Rockbourne, New Forest Cottages
West Lodge is a unique and historic building, dating back to the early 1800's. The detached property is one of a pair of gate lodges which stand at the entrance to the West Park Estate.(see East Lodge, H200). West Lodge have been completely refurbished and imaginatively extended to provide unusual and highly desirable holiday accommodation, graded 4 stars, Gold Award by Visit England. Inside, the property is stylishly furnished and all the accommodation is on ground floor level, with bright and attractive octagonal shaped rooms.
ACCOMMODATION (all on one level)
West Lodge is to the right when you face the entrance gate with an outlook over fields towards the downs.
Open plan living room comprising a sitting area with open fireplace, window seat, French windows to the garden.
Fitted kitchen and dining areas.
Double bedroom. (4ft 6 bed)
Bathroom/wc. with independent shower above the bath.
Paved courtyard garden with garden table and chairs.
Home made meals, breakfast hamper and delivery of local produce by arrangement with the owner.Well behaved pets welcome. Unsuitable for young children, babies welcome. No smoking.
West Lodge is one of two Grade II listed detached gate houses we offer at the entrance to a country estate, West Park. The property lies at one end of the attractive village of Rockbourne, they offer an ideal base from which to explore The New Forest (about 10 minutes' drive), the unspoilt countryside of the Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cathedral city of Salisbury and the South Dorset coast, approx. 20 miles away.
Rockbourne itself is an attractive country village, the main street being lined with cottages of brick, cob and thatch either side of a winter bourne. Rockbourne has a Roman Villa which can be visited and a good thatched pub 'The Rose & Thistle'. Fordingbridge, 3.5 miles away, with its medieval arched bridge over the River Avon, provides the nearest shopping centre
About a ten minute drive away is the boundary of the New Forest, one of England's oldest remaining forests. Now officially a National Park it offers miles of foot, bridle and cycle paths for those searching for outdoor activities and there is also plenty of wildlife to spot, not least the famous wild ponies which roam freely, all within this unique landscape. Visitor attractions such as Beaulieu (National Motor Museum), Buckler's Hard (where Nelson's favourite ship was built) and Exbury Gardens (world famous Rhododendrons & Azaleas) are also located within the New Forest.
Also within easy driving distance 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.
For a day out slightly further afield The World Heritage city of Bath has so much to offer, with it's Roman Baths a particular attraction.
Fordingbridge, the nearest town at around four miles away, has a range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants 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.
"We stayed at West Lodge for 3 nights at the end of July 2017. We enjoyed our stay so much that after only a couple of hours in the property we decided to book again for Feb 2018. What a beautiful and tranquil place to holiday. Thank you very much Laura."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-08-04
"What a treat for my birthday. Everything has been thought of including for the dogs - a lovely touch. Beautifully and tastefully furnished - a real home from home. Local pub is lovely with great food. Plenty of walking from the door with the New Forest a short drive away. Hope to visit again."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-10-21
"We have just got back from a 5 day stay and have had a great time. If you want a get away from it all break this is the place for you. The lodge is excellent. Everything you need is there including a dog basket full of towels, hose pipe, biscuits and even a tag to tell people where you are staying if your dog gets lost! The lodge is very comfortable, immaculately clean and very cosy. The bed is so comfortable. The village of Rockbourne is beautiful and the Rose and Crown does an excellent Sunday lunch and is dog friendly. There are some lovely walks around Rockbourne, all of which are of an 'easy' standard. Excellent!"Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-10-15