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Heather Cottage

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at a Glance...

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


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Book within 25 days and get up to 15% off. If there is an offer it will show in the pricing box. Offers for Spring finish 31st March.
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Go wild in the country. Want a Forest adventure?

Heather Cottage is ideal for families with kids who are independent spirits and yearn for the freedom to climb trees, get muddy knees, make dens, discover hidey-holes, follow tracks and enjoy Swallows and Amazon style adventures… All within a shout of
your holiday bolthole.

For right, slap, bang, opposite the cottage, through the garden gate and across an unfenced lane, stretches the New Forest National Park – a wonderful wooded wonderland in all its lush, leafy, wildness.

There’s a stand of awesome, gnarly, ancient oaks to clamber up, secluded ferny copses and sun-dappled glades to explore. The location is perfect for family getaways, allowing impromptu games of rounders, footie and frisbee-throwing on grassland manicured by grazing ponies.

And there is the fabulous restaurant at The Pig Hotel, just 7 minutes walk along the lane. (NFE have the concierge phone number…) Happy days!

Heather Cottage works as a bolt-hole for extended and multigenerational family groups or a couple of families holidaying together.

more about this place...

This charming 1930s period property is colour-washed duck egg blue under a tiled roof with dormer windows, arched porch, stained glass window panes, old-fashioned pull doorbell and interior doors of country planking with ironwork handles.

Inside the ambience is fresh, bright and relaxed in keeping with the well-travelled owners’ style (he
makes prosthetic legs for British Paralympians; she plays viola for the Academy of Ancient Music).
Along with their children (aged between 10 and 12), the house has been tried and tested as a family-friendly escape.

The sitting room is cosy with deep, squashy sofas, wooden boards, open fire in an exposed brick fireplace (for autumn and winter stays), Smart TV, bifold doors onto the terrace and gardens, and even a well-tuned upright piano which guests are welcome to play.

There is a spacious farmhouse style kitchen/dining/family room including painted cupboards, butler’s sink, range cooker and old-fashioned airer. With windows overlooking open Forest at the front and French windows onto a terrace at the back, this room allows parents to keep an eye on children from a comfortable distance. In addition, centre stage, is a big old dining table seating eight to 10 people – large enough for everyone to eat together. The family room has a Smart TV and further doors onto the terrace.

Styling is chic, yet quirky combining Victorian and Edwardian pieces with retro gingham and calming
neutrals. One bedroom is decorated in coastal blues and stripes, another in textured greys, while yet
another, under sloping eaves, features Cath Kidston’s classic spotty designs.

Altogether there are five flexible bedrooms, sleeping nine at most. We suggest the best fit is four to six adults and the rest are children.

Bedrooms include two doubles upstairs, one with en suite shower room, a double and single room downstairs (this bed is the top part of a bunk). Adjacent, there is a further shepherds-hut styled room with sofa bed (sleeping one) on the ground floor, plus mini kitchen area and ladder to a small low bed space in the eaves with king-sized mattress.

Bifold doors from the sitting room and French windows from the family room both open onto a new decked terrace that runs the length of the back of the house with al fresco dining area and relaxed seating area of wicker armchairs and sofa, topped by plump cushions, and funky bean bags for lounging.

The back garden view is into the pony paddocks and woodland. It gets masses of summer sun making it ideal for sunbathing. Fun for little ones is provided by a trampoline and mini-swing and slide. The house is south-facing, getting sun all day long, so it is super-hot in the summer, and gorgeous sunsets bathe the cottage in a golden glow in the evening. A chiminea stove can be lit to take the chill off evenings outside. Finish off your day by toasting marshmallows over a fire.

Here are our FIVE top things to do locally:

  • 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. Bikes come with the
    house (four adult mountain bikes and four children’s mountain bikes). If you need to hire more
    equipment and extras (such as child seats and dog trailers) or need cycling advice – try
    Cyclexperience in Brockenhurst. Our guests get 10% off, too!
  • Just beachy! Sandy ‘Brockenhurst Beach’ on the river near Balmer Lawn Hotel is a short cycle 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 5 doors down and their ponies graze the field behind.
    the house (so horse lovers can feed their equine friends while still in jim-jams). Or there is Warren
    Farm Stables, a short walk away in the direction of The Pig; the riding from here is lovely.


£350 per night

what makes this special...

The forest area opposite the house is perfect for kids to go wild and explore and play while still being
within sight and sound of parents. Just whistle them up for lunch, tea and supper – even breakfast if
they’re up and out with sunrise. Heather Cottage is a great spot for creating magical childhood

Kids will also love horse riding options here. The ponies who often live over the back garden fence can be ridden at Brockenhurst Stables just 5 doors down the lane.

The Pig is a destination for foodie’s across the country. And it’s 7-10 minutes walk from the house. You can even walk there for pudding. Make sure you also meander around the walled gardens. They grow much of their own food on site. The massages are fabulous there too.

Fancy some beach action? Milford on Sea beach is sandy between mid-low tide and is rarely busy even in peak summer. Tanners Lane beach is wilder and also nearby.

all the Essential details...


Bedroom 1 : Upstairs, double, ensuite shower. Space for a cot here too.
Bedroom 2 : Upstairs, double or 1 single in a kids room
Bedroom 3 : Downstairs, double or 1 single
Bedroom 4 : Downstairs, one high single bunk type bed or we can move the mattress to the floor, space for a cot.
Bedroom 5 : Downstairs Annexe, 1 single sofa bed, or upstairs in the low eves, 1 king accessed by ladder. Ensuite shower.


Bathroom 1 : Upstairs, family bathroom
Bathroom 2 : Ensuite shower room
Bathroom 3 : Ensuite downstairs shower room in the Annexe

All the rest...

Garden : Enclosed garden is well fenced behind. To the front, jumpy dogs might escape into the forest over the picket fence. Huge deck runs the length of the cottage at the back for summer evening sun. There is a BBQ here.
Kitchen : Big kitchen, table seats 8-10. Electric oven with induction hob. There is a washing machine and condensing drier in the boot room opposite.
Mod Cons : Wifi is ok. Roberts radio in the kitchen. Sound doc for MP3 players. 2 Smart TVs in the house.
Connectivity : The house has good wifi and the downstairs ensuite room has an ethernet cable.
Parking : Parking for 2 cars on the drive and 2 others outside (off the road), in front of the cottage.
Kids' Stuff : One travel cot and one high chair is provided. There is a good selection of toys and games for older children (from 5 upwards). A small slide in the garden and a medium size trampoline with cage in the garden. Bikes can be borrowed - please see main description. The garden is enclosed here.
Pets : 2 dogs max please. The garden is enclosed here but Houdini's may jump out over the front picket fence.
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Arrival & Departure

Arrive after : 3.30pm

Depart before : 10am

good to know...

We're all locals so if you have any queries about the information we have provided or have any special requests for your stay, please just ask:

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don't just take our word for it...

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Heather Cottage

We very much enjoyed it and found both the accommodation itself and the condition of the place to be lovely, and with a great location- thank you.

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Mr J and family4 Jan 2019

An extremely comfortable cottage with plenty of room for an extended family to stay and in a beautiful location. We had a great stay, the only improvement on our part is that next time we must stay longer!

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Jon L. July 2018

Great stay - house was so clean and welcoming.

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Kirstin. July 2018

Heather Cottage

Balmer Lawn Rd, Brockenhurst SO42, UK

the location...

Brockenhurst, or ‘Brock’ to the locals, is a sleepy little red brick village in the centre of the new forest. It is encircled entirely by National Park, heathland and ancient forest.

A ford runs through the middle of the village and ponies and donkeys rub their ears on the street lights. You can take a fast train to Waterloo in well under 2 hours.

The high street is well worth a visit to explore the little cafe’s and of course a fantastic butcher, baker and a candlestick seller (very good independent DIY store) no less. The village is central in the lower half of the forest area. You can reach the beach in 12 minutes by car or by 2 hours walk. It’s got a lovely young vibe and during term time the village is full of students from Brock College.