Heather Cottage

nature, family, swim!

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

Go wild in the country. Want a Forest adventure, with a heated (little) outdoor pool?

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… 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!


£275 per night

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Tried and tested

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Customer service

We care a lot, for our guests and many stakeholders

Always fair

We beleive in fairness for our guests, owners and team

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

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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

All the rest...

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.

Home truths

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.

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. We also supply 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 rate this place:

4.7 out of 5

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The location...

The cottage is just a 3 minute walk from the driveway to the (smashing) Pig Hotel. It's not easy to get a table there for a meal, but you can often get a walk-in coffee, or even better - just pop over for pudding and eat it in the garden. Lovely!

Brockenhurst, or ‘Brock’ to the locals, is a sleepy little red brick village in the centre of the new forest. It is encircled entirely by National Park, heathland and ancient forest.

A ford runs through the middle of the village and ponies and donkeys rub their ears on the street lights. You can take a fast train to Waterloo in well under 2 hours.

Need more info, or not quite what you’re looking for..?

Don’t worry, we’re always on-hand to help and our personalised booking process will match the right house to the right guests!

We're all locals and know the houses and Forest like the backs of our hands, so if you have any queries about the information we have provided or have any special requests for your stay, please just ask:

Call us 01590 462005

Email us hello@newforestescapes.com

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