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Slate Cottage

This lovely house has been renovated specifically for the families wanting holiday rentals. With a big dining room, sitting room and 2 downstairs bedrooms, mixed generational family groups will be particularly happy here.

Celebratory meals are usually a big part of family get togethers. But often rental houses have small dining tables. Not so here. Central in the house is the dining room. It's big and the table seats 12 easily. To the left is a separate, light and airy kitchen, so cooks producing treats can do so with their own space. Come morning tho' you'll all be around the kitchen table there too. It also seats 8 easily.

The accommodation is set with 2 bedrooms on the ground floor and 2 upstairs, plus the snug can be transformed into another bedroom using the sofa bed - which makes this property extremely versatile for multi generation families or family friends.

With a paddock out the back and a large garden area, this house is set up for families to stay in, or explore. Marvellous.

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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.

Looking for a big family house? Open Forest, wild(ish) coast and mid-century cool? Then Slate Cottage is a chic bolthole between forest and coast that has been renovated and refurbished with super chilled group holidays in mind.

The accommodation is set with 2 bedrooms on the ground floor and 2 upstairs, plus the playroom can be transformed into another bedroom using the sofa bed – which makes this property extremely versatile for multi generation families or family friends.

Celebratory meals are usually a big part of family get togethers. But often rental houses have small dining tables. Not so here. Central in the house is the dining room. It’s big and the table seats 12 easily. Come morning tho’ you’ll all be around the kitchen table there too. It also seats 8.

Dogs are welcome here.

Inspired by an artist’s studio, this individual, architect-designed property of whitewashed brick, slate and glass was built in the 1960s. The owners have styled an interior that is all about the mid-century look, while the accommodation has been arranged to be adaptable; to suit multi-generational family groups or a couple of families taking time out together.

Reception spaces are inviting and sociable. These include a central dining hall with vintage drinks trolley, 1960s’ haberdashery unit and an immense refectory-sized table that can seat 12 comfortably. It is perfect for celebratory meals, which in our experience are usually a big part of family get-togethers. There’s a bright, light, airy kitchen with another generously proportioned table. This one is recycled from a school science lab bench and seats eight easily – ideal for relaxing over breakfast, mid-morning coffee with pastries, and brunch.

Off the dining hall, a glass corridor leads to what was originally the site of the old artist’s studio – now a family room or snug, even an extra bedroom if required, with garden views, vaulted ceiling and wood-burning stove.

For the perfect entertaining space, the first-floor sitting room runs the length of the house and features high ceiling, full height windows facing south and west, and a roof terrace among the tree tops where you can sip a glass of wine or G&T while the sun goes down. Perfection. Come winter, this relaxing room is indulgently cosy: light the wood-burning stove and snuggle onto a low sofa in a room with exposed brickwork, painted panelling, reindeer hides strewn across oak boards and quirky details such as a bike saddle upcycled as a table light.

Versatile bedroom accommodation can meet the needs of most families with two large bedrooms on the first floor, two more good-sized bedrooms on the ground floor and the family room with sofa bed. Plus there are three sparkling bathrooms – one with freestanding tub.

The Style

Slate Cottage mixes up comfort and luxury with practicality and eclectic elements. It starts in the big entrance hall (great for muddy dogs and muddier kids) with utilitarian wire racking for boots and bits and bobs alongside a cactus displayed in a birdcage. It continues with statement pieces of furniture, sourced from Parisian flea markets and local vintage emporiums, against an uncluttered colour palette of greys and white.

Bedrooms are calm retreats for grown-ups. Beds are topped with cosseting throws and oversized textured cushions and schemes are quietly glamorous – greys with highlights of silver and wood. Kids’ rooms include a hideaway of a bedroom with fun bunks, fluffy feathery lampshade and whacky wigwam for let’s play make-believe, plus a playroom with old-fashioned toys.

The Gardens

The enclosed lawned gardens with mature trees back onto a paddock where local residents, Shetland ponies Barney Buttons and Scooby Doo, like to say hello. There’s an open outlook, plenty of space to play and a proper swing hanging from a high branch. There’s also the possibility of spotting deer and a real sense of living the country life and being in touch with nature.

With a separate playroom, masses of toys and books, and an enclosed large garden area, with swing, there is plenty to keep kids busy. For teens, try the Saltwater baths in summer -situated in Lymington – for the floating 200 metre assault course, paddle boards and zorbs. All bonkers and great fun. There are 2 high chairs, travel cots and a top and bottom stair gate.

Best for…
Families with people to spoil – especially good for VIP birthdays and multi generation family groups due to the downstairs living accommodation.

There is a kingsize bedroom, and a children’s bedroom downstairs with two bathrooms – 1 shower (there is a step in to the shower) and one with a bath.

The playroom has a wall mounted TV, so if the stairs to sitting room are not possible, guests can watch TV downstairs.

There’s one step in to the house at the front door, access possible at the rear through the french doors (step in to) to the playroom or to the front of the kitchen (one step up). The ground floor is all one level except that there are two steps down to access the playroom.

There is a handrail on the stairs – part of the wooden structure of the stairs on the right hand side. 

Garden : Third of an acre garden that backs onto the paddocks at the rear of the property, it is enclosed but the gate itself needs to be shut to stop kids and dogs wandering.
Kitchen : Double oven / Gas hob / Fridge freezer / Coffee machine & Cafetiere / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble dryer
Mod Cons : Two Smart TV's / BT Freeview / Bose sound system
Connectivity : Free WiFi is reasonable speed (for a rural area!) and mobile signal is ok here for most providers
Parking : Up to 4 cars
Kids' Stuff : 2 travel cots and 2 high chairs are provided. There is a good selection of toys here. Most are in the playroom and suit children from 1-6. Next door to the playroom there is another smaller playroom with an old school desk in it. There are masses of lovely reading books too. The garden is enclosed but Houdini's will escape - the front gate must be kept closed to stop kids going onto the lane. There is a full enclosed little garden off the kitchen for toddler garden play.
Pets : 2 dogs up to 20kgs are welcome at £40 per dog, per stay. There is a large dog crate we can put in the house if you'd like. We would consider a third dog staying.

The garden is enclosed and well fenced to 4 feet high.

what makes this special...
This is a house for the ultra sociable, perfect for family get-togethers throughout the year including traditional winter celebrations – board games around the dining table, watching films in the family room and sitting round log fires with hot chocolates.

Location is spot on: down a country lane between Forest and coast and close to Lymington. You’re on the spot for fabulous sea wall walks, long walks to Hurst Castle to blow away your cobwebs and forage for samphire. Foodie’s will find treats in most directions. Read more on our foodie blog here. 

There’s a play park within five minutes’ walk and an indoor pool within 10 minutes. A further ten minutes’ walk takes you into Lymington which has a Waitrose, quality independent shops and Saturday market. At the far end of Lymington’s High Street, cobbled Quay Hill leads to the quay (great spot for crabbing) and open-air seawater pool with inflatable obstacle course for splashing good fun.

Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’. Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in its interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.

The house itself is lovely, but the location is unusually good; you can walk 10-12 mins east to the shops, past an excellent play park, to the public swimming pool and onto the shops (30 mins in total).

Or head to the north into the National Park where kids can track ponies, play in streams, picnic and play dens. South x 3 mins drive and you’ll reach pebbly, sandy and wild beaches. Our favourite is Hurst Castle, the fort at the end has a seasonal and good cafe, there is a boat trip in summer there and back, and at low tide a sandy beach is revealed for sandy creations.

Brockenhurst village is in the centre of the New Forest. It is a pretty and sleepy spot. Come for the slow life. the local bakery has been there since 1963, The Sett cafe is great, The Pig Hotel - is superb for local and slow food. Walking and cycling from here is particularly excellent. 
Burley area is a great eccentric spot. The golf course is an unfenced course so ponies and cattle can walk on the greens. It is well drained and well mown so the course is relatively undamaged and the animals are part of the fun of it. The village is busy and has a great local store. 
East End, Pilley villages. Very slow, very sleepy... three great pubs. Fabulous walking and beach access. 
Lymington. Busy, bustling, the centre of shopping and tourism. Well worth a visit to the weekly Saturday morning markets. Great coastal walking on The Solent Way which has amazing views. Lovely cafe's and restaurants. More vintage and pre-loved shops popping up - furniture and designer clothing. Waitrose and Tesco's supermarket. The waterpark at the old Lido is cheap, creative and amazing for kids in summer. 
Keyhaven village - extremely quiet.... no ponies and cattle here, you're out of the cattle grid zone. The coastal path is a lovely walk - head to Lymington off road in an hour. Walk to Hurst Castle along the spit, or take the boat is a must. Forage for samphire in late summer. Wild swim in some areas. 
Milford on Sea village is busy and full of good independent shops and some great foodie places. Hollands the independent supermarket is brilliant. The coast here is a secret to many. The beach is miles long, sandy at low tide and good for wild swimming, dogs and sandcastles. It's rarely busy. 

Hi I'm Rachel Parsons, founder of New Forest Escapes. For 7 years we have been offering New Forest cottages and holiday houses. Big, small, luxury, eccentric, seaside and forest… We offer stays from 2 nights to 2 weeks or longer stays up to 6 months. 

In 2011, with a 6 month old baby, I started with one holiday cottage. After 3 years friends kept asking me to help out. Now we have over 20 houses and are looking for more. The team has grown from just me (thank goodness) and we have 4 part time mums in the office which is just outside Lymington. 

We are proud of the care we take of people. We're all locals. Our experience and knowledge of the area and the houses is excellent - we are in them often checking and primping things. We love to share the best local spots and help people make happy memories of this lovely area. 

Predictable as it sounds, it's important to slow down and smell the flowers and our mission is to inspire moments of happiness in everything we do. Also to make things as simple and easy for everyone we communicate with. We don't always get that right, but we do try! 

Here's a glimpse into our thinking: we like (and have blogged extensively on how to do...) Breakfast on the beach, Swallows and Amazons adventures, toasting marshmallows over the fire by the shore, the lived-in look, English eccentric style, exploring, country tracks, creativity and fun, Scrabble on the jetty, story-tellers spinning tales in forest glades, scrummy picnics…

What we don't like, Beige and boring, characterless identikit rooms, thin mattresses, shower mould, no free condiments, having to lay your own fire, not being able to find the matches, scrabbling around trying to find information on where to go and what to do…

Who is our customer and how do we help them?

Since 2012 we have helped over 2000 groups holiday in the New Forest. We've had the normal: family breaks, 70th birthdays, weddings… And we've had the unusual: pet geese, divorce parties and film shoots. There have been a few particularly special groups whose VIP was terminally ill and came to celebrate their last family get-together. Quite a humbling and amazing experience to help with.

Going that extra bit…We know how important and tricky it is to get 'the magic bits' into a break. To help we've worked up some 'experience ideas' for inspiration. We know which pub serves the more bizarre brews. The restaurant with the freshest fish. The perfect spot for your morning yoga and forest bathing. Everyone, whatever age, will love making memories together. Read more in our blog here. 

Owner and house rules.
- We only accept mixed generational family groups here.
- The total number of adult beds are 11 with 2 babies in cots allowed. 
- We do not accept any stag or hen groups OR any single sex, single generation groups. 
- Changeover days here are strictly Mondays and Fridays throughout the year, except where there is a Bank Holiday on a Monday and in that week we will force a Friday to Friday booking. For UK holiday dates such as Easter Day, Christmas Day or New Years Day we will only take a weeks booking and changeovers will have to be at least 2 days before the peak holiday date such as  Easter Day, Christmas Day or New Years Day. 
- We allow up to 4 day visitors here. 
- Parties are not allowed here. 
- The neighbours here are accepting of holiday guests but please respect neighbourly hours when using the garden. One dog is welcome here, there is a surcharge of £40 for a dog per stay. If you breach these rules, or we think you may intend to breach these rules then we will cancel your booking within 48 hours of your booking. 
So please do not waste our time by booking if this is not the right place for you. We would rather you book the right place first time, than us both have the hassle or reorganising after you've booked. Thanks. Sarah and the team at New Forest Escapes. 

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Listing Updated: 19/05/2021

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Slate Cottage
Wainsford Road
New Forest
SO41 8LB

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Can Leave Dog Unattended


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Wheel Chair Access


Owner Has A Dog


Limit On Dog Size


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2 dogs up to 20kgs are welcome at £40 per dog, per stay. There is a large dog crate we can put in the house if you'd like. We would consider a third dog staying.2 dogs up to 20kgs are welcome at £40 per dog, per stay. There is a large dog crate we can put in the house if you'd like. We would consider a third dog staying.

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