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River Cottage

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Abbotts Ann, near Andover, Hampshire
Grade 3 Star rating
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This Grade II listed cottage dates back 200 years ago and offers guests a rural setting from which to explore.

This Grade II listed, thatched semi-detached cottage, with its garden bordering a small brook, offers a great holiday location for exploring this lovely area. Dating back 200 years ago, it is set in the picturesque village of Abbotts Ann, just south of Andover. Wine and dine in the local pub, which is just a short 400 yards away and enjoy a romantic meal for two. Spend days visiting Weyhill Hawk Conservancy, Army Flying Museum, Thruxton, Stonehenge, and many historic venues such as Salisbury Cathedral, Medieval Hall, Wilton House and Highclere Castle. Slightly further afield is the New Forest National Park, with all its wildlife, scenery and attractions, and onto Romsey and Southampton. Winchester with its historic Round Table is well worth a visit, one will have plenty to enjoy for a memorable holiday. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground Floor:
Step to..
Open plan living space.
Living area:
With 36" Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area:
With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
Steep open tread stairs to...
First Floor:
With single bed.
With double bed.

Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Stairgate. Welcome pack. Small lawned garden with decking and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced brook in the garden.

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  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Thatched Roof
    Thatched Roof
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Waterside Breaks
    Waterside Breaks

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2017
    River Cottage is a lovely cottage and it is well-decorated . However, we found the cottage not warm enough in winter. The main problem is that there is only one radiator in the living area and the bathroom does not have heating at all (apart from a towel rail). The owner provided extra heating but it was not really enough when it is really cold. In warmer weather this is of course not an issue and the location is really lovely and the seating area outside looks really nice next to the stream.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your comments it was a pleasure to receive you as guests. I'm sorry the cottage was not it normal cosy temperature. The weather was particularly cold when you visited added to which the previous guest had turned off the storage radiator in the living room and I hadn't noticed this during the cleaning and preparation for your visit. The bathroom has been fitted with a humidity fan to eradicate moisture because the cottage has undergone significant damp proving during the renovation as damp is a problem with old cottages. The downside of this is that warm air is sucked out of the bathroom together with the excess moisture on extremely wet days. The mobile oil-filled radiator can be positioned to counteract this and I find it is very effective.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/11/2017
    lovely owner made us feel very welcome,very clean and peaceful area just what we needed for a break away.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/11/2017
    The cottage is small but very cosy and clean. It may not suit large or tall people for very long but for a shortish stay it adds to the charm. The only negative is that the bathroom was very cold but that would only affect visitors in the winter. Pam was has made this a wonderful place to stay and furnished it lovely - a real delight. The cottage was very clean and had everything you need to enjoy a break away from home.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 23/10/2017
    Had lots of problems with the hot water even tho we put boiler on couldn’t have a bath

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; I am surprised I wasnt contacted regarding the lack of hot water as I only live 4 doors away from the cottage, a text would have been sufficient if you didnt wish to phone. I have emergency cover which provides help 24 hours, 365 days a year for this type of problem, I am sure this could have been resolved to your satisfaction. In addition, the power shower is electric and hot water is supplied without the emersion heater being on, extra hot water could have been added from the shower attachment if this was necessary. I have checked the hot water today and this seems fine.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    Had a lovely time, husband enjoyed reminiscing as Little Ann is where he was born. Cottage beautiful,stairs and ceilings quite challenging for a man of 6ft!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    Lovely little cottage, compact, clean, warm and very well equipped and has off road parking. A river runs alongside, very nice and our little dog enjoyed watching the ducks every morning. There are two pubs, we preferred the pub nearest the cottage, which served nice food, both pubs are dog friendly. There are lots of dog friendly places, including pubs, national trust properties and Salisbury Cathedral. We would happily go back. Nearest foot path I found- turn right out of the cottage and walk into the new estate area up on the left there are two foot paths behind the little walled road entrance. The owner Pam is lovely, very helpful and lives in the village, handy if you have a problem. We enjoyed the quirkyness of this sweet old building, even the odd bump to the head lol.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/09/2017

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2017
    The cottage was central to the area we wished to visit so was booked due to its location. It was spotless with a well equipped kitchen & bathroom & nicely turned out small lounge with small table, sofa & TV. Wifi was excellent.The river running past the garden was a delight with the odd duck & moorhen making daily appearances and also a kingfisher early morning. The garden bench was well used as it caught the sun next to the river for most of the day. The picture for booking is lovely but because we have a relatively large dog there are some things anyone with a dog should consider. Closeness to the road with no gate & fast traffic. Shared entrance & driveway with cottage next door & the drop to the river. Our dog was itching to go in but we could not of lifted him out without considerable effort. Inside is a small well turned out cottage with very narrow steep stairs with no hand rail to 2 bedrooms which were nicely decorated but with predominantly low ceiling's ( you could only get dressed when stood in certain areas of the rooms or you hit your head!) Only the main double bedroom had a hanging rail for clothes, the single bed on the landing at the top of the stairs had no area for hanging clothes.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your feedback. I have decided dogs will no longer be permitted to accompany their owners going forward. I will of course, honour all the previous bookings for dog owners. This action is very regrettable for me, but please be aware that I receive no financial incentive to allow pets to accompany visitors. I cannot be held responsible for travellers that are unaware of the booking terms and conditions which state, “Pets - If you take a pet with you, it is not allowed upstairs, on beds or furniture, or in any shared facilities, such as swimming pools or shops. You must not leave any pets unattended in the property, including any garden, and you must keep dogs on a lead within the boundaries of a property including the garden.” The drop from the property to the river is 3 foot and is necessary to prevent the house flooding from the river. Buildings in England are known to have been built above the level of streams and rivers to prevent damage through flooding. The Pill Hill Brook is a tributary of the River Test, it is very well maintained, environmental haven for some wonderful wildlife living around the Brook such as brown and rainbow trout, eels, toads and frogs, kingfishers, egrets, pheasant, partridge, woodpeckers, water voles and stoats. The road passing the cottage is a village road and tarmac pavement with a speed limit of 30mph, which is customary for village roads in England not located close to schools. I can confirm the road is not a dual carriageway, main ‘A’ road. I have always found the village motorists to be very considerate as they often encounter the Ducks and Canada Geese strolling up the street. There is a shared drive with the neighbouring property. The drive leads into a generous car parking space right in front of the cottage, giving visitors instant privacy. The cottage sleeps 3 people and it has been assumed that visitors travelling together have sufficient consideration for each other to share the hanging spaces. There are 8 coat hooks located in the porch for jackets, fleeces, cardigans and coats, 4 double coat hooks behind the door in the hall downstairs, 3 single hooks behind the bedroom door, and a hanging rack. Regarding the staircase, there has been considerable discussion regarding this, however the installation of a handrail would further narrow the stairs and impede exit in emergencies. It is assumed visitors are able bodied and capable of ascending and descending a flight of stairs. The cottage is Grade II listed, so whilst the ground floor has been dug out and lowered in the past, permission cannot be granted to raise the ceiling height upstairs. River cottage is small and quirky and we feel this adds to it's charm.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/07/2017
    A beautiful cottage. Would highly recommend it. Location was fantastic. Owner was lovely.

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8.6 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by Reevoo
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