Per weekfrom 825.00 to 1350.00 GBP
'Fallow Deer' is a real life Hansel and Gretel-style cottage for little ones with a healthy dose of style and luxury for parents too. This pretty timber clad cottage is nestled in the heart of the New Forest National Park yet just 20 minutes from the coast, and has the added bonus of 17-acres of private fields and woodlands shared only with the home of the cottage owners and a gaggle of animal friends such as the ever popular rabbits, guniea pig and Shetland pony. It’s the perfect rural hideaway for a family of four looking to escape to the country in search of rest, relaxation and exploration!
The house has been thoughtfully finished with families in mind and a delicious freshly baked cake, selection of homemade jams and a chilled bottle of wine are ready and waiting to put guests at ease on arrival. Once settled in, there’s all host of things to do, keen walkers and mini adventurers can don their wellies and head straight to the woods where an array of walks and wildlife await or, for a special treat, head out to the new Peppa Pig World which is just a short drive away at Paultons Park.
Parents need not feel left out as the owners, grandparents themselves, have managed to create a haven of relaxation - perfect for grown-ups in need of a stress free break! The cosy house has a whole range of thoughtful extras more befitting to a boutique hotel than a country cottage. The fridge can be pre-stocked with online shopping groceries so parents’ barely need to lift a finger, perfect after a busy days exploring. For romantic nights out a babysitter can be arranged whilst mums in need of a pamper can make use of the visiting beautician who can pop into the cottage for a spruce up on request!
Latest News! Guests can now play 'spot the pony in the meadow' or stargaze from a new (Oct 2015) hot tub in the cottage's private garden.
The property is set on one level, perfect for families with two bedrooms; a double with king sized bed and pretty twin bed room which can be zip-linked together to form a further king size double. Both bedrooms are finished with luxurious French linens and each contains a wooden cot bed suitable for ages from newborn to toddler. There's a family bathroom with a spacious bath and shower, finished with plentiful fluffy towels and luxury toiletries. The open plan living area has lounge area complete with comfy sofas, a large flat screen TV, DVD player, music system, free WiFi and French doors which open out onto the cottage's private enclosed garden with its stunning views over the fields and woodland beyond. There's a 6-seater farmhouse dining table, a breakfast bar and well equipped kitchen complete with dishwasher.
The owners of Fallow Deer also have another two bedroom cottage in the area, Hyde Paddock which can be viewed here or via the similar accommodation button beneath the property details.
Despite its peaceful location, in the heart of the New Forest National Park, the cottage is walking distance from the local village with traditional country pubs and handy shop with adjoining cafe and just 20 minutes from the coast. There are plenty of picnic spots, wildlife trails and walks on the doorstep so guests need not stray far but those looking to venture slightly further afield have plenty of options.
Keen shoppers will enjoy exploring the pretty boutiques in the Cathedral city of Salisbury just a short drive away or head for an old fashioned day at the beach with a range of coastal towns within driving distance from Bournemouth to Sandbanks or Mudeford Quay.
For mini guests in need of a treat there are some great options within a short drive including Longdown Farm with its range of friendly farmyard animals, indoor ball pool and BIRO wooden play equipment zone or Paultons Park which has a big range of toddler rides and is home to the new Peppa Pig World .
Lymington is well worth a visit for its great selection of restaurants, boutiques and bistros, which includes the child-friendly Vanilla Bean Café – great for Sunday brunch.
The owners of Fallow Deer also have another two bedroom cottage in the area, Hyde Paddock which can be viewed here.
Check-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 11:00
Reservation Deposit: 25%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 11:00
Reservation Deposit: 25%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
If your dates are already booked at Fallow Deer, the owners manage another wonderful cottage in the same village called Hyde Paddock. Use the purple 'similar accommodation' button at the bottom of the overview page to find out more.
Arrival: , Departure:
Check-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 11:00
Reservation Deposit: 25%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
If your dates are already booked at Fallow Deer, the owners manage another wonderful cottage in the same village called Hyde Paddock. Use the purple 'similar accommodation' button at the bottom of the overview page to find out more.
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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.
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.
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!
Sleep 4+cots in 2 x double bedrooms
The cottage is just over 30 mins drive from Southampton airport.
There are many lovely beaches within 20-30mins drive
Walking distance to the local village with a small shop and adjoining cafe along with a couple of good pubs.
Babysitting is available on request.
Baby gear provided includes: baby bath, baby bouncer, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, stairgates, bed guards, socket covers, plastic crockery, plastic cutlery & sippy cups.
Indoor toys provided include: bath toys, kids books, general toys, U-rated kids DVDs.
Pre arrival shopping is available.
Outdoor toys provided include bucket & spades, trikes, paddling pool, sand pit.
A visiting beautiy therapist can be arranged on request.
Stairgates unnecessary as no stairs
Large Fenced garden and terrace area with table and chairs.
WI-FI is available
The cottage has its own gaggle of animal friends with a shetland pony, pigmy goats, rabbits and chickens, little ones can also get involved in daily egg collecting.
Up to 2 wooden cots and highchairs can be provided
Guests can now play 'spot the pony in the meadow' or stargaze from a new (Oct 2015) hot tub in the cottage's private garden.
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Lovely hosts. Beautiful location. Very relaxing.Review dated 08/10/2017
Thank you so, so much to Joce and David for making our week's stay so wonderful. The hospitality, location, accommodation and animals were all just perfect. We didn't want to leave! Highly, highly recommended!Review dated 25/09/2017
Very lovely cottage with sandpit and slide/swing in garden and hot tub for adults. Owners have a small petting farm and ponies and very warm welcome with lots of tips for visiting the area. Home made brownies, bread and prosseco were a nice touch. Owners do have two large dogs which are friendly, so if you and your children aren't particular good with dogs then it is a bit of a hassle to get in and out of the cottage. The bedrooms are close to the chickens so it could be loud at 5am in the summer morning.Review dated 16/07/2017
We absolutely loved our stay at Fallow Deer. The warmth and friendliness of the owners, the great location with so many things to do, and our very comfortable little cottage all combined for a very happy family holiday.Review dated 12/05/2017
Wonderful cottage, greats hosts, plenty of things to do in the area. Great place for adults and kids. We loved our stay here and we will be back for sure.Review dated 22/04/2017
This was our 4th visit to Fallow Deer, and it was as lovely as ever. Joce & David are the perfect hosts - and the cottage is a winning combination of being incredibly child friendly, being very peaceful, being suitably luxurious (love the hot tub) and really well located for exploring the New Forest. We are already looking at dates for another visit.Review dated 21/04/2017
We had an amazing family holiday at Fallow deer. Our 3 year old twins were in their absolute element, animals! Right outside the cottage there are rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens (with amazing eggs), a lovely Shetland pony called Jill which the kids got to ride, ponies and a donkey! So if you have animal loving kids this place is great. So much to do without even getting in your car! David and Joce would bend over backwards to help out and would always be around to offer recommendations for things to do or family friendly restaurants to try (if you are staying on a Thursday the local pizza oven in a van was great!). The accommodation suited us perfectly, the hot tub and log burning stove were perfect after a long day exploring a wonderful part of the country! Thanks David and Joce, we will be back next year!Review dated 19/03/2017
What a brilliant place! The hosts Joce and David made sure that we had everything we needed and were fantastic with our daughter who hasn't stopped talking about all the animals she made friends with since we got home. A perfect antidote to London living - fresh air, space, animals and nearby beach. We will definitely go back.Review dated 02/03/2017
We had a fabulous break. The cottage has everything you need to take little ones for a break - our boys loved the selection of toys, great outdoor play equipment, including a tractor to climb and pretend to drive. The hosts Joce and David went out of their way to make sure we had a great time. Joce spent time showing the boys the animals, letting them look, hold and even ride the Shetland pony Jill. The cottage is well appointed to visit some great local attractions, we loved Christchurch Harbour and Moors Valley park and being close to M3 made travel easy. We will definitely be back!Review dated 26/01/2017
Amazing stay. Comfortable, homely cottage with toys that kept our 2 and 4 year old occupied when they weren't out with the animals. Hot tub amazing under the stars as was fireplace. Met with freshly baked brownies, bread, eggs from the chickens and bubbly. Couldn't have had warmer hosts who were wonderful and gave great recommendations for places to go. On the last day they even gave the kids a ride on the pony. We'd love to return and happily recommendReview dated 24/01/2017
The hospitality shown by Joce and David truly went above and beyond. Superb!Review dated 03/01/2017
We've just returned from a wonderful stay at fallow deer and wished we could have stayed longer. The setting is magical. The owners were so friendly and went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed. Our friends stayed at the owners' other nearby property Hyde paddock with their 7 month old daughter, which worked perfectly so that we could enjoy a New Year's Eve celebration together. We were able to put the babies to bed, pop open the champagne, munch a delicious feast, followed by a relaxing hot tub under the stars - bliss! Almost like our pre-baby holidays! We will definitely return as our 2 year old daughter adored the animals and we loved the luxury retreat! Thank you so much.Review dated 01/01/2017
Had a wonderful stay, Joce and David were incredibly warm and welcoming hosts with a wealth of knowledge on baby friendly activities in the local area.
Hot tub was a real treat for tired parents even on a mid november night!
Brownies were absolutely delicious - i even took down the recipes.
Just a lovely lovely place to stay :).Review dated 14/11/2016
Really pleased to find this place, we had a lovely long weekend with so much to do within short drive/walk. Cottage is clean, well laid out and kitted out, perfect for our family of 4(kids 5 & 6), kids loved jaccuzi, ponies, goats, dogs, rabbits and the deer roaming freely round the property was amazing. Nice pub in easy walking distance. See you again soon.Review dated 09/11/2016
Had a fab weekend here in new forest. Particularly good bits - the hot tub! The setting - stunning, the animals, swing, slide, sandpit, etc, the welcome, good recommendations on where to go and the owners taking in and unpacking our Tesco delivery!! Fab!Review dated 18/10/2016
Lovely place set in beautiful grounds and the magnificent New forest. So much to do and see. Every worry taken care of and thought of and heaven for both parent and todler.Review dated 07/10/2016
This is a lovely place for children. Any cottage with a big garden, which includes a giant sandpit, play equipment and borders a field full of animals will be a winner with any child! Add to that a hot tub for the adults, lovely owners and a great sized cottage you will not be disappointed. Everything was lovely and fresh and clean and well maintained. We were greeted by the owners with freshly made (home baked) brownies and bread and a bottle of fizz which was a lovely touch. Our two spent the week mesmerised by the field next to the house (horses, donkeys, deer & goats) and enjoyed going in to the barn to visit the neighbouring chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs & quail on a daily basis. On our last day our youngest also enjoyed a ride on the Shetland Pony, Gill much to her delight. All week we were looked after really well by the owners who were really hospitable and made us feel really welcome. Thank you!Review dated 24/09/2016
We had the most wonderful time- Joce and David couldn't have been more accommodating. Virtually everything you might need for a baby and toddler (we had both) and more- the animals were a huge plus for the kids, and the hot tub was a huge plus for us! Highly recommend it to others and we will be back.Review dated 19/09/2016
Had a wonderful stay, the hosts are friendly, kind and super accomadating. My family and I are looking forward to visiting again!Review dated 03/09/2016
This was our third visit to Fallow Deer, which tells you all you need to know. It simply ticks all the boxes: the accommodation is lovely, it's wonderfully safe, the kids love playing with the animals (and playing the garden), it's well located for exploring a beautiful part of the world, and the hosts are lovely people. The newly-installed hot tub is the icing on the cake for the adults.Review dated 31/08/2016
We had such a lovely relaxing holiday at Fallow Deer Cottage. Highlights were the hot tub, the well appointed cottage with a beautiful enclosed garden, pony rides and the warm welcome from David and Joce. Loads to see and do nearby- we loved Moors Valley country park, Paultons Park, Beaulieu, Mudeford Spit to name a few... we'll be back next year no doubt!Review dated 22/08/2016
We had a wonderful week relaxing as a family and enjoying the beautiful New Forest. Lots of brilliant day trips nearby that the owners know all about. Excellent hospitality - the whole family were welcomed and looked after perfectly from start to finish. Highly recommended.Review dated 08/08/2016
Very relaxing and a great welcome. Definitely recommend this stay! Perfect for families. Review dated 20/06/2016
Despite mixed weather we had a great time at Fallow Deer cottage. Very welcoming owners who had lots of advice about the local area. Couldn't be a better location for visiting the New Forest. Our 16 month old enjoyed meeting the animals at the cottage and playing in the garden and when he was tucked up in bed at night there was the hot tub for us to enjoy along with the welcome gift of a bottle of prosecco and brownies. We will definitely visit again !Review dated 17/06/2016
David and Joce are lovely, gave us a great welcome and genuinely cared about making sure we had a wonderful holiday, from the amazing homemade goodies, bottle of fizz and fresh eggs to helping us plan our outings. The cottage is great, a home from home and the kids loved the big garden (especially the sand pit) and the wonderful animals, my son didn't want to leave and said he can't wait to come back next year!Review dated 10/06/2016
What a great few days we spent at Fallow Deer cottage, perfect for young children, and made to feel so welcome. A big thumbs up!Review dated 13/05/2016
This place is so highly rated for good reason. It is wonderful. The accommodation is lovely, cosy and luxurious and perfect for children. Our toddler loved it. There is an indoor petting area with chickens and rabbits and a bottle-fed lamb called Cecil (although he'll be going home soon). 2 lovely dogs, and donkeys, ponies and a horse.
There is a hot tub and lovely wood burning stove a well-equipped kitchen and 2 comfortable bedrooms. There is everything you'd need for a child. Toys, including no bath toys, cot bed, high chair and more if you need.
Lovely and relaxing for parents after putting little one(s) to bed.
The pre-arrival ocado shop made everything much easier. The homemade brownies, bread and eggs from their own hens were lovely. (And delicious!)
It was a brilliant week. With loads to do in the surrounding area. We loved peppa pig world, long down farm, tall trees wood, exbury gardens. Joce and David were on hand to help ...Review dated 24/04/2016
Lovely property, great location. Perfect family holiday.Review dated 02/04/2016
This was our second stay and as before we enjoyed it enormously. David and Joce are incredibly friendly and hospitable and great with children. Our children particularly loved the animals, walks in the surrounding area and all the toys. For us, the addition of the hot tub and wood burner were most welcome!
The location is superb, very quiet and secluded but with easy access to places to eat and New Forest attractions. We very much hope to come again.Review dated 15/02/2016
This was our second stay at Fallow Deer Cottage and it was every bit as magical as our first. The cottage is well equipped - with everything you need for the children thrown in - as well as been homely and cosy. Having all of the animals literally on the doorstep was a wonderful experience for our 4yr and 18 month olds - riding and grooming the wonderfully patient and gentle Shetland pony being a particular highlight for both. The thing that really sets Fallow Deer ahead of the pack however is the endless hospitality David and Joce provide - from the warm welcome and wonderful selection of treats provided to the great advice on day trips and activities for the children, they couldn't do more to make our stay even more enjoyable. I couldn't recommend a visit more.Review dated 27/01/2016
Such a lovely place and fabulous for animal lovers. The owners were so kind and had lots of time for our little one, talking about the animals and taking her for a pony ride. I couldn't recommend this place enough. Will be booking again.Review dated 21/12/2015
Amazing little bolt hole that is perfect for a young family. Having the outdoors on your door step with such accommodating owners was a breath of fresh air. Our 2.5 and 1 year old loved the access to the ponies, chickens and rabbits. Add in the home cooked bread and brownies on arrival and you can't go wrong.Review dated 18/11/2015
We had such a wonderful stay in the cottage. Every day there was something to surprise and delight that exceeded our expectations from Joce and David. On arrival the freshly baked bread, brownies and eggs were so welcome and thoughtful. The next day, Joce brought us freshly laid quails eggs for our daughter and got us a lovely local babysitter right at the last minute so that we could have a meal out together at a restaurant they love (and managed to get us a sought-after space in after making a phone call!). The next day, they gave us great advice and local tips, the day after that Joce had saddled up the Shetland pony for our daughter (14 months) to have her first little ride... really, the whole experience was just brilliant from start to finish.
The property is clean, cosy and so well-equipped (we didn't even need to bring any toys), and you can see the ponies and goats out of the windows, which was lovely. It's the type of place w ...Review dated 12/11/2015
Fantastic weekend. Beautiful surroundings and David and Joce were wonderful hosts. Our 3 yr and 18 month old boys had a fantastic time with all of the animals and could have stayed for days. They recommended some great age-appropriate local activities for the children and restaurant/pubs for the grown-ups!Review dated 03/11/2015
Really lovely cottage with so much thought and detail. David and Joce are brilliant hosts and make sure your stay is perfect. You don't need to take anything for the kids except clothes and a pram as there is everything you need we went with our 3 year old and 6 month old and it really was home from home our 3 year old didn't want to leave. Seeing the farm animals everyday was also a treat. We are already planning our returnReview dated 30/10/2015
Outstanding. Parents with little one's will not find a better set-up nor a warmer welcome for a weekend in the countryside. The hosts put so much effort and thought into making this an enjoyable weekend for the whole family. We loved the new private hot tub under the stars, the ponies (riding, feeding, brushing), petting the rabbits/chickens/guinea pigs, playing with the two gentle dogs, the cottage filled with toys/books/games, the sandpit and diggers, the swings & slides, only 1hr 40 drive from London. The kids themselves will show you if they've had a great time, our 5 year old and 2 year old cannot wait to return. If you are a parent in London looking for a break in the countryside you will not find any better than Fallow Deer (we should know, we've spent the last 5 years looking for a place like this).Review dated 12/10/2015
We spent 3 wonderful, magical days at Deerholt, with our amazing hosts, the Humberts. The whole trip was sheer joy for a 2 year old, with every animal imaginable literally right on our doorstep. The cottage garden looks into a paddock with ponies and goats. An enclosure with chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits is just outside the cottage door, and even an out of use tractor for my daughter to sit on. The owners could not be more friendly or accomodating and were always on hand with fantastic recommendations for daytrips, or to introduce my little one to any of the animals. The absolute highlight of the visit was a ride on "Little Jill" the Shetland Pony. The cottage is incredibly well equipped for children. You don't need to bring anything extra - baby equipment, child friendly cutlery and crockery, and plenty of toys are all provided. We loved every second and will definitely be back.Review dated 30/09/2015
Absolutely magical 3 days with the Humberts and all their wildlife. Total heaven for any toddler. Can't recommend highly enough and we will definitely be back.Review dated 30/09/2015
We had an amazing holiday at Fallow Deer - David and Joce (the cottage owners) couldn't have been more friendly and helpful!u00a0 They gave us brilliant recommendations for local walks, attractions and pubs. They also treated us to homemade brownies and even gave our two year old son a ride on one of their ponies - the highlight of his trip!u00a0 The cottage and garden were perfectly kitted out with everything we could possibly need, including lots of toys for our little one. Probably our best family holiday so far!Review dated 27/09/2015
This was our third trip via BFB and was hands down our favourite. Although the other properties were also lovely, provided everything you needed for the kids and were in beautiful settings, you just can't beat the whole experience provided at Fallow Deer by Joce and David and their very friendly animals.
Joce seems to have a magical way with animals and kids and the interaction between them all was something very special. Our boys (2 and 1) got the chance to groom the little Shetland pony Gill before riding her gently around the garden! The boys also made firm friends with the dogs, Bounce and Wiggle, and the highlight of each day for the boys was to get back to the farm to see all the animals, wander about, riding on bikes and having a sit on the tractor.
Should you need anything or have any questions, Joce and David can usually be found but are not at all intrusive. They are very approachable and happy to help.
None of us wanted ...Review dated 14/09/2015
Fantastic location, cottage and owners. Couldn't fault anything about the stay! Very relaxing.Review dated 08/09/2015
Fantastic holidayReview dated 05/09/2015
We had a delightful stay at Fallow Deer Cottage with our 3yr and 3 month old children. The location is very peaceful with a lovely big garden and sandpit. Our 3 yr old had his first go on one of their bicycles and enjoyed the animals immensely. There are lots of things to do in the area but our favourite was going for local walks and not using the car at all. David and Joce were extremely hospitable from the outset providing us with freshly baked bread and brownies and eggs from their hens, and being very friendly and patient with the children. The property contains everything you would need. I cannot recommend a stay here highly enough - I hope we can return again soon!Review dated 13/07/2015
We had such a lovely stay - the owners were so warm and helpful. The kids loved the animals and all the garden facilities and we loved how easy it was to stay here with small kids. We even managed to sit down on recliners and relax for 10 minutes while they played in the sandpit !!! A feat so far unheard of on our holidays with little ones. Having a BBQ whilst watching the deer come out to graze and ponies stroll by was magical. Gorgeous setting and a really lovely break. Thank you.Review dated 06/07/2015
Fantastic set up for the children, extremely welcoming and friendly hospitality. All in all close to the perfect baby bolt hole.Review dated 25/06/2015
We've just returned from the most fantastic holiday in Fallow Deer cottage. Our four nights felt like much longer. We couldn't have found anywhere more perfect for our very active, animal and tractor loving toddler. Joce and David were the most welcoming hosts and Toby is still talking about them! With the beautiful Mudeford beach close by, New Forest walks on the door step and Peppa Pig World an easy drive away, this couldn't have been a better location. We'll certainly be coming back!Review dated 21/05/2015
A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting. Our 5 year old loved the garden & animal corner plus the horses & goats. David & Joce made us feel so welcome and had lots of good tips re the area.Review dated 22/04/2015
Beautiful place to stay, everything available and animals were an amazing treat for the children. Couldn't have wanted more, were made to feel so incredibly welcome. Will not hesitate to be booking again to return in future.Review dated 05/04/2015
This is a perfect place for a young family. We couldn't have had a better time. Joce and David are so welcoming and took the time every day to show our little boy the animals, help him ride the pony, collect eggs and chat to him. We hope to return very soon.Review dated 20/03/2015
Really fantastic venue, cannot recommend it highly enough. The owners were lovely and added to the experience. Great location, lovely cottage. Would definitely book again. The photos don't do it justice!Review dated 07/03/2015
Really enjoyed our stay, joce and David were brilliant, our boys, 4years& 2years really enjoyed themselves and I'm sure would have been very happy staying at the property playing with the toys, being out in the garden and looking at all of the animals. We really appriceated the lovely welcome package and all the great advice on places to go with the Boys. We also have a 4month baby and it was great to have a lovely cot and a bouncer chair ready. The cottage is really well kitted out and we took advantage of an ocado delivery which was already put away for us on arrival. We will defiantly recommend this lovely cottage to our friends and know that the boys will be asking to come back very soon!!Review dated 19/02/2015
We have just had a wonderful week at Deer cottage with our 2 children aged 2 and 4. The cottage offers everything you need for busy little people and burnt out bigger people! There's a good mix of toys and comfy but plush furnishings and the open plan layout means the children can spread out while you can keep an eye on them!
The owners made us feel very welcome with gorgeous homemade treats on arrival and shared valuable insider tips about the area while leaving us to rediscover it for ourselves.
We all fell in love with their animals and my daughter had a little ride on their little Shetland under the careful guidance of Joce.
The immediate area is so peaceful and you have open land for biking and walking with wild ponies and deer on the doorstep. Our children did their longest walks so far with promise of a good pub lunch and big sticks to find. We really didn't want to leave and will look forward to coming back soon.Review dated 23/01/2015
Lovely place, very well set up for young children.
Laura the mobile beautician gave an amazing massage!Review dated 13/01/2015
Totally does what it says on the tin and more for a very relaxed, easy break with young ones. Charming and generous hosts were the icing on the cake!Review dated 01/01/2015
Joss and David (our hosts) were so friendly and welcoming, they were full of tips of what to do and where to go with our toddler. Very comfortable and cosy accommodation with loads of great toys (inside and out) for kids to play with. The home baked brownies were a lovely welcoming touch.Review dated 19/12/2014
Joce, David and Melissa are a wonderful family and fabulous hosts who work very hard to make their guests stay memorable. The animals really make it so much fun for the children and the horse rides were the icing on the cake for them! This was our second trip here (the only place in the world we've been back to twice) and we plan to return again next year!Review dated 01/11/2014
Third time visit for us here- we all love coming back again and again. So peaceful and beautiful location, great hospitality, all makes for a great long weekend.Review dated 28/10/2014
We all had the most amazing time. Joce and David are wonderful hosts, we were made to feel welcome the moment we pulled up on the drive. Warm and welcoming cottage in a beautiful setting. The kids loved all the animals and it's a great location to explore the Forest and beyond.Review dated 05/10/2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our first family holiday at Fallow Deer with our 11 month old daughter. Joce and David were welcoming, helpful and extremely considerate and the stay was luxurious. We loved being in the country with their lovely animals, and enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing holiday, whilst our daughter had more toys than she could have dreamed of to play with and keep her happy! We would highly recommend Fallow Deer and will certainly be going back there ourselves. Simply brilliant with everything thought of for families and young children meaning you can holiday in comfort.Review dated 04/10/2014
Our week at Fallow Deer was the most relaxing since Sadie was born!! David and Joce made us feel so welcome and have created a true haven for parents and toddlers. We will definitely return and would recommend it to everyone looking for a relaxing break.Review dated 16/09/2014
We cannot recommend Fallow Deer highly enough. It is such a lovely haven and just brilliant for young children. The accommodation is spotlessly clean, comfortable and well equipped and the location is fantastic. Our children adored the animals, learnt all their names and still talk about them! The owners couldn't be more helpful and welcoming and they made the holiday so relaxing and fun. We explored a lot of the New Forest from there and it is stunning. There's such a variety of things to do - beach, boat trips, beautiful walks, parks, woodland adventure areas for children and of course peppa pig world (which was actually brilliant too!). We will definitely be going back. You can't go wrong!Review dated 11/09/2014
We had a lovely time and the owners went out of their way to make us and our children feel at home.Review dated 28/08/2014
Another fabulous week at Deer Holt. The children are already asking when they can come again!Review dated 22/08/2014
Our second trip back to Fallow Deer Cottage with Joce and David didn't disappoint. Everything was as good as we remembered. The children loved it - would thoroughly recommend this accommodation and area.Review dated 14/08/2014
Great cottage, ideal for small children and really friendly hosts. Thanks for a lovely week away.Review dated 16/07/2014
Very friendly hosts, Joce and David were really welcoming.Review dated 01/07/2014
As soon as we arrived I knew I wanted to book to come again! This is a beautiful location. Going on holiday with a seven week old baby and a two and a half year old was made so easy and enjoyable for us. We really only needed to take with us some clothes! as everything is provided. The hosts are the most kind and genuinely lovely people you could ever meet. Giving our daughter the best Easter Sunday - riding on the pony, feeding and petting all the other animals, and an Easter egg! The fresh homemade bread,chocolate brownies, eggs and bottle of fizz made us feel very spoilt. The garden and whole space is so very relaxing. Thank you for such a lovely time. I really hope that we can come again.Review dated 22/04/2014
Fallow Deer Cottage is a fabulous little cottage in the grounds of the owners home. Joce and David are very attentive and wonderfully welcoming hosts as you become part of the extended family for your stay. The cottage has a lovely little fenced garden with a swing, slide and sandpit overlooking a paddock with two ponies in. Just across the driveway is a covered area with a number of rabbits, hens and a guinea pig to keep the little ones entertained. The cottage is well located for access to the New Forest and we had a wonderful long weekend here. Thoroughly recommend this cottage and once you've booked it, look forward to the treats awaiting you on arrival!Review dated 25/02/2014
Had a fantastic stay, children absolutely loved all the animals and the pony rides -thank you very much!Review dated 24/02/2014
The Cottage is in an idyllic setting and with so many things to keep children entertained both on site and in the surrounding area. The owners of the Farm are so welcoming and made our experience first class. We can't wait to return!Review dated 09/02/2014
Great location away from it all but easy reach from London, loads for the kids to do with all the animals on site and beach / woodland walks etc and plenty of great local pubs. The owners make more effort than anywhere else that we've stayed, and that just makes Fallow Cottage a great place to stay.Review dated 20/01/2014
Fabulous place and the owners could not have been more welcoming and accomodating. Such charming people and we so enjoyed our time there. We have two kids (1 yr and 3 yr) and the place was so well set up for them. Loads of toys and space and no low hanging breakables! Made for a very relaxing stay. And the New Forest is a beautiful area with plenty of options for adventures. Highly recommended.Review dated 22/12/2013
The Humberts are amazing hosts, we were all sad to leave. Would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone.Review dated 06/11/2013
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Fallow Deer. We had a wonderful time. It is a very special place. My eight year old son loved it as did his Grandma, Dad and Mum! It is truly magical. Caroline made it for us. She was so patient and kind and Dominic absolultely loved grooming Jill, the pony, and Harvey, the guinea pig. All the animals were so friendly and added character to a perfect cottage in a perfect location. Sadly we didn't get to meet the owners as they were away at the time but whenever we have communicated via email, David has been lovely and extremely helpful. A lovely added touch of home made chocolate brownies, home made bread, eggs and prosecco was very much appreciated and enjoyed. All in all we would love to come back and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this beautiful place. Thank you!Review dated 31/10/2013
We just got back from a fantastic break at Fallow Deer cottage. The owners David and Jos couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. Our daughter (21 months) loved the pets corner and spent lots of time with the rabbits and chickens. She especially loved watching Jill the pony and the other new forest ponies grazing in the field. The swing and slide in the garden were also a big hit. We had a lovely day out at Mudeford Quay and Jos and David were really helpful in recommendations for things to do and trips out. We usually have a trip out to a local farm when we go away but with all the animals in our back garden we really didn't need to leave the cottage ! I can't recommend Fallow Deer highly enough. We will certainly be back!Review dated 07/10/2013
We absolutely loved staying here. Joce and David were so friendly and the cottage was very nice and comfortable. Everything was perfect about our stay. My 2 1/2 year old loved the animals, toys and pony. We definitely hope to return as the location was perfect to access local tourist sites. David and Joce were absolutely lovely as well!Review dated 28/09/2013
The advert repeatedly refers to Fallow Deer as 'perfect'. I'm afraid that is not true. It's actually far better than that! Our week there (21month old, 7 week old, parents and grandparents) was a wonderful experience, made even better by the friendliness and hospitality of the hosts. Cannot recommend this highly enough.Review dated 21/09/2013
We all had a wonderful time at Fallow Deer and Joce and David were perfect and extremely generous hosts. We would recommend their place to anyone with a young child as their array of toys, animals and space was brilliant!Review dated 02/08/2013
The setting for this cottage is absolutely wonderful. Our children couldn't wait to go outside when they got up in the mornings. We had such a warm welcome from our hosts and they made themselves available for tips and advice for the whole week. The on site animals were great and the sandpit and swings ensured that the kids were never bored, leaving us to sit back and enjoy the complimentary brownies and prosecco! Loved it, thank you!Review dated 26/07/2013
We had a truly wonderful holiday. The cottage had everything we needed and more for toddler and baby and a little bit of luxury for Mum and Dad too. Joc and David couldn't have been lovelier and provided lots of useful recommendations. The animals were a real hit with the children, especially Wiggle and Bounce and Little Jill. We plan to return and highly recommend Fallow Deer Cottage.Review dated 17/07/2013
Joce and David have the majic touch to provide a wonderful homely holiday.Review dated 11/07/2013
Lovely cottage in a lovely setting. We were made to feel very welcome and had a very relaxing break. We would definitely recommend a stay.Review dated 24/06/2013
A perfect setup for our nine month old crawling baby - we were able to prepare food in the kitchen and watch whilst she played in the lounge area. It was also all on one level. David and Jocelyn were extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome. The chickens, goats, rabbits, and dogs delighted our baby and she also thoroughly enjoyed sitting on Jill, the Shetland Pony! We would thoroughly recommend the experience and we hope to return in the future.Review dated 14/06/2013
Had a fantastic long weekend with our 4 year old daughter. David and Jos could not have been anymore accomodating, we arrived to freshly baked bread and chocolate brownies- of which my daughter has voted to be the best part of the weekend as well as the horse ride, the dogs, cat and the beach!! We were really lucky with the weather as it has been glorious all weekend, although I don't think the weather could have spoilt the weekend as it is such a beautiful place with fantastic hosts.Review dated 26/05/2013
Fantastic! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Fallow Deer. We were able to relax and enjoy ourselves with a toddler! Cottage really well-equipped with toys as well as lovely sandpit/swing/slide. Our daughter loved her ride on Gill the pony and meeting the rabbits/chickens (collecting eggs!) and baby chicks. We were very well looked after by Caroline and fresh baked bread, eggs and brownies on arrival was perfect. Couldn't wish for a better setting, so peaceful. Will definitely visit again as catered for all our needs and great places to visit nearby.Review dated 18/05/2013
I couldn't recommend this BFB enough, the owners David and Jocelyn were so welcoming and friendly, the cottage is lovely with a pony in the meadow by the back garden, our 2 year old loved it especially feeding the chickens and rabbits, and having a ride on the pony. Generally the set up is perfect I would wholeheartedly recommend Fallow Deer for a really fun and relaxing holiday.Review dated 14/05/2013
2nd visit in 2 months. Just as good as the first! This time we went for a week and we were really lucky with the weather. David and Joce were excellent hosts once again and cottage perfect for us and the little one. Fabulous base to explore the wonderful New Forest. Hope to return again soon.Review dated 08/05/2013
WOW what a true delight. Fallow Deer lives up to all expectations and delivers more. Not only were we greeted with exceptional homemade brownies, homemade bread, fresh eggs and a bottle of fizz on arrival, we also had our food shopping neatly packaged away for us. Great location, nature all round, inc deer, rabbits, birds and all the farm animals, which our 2yr old son LOVED - the sandpit and new slide were also huge hits. David and Joce are simply the icing on the cake - their passion, friendly nature and "nothing is too much trouble" attitude is second to none and we're so very grateful for our time at Fallow Deer - to quote Arnie "we will be back". The Miller-SnellsReview dated 03/05/2013
What a wonderful place to stay..the cottage is beautiful,my girls adored the ponies,dogs and chickens! But Jocelyn and David's hospitality and helpfulness are the key to the success..the home made cakes,bread etc and kindness were amazing!Review dated 11/04/2013
We had a lovely few days at Fallow Deer cottage. David and Joce were welcoming and friendly, and the fresh bread and brownies they made for our arrival were delicious! The cottage had everything we needed (including more toys than our 2 year old knew what to do with!) and was warm and cosy. Our 2 year old also loved riding their little pony. We're hoping to go back in the summer when, hopefully, it will be a little sunnier!Review dated 05/04/2013
The owners went the extra mile to ensure we were welcomed and looked after; attentive but not intrusive. We had a great stay and cannot recommend them highly enough.Review dated 01/03/2013
We booked 4 nights here with our 15 month old. We were very apprehensive about how the little one would settle in. We need'nt have worried. Easy to find following the precise directions given, we were met by Joce who showed us the cottage and greeted us with freshly baked brownies which were lovely. 6 fresh eggs from the resident hens and a freshly baked loaf soon followed. Little one was initially apprehensive but after a minute in Joce's company and on being shown the array of toys within the property, our little one was soon off exploring the property on her own. The cottage itself is very homely and comfortable. The open plan kitchen has everything you could need and the lounge has two comfortable settees. TV and DVD player to be found here. The patio doors open to a self contained garden complete with sandpit. Excellent views of paddock and trees are here along with the frequent deer after which the cottage was named, presumably. T ...Review dated 19/01/2013
A wonderful place for a relaxing break with the friendliest hosts you could imagine. You won't want to go out! Perfect for three generations from children to grandparents and much more living space than you may expect.Review dated 15/01/2013
Fantastic place and lovely owners who made myself and my family extremely welcome. The homemade bread and brownies were divine, and my daughter loved riding Gill, the Shetland PonyReview dated 07/01/2013
We stayed in the cottage over the Christmas period. What a great decision this was. The cottage was beautifully decorated with Christmas ornaments and a lovely, fresh Christmas tree. A really nice touch was a wrapped Christmas gift for our little boy along with a Christmas hamper.
The hosts, Joce and David couldn't of been more friendly and welcoming. The toys they supplied for our 10 month old were fantastic and gave us more ideas of different toys he likes! They were also a useful source of local information regarding things we were interested in.
Joce and David took the time to give our little boy a special experience of riding a pony and meeting their beautiful dogs and chickens.
The cottage itself was very comfortable and due to the wet weather we were happy to spend much of our time relaxing there.
A perfect first Christmas with our little boy. Hope to come back in summer. Thank you Joce and David!Review dated 02/01/2013
We had an absolutely wonderful short break at Fallow cottage. Stunning setting. David and Joss being the perfect hosts. Our kids had a marvelous time riding on the little ponies - we have arranged riding lessons for our daughter now! We'll be back. So much to do and see in the New Forest.Review dated 14/12/2012
Joce and David were wonderful hosts and helped us make the most of our short break at the cottage. Our 14 month old had a fabulous time with the horses and Joce kindly let him have a ride on Jill the Shetland pony - a great experience for him and us! We loved the goodies left for us especially the brownies! The cottage was well equipped. Thank you for a lovely weekend.Review dated 13/12/2012
I wanted to echo the comments from the other guests at Fallow Deer. From the moment we arrived we felt really welcomed and relaxed. David was away when we arrived, but Joce was a fantastic hostess. Always there to answer questions and give recommendations for places to visit.
George (2yrs) loved it more than we did and still remembers when he rode on Jill the shetland pony and collecting the eggs in the morning.
By the way, we were also in for a treat when David returned as he was driving a beautiful Aston Martin DB5 which my husband and Dad were very impressed with!
We would love to return as it is in a beautiful setting (deer right up to the back garden) and not least for a second batch of the delicious brownies! Highly recommended to all!Review dated 09/11/2012
Very friendly people. Great with the girls. Accomodation had so much to offer for a family. Excellent.Review dated 07/11/2012
We had a fantastic stay at Fallow Deer. Everything we needed for our 3 year old was there - including the offer of a ride on Jill the Shetland Pony! David and Joss were fantastic hosts - David was incredibly prompt at answering any questions we had prior to our arrival and Joss baked us some fantastic brownies for our arrival :0). The location is great for the little ones as it is so central in the New Forest - we had to drive with our windows down for most of the time so our little one could talk to the wildlife as we passed the donkeys, cows and horses in the roads. Also, the location is spot on for Peppa Pig world at Paulton's Park - so really, there is EVERYTHING you need!!Review dated 01/11/2012
Wonderful stay. Great accommodation and lovely, friendly hosts.Review dated 13/10/2012
Best long weekend we have had since having our little one! The hosts could not have made us more welcome and what a fabulous location. Lots to do at the lovely cottage, which was very much felt like home when we were there, and the area was fabulous for both parents and children. Will definiately be returning.Review dated 17/09/2012
We had a fantastic stay at Fallow Deer Cottage. The owners were so kind, helpful and hospitable and went out of their way to make the stay extra special for our three year old daughter. She loved the toys provided and giant sandpit, and we all enjoyed being able to watch horses and deer in the meadows from our windows or garden. Most of all our daughter loved being able to groom and ride the Shetland pony. The cottage interiors are comfortable and very stylish and there is a pretty garden. We were lucky enough to have a glorious sunny weekend so we spent a lot of time outside. It was very special to be surrounded by nature and feel so removed from the stresses of normal everyday life. A lovely treat.Review dated 25/08/2012
We had a lovely time at Fallow Deer - the owners were really friendly and helpful, and very welcoming to our 15 month old, even giving her pony rides (which she loved!). The cottage was very nice, spotlessly clean and had a good range of toys for little ones. It is in a good location to access all the attractions of the New Forest and the Dorset Beaches. There were some lovely touches such as a freshly baked loaf, delicious home made brownies, jam and fresh eggs when we arrived and even a small present for our little girl. We would definitely stay again.Review dated 20/08/2012
Such a lovely place to stay. Our 2 year old loved the chickens, shetland pony rides and deer/horses in the garden as well as the garden and sandpit. The owners are extremely welcoming and nothing is too much trouble and they are on stand by to give helpful advice about the area and things to do without being intrusive, thank you for the lovely home made bread, eggs and lemon drizzle cake!!Review dated 20/08/2012
The owners were lovely and so helpful, we were greeted with freshly made bread and home made brownies! Our son was given a ride on one of their ponies which was a highlight of our trip!Review dated 20/08/2012
They really thought of everything to make our stay as relaxing and as stress free as possible. Being able to arrange for a supermarket delivery before our arrival was so helpful, and the owners provided everything we needed for our one year old. Nothing was too much trouble.Review dated 20/08/2012
A real home away from home. Fallow Deer was everything we hoped for for our weekend getaway. The cottage was extremely comfortable and homely, with an array of toys (from indoor toys, bath toys to sandpit toys) for our little one. The animals were charming (our daughter loved them all, from the horses and the dogs to the deers and the rabbits that we spotted from time to time). The grounds were stunning and so peaceful (we all slept very well!). The owners, Joce and David were the perfect hosts and were so warm and welcoming. The food we ordered was delicious and the brownies, bread and champagne that greeted us on arrival an added bonus. The location was easily accessible from London as well as perfectly situated for visiting the seaside. All in all we had a most restful and enjoyable weekend and will most certainly be back!Review dated 18/08/2012
We received a very warm welcome from Joce and David when we arrived including a freshly made loaf of bread, eggs from the chickens and the most delicious brownies i have ever tasted! They offered us guidance and advise throughout our stay and made us feel very welcome. My daughter loved riding the shetland pony and waking up to the horses and dogs outside our back window. If the weather was better on our stay we would have definitely utilised the sandpit and paddling pool available also.
The cottage is very well equipped, clean and well maintained- a real home from home. Would definitely recommend!Review dated 07/07/2012
Fallowdeer Cottage was stunning. When we first looked at it on the website, we were slightly worried to see more availability than for others. We didn't realise that was simply because it's such a new listing. We loved everything about it. The photos don't do it justice. From the moment we turned off the little lane, over the cattlegrid up the long, tree lined private drive to the main house, we were wow-ed. The internal and external facilities were as luxurious as you would expect from babyboltholes. We loved the elegant (wonderfully homely, not clinical) interiors, our private garden with sunken sandpit and brand new BBQ furniture, the incredibly well stocked kitchen, the true country feel with chickens and horses (and, of course, deer) all around and the wonderful peace and quiet. However, the warm welcome of the owners definitely gave it that added edge. They were absolutely charming, laid on lots of generous personal touches and si ...Review dated 03/07/2012
We've just returned from a three night break at Fallow Deer Cottage and what a fantastic break it was. The owners, Jos and David, are the perfect hosts, keen to make sure we had everything we needed while at the same time respecting our privacy. We arrived to find a freshly baked loaf of bread, eggs from their hens, a dairy free cake (my dietary requirement) and even a bottle of bubbly. The cottage was tastefully decorated and was surprisingly large with plenty of room for the three of us. Jos and David have put much thought into providing everything needed for young children. Our son had a proper cot to sleep in with lovely bedding, more toys than he knew what to do with and a sandpit and paddling pool in the cottage's private fenced-in garden. David and Jos went out of their way to accommodate any of our requests from baking me a dairy free cake, organising our bike hire, and most excitingly taking time out to give our son a ride on t ...Review dated 18/06/2012
We had a wonderful stay at Fallow Deer Cottage. David and Joss are fabulous hosts, making us feel welcome and comfortable from the first minute. Our 6-year old son, Ciaran, told us before we arrived “I don’t like nature”, but thanks to Joss in particular, he ended up feeding the animals and riding Misty the pony. Our 2-year old daughter, Orlaith, who is a bit braver, also enjoyed herself immensely. The cottage itself is perfect – well equipped and decorated, and if the weather had been kinder, we would have taken advantage of the lovely garden. Finally, the supplies waiting for us on arrival – freshly-baked bread, eggs, bubbly, and (best of all) a big tin of chocolate brownies – were a special touch. We will definitely book again. Review dated 01/05/2014
We had the most fantastic holiday at Fallow Deer. It was quiet, beautiful, smart, friendly and had everything we could ask for. Joseph (2) loved the sandpit, the ponies and above all the chickens! And the great thing was that, while it was a wonderful place to play by day, after bedtime we could pretend it was just the two of us away on a romantic break in a glorious countryside cottage with all mod cons. I can't recommend it highly enough - a perfect family holiday Review dated 05/09/2012
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and standard of the accommodation, and were really happy with the location and the beautiful surroundings. Right down to the delicious brownies which we enioyed, and the best bread and eggs we've ever tasted! We really did have one of the best short break we've had for a long time, and will be sure to recommend Fallow Deer to anyone we know wishing to stay in the New Forest or south-west,Review dated 21/05/2012