This cottage is idyllic; Originally the gardeners cottage for the Shackleton Estate it is set up a long private driveway off a tiny country lane near Boldre. You walk the last 50m between the lawns, up an Azalea lined path to the kitchen door. It is located within the bounds of the New Forest National Park, with the open heath and and Royden woods just a sort walk away. There are also 3 excellent local pubs within walking distance. This beautiful cottage makes the perfect base for exploring the New Forest, with its superb walks, beautiful scenery and pretty villages, yet you are also only minutes from the sea with beaches, yacht charter, fishing expeditions and half hourly ferry links to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle.
Ideal for a family or friends or a luxurious romantic getaway the cottage will happily accommodate up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms. It is furnished and decorated with an ecletic mix of antique and modern furniture along with artwork from around the world. Escape to cosy log fires in the winter and with a south and easterly aspect, the cottage and garden capture the sun beautifully all year round.
The Kitchen is fitted with a professional quality Range style gas cooker with 5 hobs,2 ovens and a grill. There is a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster etc and keen cooks will not find it lacking in anything needed for daily use or special entertaining. There is a Radio/CD/tape player with an IPod connection and a breakfast area with table and chairs. Double doors lead out of the kitchen onto the suntrap patio. The kitchen opens out to the downstairs hall and lobby area with access to the back door and utility room. The bathroom leads off here as does the dining room. The Dining Room has an antique extending table and chairs and open fireplace. There is also a desk in here should anyone need a little space to work in!! The Sitting Room is light and cosy and again has an open fireplace, comfortable sofas and a TV, DVD and video. The Bathroom has a very big bath, hand basin and WC. The Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer is in an outbuilding. There is wireless internet throughout downstairs.
Short breaks and weekends are possible at 70% for 3 days and can be booked out of high season or as last minute bookings.
Bedroom 1 – has a Super King size bed and lovely views across the garden in two directions.
Bedroom 2 – has a Super King bed that can be set up as two singles and also has views of the garden in 2 directions and a balcony.
Bedroom 3 – This has a pair of enormous bunk beds with the lower one having full sitting headroom. It also has a beautiful garden view.
The upstairs Bathroom is off a small landing between the main bedroom and bunk room. It is fitted with a large shower, hand basin and WC.
Travel cot, stair gate, high chair etc are available.
The Garden is stunning and tranquil with 4 areas of lawn to relax on, mature trees, unusual shrubs and beautiful flowers. There is a sun trap patio outside the kitchen French Windows with wooden furniture and a Barbeque. There is also a table and chairs on the top lawn from where you can sit and enjoy the view of the garden . Its like being in a world of your own with no one else in sight. There is lots of parking for 3 cars at the end of the garden and then the drive heads off another 50m to the lane beyond that. Well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement, and being the New Forest nearly all the pubs are dog friendly!