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Heather Cottage

...woodlands, wanders, togetherness

  • Sleeps 9 (max 6 adults)
  • 5
  • 3.5
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Go wild in the countryside…

With its fab garden & idyllic Brockenhurst location (the petite pool is the absolute cherry on top), Heather Cottage is perfect for families seeking time together in the great outdoors! Little ones and grown ups alike are encouraged to climb trees, get muddy knees, make dens, discover hidey-holes, follow tracks and enjoy ‘Swallows and Amazon’ style adventures… the list goes on!

Right, slap, bang, opposite the cottage, just head through the garden gate and across an unfenced lane, to discover the New Forest National Park in all her lush, leafy, woodland glory. There’s a stand of awesome, gnarly, ancient oaks to clamber up, secluded ferny copses and sun-dappled glades to explore… and if you work up a VIP appetite, The Pig promises a special supper, and is just a 10 minute wander away.

Impromptu games of rounders, footie & frisbee-throwing are all there for the taking (the grassland is manicured by grazing ponies!) and so many adventures await in all directions… this is a proper escape to the countryside!

*The pool is only available to use from late May (starting with half term) – September but please do confirm exact timings with our team when booking.

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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 professionally).
Along with their children (aged between 13 and 16), the house has been tried and tested as a family-friendly escape.

The sitting room is cosy with deep, squashy sofas, wooden boards, wood fire in an exposed brick fireplace (for autumn and winter stays), Smart TV and bi-fold doors onto the wooden 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 and wood stove. With windows overlooking open Forest at the front and French windows onto the wooden 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.

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 a single bed 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, ensuite shower. Feather bedding. Space for a cot here too.
Bedroom 2 Upstairs, double or 1 single in a kids room. Feather/synthetic bedding.
Bedroom 3 Downstairs, double or 1 single. Feather/synthetic bedding.
Bedroom 4 Downstairs, one high single bunk type bed or we can move the mattress to the floor, space for a cot. Synthetic bedding.
Bedroom 5 Downstairs, one pull-out double bed. Feather bedding.


Family Bathroom Upstairs, shower in bath
En-suite Upstairs shower room
WC Downstairs
En-suite Shower & WC in Bedroom 5

All the rest...

KitchenElectric oven with gas hob / Washing machine / Condensing drier / Cafetiere.
Big kitchen table seats 8-10.
Mod ConsRoberts radio in the kitchen / Sound doc for MP3 players / 2 Smart TVs in the house.
ConnectivityThe house has good WIFI and the downstairs en-suite room has an ethernet cable.
Kids' StuffOne travel cot 100cm x 74cm x 74cm. Two high chairs are provided. There is a good selection of toys and games for older children (from 5 upwards). A swimming pool and a medium size trampoline with cage in the garden.
Pets2 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.

The house has a heated outdoor pool. The pool is available to use from late May (starting with half term) - September (please confirm with team when booking)
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 with a safety net enclosure. 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.
GardenEnclosed 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.
There is an outdoor pool.
The pool dimensions are L5,49m x W2,75m x D1,32m. It will be surrounded by wooden decking and accessed via a ladder. 
ParkingParking for 2 cars on the drive and 2 others outside (off the road), in front of the cottage.

Vehicle charging is possible via the mains electricity in the property. At the time of booking, you will be required to select how many electric vehicles you will be charging during your stay; as a £35 surcharge is applicable for each EV car per booking. Please only use the external plug point and bring your own charging cables.

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.

The pool is only available to use from late May (starting with half term) - September (please confirm with team when booking) + all guests wishing to use the pool will be required to sign a waiver + pay an additional fee.

There is an extra charge for logs and kindling to burn on the fire (October- March) but feel free to BYO!


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

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: 4pm
Depart before: 10am

Payment Info

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

Together with NFE, Heather Cottage is striving towards creating greener & greater staycations...

Energy Efficiency

High level of double glazing

High level of draft proofing

Solar panels / battery storage

Energy efficient appliances

Low energy / LED lighting

Waste Management

Glass, paper & plastic recycling

Food waste composted

Non-perishables donated to food bank

Single use plastic reduced


Bike storage for guest use

Eco cleaning products for guest use

Eco laundry products for guest use

100% recycled toilet tissue & kitchen roll

Location, location, location...

The open forest is on the doorstep of Heather Cottage, so you’ll be spoilt for choice with alfresco adventures!

In Brockenhurst village (10 mins walk), you’ll find a High Street full of shops selling homegrown goodies & delicious fayre. Stop off at one of the many pubs, or book in for an unforgettable meal at The Pig.. we love their local menu!! As if you needed any more to consider, Careys Manor Spa is only minutes away!

For days out, hop on the train to explore the boaty town of Lymington (the Saturday market is a winner) or pack a picnic and hire bikes from Cycle Experience based next to Brockenhurst train station.

Guests that have stayed here say...

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Thank you for letting us holiday in your lovely cottage. We have had a short but lovely time. Thankyou for t... April 2024 Read More
We had had the best time!! Such a beautiful location - we want to come back again!! Thank you for having us. ... April 2024 Read More
We have had a wonderful stay here at Heather Cottage. Ideal location with everything very accessible. We vis... August 2023 Read More

Guests that have stayed here say...

Thank you for letting us holiday in your lovely cottage. We have had a short but lovely time. Thankyou for the lemon cake too.

Angele and family April 2024

We had had the best time!! Such a beautiful location - we want to come back again!! Thank you for having us.

Family Rogers April 2024

We have had a wonderful stay here at Heather Cottage. Ideal location with everything very accessible. We visited Brockenhurst beach up the road, Paultons Park (25miles away) Lymington Sea Water Park (15mins away) Strawberry Fields Sunday Car boot sale (3miles toward Lymington), a great morning, 50p entry and they have coffee and good id you want something to eat. The Snakecatcher does a good Sunday roast. We got there early and the chicken was already sold out. Great playrgound for the kids. Horse riding at Coombe Stables (max 15 mins away) very friendly and they treat the horses well. £60 for an hour hack. The house was very clean and comfortable. we recommend the Village Butchers in Brockenhurst - the burgers are great and lamb and mint kebabs. Our daughter loved the garden with the pool and trampoline. I loved the kitchen! Thank you so much for giving us a fantastic family holiday. I am sure we will be back.

Ben, Robyn & Annabelle August 2023

A lovely comfortable house. Our 3 year old grandson loved the trampoline & pool and they toys! Heather cottage is a great location for visiting local areas. We've had a fantastic family holiday. I loved the trampoline and the swimming pool and I loved the pretty flowers, thank you for letting me stay.

The Morris' July 2023

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!

The Wills Family May 2021

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

The Allens August 2020

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

Graham & Family July 2020

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.

Sadie & Family August 2020

“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.

Lisa December 2019

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.

Jacob & family April 2019

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.

Mr J and family January 2019

An extremely comfortable cottage with plenty of room for an extended family to stay and in a beautiful location.

Jon and family December 2018

Great stay - house was so clean and welcoming.

Kirstin July 2018
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