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The Down House Cottage less than 3 miles from the heart of historic Winchester.



Updated: 25-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

A cosy, Victorian cottage, recently renovated, nestling within the South Downs. Sleeps 2/3. King size bed. Bathroom with large, walk-in shower. Private sitting room with flat screen TV & DVD player, log burning stove (kindling and logs available to buy at either of the two local stores) and dining area over-looking mature garden. Small kitchen equipped for light catering. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Ample, secure off road parking. Small outside courtyard perfect for breakfast. Beautiful walks along the River Itchen or on the South Downs on the doorstep. Shawford has it's own station making for easy day trips to London (approx. 65 mins) or the New Forest/South Coast (approx. 40 mins). Winchester, the ancient capital, is less than three miles away, - a four minute train ride - there you will find acclaimed restaurants (Rick Steins, River Cottage), plenty of old, historic pubs, pavement cafes, a buzzing High Street, live theatre..... alternatively stroll through the pretty back streets behind the magnificent Norman Cathedral to find Jane Austen's house and the Bishop's old Palace. If you enjoy walking, Winchester can be reached in around 40 minutes by following the path of the River Itchen which flows through the centre of Shawford.

Shawford village has a local pub which serves good 'pub grub' and has a large beer garden. There is also a great artisan bakery/café which sells wonderful home made strudels and pastries.

The Down House Cottage is attached to our family home, it has it's own separate, private entrance.

Our family has two friendly labradors plus a cat. It is a non-smoking premises.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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About the Owner

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

6 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


Lovely cottage in the perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Went for a weekend break to experience the city and Christmas Market. Susan was very welcoming and provided plenty of advice on places to eat and things to see. Cottage was very cosy and well catered for, in a perfect location just down the road from the train station and local pub. Couldn't have asked for a better mini break!!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable, warm and everything you'd need for a weekend stay.

  • 4 of 5

Location was good for train or bus into Winchester. The 40 minute walk along the river was flat and a pleasant stroll in the chilly temperatures. Sainsbury's superstore near by for shopping and a pub at the bottom of the road. The annex accommodation was very comfortable and cosy with the added facility of a large wood burner, however you need to purchase your own fuel as nothing was provided. Fully fitted kitchen (no freezer) that catered for cooking meals although utensils lacking. Wifi available with to and free view for those needing it. Private accommodation with view over the kitchen garden and it's own entrance but you can hear noise from the main house, although nothing intrusive. Sue was very welcoming and helpful but equally discreet. A very pleasant stay!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect long weekend break

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very clean and tidy upon our arrival and Sue's directions were very clear and easy to follow. We were greeted by a small note with helpful details and WiFi codes as promised, very efficient indeed.

The location is perfect for a short getaway, with the Bridge Inn pub just a few minutes walk away, very convenient! We even got to meet Boris the cat who was very friendly!

Overall a great few days stay and would consider staying again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Cottage in wonderful location.

  • 5 of 5

Have just returned from a 3 night break in this wonderful cottage. The cottage is beautifully decorated and well maintained. Upon arrival it was spotlessly clean and had milk in the fridge, tea and coffee and biscuits to welcome us. The owner Sue was extremely friendly and recommended lots of places for walking, eating and drinking. This cottage is perfect for a holiday if you want peace and tranquility but likewise if you want shops and restaurants then Winchester is only a 4 minute train ride away. Would definitely recommend this property and would revisit again. 10 out of 10!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you both and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your break and got home safely. Thank you for the lovely review and thanks also for the local 'foodie' tips! It would be a delight to welcome you again.
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Fantastic little cottage

  • 5 of 5

Loved this little cottage. Well equipped and so cosy. Had a great feel about it. Sue the owner was welcoming and friendly despite having a family birthday to celebrate! Love,y area and very close to the lovely city of Winchester. Really hope to return for a longer stay

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Cottage was in a great location, very well appointed, had everything you required. Nice and quiet, with great access to services. Bed was very comfortable, everything was clean, neat and tidy. Our host was very welcoming and accomodating.

Would definitely recommend this cottage to anybody looking for somewhere to stay around the district.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Southampton at 7 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Bridge Inn 3 minutes walk at 0.1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Southampton to Isle of Wight at 12 Miles Nearest Golf : Winchester at 0.75 Miles Nearest Train : Shawford Station 3 minutes walk at 0.1 Miles Nearest Motorway : M3 at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Bridge Inn 3 minutes walk at 0.1 Miles

Prices and Availability

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

An additional guest can be accommodated in a single bed (separate bedroom) - cost per night £25.
The security deposit will be handed back in full at point of leave taking providing there has been no damage or breakages.

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Updated: 25-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television


  • limited accessibility

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1
  • Large walk-in shower


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • King Size Bed


  • Terrace
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

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