Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday cottage in Waverley - Woodpecker Cottage
4/5 bedroom cottage (sleeps 8) in area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
VisitBritain 4-star rated, Woodpecker Cottage is quietly situated down a country lane, offering all the delights of the English countryside, yet within under-an-hour’s commute to the heart of London. This century-old wisteria-clad cottage with wonderful enclosed garden (and local woodpeckers!) has been fully renovated, extended and artistically furnished. Modern conveniences include: Wifi, full central heating, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, hairdryers, Sky/SMART TVs, Blu-Ray DVD players, sound system, baby equipment and exceptionally comfortable beds, with linen and towels provided. Set in the heart of National Trust land and woods, the area is a haven for walking, golfing, cycling, fishing, swimming, bird watching and visiting historic country homes and RHS Wisley. With easy road and rail links to Central London (with all its major attractions) you are also under an hour's drive from the South Coast and major theme parks: Legoland, Chessington, Thorpe Park. Weekly rentals from Friday or Saturday only.
- Low Allergen Environment
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
About Adrienne Burgess
We are a couple who have worked mainly in the theatre and the arts, although Adrienne is now a writer/researcher specialising in fatherhood and Martin enjoys new-age ideas, while also working as a communications coach. We have been renting out properties for almost 40 years (two small apartments originally) and first tried holiday rentals with this country cottage from 2006. As that has been such a success, and we have now moved from our main family home in the heart of London, we have been letting that as a holiday rental also, since July 2008. That is going brilliantly, too. We love people to love our homes - and we love making them comfortable!
Adrienne Burgess purchased this cottage in 1990
Why Adrienne Burgess chose Waverley
This was our own country cottage while our children were growing up. We chose it because it is such a short distance from Central London yet in a wonderful secluded position. Now we have moved to an area of London which has a lot of green space, we no longer need to use Woodpecker Cottage regularly - although we still delight in popping down to enjoy it, and keep an eye on things . . .
What makes this cottage unique
Woodpecker always feels as if it's its own little world. When we go down we often plan to visit the many fascinating attractions nearby - from the Steam Railway to Wisley Horticultural Gardens. And sometimes we do. But more often we simply stay in the cottage and garden, or wander through the woods outside our own front door. Bluebell time is spectacular: every year we gasp at the carpets of bluebells in our woods. Wisteria-time is another joy: Woodpecker is draped in it, and the sweet smell permeates every room. But winter is gorgeous too - frosted twigs, snow soft beneath your feet. And you can stay inside in the warm while still appreciating the glorious outdoors, because of the magnificent views from every window...
My husband Martin and I love to contribute as much as we can. In addition, Woodpecker Cottage and our guests are blessed to be looked after locally by our housekeeper-gardener-and-generally-wonderful-person Elizabeth Finneran who can pop round at a moment's notice. 'Leave-it-to-Lizzie' (as she is often called), is ably supported by another Elizabeth (Elizabeth Cole) and by two terrific builders, Peter Finneran and Billy Jones, who keep on top of the maintenance. In London, our administrator, Carole McEwan, deals with the paperwork promptly and efficiently.
Guestbook comments from the manager
You have a wonderful cottage! It felt like home. We enjoyed every minute of our two-week stay. Everything was fantastically well thought out and explained and everything worked very well. The children particularly enjoyed playing in your wonderful garden. Summer loved the 'lavender' coloured bedroom and was asleep in 5 minutes after great fun in the unique bath. Long may families enjoy your little corner of paradise!