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Romantic and peaceful cottage With Pool And Far Reaching Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 77 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in West Meon, Nr. Petersfield, South Downs, Hampshire, England - Peaceful Retreat Yet Close To Many Facilities, 30 Mins Beach, Tennis & Local Village Shop 5 Mins

This cottage, voted No. 1 cool cottage of Hampshire by The Guardian is located in a breathtaking setting and surrounded by rolling countryside. The Stables offer a 5 star private and peaceful retreat on the most southerly point of West Meon. This elegantly refurbished cottage with (shared) pool has its own private access and garden. It is ideally suited for all kinds of activities because of its location. 20 Mins from coast, 20 mins to Winchester, 10 mins to nearest railway, Southampton airport 30 mins away. Country pursuits on the doorstep include fabulous walks, as we are in a National Park, fishing, riding, cycling and golfing, whilst National Trust Houses and historic towns, such as Winchester, are under 30 mins. There are number of good pubs in the area and many fine dining restaurants too. The pool is beautifully heated and has a Roman end with steps for lazy afternoons and reading. It is our intention to make this a really special visit.

Vanessa Wills
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2017

About Vanessa Wills

I love living in Hampshire because of its peace and tranquility and have also enjoyed working in the city 12 years before starting a family. Now that the children are at university, I have set up a small business in property development and planning consultancy and enjoy designing buildings and their interiors. My husband and I have traveled a little and have stayed in some guests houses, some of which have been just fabulous. My aim is to create a special experience for my guests and offer a unique opportunity to enjoy our gorgeous countryside and stunning views in a luxurious style and comfort where they feel genuinely pampered.

Vanessa Wills purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Vanessa Wills chose East Hampshire

Having enjoyed London and all it offers, it seemed fitting to move to the country when we had small children. The house we chose is in a fine location, set up high on the hills where glorious views can be enjoyed. The Stables are part of our property and has its own private drive and access, private garden and terrace and is in more elevated position than the house which makes it such a perfect retreat. We invite our guest to make use of the pool which is only yards away and is a floral delight. Converting The Stables, at the end of 2012, has been a fabulous project and real chance to create something unique and cutting edge. Light and space were most important. Here, enjoy the peace and tranquillity with shops, post office, butcher and gastro pub just 5 mins walk away.

What makes this cottage unique

The location of this property together with its fresh design is undoubtedly something, we feel, is special. It has been designed to suit those in wheelchairs (with large doorways and wet rooms) and equally has the romantic feel to it too.

Horses are welcome for those wanting a riding holiday.

Whilst this cottage is nettled in an oasis of peace, there is a plethora a activities to do, just short distances away. Golf, fishing, riding, tennis, swimming, cycling are all here on the doorstep. There are number of National Trust houses within 30 mins. The historic town of Winchester with its shopping and fine dining is only 20 mins. Take a ferry to the Isle of Wight just 30 mins away. Beaches are 35 mins away and there are some gorgeous walks here all around this National Park. This property benefits from all modern conveniences from electric blankets, SKY TV, underfloor heating, tranquility and much more...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful stay and enjoyed the glorious views. We felt very well looked after.

Christian Lange, Wiltshire Dec 2012.
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Petersfield in Hampshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 77 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • This state of the art bathroom,finished end 2012, has underfloor heating, two large basins, a walk-in shower, a double ended bath, WC, and 4 windows! This too has a vaulted ceiling with oak beams. Perfect for a romantic couple or those in wheelchairs.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 bedroom) Plus Cot Notes on bedrooms: This romantic large double bedroom has vaulted ceiling, oak beams, and zip-and-link orthopaedic king-size bed can also become 2 twin beds. This room feels light and airy and looks out onto magnificent views reaching for miles.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is all on one level so is suitable for wheelchairs. The property was completely rebuilt in Autumn 2012 and therefore benefits from fresh decoration, good insulation and brand new kitchen and bathroom. Outside: Private access and garden which includes two aspects. First is an acre garden facing south/east and the other is over far reaching views south/west. In the garden are table and chairs, hammock. The heated pool is shared with the owner. The parking, originally a stable yard, is spacious and makes for easy turning. There are several trees to find shade under. Utility Room: The utility is part of the kitchen please refer to kitchen. We also have a slow cooker and food processor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh white linen and fluffy towels, dressing gowns, pool towels and a cream tea are included. Friday is change over day, with arrivals invited for 3.00pm and departures requested for 10.00am. Evening meals can be arranged for late arrivals (no cost) Other: We have a characterful entrance hall with beautiful slate tiles.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(40 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

The Stables is a luxurious cottage. Decoration, furnishings, kitchen equipment is of the highest standard. We stayed in February but it was light and spacious and yet very warm and comfortable. The view from the lounge is absolutely beautiful. Watching the sheep (or were they watching us?) seeing the pheasants run the gauntlet each morning past the lounge doors is very relaxing and adds to the peace and tranquility of the cottage. We even saw a green woodpecker busy looking for food. Our host has been over generous in thinking of every detail to make staying at The Stables an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed it so much we immediately booked another week!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We feel blessed to have such warm and friendly guests and are thrilled that you enjoyed your week and indeed have booked to return. We're delighted and we look forward to seeing you in October. Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review which is indeed much appreciated!
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You won't be disappointed with this hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Superb property and hosts. Gorgeous setting with far reaching views over the South Downs and with lots of natural light to instantly calm and relax. Lovely furnishings and high quality finish with a very luxurious bathroom to ease away the aches and strains of all the lovely walks which can be done right from the doorstep. Fresh flowers, chocolates, afternoon tea were just a few of the welcoming touches along with a fantastically comfortable bed and well equipped kitchen.

If you don't want to cook there are countless local pubs within a short drive as well as a gorgeous pub a short walk away. We couldn't have asked for any more and I'd thoroughly recommend this perfect hideaway. Thanks to Vanessa and Mark for a perfect week.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are truly delighted with this review and are most grateful. We aim high with our hosting, as it's something we really enjoy, and take it as a real compliment to get such a response with your review. We feel truly blessed to live in this beautiful National Park and are glad you enjoyed so many wonderful walks and the varied local pubs. We're thrilled that you would like to return and are thankful for all your generous comments.
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at The Stables. The cottage is even more beautiful in real than it looks on the pictures. Luxurious and spacious. And the view from every window is so stunning and calming! We were very warmly welcomed by Vanessa on our arrival and a wonderful creamtea, lighted candles and a bottle of pink cava were already waiting for us. And a lot of other things that spoiled and surprised us, like fresh flowers, a real Nespresso machine with coffee cups and so much more. By far the best holiday cottage we ever rented! I'm sure we will return some day in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's a real treat to read this review and I'm always touched when guests take the time to write. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay, particularly so as you are frequent travellers to the UK, so your kind words are truly welcome. Thank you for coming to stay at The Stables, for your generous review and we would love to see you again and extend a warm welcome.
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Idyllic, romantic retreat

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed an idyllic 4 night stay at this wonderful property. It is tastefully decorated throughout with a peaceful and harmonious feel to it. The owner has thought of everything to make your stay the best it can possibly be. Amazing attention to detail. Will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and tranquility!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to a very warm welcome from Vanessa and a wonderful welcome pack including a chilled bottle of pink cava. The location is fabulous, beautiful countryside all around and very tranquil. The Stables are finished to a very high standard with very comfortable furnishings and beautifully clean.I loved the walk-in shower. The kitchen is very well equipped and I found everything I needed was here.Everything has been provided to try and make your holiday as perfect as possible. There is a wide selection of books and DVDs and as you open drawers and cupboards you find lovely hidden treats! There is a file containing copies of local circular walks, we took one everyday and off we went. An air printer is there too to print tickets etc or whatever you may need.

A fabulous pool adds to your enjoyment. There are lots of sun loungers for relaxation.

The village itself is very pretty with a good pub,village shop and a butchers. If you just wanted complete relaxation you have everything here. It is also ideally situated for the coast, Winchester, Chichester and beautiful country walks etc.

The Stables has a beautiful garden and offers privacy, peace and tranquility.

It is without doubt the best holiday accommodation we have stayed at in this country. It is the complete package and Vanessa has created a wonderful holiday experience. I do hope that we're able to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How kind of you to take the time to write such a comprehensive and glowing review. I'm truly delighted that you enjoyed your stay and would like to return. For me that's the perfect compliment! Thank you so much!
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Absolutely amazing place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The Stables really is the perfect getaway for a romantic break. The idyllic village of West Meon is so easy to get to from London and yet feels like it is a million miles away, with breathtaking views from the cottage and plenty of lovely walks. The cottage itself is stunningly decorated and furnished, and kitted out with everything you could possibly want from kitchen utensils to luxury toiletries to games and DVDs to keep you entertained. Vanessa really went above and beyond to welcome us, and has put so many thoughtful finishing touches in place to make the weekend special and personal to us. We couldn't recommend it more!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and all inhouse entertainment. We look forward to welcoming you back again and are most appreciative of your kind words. Best wishes Vanessa
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
5 May 2017 - 11 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 May 2017 - 22 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2017 - 27 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Jul 2017 - 10 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
11 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Oct 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
25% of the rental cost is payable on booking as deposit, final payment to be made 30 days before commencement of the rental. Friday is change over with arrivals invited for 3.00 pm and departures at 10.00 am. Payments by BACS preferred.

No pets allowed.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Usually only weekly lets accepted

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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