Valley View House

...views, countryside, celebrations

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Wow. What a view! This home will take your breath away and quiet your soul in one swift move.

Both the well-styled house, and its annexe, are perched on the edge of this gentle and wild valley – soaking-up tranquil scenes that are filled with birdsong, ancient trees and the busy-ness of nature. Once a smugglers paradise, it’s now home only to wildlife and wild ponies (who galavant about and make themselves known!). With an inviting interior, that is set-up for simplicity and relaxation, everything is focused on ‘that’ exclusive view!!!

With the option for 6, 8, or 10 to be on your guest list, you can customise booking numbers to suit (our ‘Home Truths’ section details this further) with use of the annexe. We love that each of the four double rooms has a proper ensuite (our favourite is the bottom annexe bedroom with its terrace). Everything here is well-built, top-quality and sparkling clean. This is the pace to sleep with the doors wide open…

Children will love playing on the lawns or heading out into the National Park where they can run, jump, go wild and have about 200 acres of freedom for picnics and play.

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£1620 / week

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The owner is a huge 'foodie', with 4 chefs in the family. Her kitchen is very well set up, with plenty of fridge space and surfaces for preparation. There is also a warming AGA and separate hob. Just next door there is a big dining room table that will fit 10 easily. Next to it the sitting room has plenty of space for relaxing. The two sets of double doors open wide and we encourage you to open them up and let the sounds and sunlight join you for meals.

Head upstairs and past the big front door. The rooms are all along the front of the house to maximise the view. The bedroom to the right is the largest and has a good ensuite shower.
Next to it are two singles, one slightly larger than the other, then another double with an ensuite shower. The two singles share a family bathroom. It's all bright, breezy, simple and well set up for guests.

Just across the garden, 20 metres or so, is the garden annexe & its 2 bedrooms (these rooms do not join together and are totally separate). The top annexe room has an ensuite bath and sitting room. The bottom room has its own terrace area with table, chairs, and huge doors that open wide (this is the room that will be allocated if you book for 8 guests).

Due to the flexibility of space here, you can choose to bring a party of 6, 8, or 10 guests to enjoy Valley View (please refer to the Home Truths for more information'.
Floor plan


Bedroom 1 Kingsize bed with ensuite. Views facing south towards the forest.
Bedroom 2 Kingsize bed with ensuite. Views facing south towards the forest.
Bedroom 3 Single bed. Views of the forest.
Bedroom 4 Single bed. Views of the forest.
Bedroom 5 in Annexe Kingsize bed with forest views
Bedroom 6 in Annexe Double bed with ensuite.


Family Bathroom Shower over bath and heated towel rail.
Ensuite Bathroom Shower cubicle.
Ensuite Bathroom Shower over bath.
Ensuite Bathroom in Annexe Bath with shower attachment and heated towel rail.
Ensuite Bathroom in Annexe Shower cubicle and heated towel rail.
Ground Floor WC Separate WC in the main house

All the rest...

KitchenThe well-equipped kitchen has a traditional Aga as well as a conventional oven/hob, American-style fridge/freezer / wine fridge/ Microwave / DeLonghi Bean to cup Coffee machine / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble Dryer. There is a separate toilet as well as a handy boot/ utility room on the ground floor.
Mod ConsSound bar / Smart TV with SKY / Electric underfloor heating / WIFI
ConnectivityThere is good WIFI here with boosters set up around the house. 4G is limited with EE providing the best.
WIFI calling works very well here.
Kids' Stuff : A travel cot TBC dimensions, high chair. Please bring your own items for children, there are no toys, books, DVD's etc here.
Please note that the annexe bedrooms are not linked, and are designed for privacy, so even young teens may prefer to be in the house.  
PetsSorry - Valley View cannot accept dogs. Please do ask us for our escapes that are pet friendly.


The location is a place that is steeped in stories. Directly opposite is Windmill Hill, one of the highest lookout points in the National Park. Just a few metres from the gate is the Abbots Well, also known back then as 'Alleynewel'. It was first noted (in the good year) of 1215!  It is easily missed, and on first sight it looks like a badly maintained surface drain and a manhole cover. In fact both items are wooden, and the cover lifts to reveal a small pool of clear water. This wayside fresh water spring was used by smugglers and those 'on the old Southampton to London Road' to refresh horses and humans alike. There are many smuggling tales and legends that fill the history books of this area. Brandy and then tea were the most common products that were passed through the forest by the resourceful locals!

The annexe enjoys a position next to the house. With two separate bedrooms (each with their own access) & en-suites, please do take a tour to explore some more.
GardenThe garden is just over 2½-acres and wraps around the house. The hedges and trees are tall and give excellent privacy on all sides but your own forest views. There are sloping banks and an unfenced pond in the garden.
ParkingParking for 3 cars here. In the National Park car park opposite, which is free and never locked, there is plenty of extra parking, directly opposite in the free National Trust car park at Windmill Hill.

Home truths

There are "unnoticeable" neighbours here. The house you might see is one of the most 'chocolate box' houses ever built. It's a tiny, pink and Grade II listed cottage. It was once home to herbalist and author Juliette de Bairacli Levy, who wrote The Wanderers in the New Forest. The book portrays an interesting picture of the Forest, from the plants and animals to forest gypsies and old farming practices.

Just across the garden (20 metres or so) are the annexe bedrooms. They do not join together and are totally separate from each other with separate entrances.

One complimentary basket of logs will be provided for your stay (Nov - March). Feel free to bring your own for any extra.

Pricing is dependent on numbers of guests, so please just enter the number on your guest list when booking. The sleeping arrangements will be allocated as follows:

- 10 guests will have use of the main house and both annexe bedrooms
- 8 guests will have use of the main house and the downstairs annexe bedroom
- 6 guests will have use in the main house only


There is one downstairs bedroom which is in the annexe, a short walk on tidy lawn, across the garden. There is a step of 10" to get into the house through the sitting and dining room double doors. Or an almost flat entrance in via the back door. There is a gentle ramp and no stairs needed to access the house from the parking. This is approximately 40m from the back door.

Booking Information

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

Arrive from: 4pm
Depart before: 10am

Payment Info

Deposit: 50%
Balance Due: 45 days before your stay
Security Deposit: £500

Location, location, location...

Explore our map to see our top tips for stocking-up, exploring, and day tripping …

For the foodies there is a smorgasbord of award-winning butchers, greengrocers, farm shops & local produce in & around Fordingbridge; but if you fancy eating out, you can cycle or walk to a couple of top-notch country pubs to work up an appetite (the Foresters Arms is only 400yds away). With a renowned local pizza delivery also on offer, do just ask us for private chef recommendation’s for spot of spoiling back home!

With birdsong and wildlife surrounding you at home, you can continue seeing nature at its finest with a visit to Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, Avon Valley, or Martin Down Nature Reserve. Salisbury Cathedral (10 miles away) is also a great option… maybe check out the local breweries on your return?!

Want to know more... head to our Insider’s Guide!

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Guests that have stayed here rate this place:

4.7 out of 5

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Fantastic property with lovely views.... May 2022 Read More
A very large thank you for a happy week in a wonderful house. Also stunning views that have provided beautiful... April 2022 Read More
Thank you for a wonderful stay in such a beautiful house! The views are to die for, so peaceful and calming. A... February 2022 Read More
10/10 Super holiday, would recommend for sure!! - Alan, Wiltshire... November 2020 Read More

Guests that have stayed here rate this place:

4.7 out of 5

Fantastic property with lovely views.

David May 2022

A very large thank you for a happy week in a wonderful house. Also stunning views that have provided beautiful walks in the company of the beautiful wildlife.

Ben and Lynne April 2022

Thank you for a wonderful stay in such a beautiful house! The views are to die for, so peaceful and calming. Absolutely love the fire too! Hope to be back soon! Many thanks.

Dan February 2022

10/10 Super holiday, would recommend for sure!! - Alan, Wiltshire

Alan, Wiltshire November 2020

Absolutely perfect for a family get away. Peaceful and great access to walks on the moors. Donkeys, horses, cows and even the odd dear and pig. Well resourced cottage. All needs catered for.

Joe, Berkshire August 2020

Lovely property with beautiful views. Well equipped, clean and comfortable. Fantastic location in the New Forest National Park with walks from the house and wild ponies and donkeys wandering around the neighbourhood.

Alice, London March 2020

A very nice large house perfect for a big family holiday or friends get-together. The views from all rooms and garden are fantastic we had the best of Autumn colours. An off-road but not too serious cycle ride across The New Forest starts at the bottom of the road and can take you past (or into) some great pubs. The local - Forrester's Arms is just a walk up the road. Friendly staff served us excellent beer with traditional and very good food. A Tour of nearby Ringwood Brewery is highly recommended but make sure you have a 'designated' driver

John, Canterbury November 2019

Fantastic place to stay, herd of deer wandering through every morning, views of cows and ponies on the moor.

Jessica, Devon November 2019

We had a wonderful time in this beautiful house, views from every bedroom, a comfortable large dining area to accommodate the 10 people staying there, a fully equipped kitchen and stunning gardens. Beautiful walks from the house to local excellent pubs. Highly recommend.

Mike, London September 2019

Had the best time at Valley View. The house is beautiful and in a stunning location. Very thoughtful of the owner to leave some milk in the fridge and a bottle of wine.

James September 2019