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Drovers Cottage

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East Meon, Hampshire
Grade 5 Star rating
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Brick and flint cottage, surrounded by countryside, a peaceful and romantic retreat for two, Jane Austens’ House easily reached.

Located in a breathtaking setting, completely enveloped in the rolling countryside which is has wildlife in abundance, this attractive, brick and flint holiday cottage makes a romantic and peaceful retreat, ideal for couples and walkers. As the name suggests, Drovers Cottage was formerly a place of rest for drovers (modern day livestock transporters), who travelled hundreds and hundreds of miles with their animals and needed somewhere to rest. The group of fir trees, which still remain to this day, were an easily recognisable landmark even from afar. The fields surrounding the cottage are of archaeological interest, as they were used as Roman camps and often oyster shells can be found, these were brought in barrels from the coast for the Roman warriors to eat, and they tossed the shells into the fields.

Having been totally renovated, Drovers Cottage offers tasteful and well-presented accommodation, and is within easy walking distance to the quaint thatched-roof village, with its shop, beautiful church and two pubs serving good food. This picturesque village is steeped in history, it has a bronze burial in the parish, which dates back to 2000BC. The village was part of the Royal Manor, belonging first to King Alfred the Great, then later William the Conqueror, which is recorded in the Domesday Book.
Within easy reach are the South Downs, Portsmouth, Winchester Cathedral, Southampton with its maritime history, the New Forest, Chichester, beaches at the Witterings or Hayling Island, the Watercress steam train, Jane Austen’s house, Gilbert White’s house and Birdworld. London is just an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Seasonal fishing available in a small lake close by. Shops ¼ mile.

Open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner, kitchen area and tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Electric woodburner included. Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot (suitable for ages up to 18mths). High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi.Telephone (honesty box). Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/01/2018
    Comfortable, warm cottage for New Year break. Excellent location for walking with a dog. Nearby Winchester is a city with a lot going for it and the nearby villages were good to visit including Alresford with its steam train to Alton. East Meon's pubs were welcoming and handy for evening meals.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/12/2017
    Once again, an idyllic vacation in this little cottage in East Meon. We have been visiting Drovers Cottage for years and we love it's isolation surrounded by nature. A real home-from-home. If walking is your thing, there are several circular walks that begin virtually on the doorstep. Ye Old George pub in East Meon is a traditional low/beamed ceiling hostelry serving a good selection of 'real' beer and delicious food. Nothing nicer on a cold evening to sit and sup with the fires roaring. Petersfield is just a 15 minute drive away and a very quaint market town with an interesting selection of shops and cafes to visit. We love this place!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/12/2017
    Absolutely gorgeous location surrounded by lovely views. The cottage was cosy and comfy and we had a lovely relaxing holiday.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2017
    Superb cottage with a great eye for detail

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    The cottage was superb in an ideal tranquil location. A great place to relax and unwind, in easy reach of attractions and walks

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/07/2017
    Our second visit to Dovers Cottage. The cottage is in a perfect rural setting, yet is close enough to walk to the village of East Meon. Excellent pub in the village serving good food at reasonable prices and they allow dogs. The cottage itself is clean, comfortable and well equipped, with two large sofas and an extremely comfortable bed.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/04/2017
    This was our third visit to Drover's Cottage and we loved it every bit as much as the first. The cottage was surrounded by a sea of golden rape seed and looked an absolute picture, nestled into the surrounding countryside. It was warm and comfortable and thoughtfully epuipped.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/04/2017
    A surprisingly roomy cottage in a secluded location. Very well equipped. Lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2017
    We like the peace of the place.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 24/03/2017
    I love the location and the views from this cottage. Its warm, cosy and comfortable inside. Its good to be able to walk directly from the cottage up into the downs.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/03/2017
    perfect location for our 4 day break. everything we needed in the cottage. surroundings were perfect. Piece and quite just the birds twittering. Plenty of space for our dog, in the garden. Loved it will return.

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