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- Manor Farm, Rockbourne, Hampshire
- 4 + cot (10 with H209)
The 1848 mellow brick stables once used for stabling the farm’s heavy horses at Manor Farm have been expertly converted to create two self-catering cottages of a particularly high standard awarded 4 stars, Gold Award by Visit Britain. Looking out across a large gravelled courtyard they form part of a fascinating collection of Grade 1 listed, medieval buildings at Manor Farm in the pretty Hampshire village of Rockbourne. The cottages offer wonderful opportunities for walking on the farm – about 1,000 acres of arable and pasture land – using the marked foot and bridle paths, which cross open farmland and natural bluebell woodland.
The two cottages are next to one another and can be booked individually or together, providing accommodation for up to 10 guests with a large, extendable dining table in Stable Cottage. The smaller of the two cottages, The Tallet, has been specially designed to offer level access for disabled visitors. Both cottages offer high quality accommodation, simply yet stylishly furnished and with the building’s original timber structure a real feature in many of the rooms.
About a 10 minute drive away is the boundary of the New Forest, one of England’s oldest remaining forests created by William the Conqueror. Now officially a National Park it encompasses large tracts of unenclosed wood, heath and grassland and supports a huge diversity of wildlife. The forest offers miles of foot, bridle and cycle paths and, in addition to its unique landscape, has a wide range of visitor attractions – Beaulieu (National Motor Museum), Buckler’s Hard (where Nelson’s favourite ship was built), Exbury Gardens (world famous Rhododendrons & Azaleas). Also within easy driving distance of Manor Farm are the historic cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester, Wilton House, Longleat Safari Park and the beaches, yachting marinas and resorts of the South Hampshire and Dorset coastline. The World Heritage city of Bath is a must for a day's excursion. Fordingbridge, 3½ miles away, with its arched stone bridge over the River Avon, is the nearest shopping centre while Rockbourne itself boasts its own Roman Villa, trout fishery and a very popular thatched pub, The Rose and Thistle, which is just a few minutes’ walk from Manor Farm.
Comments from previous visitors:
Just a small note to say thanks indeed for finding us The Tallet at the '11th hour.' We had a lovely stay at the cottage; its very well appointed and Jane, the owner is lovely. Our boys thoroughly enjoyed being on a working farm and my Mum visiting from New Zealand loved the rural setting.Mrs Fahey, January 2010
"Lovely rental." Stayed for the weekend, very clean and comfortable great location. The pub just down the road has a lovely garden and we had a good meal there. Had £100 deposit back 2 days after leaving. Some lovely walks in village. Would recommend and hopefully stay again.Guests' review on Trip Advisor, 7 June 2013. 5 of 5 stars.
“Beautiful cottage in fabulous surroundings.” We found this cottage last minute and couldn't have been more pleased. Set in beautiful surroundings. Very peaceful. Yet lots of attractions a short car journey away. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised at the size of the cottage. You enter into a lovely big utility room. Perfect for bikes, shoes, Wellies etc. It also contained a large fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer. The next room was a lovely family room. Well equipped kitchen containing a dishwasher and everything you needed. Even down to spare dishwasher tablets, tea towels, tea, coffee and sugar. Lovely surprise to see a bottle of wine and milk in the fridge. Very large bathroom containing a shower and toilet. (Very good wheel chair access). Upstairs were two bedrooms and a bathroom. Very comfy beds and duvets. The cottage was very clean. This is a super cottage with lots of little extras. Lovely toiletries, bathrobes and stunning view from the twin bedroom. The router for the Wi-Fi needed rebooting, as no Internet access. But was soon working once that was done. Everyone on the farm was very friendly. This cottage would be perfect to stay in summer or winter. It has a lovely homely feel. Can't wait to go back.Guests' review on Trip Advisor, 31 August 2013. 5 of 5 stars.
Entrance across a level, brick paved area into an inner entrance / utility room. Open plan living room with double sofa bed for alternative sleeping, fitted kitchen and dining areas. Shower ‘wet’ room / wc (wheelchair accessible). Stairs up to a large landing. 2 bedrooms – one double with 5ft bed and dressing area and one twin, which can be connected to make a super king size double. Bathroom/wc with shower attachment to the bath.
Outside there is plenty of space for sitting out on the brick-paved and gravelled areas in front of the cottages and the opportunity to picnic in the rural peace of the farm which stretches out behind the cottages. A barbecue is supplied for each cottage. Shared use of the owners' hard tennis court is also available by arrangement.
- Oil fired central heating - oil included in rent April - October, otherwise at cost
- Bed linen & towels included in rent
- Travel cot
- High chair
- Flat screen TV (freeview) & DVD
- WiFi broadband
- Auto washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Extra larder fridge
- Outside catering can be arranged for special occasions
- Ample parking
- Shops 1½ miles
- Pub 400 yards
- 1 well behaved dog, strictly by arrangement – livestock and game in surrounding farmland
- Non-smokers only
- £100 utilities/dilapidations deposit payable on booking
- Friday to Friday bookings