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Sunnydell Cottage

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at a Glance...

  • 6-8 + 4 kids
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Swimming Pool
  • Child Friendly


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Book within 25 days and get up to 20% off. If there is an offer it will show in the pricing box. Offers for Spring finish 31st March.
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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.

more about this place...

Please note that in the Floorplan, please discount the stables area. This 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

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.

Best for…

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’



£550 per week

what makes this special...

The house is perfect for families. Those with little ones will love that it’s totally fenced – only Houdini’s can get out. The pool is also well fenced. Whilst those with kids who are old enough to enjoy their freedom will love it because their is no proper road to cross to get out – just a very pot-holed lane which just the postman uses.

There are great trees to climb and wood to forage for the fire pit, just outside the gate. Adult groups can plan for long walks to good pubs. Horse riding from nearby is also fun.

There is a 7 mile walk to lovely tea rooms between Burley and Brockenhurst up a disused railway. It’s perfect for cycling for families (you can get bikes delivered here). Streams on the way to play in.

all the Essential details...


Bedroom 1 : Double bed - 4ft6" - with ensuite shower room (no door) downstairs
Bedroom 2 : Superking or twin bed
Bedroom 3 : Single room


One : Family bathroom with shower over the bath
Two : Ensuite shower room (Bed 1)

All the rest...

Garden : A good sized garden with patio area, table and chairs, BBQ, sun loungers and a picnic table. Bikes can be stored inside in the garage.
Kitchen : Oven and hob / Fridge freezer / Microwave / Coffee machine / Dishwasher / Panasonic Bread maker / Magimix / Washing machine / Tumble dryer
Mod Cons : Bluetooth connected sound system,  32″ TV,  DVD player and good DVD selection
Connectivity : WiFi is ok, and signal is patchy in the house, good on the driveway - Vodafone is not bad, EE not so good
Parking : Up to 2 cars in the garden, another 2 outside.
Pets : Dogs are welcome
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Arrival & Departure

Arrive after : 3.30pm

Depart before : 10am

good to know...

Local Burley Shop - just down the road and run by a very jully ex-Harrods team. There's a really good selection of most things you could need, and excellent quality, local meat and deli items too.

Don't forget, 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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+44 (0) 1590 462005



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

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

After deciding to take the family away to a cottage for Christmas, I finally came across New Forest Escapes and I'm so glad I did. Rachel couldn't have been more helpful finding me the right one which was Sunnydell. Perfect location, large enough for us all with the separate stables, cosy and warm with lots of logs for the fires, beautiful white bedding, big fluffy towels and plenty of hot water for showers, lots of toys in the playroom for the two granddaughters and even some for grown ups. Even a washing machine and tumble dryer if needed, and of course the swimming pool during the summer would be great. The owners certainly wanted to ensure everything was there for us to enjoy. The added bonus was the ponies coming to see us every morning at the gate, and of course the daily walks in the forest meant we met lots more much to the delight of the granddaughters. Even the weather was kind to us too. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble when having to contact Robyn, and having Jan meeting us when we arrived made us all feel very welcome. We all had a lovely time and would certainly love to return.

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Shirley from Goring by Sea, Worthing

Being a party of nine adults and three young babies, finding affordable infant friendly places to stay in beautiful locations was difficult but Sunnydell was perfect. The house is beautiful and cosy in a wonderful setting. We could not have been more comfortable, the beds were dreamy, the towels were soft and the layout of Sunnydell gave us plenty of space and safe areas for our crawling tots to explore. Every room had everything we needed and the playroom was equipped with lots of toys and games for children of any age. The owners had thought of everything and the travel cots and highchairs were ideal for the babies and less for us to worry about packing and assembling. The welcome pack gave us lots of tips for places to visit and plenty of information and options for treats and catering support which would be really useful if you were coming here for a celebration or wanted to put your feet up and be pampered. The staff from New Forest Escapes were also especially helpful and made sure we had everything we needed for a truly lovely break. We could not fault this place or New Forest Escapes and would definitely love to return to Sunnydell or one of the other properties managed by this company in the area.

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Helen from Warwick

Sunnydell Cottage

Peppercorn Cottage, Church Ln, Burley, Ringwood BH24 4BD, UK

the location...

Burley is a tiny village in the middle of the National Park. To get there you must drive across the heathland and ancient wooded parts of the Park. Ponies wander freely thought the centre of the village. It is most certainly their home ground. The local golf course, very close to the house, is a particular favourite of theirs and golfers have to play around the ponies who live all over the whole course. The village has lots of little shops. Much of it focusing on myth, magic and mystery. Ancient lore has it that a witch lived here in Burley. The local convenience store is run by Ex Harrods employees - its good. Plus there is the local bike shop that will deliver bikes to you for your stay. Ask us for more details.