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Sunnydell is a family friendly holiday cottage deep in the New Forest in Burley with a swimming pool.
This perky and quirky house is old and full of character with low ceilings making it cosy. It sleeps 12 in total with good downstairs sleeping options so it is particularly well-designed for VIP birthdays and those with little ones. The separate stables have 3 generous sized bedroom spaces, all have ensuite showers.
The house can be rented on its own for a lower occupancy rate. The pool is heated from May to the end of September.
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 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 be made into a twin and next door a small and bright single room in the rafters. There is minimal clothes storage space here.
In the Stables, just across the lawn (by about 20 metres) are 3 generous sized bedroom spaces, all have ensuite showers – none particularly big but most certainly smart and functional.
The first bedroom is a smart double sofa bed. This room interconnects with another double room. Step outside and under the verandah and you’ll get to the last bedroom which doubles as the playroom. There is a single day bed and also a second mattress that we can leave made up for you.
The playroom is well stocked. You’ll find teepee and toys for smaller kids. There is an ensuite shower room here too (bigger than the rest – most people use it as a pool change 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 nuthatches, 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.
Three of the rooms are suitable for travel cots. There is a well stocked playroom. 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.
Groups wanting to sprawl out and relax. There is also masses of kit for kids.
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. Travel cots are best to go in the single room next door.
The kitchen table will seat 6-8 easily. There is a table for outdoor eating for a further 6.
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.
Only two bedrooms are upstairs at in the cottage. The downstairs bedroom in the house has a little ensuite shower (quite tight). .
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’
£190 per night
The house is perfect for families. Those with little ones will love that it’s totally fenced – only Houdini’s can get out. 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.
|Bedroom 1 :||Double bed - 4ft6" - with ensuite shower room (no door) downstairs|
|Bedroom 2 :||Superking or twin bed|
|Bedroom 3 :||Single room|
|Bedroom 4 :||Superking or twin, In the stables|
|Bedroom 5 :||Double sofa bed, in the stables|
|Playroom :||Has a day bed (full sized single) and a second single mattress to pull out - that we can leave made up for you.|
|One :||Family bathroom with shower over the bath|
|Two :||Ensuite shower room (Bed 1)|
|Three :||Shower room, in the stables|
|Four :||Shower room, in the playroom section of the stables|
|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.|
|Kids' Stuff :||There are 2 travel cots and 2 high chairs here. In the playroom there is a good selection of toys, games and activities for children.
There are garden games for families to play in the summer.
|Pets :||Dogs are welcome. The garden is enclosed by Houdini's may escape.|
Arrive after : 3.30pm
Depart before : 10am
Local Burley Shop - just down the road and run by ex Harrods team. A really good selection of most things you could need!
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