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Heather Cottage

Brockenhurst

  • Sleeps 9 + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

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Go wild in the country. Want a Forest adventure? Heather Cottage is ideal for families with kids who
are independent spirits and yearn for the freedom to climb trees, get muddy knees, make dens, discover
hidey-holes, follow tracks and enjoy Swallows and Amazon style adventures… All within a shout of
your holiday bolthole.

For right, slap, bang, opposite the cottage, through the garden gate and across an unfenced lane,
stretches the New Forest National Park – a wonderful wooded wonderland in all its lush, leafy,
wildness. There’s a stand of awesome, gnarly, ancient oaks to clamber up, secluded ferny copses and
sun-dappled glades to explore. The location is perfect for family getaways, allowing impromptu
games of rounders, footie and frisbee-throwing on grassland manicured by grazing ponies.

And there is the fabulous restaurant at The Pig Hotel, just 7 minutes walk along the lane. Happy days!

Heather Cottage works as a bolt-hole for extended and multigenerational family groups or a couple
of families holidaying together.

This charming 1930s period property is colour-washed duck egg blue
under a tiled roof with dormer windows, arched porch, stained glass window panes, old-fashioned
pull doorbell and interior doors of country planking with ironwork handles.

Inside the ambience is fresh, bright and relaxed in keeping with the well-travelled owners’ style (he
makes prosthetic legs for British Paralympians; she plays viola for the Academy of Ancient Music).
Along with their children (aged between 10 and 12), the house has been tried and tested as a family-
friendly escape.

The sitting room is cosy with deep, squashy sofas, wooden boards, open fire in an exposed brick
fireplace (for autumn and winter stays), Smart TV, bifold doors onto the terrace and gardens, and
even a well-tuned upright piano which guests are welcome to play.

There is a spacious farmhouse style kitchen/dining/family room including painted cupboards,
butler’s sink, range cooker and old-fashioned airer. With windows overlooking open Forest at the
front and French windows onto a terrace at the back, this room allows parents to keep an eye on
children from a comfortable distance. In addition, centre stage, is a big old dining table seating eight
to 10 people – large enough for everyone to eat together. The family room has a Smart TV and
further doors onto the terrace.

Styling is chic, yet quirky combining Victorian and Edwardian pieces with retro gingham and calming
neutrals. One bedroom is decorated in coastal blues and stripes, another in textured greys, while yet
another, under sloping eaves, features Cath Kidston’s classic spotty designs.
Altogether there are five flexible bedrooms, sleeping nine at most. We suggest the best fit is four to
six adults and the rest are children.

Bedrooms include two doubles upstairs, one with en suite shower room, a double and single room downstairs (this bed is the top part of a bunk), a further shepherds-hut styled room with sofa bed (sleeping one) on the ground floor, plus mini kitchen area and ladder to a snug in the eaves with king-sized mattress.

Bifold doors from the sitting room and French windows from the family room both open onto a new
decked terrace that runs the length of the back of the house with al fresco dining area and relaxed
seating area of wicker armchairs and sofa, topped by plump cushions, and funky bean bags for
lounging.

The back garden view is into the pony paddocks and woodland. It gets masses of summer sun making
it ideal for sunbathing. Fun for little ones is provided by a trampoline and mini-swing and slide. The house is south-facing, getting sun all day long, so it is super-hot in the summer, and gorgeous
sunsets bathe the cottage in a golden glow in the evening. A chiminea stove can be lit to take the
chill off evenings outside. Finish off your day by toasting marshmallows over a fire.

Here are our FIVE top things to do locally:

● Forest fun! Play hide and seek in the Forest, escape with a book and find a quiet corner, and
watch wildlife. Foals are born May to June, so there are plenty to spot come summer.
● Bike it! There are superb bicycle trails from the cottage in all directions. Bikes come with the
house (four adult mountain bikes and four children’s mountain bikes). If you need to hire more
equipment and extras (such as child seats and dog trailers) or need cycling advice – try
Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst. Our guests get 10% off, too!
● Just beachy! Sandy ‘Brockenhurst Beach’ on the river near Balmer Lawn Hotel is a short cycle away.
This idyllic spot, popular with locals, is a shallow stream ford. It’s perfect and leafy and for toddlers wanting a splash and a paddle.
● Giddy Up! Brockenhurst Riding Stables is a few doors away and their ponies graze the field behind
the house (so horse lovers can feed their equine friends while still in jim-jams). Or there is Warren
Farm Stables, a short walk away in the direction of The Pig; the riding from here is lovely.

Accessibility
It is five metres from the nearest parking place to the kitchen door, where there is a small step.
Downstairs is all on one level with an easily accessible toilet. There is also a downstairs en suite
shower room adjacent to the house with a small step. Separate ‘annexe’ accommodation includes a
single sofabed on the ground floor and a ladder (see gallery) up to eaves with a king-sized mattress.

Read our blog here about mobility and days out in the New Forest. 

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What makes this special...

The forest area opposite the house is perfect for kids to go wild and explore and play while still being
within sight and sound of parents. Just whistle them up for lunch, tea and supper – even breakfast if
they’re up and out with sunrise. Heather Cottage is a great spot for creating magical childhood
memories.

The Pig is a destination for foodie’s across the country. And it’s 7-10 minutes walk from the house. 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, one high single bunk type bed or we can move the mattress to the floor, space for a cot.
  • Bedroom 5 : Downstairs Annexe, 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
  • Bathroom 2 : Ensuite shower room
  • Bathroom 3 : Ensuite downstairs shower room in the annexe

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

Read our Insiders Guides to the area…

Lymington has a fabulous Saturday market, great shopping and extensive coastal walking. Read the Insiders Guide to Lymington here.  

You can hire kayaks from Lymington Quay through the summer. Pottering out through the sailing boats on the harbour is a fantastic way to see all the boats.

Brockenhurst is 10 mins walk and a busy, popular village with excellent green grocer, butcher and community. The wild animals live through the town so be prepared to squeeze past – in car, on bikes or on foot. Read our Insiders Guide here. 

For more ideas for enjoying the area, beaches, places to eat and see, read our blog for more ideas.

Including, Our foodies guide to the Forest, and if fancy a day deep in the National Park, read here for a great ‘bug hunting’ walk for kids, or how about  ‘Swallows and Amazons’ days out along the shore, or searching for the giant trees in the local area? If you love water parks then the Aqua Park in Fordinbridge is 20 minutes away, as are the Saltwater Pools in Lymington both unmissable for families in the summer. Dog owners, read our dog walk guide here.

theLocation...

Brockenhurst, or ‘Brock’ to the locals, is a sleepy little red brick village in the centre of the new forest. Encircled entirely by National Park. A ford runs through the middle, ponies and donkeys rub their bottoms on the shop door handles and you can take a train to Waterloo 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.

    For more information about Lymington and the market click here.

     

  • 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 £5 for a return trip.

    For holiday events for kids of all ages so check out their website.

  • Lymington Sea Water Baths
    Lymington Sea Water Baths

    Open over the summer months, this place is an eccentric joy. The water is cold, so hire a wetsuit or brave it. You can swim or go mad on the 110 metres floating obstacle course (bit like Top Gear on water) – perfect for teens. There is also a smaller splash pool and sand pit for little kids. Good changing room options and fabulous ice cream too. Charges are very reasonable.

    Remember, New Forest Escapees receive one free coffee for each group from the kiosk too!

    For opening time and entry charges visit their website.

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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Heather Cottage

Brockenhurst

Go wild in the country. Want a Forest adventure? Heather Cottage is ideal for families with kids who
are independent spirits and yearn for the freedom to climb trees, get muddy knees, make dens, discover
hidey-holes, follow tracks and enjoy Swallows and Amazon style adventures… All within a shout of
your holiday bolthole.

For right, slap, bang, opposite the cottage, through the garden gate and across an unfenced lane,
stretches the New Forest National Park – a wonderful wooded wonderland in all its lush, leafy,
wildness. There’s a stand of awesome, gnarly, ancient oaks to clamber up, secluded ferny copses and
sun-dappled glades to explore. The location is perfect for family getaways, allowing impromptu
games of rounders, footie and frisbee-throwing on grassland manicured by grazing ponies.

And there is the fabulous restaurant at The Pig Hotel, just 7 minutes walk along the lane. Happy days!

Heather Cottage works as a bolt-hole for extended and multigenerational family groups or a couple
of families holidaying together.

This charming 1930s period property is colour-washed duck egg blue
under a tiled roof with dormer windows, arched porch, stained glass window panes, old-fashioned
pull doorbell and interior doors of country planking with ironwork handles.

Inside the ambience is fresh, bright and relaxed in keeping with the well-travelled owners’ style (he
makes prosthetic legs for British Paralympians; she plays viola for the Academy of Ancient Music).
Along with their children (aged between 10 and 12), the house has been tried and tested as a family-
friendly escape.

The sitting room is cosy with deep, squashy sofas, wooden boards, open fire in an exposed brick
fireplace (for autumn and winter stays), Smart TV, bifold doors onto the terrace and gardens, and
even a well-tuned upright piano which guests are welcome to play.

There is a spacious farmhouse style kitchen/dining/family room including painted cupboards,
butler’s sink, range cooker and old-fashioned airer. With windows overlooking open Forest at the
front and French windows onto a terrace at the back, this room allows parents to keep an eye on
children from a comfortable distance. In addition, centre stage, is a big old dining table seating eight
to 10 people – large enough for everyone to eat together. The family room has a Smart TV and
further doors onto the terrace.

Styling is chic, yet quirky combining Victorian and Edwardian pieces with retro gingham and calming
neutrals. One bedroom is decorated in coastal blues and stripes, another in textured greys, while yet
another, under sloping eaves, features Cath Kidston’s classic spotty designs.
Altogether there are five flexible bedrooms, sleeping nine at most. We suggest the best fit is four to
six adults and the rest are children.

Bedrooms include two doubles upstairs, one with en suite shower room, a double and single room downstairs (this bed is the top part of a bunk), a further shepherds-hut styled room with sofa bed (sleeping one) on the ground floor, plus mini kitchen area and ladder to a snug in the eaves with king-sized mattress.

Bifold doors from the sitting room and French windows from the family room both open onto a new
decked terrace that runs the length of the back of the house with al fresco dining area and relaxed
seating area of wicker armchairs and sofa, topped by plump cushions, and funky bean bags for
lounging.

The back garden view is into the pony paddocks and woodland. It gets masses of summer sun making
it ideal for sunbathing. Fun for little ones is provided by a trampoline and mini-swing and slide. The house is south-facing, getting sun all day long, so it is super-hot in the summer, and gorgeous
sunsets bathe the cottage in a golden glow in the evening. A chiminea stove can be lit to take the
chill off evenings outside. Finish off your day by toasting marshmallows over a fire.

Here are our FIVE top things to do locally:

● Forest fun! Play hide and seek in the Forest, escape with a book and find a quiet corner, and
watch wildlife. Foals are born May to June, so there are plenty to spot come summer.
● Bike it! There are superb bicycle trails from the cottage in all directions. Bikes come with the
house (four adult mountain bikes and four children’s mountain bikes). If you need to hire more
equipment and extras (such as child seats and dog trailers) or need cycling advice – try
Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst. Our guests get 10% off, too!
● Just beachy! Sandy ‘Brockenhurst Beach’ on the river near Balmer Lawn Hotel is a short cycle away.
This idyllic spot, popular with locals, is a shallow stream ford. It’s perfect and leafy and for toddlers wanting a splash and a paddle.
● Giddy Up! Brockenhurst Riding Stables is a few doors away and their ponies graze the field behind
the house (so horse lovers can feed their equine friends while still in jim-jams). Or there is Warren
Farm Stables, a short walk away in the direction of The Pig; the riding from here is lovely.

Accessibility
It is five metres from the nearest parking place to the kitchen door, where there is a small step.
Downstairs is all on one level with an easily accessible toilet. There is also a downstairs en suite
shower room adjacent to the house with a small step. Separate ‘annexe’ accommodation includes a
single sofabed on the ground floor and a ladder (see gallery) up to eaves with a king-sized mattress.

Read our blog here about mobility and days out in the New Forest. 

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, one high single bunk type bed or we can move the mattress to the floor, space for a cot.
  • Bedroom 5 : Downstairs Annexe, 1 single sofa bed, or upstairs in the low eves, 1 king accessed by ladder. Ensuite shower.

Bathrooms...

  • Bathroom 1 : Upstairs, family bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 : Ensuite shower room
  • Bathroom 3 : Ensuite downstairs shower room in the annexe

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