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Whistlestop

...secret-garden, sanctuary, sauna

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New Forest adventurers, you have arrived at your destination…

What a spot. Cocooned amongst its own secret garden, our hand-crafted shepherd’s hut provides just the ticket for a whistle-stop tour of Brockenhurst’s glorious countryside. And, after a day of free range fun, a little sanctuary of wellness awaits back home…

Alongside your top-notch sleeping/living ‘quarters’, you have a separate (and rather swanky) privy, and a state-of-the-art Infrared sauna at-the-ready… there’s no such thing as roughing it here!

Inside the gorgeous main cabin, Whistlestop certainly pulls out all the stops to make your stay feel a little luxe; Known as the Rolls Royce of shepherds huts, the high-spec workmanship, log burner, and nifty design details throughout adds to the experience of utter New Forest escapism. As night falls, you can toast marshmallows by the fire pit before getting toasty undercover, and hunkering down for the night.

Breakfast with birdsong (your B&B hosts can whip up a locally-sourced brekkie if pre-agreed) & get ready to explore-  endless acres of biking, walking & nature-watching await on your doorstep… what a treat!

Perfect for a car-free/carefree weekend away, the railway line that lies behind your secret garden, means that you can swap Waterloo for wanderlust in just a couple of hours!

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£120 / night

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Inside

Sitting pretty amongst its own private garden plot, we love how Whistestop’s main hut exemplifies the small, but perfectly formed design ethic. After a night under the stars, get toasty by the log burner with a mug of something, or sink into bed with a good book (there’s also the TV if you are in the middle of a Netflix-a-thon).

We particularly love how the built-in double bed here creates a charming little nook. With creature comforts close-to-hand, a morning started here would feel rather special. Sleep with the windows and door opened and fall asleep to the purr of the trains & calls of nature.

Glamping just got an upgrade... The separate 'privy' is only 5 steps away, and this private bathroom hut is all yours! A little more swish than most, the beautiful craftsmanship of this hut actually earnt it a place amongst a Chelsea Flower Show installation. Complete with shower, WC (and gorgeous Bramley products to-boot), we loved it just as much as the main hut!

Inside and outside merge at Whistlestop, so please do hop over to the next Outdoor section to read about your sauna & grounds!
Floor plan

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 Double bed / Cotton bedding / Hair dryer / Bath robes & slippers.

Bathrooms...

Private Privy/ Bathroom Walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin and wc.

All the rest...

Mod ConsFlat-Screen SMART TV / DAB Roberts Radio / Good WiFi connection.
KitchenNespresso machine / Mini fridge / Kettle.

If pre-agreed with your hosts in advance, you will be able to privately arrange a breakfast order (they will be catering for their own B&B guests and this order is a private arrangement that is separate to your New Forest Escapes booking).
Kids' StuffA travel cot dimensions - L120cm x W60cm x H77cm, high chair and children's crockery & cutlery are available.
Pets1 dog is welcome here - with a small charge per dog, per stay. Garden is fenced and enclosed but houdinis may escape.

Outside

Starting with the cherry on top, we love how the Infrared sauna is tucked away at the bottom of your plot. Easy to use, and great for a host of wellness benefits, this unexpected treat is the perfect remedy after a day of forest stomps.

With the main shepherds hut on one side, and the privy on the other, your garden haven creates a lovely and private oasis of calm. Flow inside and out with ease to sit, sip and feast alfresco style.

Guests have a parking space located right outside of your sanctuary, and as mentioned in our Home Truths section, your garden is located next to the B&Bs communal garden. *** Please do refer to our home truths section for more information •••
GardenGarden dining table & chairs / Infrared Sauna / BBQ / Fire pit / Garden hose.
ParkingThe shared driveway has room for 1 car.
EV ChargingThis property offers rapid electric vehicle charging from the carpark. At the time of booking, you will be required to select if you have an electric vehicle. A £35 surcharge is applicable for each EV car per booking. Please bring your own charging cables and inform us of your vehicle registration.

Home truths

The Brockenhurst Railway line runs alongside Whistlestop’s garden, so you will hear the purr of the trains going to and from (they tend to start at 6am and stop at 11pm as a guide). We think this is a plus, especially as you will be able to walk from Brockenhurst Train Station to Whistlestop within just 10 minutes or so!

Your lovely hosts are located on-site in their B&B. Whistlestop is at the back of the premises, but your private shepherds hut plot is next to the B&Bs communal garden. After you have booked, if you would like to order a locally-sourced and fresh brekkie as an extra to your stay (lucky you!), you will be able to liaise directly with Cheryl & Ciaran… we have it on good authority that their granola is a winner!

Accessibility

There is a step up to both the main hut, and the privy hut.

Booking Information

Included in your booking cost are: all bedding and linen, towels, bath robes and flip flops. Enjoy!

Arrival & Departure

Arrive from: 4pm
Depart before: 10am

Payment Info

Deposit: 50% at booking
Balance Due: 45 days before you stay
Security Deposit: £150

Location, location, location...

With the bottom of the garden sitting alongside the railway tracks, you can walk to Whistlestop straight from Brockenhurst Train Station in just 15 minutes. Bikes can be rented and collected from Cyclexperience at Brockenhurst Train Station.

You'll pass the top of the 'High Street' on your travels, which is just 0.7 miles from your door. Brockenhurst's buzzy little village centre has all you need to stock-up; including a butchers, bakers (making the best doughnuts in the New Forest!), grocers, and locally-stocked convenience store. There are also plenty of pubs here, so you'll never be far from refreshments!

Your lovely hosts have a wealth of information on walks and biking tracks nearby (Setley Pond is beautiful, as is Rhinefield’s Ornamental Drive), but you're just minutes from being in the great outdoors and open forest. After a day or two of exploring and taking the scenic route, we highly recommend a pamper at the nearby Senspa (1 mile away) or a homegrown feast at The Pig (1.8 miles away.)

For day- tripping, Lymington's boat bobbing town & Saturday market is a must. You can catch the train in just 10 minutes.

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Guests that have stayed here say...

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The attention to detail, and craftsmanship in both of Whistelstop's huts are just incredible! I loved how the ... Read More
A perfect off-grid getaway for two in the heart of Brockenhurst. I love the interiors here & there is a great ... 11/3/24 Read More

Guests that have stayed here say...

The attention to detail, and craftsmanship in both of Whistelstop's huts are just incredible! I loved how the plot here makes you feel like you have stumbled upon your own little countryside haven, and I would start and finish my days here in the sauna... what a bonus!

A perfect off-grid getaway for two in the heart of Brockenhurst. I love the interiors here & there is a great outdoor space to enjoy (even a sauna!). With just a short walk into the village & local pubs, there is so much to explore here.

Lauren 11/3/24