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The Folly


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Hambledon, Hampshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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Enjoy full use of an indoor heated swimming pool (in the summer months) after touring the area and coastal resorts nearby.

For couples who fancy a unique getaway and something out of the ordinary, this detached 19th-century listed folly stands in the garden of the owners’ house and enjoys wonderful views over the pretty village of Hambledon, the birthplace of cricket, and full use of a 30ft indoor heated swimming pool, (open April to October) is perfect. This Georgian Grade II listed property was built in 1832 and is situated in the South Downs National Park making it perfect for stargazing. There are many wonderful walks nearby, and just 13 miles away are the sea and the coastlines of Hampshire and West Sussex – including picturesque Chichester Harbour. Easy touring to stately homes at Beaulieu and Broadlands, and gardens at Exbury. Portsmouth (13 miles) boasts Nelson’s Victory, the Mary Rose, a wide range of amenities, a harbour and ferries to the Isle of Wight. Historic cathedral cities of Winchester and Chichester area a half-hour drive. Rose Bowl cricket ground is within easy reach and a local free tennis court with all equipment supplied free of charge, National Trust properties and gardens, Goodwood Racecourse, Festivals of Speed and Revivals are all easily accessible. Golf, horse riding and fishing nearby. Shops 200 yards, pub 400 yards.

Small fitted kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow-tread stairs to first and second floor. First floor: Cosy living/dining room with electric fire. Second floor: Pretty double bedroom with attractive antique pine furniture.

  • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
  • Fan heater
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD player
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Cycle store
  • Sole use of owner’s indoor heated swimming pool (open April-October)
  • Unsuitable for the elderly/infirm
  • No smoking
  • NB: Small pond in owners’ garden.

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  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • WiFi
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Unique Cottages
    Unique Cottages

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/07/2018
    A real find, had a real relaxing time and would highly recommend this to everyone. Lovely welcome, super location and an amazing property. Beautiful...simple as that

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/07/2018
    Lovely stay in a wonderfully different type of accommodation. Rooftop sunbathing was fantastic . Tony and Lindy were amazing hosts and ever so helpful with local knowledge. Would highly recommend

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/07/2018
    Best described as charming, quirky and wonderfully different. The local area is awash with quaint villages, walks and views. The Folly is very well appointed and I wanted for nothing. Take note of the Folly's extremely honest details of the property, I struggled for a day till I got used to the steep stairs (I am 74 and have big feet!), after that it was no problem. The view from the roof top is magic. Your hosts Tony & Linda are very accommodating and a font of local knowledge. A great base for exploring the wider area. I had a magical time and would not hesitate to reccomend.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/05/2018
    We had a fantastic weekend break the Folly is so quirky going to the top of the roof and looking over is amazing the only thing you need to watch his stairs and your head but we really enjoyed it

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 16/05/2018
    The Folly is very pretty and in a lovely setting. Furnishings are of a good standard. The biggest drawback is access to a private sitting out area. The photos and description do not point out that there is no privacy. The owners are very pleasant but do not clean up after their dogs immediately round the Folly or in the garden which is not an area guests are encouraged to use. In Summer I question where one can sit and enjoy the outdoors.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Looking at the visitors' book I note your partner gave lovely feedback. You had private use of the pool during your stay and there is plenty of seating and a table in the pool room and I am pleased your partner enjoyed this lovely facility. So this was totally private for you. We are so pleased that many of our customers are awarding us 9s and 10s, I am only sorry it did not work for you.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2018
    We had a really lovely 4 night break at the Folly. It was perfect. We loved being able to swim every day. We also loved the very friendly dogs. We ate in the village one night, at the vine pub, and the food was amazing. The owners were very friendly and keen to ensure that we had a lovely break! We are hoping to return!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/04/2018
    Lovely quirky accommodation, very compact, but cosy and comfortable. The Folly's kitchen and shower room have been cleverly fitted with as many mod. cons. as can be squeezed in. Hosts were welcoming and friendly . Lovely village and countryside . Fantastic 360 views from the roof of the folly. Swimming pool a bonus . Lots to see and do.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/04/2018
    We really enjoyed our stay at the Folly. It is a beautiful building with great facilities. As in the description, I wouldn't recommend it for those who can't get around easily. For us it was perfect.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2018
    Beautiful location , very nice hosts, Folly is very different and quaint,would love to stay again Lloyd and Cameron

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/01/2018
    We found this to be a delightful little tower for a quiet break. The owners were charming & helpful without being intrusive. The property has had a recent refurbishment & feels fresh & clean with smart new kitchen, shower & a good comfortable bed. Other reviewers have mentioned the proximity of the owners house but one does not feel overlooked in The Folly. Sun worshippers would love the private roof terrace in summer. We visited in a chilly January but the rooms were cosy. There is a good local shop & a pub with good food & service, within a short walk.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. It is an amazing and unique property. Please come back in the summer and enjoy our indoor pool too.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/12/2017
    Fantastic building in a great location for exploring the area.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at The Folly. Having taken on board one or two comments from past reviews, The Folly has had a total refurbishment. We have a brand new kitchen, new bed and the property has been repainted throughout. We look forward to comments from our next customers.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/10/2017
    The folly in itself is a lovely quirky building set in a peaceful village with local spar and pubs within 5/10 walking minutes away. We had not read previous reviews before booking..Yes the owners do have dogs but as we are not used to them kept them well away from us during our stay which we appreciated. As mentioned in previous reviews the folly is right next door to the owners property - yes you do have to walk past their windows in order to get in and out. However on our arrival they could see us struggling with luggage and offered to help so it has its advantages. The folly - the kitchen area to some may seem small - not much space to lay plates when serving food. However we did manage to cook a full English breakfast a few mornings! Also shower and toilet on ground level. The second floor dining area/lounge and the third bedroom with area to hang clothes plus a cupboard and bedside cupboard.Very comfy bed. Lastly roof area..we presumed there would be stairs to get up there..not quite what we were expecting but you do have to get a ladder and put it by the side of the bed in order to get up there. We managed ok but some may find it difficult However the views from the top is worth it along with a glass of wine (or two). The pool...again passing owners windows but you get a key to the building. We used the pool every day and had it all to ourselves..an added bonus! To us overall left with recharged batteries, lovely quirky folly and added bonus of pool. Some though may not prefer closeness of owners property/shared garden.

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8.9 out of 10 – based on 28 reviews collected by Reevoo
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