Six of us stayed here in late April 2017 and the three buildings that make up Undercastle Cottage lived up to their great reputation. Picture-perfect and what a location! The Avon meanders through the garden and the walks through the New Forest on Castle Hill, just yards away, are fabulous in spring. Best of all was the wildlife we saw from the property itself, and its delightful garden - a bird list of 35 species (including Kingfisher, Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Grebe, Nuthatch, Cuckoo, Grey Wagtail, large numbers of Curlews, Canada Geese, Swans etc), not to mention the mammals (deer, hares, squirrels, bats) - bring your binoculars (and birding telescope and bat detector, if you have them!)
We had a cold snap and frosts during the week but the underfloor heating in the main cottage was equal to that (it has all the characters one expects of a timber-framed house but is less old than it looks!). We read the information carefully, and therefore knew exactly what to expect (e.g. the bed in the Hayloft has no facilities, though the Fishing Lodge - with its magical view up the river from its twin beds - has a shower/WC, and the main house has two bedrooms with a separate WC from the main bath/WC). Everything was in excellent state of readiness on arrival: perfectly clean, garden lawns newly mowed etc, and the owner most helpfully welcoming. The village of Woodgreen, within walking distance, is pleasant, and has the best stocked community shop we have ever come across.
Simply beautiful. We had a great time. Everything was so tidy and clean. Our three nights stay seemed so short.
We stayed at Undercastle Cottage for the first week in April to celebrate my 40th birthday. I cannot fully articulate what a beautiful spot the cottage is set in, waking up to the view of the river was pure bliss. The gardens are beautifully maintained and the jetty with the little boat provided endless entertainment for children and teenagers that are usually glued to iPads!
Now on to the accommodation itself the cottage is completely charming all the character and romance of a thatched cottage with all the modern amenities of a new build. Perfect. Leisurely bubble baths in the huge claw foot tub (endless hot water). Cosy evenings in front of the fire, walking barefoot on gloriously heated flagstones. All your needs have been anticipated, I took along washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets etc. I didn't need anything the cottage was fully stocked (this may have been just luck). I have never enjoyed a self catering stay so much it was a small piece of heaven. We all fell in love and will 100% return.
My sister hit the nail on the head when she said "it's like stepping into a Disney movie".
I cannot recommend this place more it is truly wonderful.
We needed to escape from the London Rat Race and re-charge our batteries. Somewhere quiet, private and tranquil, surrounded by nature were the requirements at the top of our list and Undercastle Cottage did not disappoint. It was the perfect escape for quality time with the people we love and enjoy being with. If you are looking for sterile, modern perfection with a lack of atmosphere this place is not for you. If, however you want restored and original rustic charm and all that goes with it (peace, quiet and nature in every corner) plus fabulous sunsets - this is your place! We stocked up on food, wine and board games and were happy to stay put, read, relax and chill. Our only concern is the availability for us to come and stay again in the future. Thank you for a lovely stay. It was the boost that we all needed.
The location is idyllic and first impression was good. We were four couples. It was difficult to decide who should sleep where as the Hayloft has no running water thus no toilet and as it is situated away from the main house (and has a fairly steep wooden staircase) it is very impractical. The main building on initial viewing was lovely HOWEVER there is virtually no soundproofing so whoever sleeps in the downstairs bedroom can hear everything from the lounge - conversations, tv etc. Also, the main bathroom is directly above this bedroom and when the loo is flush or the shower used it is clearly (loudly) heard. We stayed for three nights and that was more than enough. The people using the upstairs bedroom tiptoed about so as not to awake the people in the downstairs bedroom as everything was very creaky and with virtually no soundproofing impossible not to hear every sound. We were also incredibly upset to discover that we were deducted a portion of our deposit as "apparently" we did not leave the premises as was expected. This is absolutely not true. We have tried to contact the owner on several occasions to discuss the above - via e mail and phone but have not had the courtesy of a reply. We spoke to the Agent on our day of arrival, with particular reference to the Hayloft not having any running water, and found him to be unhelpful. There was no "welcome" pack explaining the dos and donts of the premises. In particular we found the cooker difficult to use as there were 3 ovens plus a grill and the only explanation was the markings on the knobs. The toaster only took two slices of bread at a time - the other half of the toaster was not working. That sounds petty but when there are 8 of you at breakfast it is not so petty. As I started off, the setting is idyllic and on first glace it looks lovely but 8 people staying there for more than a few nights would not be comfortable. I did ask in my email to the owner if she had in fact spent time there with friends and what her experience was as I am sure she would understand our concerns and make amends to ensure that future guests had a more enjoyable stay.
Just came back from a 3 nights stay in this unbelievable cottage set in a wonderful location. Totally relaxing break enjoyed by us all. Can't wait to go back again. Would thoroughly recommend.
An absolutely beautiful setting and house as all the other reviews have written.
There were 8 adults staying which meant all the accommodation was used. The two rooms in the main house were ok and the best room was The Lodge overlooking the river.
However BE WARNED the hayloft is another matter. Although the bed was comfortable there is no running water which means no washbasin ,no toilet which means if you get caught short in the night you have no choice but to walk down the very steep wooden stairs, which they said were lit ,but actually were not ,except for one light at the bottom.Then you have to go across to the main house to use the loo.
We had to share shower facilities in the main house or The Lodge,
I believe the owners should make this quite clear in their brochure as we were totally unaware and it did mar what was at first a great reaction to the property as a whole.
Other minor points were there was not enough toilet rolls provided in the property, and there was no hand soaps provided in the toilets. This is a new build house so don't be fooled by the picture and because of that I would have expected sound proofing to have been better in a newish property house. The downstairs bedroom has the downpipes to the bathroom above it and the sound was very noisy when the toilet was flushed. The stairs were extremely creaky. There was no welcome pack in the property explaining pertinent points about the area ,a point the owner may wish to take on board.Its the small things that make a place welcoming. Overall a lovely property in a great location, but with some very serious omissions which would help people decide if it is right for them.