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Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
2 nights minimum 
Cabin
Watercress Lodges self-catering holiday homes are nestled in rolling countryside at Dean Farm, Ropley. Rural Hampshire offers family fun with countryside walks and cycle routes all around. • Six detached lodges available named after stations. • Countryside walks and cycle routes all around. • Close to the bustling Georgian market town of Alresford and only 20 minutes' drive from the delightful Cathedral city of Winchester • The lodges offer the opportunity to get away to the countryside but with superb local facilities. • Campground will be available from 2014 and will be the ideal getaway for families. Newly built shower block and toilet facilities. • Short breaks available. ACCOMMODATION • The lodges are located in the rolling countryside at Dean Farm, Ropley, near Alresford. The ...Watercress Lodges self-catering holiday homes are nestled in rolling countryside at Dean Farm, Ropley. Rural Hampshire offers family fun with countryside walks and cycle routes all around. • Six detached lodges available named after stations. • Countryside walks and cycle routes all around. • Close to the bustling Georgian market town of Alresford and only 20 minutes' drive from the delightful Cathedral city of Winchester • The lodges offer the opportunity to get away to the countryside but with superb local facilities. • Campground will be available from 2014 and will be the ideal getaway for families. Newly built shower block and toilet facilities. • Short breaks available. ACCOMMODATION • The lodges are located in the rolling countryside at Dean Farm, Ropley, near Alresford. The family farm they have owned since the 1940's. • The newly built self-catering accommodation is modern but comfortably furnished throughout. • On the ground floor, spacious hallway leading off is, kitchen fitted with all modern appliances, granite worktops, dishwasher, and fridge freezer, and oven, hob with extractor fan, microwave, kettle & toaster. • Separate utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. • Downstairs WC. • Bright and airy lounge with modern dining table and six chairs. Leather sofa bed which sleeps 2, two armchairs, coffee table, flat screen TV with Freeview & assortment of board games. High chair available. • Lounge doors open up to allow the countryside in. • Free Wi-Fi. • Stairs lead off the lounge. • Central heating • The spacious master bedroom has a king-size oak bed, side tables, chest of drawers, fitted wardrobe, full length mirror, hairdryer. • Bedroom two has two twin 3ft oak beds, side tables and a chest of drawers. • The bathroom is fitted to a high specification with sink, mirror above with light and shaver point, toilet and freestanding shower. • Linen & towels provided. • Garden open plan. Bench seating with seat cushions provided and separate gas BBQ for all lodges on request. • No smoking • Pets welcome but only in the Winchester & Alton lodges subject to availability. • Allocated parking.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
Pets allowed subject to pet friendly lodge availability, please enquire prior to booking.
Bedrooms
1 Double1 Sofa2 Singles
Bathrooms
1 Half bath1 Full bath

Meet the host
Hannah P
Hosting since September 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 78%
Response Time: Within a day
Interaction with guestsThe day before your stay you should receive your check in details which will include a key safe code for the key safe on the door to your lodge. This means you can arrive any time after 3pm on the day of your check in. We are always on call to help with any questions you may have.

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Sunshine34660052025
Sunshine34660052025
2 contributions
Amazing
I booked four of the lodges for a 50th Birthday surprise for my wife so all the family could stay with us also. Being able to have two lodges that were dog friendly was perfect. As it was for a Birthday get together I had contacted Hannah beforehand at Watercress to see if we would be able to have a wood fired pizza company outside for a few hours. Hannah couldn’t have been more helpful and helped the planning go so well. The lodges are amazing, every facility you could ask for from its own wifi to dishwasher, washing machine, and tumble dryer. It was spotless and so well laid out and spacious. Being able to look out at the steam trains going past all day was fantastic. We will definitely be visiting again soon
Visited October 2023
Written 31 October 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Vicky J
Vicky J
Hampshire, United Kingdom187 contributions
Home away from home
The accommodation is perfect. Big enough living/dining room for a group. The sofa bed was super easy to take out and put away again. Comfy beds and linen and a really good shower! The location is so quiet and picturesque. I couldn't recommend highly enough.
Visited May 2023
Written 26 July 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nigel P
Nigel P
4 contributions
Lovely stay, beside a steam railway on the South Downs
A beautiful spot, above the village of Ropley and just 100 yards from Ropley Station on the Watercress Line heritage railway. We stayed on a bank holiday during a steam gala, and the kids enjoyed watching the trains steaming past. Our family stayed across three lodges and one fabulous Safari tent (glamping at it's finest!). You wouldn't call the lodges super-luxe, and there were a few very minor maintenance issues (sticking door, amusingly wonky side table). But they are good value for money, and Hannah at Watercress Lodges was extremely helpful. We would whole-heartedly recommend the experience.
Visited April 2023
Written 4 May 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sonia B
Sonia B
2 contributions
Chuffing marvellous
The Waterside Lodges are fantastic - beautifully styled, kitted out, situated and themed along vintage steam train decor. We loved our stay and will be making yearly visits.
Visited August 2022
Written 31 August 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kelly B
Kelly B
2 contributions
A perfect base!
We recently stayed at Watercress Lodges and were so impressed by the facilities. We just wanted somewhere to stay and use as a base whilst enjoying lots of days out with our children. We stayed in the Winchester lodge and it was more than we expected. Very clean and well looked after. There was a small garden area with a picnic bench and BBQ to the side but as we were out every day we didn't use it - a nice bonus that we had that as an option though. Our children loved watching the steam trains coming in and out of Ropley station right in front of the lodges and they loved the small play area there too. The site is only 15 minutes from Winchester city and around half an hour drive from Southampton, the New Forest and the South Downs which was ideal for us. Thank you to Hannah and all the team! We'll definitely consider booking again in the future.
Visited August 2022
Written 31 August 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

mangio
mangio
2 contributions
Wonderful week
The lodge was excellent - really clean, well laid out and everything we needed. The location is great with far reaching views of countryside. The lodges are located next to the Mid-Hants Railway which, unfortunately, was not running for most of our week. However, on the couple of days it was, it was lovely to see and hear the steam trains chuffing past.
Visited April 2022
Written 12 April 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Harriet R
Harriet R
1 contribution
Lovely week away
Idyllic location nestled in the Hampshire countryside. Allowed us a wonderful week away to celebrate our sons first birthday. Contrary to previous reviews, we found the Winchester lodge to be very comfortable, clean & modern. The lodge has everything you need for self catering accommodation, it was a pleasant surprise to see child friendly cutlery and table ware in the cupboards. Hannah kindly provided a high chair for us. The gardener was kind enough to relocate his gardening work, unprompted, so our son could have his afternoon nap without being disturbed. The location was peacefully quiet (note out of season). We enjoyed eating our dinners outside on the patio and exploring the local area. Plenty of attractions within a short driving distance. 8/10, would recommend.
Visited September 2021
Written 23 September 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jan-Wisteria
Jan-Wisteria
Fareham, United Kingdom4 contributions
What a shame, it could be so good.
We were looking forward to our stay at Watercress Lodges. The location is lovely, quiet and very rural. There was no communication prior to arriving, an email might have been nice pinpointing arrival time and facilities on site etc. Unfortunately, it looks as though these lodges haven’t been upgraded since they were first constructed. We stayed in Ropley Lodge where the sofa is far too uncomfortable and the TV is far too small for the room. The paintwork and furnishings are tired and are in desperate need of a lick of paint and updating, along with a table lamp upstairs that doesn’t work and a shower that has obviously been leaking for a long time due to the numerous water stains on the downstairs ceiling. Parking is also limited so it was a fight to get the last space. That being said, we did enjoy our time at the Watercress Line. Would we return to Watercress Lodges? No, not until they’ve had some time and money spent on them so that the quality of what is provided is reflected in what you pay.
Visited August 2021
Written 2 September 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Steven Cartwright
Steven Cartwright
Alton, United Kingdom4 contributions
Pleasant but overpriced for the quality of the decor
This was generally nice place to stay but a few issues: 1. Shower head leaked & shower tray was too shallow so it leaked this has clearly lead to leaks through the ceiling previously. 2. Stair carpets were all frayed with excess wear & tear and should be replaced. 3. Interior walls were marked & was therefore in need of redecorating. 4. Cobwebs on inside & all around the building. 5. Exterior needed repainting especially around the door & entrance way. 6. Need to reposition the TV so all in the room can see it. 7. Improve the furniture only 1 2 seater setee is not really adequate for a place that could sleep 4/6 people. 8. Paint & plaster coming off the walls near the main bed room window. We paid a total of 790.05 for 3 nights in August for this kind of money none of the above issues should arise. We did enjoy the scenery in & around the railway station our daughter loved the steam trains & the play area. We were also appreciative of the welcome gifts & the well stocked kitchen. Kind regards Steven & Clair
Visited August 2021
Written 22 August 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Louise C
Louise C
Derby, United Kingdom86 contributions
Fabulous...
We stayed here for 4 nights as a family of four (2 boys aged 8 and 11) in Alresford Lodge. The lodges are lovely, have everything you need. The location, next to Ropley Station is amazing.. our boys loved going to see the steam trains in the morning been prepped for the day whilst playing in the small play park. The site is small and our boys always made some friends to play with. Would definitely recommend Watercress lodges as a great base to visit Hampshire and Dorset. During our time we went on the steam train, went to Beaulieu, Portsmouth Dock yards, Moor Valley country park and the Tank museum... all good! Thanks Hannah for the quick feedback to my emails too.
Visited August 2021
Written 20 August 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Parking
  • Parking available
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Things to do
  • Cycling areas
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Internet access
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Entertainment
  • Television
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Location info
  • Kid friendly

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About the neighbourhood
The unique Watercress Lodges & Campsite is a fantastic self-catering holiday retreat overlooking the South Downs, situated only 3 miles from New Alresford and the River Itchen, nestled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. Watercress Lodges have the unique privilege of being located alongside a working steam railway. Thomas the Tank Engine weeks are a particular favourite with families.
Getting around
As we are located in the middle of the countryside, we advise that all our guests have a car to get around. However, there is a bus stop a very short walk away which will take you towards Alton or Winchester, from these places there is good public transport.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
When you come into Ropley from Alresford, you pass The Thai Lounge on your right hand side. Proceed for approximately 1/2 a mile and you will see a cross roads sign. Turn left into Bighton Hill and proceed up hill. You go over a railway bridge and then see two entrances on your left hand side take the second entrance marked Watercress Lodges & Campsite.
Activities nearby
Golf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesTennis court

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
Christmas Availability and discounts available, ask for a quote.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Watercress Lodges

Watercress Lodges is able to accommodate up to 6 guests. See all property details.

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