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Shire Cottage - Avon

Christchurch (4.5mls N), New Forest
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Get away from it all with a break at this romantic retreat with private courtyard and hot tub
  • Set on the edge of New Forest National Park in the picturesque Avon Valley
  • Close to many walking and cycling routes weaving through spectacular countryside and the beach is just a short drive
Property code: 54900

Take time out to relax in this converted former coach house, ideal for two. Take a dip in the hot tub after a long walk through the spectacular New Forest.

This charming cottage, on the fringe of the New Forest National Park and just 5 miles from the coast, is ideal for those who love to be outdoors, with a vast selection of walking and cycling routes nearby. Escape from it all with a ramble through the forest and across open heathland – there are some fantastic routes that start from Burley (7 miles). Alternatively, head to the coast for a day of sunbathing, swimming and ice cream eating at Mudeford Sandbank (8.5 miles).

A shared path leads to this stylish former coach house, which has an open-plan layout to create a spacious and bright living area. Rustle up a tasty meal for two in the chic kitchen area, before curling up on the comfy sofa with a glass of wine and a great film on the Smart TV. At the end of the day, climb the stairs to the mezzanine level overlooking the lounge, where you’ll find a charming double bedroom with pretty soft furnishings and subtle lighting (just watch out for the restricted head height over the bed). Outside, there’s an enclosed terrace where you can enjoy dinner together on a warm evening, followed by a dip in the bubbling hot tub.

There’s an excellent choice of beaches along this stretch of coast, including the secluded sand and shingle beach at Highcliffe Castle Beach (7.5 miles). This gorgeous spot is truly magical, especially with its picturesque tree-lined cliffs. From here you can visit the fascinating Highcliffe Castle, which is a Grade I listed mansion that was once inhabited by department store founder Mr Selfridge. If you’re interested in exploring the wildlife in the area, you must take a walk at Hengistbury Head (8.5 miles), where you can view rare plants and birds and the panoramic views are breathtaking.

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

  • 1 double bedroom with restricted head height
  • 1 shower room
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge with ice compartment and microwave
  • Hot tub
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Beach 5 miles, shop 3 miles and pub 1 mile
  • Smart TV in lounge
  • Charcoal BBQ available
  • Regret no babies or children
  • Beauty treatments available at an additional cost (by prior arrangement only)
  • Fishing nearby - Bisterne Fishery for seasonal course and salmon fishing

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 31 guest ratings

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Reviewed by David 13th August 2021

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My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday based in Shire Cottage. It was a wonderful base for exploring the New Forest and Hampshire/Dorset Coast. The attention to detail in and around the Cottage was superb. Very well thought out by Sally and Simon. The welcome pack was much appreciated. The owners, Sally and Simon were very welcoming and frienRead moredly in making us feel "at home from home". So, great location. Lovely cottage. Beautiful grounds to shared garden. We would thoroughly recomend here. Hide

Reviewed by Lesley 30th July 2021

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We had a lovely week in Shire Cottage. It was cosy and comfortable and gave us a great base to explore the beautiful area. The owners are lovely and welcoming and have thought of lots of little extras to make it feel like home from home. The delicious cream tea and chilled Prosecco was a very welcome treat.

Reviewed by Shelley 11th June 2021

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Shire cottage was just perfect for what we needed, a short drive to neighbouring towns and villages in new forest. We were very lucky with the weather so also able to enjoy Avon beach which had all facilities including a beach cafe and fish restaurant.

Reviewed by Sue 4th June 2021

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We are just back from staying in Shire Cottage. Small but perfectly formed! Perfect for 2. The space was immaculate and well equipped. Clear instructions on how to get there and find keys etc. Great location to visit the New Forest and the coast. Advice about good walks etc provided. Lovely walk to the pub through the fields. Dog shower and boot roRead moreom a brilliant idea. Thank you very much. Hide

Reviewed by Gaetano 25th May 2021

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Reviewed by Gabrielle 22nd May 2021

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We had a lovely time at Shire Cottage. The location was great and allowed us to enjoy both the New Forest and the coast. We loved relaxing in the hot tub and the cottage was modern and clean.

Reviewed by Paula 14th May 2021

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We enjoyed our stay at Shire Cottage and were greeted by delicious scones, jam and cream and prosecco! This is the second time we have stayed at this lovely cottage which is well equipped and the bed is very comfortable. The hot tub is a bonus and relaxing after long walks in the pretty surrounding countryside. The cottage is well located with easyRead more access by car, bike to many beautiful beaches. The owners are very welcoming and pleasant. All in all a great place to holiday! Hide

Reviewed by Stephen 7th May 2021

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Lovely location owners very nice will rebook for next year

Reviewed by Ben 30th April 2021

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Reviewed by Rebecca 23rd December 2020

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Such an amazing place. Owners are lovely. Highly recommend this place it truly is beautiful. We will 100% be coming back

Reviewed by Tanya 4th November 2020

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Just dreamy. We were lucky enough to get to stay here just before lockdown and after a hard year it was absolutely perfect. With everything being so clean, comfortable and generally well thought out, it is the perfect place to just switch off and relax. It really is in the middle of nowhere, which is exactly what we wanted. Fabulous pub, The New QuRead moreeen, just a five minute drive away where we had a great meal, but also great cooking facilities in the cottage. Hot tub was lovely. Great hosts. Hide

Reviewed by Lisa 23rd October 2020

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A beautiful little hideaway, with cute courtyard and wonderful hot tub. Clean and practical, great boot room for cleaning off the dog and dirty boots. Lovely grounds and very practical area. Everything little thing covered, nice touch with welcome cake & Prosecco. Would highly recommend and wil visit again

Reviewed by Catherine 17th October 2020

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Had a lovely weekend away in this cottage. Briefly saw Simon and Sally (the owners) who were very nice and welcoming. It was especially nice to have a free bottle of prosecco and cake waiting! Loved it!

Reviewed by Sara 9th October 2020

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We have just returned from a great weeks stay at Shires Cottage. Sally & Simon the hosts have everything covered from Towels & Dressing gowns. Tea, Coffee, Sugar and Milk. Charcoal for the BBQ & Rucksacks to borrow. Treats for the doggies and a lovely welcome bottle of Prosecco and a couple of slices of Bread Pudding. The cottage itself was compactRead more but perfect for 2 people and tastefully decorated and the Hot Tub in the private courtyard was fab with its mood lighting. Highly recommended :) Hide

Reviewed by Richard 2nd October 2020

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We went for a week and we had a lovely time. Its in a beautiful spot with a fab foodie pub down the road. It felt safe and secure. The property is pretty and cosy and can go from cold to warm super quickly. The hot tub is great. Lots of welcoming homely touches. The boot room was useful after long outdoor days.

Reviewed by Nina 11th September 2020

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Great location, peaceful and very welcoming. Nice touch, scones and prosecco on arrival. Can only recommend

Reviewed by Karen 4th September 2020

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Lovely hosts, very friendly and helpful. The cold bottle of Prosecco and scones even with a small milk bottle for tea/coffee when we arrived was a great touch and much appreciated after our travels. The location was excellent, we could cycle straight into the new forest on lovely quiet lanes. Also a short drive to the beautiful Dorset coast. PlentyRead more of local pubs/restaurants from the cottage, we particularly enjoyed dinner at the New Queen pub. Tyrells Ford hotel is a short walk & good food Hide

Reviewed by Kevin 28th August 2020

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Wonderful cottage ,peaceful location

Reviewed by Michael 14th August 2020

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Reviewed by Jeanette 31st July 2020

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What a special find! We had an amazing time. The cottage was perfect for us. Spotlessly clean with everything we could possibly need - loved the hot tub. Great location for beach and New Forest. Very friendly owners - thank you for the Prosecco and scones on arrival. We will definitely be back.

Reviewed by Jan 17th July 2020

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We just returned from a week in The Shire cottage. The cottage was small but perfect for 2 people. Lots of lovely little special touches and very clean, plus a bottle of Prosecco and some scones waiting for us on arrival. The owners Sally and Simon are lovely people who made us feel very welcome. I was nervous about going away due to the current viRead morerus situation, but immediately felt safe and secure. Hide

Reviewed by Michelle 27th February 2020

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This cottage is lovely with such a special touch on arrival with cake and Prosecco waiting for us. It is such a lovely little place with its own hot tub which was a bonus.

Reviewed by Jemma 13th February 2020

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The shire cottage is amazing We loved it and all the extras that was provided was a really lovely touch. Our pup was made to feel welcome to. We are definitely going back as soon as possible

Reviewed by Lisa 7th February 2020

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Such a lovely weekend spent in Shire Cottage. The owners were welcoming and lots of extra little touches that made our trip extra special. Our pup was also made to feel very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed his first little mini break. Thanks Simon and Sally.

Reviewed by Gillian 31st January 2020

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Hot-tub apart, very average accommodation lacking many creature comforts (no central heating, no dishwasher and very basic kitchen equipment). We stayed a week in the depths of winter - a weekend / summer stay probably much better but feel more attention needs to be given to provide a higher level of comfort king-size duvet and NOT leaving the plaRead morece unheated for whole week inbetween occupation for a start. Hide

Reviewed by Joanne 30th December 2019

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Lovely stay. We especially enjoyed the hot tub! Would recommend.

Reviewed by Amanda 29th November 2019

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Lovely cottage , good outdoor space to exercise the dog . Really thought about and everything there that might be needed for the perfect stay . Thank you

Reviewed by Karyn 22nd November 2019

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Shire Cottage practically perfect in every way. It is small but beautifully appointed and very tastefully decorated. The home made cake, Prosecco & doggy treats - nice touch! There is a cottage next door but somehow privacy is maintained. The hot tub was lovely with dressing gowns provided. The boot room is unbelievable with towels for your dogs. IRead moret is well situated for trips out. We went to the Woolpack and The New Queen Inn, both very dog friendly, the New Queen does a great Sunday lunch. Hide

Reviewed by Nigel 15th November 2019

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Reviewed by Maria 28th October 2019

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Excellent for countryside walks. The country is right on your doorstep! Easy driving to lots of towns, villages and beaches. The accommodation is spotless, modern and comfortable and the owners are very friendly. The hot tub was immaculate and very hot! Perfect after a long day walking.

Reviewed by Jacqueline 23rd September 2019

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We were blown away. A bottle of wine and home backed cake on arrival. Everything thought of, towels, tea, milk and doggy treats for Lucy. Cannot recommend this holiday highly enough. Totally dog friendly which was fantastic. Hot tub was above and beyond. Looking forward to booking our holiday again here next year.

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Location

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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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