at Blashford, Ringwood (on the edge of the New Forest)
Weekly price range £280 - £590. Winter Breaks from £162 for 2 people, £180 for a family.
Modernised detached 2-bedroom farm cottage in its own enclosed garden
Sleep up to 5 (plus cot)
Open log fire plus electric storage heaters and portable heaters
Edge of forest location
Coarse fishing venue (Somerley Lakes)
1 mile level walk to Ringwood town centre
New Forest 5 minutes by car
No smoking indoors
This 2-bedroom farm cottage has been modernised to a high standard. It is comfortable for 4, but can sleep 5 people (plus a cot). Electricity, hot water and fuel for the open fire are all inclusive in the rental. Bed linen and towels are provided. A cot can be reserved, but you would need to bring your own cot bedding. There is an enclosed lawned garden, safe for youngsters, and views towards the river across a large paddock with a friendly horse living out its retirement.
Dogs. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but due to the fields behind the cottage being part of the conservation area with nesting birds, your pets are restricted to the cottage and garden. A lead should be used in the driveway. Please note that your damage deposit is at risk if there is damage or fouling. Across the main road there are walks towards the Forest (just over a mile).
Accommodation: The living area consists of a very large kitchen with dining table, and an open way through to a comfortable lounge with settees, TV & DVD player, and an open fire - for which logs are provided at no extra charge. Kitchen equipment includes a microwave oven, full-size electric cooker with grill, washing machine, fridge, toaster and kettle, plus cooking utensils.
A hallway leads to two bedrooms. The master bedroom is very spacious and has a double bed and a single convertible sofa-bed, plus dressing table and wardrobe. The second bedroom has two single beds. The full bathroom has a bath with shower over, washbasin and toilet.
The location: Little Hurst Farm Cottage is on the A338, just half a mile north of the A31 main arterial highway at Ringwood. The land was until recently a working farm, but now the main farm buildings house a Town & Country museum and an excellent cafe/bistro called "Muse", with coffee and cakes and a weekend roast speciality. It's a 1-mile level walk to town centre. There is a bus stop nearby.
Ringwood is a small market town, with bus and express coach links to London, Salisbury and Bournemouth. Ringwood has a public Sports & Leisure Centre with a heated swimming pool.
The general area is called the Avon Valley, and if your passion is for fishing you are encouraged to talk to the owners. They are very happy to guide you towards obtaining your day ticket, but please note that you must hold an EA rod licence.
The surrounding area: A couple of miles up the A338 is the Old Beams, where you will enjoy an excellent pub lunch. All their meals are at affordable prices, and you have a choice of roasts or cold cuts, and the quality is unsurpassed locally.
The whole area is full of wonderful pubs serving good food. Most of them welcome families, and some have play areas. There are also many tea rooms with garden tables in the towns and villages of the New Forest.
The closest New Forest picnic and scenic spots with car park are Rockford Common and Linford Bottom, less than 10 minutes away by car. A paddle in the stream is safe for children. You will probably see some ponies, but it is unlawful to feed them.