Martin, Hampshire Cottages
Pippin has been tastefully modernised to a very high standard including fabulous furnishings, high ceilings, which give the accommodation a light and spacious feel, and oak and limestone flooring with underfloor heating to keep those feet warm on cold winter days. The cottage occupies one end of a single storey building, approached by a winding gravel path across a large grassed/wild flower area adjoining a paddock. Nestled in a great area of West Hampshire, close to the New Forest and on the border with Wiltshire and Dorest - this is a location where you can, literally, walk for miles and miles, enjoy some super local pubs and soak up an area of England with exceptional countryside.
Pippin can be booked together with H232 - Russet, making the space ideal for large get-togethers and special celebrations (Russet accommodates two (plus two) guests). A total of 10 people can be accommodated - Pippin and Russet can be booked together as The Orchard (H231).
Open plan Living Area a lovely light and spacious area, well furnished with two sofas, TV and wood burning stove.
Dining Area, tasteful and contemporary, with dining table/chairs.
Fitted Kitchen Area, well equipped, with integral appliances and microwave.
Bedroom One, comfortable and well presented, with king size bed (5ft).
Bedroom Two with twin beds.
Family Bathroom/WC with separate shower over the bath.
Private garden with Cotswold stone pathway, lawn, flower border, garden furniture and barbeque. Between Pippin and the adjoining Russet there is a large communal barn comprising of a Sitting Area with L-Shaped sofa and wood burning stove, a Games Area with pool table, a Dining Area with a long refectory-style table seating ten and fitted Kitchen Area with oven, dishwasher and washing machine. The games room is available, at no extra cost to all guests using either cottage.
Woodburner. Underfloor heating. Children welcome. Cot and high chair provided. WiFi broadband. Ample private parking. No smoking. One small, well behaved pet welcome. Great community shop in village within walking distance.
* If both properties are booked together, an extra two guests can be accommodated in the games room using the double sofa bed - please advise at time of booking if you wish to use this sofabed (a separate Shower Room/WC is also provided in the games room).
Stunning countryside surrounds this location within the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with excellent opportunities for walking, riding and cycling.
The 'no through' lane on which the cottage is situated, leads directly up to Martin Down, a large area of chalk downland, designated a National Nature Reserve, which supports a huge range of wild flowers, birds and butterflies.
Martin itself lies in a valley, the main street lined with period houses and picturesque thatched cottages. There is a community village shop which is open daily with a food market and coffeee shop on Saturday mornings. The nearest pubs are The Compasses Inn in Damerham and The Rose and Crown in Rockbourne, both 3.7 miles away. The village also has a church of Norman origins.
About 15 minutes drive is the small country town of Fordingbridge on the banks of the River Avon, with its independent shops, restaurants and pubs. Beyond that is the New Forest National Park with a wealth of outdoor activities on offer, such as walking, cycling and riding, as well as its wildlife, all set within this unique landscape.
Further afield but within easy driving distance for a day's outing are the beaches of the South Hampshire and Dorset coastline and a plethora of attractions such as Stonehenge, Stourhead Gardens (National Trust), Longleat Safari Park, the World Heritage city of Bath and the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, the latter being only about 20 minutes' drive.