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The Folly

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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 romantic 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.

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  • Bike StoreBike Store
  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • Ideal for GolfIdeal for Golf
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Horse Riding NearbyHorse Riding Nearby
  • Romantic GetawayRomantic Getaway
  • WifiWifi
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • FishingFishing
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • FollyFolly

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/05/2016
    Stumbled upon this cottage while trying to book a surprise anniversary getaway for myself and my husband. This place stood out to me for its historical architecture, countryside location and private swimming pool all seen in the pictures yet it was nothing compared to the real thing. I was worried a getaway that was a few hours drive from home would get pretty boring and not offer much of a different experience, but upon arriving I found it hard to believe we were still in England. You feel like you are in a totally different world, in a small, unpolluted and extremely friendly village surrounded by countryside, it is easy to relax and enjoy the stunning views. The owners were incredibly friendly and helpful and still respected our privacy. We started our mornings enjoying the sun and drinks on the terrace and ended them in the swimming pool which was definitely a great way to wind down. It is clear the owners have thought about every detail when preparing the facilities to ensure their guests have the most relaxing and comfortable stay. I would highly recommend this place especially for couples who want time away from the city and busy life, and we definitely intend to return.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 31/03/2016
    A lovely place to stay , very picturesque and tranquil. If I had one gripe it would be that this place should not be advertised as having WIFI, as it is virtually non-exsistant.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 07/03/2016
    This charming folly was ideal for our short, out of season break. Compact but cosy it had everything we needed, and in spite of the fact that it was snowing when we arrived (!) it was perfectly warm.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 12/02/2016
    Nice and quiet. A shame that a major village road was closed. Roof terrace is not easy to reach for tall people. We had a great stay, though

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 08/02/2016
    The Folly is just lovely for a short break, well positioned in a quiet village and very comfortable. However as noted the stairs are steep so not suitable for everyone! If the weather is good the view from the roof makes the trip up the ladder well worthwhile.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 09/10/2015
    The Folly is an unusual property situated next to the very friendly and helpful owners home in a beautiful village. The surrounding area is also beautiful. There is a good food shop in the village however the village pub The Vine no longer serves food which we found disappointing as we were looking forward to walking down for an evening meal. However, there are plenty of other good eating establishments within easy driving . Due to the type of property it is, The Folly does have its unwanted guests - spiders, etc. especially in wet weather, however this was not really a problem. The property could do with a little updating and a new sofa but the bed was lovely and comfortable. Overall a very enjoyable stay.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 20/07/2015
    A lovely village with very friendly people. The owners of The Folly are welcoming and helpful. The Folly is an unusual place to stay, it's very compact but well thought out in terms of comfort. The views from the roof are worth the climb up the ladder.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2015
    Great quirky building, owner exceptionally nice. Some updating inside would be nice, but gorgeous views, good facilities etc, had a great stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/06/2015
    Amazing & Magical place to stay

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/05/2015
    The only slight niggle is the size of the double bed. It's on the small side, and we're not exactly a tall couple. A fantastic property in a fantastic location. Very gracious and accommodating hosts too. I have no hesitation in recommending The Folly.

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8.7 out of 10 – based on 22 reviews collected by Reevoo
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