Thatched Hat Cottage

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Thatched Hat Cottage

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at a Glance...

  • 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Child Friendly

On the edge of the coastal farmland and the tiniest donkey-filled hamlet, this cottage is the good life… with a thatch on the top. The large, south-facing private garden is a sun-trap, and  home to a pet Guinea Fowl, so no dogs here please.

The style here draws from and reflects the owners many years in Africa, as well as her love of the New Forest and its history. Along with deep sofas, soft linens, and pretty views from traditional casement windows in this charming thatch and cob house, you’ll find Masai necklaces, collections of woven baskets, antique travel books, all of which the owner, Fiona, has collected in her many trips. Her family live in some of the wildest parts of Botswana. Her son is a well respected wildlife photographer and safari guide.

For visitors wanting some animal action for themselves, this is the spot. Because you’re right in the National Park here, the herds of ponies, donkeys and cattle consider these lanes and tracks home, often sleeping in the driveway!

Children will love walking to the woods and the rope swing nearby. Or head to the beach (via the back garden) and walk through the fields (passing a very good pub half way). The garden is mature and well loved. Cyclists (on and off road) are in for a treat because you’re right on excellent trails here. Tanners Lane Beach is wild but busier after COVID lockdown, tho’ walk further and you’ll find your quiet.

more about this place...

Inside: The cottage is 275 years old, made from cob and you can tell from the shapely walls, with it’s wobbles and curves that it’s a place wth a history. Whilst modernised, the feeling here is a place that is loved for what it is. Thankfully no one has tried to make it chi-chi with modern lines. Nooks and crannies abound. The kitchen floor meanders. The stairs creak. It is all completely charming. The whole house is decorated in pale creams, greys. There are warm-toned fabrics, kilim rugs and mahogany furniture sits happily beside tribal drums, beach treasure and giant picnic baskets.

The kitchen is central to the slow life here. This is the place for endless cups of tea, (I won’t write endless glasses of wine) around the old table. The royal blue AGA sits like a granny and presides over it all. Fiona, who has lived here for over 15 years, describes the tiles behind it, as delft – “lookey-likey”, adding, “when I bought the cottage I didn’t like the tiles behind the AGA, but never got around to changing them, now I’m rather fond of them”. The all important table seats 6. It sits without a wobble on the sloping and well loved floor, patched to match the thatch…

The sitting room extension is a good size with two huge sofas and a massive ClearView wood burner. In summer, open the doors to the terrace, in winter, cuddle up and settle in.

The ceiling height in the house is better than many old cottages. Those who are 6 foot tall will be ok but have to duck through doors. Bedrooms upstairs are smaller. The main bedroom upstairs and the bedroom downstairs are the biggest. The double upstairs is small, the bed is 4 foot wide.

What we love: This place is perfectly set up for guests who want to explore the area. The coast at Tanners Lane is a 3 minute drive. This spot is perfect for sundowner cocktails in tin mugs, dog walking and bird watching. You can walk to Lymington from here and we will give you the best spots for picnics, time out, yoga and reading.

Outside: Surrounded by pretty cottage flowers, the garden terrace is a private, sun trap and has a table for 6 and seats for 10. It’s a perfect spot for summer BBQ’s. There is a small pond here, mid-thigh deep – so children must be good swimmers and careful. It’s not fenced and is 50 metres away from the back door (there is a good line of sight from the kitchen sink). To the side of the cottage the garden is untouched except for the path that meanders through the wild flowers, a haven for bird life, grasses, herbs and insects.

Good to know:
The owner/Fiona may stay in the separate annexe. This won’t disturb your stay.  She tends to the garden and is full of information about the local area – feel free to chat to her about ideas for your stay.

from

£180-520 per night

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Master 1 :Upstairs, light bedroom facing the garden and fields. King size bed. Room for a travel cot.
Bed 2 :4'6 double views of the Isle of Wight hills in the distance.
Master 3 :Downstairs, light bedroom facing the garden. King size bed. Room for a travel cot.

Bathrooms...

Shower room :Family shower room upstairs, next to Bedroom 2.
Bath room :Family bathroom downstairs, ensuite to Master 3.

All the rest...

Garden :Large private garden behind the house toward the fields and then sea. It is fenced on the sides but not at the field. There is a pond which is thigh-deep on an adult - so be careful when booking with children. A Guinea Fowl calls this garden home, so dogs and wild play aren't encouraged. This is a quiet spot...

A BBQ with charcoal is provided for you.
Kitchen :AGA / Microwave / Dishwashe. Toast is done on the AGA on a rack. There is a separate kettle. Washing machine in the utility room.
Mod Cons :The TV in the sitting room isn't a SMART TV but can access Netflix. A simple bluetooth speaker is provided.
Connectivity :The WIFI is reasonable here. 4G is good outdoors.
Parking :There is room for 2 larger cars, and 1 smaller car. The parking is on the side of the quiet road.
Kids' Stuff :A travel cot and high chair are provided free. We have a selection of toys and DVD's for children of 7 years and up.
Pets :Sorry - no dogs, the wild guinea fowl who lives here doesn't like being disturbed, but other pets are welcome, do ask...
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Arrival & Departure

Arrive after : 5pm

Depart before : 10am

Essential Info

Free and included in your booking cost are: all bedding and linen, towels for the house, kitchen essentials, any baby kit you've requested and cleaning the house after you leave. Logs are supplied in winter. We also supply a welcome pack with some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!

Payment Info

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking, with the remaining balance due 8 weeks before your stay. A security deposit is also due before your arrival for this house of £400.

good to know...

Good to know. The owner calls in from time to time and may stay in the annexe here. This won’t disturb your stay.  She does the garden here and is full of information about the local area.

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:

Call us

+44 (0) 1590 462005

Email

hello@newforestescapes.com

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the location...

Norley Wood is a sweet, rural hamlet with a huge lot of nothing going on... Cows and ponies walk the lanes, the trees grow leaves, the wind comes and goes...

There is a fabulous rope swing by the old telephone box. This is a big deal in "downtown" NW! For pubs head to the East End Arms, a few miles away across the fields, or the Turfcutters in East Boldre.

Walking here is best via the pub to the beach at Tanners and onto the coastal path to Lymington. Or go inland toward Brockenhurst via the NorleyWood Enclosure and it's lovely mature trees. The nearest local shop here is the deeply eccentric and wonderful Pilley Stores (the people, location but not so much the content), or Lymington.

Local area…
Walk through the fields by the house and you’ll reach the East End Arms in a 15 minute amble.

You can also walk to the Turfcutters Arms, (often more dogs than people) in about an hour from here. Adventurers wanting to work up an appetite can walk to the exceptional foodie spot The Pig in 2 hours across heathland, over streams and under ancient oaks and pines.

Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’.  Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in its interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.

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Thatched Hat Cottage
from £180-520 per night

Norleywood, Lymington

at a Glance...

  • 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Child Friendly

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Master 1 :Upstairs, light bedroom facing the garden and fields. King size bed. Room for a travel cot.
Bed 2 :4'6 double views of the Isle of Wight hills in the distance.
Master 3 :Downstairs, light bedroom facing the garden. King size bed. Room for a travel cot.

Bathrooms...

Shower room :Family shower room upstairs, next to Bedroom 2.
Bath room :Family bathroom downstairs, ensuite to Master 3.

All the rest...

Garden :Large private garden behind the house toward the fields and then sea. It is fenced on the sides but not at the field. There is a pond which is thigh-deep on an adult - so be careful when booking with children. A Guinea Fowl calls this garden home, so dogs and wild play aren't encouraged. This is a quiet spot...

A BBQ with charcoal is provided for you.
Kitchen :AGA / Microwave / Dishwashe. Toast is done on the AGA on a rack. There is a separate kettle. Washing machine in the utility room.
Mod Cons :The TV in the sitting room isn't a SMART TV but can access Netflix. A simple bluetooth speaker is provided.
Connectivity :The WIFI is reasonable here. 4G is good outdoors.
Parking :There is room for 2 larger cars, and 1 smaller car. The parking is on the side of the quiet road.
Kids' Stuff :A travel cot and high chair are provided free. We have a selection of toys and DVD's for children of 7 years and up.
Pets :Sorry - no dogs, the wild guinea fowl who lives here doesn't like being disturbed, but other pets are welcome, do ask...

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