Undercastle Cottage

Woodgreen, New Forest
Price: £1226-£2508 per week
Sleeps: 8 + cot
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
  • Idyllic New Forest cottage at the bottom of a woodland track and fronting the river Avon
  • One of The Times "50 best cottages in Britain" 2016
  • Dog friendly
  • Log fire
  • Private fishing
  • Non-smoking

What our guests say

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 m....

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It would be hard to find a more peaceful, idyllic setting than this..... a secluded, "eyebrow" thatched cottage situated at the bottom of a woodland track in the heart of the New Forest, fronting the Hampshire Avon with water meadows stretching out beyond. From the cottage there is immediate access onto the wood and open heathland of The New Forest and for keen fishermen more than half a mile of private fishing - rowing boat available on request. The ancient New Forest landscape, where ponies and cattle are free to roam, is an ideal venue for walking, riding, cycling as well as offering many places of interest for its visitors - Beaulieu (abbey and motor museum), Bucklers Hard maritime museum, Lymington (yachting and trips to the Isle of Wight), Rockbourne Roman Villa, Breamore House, to name but a few. The larger cities of Salisbury, Southampton and Bournemouth are also within easy driving distance and the small country town of Fordingbridge, 4 miles away, provides a good local shopping centre.

Undercastle Cottage is a green oak, timber framed cottage built to a traditional design and to very high specifications. The interior is very tastefully furnished and includes interesting antique pieces. Two outhouses, close to the main cottage 'The Fishing Lodge' and 'The Hayloft', provide additional sleeping accommodation making this an unusual and highly desirable holiday property, which has been awarded the top 5 star grading, as well as the Gold Award for exceptional quality of accommodation, by Visit England. One of The Sunday Times "100 Best Cottages", January 2010 and The Times "50 best cottages in Britain", 13 February 2016.


Main cottage: Entrance into utility room. Adjacent, downstairs w.c. Fitted kitchen with 5 ring/3 oven, electric 'Range' cooker and dining area. Bedroom with ornate, French, cast iron, 4ft double bed. Galleried sitting room with inglenook style fireplace and French doors onto a terrace. Solid oak stairs to a landing gallery. Access to a double bedroom with kingsize Victorian, brass & iron half tester bed and a bathroom/w.c. with cast iron bath & hand shower attachment. Fishing Lodge: 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. Hayloft: Outside wooden staircase (NB steep stairs) provides access to a large bedroom under the eaves with kingsize black iron bed.

The cottage is set in ¾ acre 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.


  • Inglenook fireplace
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Logs, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Cot
  • Colour TV DVD player
  • Mini stereo system
  • Auto washing machine/tumble dryer
  • Slimline dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
  • Garage and ample parking
  • Village stores & pubs ¾ 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


What our guests say


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, 09 September 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

The perfect place to forget life in the fast lane

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, 16 July 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

Tranquility found!

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, 06 July 2017. 5 of 5 stars.
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Perfect, pet friendly riverside cottage

The first impressions of this property as you arrive are wonderful, and it doesn't disappoint from the first moment to the last. We stayed for a week as a time to relax following our daughters wedding and it was perfect in every way. Even to the extent that our daughter and new son-in-law were able to spend a few days with us in the separate Fishing Lodge. The grounds are spectacular with so many different areas for both ourselves and our dogs to enjoy, and a glass of wine on the terrace as the sun sets is a must. Inside and in the separate Hayloft and Lodge, the accommodation is just as described, and the roll top bath in the house is a joy to relax in. The area has a host of lovely pubs serving great food, and would thoroughly recommend the Village Shop as well. The cottage was well stocked and with the village shop a 20 minute walk away everything you might need is available.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 23 May 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

Location, location, location!

Six of us stayed here in late April 2017 and the three buildings that make up Undercastle Cottage lived up to their great reputation. Picture-perfect and what a location! The Avon meanders through the garden and the walks through the New Forest on Castle Hill, just yards away, are fabulous in spring. Best of all was the wildlife we saw from the property itself, and its delightful garden - a bird list of 35 species (including Kingfisher, Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Grebe, Nuthatch, Cuckoo, Grey Wagtail, large numbers of Curlews, Canada Geese, Swans etc), not to mention the mammals (deer, hares, squirrels, bats) - bring your binoculars (and birding telescope and bat detector, if you have them!) We had a cold snap and frosts during the week but the underfloor heating in the main cottage was equal to that (it has all the characters one expects of a timber-framed house but is less old than it looks!). We read the information carefully, and therefore knew exactly what to expect (e.g. the bed in the Hayloft has no facilities, though the Fishing Lodge - with its magical view up the river from its twin beds - has a shower/WC, and the main house has two bedrooms with a separate WC from the main bath/WC). Everything was in excellent state of readiness on arrival: perfectly clean, garden lawns newly mowed etc, and the owner most helpfully welcoming. The village of Woodgreen, within walking distance, is pleasant, and has the best stocked community shop we have ever come across. Definitely recommended.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 12 May 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

Beautiful location, beautiful cottage

We stayed at Undercastle Cottage for the first week in April to celebrate my 40th birthday. I cannot fully articulate what a beautiful spot the cottage is set in, waking up to the view of the river was pure bliss. The gardens are beautifully maintained and the jetty with the little boat provided endless entertainment for children and teenagers that are usually glued to iPads! Now on to the accommodation itself the cottage is completely charming all the character and romance of a thatched cottage with all the modern amenities of a new build. Perfect. Leisurely bubble baths in the huge claw foot tub (endless hot water). Cosy evenings in front of the fire, walking barefoot on gloriously heated flagstones. All your needs have been anticipated, I took along washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets etc. I didn't need anything the cottage was fully stocked (this may have been just luck). I have never enjoyed a self catering stay so much it was a small piece of heaven. We all fell in love and will 100% return. My sister hit the nail on the head when she said "it's like stepping into a Disney movie". I cannot recommend this place more it is truly wonderful.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 23 April 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

Fab setting and cottage

Just came back from a 3 nights' stay in this unbelievable cottage set in a wonderful location. Totally relaxing break enjoyed by us all. Can't wait to go back again. Would thoroughly recommend.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 29 March 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

A truly magical, totally relaxing hideaway

We booked this beautiful cottage for a 70th birthday celebration at the beginning of December. We were seven adults, (2 in their early twenties) and one dog. The setting is breathtaking and the 6 days we were there were magical. The main cottage was full of character, very warm, comfortable and well equipped with a fabulous fireplace. The accommodation in the other buildings was just as good and there was an interesting eclectic range of furnishings throughout. Surrounded by woodland, there were plenty of lovely routes for walking, stomping and scrambling through! The view from the house and garden is utterly peaceful, only broken by the activities of the herd of 50 or so swans on the river - what an incredible bonus to be able to watch them everyday so close at hand - and geese landing in the fields opposite. If there were any downsides at all some of the party would have a liked a proper shower in the main house as well as the lovely bath, and the oars for the small boat provided seemed a bit short for a good row up or downstream, though we did wonder if that was provided mainly for crossing the river to be able to fish from the mile of river bank opposite. However these were more than compensated for by everything else about this wonderful place. There was an amazing timelessness about this place and although we made enjoyable excursions to other parts of the New Forest, the time spent at Undercastle Cottage was probably the most relaxing we have ever experienced on a holiday. A must for anyone wanting to write or paint or just 'be' and for utter peace and quiet to get away from life's hurley burly, I cannot recommend this property enough.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 12 February 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

Far from the madding crowd

Our stay at Undercastle Cottage was enjoyed by everyone (ages covering 4 months, 25 through to 67 years old - as well as our two dogs). There were in total six of us and we are all hoping to return one day soon, which I believe is the biggest compliment we can pay (we were all very sad to leave ).

Well if it is peace and quiet you are looking for, maybe a little fishing or just watching the wildlife around you, this is the cottage for you. We watched the mother Moorhen and her babies busy feeding on the river every day, the Yellow Wagtails, Long-tailed Tits, the resident Robin, Kingfisher and Swifts very busy looking for insects as well as Swans going back and forth on the river – either swimming or flying and, last but not least, the many Canadian geese flying in and out every night and the mornings followed by visits from some of the New Forest ponies - happy to eat the apples offered to them.

We did do some walking in the New Forest and visited a few towns in the area (Ringwood, Salisbury, Lyndhurst and Fordingbridge) but we were always pleased to be home and in fact spent a lot of our time there. One day we visited Breamore House which is just down the road. Well worth a visit and the guide we had was very good – keeping even the most unwilling visitor amused. The owner has a guide/instruction book on walks to do in the vicinity and pubs to eat at (which we tried and can back her on them) as well as what to do in the case of problems arising in the house. We, however, ate very often at the house (it is very well equipped with kitchen paraphernalia) and the barbecue was often used. The local shop in the village is very well stocked and we used it often.

The house also has a large collection of games, which we were going to play with as some of week’s weather was not of the best, but in the end we did not have the time or the need to get them out; maybe on our next visit we will get to play with them.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 22 September 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Stayed at the cottage for my wife's birthday. There were 8 of us 3 couples and 2 children. It is one of the most tranquil areas of the New forest. We had ponies on the track behind the house, swans and an otter in the river. The kids loved the little rowing boat provided. The weather was great so ate all of our meals on the terrace, including a couple of BBQ's. There was a gorgeous butchers in Fordingbridge. Wood Green is a lovely little village without feeling too touristy, the pub is good and the local shop is great. The cottage has everything you need and is very well maintained. The only thing not supplied is WiFi and the phone signal is patchy at best. Although it is a perfect excuse to get away from everything, and I think adds to relaxing atmosphere.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor 6 June 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Lovely tranquil setting

The property is located along part of the River Avon with the river bank forming part of the beautiful well kept gardens. Set below a dense wooded area accessed via a small private track which meanders up then down to the property which secures this hideaway.

The accommodation is well kept, comfortable and all in very good order throughout. The main house has everything you need to cook and enjoy the property. A large patio area facing the river with plenty of seating and easy access to the river.

We fished for a few evenings and mornings, the river is quite fast flowing with under water reeds, but there are gravel areas so these can be fished with ease. We had sizeable roach, chubb and 2 small barbel around 1lb plus in the last evening one chubb of about 3lb. There are much bigger fish in this river of which surfaced a few times, barbel have been caught up to 18lb! There is a small rowing boat which you can use to row across the river and venture further for fishing spots or just a pleasant walk. There is a fishing lodge with very good accommodation, with shower room/wc facing the river. There is further accommodation (Hay Loft) above a further outbuilding which is again very comfortable, this has steps up to the door.

If you are wanting to get away from it all this is the place, however it is very easy to go to the local community village shop or pubs (10/15 min walk), we found the best pub food was the Bat and Ball a short drive. All the new forest areas are within easy reach with a car, but great to return to the peaceful setting. So you can have days out, or stay or fish and enjoy this really lovely property which is a real credit to the owners, allowing us to share this tranquil hideaway.

PS - We took our two small chihuahuas who loved every minute - note dogs are by the owners discretion. The property is fenced off and gated so dogs are safe but it is always best to know where they are, just in case!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor 26 July 2014. 5 of 5 stars.


- property clean, quality of bedding excellent, and given its clever modernisation and combi heating is warm and cosy, even on cold nights. Excellent real log fire available just in case.
- fantastic visits from so much friendly wildlife (horses, deer, swans, ducks); together with the large grounds, makes for an excellent base for a family holiday to explore the New Forest by bike or horse.
- the lack of en-suite to one of the outer accommodation units (the Hayloft) was a surprise, though manageable. The views DOWN the river from the beds in the adjoining 'River Cottage' a great treat for my family guests.
- escapism ... but .... in the absence of a 2G/3G/4G signal by any Telco provider, WIFI is an absent necessity.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, April 23 2014. 5 of 5 stars.

Our visit to Undercastle Cottage was an amazing experience. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your wonderful property.

Bob Anthony, July 2007
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