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Odd Ways

at a Glance...

  • 8+2+2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 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.

more about this place...

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!).

Inside

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.

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 refenced 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.

There is plenty of space here for families to roam, without leaving the property. BUT you’d be mad not to. The National Park borders on all sides. Odways means the joining of ways at a cross roads. There is a gravel ford on the old track that runs parallel to the garden and if you follow it into the forest, you’ll end up in places with evocative names: Tantany Wood and Moon Hill. Walk for an hour and you’ll reach, well known and loved ‘The Pig Hotel’, perfect for lovely meals and high tea.

Family

This place is perfect for children to explore and go wild. If you want to achieve muddy knees, then this is the place! 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. Please note, this is a no DVD house and the TV just has Freeview. It’s not hugely reliable either. There are plenty board games and cards here for you.

We like to be brutally honest…

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.

BYO Horses in summer. 
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You are welcome to bring your own horses. The shelter and field is ONLY usable June, Jul, Aug and early Sept if the weather is dry. Cost is £25 per horse. The field is 1 acre and has meadow grass. It is pretty weed free. The fencing is good but there is barbed wire fencing down 1 side. The wild ponies cannot touch noses with horses in the paddock, but the neighbours horses can. The stable is 12 x 12ft and is  £80. There is only one. Please bring your horse bedding, hay etc.

from

£400 per night

simple booking terms...

Deposit:50%
Balance Due:1 month before your stay

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all the Essential details...

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
view floorplan

All the rest...

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.
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.
Parking :Room for 6 cars.
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.

Arrival & Departure

Changeover: Friday/Saturday

Arrive from: 5pm / Depart before: 10am

Included in your stay...

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 a welcome pack with some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!

Booking Info

Deposit:50%
Balance Due:1 month before your stay
Security Deposit:£500

good to know...

We're all locals 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 +44 (0) 1590 462005

Email us hello@newforestescapes.com

what makes this special...

Just past the back field you’ll find a ford and a rope swing and most likely see wild ponies. They live all about here. Carry on through and old oaks and beech forest and you’ll get to a broad grassy plain which is perfect for picnics. Go on again and you’ll pass through forests of silver birch onto the heathland where larks love to sing in summer.

We love the walk to Beaulieu on the footpath through the fields. Very pretty and the village is a treat. Go here for a good cuppa at the various cafe’s and high tea at Monty’s is lovely. The Beaulieu Estate and Car Museum is worth a visit if you’re that way inclined.

Lymington is 15 minutes in a car. The nearest beach at Tanners is 8 minutes away but Thorns beach is quiet and lovely too.

don't just take our word for it...

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Odd Ways

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)

Jonathan BiddleSeptember 2020

more reviews from our guests...

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.

Eastham familyJuly 2020

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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.

Karen Shirlaw30 Sept

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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.

 

At the head of the river, you’ll find the village itself. Dating back to the 13th century, it’s perhaps one of the most iconic and most visited in the New Forest. The main draw here is the Palace, Gardens, Abbey and Motor museum. The village is picturesque with tiny redbrick houses, tiny shops, a chocolaterie, several good cafes, an excellent garden centre and learning garden make up the tiny High Street. 

 

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Odd Ways
from £400 per night

at a Glance...

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

At the very end of a tiny lane, cocooned by thick ancient forest is a proper ‘hide-away’ with a pared back country-chic. Railway carriage bedroom for escapists. Dogs welcome.

all the Essential details...

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...

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.
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.
Parking :Room for 6 cars.
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.

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