West Lodge

Rockbourne, New Forest
Price: £463-£779 per week
Sleeps: 2 + cot
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
  • Grade II listed gate house, just 10 minutes' drive from the New Forest boundary
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire
  • Underfloor heating
  • Wi-Fi broadband
  • Non-smoking

What our guests say

We stayed at West Lodge for 3 nights at the end of July 2017. We enjoyed our stay so much that after only a couple of hours in the property we decided to book again for Feb 2018.....

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The price for your stay will be £429


Two Grade II listed gate houses at the entrance to a country estate....

The two gate lodges which stand at the entrance to the West Park Estate have been completely refurbished and imaginatively extended to provide unusual and highly desirable holiday accommodation, graded 4 stars, Gold Award by Visit England.

Situated 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, approx. 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'. Fordingbridge, 3.5 miles away, with its medieval arched bridge over the River Avon, provides the nearest shopping centre.

Built originally in the early 1800's and recently extended, the two lodges have all their accommodation at ground floor level. The interiors have light, octagonal shaped rooms and combine stylish décor and furnishings with excellent kitchen and bathroom fittings.

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West Lodge is to the right as you face the entrance gate and has a larger, mostly lawned garden, which catches the evening sun.

Entrance hallway. Open plan living room comprising a sitting area with open fireplace, window seat, French windows to the garden, fitted kitchen and dining areas. Bedroom with kingsize double bed; stone fireplace (decorative only). Bathroom/wc with independent shower above the bath.


  • Open fireplace
  • Underfloor, oil fired central heating
  • Logs, oil, electricity, bed linen, towels and comprehensive welcome pack included in rent
  • Travel cot & high chair
  • Flat screen HD TV (FreeSat) & DVD
  • WiFi broadband
  • Auto washing machine
  • Slimline dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Telephone for incoming calls
  • Private parking for each lodge (2 cars)
  • Shops 1 1/2 miles
  • Village pub 3/4 mile
  • Home made meals, breakfast hamper and delivery of local produce by arrangement with the owner
  • Well behaved pets welcome - welcome pack provided
  • Non-smokers only
  • Not suitable for small children except babies


What our guests say


We stayed at West Lodge for 3 nights at the end of July 2017. We enjoyed our stay so much that after only a couple of hours in the property we decided to book again for Feb 2018. What a beautiful and tranquil place to holiday. Thank you very much Laura.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 04 August 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

What a treat!

What a treat for my birthday. Everything has been thought of including for the dogs - a lovely touch. Beautifully and tastefully furnished - a real home from home. Local pub is lovely with great food. Plenty of walking from the door with the New Forest a short drive away. Hope to visit again.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 21 October 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

Fantastic Stay

We have just got back from a 5 day stay and have had a great time. If you want a get away from it all break this is the place for you. The lodge is excellent. Everything you need is there including a dog basket full of towels, hose pipe, biscuits and even a tag to tell people where you are staying if your dog gets lost! The lodge is very comfortable, immaculately clean and very cosy. The bed is so comfortable. The village of Rockbourne is beautiful and the Rose and Crown does an excellent Sunday lunch and is dog friendly. There are some lovely walks around Rockbourne, all of which are of an 'easy' standard. Excellent!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 15 October 2016. 5 of 5 stars.
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Picturesque English Village

Tastefully decorated and well equipped cottage. Luxury bed linen, comfy bed allowed for a peaceful nights' sleep. Thoughtful touches throughout. Labelled keys, instructions and safety information provided for all of the appliances. 'A Things To Do' folder, walks/restaurants/shops etc. Torch/lamp handy for the short walk to and from the village pub/restaurant and to the bathroom in the pitch dark. Laura welcomed us to the property and ensured we had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. After we had explored our temporary accommodation we sat down to our complimentary home made scones, clotted cream and jam. The treats didn't end there, breakfast the following morning consisted of complementary free range eggs and filter coffee. The lodge is well placed for exploring the New Forest. The Winchester Cathedral, Jane Austen tour was most enjoyable. A peaceful retreat to get away from it all.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 7 July 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

Excellent with everything provided for humans and dogs!

We booked West Lodge via Hideaways Cottages, and had decided on a 4 night stay, Friday through to Tuesday. Easy to find on the edge of the attractive West Hampshire village of Rockbourne, we arrived just after 3pm on the Friday with our dog, Nessie. I had read some reviews and had an awareness that West Lodge was to be to a high standard, and this was confirmed when we drove up to the lodge, which appeared very sweet, and entered to the hallway. The underfloor heating was immediately apparent, which was welcome as dusk approached and the temperature cooled. We were very impressed with the box in the hallway containing a variety of dog items, eg a towel for her muddy feet and fur, a pack of poo bags, even a spare dog lead! Oh, and a tub of dog biscuits in the kitchen! And so to the kitchen/dining room/lounge. Beautifully appointed, with comfy furnishings, well equipped modern kitchen, and table chairs. The open grate and stack of wood whetted our appetite for a fire later, and there was a very comprehensive array of books, leaflets, and of great value two Ordnance Survey maps of the New Forest and Salisbury areas. They came in very useful! A couple of binders contained more information about the lodge and the wider area (eating out, walks, etc). Oh, and scones, home made damson jam, butter, milk and eggs!! The kettle was on in no time. The other rooms were all very clean and neat, with an excellent bathroom, very modern! The garden area was surprisingly large, with an outhouse full of more wood for the fire, which we didn't need in the end.

The East Lodge on the opposite side of the drive was also newly occupied by a pleasant couple and their dog. We met Laura as I was unloading the car. A very amicable lady. As it grew dark, we ventured out for a walk on footpaths around the village, as detailed on a folded A4 laminate which was again very useful. We used this a couple of times to explore Rockbourne. The next few days comprised exploring the area, with a very pleasant walk in to the New Forest and a great 5 mile circular walk on Monday near Lymington based on a guide of Hampshire walks in the lodge. A few nice pub lunches were had as well. Packing to leave for home on the Tuesday morning we received a phone call from Laura who asked if everything was to our satisfaction. It certainly was, and we will be back!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 24 November 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

Couldn’t be better

West Lodge really is a relaxing place to stay. The owners have tastefully decorated the Lodge and put careful thought into making it comfortable and a haven to unwind. Its positioned in a beautiful area and perfect for walking. Our stay could not have been better and we will certainly be going back for another break. Thank you!!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 1 September 2015. 5 of 5 stars.


If you're looking for a quiet and cosy little hideaway from your busy hectic world, then you would be doing yourself a favour by booking some time in this fabulous little cottage.The owners have obviously gone to a lot of trouble to make your stay at West Lodge as care free, easy and comfortable as possible, and in that they have succeeded, and then some. The living accommodation is clean and open plan, with a lovely open fire to relax with on a cold winters evening, or afternoon!! The small but very well equipped kitchen is thoughtfully laid out.The bathroom is also a well- thought out luxury, with both shower and bath to relax in, and the bedroom with it's oh so comfortable bed, which trust me you won't want to leave, although if you don't you'll be missing out on a stunning part of the world, with The New Forest on your doorstep, and The World Heritage site that is Stonehenge just up the road, not forgetting The Historical Dockyard at Portsmouth, all within easy travelling distance. And last but not least the kind welcome from Laura and her homemade goodies with free range eggs, to give this little treasure of a cottage that local flavour. If you book, do enjoy, I certainly did, so much so I didn't want to come home, and judging from the comments book in the cottage, neither does anyone else who stays here.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 28 January 2015. 5 of 5 stars.

The perfect short break

We stayed with our sons in both the East and West Lodges; the accommodation was as ever to the highest standard and what makes it perfect is the additional provision of eggs, milk, bread and even fresh flowers and scones laid our ready for our arrival. The underfloor heating really gives a real touch of luxury whilst the open fire if you prefer it, is perfect for cold winter evenings. With the Rose and Thistle just 5 minutes away and its close proximity to the New Forest it is a dream.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 25 November 2014. 5 of 5 stars.


This is a charming lodge, you only have to look at the outside when you arrive to know that all will be well. It has been beautifully renovated with every need seemingly catered for, a very comfortable bed that you don't want to leave, great bathroom and kitchen with plenty of room everywhere. Laura is helpful and friendly, great pub nearby with very good food, Fordingbridge a few minutes away with a supermarket and The George, another good pub, on the river. As we live in Spain, the refuse system completely threw us but it didn't seem to matter. Would have preferred 2 armchairs instead of a sofa but looking at the guest book, others preferred a sofa. Can't please everyone. Very good wifi unlike other places where we have stayed. Unfortunately no mobile phone signal but that seems to be the norm in the UK. Highly recommended.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 21 August 2014. 5 of 5 stars.

Perfect in every way

This little cottage is a peace of heaven! Everything we could want or need was there waiting for us, making our holiday as relaxing as it could ever be. The location was fab for days out into the forest, with the secluded garden meaning evenings in with a glass of wine were also luxury. Couldn't have asked for anything more, thank you Laura.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 15 July 2014. 5 of 5 stars.

Elegant and homely - all you need with added extras.

My husband and I visited the New Forest with my sister and brother in law who have been staying at the East Lodge for some nine years now. The Lodges are perfect for a getaway from it all break - set within the heart of the New Forest they are an idyllic hideaway. They are decorated to a high standard and have underfloor heating throughout. On arrival, we found a welcome card and homemade scones and jam - a very nice thought and very enjoyable. There are folders with a host of information for those wanting to explore the area - many great walks on your doorstep and The Rose & Thistle pub just down the road serves exquisite pub food (the steak and kidney suet pudding is a must try - you won't be disappointed). Cable TV, books and DVD's are all available and there is a washing machine, dishwasher and very well equipped kitchen - I can't think of anything that we needed that wasn't there. It really felt like home and we look forward to a return visit.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 4 February 2014. 5 of 5 stars.

Nice lodge! Enjoyed the free range eggs left for us (and the scones!). Sampled all the local eateries and if you like good, old fashioned pub-grub you can't go wrong with The Compasses in Damerham - lovely grub! Great dog friendly beaches at Hengistbury Head also. Had a lovely short break!

Tom and Dawn Dunlea, September 2013.

We really loved The Lodge, it is modern, clean and very comfortable. A good comfy bed is really important and this one didn't disappoint. Good base for visiting lots of N.T. properties plus the Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Enjoyed food at The Inn at Cranborne. Many thanks for the scones and eggs. We hope to come back soon!

Heather & Richard Scott, September 2013.

The total experience of having the lodge to stay in was absolutely perfect for a peaceful getaway. The location was ideal with excellent position for visiting the areas of the New Forest, Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton, Portsmouth and even Brighton. The amenities available within the lodge enable any visitor to either fully cater or just use as an overnight base. My wife and I would certainly re-visit and recommend to our friends if any are visiting the area for a long or short stay.

Geoff Heyes, November 2011
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