Fordingbridge, New Forest Cottages
It would be hard to describe a more peaceful, idyllic setting than the one in which Undercastle Cottage is found. Approached down a woodland track in the heart of the New Forest, you'll stumble across this stunning thatched cottage with frontage onto the Hampshire Avon, with its water meadows stretching out into the distance. With immediate access onto the wood and open heathland of The New Forest, you could not find yourself in more secluded and tranquil spot in this popular part of the country and keen fishermen will be delighted with more than half a mile of private fishing - rowing boat available on request.
Built to a traditional design and to very high specifications, Undercastle Cottage is a green oak, timber framed cottage. Step inside, and you'll be awe-struck by the amazing double height, timber framed ceiling in the living room. All the rooms have been comfortably and tastefully furnished with some delightful antique pieces.
With two detached out-houses close to the main cottage providing additional sleeping accommodation ('The Fishing Lodge' and 'The Hayloft'), this is a unique and desirable place to spend some time getting away from it all with family and friends.
Undercastle Cottage has been awarded the a four star grading, as well as a Gold Award for exceptional quality of accommodation, by Visit England.
In January 2010 The Sunday Times named it as one of the top "100 Best Cottages" and it appeared in The Times "50 best cottages in Britain" list in February 2016. Highly rated by previous guests!
Entrance via Utility Room with washing machine and tumbler dryer.
Fitted Kitchen with 5 ring/3 oven electric range style cooker, slimline dishwasher, microwave and circular, dining area with oak table and chairs.
Galleried Living Room with two sofas, an armchair, inglenook style fireplace, lofted ceiling and French doors onto a terrace.
Bedroom One with ornate French cast iron double bed (4").
Bedroom Two: stairs from sitting room to landing gallery with king size Victorian brass & iron half tester bed and ensuite bathroom/wc with roll top bath and hand held shower attachment.
Bedroom Four Large, open plan bedroom with twin beds, fridge, T.V., sliding doors onto a gravel terrace and separate shower room/w.c. Superb views right down the river.
The cottage is set in acres of attractively landscaped gardens, which includes a series of ponds fed by natural springs. These overflow via a small gulley/waterfall into the river. There's a long paved terrace and wildlife ponds with garden furniture and barbecue immediately outside the cottage. NB the river frontage is unfenced so children must be supervised.
Cot. Mini stereo system. Garage and ample parking. Village stores & pubs mile. Well behaved pets by arrangement.Non-smokers only.Note: children must be supervised - river frontage and ponds £250 refundable dilapidations deposit payable on booking. Weekly lets between 13/07 & 31/08/18, Friday to Friday - short breaks of 3 nights or more are available within this period if booked within 60 days of arrival.
"My husband and I stayed at Undercastle Cottage in the last week of August 2017 with our 12 year old daughter, my sister and brother in law and Hugo (4 legged species). From the moment we arrived we could feel the stress of modern day living falling away. This place is simply stunning. From the perfect landscape and surroundings to the blissful sights and sounds of nature. If you want the ideal location without wifi to distract you then stay here. I will say our daughter practically hyperventilated when she found out there was not to be any wifi, but she soon found herself far too busy enjoying the simple experiences of childhoods forgotten.....swans, ducks, ponies who came to visit at the gate (don't forget to close it), donkeys, cows, the swing in the garden, the hammock by the river, the rowing boat, the sunsets, the frogs......the list could go on and on. A super holiday with lovely memories, especially for my husband as he caught a huge Chubb after many hours of patience. As an aside the cottage is not far at all from many local attractions like Sandbanks, Poole, Portsmouth, Monkey World. There is also a fantastically stocked community shop in Woodgreen (less than 5 minutes drive / 20 minute walk) which sells local produce and essentials. Stay here and you will not be disappointed."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-09-09
"If you are looking for peace, tranquillity, well away from the hustle, bustle, in a dream location this cottage is for you. I will not describe the cottage and location as it is very accurately covered in the Hideaway description of this property. It topped our expectations in all categories. We booked the second week in June, weather was sunny and not too warm, being a party of three my better half and her friend both German and myself English (born in the New Forest) all now pensioners. I have lived since 1969 in Germany but each year I like to return to southern England for at least a week's holiday. We had the master bedroom in the house and our friend the Fisherman's Lodge giving us access to separate bathrooms.´The Fisherman's Lodge gave a magnificent view from the bed through the panorama window down the river. Over the years I have had many of this type holiday cottage in Cornwall, Devon Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. this cottage tops them all. We have all owned horses and it was for us a pleasure to see the New Forest ponies peacefully grazing along the road side. Just sitting on the patio in front of the house watching and hearing the many different wildlife was like living as it must have been in the English countryside a couple centuries ago, fantastic. Our friend was the first time in England, she has fallen in love with the cottage, New Forest and southern Hampshire. For those who want to visit the seaside there are some very good beaches for all tastes within an easy drive. as is with larger towns, Southampton, Bournemouth, Salisbury and Winchester plus many country pubs and villages. This cottage will be on our list for our next holiday in England. I must give thanks to the owner that such a period tastefully furnished cottage with its truly fantastic location has been created and that it is available for renting Thank you, Mike Painter"Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-07-16
"What a find. If you like technology convenience, internet and action don't book. If you like to switch off get away from it all and absorb yourselves in rural idyll this is the place for you. Nestled amongst the New Forest with wildlife in abundance this riverside property has the wow factor. We booked for a small party and dog hoping to fish, kick back and relax and it surpassed our expectations the grounds are beautifully maintained and the comfort level is high the kitchen well stocked for a sous chef and has every nicknack required. The property consists of three parts the main house a wooden framed thatched property with a luxury bathroom fluffy towels provided, ground floor bedroom good sized kitchen and comfortable lounge with an open fire.The Fishing Lodge a comfortable twin with shower ensuite facilities and the Hayloft a quirky double in the eaves of the garage.The style of furnishing is eclectic. The outside space and dining with a river view with no noise pollution was a highlight as was the many sights of the river the fine specimens of birds the otter and waiting for the cows to come graze on the fields beyond.The lack of wifi means you have no choice but to switch off and enjoy your surroundings... a big plus. The local village shop a brisk twenty minutes' walk a community project was well stocked with excellent local beef and venison, a friendly hub of activity, the village pub similarly and dog friendly a focal point with locals happy to chat about the history of the area and with a good range of local beer, ciders or soft drinks for me as a non drinker. The dog soon found his way around the area enjoying the sniffs of the forest as we enjoyed the sights of the wild ponies and the deer he rather enjoyed trying to roll in their poo! A haven for walks and twitchers and history buffs too.A good base for exploring further afield if you wish too we were happy to stay put and enjoy every moment. The only one big negative....we had to leave . Thanks to Sharron for all your fishing tips and help with our stay we look forward to our return."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-07-06