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Detached Character Cottage, Direct Forest Access CHRISTMAS AND NYE AVAILABLE

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Cottage in Tiptoe, NewForest, Hampshire, England - Peaceful Rural Location Surrounded By New Forest Wildlife With Great Walking, Riding And Cycling

Penny Post Cottage, originally built in the 1800's used to be the local Tiptoe post office, it has been sympathetically extended and re-purposed over the years into a lovely family home. The cottage has picturesque gardens and comfortable living spaces with an open fire. There is off road parking for two cars and more parking available a few hundred metres up the road for any additional cars. A lockable garage for bike storage. There is a great pub a short walk up the road but it's real selling point is the peace and quiet being situated on the edge of the National Park. It's just a short drive to the coast and the ever popular market town of Lymington and of course Brockenhurst which is at the heart of the New Forest. There are ample riding schools, golf courses, bike routes (on and off road!), children's activities and of course freedom to roam across the expanse of the New Forest. Fabulous local produce available in nearby farmshops. Wifi available.


Owner
ruth nickoll
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2017

About ruth nickoll

I live with my husband and two toddlers in London. We have always loved visiting the New Forest first as a couple and now as a young family. We decided in 2013 that we visited it so often we should look to take the plunge and invest in a second home so we bought and updated Penny Post Cottage. We hope our guests will enjoy it as much as we do.

Why ruth nickoll chose New Forest

As keen cyclists and walkers we love the freedom that the National Park gives to roam and the range of fantastic pubs and restaurants it has. There is a great range of local produce available in nearby farm which as a keen foodie I love to explore.

We are in the process of experiencing a whole new incredibly child friendly side to the park and all the entertainments there are available. The New Forest for us is a very easy journey from London and perfect for a week's break or shorter.

Location

Coast/Beach:

7-10 minute drive to Barton on Sea or 15 minute drive to Lymington. Bournemouth is only about 20 minutes away.

Travel:

Use of car is recommended as the nearest shop is about 1.5 miles away. Tescos and other supermarket chains will deliver directly to the door if you place your orders online in advance.

Distances:

New Milton is about 2 miles away, Brockenhurst is about 5 miles away and Lymington is about 7 miles away.

Further Details:

There is a full range of shops in New Milton 5-10 minutes drive away and a small local shop in Bashley with a good range of essentials just 1.5 miles away. There is a really great farm shop called Ferndale Farm Shop a 7 minute drive away heading towards Christchurch.

Here are a few young children friendly (and adult!) activities we love when we are down there in case you would like to try them too. This isn’t meant as an exhaustive list of things to do in/near the forest as that list would be very long, just a few things we enjoy that are fairly nearby to the cottage and would like to share.

1) Our favourite beach by far is Hengistbury Head, https://www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk/Home.aspx it’s a 20 minute drive from the cottage but I think worth it. You can drive and park on the headland and take the little land train to the beach (you can walk it, it takes about 20 minutes at adult pace) - however the land train is cheap and the kids love it! Or you can take the water ferry from mudeford quay. There is a nice restaurant on the beach but I recommend booking ahead in the summer months. http://www.beachhousecafe.co.uk

2) My favourite nearby beach is Highcliff, part sandy and part stony. The restaurant at the top is ok but I recently found The Cliff House http://www.thecliffhouse.co.uk a short drive away which I enjoyed more and has occasional events and an outdoor BBQ in the summer holidays. https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/highcliffe-beach-p1141233

3) The Moors Valley Country Park I think is great value for money, with fun walks, a go ape, a great playground and a steam train all in one place you can easily make a full day of it there. I’d recommend taking a picnic as the food there is OK but not great value for money. Access is free (except for the go ape and train) you just pay for parking. Again this is about 20 mins away but good for overcast days. http://www.moors-valley.co.uk

4) My favourite seaside walk is to stroll along the Hurst Spit - it’s fair distance for little legs so there is an option to take a ferry as well. http://www.new-forest-tourist.co.uk/new-forest-walks/hurst-spit-to-hurst-castle/

5) My newest discovery was the Lymington sea water baths http://www.lymingtonseawaterbaths.org.uk - my kids (3&5) loved them, but I think older children would get even more out of it. There is a splash pool and sandpit for tiny tots! It is a short walk or drive from the town centre so ideal to combine with a lunch or dinner in Lymington. You can hire wetsuits onsite but I would recommend bringing sand shoes or jelly shoes as the bottom of the pool is pebbles and gets a bit sore if you are walking around on them.

6) There are endless walks in the new forest but my kids enjoy the deer at the Bolderwood deer sanctuary and you occasionally see pigs there too! http://www.new-forest-national-park.com/bolderwood-deer-sanctuary.html

7) Restaurants; Sometimes people ask me for restaurant recommendations here are a few I can recommend.

- Child friendly and stumbling distance home the Rising Sun up the Road offers solid pub grub with a great play area. If you are a large party, book ahead in the summer it gets busy. http://www.therisingsunbashley.co.uk

- For a romantic or more adult evening I really recommend the Mill at Gordleton. http://www.themillatgordleton.co.uk

- Near Bank this pub is well located to combine with a forest walk and the food when I have been was good http://www.oakinnlyndhurst.co.uk

- Great for combining with a nearby beach walk and with a nice big beer garden for children to run around in http://beachhousemilfordonsea.co.uk

- The Red Lion at Boldre I think also offers very good food and is worth the drive to get to http://redlionboldre.co.uk

For very special occasions I haven’t been to either The Pig or Limehouse but their reputation suggests they should be good.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in New Milton in New Forest District

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom en suite to bed 1 with toilet, sink and shower. One en suite to bed 2 with shower, toilet, freestanding bath and sink. One separate upstairs bathroom with shower/bath, toilet and sink. Downstairs one bathroom with shower and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be split into two single beds
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Child Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , fold out sofa bed is a single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 adults plus 2 children (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1:Super King bed; Bed 2 king sized bed: ; Bed 3: Either 2x single beds or one super king bed (zip linked); Bed 4 6ft long bunk beds (sleeps 2) and one fold out full size single bed; Bed 5 one double bed. One travel cot available.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: We leave you some logs and firelighters to get your first fires burning. There are instructions on how to use the fireplace in the cottage folder. If using the BBQ you need to provide your own coal and clean it after. There is a cattle grid 50 yards away from the property. Outside: Charming gardens with mature trees, a patio and a gate that leads you directly out into the New Forest National Park (please keep the gate closed or cows and horses will come in!). There are bountiful apple trees and blackberries when in season - ideal for making a home made crumble while you are staying. Barbecue available stored in the garage. The garden is fully enclosed so you can safely let your dog out in the garden. Utility Room: Sink, coat rack, washing machine and tumble drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Towels and linen are included, they would be changed once a week or can be changed more often under negotiation. Please do not set off fireworks from the property. This is dangerous and upsets neighbours and wildlife.

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5

A wonderful fortnight as summer ended...

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at Penny Post Cottage. The fact that we've come back twice and are talking about 2018 speaks for itself. Once again, we covered a huge age range - a toddler who started walking during our stay and a grandfather in his seventies, with all decades in between - and there was more than enough in the house, the garden and the area to keep everyone happy.

The place is always beautifully kept and feels so friendly in its welcome on our arrival. Our regrets at leaving focus on the fact that there are so many things we might still do or do again - walk, swim, eat, talk, think, paint, look, rest, share, laugh - in a place that makes them a pleasure.

Some highlights among many: sheltering on Hengistbury Head in a spectacular storm, horses shuffling up close just beyond the back gate, second-hand books in the multiple charity shops in New Milton, early autumn colours in the Forest, and so much more.

Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect venue for a family get together

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend break for my mum's birthday and the house was ideal for the 3 generations of family we had staying together. There is plenty of space inside and all the bedrooms and living areas are a really good size. The outside is lovely and we were lucky enough to have lovely sunny weather to be able to make good use of the back garden (and the forest just the other side of the gate). I'm sure we'll be back for the next family reunion!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
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Super Stay

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed home in a great location. Perfect for a large family. Direct forest access and a short walk to a pub.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
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Lovely house in the New Forest

  • 5 of 5

Penny Post cottage was tastefully furnished and decorated but very practical for a family get together. Plenty of bathrooms and 3 comfortable bedrooms and bunk room upstairs with a downstairs double bedroom downstairs for the early morning dog walkers. The garden was great for family badminton/ boules which we took with us and the back gate straight on to forest was ideal for an evening stroll. The local pub Rising Sun ( 7 mins walk) has good reasonably priced food and our grandsons ( 9 and 6) enjoyed the playground. Ruth ( the owner) was very helpful in answering our emails and providing guidance on local activities.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
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Truly amazing

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely stunning house. Very airy, light and comfortable. We had a couple of barbeques and also able to light the fire at night when it got chilly. This house has everything that you need for a wonderful comfortable stay. Our dogs loved the direct access onto the forest which gave them many long walks! A perfect week in a perfect house.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Fantastic family weekend

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is set up brilliantly for a family weekend. Great garden which backs on to the heart of the New Forest. The cottage itself is large and the layout well thought out enabling it to keeps its homely feel!!

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in New Milton, Hampshire

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn half term
13 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
£400
for 2 nights
From
£500
Fri,Sat
£1,400
 
 
autumn term end
27 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£286
for 2 nights
From
£320
Fri,Sat
£1,000
 
 
winter school break up
15 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£343
for 2 nights
From
£350
Fri,Sat
£1,200
 
 
Christmas and New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£2,100
for 7 nights
£2,100
 
 
jan & feb
5 Jan 2018 - 8 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
£314
for 2 nights
From
£275
Fri,Sat
£1,100
 
 
feb half term
9 Feb 2018 - 15 Feb 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£750
for 3 nights
From
£450
Fri,Sat
£1,750
 
 
feb and march
16 Feb 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
£314
for 2 nights
From
£350
Fri,Sat
£1,100
 
 
easter and end of term
30 Mar 2018 - 12 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£2,000
for 7 nights
£2,000
 
 
start of summer term
13 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
£343
for 2 nights
From
£375
Fri,Sat
£1,200
 
 
Early May bank holiday
4 May 2018 - 10 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£579
for 3 nights
From
£330
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,350
 
 
mid may
11 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
£180
for 2 nights
From
£400
Fri,Sat
£1,250
 
 
summer half term
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£2,200
for 7 nights
£2,200
 
 
second half of summer term
1 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
£400
for 2 nights
From
£450
Fri,Sat
£1,400
 
 
summer holidays
6 Jul 2018 - 3 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£2,750
for 7 nights
£2,750
 
 
harold binley
3 Aug 2018 - 9 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
 
 
summer hols
10 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£2,750
for 7 nights
£2,750
 
 
start autumn term
31 Aug 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
£260
for 2 nights
From
£350
Fri,Sat
£1,350
 
 
winter rates
28 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
£329
for 2 nights
From
£350
Fri,Sat
£1,150
 
 
october half term 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
£500
for 2 nights
From
£500
Fri,Sat
£1,750
 
 
2018 winter rates continued
2 Nov 2018 - 13 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
£329
for 2 nights
From
£350
Fri,Sat
£1,150
 
 
week before christmas
14 Dec 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
£400
for 2 nights
From
£425
Fri,Sat
£1,400
 
 
2018 christmas and NYE
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
200 pound refundable damages deposit. 1/2 of the booking cost is required to secure your booking, final balance is due 4 weeks before arrival. Changeover day is Friday, short stays can be agreed on negotiation and are charged at 70% of the weeks price. Deposit is non refundable on cancellation. There is a 25 pound cleaning charge for each dog. We ask that dogs are kept downstairs, off the furniture and any dog mess is cleared from the garden and surrounding area. Please do not place poo bags directly in the outdoor bins as the rubbish men will not collect these.

Changeover Day:
Friday.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks available on request typically at 70 percent of the cost of a weeks stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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