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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.
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.
£350 per night
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.
|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|
|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.|
Arrive after : 3.30pm
Depart before : 10am
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