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Here's your full run down of this place, inside and out...
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 and bi-fold doors onto the terrace and gardens.
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). Adjacent, there is a further shepherds-hut styled room with sofa bed (sleeping one) on the ground floor, plus mini kitchen area and ladder to a small low bed space 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.Floor plan
Bedroom 1 : Upstairs, double, en-suite 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, one single sofa bed, or upstairs in the low eves, 1 king accessed by ladder. En-suite shower.
Bathroom 1 : Upstairs, family bathroom Bathroom 2 : En-suite shower room Bathroom 3 : En-suite downstairs shower room
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Kitchen : Electric oven with induction hob / Washing machine / Condensing drier
Big kitchen table seats 8-10.
Mod Cons : Roberts radio in the kitchen / Sound doc for MP3 players / 2 Smart TVs in the house. Connectivity : The house has good WIFI and the downstairs en-suite room has an ethernet cable. Kids' Stuff : One travel cot and one high chair is provided. There is a good selection of toys and games for older children (from 5 upwards). A small slide in the garden and a medium size trampoline with cage in the garden. Pets : 2 medium sized dogs welcome here for a small charge per dog per stay. Medium sized means smaller than 20kgs.
The garden is enclosed here but Houdinis may jump out over the front picket fence.
The back garden view is into the pony paddocks and woodland. It gets masses of summer sun making it ideal for sunbathing.
From May 28th 2021 the house will have a heated outdoor pool. Please see indicative pics.
The pool dimensions are L5,49m x W2,75m x D1,32m.
The pool will be standing 1m above ground approx with a 60cm approx of surround decking.
More 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.
Gas BBQ for guests use.
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 gas BBQ here.
From the end of May 2021 the house will have a small heated outdoor pool. Please see indicative pics.
The pool dimensions are L5,49m x W2,75m x D1,32m. It will be surrounded by wooden decking and accessed via a ladder.
Parking : Parking for 2 cars on the drive and 2 others outside (off the road), in front of the cottage.
In the adjacent, shepherds-hut styled room the ladder up to the small low bed space in the eaves is steep and not for the faint hearted. There is no wall at the end of the bed, so definitely adults only. It can get hot up here in summer, but you can open the Velux.
You can park within 15 metres of the front door. The path to the front door is flat. There is a small step to access the house. There is a shower room downstairs. The deck at the back of the house is flush with floor level inside.
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. We also supply some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!
Arrival & Departure
Arrive from: 5pm Depart before: 10am
Deposit: 50% Balance Due: 45 days before your stay Security Deposit: £500
Guests that have stayed here rate this place:
4.7 out of 5
We had a great holiday with our young children here. It felt very homely and had everything we needed. The children had lots of fun on the trampoline and in the pool and we were able to wonder across the road to play in the forest too. Also a great location to explore the New Forest and local beaches not far away.August 2021
We stayed for a week at the cottage with our children and dogs and it ticked all the boxes for a stay in the New Forrest. The garden, with the recently installed pool and the trampoline kept our children happily occupied and the setting of the cottage, with easy access to the forest and with daily sightings of horse walking past, made for a great holiday. The Cottage had a well equipped kitchen and plenty of space for a family of 5.August 2021
Dear Claire, Chistophe, Barnaby, Jonah & Jemima, Merci beaucoup pur une semaine de vacances fantastique! We've had an amazing time - your house is lovely - such a superb location and perfect for our little brood. We've fallen in love with the New Forest. Thanks once again for sharing your beautiful cosy home with us.... we've loved every minute!
Our 16th trip to the New Forest , over the past 25 years. Had lots of weather (almost monsoon conditions on Tuesday) but that didn't dampen our spirits! Property is in a lovely position overlooked with ponies grazing out the back. Very peaceful. Thank you for sharing your home, which gave us a much needed break - following a difficult year for everyone. Best wishes
Thanks for our fantastic holiday! We loved your fabulous home which is comfortable, full of everything we'd ever need and welcoming. If was our first time in the New Forest. We loved all the wildlife, forest walks and the great garden views! We wish you all the very best and hoping to come to the New Forest again. Many thanks
Fantastic location at the heart of the new forest. Would recommend that you take or hire bikes as there are so may cycle routes to enjoy directly from the cottage. We cycled the Balmer lawn circular, to Beaulieu and Bucklers Hard and to Burley and Rhinefield arboretum. It’s such a nice way to see the forest as well as the ponies and donkeys. The cottage is ideal for families. We had 2 families of 4 in the cottage, there was plenty of space to spread out over the 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The annex bedroom was really popular with the older children allowing them to have there own space and shower room. The kitchen is very well equipped with very beautiful hand painted china. There is an additional fridge in the garage which is perfect for wine and beer storage. We had good weather so used the outside space every day. The decking runs the length of the cottage with lots of seating so you can dine outside if the weather is nice. The trampoline in the garden is a great addition for the kids. We loved sitting outside watching the deer run across the field behind the house at dusk, while the kids enjoyed making friends with the 2 little ponies that seemed to come to the garden fence every evening. Later on we spotted bats swooping over the garden. Heather cottage is charming and lovely, I would definitely recommend it for a perfect new forest break.
“A fabulous house right in the middle of The New Forest. Beautifully furnished and equipped, right down to a stunning Christmas tree (which we really hadn’t expected - we took a small selection of Christmas decorations as we expected to be buying a small tree ourselves). Very thoughtful hosts. Terrific house in a fantastic location.
Heather Cottage was very nice accommodation (great kitchen in particular) and the location was amazing (especially for runners!). Just on the edge of some incredible paths between Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst.
We very much enjoyed it and found both the accommodation itself and the condition of the place to be lovely, and with a great location - thank you so much New Forest Escapes.
An extremely comfortable cottage with plenty of room for an extended family to stay and in a beautiful location.
Great stay - house was so clean and welcoming.