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The Folly

Hambledon, Hampshire
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Pets 0
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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.

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.

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.

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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, 18/03/2019
    The Folly was the most amazing place I have ever stayed. The surroundings are beautiful, quiet and relaxing. The building is wonderful, really comfortable with all the comforts of home you could possibly need. Small yes but perfectly formed. The weather when we where there was not great but being held up in such a fantastic place made watching rain from the window a pleasure, spotting a pheasant in the garden was very exciting to a city girl! 2 out of the 3 evenings we were there we were able to sit on the roof (only hampered by the rain), away from distractions it was superb - beautiful on a clear night. The aim of the weekend away was relaxation and staying at the Folly was an excellent choice.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2019
    A superb place to stay , very quirky which is what we wanted . While it’s in the grounds of a family home we were not bothered by them . Very informative when we arrived and the owner was more than helpful. A must if you are looking for a village location for a get away as we did over new year

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2018
    Unique is a good word to describe the Folly. It’s certainly different. However, the stairs do become tiresome after a while and affects the Novelty value after a day or two.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/11/2018
    We had a lovely weekend at The Folly, it had everything we were looking for and it was an experience as we’d never stayed in something like it before. The kitchen was well equipped which is great for at holiday let. The bed was really comfy with lovely pillows and duvet. The only worry were the stairs but we did know about them obviously and after going up and down them a couple of times they weren’t a problem. Great hosts as well.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2018
    We loved our stay at the folly, small and cozy and perfect for our weekend away. The building itself is gorgeous, and going up onto the roof is an absolute must. The view during the day is gorgeous and being able to look at the stars at night, equally as good. The only slight issue is that the shower tray fills up with water so we were a bit worried about it spilling onto the floor but not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/10/2018
    A quirky place to stay, lots of fun and very enjoyable.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 20/09/2018
    Positives: Comfy bed, pretty room, plenty of essentials like microwave/fridge/oven and TV/wi-fi. Local pub walking distance does great food but closed on Mondays. Local shop well stocked, great frozen foods available when pub closed! Hosts were very friendly and informative. Downside..being a tower 3m square means 3 flights of stairs which are very small and open tread, not suitable for infirm or young children. Best to walk down them backwards like on a ladder. Also means kitchen on ground floor, carrying food/ drinksupstairs is tricky. Bathroom also ground floor can be a problem if needing toilet in the night.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Dear Shirley, We are delighted you enjoyed your stay in our amazing Georgian Folly. Yes, it is a unique property built in 1832, with panoramic views from the bedroom and is probably the only Folly in Britain with use of an indoor swimming pool. The two flights of stairs (not three) are indeed fairly steep and that is why we say in the advert not suitable for the elderly or infirm. We do hope you will return to the Folly soon.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 14/09/2018
    The Folly was a delight. Quirky but in the most beautiful spot in a lovely village. A super village shop and a tea-room that does great breakfasts. Surrounded by lovely countryside and close to good places to visit. The swimming pool was a real bonus. The view from the roof on a starry night is really special. We enjoyed the dogs and the variety of garden birds visiting the feeders. The most relaxing week imaginable!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/08/2018
    We stayed at the the Folly in August 2018, and had a peaceful and relaxing time. The owners were friendly and knowledgeable with suggestions for things to do in the area. Even though the Folly is in the grounds of the owners house we had full privacy and very much enjoyed or stay. We recommend the vine inn for food as the meals are delicious and fair priced. The forge tea room is great for afternoon tea and a wide choice of cakes.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 27/08/2018
    Had a lovely stay at The Folly. The Folly has everything you need for a self catering stay. The stairs are quite steep but once you get used to them, they are fine. Hambledon is a lovely village with a good local shop and a decent pub - Sunday lunch was lovely!! Would recommend a stay at The Folly.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/08/2018
    Had a fabulous week here, our hosts were very welcoming, the pool was luxury, accommodation was fun and quirky, would definitely go back again.

  • 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

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