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Hampshire

The county of Hampshire in the south east of England has a southern coast that takes in Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington and two national parks; New Forest National Park and South Downs National Park.

Here you’ll find fascinating cities, historic towns and picturesque villages. Lovely areas of protected forest and rolling chalk downs, Blue Flag beaches and a rich maritime heritage.

Portsmouth has connections with Britain’s naval traditions that go back hundreds of years and the city’s historic dockyard offers a fantastic insight into this maritime history. See the HMS Victory, explore the Mary Rose Museum and then take a tour of the harbour or maybe appreciate the great views across the Solent from the 170 metre high Spinnaker Tower.

Just along the coast Hayling Island offers great family entertainment with a Blue Flag beach, rollercoaster and sea front railway; a great traditional seaside day out.

The New Forest National Park has 218 square miles of protected landscapes and is a wonderful playground for walkers, cyclists and horse riding with 146 miles of marked trails, pubs and tea shops. It is of course also home to the famous New Forest ponies. Get along to the New Forest Centre at Lyndhurst to plan your visit.

The chalk hills of the South Downs National Park also provides the perfect setting for wonderful adventures by foot, bike or horse, or maybe try out hand gliding or paragliding. Within the bounds of the national park is Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield, here you’ll find plenty of family activities and the South Downs Way.

Situated on the edge of the South Downs the historic city of Winchester, one time ancient capital of England, has a fascinating history that includes a magnificent 11th century cathedral and associations with King Arthur’s Round Table at the Great Hall. Also of historical interest is Romsey on the banks of the River Test, with its medieval streets and Norman Abbey.

Literary lovers will be delighted by Jane Austen’s house in Chawton. Now a museum, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the beloved author’s life and see how she found her unique inspiration in Hampshire.

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  • The Wheelwrights Post - The Old Post Office

    Burgate, near Fordingbridge

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    Ref: 30425

    This charming, compact studio annexe is attached to the owner’s home, which is steeped in history and which, in the 1830s, included a wheelwrights, post office and bakery. Although small in size, it offers a tastefully furnished base for couples. Also within the grounds is Walnut Tree Cottage (ref 30424) and The Hideaway (UKC540), providing an ideal opportunity for couples or guests wishing to holiday together whilst retaining their own space. This is a convenient location set just back from the main road leading from Salisbury (9 miles) or Ringwood (5 miles). Keen walkers will delight in the fact that they are situated directly opposite footpaths within the New Forest National Park, with many scenic walks and ideal for spotting local wildlife. For those who would prefer to explore by cycle, the owners can offer a place to lock your bikes away when not in use. All properties have their own allocated parking, sitting-out area and large lawned gardens shared with the owners and their young family. They make ideal touring bases from which to visit the extensive attractions in the area. Not far away is the charming town of Fordingbridge with a host of shops, cafes and eateries, and the gentle flowing River Avon is also nearby. The location is convenient for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch Harbour, and the coast including Poole and Bournemouth. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum and the New Forest Otter and Owl Park. Maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are within easy driving distance, as is Stonehenge. Beach 16 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 400 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With Freeview TV and double bed.
    Kitchen: With microwave and fridge.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Parking for 1 car.

    All properties: Bed linen, towels and electricity included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared 1¼-acre grounds. No smoking.

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  • Higher Farm - Saddle Room

    Martin, Fordingbridge

    Grade
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    Ref: PJJA

    Higher Farm is well located in the quiet, picturesque village of Martin within a conservation area and on the edge of Martin Down National Nature Reserve. These two single-storey barn conversions, adjoining one another, were formerly the saddle room and stables for the small farm and have been transformed into very comfortable holiday accommodation with a modern, light and airy feel. The village of Martin is set in an area known as Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs, an AONB. The village has its own small, community-run shop which opens twice a day on week days (9am-11am and 5pm-6pm) and once in the morning on Saturdays (9am-12pm). The medieval city of Salisbury, 8 miles, has its famous cathedral spire and close, individual shops, pubs and restaurants, a theatre and a cinema which is housed in the old wool market. The New Forest and the small market town of Fordingbridge are 6 miles away. Fordingbridge is known for its famous medieval stone bridge with its fine arches; it boasts plenty of shops, pubs and cafés and there are excellent walks along the river. Shop 6 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Ramp and small step to entrance. Living room with wood-burning stove, French doors, dining area and kitchen with Belfast sink. Large double bedroom with French doors. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full central heating with air source heat pump, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared, lawned, orchard garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Stables by arrangement with owner
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Forest Lodge

    Furze Hill, nr. Fordingbridge

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    Ref: W43511


    Forest Lodge is situated in an idyllic setting in a quiet corner of the New Forest, enjoying direct forest access which is home to an abundance of wildlife. Whilst in the grounds of the owner’s home, Forest Lodge has its own parking area and pathway. This detached holiday property stands alone and is not visible from the main house. Stabling and grazing are available for 2 horses on site, with prior arrangement with the owner and there is a grassy children’s play area with football goalposts, rugby posts and other games. The New Forest National Park offers thousands of acres of moor, heath and woodlands, where ponies and cattle roam free, and is perfect for walking, cycling and riding. You may also see wild deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits. The New Forest is a genuine walker’s paradise and also a fantastic place for cycling, with miles of traffic free tracks. Farm shops, pubs, tea rooms, an excellent restaurant and a church are within 5 minutes of the property. There is a riding school nearby offering hacks across the forest for both the beginner and more experienced rider. Forest Lodge is 4 miles from the market towns of Ringwood and Fordingbridge, and 12 miles from the historic city of Salisbury, with its magnificent cathedral and tallest spire in the UK. The coastal resorts and sandy beaches of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are approximately 15 miles away. Coarse fishing is available on the nearby River Avon. Golf courses and water sports are also nearby. Shops, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Conservatory. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Satellite TV (Sky+). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and freezer in outbuilding. Wi-fi. Internet connection. Terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared natural, woodland grounds. Ample parking. Stabling and grazing on request. Grassed play area. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced stream and pond in grounds, 50 yards.

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  • The Sett

    Linwood, nr. Ringwood

    Grade
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    Ref: W42020

    Surrounded by woodland

    This semi-detached barn conversion is surrounded by woodland in the grounds of the owner’s home, which was formerly owned by a famous wildlife film maker and photographer. Wildlife abounds with good birdwatching, and a chicken keeping course is sometimes available at an extra cost. This holiday accommodation has a sitting-out area with a seat overlooking woodland and lies within the New Forest with open heaths and wild ponies. Miles of footpaths and a network of walking and cycling paths stretch from the door. Salisbury and Winchester cathedral cities are both a short drive. Bournemouth with its sandy beach, and Christchurch are both about ½ hour’s drive. Poole is within easy reach, and the market town of Ringwood is approximately 4 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom with low sloping ceiling.

    Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Microwave. Sitting-out area with seat. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 14 years.

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  • The Barn

    Burley

    Grade
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    Ref: PDDE

    A beautifully renovated barn conversion situated in the village of Burley Street in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Built of oak and timber, it has an air of relaxed elegance and offers a wealth of features including a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, spiral staircase and wood-burning stove, as well as extras such as Egyptian cotton sheets. Located in the grounds of the main cottage, it provides a perfect base for exploring the New Forest’s many delights. The market town of Ringwood is a 6-minute drive where all facilities can be found, with handsome Georgian buildings. Sandy beaches lie 8 miles away and sailing and surfing can also be enjoyed. Shop and pubs ¾ mile.

    Large open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, large windows, wooden floor and hand-made kitchen area. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor. Spiral open staircase to first floor: Galleried area with 5ft bed and wooden floor. Vaulted ceilings and beams throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • TV (LCD)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • The Hayloft

    East Meon, nr. Petersfield

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    Ref: UKC221


    Situated in a truly stunning location, with a magnificent backdrop of rolling hills with sheep and cattle grazing, The Hayloft makes the perfect peaceful retreat for a couple wishing to explore the area. It is equidistant from Winchester, Portsmouth and Chichester, which are all about a 20-minute drive away. Skilfully converted to provide lovely holiday accommodation, this delightful light and spacious property has high ceilings and attractive beamwork. The breathtaking views can be savoured, particularly from the bedroom, which has plenty of windows to take full advantage of the vista. Set within beautiful rolling countryside and farmland, nestled in the hills of the South Downs within the grounds of a working farm, and the owners’ country farmhouse offers bed and breakfast for overflow guests.

    There is direct access to miles of scenic walking and cycling routes in this wonderful part of Hampshire, (dogs to be kept on a lead in the immediate vicinity due to livestock) within The Meon Valley, near to West Meon with pubs serving fine fayre, and where Thomas Lord rests, founder of Lords cricket, as well as award-winning butchers and pub. East Meon is about 3 miles, with a pretty church and more good pubs. Petersfield market town is about 5 miles away, where there are plenty of restaurants and shops, as well as a train station with trains to London in approximately one hour. Other places to visit include Portsmouth with Spinnaker Tower, HMS Warrier and HMS Nelson’s Victory, waterside dining, extensive designer shopping, and ferry trips to the Isle of Wight, plus historic Winchester Cathedral and King Arthurs’ Round Table, Southampton with its extensive maritime history, the vast heathland walks/riding in The New Forest, historic Chichester with cathedral and festival theatre, beaches at the Witterings or Hayling Island, the Watercress steam train, Jane Austen’s House, Gilbert White’s house, Marwell Zoo and Birdworld to name a few. Also, Queen Elizabeth Country Park is on the other side of the valley and worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Open plan, spacious living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area, beamed ceiling and wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with kingsize bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    • Electricity, NSH, underfloor central heating in bathrooms, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared 100-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 50 yards.

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  • Valley View Annexe

    North Poulner, nr. Ringwood

    Grade
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    Ref: 25587

    This holiday property is perfectly situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, with wonderful views from the front lawn over fields and the forest. Adjoining the owners’ home and B&B this holiday home offers very comfortable accommodation with a large open plan living, dining and kitchen space. A great base for walkers and cyclists as country lanes and footpaths are all close to the property. The towns of Christchurch and Ringwood are both only a short drive, with many shops, pubs and restaurants. Enjoy nearby beaches at Mudeford, Bournemouth and Poole. Also easily accessible are Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens and Lymington, with ferry trips to the Isle of Wight. Shops, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen/dining area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, oil heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Shared garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Inadown Farm Holiday Homes - Whitedown

    Newton Valence, nr. Alton

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    Ref: 31246

    Inadown Farm Holiday Homes consists of five well-presented properties (refs 31242, 31243, 31244, 31245 and 31246), designed to offer a retreat for the busy city dweller. Only an hour from London, they are situated in a beautiful part of the South Downs National Park. The holiday homes are tastefully styled and are on the site of a former granary within the grounds of a popular stable yard, where horse riding lessons and livery can be arranged (by prior arrangement). The properties are named after some of the local fields which stretch towards the nearby South Downs. They have between one and three bedrooms; some are interconnecting, making them up to four bedrooms, perfect for larger groups or families. The living space is contained within a traditional Hampshire weatherboard barn exterior. Each of the homes have been furnished and equipped with comfort and convenience in mind and all have wi-fi and cable broadband. Middledown (ref 31244) has wheelchair access rated for Mobility Level 2. There are outdoor seating areas in the shared paved courtyard with garden furniture and barbecue area. We welcome cyclists, walkers and those with limited mobility. The on-site riding school is a long established business, and welcomes all ages and abilities, and there are junior course weeks during the school holidays.

    There is so much to see and do in this scenic area. Chawton is just over a mile away, home to Jane Austen’s House, where she wrote a number of her great works. It is now has a museum dedicated to her. There is also Chawton House Library, an internationally renowned research institution. Portsmouth with its historic dockyard, Spinnaker Tower, the D-Day and Royal Marines museums, Gunwharf Quays, various museums, art and entertainments, waterside dining and shopping outlets, is about a 40-minute drive, as is Chichester, with its ornate cathedral, festival theatre, cinema, Goodwood Races and Fontwell Races. Other places of interest locally include Gilbert White’s House in nearby Selborne, 3 miles, which is also a haven for flora and fauna.

    Alresford is about 8 miles away, with the Watercress Line steam railway – a delightful trip on an old steam train stopping at various stations along the way. Also worth a visit, is the market town of Petersfield with main line station and Winchester, with its cathedral, Guildhall Water Meadows and Intech Science Centre and Planetarium. Children will love Marwell Wildlife Park, Peppa Pig World, Birdworld and Farnham, with Alice Holt Forest Woods, home to Go Ape treetop adventure. The Queen Elizabeth Country Park at Horndean has 1,400 acres of woodland and downland, and is about 9 miles distant. The beaches at Wittering and Hayling are within easy reach, about a 40-minute drive, and sailing in the Solent is possible from numerous marinas in the area. A day trip to the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth or Southampton should not be missed! Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared enclosed patio and furniture. Shared barbecues. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. Please note: This property can be booked with Pleasure Row (ref 31246) via interconnecting door to accommodate up to 8 guests.

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  • Cornhill Hall Lodge

    Bishops Waltham, nr. Winchester

    Grade
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    Ref: 30392


    This delightful single-storey holiday lodge is located in the grounds of the owner’s spacious country home, which is set in 6 acres. The lodge enjoys its own private lawned garden with views over the South Downs National Park. Couples can enjoy use of the large indoor heated pool, and there is a public footpath adjacent to the property providing access to excellent walking trails in the local area and beyond. Nearby Bishops Waltham is a popular medieval town, and has interesting historic sights such as the 12th-century palace ruins and Roman church, as well as local shops, pubs, restaurants and coffee houses. Cornhill Hall Lodge is ideally located for many sightseeing areas. It is within easy reach of the historic cathedral city of Winchester, and also near to Southampton and Portsmouth. Chichester, The Watercress Steam Railway, Jane Austen’s House, The New Forest, Marwell Zoo and Poultons Park are also within easy driving distance. It is less than a 30-minute drive to the nearest coast and the local area hosts a number of golf courses. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Laundry service on request. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (9.5m x 5m, depth 1.2m - 1.8m), use by arrangement. Welcome pack. No smoking. Babes in arms only. NB: Fenced pond 25 yards.

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  • Cedar Tree

    Cole Henley, nr. Whitchurch

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    Ref: W44270

    Shared heated swimming pool

    Residing in the grounds of Peak House Farm enjoying glorious views across the North Hampshire Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the Cedar Tree. This beautifully designed, fully insulated shepherds hut with its ’wriggly tin’ roof rests on an oak chassis with cast iron wheels. Clad in cedar, it boasts underfloor heating, has its own elevated decked terrace and enclosed garden, complete with use of the owners’ covered heated swimming pool by arrangement – May to September. Peak House Farm is a working dairy farm with 120 cattle offering the unique opportunity to purchase ’raw milk’ described by some as ’slipping down like fine wine!’ There are walks from the doorstep with good pubs and restaurants in nearby Whitchurch, which sits on the River Test and is Hampshire’s smallest town. Visit Britain’s only working silk mill and walk the Mill Trail beside the river. North of the town are the North Wessex Downs AONB, immortalised in the Richard Adams Book ’Watership Down’. Visit Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed. Visit the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery and take a cocktail masterclass at the Bombay Sapphire Gin Academy. There are good rail connections to London and Exeter. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Open-tread steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room with double bed/dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 24" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry by arrangement. Access to freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked area and furniture. 150-acre farmland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared heated, covered swimming pool (4.8m x 9.7m, depth 1.2m to 2.4m) by arrangement with owner, May-September. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Little Gate House

    New Forest, nr. Fordingbridge

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    Ref: DAAG

    Little Gate House is a detached, peaceful retreat for couples, nestled in the heart of the western edge of the New Forest National Park. Well-designed, it offers a compact, yet light and airy space. Idyllically located off the beaten track, the property sits in a south-facing, elevated position overlooking the owner’s 3½-acre grounds, providing seclusion and tranquillity with views across fields and the forest beyond. The property is surrounded by an abundance of wildlife including buzzards and deer. Buzzards nest in the nearby trees and are often seen souring the skies above and deer are also frequent visitors. The open New Forest is directly on the doorstep providing 140,000 acres of off road walking, riding and cycling, yet there is quick and easy access to all main roads for visitors to explore the many villages, towns, cities and beaches that Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire have to offer. Strawberry picking ½ mile, riding stables 1 mile, watersports/fishing 2 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Living room open plan with kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove and large French doors to large area of south-facing decking. Cosy double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, full electricity rad central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed side garden
    • Decking area with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Drovers Cottage

    East Meon

    Grade
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    Ref: PAAV

    Located in a breathtaking setting, completely enveloped in the rolling countryside which is abundant with wildlife, this attractive, brick and flint holiday cottage makes a romantic and peaceful retreat, ideal for couples and walkers. Having been totally renovated, it offers tasteful and well-presented accommodation, and is easy walking distance to the quaint thatched roof village, which has a shop, a beautiful church and two pubs serving good food. 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 Austens’ House, Gilbert White’s house and Birdworld. London is just an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Seasonal fishing available in 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, fullGas 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.Telephone (honesty box). Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). No smoking.

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