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The Folly

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Hambledon, Hampshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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Enjoy full use of an indoor heated swimming pool (in the summer months) after touring the area and coastal resorts nearby.

For couples who fancy a unique getaway and something out of the ordinary, this detached 19th-century listed folly stands in the garden of the owners’ house and enjoys wonderful views over the pretty village of Hambledon, the birthplace of cricket, and full use of a 30ft indoor heated swimming pool, (open April to October) is perfect. This Georgian Grade II listed property was built in 1832 and is situated in the South Downs National Park making it perfect for stargazing. There are many wonderful walks nearby, and just 13 miles away are the sea and the coastlines of Hampshire and West Sussex – including picturesque Chichester Harbour. Easy touring to stately homes at Beaulieu and Broadlands, and gardens at Exbury. Portsmouth (13 miles) boasts Nelson’s Victory, the Mary Rose, a wide range of amenities, a harbour and ferries to the Isle of Wight. Historic cathedral cities of Winchester and Chichester area a half-hour drive. Rose Bowl cricket ground is within easy reach and a local free tennis court with all equipment supplied free of charge, National Trust properties and gardens, Goodwood Racecourse, Festivals of Speed and Revivals are all easily accessible. Golf, horse riding and fishing nearby. Shops 200 yards, pub 400 yards.

Small fitted kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow-tread stairs to first and second floor. First floor: Cosy living/dining room with electric fire. Second floor: Pretty double bedroom with attractive antique pine furniture.

  • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
  • Fan heater
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD player
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Cycle store
  • Sole use of owner’s indoor heated swimming pool (open April-October)
  • Unsuitable for the elderly/infirm
  • No smoking
  • NB: Small pond in owners’ garden.

Show amenities 


  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Wifi
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2018
    Beautiful location , very nice hosts, Folly is very different and quaint,would love to stay again Lloyd and Cameron

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/01/2018
    We found this to be a delightful little tower for a quiet break. The owners were charming & helpful without being intrusive. The property has had a recent refurbishment & feels fresh & clean with smart new kitchen, shower & a good comfortable bed. Other reviewers have mentioned the proximity of the owners house but one does not feel overlooked in The Folly. Sun worshippers would love the private roof terrace in summer. We visited in a chilly January but the rooms were cosy. There is a good local shop & a pub with good food & service, within a short walk.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. It is an amazing and unique property. Please come back in the summer and enjoy our indoor pool too.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/12/2017
    Fantastic building in a great location for exploring the area.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at The Folly. Having taken on board one or two comments from past reviews, The Folly has had a total refurbishment. We have a brand new kitchen, new bed and the property has been repainted throughout. We look forward to comments from our next customers.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/10/2017
    The folly in itself is a lovely quirky building set in a peaceful village with local spar and pubs within 5/10 walking minutes away. We had not read previous reviews before booking..Yes the owners do have dogs but as we are not used to them kept them well away from us during our stay which we appreciated. As mentioned in previous reviews the folly is right next door to the owners property - yes you do have to walk past their windows in order to get in and out. However on our arrival they could see us struggling with luggage and offered to help so it has its advantages. The folly - the kitchen area to some may seem small - not much space to lay plates when serving food. However we did manage to cook a full English breakfast a few mornings! Also shower and toilet on ground level. The second floor dining area/lounge and the third bedroom with area to hang clothes plus a cupboard and bedside cupboard.Very comfy bed. Lastly roof area..we presumed there would be stairs to get up there..not quite what we were expecting but you do have to get a ladder and put it by the side of the bed in order to get up there. We managed ok but some may find it difficult However the views from the top is worth it along with a glass of wine (or two). The pool...again passing owners windows but you get a key to the building. We used the pool every day and had it all to ourselves..an added bonus! To us overall left with recharged batteries, lovely quirky folly and added bonus of pool. Some though may not prefer closeness of owners property/shared garden.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/10/2017
    We had a fantastic relaxing weekend in the quirky and unique Folly. The views from the top of the Folly were amazing, just a shame it wasn't warmer in the evening to spend more time up there but there's always next time! Tony the host went above and beyond to ensure our stay was the best it could be. Beautiful walks, friendly village and good restaurants nearby made our stay complete.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    The steepness of the stairs needs to be emphasised and access to the roof terrace, a highlighted feature, was by aluminium ladder and rickety stairs - not user friendly at all

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner- The steepness of the stairs is referred to in the description where it is stated "not suitable for the elderly or infirm". Unfortunately the Roof Terrace is not included in the advertised Folly accommodation.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 09/07/2017
    Lovely people. Great setting and very unusual. The Folly is very different BUT the bed in particular was Very uncomfortable.... I even tried sleeping on the floor half way through the night.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2017
    A very unspoilt area but with lots to do. Those stairs though can be very hard work. Anyone with a physical impairment should be very careful. Also you need to like dogs - they've got 5! And the church clock, just across the road tolls every hour, so light sleepers may suffer.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 30/06/2017
    Similar review to a previous one. The photographs did not show that the Folly was only 3-4 feet from the edge of the owners house and we had to walk past their kitchen/living room windows through their garden to come and go from the folly. The photograph of the garden table and chairs does not show that these are in the owners garden and not part of the folly. There was no-where to sit outside except for the roof which had a precarious ladder arrangement with a 3ft square opening to get onto the roof. There should also be some warning that the owners have 5 labradors - who are obedient but still running loose and could be scary for someone not used to dogs. The folly itself was tiny and the stairs were quite steep. The kitchen could not possibly be used to cook a meal, indeed I struggled heating two ready meals and making two cups of tea at the same time. It was also difficult to climb the stairs to the sitting / dining room with anything in your hands. In the night it was necessary to go down two sets of these stairs to the bathroom and then back again! It should also be mentioned that although they say there is wi-fi this is only accessible on the ground and first floor of the folly and there is extremely limited mobile phone connections. However, the location is perfect for lots of brilliant days out and the village is extremely pretty. The shop and the pub were great (although limited menu at the pub) and everyone was very very friendly.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2017
    Lovely, slightly quirky place to have a relaxing stay. Stairs are a bit steep if you're not too agile and access to the roof terrace a bit challenging - but definitely worth the effort! Pool is a great bonus and we loved the attention from the dogs, who are pleased to greet you and very quickly settle down. The owner is friendy but discreet, very pleasant and helpful.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2017
    The folly was a lovely quirky place to stay. Yes the stairs are steep and yes you have to go down 2 flights if you need the bathroom in the night, but that is only to be expected. We got into a 'routine' of the very compact living space. It was warm and cosy (the weather wasn't great over the 2 weeks) but we were never cold. The swimming pool is a fabulous bonus and we swam most days. The downside is it is VERY close to the owners property, we were expecting it to be at the bottom of the garden but it is right by their property and we felt a little uncomfortable with this as you have to walk past their living room windows each time you go out and come back so it is lacking a little in privacy. Having said that, they were away for most of the first week. The bed was also a little 'saggy' and not terribly comfortable. We wouldn't return, not because of the folly but because we've seen what there is to see in the area. Oh, The Vine down the road was good but the Bat and Ball was very disappointing, being big fans of cricket we were expecting better!

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7.7 out of 10 – based on 26 reviews collected by Reevoo
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