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Here's your full run down of this place, inside and out...
Come in the back door to a useful boot room area. The kitchen is great. The owner is a huge 'foodie' and her kitchen is very well set up, with plenty of fridge space, surfaces for preparation. This is not a surprise. There are 4 chefs in the family. 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 pass 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) are the annexe bedrooms. They do not join together and are totally separate. The top annexe room has an ensuite bath and sitting room. The bottom one has it's own terrace area with table, chairs, and huge doors that open wide.Floor plan
Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed and en-suite with hand held shower in bath, and toilet. Views facing south towards the forest. Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet. 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
Family Bathroom : Shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail. Ensuite Bathroom : Shower cubicle and toilet with tiled floor. Ensuite Bathroom : Shower over bath, and toilet with tiled floor. Ensuite Bathroom in Annexe : Bath with shower attachment, towel heated towel rail and tiled floor Ensuite Bathroom in Annexe : Shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail. WC : Separate toilet on the ground floor in the main house
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Kitchen : The 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 Cons : Sound bar / Smart TV with SKY / Electric underfloor heating / WIFI Connectivity : There 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 : We welcome babes-in-arms (they must be in cots) and children over 5 years old. 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.
Pets : Sorry, no dogs here.
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!
Garden : The garden is just over 2½-acre 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. Parking : Parking 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.
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.
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.
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: £500
Guests that have stayed here rate this place:
4.8 out of 5
We don't want to give a review but are happy to give feedback. We don't want to give a review but are happy to give feedbackSeptember 2021
Lovely property in delightful grounds which had all the facilities you could hope for and was well set up for one to two families or for a group of friends. The beds were very comfortable, the kitchen was well stocked and the dining and living room areas are very comfortable and smart. Only minor criticisms are the aga can make the house too warm and we would have liked to know that the additional accommodation on the garden consists of two separate spaces rather than the one joined space we had expected. This matters when you stay with children. And one final thing, we saw deer in the bottom garden and lots of bird life, which made the stay magical.August 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at valley view house. The views are amazing. It was a peaceful and calming environment with ponies, cows and donkeys left free to roam the streets. House is close to fordingbridge which has good local amenities. We enjoyed our daily walks through the various paths and met lovely locals. We were greeted by deers who passed through the fields in the back garden. The weather was mixed but that did not stop us from enjoying our walks through the forest. We would love to visit valley view house again!August 2021
We had a fantastic week at Valley View. It is an incredible house in a beautiful location. The house is very well equipped and extremely comfortable. There is plenty of space inside and out, and stunning views. We are a family ranging in age from 7 to 80 and it suited us all. We did not get in the car all week, enjoying walks in various directions exploring the area, and meeting all the local wildlife. It was very peaceful and restful and we would highly recommend this beautiful place to stay.August 2021
10/10 Super holiday, would recommend for sure!! - Alan, Wiltshire
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.
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.
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
Fantastic place to stay, herd of deer wandering through every morning, views of cows and ponies on the moor.
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.
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.