at a Glance...
- 5 + 2 kids
- 3 Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms
- Forest Retreat
- Swimming Pool
- Child Friendly
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Sunnydell is a family friendly holiday cottage deep in the New Forest in Burley with, in peak season, a heated swimming pool.
This perky and quirky house is old and full of character with low ceilings making it feel perfectly cottagey and cosy. It has good downstairs sleeping options so will work well for mixed age groups.
You’ll find the cottage in a large clearing among ancient trees. It’s a calm, leafy oasis, where birdsong surrounds you, wild ponies hang their heads over the gate for apples, and best of all you can walk out, into the wild forest for miles in every direction. The village of Burley, lovely pubs and little shops are a 10 minute walk.
The property also has a ‘stables’ across the garden that include extra rooms including a great kids playroom and extra space for a nice relaxing and quiet yoga session (we recommend!). Ask us more about this space.
more about this place...
Please note – if you have booked for a low occupancy stay then the stables area will not be included in your booking. We may be able to open up the playroom for you as an exception. Please ask.
Inside the cottage
The newly renovated kitchen here is built for families to chat, play games and spend time around the big kitchen table, which seats 8. There is a modern wood burner here to heat you up on cold nights and the kitchen is well set up for cooks including a Magimix and bread maker!
There is a boot room to store plenty of the clobber and this also houses the main fridge freezer (a small under counter one is in the kitchen). The bathroom downstairs is bright, breezy and blue and has a bath and shower over the bath. This room is also the main downstairs toilet for in the cottage.
The sitting room is in the oldest part of the house and has low ceilings typical of old New Forest cottages. The fireplace and wood burner dominate the room which has a clever glassy alcove mini-library too.
Furthest from the kitchen, through the sitting room, you’ll find a downstairs double room with ensuite shower and toilet. The bed is 4’6″ so not the biggest but it’s a lovely room with double doors onto a garden terrace, which is a good sun trap and perfect for reading and resting quietly away from the pool.
Upstairs you’ll find a double room that can also be made into a twin, next door a small and bright single room in the rafters. There is room here for a travel cot too. There is minimal clothes storage space in this single room..
The site is a quarter of an acre in total and mostly set to lawn. There are a couple of apple trees to provide shade by the pool. Children will love to play games with each other, or tuck away around corners and escape.
For the twitchers we have nut hatches, great spotted and green woodpeckers, jays, tits, wagtails, starlings and sparrows, plus the odd buzzard flying over. All you need to do is put nuts and seeds in the feeders.
There are two seating areas, one under the apple tree, the other in the gravel area next to the barbecue. Sunbathers will want to move from one to the other to get maximum vitamin D! Four sun loungers are provided.
The pool is heated to 25-26 C from approx’ mid June to mid Sept – start and end dates depend on the weather. It is fenced, has a super-safe cover and a pool changing room in the Stables too.
One of the rooms is suitable for a travel cot but it’s quite a tight fit. You may be able to use the playroom also. Please ask, or we can move toys across for you. We provide 2 cots and 2 high chairs. There are child friendly biking trails from the house. And a horse riding centre nearby which is great for kids.
Create your own treasure hunt for kids in the woods – bury real treasure for them and use our guide to make your map. (See our blog). Or go to the beach which is 20 minutes away by car.
Small groups and families wanting to sprawl out and relax.
What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…
The cottage is accessed by a bumpy gravel track. You don’t need a 4×4 but you do need to drive slowly.
Parking in winter can be wet by the third and fourth parking space.
The bedrooms in the cottage are quite tight.
Upstairs in the cottage, the double is also quite tight. Travel cots are best to go in the single room next door.
The kitchen table will seat 6-8 easily.
The sitting room will seat 6 on chairs/sofas. There is a beanbag and a large footstool too.
There is a small step coming in from the back door into the cottage and a slightly larger step into the Stables. There is a downstairs bedroom in the cottage and it has a walk in shower room with no steps.
So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’
And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’
£180 per night