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Forest Edge does space really well. This village home is fresh and airy and has lots of generously sized rooms where friends and family can get together to eat, relax and play. Gardens stretch to two-thirds of an acre with views across paddocks and woodland, while the house overlooks a picturesque green.
It is perfect for exploring the area. Come here for relaxation, family adventures and slice of life in the slow lane. Our favourite wild beach and Lymington town are all close - about 5 minutes drive for both.
The immediate surrounds of the heathery moor and forest are beautiful. The views are dotted with ponies in every direction. Especially in the centre of the village. Apart from dog walkers, it's mostly the ponies you'll meet on your travels. This area is a favourite haunt of the local New Forest breed and you'll also meet donkeys, cows, (and possibly the odd pig in Autumn) roaming through the village. All call this area home, and will graze right up to the front gate.
The beach at Tanners Lane, wild and totally unspoilt, is 3 miles to the south. The coastal path here is in good condition and the views to the Isle of Wight are superb. Lymington is also 3 miles. It is charming, full of bustle and life. Foodies have plenty to look forward to here too.
All-in-all it's a lovely holiday house, well presented and set up for families, in a great spot. Get ready for British village life at its best.
During COVID-19 we are not accepting any bookings online. Once the lockdown is lifted then we will accept guests to stay. If you want to book for a period out of lockdown, you need to contact us at New Forest Escapes please. Thanks. Rachel and the team.
The interior style is country comfortable, easy-going and relaxed. There are the owners’ family photographs, animal portraits, rugs thrown on boards, florals and antique chairs.
Downstairs is partly open-plan. The kitchen, stuffed with masses of kit for cooking, is semi-open to the dining area where a rustic table seats up to eight and big glazed doors slide open to the terrace.
The sitting room is cosy. There’s a woodburning stove and enough armchairs and deep sofas, piled with colourful cushions, for everyone to lounge, or squirrel away with a book. Off the sitting room, a playroom provides a kids’ escape space, with football table, TV and daybed.
Upstairs the bedrooms are big and bright. One has a super king, the other a king and a single next to it. Downstairs, there is a double bed with access on one side only, and next door, a twin or super king if they are made up together.
The downstairs bathroom has been fully renovated during lock-down and has been done well. The upstairs bathroom is dated but is fully functional, clean and sparkles. The water pressure is good for showers. Towels are fresh and fluffy and no shortcuts are taken for your comfort.
Outside the large gardens are mainly lawned, ideal for family games. They are also so well-enclosed they should contain all but the most determinedly adventurous dogs. There’s a good barbecue and picnic table for eating al fresco - a great way to enjoy long summer evenings and spectacular sunsets. If you don’t fancy cooking, we’ve tons of suggestions for tasty places to eat out. Or we can help you find a caterer; just ask.
If you need more space, simply hop across the cattle grid. The little lane beyond is a cul-de-sac of the prettiest and most perfect kind. It’s perfect for family walks with small people and opportunities to learn to cycle. Walk its length (about four minutes) and you’ll find yourself on the bowling-green-flat, pony-nibbled lawns of Pilley Green where local children play football and run around.
The owners Stephen and Louise were locals and they say that the village comes into its own in summer with gardens to visit (through the National Open Garden Scheme). They also recommend the old phone box as a must-visit – it’s now a community book swap facility.
All in all: Forest Edge is about the village life experience. This is a lovely, well presented holiday home that’s set up for families and in a great spot.
The house is best for groups of 10 adults, 2 children (in the single beds) and then 2 babies. All rooms (except bedroom 4) are suitable for travel cots.
The quirky bits (we like to be honest)
The bathrooms aren’t the newest or most luxurious, but they’re sparkling clean, water pressure is good for an invigorating shower and towels are fluffy. In short – it is all about your comfort.
There is a cattle grid nearby the cottage and you can hear it at night when the rest of the village noises die down. All windows upstairs are double glazed so you can shut the noise out if you want.
Steven and Louise, the owners, do come and stay in an annexe at the property, on their way to and from their boat in Lymington. They park outside the property and have their own access. The annexe does not over look the main house or garden at all, and they do not stay in during the day. In short – they’ll keep out of your way – but do ask them for local tips and info’. They’re very well informed!
You can park right next to the front door. There are two steps up into the house. The downstairs bedrooms and entire downstairs are on one floor with no steps. The bathroom is roomy and has bath and shower. No grab or hand rails are provided however.
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