Sleeps 2. Regret no pets.
"What a magical place to spend our honeymoon. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The walks and bike rides are fantastic. Spent hours watching the birds from kitchen window; especially the friendly nuthatch who made regular visits to the balcony. This riverside bolthole offers 5 star luxury and we will be returning next year for our first wedding anniversary. Thank you very much. " Louise & Phillip; November 2012
About this Beaulieu holiday cottage; or tales from the river bank: A romantic and truly unique riverside holiday home that's perfect for New Forest honeymoons and Beaulieu Events, raised on stilts on the banks of the Beaulieu River. Originally designed to hunker down after a hard day's sailing; now a cosy and luxurious sanctuary just for two. With fabulous far-reaching views from the deck and offering every creature comfort. Chill out and make friends with the wildlife.
Location; A truly romantic setting, hidden in ancient woodland with uninterrupted views of the grounds to the tidal Beaulieu River and abundant wildlife. Your holiday home is accessed by a gravel track that leads to the small enclave of riverside properties, secluded, but not overlooked nor isolated, and an enjoyable 15 minute stroll to Beaulieu village to pick up the newspapers, or 4 minutes by car.
The river has a life of its own from the yachts that glide past to the daily chug of the scallop boat making its way upstream. Want to float downstream? Take the path to Bucklers Hard, a 20 minute stroll, and investigate the end of the river as it flows into the Solent, courtesy of the Swiftsure boat which operates between Easter and October. For the lowdown click "On your doorstep - the local area" above.
From the ground level, a flight of wooden open tread stairs with secure handrail lead up to the First floor level decked balcony; A large open decked area with spectacular views overlooking the river.
Living; Blu ray DVD, internet enabled, iplayer, 42" flat screen Satellite HD LCD with Freesat. LoveFilm. WiFi. IPod player. Flame effect electric fire, dining table and chairs overlooking the tree line, large glazed windows and sliding doors to balcony.
Eating; Beautifully fitted and fully equipped with sparkly granite worktops and blue rope floor light. Café table overlooking the river for a spot of bird watching over breakfast. Exterior door leading to the balcony.
Sleeping; Standard double bed with memory foam mattress and topper. Eco wool carpet, white waffle dressing gowns. There is a blackout blind and sliding wooden external shutters - for those guests who appreciate being cocooned in darkness.
Bathing; Bath with power shower and glass screen. Granite topped vanity unit. Electric shaver point, chrome oil filled towel rail. Separate loo, movement sensor lighting, Laufen designer sink and loo.
Outside; Amazing high level views of the grounds and river bank from the 7ft x 30ft deck. Discreet, unobtrusive lighting. White wooden chairs and table plus groovy green lounging chairs, just right for an afternoon snooze. Under the deck is a storage area for bikes and also the utility room with an additional loo. Movement sensor flood lighting on the drive, staircase and under the cabin. Large private area for parking, adjacent to the stairs leading up to the first floor deck.
Unfenced grounds purposely left in their natural state to encourage the abundant wildlife. Rustic bench and picnic table. We have all the full info here at the office, but briefly fishing is permitted on the Beaulieu River from vessels moored in the river and from Buckler's Hard, Keeping Trees and Bailey's Hard by Permit only. River Mooring, visiting yachts are welcome subject to availability by contacting the Harbourmaster at Bucklers Hard.
Rental inclusive of; Bath towels (not beach) tea towels, all bed linen, all utilities. NFL rating 4 Star Gold, personally inspected.
THE OWNERS REQUEST NON SMOKING GUESTS ONLY AND REGRET NO PETS.
Features of this cottage include:
- Peaceful, quiet location in its own grounds.
- 700g white Egyptian cotton fluffy large bath and hand towels
- 800 thread count Egyptian Cotton bed linen.
- Top quality non-allergenic duvet, micro fibre filling.
- Memory foam mattress, choice of non-allergenic pillows, firm Spiral hollow fibre or a softer support.
- Two white waffle dressing gowns.
- Complimentary white towelling slippers.
- Wi Fi. iPod player.DAB radio.
- Internet enabled, iplayer. 42" flat screen Satellite HD LCD TV with Freesat
- Blu ray DVD.
- Welcome pack, provisions for your first breakfast.
- Dishwasher, electric single fan oven, fridge.
- Electric ceramic hob, microwave.
- Modern Dimplex storage heating. Extensive roof and floor insulation.
- Megaflow immersion heated hot water.
- Utility room on the ground level with;
- Washing machine.
- Separate Dryer.
- Utility sink, iron and ironing board.
- Fridge freezer.
- Separate loo.
- Wellies and umbrellas.
Walking. Straight from the door step, turn left, follow the trail to Bucklers Hard, or turn right and follow the trail to Beaulieu Village.
Nearest Shops. About a 15 minute enjoyable stroll or bike ride to Beaulieu Village to pick up the newspaper or essentials from the small village shop, five minutes by car. Browse through the gift shops stocking Kath Kidston and other must haves. Fairweathers garden centre is a picturesque delight, housed in period barns. Visit the Norris shop in Palace Lane, for contemporary country clothing - Musto, Barbour, Joules, equestrian gear and more. But our favourite shop is of course, the Chocolate Studio in the High Street.
Local dining. 25 minute meander down the track to visit the Yachtsman's bar at Bucklers Hard have lunch on the lawn or choose their restaurant. Lime Wood at Lyndhurst is a fifteen minute drive. Monty's Inn in Beaulieu village, also fab cream teas at Steffs Kitchen at Fairweathers at Beaulieu. The Pig at Brockenhurst receives rave reviews and is a 10-15 minute drive.
Nearest little towns. Within a 15 minute drive, Lymington, set by the Solent, Marinas, cobbled quay and excellent Saturday market. Interesting boutiques - Musto, Crew Clothing and more, plus interesting eateries. For food shopping, Waitrose, Simply M&S. Jump on the Isle of Wight ferry and have lunch at the George in Yarmouth.
Nearest railway station: Brockenhurst.
Nearest Spa: SensSpa at Careys Manor Brockenhurst or Lime Wood at Lyndhurst. Book Spa a day or choose a treatment.
Riding: at Ford Farm Stables at Brockenhurst.
Golf: At Lyndhurst, Bramshaw and Hamptworth.
Bike hire: New Forest Activities in Beaulieu Village, canoeing and kayaking too along the Beaulieu River.
Worth a visit: The Bucklers Hard Story and Maritime Museum. Beaulieu for the Motor Museum and Palace House. All open daily throughout the year. Exbury Gardens, about a fifteen minute drive.
Best beach: Highcliffe Castle beach, Mudeford Quay and Avon Beach - all within a forty minute drive.
- Max number of guests 2
- 1 Double bedroom
- 1 Bathroom
- Sorry, no dogs
- Friday start day for weekly holidays
- Friday start day for weekend breaks
- Monday start day for mid-week breaks
"The cabin is beyond amazing. The attention to detail from the owners makes this a real 5* experience. Waking up with views of the Beaulieu river and pheasants roaming around, with the beautiful December ground frost make this a little piece of heaven on earth."
Mrs. W.P., Essex. December 2012