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    Undercastle Cottage

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    Property ref: S123253

    • Bedrooms 4

    • Sleeps 8

    • Baths 2

    • Pets Yes

    • Reviews (31)

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    About this property

    This detached cottage is located in Fordingbridge, Hampshire and can sleep eight people in four bedrooms.

    Undercastle Cottage is located in Fordingbridge, Hampshire and is in the heart of New Forest. It is a timber framed house with a thatched roof. You enter the property through a utility room and into a fitted kitchen, a living room with an inglenook fireplace and French doors leading out onto the terrace. It had two king-size bedrooms, one double bedroom and one twin bedroom with a separate family bathroom and shower room. The cottage stands on 0.75 acre garden which includes three ponds fed by natural springs which overflow by a small gully into the river. There is a long, paved terrace overlooking the river with garden furniture and a barbecue. Off street parking is available. Undercastle Cottage is the perfect place for friends and families to vacation.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation split between three properties 4 bedrooms in total:
    Property 1 - Main Cottage, 2 bedrooms: 1x ground floor cast iron French double bed (4ft), 1 x king size Victorian brass and iron half tester bedstead. Bathroom with cast iron bath, hand held shower, basin and WC, ground floor WC. Kitchen. Living room with open fire. Utility.
    Property 2 ? Fishing lodge, 1 bedroom: Open plan bedroom/studio with 1 x twin, TV and small fridge. Separate shower, basin and WC.
    Property 3 ? The Hayloft, 1 bedroom: 1 x king size ? no bathroom or WC.

    Please be aware this amenties are shared across all 3 properties
    Central heating, open fire place
    Fitted Kitchen with electric 'range style' cooker, slimline dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer and microwave
    2 x TV, DVD
    Fuel and power and inc in rent
    Bed linen and towels inc in rent
    Ample parking
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    75 of an acre of a cottage garden which includes three ponds fed by natural springs, long paved terrace overlooking the river with garden furniture and a barbeque
    Well behaved pets by arrangement with the owner
    Sorry, non-smokers only
    Shop and pub 0
    75 miles
    Note: There is a refundable good housekeeping bond on £250
    Note: The Hayloft is accessed with via a steep staircase outside and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues
    Note: There is no WC/bathroom in the Hayloft
    Note: Accommodation split between three properties 4 bedrooms in total
    Note: Please note that the river frontage is unfenced so children must be supervised

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    Local amenities

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    • The Fighting Cocks
      1 mile
    • George Inn
      1.5 miles
    • New Forest Water Park
      3 miles
    • Red Shoot Inn
      4.5 miles
    • The Alice Lisle
      5 miles
    • The Lamb Inn
      5.5 miles
    • The Elm Tree
      7 miles
    • Moors Valley Park
      7.5 miles
    • Magna Carta
      8.5 miles
    • The Chapter House
      8.5 miles

    Reviews (31)

    Mrs Ryden ‐ 1 Oct 2018
    "First time to the New Forrest and nobody wanted to leave. The cottage and grounds exceeded all our expectation. The location of the cottage was also idyllic resulting in a perfect family holiday."
    Guest's review on TripAdvisor 6 June 2015. 5 of 5 stars.
    "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
    "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
    "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
    "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
    "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."
    Wilson
    "We parked the car and didn't use it until we left. Lovely walks through the forests with plenty of pubs to choose from for lunch."
    Guest's review on TripAdvisor
    "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
    "Totally relaxing break enjoyed by us all. Can't wait to go back again. Would thoroughly recommend."
    Guest's review on TripAdvisor
    "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 )."
    Guest's review on TripAdvisor 26 July 2014. 5 of 5 stars.
    "Set below a dense wooded area accessed via a small private track which meanders up then down to the property which secures this hideaway."
    Guest's review on TripAdvisor
    "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
    "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."
    Bob Anthony
    "Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your wonderful property."
    Guest's review on TripAdvisor
    "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."
    Mrs Hurd
    "The cottage was lovely and clean, the gardens were very well looked after, it was a beautiful cottage in a superb location and the owner genuinely wanted you to have a good time and was informative"
    Waugh
    "Beautiful property"
    Wilson
    "Location and style of the property. We parked the car and didn't use it until we left. Lovely walks through the forests with plenty of pubs to choose from for lunch."
    Bob Anthony
    "Our visit to Undercastle Cottage was an amazing experience. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your wonderful property."
    Guest's review on TripAdvisor
    "- 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 26 July 2014. 5 of 5 stars.
    "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."
    Guest's review on TripAdvisor
    "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 )."
    Guest's review on TripAdvisor
    "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
    "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
    "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
    "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
    "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 6 June 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
    "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
    "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
    "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 ..."

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