My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time at Martyn and Chrissy's hideaway.The Gardener's Lodge looks unassuming from the outside but is a perfectly self-contained bedroom and en-suite: clean, cosy and inviting with the obvious benefit of privacy away from the main house. It is small so if you're aiming to spend a lot of time inside, perhaps one of the other rooms would suit better. We however were keen to get out and make the most of our time in the New Forest which we did with numerous lovely walks (to numerous lovely pubs!) and horse-riding round the corner at Arniss Riding School. We were beginners, and very well treated here with a gentle one-hour ride to the top of some spectacular hills. Martyn and Chrissy could not be better hosts, striking just the right balance between helpful and independent. The breakfasts were first-class, and their recommendations about what to do in the local area invaluable. We even managed a trip to Stonehenge on our way back to London. Finally, what Chrissy and Martyn have done with their home and land (all built by them, some 15 years ago) is truly inspiring. Good on them!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have 2 outside lodges overlooking the spring fed lake. They have china, cutlery, 2 easy chairs, dining table and chairs with shower en-suite. Plus 1 bedroom with shower en-suite within the beautiful thatched farm house. Superb gardens around the lake. Breakfast is served in the dining area overlooking the lake, traditional full English breakfast plus a choice of fish dishes, buffet table, with freshly prepared fruit, homemade preserves and homemade bread. Dry cured bacon and sausages from our butcher and eggs from our own chickens. Truly a breakfast to enjoy. A retreat with instant access onto the forest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kingfisher Retreat Hotel Fordingbridge
- Kingfisher Retreat Fordingbridge, New Forest