with feather bedding, ensuite shower and loo. French doors open out to garden. Sofa bed can be used for a child.
Bedroom 2 : Downstairs - Super king with feather bedding
Bedroom 3 : Upstairs - Super king feather bedding
Bedroom 4 : Upstairs - Super king with feather bedding with in-room bath tub and ensuite. Private balcony overlooking the garden. 28'' TV
Bedroom 5 : Upstairs - Twin beds

Bathrooms...

Downstairs Family Bathroom : Large Shower cubicle, sink and toilet.
Upstairs Family Bathroom : Large Shower cubicle, sink and toilet.
Downstairs Ensuite Bathroom : Bath, shower, sink and toilet.
Ensuite Bathroom Master suite : Large Shower cubicle, sink and toilet.

All the rest...

Kitchen : Electric double oven / Induction hob / large Fridge Freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine / NEFF Microwave / Wine fridge / Slow cooker / Cooking books / 4 Slice toaster / Cafeteria (Sorry no coffee machine)
Mod Cons : Freeview and DVD player / WIFI / Hair dyer / Tooth brush charger in bathroom mirror with lighting
Connectivity : Good WIFI but rural speeds. 4G and mobile service is generally good here.
Kids' Stuff : There are two highchairs and two cots L - 98cm, W - 68cm, H - 74cm.
Kids plastic plates and cups. The music room has drum kit and guitars
Fancy dress outfits for 2-5 year olds.
Pets : No dogs sorry - they will upset the balance of nature, the peacocks and the wild fowl here. Guide dogs are welcome of course.

Outside

The garden is approximately 1/3rd of an acre, mainly flat and well fenced. There is a good sized lawn but under the trees the vegetation runs a little wild with lots of nettles.

The views here are very good from upstairs. The mature oak trees hide much of the Solent, so the view is better in winter with the leaves off the trees. The Titanic, on it's last journey, passed by the house. You can track ships on modern smart phone apps to see what is coming and going which is quite fun.

Conservation is the way of life here. Once the garden for a large country house (now a hotel nearby) the area has been rewilded and loved by the Noble family since 1970. You will see plenty of wildlife. At dusk there are owls who hunt on the wild flower meadow at the bottom of the garden. You can see the bees going about their work from here too. There is a collection of 15 or so hives that live there. The farm is some 40 acres that stretch away from the house behind, front and one side and then to the Solent. You can walk from the house toward the National Park and heath, or follows the Solent, crossing few roads, on the footpath through the farm.

We encourage guests to arrange to visit the award winning Noble Bee honey shop next door. Guests can ask for a 'honey tasting' session in the house, plus a 2 hour conservation experience tour. For more details please contact Founder, Simon Noble, on email simonthenoble@hotmail.com. Find out more about the Noble Bee at www.thenoblebee.com. You can see the the process from hive to honey pot, including a rather beautiful honey spinner. Do take some cash to buy scented and beeswax candles, and various honeys. There are some beautiful flowers grown here in old greenhouses that are being slowly restored, plus some rare breed pheasants and poultry. More of the family live here on the farm still following traditional local industries.

We need to mention the Guinea Fowl and peacocks again. They roost in the tree outside the upstairs master bedroom and genuinely believe that they are the true property owners and the lawn in particular belongs to them. They are bribeable for cute photos with bits of bread...
Garden : There’s an open outlook, plenty of space to play and a proper swing hanging from a high branch. Please be aware of the nettles and undergrowth below the trees.
Charcoal BBQ / Large lounger set / Sun loungers / Badminton set.
Parking : Up to 4 cars by the drive entrance.

Home truths

The area across the road is the outskirts of Hythe village. The coastal green belt starts at the road and encompasses the farm.

Slowness is celebrated here and it's only the traffic on the lane which moves at any speed. There is a 40mph limit there, so it's not fast but you may hear it.

Peacocks, and Guinea Fowl are beautiful but... can be noisy in the mornings and walk on the roof / terrace. In summer if you have windows open you might want to close them in the night. They are double glazed so this does block out almost all the farm-y noise.

The birds also poo. Kids running around on the lawn will inevitably step in some from time to time. The birds are all vegan (!) so there poo is harmless and the owners family just wash their feet off being coming inside. For all their pooing and communicating, they really are beautiful and well worth the reality of nature!

The garden has a good sized lawn area for family games but under the trees the undergrowth that gives the garden charm is filled with nettles so just be warned.

There is a couple of extra twin sized mattresses that can be used for small kids but you will have to bring your own linen and they would have to be moved into a different room.

Accessibility

You can park within 5 metres of the front door. It is level to enter the house and there are two very good downstairs bedrooms here.

There are no specific considerations for those with limited mobility and the sitting room has to be accessed by the stairs. There is a good handrail.

Booking Information

Free and included in your booking cost are: all bedding and linen, towels for the house, kitchen essentials, any baby kit you've requested and cleaning the house after you leave. Logs are supplied in winter. We also supply a welcome pack with some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!

Arrival & Departure

Arrive from: 5pm
Depart before: 10am

Payment Info

Deposit: 50%
Balance Due: 45 days before your stay
Security Deposit: £500

Guests that have stayed here say...

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The location...

The south eastern side of the New Forest is busy in parts, but just as gentle and quiet as the rest of the southern areas elsewhere. It doesn't take long to get a good dose of nature here.

The heathlands between Beaulieu and Hythe are flat and have great walking tracks. The coast here is very pretty and best enjoyed at Lepe where you can walk for miles, there is a great play park and wild swimming is popular here.

Further up from Lepe, and right where Southampton Water becomes the Solent, you'll discover Calshot Activity Centre, run by the council, and one of the biggest in the UK. It was once a Solent fortress, and sits right on the very end of a for walks by the lines and lines of colourful beach huts, the fantastic views, and the little cafe. The activities on offer are usually along the lines of cycling, (with a huge indoor velodrome), climbing, bouldering, dry slope skiing and snowboarding, plus masses of water based activities.

Most of our guests will head back into the New Forest National Park (a 4 minute drive from the door) for most activities, but don't miss our suggestion to head over on the Hythe Ferry to Southampton Town Quay and all that the town offers. There's lots going on and great foodie options there too.

The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over 400 years. Land here is tightly held and cherished by residents. The area feels manicured and wild.

 

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