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The Lions Retreat at Shandwick

Stuckton, near Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Newly Listed
Grade 5 Star rating
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Pets 2
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A wonderful property accommodating ten guests, with the added luxury of a hot tub and bi-folding doors leading to a gorgeous outdoor space.

This superb detached property has been extended to provide an extremely light and spacious retreat for couples or families. Set in 2½ acres with gated entry, with partial agricultural land and sloping banks to a gently flowing stream, this is a wonderful spot to enjoy alfresco dining or relax in the state of the art spa hot tub with mood lighting, sound system and central drinks table! With families in mind, there is also an outside games room with pool table, table football and games. The huge open-plan living/dining area has plenty of natural light with full length windows and bi-folding doors across the width of the room, as well as an electric wood burner within a brick fire surround. Solid oak flooring and doors have been skilfully fitted, and there is a well-equipped kitchen with a professional chefs range with induction hob and slate tiled floor. Three of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, two of which are twin rooms, with a shared family bathroom, and on the first floor there are two en-suite bedrooms. All of the double beds are complete with luxurious Vi-Spring mattresses.

The owner (formerly a Michelin-starred chef) resides in a renowned restaurant serving fine English/French Gourmand cuisine, 800 yards away, and there are two pubs within a 5-minute drive. There is so much to do in this popular area all year round. The nearest town is Fordingbridge on the banks of the River Avon. It was recorded in the Domesday Book and the first Great Bridge, built in medieval times, is upstream from the ford and is a major feature of the town with its seven graceful arches. The town has developed into a wonderful place for visitors with its beautiful scenery, nature havens, cycleways and welcoming people. There is a museum, Alderholt Mill, dating back to the 15th century, which serves cream teas at weekends; they also offer milling demonstrations, and Braemore Church exhibits many Saxon features, and is believed to have been founded soon after. Within easy driving distance are beaches at Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks and Studland Bay. Also within easy reach are Poole Nature Reserve, Brownsea Island, and to the west, The Purbecks, Corfe Castle, and Jurassic coastline.

Moors Valley is a popular place to visit and is dog friendly, and offers scenic walks and excellent wildlife spotting. There are a host of recreational activities such as angling, orienteering, cycle hire, golf, Go Ape Treetop Adventure, Forest Segway, walking groups, canoeing and pétanque. Avon Heath is also nearby and is ideal for keen walkers. There are various fishing lakes (mainly carp) and golf courses in the area too. The New Forest National Park is easily accessible, which provides miles of scenic walks and a network of bridle paths and footpaths, and you can often find the ponies and cattle roaming the streets in one of the many picturesque villages. There is a waterpark not far away, as well as a leisure centre with swimming pool.

The property is very convenient for road links to the beautiful cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, National Trust homes and gardens, including Forde Abbey and Kingston Lacey, Christchurch’s harbour, Paultons Park, Adventure Wonderland and Stonehenge. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo, Monkey World, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, the New Forest Otter and Owl Park and maritime Southampton. Beach 12 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 330 yards.

Ground Floor:
Open plan living space: With bi-folding doors leading to patio.
Living area: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV and oak floor.
Dining area: With oak floor.
Kitchen area: With electric range with induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, freezer, dishwasher and slate floor.
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed, z-bed (for child) and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds and Freeview TV.
Wet room: With bath, shower and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 4: With super kingsize bed, z-bed (for child), Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and bidet.
Bedroom 5: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot, highchair and stairgates available on request. Welcome pack. External utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. External games room with pool table, table football and games. Enclosed, 2½-acre, lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Hot tub (private) with changing facilities. Bike store. Private parking for 5 cars. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Please note: No hen or stag parties. There are sloping banks in the garden and an unfenced stream, 50 yards away. This property has a security deposit of £275.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair Access
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Newly Listed Property
    Newly Listed Property
  • Ground Floor Wet Room
    Ground Floor Wet Room
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath
    Walk-in Shower/Bath
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access
    Entrance Ramp/Level Access
  • Hot Tubs - Private
    Hot Tubs - Private
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Celebration Houses
    Celebration Houses

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 29/10/2018
    Great property to use for family celebration involving children. Plenty of space.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/10/2018
    We all had a lovely family weekend holiday at the shandwick cottage, it was equipped with everything you needed and more! Would definitely recommend! Dog friendly too! The center of the new forest was only a 20 minute drive away with lots to see and do for all!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 14/09/2018
    A bottle of wine does not make a welcome pack!!!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Sorry, that was my operation day for my knee re-surface op.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/07/2018
    Lovely home and run by lovely people. Top marks. A 9 for local amenities as I had a couple of teenagers with me and had to drop off and pick up at pubs. Couldn’t get a taxi. All else Brill

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    We received a very warm welcome from Mike on arrival. Location is excellent for all New Forest activities. The house easily accommodated our family of 9 parents, children and grandchildren and dog. Very well maintained and equipped. Ample space outside for children and dog to play and games room excellent. Hot tub and changing room were well used. Also used were the playstation and board games provided. 5 minutes car ride to Fordingbridge where there was ample shops to get supplies. We would recommend this accommodation without reservation.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2018
    Great house , great location, helpful and Friendly owner :)

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2018
    Excellent weekend. House was immaculate. Lovely location and we're made to feel very welcome. Highly recommend the 3 lions a minute walk away too! Will definitely stay again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thanks for enjoying, which we appreciate.

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