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 also East Lodge - H200). West Lodge has 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. A really unique and special place to stay.
All at ground floor level.
West Lodge is to the right when you face the entrance gate with an outlook over fields towards the downs.
Open plan Living Area with sofa, window seat, open fireplace, TV and French windows to the garden, Dining Area with circular dining table/chairs and fitted Kitchenwith oven, hob, dishwasher and microwave.
Bedroom One with super kingsize bed (6ft) and chest of drawers.
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, about 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', just a few minutes' walk away. Fordingbridge, three and a half 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 and 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.