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Why Owner chose New Forest District
This historic building was build in and around 1789. Queen Victoria has visited a few times with Prince Albert and was very taken with the place. It is very quiet although in the summer months we have a chorus of birdsong starting in the early hours of the morning. Its a very private place which offers sea views from both upstairs bedroom and dining and drawing room downstairs.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Very quiet and you are surrounded by nature and tranquility.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
A very special place to unwind and relax
Lovely situated, plenty to do in surroundings
Very helpful owners that jumped in right away with electrical heaters when the Thermostate did not work. We had a great tour around the estate grounds and the kids loved the tenniscourt and finding the geocache situated near the shoreline.
Fabulous location and wonderful building
We stayed for 2 nights as a last minute break, which was much needed by all four of us. Blessed with great weather, we found the beach an absolute treat and enjoyed the tennis court and walled gardens. Marianne was a delightful host who recommended the East End Arms for a splendid evening meal and we were not disappointed. The property itself was interesting and well equipped with wonderful views.
Thank you for a most enjoyable stay!
Idyllic relaxing retreat for families (&pets!)
We arrived to be greeted by Marianne, our very welcoming host, who gave us a tour of the property and grounds. We’d booked a 2 night stay to give our kids a digital detox (they’re 9 & 12), and to give our 14 week old Labrador pup her first holiday. What a fabulous location! Gardens to explore (a lake for my eldest son who is nature mad to search for amphibians - and yes a toad visited each night), tennis courts - of which we made full use. A short path through woodland leads down to the beach (sand & shingle). Here our pup had her first glimpse of the sea (and a splash in it). The kids skimmed stones across the surf. The next morning we took the kids & dog to the Calshot Activity centre - under 10 min drive away. Here they scaled huge climbing walls and sped down a ski slope in rubber rings. The cafe there goes onto the beach (somewhere for the dog to play), so worked out well. We then visited nearby Beaulieau Motor museum & Abbey (dog friendly) - lots to see there and beautiful open spaces.
The accommodation was comfortable & quirky - castle turrets & an unusual shower. Main bedroom is very spacious has fantastic views. We enjoyed the Neals Yard toiletries and, from the kitchen, the good quality coffee all complimentary.
Marianne was very helpful with all our enquiries, recommending dog friendly pubs & restaurants. Marianne has 2 Labrador’s, one of which had just had pups. My sons were delighted to be invited in to Marianne’s house to see them. All in all, a fabulous accommodation and a very warm & welcoming place to visit. Will come again!
There can be no doubt that having a beach running along the bottom of the garden makes this property a perfect location for a getaway. We did have an issue with ladybirds looking for somewhere to hibernate for the winter which was not the owners fault - just nature doing its thing - but none the less, it was rather off putting. The owners were very good and acted on the problem very quickly. I can't praise the maintenance man and his daughter highly enough for checking continuously that we were ok. The kitchen was not as well equipped as I would have liked but there was enough there to do the basics. The trek to the bathroom for middle of the night visits was also a bit of a bind. Overall (for us) the property was a little too big but we did have a very enjoyable time. It was lovely to watch the boats sailing the Solent of an evening and we were very lucky with the weather. I would like to thank the owners for their friendliness and fairness in giving us a small refund for the ladybird issue and also for leaving us gifts which did make us laugh. Just one thing - and it is very small. It is lovely to have tea and coffee in the cupboard to use but even better if a pint of milk was in the fridge to make that first cuppa. We enjoyed walking along the beach to Calshot where we looked at the castle. The activity centre had a good range of facilities and a good cafe. We also enjoyed revisiting Bucklers Hard (we originally visited there 25 years ago whilst on our honeymoon). Both Lyndhurst and Lymington are good towns to go for shopping and browsing. We also travelled to Ringwood to visit Liberty's Centre where we saw how passionate the staff were about the animals in their care. Travelling to Swanage for a Sunday dining train experience is also a very worthwhile experience which we both thoroughly enjoyed.
We appreciated the visit from Sharon and Tony. Their observation of ladybirds is correct. At the time the entire south coast was enduring an infestation of ladybirds of Biblical proportions - unique in the 20 years we have lived here. As recognized by Sharon, we did all we could to respond to this invasion. Seperately we often recieve praise for the fully equipped kitchen. And, again, seldom do reviews comment on offered accommodation being too big rather than too small but there is not much we can do about that.
A beautiful and amazing place.
The property is exceptional! Beautiful architecture and surroundings and everything you need for a fabulous holiday by the sea. Very comfortable bedding and lounge furniture, amazing views and a perfect location. Exploring the garden and playing tennis are an added bonus. The owners are lovely and the property is very clean and tidy with many interesting features. The shower is great. We loved swimming in the sea at high tide, fishing and relaxing on the quiet beach watching the boats. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return in the future.
We also have a activity centre nearby, Calshot Activity Centre ( 5 min. drive) which offers:
Track cycling on indoor velodrome