'Criddlestyle Cottage' is a 5 bedroom, single storey cottage and 'Mews Hill' is a 5 bedroom 2 storey chalet only 1 mile from the centre of Fordingbridge or 15 minute walks to the Sandy Balls holiday complex famous for its excellent facilities, including a large leisure centre, bike hire centre, restuarant and family pub, spa and riverside walks (see www.sandyballs.co.uk). The world renowned 'Three Lions' restaurant run by Michelin Star chef Mike Wormersley is also only minutes away.
The Properties have their own self contained gardens and parking. If you want to bring your horses with you there is also an adjoining 2 acre paddock and double Stable for horses that is available to either Property.
For an extra charge there is 110 yards of exclusive private fishing on the Hampshire Avon only a few hundred yards from the cottage. There are 5 good swims suitable for specimen coarse fishing with Barbel up to 14lb 10oz, Chub up to 7lb 1 oz, Roach up to 3lb 3 oz and carp up to 28lb.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: If the New Forest National Park itself is not enough there are plenty of other attractions nearby. A brand New Forest Discount card is part of the welcome pack to use during the stay giving discount to restaurants, attractions etc in the New Forest. http://www.brandnewforest.com
Salisbury Cathedral is 20 minutes drive, Beaulieu Motor Museum and Exbury gardens are only 30 minutes away and the wonderful beaches of Bournemouth and Poole are also only 25 minutes away.
Paultons Park adventure park is 20 minutes drive.
The Sandy Balls nature reserve is a few minutes walk and the the Sandy balls leisure complex, restuarants, shops and other facilities are 15-20 minutes walk.
The world reknowned Three Lions restuarant is literally just around the corner and there are approximately 10 pubs within 10 minutes, most of which serve excellent food.
For shopping, Fordingbridge is a pretty small riverside town only one mile away with a good range of shops including a large CO-OP. For a more extensive range, Ringwood is 10 minutes drive and has a large Waitrose and Salisbury and Christchurch are both about 20 minutes drive in opposite directions.
The Hampshire Avon offers some of the best coarse fishing in the country as does the nearby Dorset Stour. there is also excellent game fishing in the nearby Rockbourne fishery and further afield on the Itchen and Test. There is also a 16' boat on a trailer with a 10hp engine for hire ideal for fishing in Poole and Christchurch harbours.
For the extra charges already quoted, you can have 110 yards of the Hampshire Avon to yourself. Five excellent and varied swims suitable for expert specimen coarse fishing. The Hampshire Avon offers some of the best barbel, chub and roach fishing in the country and on this stretch barbel have been caught up to 14lb 10 oz and roach to 3lb.
Immediately adjoining this stretch of river, is the Sandy Balls estate, where it is possible to fish a further 1/2 mile stretch on a day ticket available from the the Sandy balls cycle hire shop, for £10 pp per day. Please note that to fish both stretches, you must have a valid rod license
GOLF: Within 15 minutes drive is the world renowned Remedy Oak (www.remedyoak.co.uk) and within 10 minutes drive is Bramshaw golf club with its Manor and Forest courses. The Forest Course is the oldest course in Hampshire and offers a very unique experience where you literally play amongst the ponies. (See www.bramshaw.co.uk). Within 30 minutes drive are many other fine courses including, Ferndown, Stoneham, Parkstone, Broadstone, Hamptworth, Queens Park, Meyrick Park, Brockenhurst to name but a few.
If you are considering organising a golfing trip and you are new to the area please contact the owner who is a keen golfer and has played most if not all of the local courses and would be happy to help.