Rockbourne, New Forest Cottages
Stable Cottage is a stunning conversion of a former stables and is just one part of a fascinating group of Grade 1 listed, medieval buildings at Manor Farm in the pretty Hampshire village of Rockbourne. Lovely on its own for a group of six, you can add more friends or family members to your party by renting it in conjunction with H208 - The Tallet.
This is really high quality accommodation, designed to retain as many of the original features as possible but with the comfort of guests very much in mind. You'll be delighted by the wonderful, original beams throughout which make an impressive focal point yet the rooms still feel light and spacious. Furnished simply and stylishly, all the expected touches are to be found, plus more besides! You'll leave after your stay here feeling refreshed and relaxed.
For the more active guest there is shared use of a hard tennis court in the grounds - don't forget to bring your shoes and rackets!
Stable Cottage can be booked individually or together with H 208 - The Tallet, providing accommodation for up to ten guests with a large, extendable dining table in Stable Cottage. Both cottages have been awarded 4 stars Gold Award by Visit England.
Stable door entrance into a lobby area.
Open plan Living Area with comfortable sofa, armchairs, TV (Freeview), DVD player and wood burning stove.
Dining Area with extendable table seating up to ten.
Fitted Kitchen Area with oven, dishwasher and microwave.
Utility Cupboard with washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom One with double height ceiling, zip and link bed offering the choice of super king size bed (6ft) or twin beds, dressing table and Ensuite Shower Room/WC.
Bedroom Two with king size bed (5ft).
Bedroom Three with Drawer bed offering a choice of one single, two adjacent single beds or a king size double (5ft) and chest of drawers.
Family Bathroom/WC with shower attachment to bath and heated towel rail.
Brick-paved and gravelled areas in front of the cottage and the opportunity to picnic in the rural peace of the farm which stretches out behind the cottages. Barbecue. Shared use of the owners' hard tennis court is also available by arrangement.
Children welcome. Travel cot and highchair provided. One well behaved dog, strictly by arrangement - livestock and game in surrounding farmland. WiFi broadband. Outside catering can be arranged for special occasions. Use of hard tennis court - correct shoes to be worn please.
£150 damage deposit payable. Owner deducts a utilities charge from this deposit for stays between 01/11 and 31/03 of £25 per week and £20 for short breaks.
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.
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.
"I just wanted to send a note to say what a wonderful time we all had at Stable Cottage this weekend. The setting was perfect, pub, walking and tennis were great and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves"Mrs Hargreaves 2017-10-02
"We absolutely loved our stay at Stable Cottage. The location for us was perfect to explore The New Forest. The cottage was very clean and well presented, the beds were extremely comfortable. The only down point was the WiFi signal was a little poor for our teenagers, however it made them put down there phones for a while....... We used the bar-b-que a lot and ate outside which was lovely and the boys could get a decent WiFi signal. We had no problems and would definitely stay again."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-01-17
"We stayed in Stable Cottage in September 2015 to celebrate a special family occasion. As there were 10 of us we also rented the adjoining cottage – The Tallet. Both premises were clean, well equipped and very comfortable. Being situated on a working farm it is a very peaceful location and has plenty of scope for walking."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-01-13