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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 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 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
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Folly
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 24/03/2017
    A few things needed attention. The flush on the toilet needed attention before it breaks completely. The bed was uncomfortable and dipped in the middle. The plaster was cracked on the wall in the lounge. There was no welcome pack - absolutely nothing, and only 2 towels provided.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/02/2017
    A comfortable and quirky cottage in beautiful surroundings.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2017
    a great place to relax and enjoy our honeymoon. Lovely owners and a stunning setting B

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 11/12/2016
    Cosy and quaint and very comfortable for our short stay. Stunning views of surrounding area.

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7.7 out of 10 – based on 27 reviews collected by Reevoo
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