Downton, New Forest Cottages
Pop's Barn (named after the owner's grandfather) is a secret little hideaway behind the High Street in the bustling village of Downton. Walking down a narrow path leading off a side lane, you stumble upon this pretty brick building set in its own private walled garden. Despite its seclusion, the cottage is perfectly located for the numerous attractions this popular area has to offer.
Pop's Barn has been well designed to maximise its small interior spaces making a cosy retreat for two people. Guests can enjoy a peaceful evening drink or al fresco meal in its pretty and sunny garden.
Entrance from garden.
Open plan Living Area with sofa (converts to a bed for alternative sleeping only) and dining table.
Kitchen along the inner wall with an electric cooker, halogen hob, washing machine and window overlooking the garden.
Bedroom One (via step down through curtained opening) with double bed (4ft 6), charming timber-framed walls and Ensuite Shower room/WC.
Brick steps lead up to a paved terrace and a lawned area (artificial grass) with borders and a tree, surrounded by high walls and fences creating a sunny and tranquil spot.
One small well-behaved dog welcome. No smoking. Electric heating.
Think of traditional English villages and you'll no doubt imagine something like Downton. You'll find thatched cottages all along the main street (the Borough), a Norman church and comfortable pubs offering real ales and wholesome food. Nearby lies the site of an ancient castle and the River Avon passes through the village as it heads south towards Christchurch Harbour.
If you are resident during late April or early May, you can join in the traditional celebrations of the annual Cuckoo Fair, heralding the arrival of spring as its namesake suggests. It makes a wonderful family day out.
Only eight miles south is the magnificient cathedral city of Salisbury with its ancient buildings and wide range of interesting shops. The stunning New Forest is close by where you'll find an almost limitless array of superb walks, rides and wildlife at every turn. Slightly further afield but still easily accessible are the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum with its Roman connections, both 26 miles away, as well as beautiful stretches of the south coast with its beaches and footpaths (the South West Coast Path starts in Poole Harbour).