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Higher Farm - The Stables

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Martin, Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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Light, airy barn conversion, set in Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs, Salisbury with its famous spire close by.

Higher Farm is located just 6 miles from the New Forest National Park 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, tastefully furnished and immaculately presented holiday accommodation with a contemporary, light and airy feel. On the farm guests are welcome to walk up and see the animals, which including chickens, horses and ponies and a small flock of sheep grazing in the fields. Each property has a personal sitting out area at the front, in addition to tables and chairs on the orchard. There is also a bicycle store, barbecue and croquet set. The village of Martin is set in the Cranborne Chase and West Wilshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and offers excellent scenic walks and cycle rides from the farm. 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-12.30pm) as well as an historic Norman church. 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, offers a unique cinema experience. The New Forest National Park boundary is a picturesque drive of around 6 miles and Godshill always has lots of New Forest ponies and cattle to enjoy. 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. Within easy driving distance are the world heritage sites at Stonehenge and Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast including Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, Longleat, Marwell Zoo, Paultons Park, Peppa Pig World, Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including the Marie Rose and HMS Victory. Wonderful sandy beaches are to be found at Bournemouth, Studland and Mudeford. Small shop (limited opening times) in village, shop 6 miles, pub 3 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove, French doors, dining area and galley-style kitchen with Belfast sink. Double bedroom with French doors. Twin bedroom with French doors. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Fridge/freezer

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

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 12/05/2018
    We had a lovely stay at the cottage, fully equipped kitchen, owners were very accommodating. Great for toddlers as has plenty of space to run around outside!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/04/2018
    The Stables is a very nice property, it is quiet and comfortable. The owners are very friendly and made us feel very welcome.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/01/2018
    Lovely space, all high spec fixtures and fittings, owners are lovely - very welcoming with nice little touches and then leave you to enjoy your holiday! Would definitely go again :)

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2018
    Great social area.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2017
    We booked the Stables for a family Christmas getaway and it was perfect! The welcome pack and decorations were the icing on the cake. The cottage was fantastically equipped with everything we could possibly need, with some fantastic extra homely touches. It was ideal for our young family, cosy and safe. Hosts are very friendly, living close by and are on hand to help. We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend this cottage to anybody looking for a quiet break away from it all.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/12/2017
    We enjoyed a truly relaxing break at The Stables and would love to visit again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/11/2017
    Great welcome from the start from really nice host. Thoughtful small welcome pack and fresh flowers. Very pretty quiet village. Would be very happy to stay again. Thank you.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/11/2017
    This was our second stay at the Stables. We appreciated the friendly welcome; and we had a good week activity-wise. The wood fire was excellent at warming up the living room in the evenings. Two Dick Francis thrillers in the 'book basket' made for excellent holiday reading.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    Very nice place definitely value for money. Owners very friendly

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2017
    We really enjoyed our stay at the Stables. The accommodation is very well designed, comfortable and cosy. All the facilities you need for a small family, including highchair etc. The owners are very friendly and helpful, our toddler loved looking at the animals on the farm and we were welcomed to watch them being fed. Good location for visiting the New Forest, Salisbury, Bournemouth etc.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2017
    Our family had a fantastic stay at The Stables and we would definitely stay again. It had everything we needed for our short break away. We had a lovely welcome of flowers, shortbread & milk and we can't fault anything. Our girls loved all the animals too!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/08/2017
    Had great week here. Lovely cottage. Well equipt. Owners friendly. Nice welcoming touches. Good base for exploring. Beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Would recommend.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2017
    We booked this late, and having stayed there before knew what we were getting. Friendly owners, quiet location. Only drawback for us was having to drive into the new forest, however this did not spoil this or the previous stay.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner. Simon, thank you for your kind comments and most of all for having come to see us for a second time. Kathryn and I enjoyed having you to stay. The New Forest National Park boundary is a picturesque drive of around 7 miles and Godshill always has lots of New Forest ponies and Cattle to enjoy. Higher Farm is also in the Cranborne Chase and West Wilts Area of Outstanding Beauty and Martin Down is a national nature reserve so lovely walks, cycling and drives are to be had right from the farm gate whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity or on your way to the New Forest, the Jurassic Coast, Salisbury, Stonehenge or further afield.

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8.9 out of 10 – based on 16 reviews collected by Reevoo
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