Weekly price range £370-935. Winter Breaks from £234 for 2 people, £290 for a small family and £390 for large family.
Detached thatched cottage in its own secluded grounds
4 bedrooms, sleep up to 6 adults and 2 children comfortably
2 camp beds and a cot available if you wish to cram extra children
2 bathrooms (upstairs and down); shower over one of the bathtubs
There is a WC on each floor
Heated towel rail
Automatic washing machine
Fabulous Inglenook Fireplace with supply of logs (Sept to May)
Electricity by meter (pre-pay key)
Situated within the cattle grid area of the New Forest
Forest walks from your doorstep
2 pubs within half a mile
This is a no-smoking cottage
Pets are welcome
This picturesque thatched cottage is 400 years old. It is a detached 4-bedroom property in a half-acre garden. The back garden is the sunny side with picnic table - an ideal place for a barbecue, but you are advised to bring your own disposable BBQ, since the cleanliness of the brick BBQ provided cannot be guaranteed. The lawn slopes away to a small stream at the far end, constantly flowing with clear water. We have never seen this to be wider that 2 feet or deeper than 2 inches, and it provides irrigation for the nettles (used for making nettle tea by the cottage owner). This is a favourite spot for children to play and mess about at your own responsibility. There's plenty of grassy area for recreational activities. The summerhouse is out-of-bounds and is used for storage of garden tools only.
Access is via a gravel lane, so there is very little passing traffic. The location is Hyde Village, close to Hyde Common, and within the New Forest cattle grid area. Parking on site for a car or two, with additional parking area in a wide section of spare ground between cottages.
One of our holidaymakers kindly sent us this photo of some uninvited guests who apparently found a gate left open.
The cottage is full of Olde Worlde charm, with oak beams and low ceilings and doorways. The rooms are small and you are in little doubt about being in traditional forester's cottage. A marvelous Inglenook fireplace is the focal point of the lounge and you can make full use of it to complete the rustic atmosphere. Plenty of free logs are supplied from September until the end of May. During the summer you will be able to scavenge in the forest for logs if the log bin becomes empty. To guarantee your comfort, there are also electric storage heaters, and you are assured that the cottage has been re-wired to modern standards.
The lounge has colour TV, and seats 7 comfortably in a variety of fireside chairs etc. - others would have to bring in chairs from the dining room. The dining room seats 8 comfortably. The kitchen has an electric cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer, plus the usual utensils and there is an automatic washing machine in the downstairs cloakroom.
There are two bathrooms, one on each floor. Upstairs has WC, bidet, hand basin, bathtub, and a heated towel rail. Downstairs has a bathtub with shower over, and washbasin. Separate ground floor cloakroom/WC, with the washing machine located at its far end.
The four upstairs bedrooms are as follows: Double; Double; Twins; Bunks (stacked or side by side). At the foot of the stairs there is a wide section of hallway next to the bathroom. This can be used as a play area, or as extra sleeping space for children (there are 2 camp beds and a cot available), or if one of your party is unable to climb the stairs they could use this as a ground floor 5th bedroom. However, the rental is based on 8 persons, since we consider that to be an ideal maximum for comfort.
Pillows, duvets & blankets are provided, but you must bring duvet covers, bottom sheets, pillowcases, towels and cot bedding. Linen hire for visitors coming by public transport, or coming from abroad may be possible - ask the booking office. There will be about £5 initial float on the electric meter key, sufficient for your first night, but you must be prepared to go into town to top it up during your stay - very easy to do (directions are in the cottage).
Well behaved dogs are welcome - but note: £30 penalty for failure to clean up garden fouling.
Please Note: Yew Tree Cottage is a 400-year old traditional forester's cottage. We have taken great care not to destroy the "olde worlde" character of the cottage when introducing all the necessary equipment that everybody expects in modern times. Over the years we have installed a new kitchen, electric appliances, two new bathrooms, electric storage heaters, and new carpets throughout. The cottage is a much-loved family home and is furnished to a comfortable and homely standard, clearly visible in the photographs of the interior. It has been an outstanding success with holidaymakers for many years, enjoying the best record for repeat bookings compared with all of the other cottage we offer. Please do NOT book a holiday at this cottage if "quaint" and "rustic" are not for you. We would welcome an appointment for you to view the cottage before deciding to book it if you are concerned about the points raised here. We consider this to be a fair and adequate warning, and no unjustifiable complaints will be entertained, nor refunds allowed.