Who owns this place?
We are David and Joce and we've lived here for 34 glorious years!
We share our New Forest home with our bonkers but super friendly Italian dogs, Wiggle and Bounce as well as our own 5 New Forest ponies.
We look forward to welcoming you to Fallow Deer Cottage, our very special New Forest Bolthole.
What do they love about it?
We've both lived in The New Forest all our lives and we're steeped in the wonderful traditions of the area.
Only 2 hours drive from London, the New Forest is an amazing change of scene, instantly fascinating and enjoyable for all the family.
As soon as you cross over the cattle grids into the New Forest National Park you enter an entirely different world. The ponies graze freely on the side of the road and the open moorland and wooded forest open your imagination into a different way of life. The New Forest has a wonderful coastline, from Southampton Water in the East, the Beaulieu River & historic Bucklers Hard to Lymington and then Christchurch in the West.
Only 50 yards from our own house, Fallow Deer Cottage was our home for 18 months and we absolutely loved living there. Warm and welcoming, the cottage has been enormously popular with our guests. The private garden gives a wonderful sense of space and ponies graze in the paddock just the other side of the fence. Our whole stableyard gives yet more space and children love to ride bicycles on the smooth pathways.
What do the kids love about it?
Its animal magic at Fallow Deer Cottage! Our 'pets corner' was a new addition in 2013 and has been an enormous hit!
There are 6 rabbits Jasper Carrot, Itchy, Scratchy, Rag, Tag and Bobtail and Harvey the guinea pig. About 20 bantams (including Annabel who loves being stroked) and last but not least pygmy goats Phil and Ted live in their own part of the barn, knee deep in golden straw. The pets corner is all under cover and provides a fun half-hour activity at the beginning or end of the day, at all times of the year.
Out in the paddocks are also Little Gill our miniature Shetland and Misty our wonderful Welsh pony.
In the secure cottage garden is a huge sandpit (with lots of toys!) a swing and slide set, there is plenty of room for little ones to run and play and for grown ups to relax under the parasol or fire up the BBQ. Owls hoot and cockerels crow and the deer lie under the chestnut trees just the other side of the cottage fence.
There's a child-friendly pub just a 200 yards stroll up the road and a quirky tea-rooms and village shop just 10 minutes walk away over a buggy-friendly New Forest common.
Even a week isn't long enough!