If you're lucky enough to have babies who let you sleep past dawn, there can be few better ways to wake up than by leaving the shutters open and watching the sunrise over the Ibsely nature reserve through the huge cathedral windows of the master bedroom from the comfort of your super-king bed. Those with less accommodating children will be glad of the shutters and more appreciative of the sunset views! The windows, along with the vaulted ceilings, exposed oak beams and interior flooded with light, are a major part of the stunning architectural design of that has earned this pretty two-bedroom cottage a slot on a forthcoming episode of Channel 4's Grand Designs. As well as its impressive eco-credentials thanks to the solar panels linked to under floor heating, grey water recycling set up and eco-luxe bedding.
Parents will appreciate the comprehensive list of baby and toddler gear, along with high quality fixtures and fittings, which include a large plasma TV, DVD/CD player, full SKY package, in-wall surround sound system, coffee machine, and handy blender, plus more standard microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Little ones will make a beeline for the basket of toys and books in the lounge and enjoy the freedom to roam in the large, safely enclosed garden which is overlooked by a decked patio area with garden furniture and a BBQ. A generous organic welcome pack, and optional arrival night/first day massage service sets the tone for an indulgent break for the whole family.
Dairy Cottage is a beautifully designed and furnished 2-bedroom retreat, nestled alongside the owner's thatched house. It has its own private, large garden and spectacular views from its master bedroom over the nature reserve behind. The house has 2-bedrooms, a full bathroom and a downstairs shower room. The kitchen is fully equipped with all mod cons and the spacious, open-plan living area comes with romantic log burner, large dining table and comfortable lounge area with flat screen TV, DVD and music system.
Please Note: Pricing is based on 2 adults & up to 2 children. A 10% supplement should be added for bookings including 3x adults and a 20% for those of 4 x adults.
Despite its peaceful location, in the New Forest National Park, the cottage is very conveniently located just a few minutes drive from the Ringwood turn-off the A338 or A31.It's just 15miles from the coast at Bournemouth and the same distance to the historic catherdral city of Salisbury. As mum to a toddler, Cheryl, has plenty of suggetions for fun things to do locally including: wildlife spotting, as well as picnics in the forest; Nearby Longdown Farm for its friendly farmyard animals, new indoor ball pool and BIRO wooden play equipment zone and Paultons Park for its big range of toddler rides. Of the many seaside towns within a 20 mile radius of the cottage, Owner Cheryl, highly recommends the beaches at Sandbanks and Mudeford Quay beaches, both within 25mins drive. Whist, Highcliffe is recommended for its picturesque castle leading to a scenic sandy beach; Hythe for the train ride along its Victorian pier; and yachting haven Lymington for its great selection of restaurants, boutiques and bistros, which includes the child-friendly Vanilla Bean Café – great for Sunday brunch and babychinos!
For a special night out, there are three Michelin star restaurants within 30mins drive and Cheryl is happy to make advance reservations and arrange professional babysitting.