There are plenty of attractions nearby for all ages, including Peppa Pig World, National Trust properties and cathedral cities.
Set in the middle of a busy working farm with livestock and surrounded by barns, calf pens, and other outbuildings, this listed, medieval, former cow barn has been converted into a comfortable holiday home. The property has a farmhouse style kitchen/dining room, separate living room and a bathroom on the ground floor, and three carefully co-ordinated first floor bedrooms, with some low beams and sloping ceilings. The twin and smaller double bedroom have lovely views over the fields and paddocks. Bluebells is situated near to the owner’s farmhouse, which is steeped in history and dates back to medieval times in parts. Monks used to farm here, and it served as a satellite to St Swithins. The fields behind were used by soldiers in the Battle of Agincourt prior to going to France, and in World War II, American soldiers amassed here prior to D-Day.
Bluebells is an ideal base for families or couples wishing to explore the area, and is great for those loving the outdoor farm life, with calves, lambing and shearing at certain times of the year, guests are welcome to watch by prior arrangement. It is advisable to take wellies during the wetter/winter months! Also good for those with dogs (to be kept on a lead and closely supervised due to livestock), there are direct walks to the local ancient woodland with bluebells and other seasonal flowers. There are five scenic walks, including the Monarch Way, aptly named as it is the route that Charles II took when escaping the Battle of Worcester in 1651! The Test Way is nearby, which is a very popular walking and cycling route, and another route leads to the local Saxon church. For really keen walkers, why not try the route that takes you into Winchester, about 12 miles away. The area is also renowned for its excellent fishing; the River Test area is especially good for both coarse and fly fishing.
Located in an area popular for sightseeing, the beautiful cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury are within easy reach, and the historic town of Romsey, 3 miles, has a selection of shops, pubs and eateries. Visit the 18th-century country house of Broadlands, with its extensive gardens, which was the former home of Lord Palmerston and also Lord Louis Mountbatten. Broadlands is open to the public in July and August, and hosts a range of craft shows, concerts and events throughout the year. Nearby Stockbridge has tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, many serving local produce, as well as art galleries, craft and gift shops, a delicatessen and traditional butcher. The Houghton Fishing Club can also be found here and is the oldest fishing club in England. Mottisfont Abbey (National Trust) and Hillier Arboretum are also nearby.
Places to visit for family days out include Paultons Park, Peppa Pig World and the ever popular New Forest National Park with its roaming ponies, extensive heathland and picturesque villages. Within an hours drive are Stonehenge, Weyhill Hawk Conservancy, The Army Flying Museum, Thruxton Races, Wilton House, Highclere Castle, Beaulieu Abbey and the National Motor Museum, and Marwell Zoo. The beaches at Mudeford, Christchurch and Bournemouth are an hour or so by car (depending on traffic). Beach 22½ miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
Living room: With Freeview TV and wooden floor.
Kitchen/dining room: Farmhouse style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
Low beams and sloping ceilings throughout.
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and wooden floor.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Electric heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Stairgate. Welcome pack. 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (working farm). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a borehole.
The property is situated on a working farm therefore pets must be kept on a lead and children must be supervised at all times.Get the full listing »