Chic, artsy, relaxed cottage in East End with open Forest directly opposite the driveway – for escapist walking and superb off-road cycling. Turn left to local beaches and right to The PIG (first of the acclaimed group) for a smart lunch.
The house is opposite the most extraordinary group of ancient oaks that feature in forest folklore for hundreds of years. Gypsy Wood is a collection of over 100 huge trees on a small knoll surrounded by heathland, free-roaming wild deer, ponies, cattle and the occasional pig. It is an escapists’ heaven.
And so is, using the owner’s beach hut, which is all kitted out for sandcastle and book reading mini-breaks, at Milford-on-Sea. For a charge of £30 per day, the hut is yours.
Emma’s home is full of beautiful details from statement fireplace to vintage American furniture, tailored leather corner sofa and an armchair in slate velvet, plus a collection of equine art.
The kitchen is well set up for cooking and entertaining and the kitchen table seats seven to eight. The annex bedroom is ideal for those wanting peace and quiet, such as new mums and dads, teenagers and grandparents. (Or those who’ve not finished their novel yet!) Our favourite bedroom is done in soft browns and rusts, it has Williamsburg American arch bed, (small at 4″6 but utterly lovely).
Your private outside space looks like a Country Living stylist put it together. Perfect for catching the sun and feels like your own oasis.
Throw open the bi-folds and extend the kitchen onto a suntrap flagstone terrace, plus there are two smart sun loungers and picnic table at the end of the garden for sundowners.
There is no charge for the hut, but this also means it’s as you find it. We don’t clean it for guests and ask people to leave it as they find it. If you visit after a rough storm, it might be lopsided or being hoisted back into place…
Normally, inside you’ll find a camping gas stove, tea and coffee-making kit and deck chairs, plus boogie board and blow-up flotation toys for kids stowed in the bench seat. It would be worth taking a flask of hot water in case the stove or kit is damaged from storms.
The location is wonderful whatever time of year – after a walk down the beach on a cold winter’s day snuggle down with hot drinks or enjoy shade and private changing space when swimming in summer.
You could fit a baby’s travel cot in one of the rooms, but it is a tight squeeze. However, this isn’t really a house for toddlers and small children
Romantics, escapists, walkers, family breaks (with older children and teenagers).
With high gardens fences on two sides, the house is private but has limited views.
There is no BBQ here.
There are no steps from the parking area by the house to the doorstep, although there is a small step into the house. Once you’re in there are no steps in the house as it’s all on one level. Small wheelchairs are fine here, but the bathroom isn’t designed to be wheelchair friendly. To get to the cabin, through the back garden, there is a small lip out of the kitchen’s bifold doors, along a flat gravel path and a small step into the cabin.
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£290 per night
The walking opportunities – our favourite is heading across the heath and Forest to The PIG near Brockenhurst (takes about two hours, dodging ponies on the way). The food is fab and mostly grown and sourced within 25 miles.
For those who like it beachy, hire the owners’ beach hut in Milford on Sea – a delightful coastal village. The beach is sandy half-way to low tide and the views across to the Isle of Wight are wondrous.
Want to bring your horse to go riding on the Forest? You can. The owner’s stables are five minutes’ drive away.
|Bedroom 1 :||Double|
|Bedroom 2 :||Double|
|Bedroom 3 :||Single four poster bed|
|Bedroom 4 :||Double with ensuite in the Annexe|
|One :||Family bathroom in the main house|
|Two :||Ensuite in the Annexe|
|Garden :||Small but enclosed garden with BBQ and seating for al fresco dining plus two sun loungers during the warmer months.|
|Kitchen :||Two ovens / Gas hobs / Fridge freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble dryer|
|Mod Cons :||32" TV, Bluetooth sound system, Digital radio|
|Connectivity :||Free WiFi and mobile signal is ok for Vodafone & O2, EE not so good|
|Parking :||Off street parking for 1 car, space for 2 more at the end of the track|
You can start your escape on any day except Sunday
Arrive after : 3.30pm
Depart before : 10am
Guide Dogs welcome. Well behaved dogs considered.
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New Forest Escapes, Westmead, Pless road, Milford on Sea, Hampshire, SO41 0NY.
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