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5 bed single storey cottage sleeps 10 and 5 bed 2 storey chalet sleeps 11 - Criddlestyle Cottage, 5 bedroom cottage, sleeps 10

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Criddlestyle Cottage, 5 bedroom cottage, sleeps 10

A recently extended and refurbished, single storey cottage only 1 mile from the centre of Fordingbridge or 15 minute walks to the Sandy Balls holiday complex. The Cottage has its own self contained garden and parking for up to four cars.

About the property

New Forest National Park

'Criddlestyle Cottage' is a 5 bedroom, single storey cottage and 'Mews Hill' is a 5 bedroom 2 storey chalet only 1 mile from the centre of Fordingbridge or 15 minute walks to the Sandy Balls holiday complex famous for its excellent facilities, including a large leisure centre, bike hire centre, restuarant and family pub, spa and riverside walks (see www.sandyballs.co.uk). The world renowned 'Three Lions' restaurant run by Michelin Star chef Mike Wormersley is also only minutes away.

The Properties have their own self contained gardens and parking. If you want to bring your horses with you there is also an adjoining 2 acre paddock and double Stable for horses that is available to either Property.

For an extra charge there is 110 yards of exclusive private fishing on the Hampshire Avon only a few hundred yards from the cottage. There are 5 good swims suitable for specimen coarse fishing with Barbel up to 14lb 10oz, Chub up to 7lb 1 oz, Roach up to 3lb 3 oz and carp up to 28lb.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: If the New Forest National Park itself is not enough there are plenty of other attractions nearby. A brand New Forest Discount card is part of the welcome pack to use during the stay giving discount to restaurants, attractions etc in the New Forest. http://www.brandnewforest.com

Salisbury Cathedral is 20 minutes drive, Beaulieu Motor Museum and Exbury gardens are only 30 minutes away and the wonderful beaches of Bournemouth and Poole are also only 25 minutes away.

Paultons Park adventure park is 20 minutes drive.

The Sandy Balls nature reserve is a few minutes walk and the the Sandy balls leisure complex, restuarants, shops and other facilities are 15-20 minutes walk.

The world reknowned Three Lions restuarant is literally just around the corner and there are approximately 10 pubs within 10 minutes, most of which serve excellent food.

For shopping, Fordingbridge is a pretty small riverside town only one mile away with a good range of shops including a large CO-OP. For a more extensive range, Ringwood is 10 minutes drive and has a large Waitrose and Salisbury and Christchurch are both about 20 minutes drive in opposite directions.

The Hampshire Avon offers some of the best coarse fishing in the country as does the nearby Dorset Stour. there is also excellent game fishing in the nearby Rockbourne fishery and further afield on the Itchen and Test. There is also a 16' boat on a trailer with a 10hp engine for hire ideal for fishing in Poole and Christchurch harbours.

For the extra charges already quoted, you can have 110 yards of the Hampshire Avon to yourself. Five excellent and varied swims suitable for expert specimen coarse fishing. The Hampshire Avon offers some of the best barbel, chub and roach fishing in the country and on this stretch barbel have been caught up to 14lb 10 oz and roach to 3lb.

Immediately adjoining this stretch of river, is the Sandy Balls estate, where it is possible to fish a further 1/2 mile stretch on a day ticket available from the the Sandy balls cycle hire shop, for £10 pp per day. Please note that to fish both stretches, you must have a valid rod license

GOLF: Within 15 minutes drive is the world renowned Remedy Oak (www.remedyoak.co.uk) and within 10 minutes drive is Bramshaw golf club with its Manor and Forest courses. The Forest Course is the oldest course in Hampshire and offers a very unique experience where you literally play amongst the ponies. (See www.bramshaw.co.uk). Within 30 minutes drive are many other fine courses including, Ferndown, Stoneham, Parkstone, Broadstone, Hamptworth, Queens Park, Meyrick Park, Brockenhurst to name but a few.

If you are considering organising a golfing trip and you are new to the area please contact the owner who is a keen golfer and has played most if not all of the local courses and would be happy to help.

More Details
Short stay homes
Richard Oliver
Criddlestyle, Southampton Road
SP6 2JT Fordingbridge Hants United Kingdom
Short Stay Homes
VAT Reg NoGB902432268

Property Manager
Richard Oliver
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
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About Richard Oliver

An owner of a number of holiday homes throughout the South East of England, a number of which have associated fishing. We trade as shortstayhomes and aim to provide a 5 star standard of accommodation. We have a dedicated team with Debra & Richard looking after all aspects of day to day managing this expanding business.

Richard Oliver purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Richard Oliver chose New Forest

Within the New Forest National Park but with all facilities close by.

What makes this cottage unique

Private fishing on the Hampshire Avon and you can even bring your horses to enjoy the National Park.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Great cottage, lovely location. Had a great time exploring the area of the New Forest! We had a superb time! Would recommend, Thanks a lot, Richard!

*taken from guest book
Aug 2016
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There is a £500 security deposit, pets are charged at £25
The first basket of logs for the wood burner in the lounge is free and then £5 per basket thereafter.
The additional charge for private fishing on the River Avon is £75 pp pw or £20 per day pp for short breaks.
There is an adjoining 2 acre paddock a two horse stable available at £75 ph pw.

There is a 5% discount if this property is booked with the 2 storey house or the fisherman's lodge.

There is a 5% discount available for returning guests


5/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)


Great House!

  • 5 of 5

The house was just as described! It was very clean and well-equipped; we all took turns cooking meals and we were all happy with the kitchen. One of our party fished during the week we were there, and enjoyed it very much! The Fighting Cocks pub is just about a mile away - easy walk - and the food there was delicious! Fordingbridge is about 1 mile in the other direction - another easy walk. Everything you need is in Fordingbridge, and Salisbury is an easy 30 minute drive for anyone coming on the train.

The customer service was excellent! Debra and Tony were both very helpful.

No complaints at all, and I would recommmend this property unconditionally!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Golden wedding Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place for a celebration. There were 10 of us all various ages. Very spacious rooms to suit every age with us taking the double bedroom and wet room which suited our needs. Very comfortable lounge for every one to sit. Good spot for seeing the forest and ponies just at top of road, and central for visiting all parts. Very enjoyable stay for our get together Thank you Angela Barnes

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I am delighted that we chose to stay at this property. Local information and instructions about the property were sent to us in advance of our stay which was very useful.

On arirval, the property was very well cleaned and presented, with biscuits and wine from the owenrs which is a lovely touch. The rooms were large and had comfy beds.

The property was spacious enough for our group, with a large lounge and seating area which was very sociable. The outside patio area and BBQ was fantastic, and we brought our own coals for a BBQ which caught the evening sun.

The propoerty is very close to Sandy Balls where we hired bikes (there are also other facilities too if we so wished). Location is great, rural enough to easily start a number of trails, walks cycle rides etc, but also close enough to Fordingbridge and the main road for easy access by car and to drive to other destinations.

I would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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great place

  • 5 of 5

criddlestyle cottage is a very highly appointed holiday home we spent a week here but wish we had stayed longer.

the owners were very helpfull with are requests, the cottage is of a very high standard with all the basics well catered for even down to dishwasher tabs and washing powder we could not find fault, I would like to spend time here in the winter because the lounge is so relaxing with a huge log burner and very comfortable seating, we were the first party in after a total refurb and would love to go back in the future.

No more to be said . Great place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fordingbridge in Hampshire

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , can be ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , can be en suite
  • Shower room 3 has been designed for disabled use and Bathroom 1 has a Jacuzzi bath.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , en suite
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • The master bedroom has a 5' queeen size bed and an en-suite bathroom room and Sky TV. The second bedroom has two single beds and an en suite shower room, the third bedroom has a double bed and a free view flat screen tv and dvd player, the fourth bedroom has adult sized bunk beds and the fifth bedroom has a double bed, free view flat screen tv and dvd player and a potential en-suite shower room. There is room for a cot in the master bedroom, which can be provided.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 10 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This single storey cottage is ideal for disabled use. There is a ramp to the rear of the property and there is a shower room suitable for wheel chair access. The property is all on one level, with the exception of a step in the lounge but this does not prevent wheel chair access to the whole property. There is HD SKY TV in the Lounge with a 46' flat screen 1080 television. There is also a 21' flat screen television with digibox and dvd player in the master bedroom and Bedroom 4 and a portable television with digi box in Bedroom 3. If the fishing options are taken, the River Avon is a fast flowing deep river and therefore children would need to be supervised by adults and no swimming or boating is permitted in the river. If you are intending to fish, all tackle, nets, boots and bait should be kept in the secure garden shed and not in the Cottage. A security deposit of £500 is required to ensure against damage to the property

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