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Here's your full run down of this place, inside and out...
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
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.
Main bathroom : Family bathroom with bath tub Ensuite to Bedroom 1 : Bath tub with hand held shower Downstairs : WC
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
We felt so happy and comfortable from the moment we arrived, every practical thing has been thought of! And the level of comfort was just the icing on the cake. We were able to bake, cook grand meals and have the most fantastic time we could have hoped for! Please, please visit Oddways, you will not ever regret or forget this place! We certainly wont!November 2020
Absolutely wonderful weekend at Odways, have been to the New Forest many times but never been in such an amazing location, literally out the gate into the Forest. This was a celebration weekend with my best friend and families, 6 kids ranging 2-15years, the garden/trampoline was such a winner for the kids. The house was just so lovely, really big rooms and the space was amazing. Would definitely love to think we would go back there. Also the staff at New Forest escapes were so helpful and really easy to deal with. Gave us good recommendations to horse-riding for the kids, and also a local caterer which made the weekend extra special to have delicious meals pre-prepared for us. Can't recommend enough.September 2020
What a great find. So quiet and beautiful. We had a truly fabulous week here. Rachel at the holiday company was very attentive to our needs. The house may not be pristine but it makes up for it in so many other ways. Oh and the beds are SO comfy! Hire bikes! Eat at the East End Arms, explore, go canoeing on the River Beaulieu!! and enjoy the wild ponies.. but dont leave the gate open or youll have guests. Just perfect!! Even when it rainedSeptember 2020
We all enjoyed a super relaxing week. Very lucky with the weather and loved the tranquility and fresh air. Our friend Kath made friends with a hedgehog, a barn owl and our dogs made friends with the horses! The boys made themselves at home at the Turfcutter's Arms whilst the girls enjoyed their G&T's in the garden. Fallen in love with the New Forest - we'll be back. Thank you (and to the cleaning team)
Great time for all the family; three generations. So good to step right into the forest from the front door but close enough to Lymington and Brockenhurst. It's interestingly well situated.
Absolutely wonderful weekend at Odways, have been to the New Forest many times but never been in such an amazing location, literally out the gate into the Forest. This was a celebration weekend with my best friend and families, 6 kids ranging 2-15years, the garden/trampoline was such a winner for the kids. The house was just so lovely, really big rooms and the space was amazing. Would definitely love to think we would go back there. Also the staff at New Forest escapes were so helpful and really easy to deal with. Gave us good recommendations to horse-riding for the kids, and also a local caterer which made the weekend extra special to have delicious meals pre-prepared for us. Can't recommend enough.