Sunnydell Holistic Retreat

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  • for the slow life...

  • an oasis of calm...

  • quiet and peaceful...

Sunnydell Holistic Retreat

at a Glance...

  • 5 + 1 child
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Swimming Pool
  • Dog Friendly

Sunnydell is a place for healthy and happy holidays. The cottage has a swimming pool and private garden. Lucky guests can ask the owner for holistic health coaching here, with treatments available on-site.

The house is at the end of a gravel track, in a large clearing among ancient trees. This calm, leafy oasis, has ponies hanging their heads over the gate and you can walk out, into the wild forest for miles in every direction. The pool is open (approx’) from May  to end Oct.

The house was built in the 1700’s and is full of character. Staying here is to slow down and reconnect with nature: relax, restore and revitalise. Some of the most beautiful parts of the National Park forest and heath are right outside the gate. Exploring is a must. 

New owners, husband and wife Adam and Afeefa, have a passion to share their unique vision of what a holistic retreat can be. They have converted the stables across the garden into an on-site treatment centre. They are global travellers and welcome children and families to the house. You may meet them from time to time. Their ethos is a huge part of staying here.

For more information about health coaching and treatments available on-site, please read below. 

The pool is heated from May to the end of September. (A heating surcharge is applied in May). For those who want sand between their toes, drive for 20 minutes to the pretty coast at Mudeford and Hengitsbury Head. 

Staying here also means that you ideally respect the holistic ethos. Guests are politely asked to refrain from excess drinking, noisy gatherings, smoking and preferably choose a non-meat based diet. These requests are designed to assist guests to relax and slow down, and to keep the peaceful calm feeling here.

more about this place...

Inside

You’ll find a country kitchen built for families to chat, play games and spend time around the large wooden kitchen table, which comfortably seats 8. There is a modern wood burner here to heat you up on cold nights and the kitchen is well set up for cooks and food lovers alike!

The sitting room seats 6, with 2 large sofas. There is a beanbag and a large footstool too. This is the most ancient part of the house with low ceilings and thick stone brick walls, typical of classical New Forest cottages. The fireplace and wood burner are centre-focus and directly across there is a clever alcove library / reading hideaway too. 

Furthest from the kitchen, through the sitting room, you’ll find a downstairs bedroom with king size bed and an ensuite shower and toilet. This is a lovely room with double doors onto a garden terrace, which is a good sun bay and perfect for reading & resting quietly away from the pool.

Upstairs you’ll find a double room that can also be made into a twin and next door a small and bright single room in the rafters. There is minimal clothes storage space here. There is also a ‘half’ bed in here which doubles as a travel cot space if this better suits your needs.

The main cottage bathroom is downstairs and has a shower over the bath. Next door is the boot room for storage, this also houses the main fridge freezer (there is a small under counter fridge in the kitchen too).

Outside

The site is a quarter of an acre in total and mostly set to lawn in an enclosure of majestic trees and a variety of shrubs. There are a couple of apple trees to provide shade by the pool. Sit beside the cottage to find the best sun trap. It’s a good place to eat too – there is a table and chairs here for a further 4 people. 

Family

There is a great selection of garden games and kit: including a table tennis table, various lawn games and a badminton net. The owners even have a range of mountain, electric and manual bikes available for rent and there are numerous off-road bike routes from the house.

For the twitchers we have nuthatches, great spotted and green woodpeckers, jays, tits, wagtails, starlings and sparrows, plus the odd buzzard flying over. All you need to do is put nuts and seeds in the feeders.

The simple things are often the best and we suggest that guests set up a treasure map for kids in the woods, tracking the wild ponies who live here, picnics in the forest, listening to the birdsong, star gazing…. the list is endless…

The Pool

The pool is heated to 25-26 C from approx’ June to Sept – start and end dates depend on the weather. In May & October there is a pool surcharge of £100 per week for extra heating. It is fenced, has a super-safe cover that children and adults can walk on. Please don’t! But the point is that it’s designed to be super safe.

Treatments available here

Adam is an experienced hypnotherapy provider. Afeefa is a vegan baker. They may also offer yoga, Ayurveda, cooking classes and breakfast to guests through the year depending on COVID rules and availability.

Best for…

Groups who will respect the quiet nature of the place, or perhaps who want to try out new lifestyle and dietary choices. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the place and have fun, but it does mean, we don’t want to encourage groups who will be very noisy. Read our HomeTruths below please.

Those who love biking and hiking. It’s superb here. Probably some of the best we offer in any of our houses.

 

Home truths…

Staying here also means that you ideally respect the holistic ethos. Guests are politely asked to refrain from excess drinking, noisy gatherings, smoking and preferably choose a non-meat based diet. These requests are designed to assist guests to relax and slow down, and to keep the peaceful calm feeling here.

If you want to explore meditation or spiritual hypnosis, Adam has treatment rooms in the old stables across the garden. Please enquire further and we can see how he may be able to help you with your mindfulness goals.

The cottage is accessed by a bumpy gravel track. You don’t need a 4×4 but you do need to drive slowly.

The bedrooms in the cottage are quite tight. Travel cots are best to go in the single room upstairs.

The owners do use the stables from time to time. This isn’t a planned usage and we won’t know when you book, or during the stay when they will come and go. There is a screen of plants between the two buildings. Adam and Afeefa will respect your privacy and only use the stables, which has it’s own access and parking.

Accessibility

There is a small step coming in from the back door into the cottage and a slightly larger step into the Stables. There is a downstairs bedroom in the cottage and it has a walk in shower room with no steps.

The downstairs bedroom in the house has a little en-suite shower (quite tight). .

So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’

And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays

 

from

£250 per night

simple booking terms...

Deposit:50%
Balance Due:45 days before stay

secure payments...

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 :Double bed - 4ft6" - with en-suite shower room (no door) downstairs
Bedroom 2 :Superking or twin bed
Bedroom 3 :Single room with half bed for children under 5/6

Bathrooms...

One :Downstairs, family bathroom with shower over the bath
Two :Downstairs, en-suite shower room (Bed 1)
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All the rest...

Garden :The garden is 1/4 of an acre with a terrace, table and chairs for 4, BBQ, 4 sun loungers and a picnic table.

There are two seating areas, one under the apple tree, the other in the gravel area next to the barbecue. Sunbathers will want to move from one to the other to get maximum vitamin D! Four sun loungers are provided.
Kitchen :Oven and hob / Fridge freezer / Microwave / Nespresso Coffee machine / Dishwasher / Panasonic Bread maker / Magimix / Washing machine / Tumble dryer
Mod Cons :Bluetooth connected sound system,  32″ TV,  DVD player and good DVD selection
Connectivity :WiFi is ok, and signal is patchy in the house, good on the driveway - Vodafone is not bad, EE not so good
Parking :Up to 2 cars in the garden.
Kids' Stuff :There are 2 travel cots and 2 high chairs here.
There is a good selection of board games and children's books in the cottage.
There are garden games for families to play in the summer including table tennis and badminton.
Pets :Dogs are welcome. £40 per dog, per stay. The garden is enclosed by Houdini's may escape.

Arrival & Departure

Arrive from: 5 / 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:45 days before stay
Security Deposit:£750

good to know...

Don't forget, 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...

The house is perfect for families. Those with little ones will love that it’s totally fenced – only Houdinis can get out. Whilst those with kids who are old enough to enjoy their freedom will love it because their is no proper road to cross to get out – just a very pot-holed, gravel lane which suffers only from pony traffic-jams, and the postman passing by.

Just outside the gate, there are great trees to climb. You can walk left out of the cottage, it is ‘the road’ but far more like an old bridle track, toward the golf course. This is an amusing place to visit. There is no fencing so ponies wander amongst the greens and golfers are frequently seen shooing ponies away. It’s all very New Forest and delightfully eccentric.
There are short, medium and long walks to good pubs. Horse riding nearby is also fun.

There is a 7 mile walk/cycle to lovely tea rooms between Burley and Brockenhurst up a disused railway. It’s perfect for cycling for families (you can get bikes delivered here). Streams on the way to play in are also great picnic spots for those who won’t make the 7 miles.

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

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Sunnydell Holistic Retreat

The reviews provided here were done so by guests who stayed with the previous owners hosting the guest. Whist the house style has remained much the same, with the new owners inheriting most of the furniture, these reviews were given by guests who stayed when the house was run without any holistic focus.....Just so you know... We do like to be very honest...

Rachel, Founder16th April 2021

more reviews from our guests...

Not so posh we felt uncomfortable taking two (well behaved) dogs but beautifully clean, comprehensively equipped, comfortably furnished. Set in the woods and with the benefit of a swimming pool we could not have asked for more for our midweek break. In fact this is the second time we've stayed! As for Rachel and the team at NFE? Fantastic, great company to deal with, easy to talk to, nothing is a problem, couldn't ask for more. Definitely 5 star as far as we're concerned. (This review was given before the property was run as a holistic retreat).

DavidJune 2019

We had a lovely stay in the New Forest. The team at New forest Escapes were very friendly and gave us lots of information about places to go and visit. (This review was given before the property was run as a holistic retreat).

Jessica & familyMay 2019

A really lovely, peaceful home in the middle of the New Forest. Great place for a family to get away from it all!(This review was given before the property was run as a holistic retreat).

Chris and familyDecember 2018

After deciding to take the family away to a cottage for Christmas, I finally came across New Forest Escapes and I'm so glad I did.Rachel couldn't have been more helpful finding me the right one which was Sunnydell. Perfect location, large enough for us all with the separate stables, cosy and warm with lots of logs for the fires, beautiful white bedding, big fluffy towels and plenty of hot water for showers, lots of toys in the playroom for the two granddaughters and even some for grown ups. Even a washing machine and tumble dryer if needed, and of course the swimming pool during the summer would be great. The owners certainly wanted to ensure everything was there for us to enjoy. The added bonus was the ponies coming to see us every morning at the gate, and of course the daily walks in the forest meant we met lots more much to the delight of the granddaughters. Even the weather was kind to us too.Nothing seemed to be too much trouble when having to contact Robyn, and having Jan meeting us when we arrived made us all feel very welcome. We all had a lovely time and would certainly love to return. (This review was given before the property was run as a holistic retreat).

Shirley from Goring by Sea, Worthing

Being a party of nine adults and three young babies, finding affordable infant friendly places to stay in beautiful locations was difficult but Sunnydell was perfect. The house is beautiful and cosy in a wonderful setting. We could not have been more comfortable, the beds were dreamy, the towels were soft and the layout of Sunnydell gave us plenty of space and safe areas for our crawling tots to explore. Every room had everything we needed and the playroom was equipped with lots of toys and games for children of any age. The owners had thought of everything and the travel cots and highchairs were ideal for the babies and less for us to worry about packing and assembling.The welcome pack gave us lots of tips for places to visit and plenty of information and options for treats and catering support which would be really useful if you were coming here for a celebration or wanted to put your feet up and be pampered. The staff from New Forest Escapes were also especially helpful and made sure we had everything we needed for a truly lovely break. We could not fault this place or New Forest Escapes and would definitely love to return to Sunnydell or one of the other properties managed by this company in the area. (This review was given before the property was run as a holistic retreat).

Helen from Warwick

the location...

Burley is a tiny village in the middle of the National Park. To get there you must drive across the heathland and ancient wooded parts of the Park.

Ponies wander freely thought the centre of the village. It is most certainly their home ground. The local golf course, very close to the house, is a particular favourite of theirs and golfers have to play around the ponies who live all over the whole unfenced course.

The village has lots of little shops. Much of it focusing on myth, magic and mystery. Ancient lore has it that a witch lived here in Burley.

The local convenience store is run by ex-Harrods team - it is good! Plus there is the local bike shop that will deliver bikes to you for your stay. Ask us for more details.

Burley village and the surrounding area is as about as perfectly pretty as the New Forest gets. You’re deep in the Western part of the New Forest National Park here and live is slow and rustic.

You’ll find ancient forests, heathlands, wild ponies, cattle and donkeys –  all of whom have right of way over cars, and plenty of endearing red brick cottages, many still have thatch roofs.

 

T: +44 (0)1590 462005  E: hello@newforestescapes.com

Sunnydell Holistic Retreat
from £250 per night

Burley, Hampshire

at a Glance...

  • 5 + 1 child
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Swimming Pool
  • Dog Friendly

In a large clearing among ancient trees, this calm, leafy cottage is run as a holistic retreat. Wild ponies are your locals, the walking here is amazing. Pool open May to Sept.

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 :Double bed - 4ft6" - with en-suite shower room (no door) downstairs
Bedroom 2 :Superking or twin bed
Bedroom 3 :Single room with half bed for children under 5/6

Bathrooms...

One :Downstairs, family bathroom with shower over the bath
Two :Downstairs, en-suite shower room (Bed 1)

All the rest...

Garden :The garden is 1/4 of an acre with a terrace, table and chairs for 4, BBQ, 4 sun loungers and a picnic table.

There are two seating areas, one under the apple tree, the other in the gravel area next to the barbecue. Sunbathers will want to move from one to the other to get maximum vitamin D! Four sun loungers are provided.
Kitchen :Oven and hob / Fridge freezer / Microwave / Nespresso Coffee machine / Dishwasher / Panasonic Bread maker / Magimix / Washing machine / Tumble dryer
Mod Cons :Bluetooth connected sound system,  32″ TV,  DVD player and good DVD selection
Connectivity :WiFi is ok, and signal is patchy in the house, good on the driveway - Vodafone is not bad, EE not so good
Parking :Up to 2 cars in the garden.
Kids' Stuff :There are 2 travel cots and 2 high chairs here.
There is a good selection of board games and children's books in the cottage.
There are garden games for families to play in the summer including table tennis and badminton.
Pets :Dogs are welcome. £40 per dog, per stay. The garden is enclosed by Houdini's may escape.

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