Pet Friendly Holiday Cottage Rental in Burley, Sunnydell

Sunnydell is a luxury, pet friendly holiday cottage rental in Burley New Forest, Perky and quirky, you’ll find it in a large clearing among ancient trees.  It’s a calm, leafy oasis, where birdsong surrounds you, wild ponies hang their heads over the gate for apples, and best of all you can walk out into the wild forest for miles in every direction.

The owners have travelled extensively and live nearby. Nigel is a graphic designers and Nikki ran a Montessori School in London for many years. The house is a clever extension of both their talents and an absolute delight for family and group gatherings.

The house and separate stables include an office and a playroom full of toys. There house sleeps 8 here with good downstairs sleeping options so it is particularly well-designed for VIP birthdays and those with little ones.



Up to 6-8 adults + max’ 4 children/babies.


We also offer low-occupancy bookings here midweek out of school holidays.

Priced from £600-£1200 for 2 nights midweek, £800-£1500 for weekends and £1500-£3300 for weekly stays.

Personally Visited?

Yes, we’ve loved staying here.


3: 2 double, 1 twin and one extra bed.


The kitchen table seats 6-8 comfortably.
An extra 4 day visitors are welcome.

For Kids

3 rooms are suitable for travel cots (one is little tight). There is a well stocked playroom.
The pool has toys and floats and a super-safe cover and a pool changing room in the Stables too.
There are child friendly biking trails from the house. And a horse riding centre nearby which is great for kids.
Create your own treasure hunt for kids in the woods – bury real treasure for them and use our guide to make your map. (See our blog).
r go to the beach which is 20 minutes away by car.

Special stuff

There is a 7 mile walk to lovely tea rooms between Burley and Brockenhurst up a disused railway. It’s perfect for cycling for families and the tea room do superb bacon sandwiches.
Look on our blog for our ancient tree map – you can start your trail from here to the most ancient and famous forest trees mapped on GPS.


There is a small step coming in from the back door into the cottage and a slightly larger step into the Stables. There is a downstairs bedroom in the cottage and it has a walk in shower room with no steps.
Only two bedrooms are upstairs at this property.

The Pool 

The pool is heated to 25-26 C from approx’ mid June to mid Sept – start and end dates depend on the weather.


Dogs accepted
There is a cleaning charge of £20.00 for your pet to stay.

Mod Cons

Bluetooth connected sound system,  32″ TV,  DVD player and good DVD selection, Wi-Fi internet (sometimes slow), Mobile Signal: Reasonable but can be patchy in the house / good on the driveway.

Mobile service

EE is tricky, Vodafone is good

Arrivals & Departures

Arrival is on Friday or Monday. Arrival is at 3.30pm and not before.
Departure Time: 10am sharp please.



About this place

About this place…..


There are other New Forest cottages which are closer to the beach, but over-looking this lovely place is a mistake – the beach is 20 mins away.

Nature lovers, tree climbers and curious families will love this New Forest cottage. The location in fantastic for exploring families and escapists – the trees just outside the garden gate are massive and superb for games and there is a stream nearby for ‘Chicken and Ducks’ game. Others will love the pool for summer and the garden games provide.

The cottage itself is over 250 years old and a typical New Forest woodland house: most of the walls are wobbly, ceilings are low and there are massive and ancient beams holding it all up. People over 6 foot tall will have to be very careful with their heads!

Throughout the cottage and stables the decoration is bright, breezy, with touches of bold colour. It’s home-from-home style and plenty of thought has been given to little extras provided for guests to make their lives easier.


The Cottage

Downstairs. The kitchen here is built for families to chat, play games and spend time around the big kitchen table, which seats 6-8. Some groups may need to do two meal sittings. In summer there is a picnic table just through the double doors.

There is a modern wood burner here to heat you up on cold nights and the kitchen is well set up for cooks. There are masses of cupboards for storage and two fridges. You’ll also be helped out by a Bosch dishwasher and a Zanussi cooker (gas with an electric oven). There’s also an under-counter fridge.

The newly renovated kitchen room faces the Stables building and there is a clear line of sight to the office and playroom across the lawns. For daytime babies kipping in the quiet areas in the stables, good baby monitors should reach. The distance exactly is 22 metres from the lefthand (as you are looking at the Stables pictures) bedroom plug, to kitchen windowsill plug.

There is a boot room to store plenty of the clobber that comes with big families and a washing machine too. Plus a brand new fridge/freezer for you here too.

The bathroom downstairs is bright, breezy and blue. This room is also the main downstairs toilet for in the cottage.

The sitting room is in the oldest part of the house and has low ceilings typical of old New Forest cottages.  The fireplace and wood burner dominate the room which has a clever glassy alcove mini-library too.

Furthest from the kitchen, through the sitting room, you’ll find a compact double room with ensuite shower and toilet(no door). The bed is 4″6 so not the biggest but it’s a lovely room with double doors onto a garden terrace, which is a good sun trap and perfect for reading and resting quietly away from the pool.

Upstairs you’ll find a small and bright double room in the rafters. There is minimal clothes storage space here. Next door is a twin room.

In the Stables

Just across the lawn (by about 20 metres) are the stables, recently total renovated in oak.

There is an office/reading/music room, which has full length bi-fold doors and looks onto the lawns facing the house. This room is perfect for spa treatments.

There is a well stocked playrooms with teepee and toys for smaller kids. The latter also has full length bi-folds and a good bathroom which can also be used as a shower/change room for the pool.

There is a garage which also has a garaged area for bikes, prams, mobility equipment and dog stuff. This can also be locked up.

The garden

The site is a quarter of an acre and mostly set to lawn. There are a couple of apple trees to provide shade by the pool. Children will love to play games with each other, or tuck away around corners and escape. The lawn is flat and good for badminton which we provide.

For the birder we have nuthatches, great spotted and green woodpeckers, jays, tits, wagtails, starlings and sparrows, plus the odd buzzard flying over. All you need to do is put nuts and seeds in the feeders.

There are two seating areas, one under the apple tree, the other in the gravel area next to the BBQ. Sunbathers will want to move from one to the other to get maximum vitamin D! Four sun loungers are provided.

Parking is two spaces inside the gate and two designated spaces by the backgate in the forest. Plus random short stay at the side of the track opposite the stable block for a single car or two.


Nigel designed the oak-framed stables renovation beautifully. They are light, airy and perfect for viewing the garden and playing children and just a short walk from the main cottage.

Grandparents or new parents who are staying, can escape during the day to the Stables area for quiet reading and a snooze, whilst the more active guests can walk out of the garden gate and explore nature, play hide and seek under the giant oaks. The kitchen and sitting room is in the main cottage and there is a clear line of sight to the rooms in the Stables across the lawns, so kids can always be seen. Importantly for families the garden is enclosed and the pool has a tracked pool cover – see below.

The pool

The pool is in working order but will be closed for use until June 2017. The cover is super strong and runs on tracks on the hardstanding by the pool. So when it is covered, it’s impossible to see or get at the water.

It is heated from mid May to mid September. If you are booking outside these dates, by 2 weeks then do please ask about heating. We can add at £150 surcharge to your booking for the heating – just ask.

It should be approximately 25-26 C when you arrive. It’s valeted weekly although a net is provided. We don’t give access to the boiler or temperature controls.


What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…

The cottage is accessed by a bumpy gravel track. You don’t need a 4×4.

Parking in winter can be wet by the third and fourth parking space.

The bedrooms in the cottage are quite tight.

Upstairs in the cottage, the double is also quite tight. Travel cots are best to go in the single room next door.

The kitchen table will seat 6-8 easily, not 10. Big families will need to do two sittings.

The sitting room will seat 6 on chairs/sofas. There is a beanbag and a large footstool too.


The cottage has parking for 3 cars.


Enjoying yourself here


This cottage is right in the middle of the National Park and bordered by forest on all sides. If you’ve not visited here before you’ll be pleasantly suprised by the sheer number of large and usually wild mammals. Here however, they tend to be calm and unphased by humans and from the garden gate you can easily see ponies, cattle and plenty of deer. There are foals and calves in summer. The deer are year-round forest dwellers. The larger Roe deer are easy to spot, the more graceful and spotted Fallow deer often pass by, freqently in summer with their large-eyed and long-legged babies in tow. Then in summer and autumn its not unusual to see the pigs who are turned out by local farmers for the pannage (wild harvest of acorns) of which there are masses all around Sunnydell.

It can be great fun to make a ‘hide’ in the woods during the day, then sneak in there at dusk to watch the animals. Watch some of Chris Packham’s stuff on You Tube to learn how to do it. You’ll hear and see animals easily and it’s a thrill to be so close to them in nature whilst they can’t see you. Children from 4 up will love it, but they do need to be super quiet and still to see anything.

There are superb trees to climb just next to the house. And also plenty of wood to forage for children to use in the fire pit back at Sunnydell – perfect for star-gazing and marshmallow cooking after supper.

BBQ by the pool

For more traditional summer fun you can BBQ by the pool and there’s also a full sized badminton kit including rackets and shuttlecocks.

Please also check our blog for more information about nature activities you can do with your family.

Burley is famed for its witches, smuggling and dragons. During the late 1950’s a famous ‘White’ witch named Sybil Leek lived here. She used to walk around the village in a long, black cloak with her pet jackdaw on her shoulder. Unfortunately, because her attire fitted the image of a wicked ‘black’ witch, the locals were upset by her presence and she decided to live in America where she continued writing many books on the occult and astrology, including “Diary of a Witch”. One of the gift shops was named by her and has her picture hanging by the old Jacobean fireplace inside.

The village hosts a fairy festival each year in mid August. The locals tell me it’s perfect for watching plenty of strange fancy-dress and pagan behaviour. Bring your best sparkly wings and join in!


Days Out

For children, we have blog posts about Catching Unicorns – great for little girls birthday parties. Or beach treasure hunts. Or my favourite, Swallows and Amazons days out on nearby beaches (with important preparation including watching Ray Mears series on TV for lots of Sunday evenings before your stay).

Special days out and celebrations

Kids can make ‘damper’ bread for a starter – and your adults and kids can cook it on forest sticks over the fire – eating the hot cheesy melty bread is basic, messy and delicious.

For main course, one of our local chefs does a great rustic fish stew, that he’ll cook and prepare for you on the bonfire. You can eat it with his delicious rough bread, broken up as you pass it around and mop up your soupy fishy stew. If you’re not getting a chef in, take your food outside there.

How about roasting marshmallows on the fire for desert, or ask the chef to prepare a locally grown fruity and creamy campfire pud.

For more information about celebrations for golden oldies read our blog here. 

For children, we have posts about Catching Unicorns – great for little girls birthday parties. Or beach treasure hunts. Or my favourite, Swallows and Amazons days out on nearby beaches (with important preparation including watching Ray Mears series on TV for lots of Sunday evenings before your stay).

For more fun there is a 5 minute cycle on quiet lanes to a woodland enclosure with more footpaths and cycle tracks. But you don’t have to go that far… you can really just walk out the gate and immediately you’re in the tall trees and the wildlife.

Up the hill is a 2 minute walk to the Burley Golf Course whichis open for visitors and guests. Or a 5 minute walk to two local pubs. For micro-brewery enthusiasts it’s a 10 minute drive to Ringwood Brewery. The beach is 20 minutes away.

There is tennis at David Lloyd which is 10 minutes away in Ringwood,  it offers reciprocal membership with most other David Lloyd clubs. It’s about £15 for a day pass (not sure if you have to be with a member, as I don’t think so).

For foodies…

For foodies we strongly recommend the 20 minute drive to the award winning restaurant The Pig. The gardens here are a must see. All their veg is grown within 5 miles and it tastes that good as well.

To relax….

We also love going to the incredible Herb House Spa at Limewood Hotel. And we have a 15% discount off midweek treatments for all our lovely guests.

And we’ve set up a partnership with My Personal Sanctuary, who’ll come and spoil you rotten at your home from home.

We are very happy to introduce our new partners, My Personal Sanctuary – a luxurious, relaxing and truly indulgent visiting spa service available across all our homes. Their highly experienced handpicked therapists will ensure you receive a luxury spa experience from the moment they arrive.

They have a comprehensive range of treatments and pamper packages to treat you from head to toe (using only the very best organic products). If you’d like them to tailor a treatment to suit you or your timings just let them know.

We couldn’t think of a better way to relax and add a touch of decadence to your stay with us.

Explore the full menu of treatments and pamper packages here.




Booking Information

Important information – Fireworks and noise at the cottage

Fireworks or any kind of floating lantern are absolutely not allowed on the property – ever.

What is included?

Your quoted rate is for the private use of the property for the agreed number of guests.
We provide: utilities; all bedding, tea towels and towels; hand soap; toilet rolls, dishwashing tablets, laundry powder, matches.
In the kitchen; salt and pepper, olive oil, a selection of teas and instant coffees, cling film, silver foil etc. There is a coffee machine for Nespresso pods. Please bring your own coffee pods.
We do not stock baby kit or toys so please bring your own.
We do not supply beach towels.
There is a BBQ stove and charcoal fuel enough for one BBQ provided for summer.

What you need to bring?

Please bring whatever your baby sleeps IN and ON, eg, sheets, Grobag, blanket – bring a flat sheet is best so it will definitely fit on the cot mattress. And also what your kids are going to play with including stuff for the beach.
Please also bring your own shampoo, hair conditioner, shower gel, etc.

Supermarket deliveries at Sunnydell Cottage

The track to the cottage is not suitable for supermarket trucks. We’ve tried it and it’s not worked so we’ve decided to disallow deliveries. The reason being is that some suppliers arrive in huge lorries which are not appropriate due to the narrow lane and limited turning circle. Additionally we do not want to cause any disturbance to neighbours.

The best option is to use the on-line click & collect services nearby.


The cottage has private parking for 3 cars.

Extra Services

Please let us know if you require additional services such as catering, childminding or housekeeping and we will happily put you in touch with excellent local providers.

Breakages Deposits

Breakages – We have a £500 damages deposit. (No transaction occurs; similar to a hotel, it is simply held against your debit/credit card until successful check out).
The deposit will then be returned to you as soon as we can, do remember that we are not a hotel and that in quiet times, it may be a few days before the cottage is checked.

Guest responsibilities

We fully expect you to take advantage of all that Sunnydell has to offer, and with that comes certain responsibilities. These are set out in the information pack provided in the cottage and in our terms and conditions. You and your party should take the time to read these documents.
Please pay particular attention to health and safety requirements, waste and recycling management, efficient energy and water usage, care and consideration of each property and its neighbours, and actions required prior to check out. You won’t find any of these too onerous.
Pool safety is definitely your responsibility! 

Extra charges you can expect when you stay:

Extra cleaning fees – where they become applicable;
The main clean inside the cottage and stables is covered in your rental fee. However where the cottage has been left particularly messily; toys/books/DVDs spread around, washing up to do etc we will take a charge from the breakages deposit. Usually this is £20-£40.

Where the BBQ has been used and not cleaned we charge £20.


We are a no smoking property – any smoking inside could result in your losing your breakages deposit.


There is a small step coming in from the back door into the cottage and a slightly larger step into the Stables. There is a downstairs bedroom in the cottage and it has a walk in shower room with no steps.  Only two bedrooms are upstairs at this property.


Sunnydell is deep in the forest in the village of Burley in the New Forest.

The cottage is not available for drop-in to visit it because it is very frequently in use by the owners, their friends, or artists in residence.



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