As soon as we arrived, we were told we weren't expected despite booking a month prior and messaging the owner that morning. As a result, the carpets were dirty, the boiler didn't work resulting in freezing cold bedrooms, the lamps didn't work in the bedroom and we were unable to shower on the Saturday because every tap poured out boiling hot water (even the toilet flush). We loved the surroundings and the amenities (particularly the pool and hot tub) but the whole experience was certainly far from value for money. Lisa was very nice and chatty but I had to introduce myself to Chris the day after we arrived to help me with the water despite the fact that he was working outside our place and we were in and out regularly. The hosts were rarely there, visiting the pub on Friday and a garden party on Saturday. I was going to mark it as average but because they couldn't even be bothered to be around when we left Sunday morning, it has to be marked as poor. We wanted to explain our feelings to them prior to leaving but, as we were unable to, resulted in this poor review. All of these problems resulted from us not being expected and the owners not being around. For the price I paid, I was expecting, rightly so, far better. The amenities and beauty of the place are not enough to make it 'luxury', it needs far more.
This is a beautiful location with fantastic family-friendly accommodation! Made great use of the spacious cottage, heated indoor swimming pool, nearby New Forest cycling paths, and the impressive Moors Valley country park. Would definitely recommend to friends and visit again!
We hired both Forest Cottage & Lodge for a hen weekend. The location is lovely right in the heart of the New Forest – very picturesque.
Both the properties were very well equipped, and clean. Whilst the layout worked well for our group, the cottage itself is on two levels with a steep spiral staircase which could be an issue if you have either young children or somebody less mobile within your party. The lodge had a larger “entertaining” area so we tended to gather there for meals and chilling as there was more space than within the cottage.
As we had hired both properties we had full & sole use of the facilities and certainly made the most of the swimming pool – the lodge has its’ own private garden which lent itself well to our BBQ the first evening – plenty of outside chairs and tables – but we did have to clean them before using them. We had a few issues with the Hot Tub not working properly but it is quite old, and having the pool made up for it.
There is some road noise from the A31, which could be heard from the upstairs bedroom in the cottage and in the grounds of the property – but didn’t detract from our enjoyment. The place felt like it needed a little TLC especially the outdoor areas, but we all said we liked it enough to come back for a revisit.
Overall this is a little gem! Lovely friendly hosts who were discreet but attentive (I have to point out how kind Chris was when my car needed jump starting!)
The cottage itself is beautifully quirky and has everything you need. Parts are dated and the bunk beds are creaky beyond belief but somehow it's just such a happy space to be in that these things are overlooked. Warmer duvets would be welcomed but other than this it's a truly lovely place to stay...the New Forest is stunning!
Thank you for our lovely mini break
Location just off the A31.
Pool, tennis court, childrens play area.
You can walk out of the gates directly onto the New Forest.
Local attractions Moores Valley/ Go ape, Ringwood has a waitrose. bagnumequestrian is great for horse riding.
Everything you need in the lodge, two double beds, one bunk bed, clean towels and bed linen, washing machine, dvd player etc.
The lodge was perfect for our 2 night stay for a surprise birthday weekend away. Very clean and in a beautiful part of the new forest, there is lots to do near by and Bournemouth is only a short drive away. Pool and hot tub were perfect for relaxing in after a day full on adventure. The 5 of us had an amazing time and will definitely be coming back!
Lovely well-appointed cottage in the heart of the new forest. The owners were very friendly and helpful.The accommodation had everything we needed for a relaxing break.