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Forest Edge

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at a Glance...

  • 9 + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly


You can find this bright and airy family home on the edge of a little village, surrounded by fields, forest and heathland.  It is perfect for exploring the area. Come here for relaxation, family adventures and slice of life in the slow lane. Our favourite wild beach and Lymington town are all close – about 5 minutes drive for both.

The immediate surrounds of the heathery moor and forest are beautiful. The views are dotted with ponies in every direction. Especially in the centre of the village. Apart from dog walkers, it’s mostly the ponies you’ll meet on your travels. This area is a favourite haunt of the local New Forest breed and you’ll also meet donkeys, cows, (and possibly the odd pig in Autumn) roaming through the village. All call this area home, and will graze right up to the front gate.

The beach at Tanners Lane, wild and totally unspoilt, is 3 miles to the south. The coastal path here is in good condition and the views to the Isle of Wight are superb.  Lymington is also 3 miles. It is charming, full of bustle and life. Foodies have plenty to look forward to here too.

All-in-all it’s a lovely holiday house, well presented and set up for families, in a great spot. Get ready for British village life at it’s best.

more about this place...

The house is mainly open-plan downstairs. The kitchen is galley-style and has masses of cupboard space and kit for cooking. The kitchen table seats 8 and there are two big glass doors which slide open onto the terrace from this side of the house.  

The sitting room has masses of places to sit around and relax. The style is eclectic, colourful and easy-going. Just off the sitting room is a narrow room with a single bed, TV for kids, and a sturdy table football set. All great for the kids to escape to.

Upstairs the bedrooms are big and bright. One has a super king, the other a king and a single next to it. Downstairs, there is a double bed with access on one side only, and next door, a twin or super king if they are made up together.

The bathrooms aren’t the newest but they are functional, clean and sparkle. Towels are fresh and fluffy and no shortcuts are taken for your comfort.

If you want to plan family meals and celebrations, you’ll find plenty of smart serving bowls in the kitchen to help you serve up a treat. There’s a good BBQ for you too. All perfect for family entertaining and enjoying the sunsets on long summer evenings. If you don’t fancy cooking, then head to our blog for the best places to go, or ask us for help with finding a caterer. 

Outside the garden is mainly laid to lawn, perfect for family games in the summer. The views from the back of the house are out over the well-managed paddocks of the village small holdings. You’ll see mainly ponies, some sheep and possibly the odd cow. In the evenings the sun sets here are first class and framed by the hedgerow oaks. 

The owners Stephen and Louise were locals here when their kids were younger. You’ll see evidence around the house of their kids love of polo and sailing, even stables out the back. They love the village in summer and say that is really comes to life, with plenty of pretty gardens to visit and cream teas on offer. Check the National Open Garden Scheme for details. They also said that all their guests must visit the village post box where the box-exchange runs. 

If you need more space than the garden, then simply hop across the cattle grid. The little lane outside is a cul-de-sac of the prettiest and most perfect kind where learning to cycle and family walks with small people is the norm’. Walk it’s length (about 4 minutes) and you’ll find yourself on the bowling green flat and pony-nibbled grass fields of Pilley Green. Here the local kids come to play the odd game of football (dodging yet more ponies) and running around games.

The Fleur De Lys pub is one of the oldest in the New Forest and 500 metres from the house (measured!) It’s recorded that the first pint was pulled there in 1096. It’s as British and lovely as they come. A deep thatched roof, massive oak beams, vast fireplaces, wobbly floors and walls. Vanessa and Steve now run it. The food here is good and plenty of locals return time and again.  In winter there is no better spot to hide from the world and get cosy. For those fancying the paranormal there is plenty on offer here too. The Grey Lady is a resident. Apparently the well ‘shows activity’ and if you’re late enough you might be unlucky enough to hear the bumps that come in the night. 

The village shop is fantastic. Small, community-run and stocking all sorts of basics. They have a micro cafe at the front which is well worth a visit. Stopping here for 30 minutes will help the most frazzled of folk to absorb the sleepy-feel here. 

For those wanting a day walk with a special meal (and others can drive here and meet the walking crowd), we suggest heading north from here and after 2 hours walk, you’ll  reach The Pig Hotel (crossing only one road on the way). If you can’t get the slot you want, don’t worry, call the office and we’ll try for you. We have the concierge number…



£300 per night

what makes this special...

all the Essential details...


Bedroom 1 : Upstairs - Super king size bed
Bedroom 2 : Upstairs - King size bed, single bed
Bedroom 3 : Downstairs - 2 singles or 1 Super king size bed
Bedroom 4 : Downstairs - Double Bed (5ft)


Family Bathroom : Upstairs bathroom with shower over head
Family Bathroom : Downstairs bathroom with bath, separate shower, bidet

All the rest...

Garden : Large garden of 2/3rds an acre, mainly laid to lawn. Views to pony paddocks and small holdings from the kitchen and patio.
There is a charcoal BBQ for guests to use and a big picnic table.
Kitchen : Nespresso coffee machine, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, washing machine, drying machine and two fridges and a freezer.
Mod Cons : There is a 42" Smart TV in the sitting room. It is equipped with BT, Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Roberts Radio in the kitchen.
Connectivity : Wifi is reasonable in the house. It can (and does!) play Netflix'.
Parking : Room for 3 cars parking on the driveway. More can park in the village parking just across the road by the shop (one minute walk).
Pets : Yes. 2 well behaved dogs are accepted.
Garden : 3.30pm check in please.

10am check out please.
Garden : Village Shop is Pilley Stores - a short walk at minute or so away.
Fleur de Lys Pub is 500 metres from the door and is lovely - well worth a visit for food or drink.
Beach - we love Tanners Lane - about 2 miles due south - great for dog walks, wild beaches, park here and walk to Lymington.
Train - Lymington Town or Pier station is 7 minutes. Or Brockenhurst which is the mainline London station which is 10 minutes north east.
Town for most shopping - Lymington - 3 miles.
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Boldre Working Mens Club, Pilley St, Pilley, Lymington SO41 5QP, UK

the location...

Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’.  Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in it’s interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.