Thinking of staying here? Prepare for a slow down… Wild ponies will wander past, the National Park in it’s leafy glory surrounds you, cows shamble up the village High Street…welcome to Brockwell in Brockenhurst.
The house is an oasis of calm in this already sleepy village. Walk inside and the serene style here will soon unruffle your feathers. It is smooth throughout; a neutral base colours, sleek finishes and considered touches. The garden cabana is a clever design and allows for inside / outside living in style.
It’s the perfect holiday base for exploring, resting and taking some well earned time out.
We can’t overstate that life in this particular village is hugely affected by the New Forest wild animals. Based on rights going back for centuries, it is animal access all areas…including the little street this house watches over. Walk to the shops and you’ll meet donkeys begging outside the mini Tesco’s or sleeping on pavements. Cattle sleep in the middle of the road. Last year, in the house just opposite, a donkey gave birth on their driveway!
Whilst set up for adults, families will also be comfortable here. Kids who are independent will love escaping into the wild to climb trees, get muddy knees or walk a minute to the nearby play park.
This period property is over 200 years old but the the house itself recently had a full make-over by local interior designer company, ‘Willow’ of Lymington. Now the atmosphere is bang on trend; fresh and calm. The new, open-plan kitchen-sitting room is well kitted out. It’s light and bright and stretches from one side of the house to the other. A butler sink, a big mirrored window, Moles Breath paint from Farrow and Ball… the interior designers didn’t miss a beat. You’ll also find a glossy AGA, a gas hob and two electric ovens and a full set of new SMEG appliances. The kitchen table seats 8.
The sitting room area is cosy with deep sofas for 5. It’s built for getting cosy and chatting. Fancy some music? Sonos speakers will give you amazing sound quality – just make sure you’ve got your app and details with you.
Upstairs you’ll find 3 chic bedrooms. The Master bedroom has a smart ensuite shower and can fit a travel cot. There is another double (king size) and a compact twin with singles that can be moved together. The style is modern, genteel and everywhere nods to the forest. We particularly loved a tailored seat of lush green velvet in the main bedroom.
● Forest fun! Play hide and seek in the Forest, escape with a book and find a quiet corner, and
watch wildlife. Foals are born May to June, so there are plenty to spot come summer.
● Bike it! There are superb bicycle trails from the cottage in all directions. If you need to hire bike kit and extras (such as child seats and dog trailers) or need cycling advice – try Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst. Our guests get 10% off, too! We love cycling from here deep into the forest to Bank (3.5 miles away to a good pub). Or there is the fabulous restaurant at The Pig Hotel. Horse lovers will be in their element, you can ride here at the stables locally.
● Just beachy! Sandy ‘Brockenhurst Beach’ on the river near Balmer Lawn Hotel is a short cycle or 15 minute walk away.
This idyllic spot, popular with locals, is a shallow stream ford. It’s perfect and leafy and for toddlers wanting a splash and a paddle.
● Giddy Up! Brockenhurst Riding Stables is in the village and has a great reputation.
Just so you know…
The house is semi-detached and shares garden borders with several other village houses.
It is 3 metres from the nearest parking place to the kitchen door, where there is a small step.
Downstairs is all on one level with an easily accessible toilet. There are good bannisters here.
£180 per night
We love the walking and exploring from here. Get out and about in any direction and you’ll find wild woods, broad heather-filled pastures and big skies.
Pop back to cafe, The Sett, for best coffee in town (from the coffee-connoisseur owner, that’s quite a tip).
We also love the walk to The Pig from the house. It’s a 45 minutes around the edge of the pretty village. You’ll definitely see all sorts of ponies, cattle and donkeys on the way. Stop for a drink there. They always have space in the bar or the sitting room. Then head off again into the deeper forest circling back to the house at the end. It’s a lovely trip.
Fancy some sea air? Lymington and the coastal walks are a 10 minute drive. The Saturday markets are lovely. You can get there by train too – 9 minutes across the heath.
|Master Bedroom :||King with room for travel cot. Ensuite shower.|
|Bedroom 2 :||King|
|Bedroom 3 :||Twin or Super king if made up together, this room is quite little.|
|Ensuite shower room :||Rain shower.|
|Family bathroom :||Rain shower over bath.|
|Garden :||A flat, small garden newly planted and fenced from neighbour gardens. The cabana room is central. Further planting is planned for winter 2018 so that in summer 2019 guests will find an archway between the grassed area and pebbled area by the house.
The garden is all about the cabana room and entertaining simply in style. There is a gas BBQ provided.
There is an outside picnic table which seats 8.
|Kitchen :||AGA oven and gas hob with two electric ovens. Double Butler sink. Coffee machine. Washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwashing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster and all new SMEG fridge/freezer appliances.
The kitchen table seats 6 and under the wall unit in the sitting room there are two fabric covered stools for extra seating.
|Mod Cons :||Sonos Speakers are provided for you to link up to from your Sonos App.
Smart TV and selection of SKY channels including Sky Sports, HD channels (but not movies).
You can use the Radio through the Smart TV.
WIFI here is good for the forest (18MBPS download).
|Connectivity :||WIFI is good.|
|Parking :||The front parking area is laid to gravel. You can fit 2 cars easily. There is plenty of space on the street outside for more cars and it is rarely busy. There are no parking restrictions. The ponies and wild animals will come into the garden unless you close the gates.|
|Pets :||1 small and well behaved dog allowed please. If you have a larger dog, we may consider it but it will have to stay in it's cage (yours, we don't supply one) in the house.
Other pets by request.
You can begin your stay on any day except Sundays
Arrive after : 3.30pm
Depart before : 10am
Tesco Express in the village centre is 7.5 minutes walk. There is a Sainsbury's Express, a good butcher, baker and independent veg' shop. There are masses of excellent little cafe's and two gift shops. We love Sett.
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