View towards the property
View towards the decked area
Open-plan stylish studio
Well equipped kitchen and dining space
Finishing touches full of charm
Looking towards the decked area and the surrounding country views
Open-plan studio style
King-size bedroom area
Luxury bedding
Bathroom with seperate walk-in shower
Bathroom with seperate walk-in shower
Relax on the decking
Located on a quiet lane
Nearby lake with local wildlife
Views over the lake to The Old Telephone Exchange
Stunning views at Bucklers Hard
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4 / 17  Open-plan stylish studio
5 / 17  Well equipped kitchen and dining space
6 / 17  Finishing touches full of charm
7 / 17  Looking towards the decked area and the surrounding country views
8 / 17  Open-plan studio style
9 / 17  King-size bedroom area
10 / 17  Luxury bedding
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13 / 17  Relax on the decking
14 / 17  Located on a quiet lane
15 / 17  Nearby lake with local wildlife
16 / 17  Views over the lake to The Old Telephone Exchange
17 / 17  Stunning views at Bucklers Hard

Old Telephone Exchange

Beaulieu, New Forest
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Romantic getaway for two deep in the New Forest
  • Open-plan studio-style accommodation
  • Complimentary pass to Bucklers Hard for the duration of your stay
  • Close to Michelin star restaurant, The Terrace
  • Short distance away from popular Beaulieu Motor Museum and Estate
  • Pleasant, countryside surroundings
Property code: NFL93

Located in a peaceful and secluded area of the Beaulieu Estate in the heart of the New Forest, boasting beautiful views, this romantic single-storey cottage exudes charm.

Situated just outside the village of Buckler’s Hard, the property offers extensive walking trails through the New Forest. After a day spent hiking or canoeing the river at Beaulieu, guests can return to the local pub for a quiet drink and to rest those aching legs. A relaxing afternoon can also be spent meandering through the picturesque village of Beaulieu. The vibrant coastal town of Lymington has an array of independent shops, bars and cafes which are worth exploring, or guests can take a ferry to the Isle of Wight for an afternoon of walking. The property comes with free passes for Buckler’s Hard Story and Maritime Museum, ensuring that there is never a dull moment.

The charming accommodation has a wonderful open-plan living area with a country style kitchen at one end and a main lounge area in the middle. The kitchen is well equipped with all the essentials and there is a dining table and chairs for entertaining. From the lounge’s double doors guests can enjoy the enchanting views across the terrace and lake or enjoy curling up and watching a DVD on those rainy afternoons. Wooden floors throughout the property add to the sense of warmth and cosiness. The spacious suite style bedroom contains a king-size bed and is a wonderful room for a peaceful night. The property’s bathroom is a good size and consists of a bath and a separate shower.

Outside the property there is a lovely decked area that makes a great spot for some al fresco dining on balmy summer evenings. Guests can relax on the lawns that surround the property and watch the New Forest ponies which like to meander through the lane.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • One bedroom with a king-size bed and room for a travel cot
  • One bathroom with a bath, walk in shower and a WC
  • Not suitable for children above six months old
  • Parking for two cars
  • TV and DVD player
  • DAB radio
  • Electric and heating included
  • Washer/ tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • Bed linen (except cot bedding) and towels included
  • Wi-Fi available
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Complimentary pass to Bucklers Hard for the duration of your stay
  • Welcome hamper
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • 10% discount at New Forest Activities
  • 10% off food and drinks at the Master Builders Pub in Bucklers Hard
  • Each guest will receive a Beaulieu save card valid for the length of their stay and will receive special discount offers in over 35 businesses including 10% off local shops in the village of Beaulieu and surrounds
  • No smoking

This property is personally managed by Claire.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 18 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Melita 21st February 2020

If you are seeking peace and tranquility this is the cottage for you. Beautiful cottage and location and lovely welcome hamper

Reviewed by David 3rd February 2020

Myself, my fiance and our dog all had a lovely time and didn't want to leave, the old telephone exchange is a in a peaceful and beautiful location. The accommodation had parking, was very comfortable and welcoming, warm and had everything we could need. We all hope to return here soon. In addition, thank you for the lovely hamper.

Reviewed by Jade 17th January 2020

The location of the holiday was absolutely beautiful. We were amazed by the cleanliness of the accommodation and how wonderful it all was. There was lots of lovely information included within a folder and included free parking ticket etc. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a lovely break away.

Reviewed by Paul 30th December 2019

Great location by a lake and close to the coast and Bucklers Hard. Very well designed one big open plan room plus bathroom. Comfortable and well furnished. Had everything we could need for a holiday. All in great condition and super clean. Dog friendly. Very helpful hostess. We would definitely go back.

Reviewed by Julie 28th October 2019

We had a fantastic stay at the old telegraph exchange. Beautiful setting and really cosy, didn't want to go home!

Reviewed by Mark 18th October 2019

This is a very comfortable and well equipped property and we had an enjoyable and relaxing week here. There was an excellent welcome hamper and the estate staff who looked after us and the property were very friendly and efficient. We marked the location down slightly because we have a dog and like to walk him off-lead, which we couldnt do straightRead more from the cottage. Bucklers hard is a short ten minute walk away though (again dogs on leads). Hide

Reviewed by Christopher 4th October 2019

Amazing as ever

Reviewed by Carol 27th September 2019

If you love nature than this is the place for you. A perfect place that offers peace and tranquillity in a stunning setting. It does have the best of both worlds, with the interesting Maritime Museum at Buckler's Hard close by. Good walks, all from your door. The property is well looked after. We found it clean, warm and comfortable, making our staRead morey very enjoyable. Hide

Reviewed by Jayne 20th September 2019

This property in the heart of the New Forest was an absolute dream. From the moment we arrived we could not stop singing its praises - plus the visit from the ponies on our last day was magical. We cannot wait to return - thank you

Reviewed by Karin 30th August 2019

A great little cottage set in a peaceful location overlooking a lake. Within easy reach of Bucklers Hard Museum and Beaulieu. The cottage had everything we needed. On Saturday there was a street market in Lymington which was well worth a visit. We enjoyed seeing the ponies and donkeys grazing on the roadsides. We also enjoyed watching the cruise liRead moreners at Lepe and Calshot. Hide

Reviewed by Jane 1st July 2019

This studio apartment was in a lovely spot with nice walks from the door but you have to be careful on the lane as it is quite narrow & not everyone drives as slow as they should & there isnt a footpath.We would definitely return however as these are minor things

Reviewed by James 21st June 2019

I cannot stress how perfect the old telephone exchange was! The whole experience from the welcome hamper to the friendliness of Jane the estate manager. Was more than we could of hoped for so relaxing and we will definitely be going back!! Highly recommend

Reviewed by Norah 24th May 2019

Beautiful location. Peaceful. Beautiful walks. A short car ride to other towns . The accommodation was spotless. An amazing food hamper was waiting for us ! Ponies in the field next to us . Wonderful. We had a wonderful stay .

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View towards the property
View towards the decked area
Open-plan stylish studio
Well equipped kitchen and dining space
Finishing touches full of charm
Looking towards the decked area and the surrounding country views
Open-plan studio style
King-size bedroom area
Luxury bedding
Bathroom with seperate walk-in shower
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

If you’re after a holiday destination which has natural wonders and British tradition in abundance, look no further than the New Forest – a region where beautiful heathland, forest trails and stunning coastline surround quaint villages and market towns.

The National Park is found on England’s south coast, covering the south west of Hampshire but extending into Wiltshire and Dorset. It’s known for its picturesque footpaths and cycle trails, from which you can witness the spectacular sights of deer, ponies and cattle roaming free throughout the ancient woodland.

The villages of Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Buckler’s Hard have plenty of traditional, cosy pubs in which you can enjoy some locally-brewed cider or beer. Or, if you wanted something a little livelier, Hythe, Lymington and New Milton run fantastic weekly markets, while the lively city of Southampton is a drive away.

If you prefer coast over country, a visit to the shoreline is a must. Highlights include the Barton-on-Sea cliffs, Lymington Quay, and the Beaulieu River, where adventurous activities including canoeing await. There are plenty of other great things to do, too, with the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Breamore House and Museum near Fordingbridge, and Exbury Gardens all found around the region.

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