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Drovers Cottage

East Meon, Hampshire
Grade 5 Star rating


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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Pets 1
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Brick and flint cottage, surrounded by countryside, a peaceful and romantic retreat for two, Jane Austens’ House easily reached.

Located in a breathtaking setting, completely enveloped in the rolling countryside which is has wildlife in abundance, this attractive, brick and flint holiday cottage makes a romantic and peaceful retreat, ideal for couples and walkers. As the name suggests, Drovers Cottage was formerly a place of rest for drovers (modern day livestock transporters), who travelled hundreds and hundreds of miles with their animals and needed somewhere to rest. The group of fir trees, which still remain to this day, were an easily recognisable landmark even from afar. The fields surrounding the cottage are of archaeological interest, as they were used as Roman camps and often oyster shells can be found, these were brought in barrels from the coast for the Roman warriors to eat, and they tossed the shells into the fields.
Having been totally renovated, Drovers Cottage offers tasteful and well-presented accommodation, and is within easy walking distance to the quaint thatched-roof village, with its shop, beautiful church and two pubs serving good food. This picturesque village is steeped in history, it has a bronze burial in the parish, which dates back to 2000BC. The village was part of the Royal Manor, belonging first to King Alfred the Great, then later William the Conqueror, which is recorded in the Domesday Book.
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 Austen’s house, Gilbert White’s house and Birdworld. London is just an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Seasonal fishing available in a 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, full gas 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. Wi-Fi.Telephone (honesty box). Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/02/2019
    This cottage is so special. An absolute gem in such a peaceful, glorious, secluded location. We went with our baby and had a wonderful time of it.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/02/2019
    Beautiful cottage and wonderful surroundings and views. Quiet and relaxing and lots of wildlife.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/01/2019
    Drover's Cottage is a real gem situated in pleasant seclusion on the edge of East Meon village. If walking and being close to nature are your thing then Drover's Cottage is the perfect spot. The cottage is clean, comfortable and very well equipped and a great place to return to after a day walking on the Hampshire Downs. Old Winchester Hill Fort and Butser Hill offer 2 fabulous viewpoints that can be easily walked directly from the cottage. "Ye Olde George" in East Meon and the "Thomas Lord" in West Meon have great food and drink. Attractions like the Watercress Line steam railway and Jane Austen's house museum are also very close. My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay are keen to return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/12/2018
    A Fantastic cottage in idyllic surroundings and only a 15 minute walk to the village where there is two great pubs and a small shop. The cottage is very well equipped and has everything you need and more. We would definitely book again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 26/11/2018
    We had a wonderful stay at Drovers Cottage. Beautifully tucked away and peaceful. The house is very well presented and laid out. We would love to come again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/10/2018
    A real haven of peace to rest and soak up the quiet of the countryside and enjoy watching the . The cottage looks tiny from the outside but is spacious and well equipped inside.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/09/2018
    Wonderful location ,so quiet ,surrounded by sheer beauty ,Sunflowers were out in adjoining field ,woods to visit ,lovely walks ,Village and people so friendly !!!Izaac Walton Pub food was so yummy !!!! Everything you need in Cottage and lovely comfortable Bed !!!! We did not have a dog ,but it must be a paradise for them if their owners chose this Cottage for a Holiday !!! Lisa the owner is very helpful if needed but not intrusive and provides a lovely welcome package . Would reccomend this Cottage with immense Pleasure .

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/09/2018
    Clean comfortable cosy cottage in the beautiful surrounding Sussex downs. Highly recommended. Fully enclosed garden great for dogs. Surrounded by open fields. 12 minutes walk to to village......local shop and 2 dog friendly pubs serving meals. Countryside walks from the door.

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9.5 out of 10 – based on 25 reviews collected by Reevoo
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