Odd Ways

rural, wild, style

  • 8+2+2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

Odd ways is found at the very end of a tiny lane and cocooned by thick ancient forest on all sides. The wild ponies have foals by the front gate and the birdsong is so beautiful it’ll stop you in your tracks. It is a proper ‘hide-away’. 

 But what treasure…!  Inside, guests can expect pared-back, peaceful style, gentle colours and…. horses! They adorn the walls, trot on shelves, there are bridles and brushes and Thelwell curtains.

For those who feel cooped up, staying here offers unsurpassed escapism…. the forest will smooth away your worries, exploring very locally will enchant you. There is no need to use the car. Children can play at the end of the garden in the stream and ford, climb trees, or hunt crickets in the long field grass. This is the perfect destination for ‘being slow’. 

The owner is a New Forest pony collector and her herd are a genial bunch; Spirit, Silver, Forrest, Darkie… Horses now and horses past. Their names are woven into the spirit or this house. They evoke the romance of old forest legends and fables, wild rides and long friendships. This home is a place to reconnect with nature in her purest form. Slowly. With measure. With curious eyes. And we’re sure you’ll leave with a smile in your heart.  

Through peak summer months, at the bottom of the garden field you’ll find an extra bedroom. A railway carriage hut. It’s rough luxe camping. Deep bed, pristine sheets, a pot-belly stove and kettle…open it’s front back doors wide and bathe in ancient trees, green silence and stars. The wild ponies will interrupt you as they drink in the quiet stream that flows here. The Railway Carriage is only available for a max of 4 weeks a year and is already booked for 2021.

from

£400 per night

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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

Originally the house was 2 forest cottages. Knocked together they make a roomy and welcoming family home. There is plenty of space for prams, bikes, dogs etc and it is well fenced to contain most small and active beasts (2 or 4 legged!).

The owners, an artist and photographer (both have roots in iconic British home and fashion brands), have decided to share the house for the first time. They came here from London to draw breath and slow down. 

Like most of the house, the style in the kitchen is pale, earthy, warm and simple. The wooden floor could tell many stories. I think I saw a hoof print in it...? The table easily seats 8 and there is a 1960's light-blue formica-topped table that is the perfect add-on, so another 4 people can join in meals.

Just off the kitchen is a huge, light bedroom with a giant 4 poster Super King bed that takes centre stage. The room was used for years to store harnesses.

The sitting room is built for comfort. The sofas, giant foot stool and chairs have all hosted many a night of story telling around the fire. None of it is pristine but it's all clean, tidy and built for relaxing. A workmanlike oak and glass wall, splits the room so that jigsaw enthusiasts, card players and artists will feel like they have their own space. There are another 4 seats here too.

There is a large hall and a downstairs loo - the walls of which will give you some hints toward the owners very social life. The hall is normally used for storing top-notch road bicycles... the sort of sleek beasts that don't like being outside at night. You're most welcome to bring your own.

There are 3 bedrooms upstairs. The main bedroom is big and has a white floor, windows out to the fields and stables. It has smart ensuite bathroom with separate shower, double sinks and a loo. You can easily fit a camp bed and cot in here (provided). Next door is a small double, 5ft, which has some classically equine 'Thelwell' print curtains. The 3rd bedroom is also big and has 2 dormer windows to see into the National Park. There is a robust oak 4 poster, canopied in a beautiful old bird print. Another camp bed is provided. You can fit a cot in here too (BYO second cot if you need it please).

The family bathroom upstairs has a large bath, sink and loo. Open the windows to see up the gravel track and any wildlife passing by.
Floor plan

Sleeping...

White : Upstairs. Super King bed with ensuite bath and shower. Extra camp bed provided.
Ponies : Upstairs. 4 Poster canopied Super King. Extra camp bed provided.
Thelwell : Double bed 5ft.
Terrace : Downstairs, this room is just off the kitchen. SuperKing 4 poster. Doors out to the terrace.
Railway Carriage : 80 metres from the house in the field. Not suitable for damp or wet months. Double bed. Only available from April to early Sept in 2022.

Bathrooms...

Main bathroom : Family bathroom with bath tub
Ensuite to Bedroom 1 : Bath tub with hand held shower
Downstairs : WC

All the rest...

Kitchen : Belling Double Oven with electric hob / Microwave / 4 slot toaster /Large Fridge and separate large Freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble Dryer. Masses of kit for cooking and serving nice meals.
Mod Cons : Roberts Radio. TV with freeview - however it is not very reliable and can be pixellated. There is no DVD here. Plan to use devices to watch TV.
Connectivity : WIFI here is ok. It will play YouTube and Netflix on devices (BYO please). There is very little phone signal here.
Kids' Stuff : There is a small selection of toys in the house, a cot and highchair. The trampoline is large but unfenced, so only use it at your own risk. Children might also like using the manual (not electric) pottery wheel here. Some clay is provided. There are plenty board games and cards here for you. 
There are 2 camp beds that are provided here for extra children. They are 6ft x 2'6ft and good quality but high quality comfort for an adult. Please BYO linen for camp beds.
Pets : Up to 3 dogs (possibly more please enquire) and ponies are welcome. The garden is enclosed and fenced but dogs can escape if they really try. The National Park is right outside your door here, so escaping dogs can go for miles... There is a paddock and stable that can be rented for people bringing their own horses. Rates are at the bottom of the house description.

Outside

Through peak summer months, at the bottom of the garden field you'll find an extra bedroom. A railway carriage hut. It's rough luxe camping. Deep bed, pristine sheets, a pot-belly stove and kettle...open it's front back doors wide and bathe in ancient trees, green silence and stars. The wild ponies will interrupt you as they drink in the quiet stream that flows here. The Railway Carriage is only available for a max of 4 weeks a year and is already booked for 2021.

The garden area has changed since pictures were taken in 2020. It's been re-fenced and doesn't include the field with the Railway Carriage unless you are renting it. Instead, there is a grassy yard area under huge oak trees behind the stables. There is a camp fire area here, the trampoline, and a separate field further back for children to play in. It's a larger area than it was before - approx 1.5 acres.
Garden : There is a big garden around the house. Approximately 1 acre. It also has a good mid-size terrace seating area. There is an unfenced trampoline here.

There is a BBQ area, charcoal is provided to start you off. The BBQ is campfire type with hanging plate to cook on over a tripod. There is a charcoal bucket to cook in underneath.

The garden area has been changed since pictures were taken in 2020. Now the garden has been refenced and does not include the field with the Railway Carriage area unless you are also renting it. Instead, there is a grassy yard area under huge oak trees behind the stables. There is a camp fire area here, the trampoline, and a separate field further back for children to play in. It's a larger area than it was before - approx 1.5 acres.
Parking : Room for 6 cars.

Home truths

This is a very quiet area but the neighbours up the track (there are no others) do run a small forest farm and from time to time you will hear tractors and farm machinery working. This is normal day to day life farm living. If you think this might bother you, please don't book to stay here.

Accessibility

There are 2 small steps up into the kitchen and there is a bedroom on the ground floor. However there isn't a bathroom downstairs. Do bear that in mind.

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

Changeover: Friday/Saturday
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:

4.8 out of 5

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The location...

The house is right on the corner or the Beaulieu River area, the East End area and the Brockenhurst area. Make sure you read all 3 of our Insider Guides.

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.

 

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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