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Here's your full run down of this place, inside and out...
The cottage is 275 years old, made from cob and you can tell from the shapely walls, with it’s wobbles and curves that it’s a place wth a history. Whilst modernised, the feeling here is a place that is loved for what it is. Thankfully no one has tried to make it chi-chi with modern lines. Nooks and crannies abound. The kitchen floor meanders. The stairs creak. It is all completely charming. The whole house is decorated in pale creams, greys. There are warm-toned fabrics, kilim rugs and mahogany furniture sits happily beside tribal drums, beach treasure and giant picnic baskets.
The kitchen is central to the slow life here. This is the place for endless cups of tea, (I won't write endless glasses of wine) around the old table. The royal blue AGA sits like a granny and presides over it all. Fiona, who has lived here for over 15 years, describes the tiles behind it, as delft - "lookey-likey", adding, "when I bought the cottage I didn't like the tiles behind the AGA, but never got around to changing them, now I'm rather fond of them". The all important table seats 6. It sits without a wobble on the sloping and well loved floor, patched to match the thatch...
The sitting room extension is a good size with two huge sofas and a massive ClearView wood burner. In summer, open the doors to the terrace, in winter, cuddle up and settle in.
The ceiling height in the house is better than many old cottages. Those who are 6 foot tall will be ok but have to duck through doors. Bedrooms upstairs are smaller. The main bedroom upstairs and the bedroom downstairs are the biggest. The double upstairs is small, the bed is 4 foot wide.Floor plan
Master 1 : Upstairs, light bedroom facing the garden and fields. King size bed. Room for a travel cot. Bedroom 2 : 4'6 double views of the fields Master Bedroom 3 : Downstairs, light bedroom facing the garden. King size bed. Room for a travel cot.
Shower room : Family shower room upstairs, next to Bedroom 2. Bath room : Family bathroom downstairs, ensuite to Master 3.
All the rest...
Kitchen : AGA / Microwave / Dishwasher/ Fridge 1 tall & 1 small / Freezer 1 tall & 1 small . Toast is done on the AGA on a rack. There is a separate kettle. Washing machine in the utility room. Mod Cons : The TV in the sitting room has freeview and DVD player . A simple bluetooth speaker is provided. Connectivity : The WIFI is reasonable here. 4G is good outdoors. Kids' Stuff : A travel cot and high chair are provided free. We have a selection of toys and DVD's for children of 7 years and up. A stairgate is also provided. Pets : Sorry - no dogs, the wild guinea fowl who lives here doesn't like being disturbed.
Surrounded by pretty cottage flowers, the garden terrace is a private, sun trap and has a table for 6 and seats for 10. It’s a perfect spot for summer BBQ’s. There is a pond here, please be careful. It’s not fenced and is 50 metres away from the back door (there is a good line of sight from the kitchen sink). To the side of the cottage the garden is untouched except for the path that meanders through the wild flowers, a haven for bird life, grasses, herbs and insects.
Garden : Large private garden behind the house toward the fields and then sea. It is fenced on the sides but not at the field. There is a pond which is thigh-deep on an adult - so be careful when booking with children. A Guinea Fowl calls this garden home, so dogs and wild play aren't encouraged. This is a quiet spot...
A BBQ with charcoal is provided for you.
Parking : There is room for 2 larger cars. The parking is on the side of the quiet road. Garden :
The owner, Fiona, may stay in the separate annexe which is to the right of the main house as you look down the garden. This won’t disturb your stay. She tends to the garden and is full of information about the local area - feel free to chat to her about ideas for your stay.
No dogs here please. There is a resident Guinea Fowl (named Guiness) and he takes precedence...
The floor here is quite wobbly in places. Not literally, but it's certainly not flat. There is a downstairs bedroom with ensuite bath but no specific set up for accessibility.
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. Logs are supplied in winter. We also supply some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!
Arrival & Departure
Arrive from: 5pm Depart before: 10am
Deposit: 50% Balance Due: 45 days before your stay Security Deposit: £400
Guests that have stayed here rate this place:
4.5 out of 5
Lovely cottage ,wonderful outlook towards IOW. We didnt mind that Fiona is living there in the annexe this summer, a really lovely lady and her Labrador Sky and Guinness just added to our enjoyment. Didnt like the rough concrete kitchen floor, Downstairs bathroom needs updating and a shower to save having to going upstairs. Very pleasant and comfortable lounge.June 2021
Thatched Hat delighted us. Abundant tranquility, Fiona's great gift. Thank you x
Delighted to stay in the most charming cottage, made all the more lovely by meeting Fiona... thank you so much for sharing the warmth of your home & garden.
What a treat! Fiona thank you for the most wonderful week. We are leaving with a heavy heart but happy in the knowledge we have made a new friends and that we hope to come back again next year! Thank you for all your wonderful ideas of things to do and sharing your local wisdom, it has made it the most special holiday we have had in a long time. Exbury, the IOW, Lymington lido (if it hadn't been fully booked - book as soon as you arrive) the East End Arms (our new fave although Fluer De Lys good too!) Thank you, thank you!
Thank you so much to Fiona, Sky & Guinness for the most amazing holiday ever! Looking forward to coming back next year. Loved you taking me for a drive in your lovely Land Rover, see you soon!
Twisted lanes and deep hedgerows full of bird song lead to the Thatched Hat Cottage. Many a warm summers night was spent watching badminton across the wonderful garden. We loved the open space, garden within gardens across fields. The cottage sits in a wonderful hamlet where peace comes and dropping by wild ponies, old forest and friendly dogs. Sky was a sheer delight, our children adopted her for our holiday and loved playing ball with her every evening. And to all things that come to an end we had to leave with tears brimming and memories full of a never ending New Forest holiday. Thanks so much Fiona! We are very grateful, yours The Harrington Family.
Short stay but.... very sweet :) Many thanks.
Thank you so much for a lovely stay, place was amazing and we adored Sky.
Thank you Fiona & Sky. We had the best time and want to move in permanently. We'll be back. X
Thank you Fiona, we truly had an amazing time. Thanks for your care in this homy house.
What a beautiful cottage, bags of character. We hope to come again, thank you Fiona x
We won't let you down! It's amazing! All the team have visited the house and we all love it! BTW - The Guinea Fowl is called Guinness!