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The Lions Retreat at Shandwick

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Stuckton, near Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Newly Listed
Grade 5 Star rating
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A wonderful property accommodating ten guests, with the added luxury of a hot tub and bi-folding doors leading to a gorgeous outdoor space.

This superb detached property has been extended to provide an extremely light and spacious retreat for couples or families. Set in 2½ acres with gated entry, with partial agricultural land and sloping banks to a gently flowing stream, this is a wonderful spot to enjoy alfresco dining or relax in the state of the art spa hot tub with mood lighting, sound system and central drinks table! With families in mind, there is also an outside games room with pool table, table football and games. The huge open-plan living/dining area has plenty of natural light with full length windows and bi-folding doors across the width of the room, as well as an electric wood burner within a brick fire surround. Solid oak flooring and doors have been skilfully fitted, and there is a well-equipped kitchen with a professional chefs range with induction hob and slate tiled floor. Three of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, two of which are twin rooms, with a shared family bathroom, and on the first floor there are two en-suite bedrooms. All of the double beds are complete with luxurious Vi-Spring mattresses.

The owner (formerly a Michelin-starred chef) resides in a renowned restaurant serving fine English/French Gourmand cuisine, 800 yards away, and there are two pubs within a 5-minute drive. There is so much to do in this popular area all year round. The nearest town is Fordingbridge on the banks of the River Avon. It was recorded in the Domesday Book and the first Great Bridge, built in medieval times, is upstream from the ford and is a major feature of the town with its seven graceful arches. The town has developed into a wonderful place for visitors with its beautiful scenery, nature havens, cycleways and welcoming people. There is a museum, Alderholt Mill, dating back to the 15th century, which serves cream teas at weekends; they also offer milling demonstrations, and Braemore Church exhibits many Saxon features, and is believed to have been founded soon after. Within easy driving distance are beaches at Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks and Studland Bay. Also within easy reach are Poole Nature Reserve, Brownsea Island, and to the west, The Purbecks, Corfe Castle, and Jurassic coastline.

Moors Valley is a popular place to visit and is dog friendly, and offers scenic walks and excellent wildlife spotting. There are a host of recreational activities such as angling, orienteering, cycle hire, golf, Go Ape Treetop Adventure, Forest Segway, walking groups, canoeing and pétanque. Avon Heath is also nearby and is ideal for keen walkers. There are various fishing lakes (mainly carp) and golf courses in the area too. The New Forest National Park is easily accessible, which provides miles of scenic walks and a network of bridle paths and footpaths, and you can often find the ponies and cattle roaming the streets in one of the many picturesque villages. There is a waterpark not far away, as well as a leisure centre with swimming pool.

The property is very convenient for road links to the beautiful cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, National Trust homes and gardens, including Forde Abbey and Kingston Lacey, Christchurch’s harbour, Paultons Park, Adventure Wonderland and Stonehenge. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo, Monkey World, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, the New Forest Otter and Owl Park and maritime Southampton. Beach 12 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 330 yards.

Ground Floor:
Open plan living space: With bi-folding doors leading to patio.
Living area: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV and oak floor.
Dining area: With oak floor.
Kitchen area: With electric range with induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, freezer, dishwasher and slate floor.
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed, z-bed (for child) and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds and Freeview TV.
Wet room: With bath, shower and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 4: With super kingsize bed, z-bed (for child), Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and bidet.
Bedroom 5: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot, highchair and stairgates available on request. Welcome pack. External utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. External games room with pool table, table football and games. Enclosed, 2½-acre, lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Hot tub (private) with changing facilities. Private parking for 5 cars. No smoking. Please note: No hen or stag parties. There are sloping banks in the garden and an unfenced stream, 50 yards away. This property has a security deposit of £275.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Wifi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Newly Listed Property
    Newly Listed Property
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath
    Walk-in Shower/Bath
  • Private Hot Tub
    Private Hot Tub
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2018
    Great house , great location, helpful and Friendly owner :)

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2018
    Excellent weekend. House was immaculate. Lovely location and we're made to feel very welcome. Highly recommend the 3 lions a minute walk away too! Will definitely stay again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thanks for enjoying, which we appreciate.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    This property is stunning, everything is top quality from the minute you drive through the gates. We loved how you could open up the doors making the garden feel like it was almost inside the lounge. The hot tub again is top quality and relaxing any time of day. I am a really bad sleeper, but slept so well on the comfortable beds. Just a short walk down the road for what must be the best dinner for miles around. You certainly need a car, which enables you easy access to Poole, Lyminington, Brockenhurst etc and of course you are never far away from the beautiful ponies and donkeys in the New Forest. Can highly recommend this property and we certainly hope to return

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: You make my job feel so worthwhile, great to me meet you and yours, glad you loved your family meal and slept so well. It will be great to see you all again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    Beautiful place to stay with everything you need. Few minor things could be improved for an even better stay. We were blessed with amazing weather in Aug for the UK which meant we really made use of the great outdoor space and hot tub. We really hope to go back :-)

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Glad you really enjoyed your stay and we have made the improvements through your advice, thanks.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2017
    An excellent property with everything you could want for your holiday and more. As we only stayed at the property due to a mix up with our original booking, we were extremely pleased with this alternative.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Very glad you enjoyed your week, thank you for for your kind comments and leaving the property immaculate.

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9.9 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by Reevoo
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