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Pet-friendly Holiday Cabin in Idyllic Rural Setting with large, private garden



Updated: 30-Nov-2016
2 bedrooms plus ensuite, spacious & beautifully appointed. Ideal for families, romantic couples, dog lovers and sporty types. Near the New Forest.

A newly converted holiday cabin in a peaceful rural setting with it's own private, dog-proof garden. No traffic, no street lights, plenty of space and lovely wooded walks in all directions.

Perfect for families and romantic couples seeking a rural idyll to get away from it all.

The large, private west-facing garden is a sun trap and perfect for barbecuing as the sun goes down.

Inside, the brand new kitchen has all the conveniences including a washer/dryer, dishwasher, ceramic hob, fan oven, microwave etc. The lounge features a 32" TV/DVD player with Free-view, an electric 'wood-burning' stove for chilly evenings and two comfy sofas.

The sunny master bedroom has a comfortable king-sized bed, down pillows and en-suite toilet. The smaller bedroom has bunk beds for the kids. There is a second toilet and shower room with a power shower. Nice extras include guest dressing gowns, hair dryer, ironing board (and iron!), books and a baby bath. All linen and towels are provided and the fridge and cupboards will be stocked with first-day essentials to greet you on arrival.

Damerham is a lovely tranquil village with a superb local pub a pleasant 15 minute walk away. Set in the rural idyll of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we are perfectly located for enjoying the New Forest, South Coast, The Cranborne Chase, Salisbury and Stone Henge.

Pets and children warmly welcome and will be safe in a large enclosed private sunny garden complete with outdoor furniture and barbecue in the summer. Horses, ponies, chickens, dogs and cats live on our 3-acre plot. You can stroke, cuddle, or simply watch and enjoy them (and collect the eggs in the morning if you are up early enough!).

Changeovers are from Friday to Friday - full week bookings only in the summer and short breaks/long weekends in the winter.

We are happy to receive and unpack on-line grocery deliveries booked after 11am on changeover days.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hi, I'm Ally Acland,

I live at October House with my husband, Richard, and (sometimes) our three children - Lottie, Tom and Milly - who are in their early 20s and setting off in life.

I am a magazine editor working part time from home and my other occupations are making sure our guests have the best time possible, gardening (my passion), my animals and sailing with Richard (his passion!).

I have a horse, Silver, whom you will meet in the paddock. Our two dogs, Golly (a miniature poodle) and Coco (a black labrador) will guarantee an enthusiastic welcome. You probably won't see our two black cats as they are quite shy but they are my live teddybears. Finally my 20 pure-bred chickens are another pride and joy and keep us supplied with lovely free-range eggs.

Richard is a very keen sailor and we sail togeth

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14 Reviews

based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


A Fantastic stay, thank you!

  • 5 of 5

Aly was a perfect hostess, brilliant with communication and always helpful.

The property is well situated for visiting the new forest/Hampshire area. A very clean, cosy and well equipped apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely little property in gorgeous setting

  • 5 of 5

It was a pleasure to stay in the cabin which is so much more than the word cabin suggests. Having milk, bread and all the basics waiting for my arrival was a real bonus. Everything was so comfortable and meeting Ally and her husband was a pleasure - such nice people! I particularly loved the garden, it was so nice to be able to open the door and let the dog go knowing that she was safe within the confines of the garden. Hopefully I will be able to come back very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very practical, comfortable and well equipped accommodation. Beautiful location and very friendly and helpful owners. In easy reach of the New Forrest, south coast and Salisbury with its beautiful cathedral- and the dog was welcome everywhere (except inside the cathedral!). We would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! This says it all and it is what I strive to achieve.
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Excellent cabin.

  • 5 of 5

This was a fabulous place to stay. Owners were welcoming and starter bits were great especially when arriving late. The cabin is extremely well equipped and very homely. We have two giant breed dogs and as a family as well, finding suitable accommodation is difficult. I can't recommend this cabin enough we shall certainly be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you and your beautiful dogs again soon!
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Cosy cabin in secluded location

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit and did not disappoint. The cabin is well appointed and cosy with a good open plan communal area and a lovely little garden. We stayed with our dog and enjoyed several walks in the lovely surrounding countryside. Alison is very helpful and friendly, the cottage is lovely, the area is beautiful, what more can I say...,visit it!!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a great review! The fact that this is your second stay speaks volumes. I do hope you come again for a third week.
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Cosy retreat in lovely area

  • 5 of 5

This was our second holiday in the cabin and it did not disappoint. Beautifully appointed and cosy, good open plan communal area. Alison is very friendly and helpful. Countryside is lovely. What more can I say...you should visit!!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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New Forest National Park - Hampshire Avon
"King Johns Hunting Ground - 1000s of acres of open forest and hills. Great for walking, "

From the Owner

We bought October House as our family home and with it came quite a few out buildings. The holiday cabin was originally our own guest suite. I then ran it as a B&B for 3 years very successfully and realised what a great area we live in for holiday makers. Its lovely tranquil rural setting close to the New Forest and many interesting attractions and the coast is ideal for a family holiday. So now I have doubled it in size and put in a kitchen and another en-suite bedroom to make a great holiday accommodation. We created the large dog-proof garden because we know how people like to bring their dogs. Being part of our larger garden means guests can enjoy that too and all our animals. We love the area and enjoy seeing our guests appreciate it too.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Southampton at 25 Miles Nearest Barpub : Compasses Inn, Damerham at 500 Metres Nearest Ferry : Southampton at 25 Miles Nearest Golf : Remedy Oak at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Salisbury at 12 Miles Nearest Motorway : M27 junction 1 at 14 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Rose and Thistle, Rockbourne at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Sandbanks, Poole at 24 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The area is brilliant horse riding, cycling, walking, dog walking, painting.....


There are some stunning beaches within an hours drive:

Studland Bay is a lovely sandy beach owned by the National Trust. You travel on a chain ferry to reach it!

Exclusive Sandbanks in Poole is a 45 minute drive. This is lovely and sandy with a more urban feel and beach cafes alongside the most expensive real estate in Europe.

Dorset's 'Jurassic Coast' has beaches and superb walks as well as dinosaur fossils to be found


We are in the middle of the countryside so it it essential you have a car to get around.

We are 1 hour 20 minutes from Heathrow, about 2 hours from Gatwick. Southampton and Bournemouth airports are both within half an hour.

It takes about 2.5 hours to reach the Channel Tunnel and our nearest ferry port is Portsmouth which is an hour away.

Salisbury is our nearest train station about 25 minutes drive away and it takes you straight to the centre of London in one hour 20 minutes.


Salisbury - 12 miles, 22 minutes drive

Stonehenge - 22 miles, 43 minute drive

Fordingbridge (local town) 7 minutes drive

Ringwood - 10 miles, 20 minutes drive

New Forest (large area) nearest car park 15 minutes drive

Southampton 24 miles, 40 minutes drive

London takes about 1.75 hours to drive or you can go by train.

Further Details:

Damerham is a small, quiet, rural village with a superb pub a pleasant 15 minute walk away.

Fordingbridge is our nearest town just 7 minutes drive away. It has butchers, pharmacies, banks, supermarkets and other local shops you might need.

Salisbury is our nearest city with good clothes shops, a market on Tuesdays and, of course its stunning cathedral.

There are walks everywhere. The New Forest is a wild, open space famous for its ponies. You can walk, ride bikes (plenty to hire), ride horses. play golf and enjoy the great outdoors.

There are many lovely National Trust properties under 45 minutes drive and lots of children's attractions - Paulton Park, Adventure Wonderland, Farmer Palmers, Go Ape, Model Towns, Adventure Wonderland.....


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
28 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
New Year
28 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season 2017
2 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £75

We ask for a 50% booking fee to secure your booking and the remainder 8 weeks prior to your stay. We also ask for a £50 security payable with your fee which we will hold and return to you within 7 days after your stay provided no damage has been found.

Changeover Day:
During the summer months we take weekly bookings only with a Friday changeover day. During the winter months (November to March) we welcome shorter breaks or long weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 30-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

This great spot has everything for a great family (or romantic) holiday - space, rural tranquillity, lovely garden and trees, great pubs and local walks - all within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty We are within an hour from the coast with fantastic beaches, cliffs and walks. We are just 15 minutes from the New Forest - 100s of square miles of open country and forest for all to enjoy. Historic Salisbury and Stonehenge are a short drive and there are many many historic houses, National Trust properties and children's attractions within an hour. And did I mention the animals? I think I have!

Property Type

  • cabin


  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


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


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Master en-suite - toilet and washbasin, hair dryer, guest dressing gowns. Separate shower room with power shower, toilet and wash basin.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Goose down pillows, very comfy mattress, en-suite loo
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Child Bed, 2'6" bunk beds. Very comfy mattresses. OK for small adults
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The sunny master bedroom features a king-sized double bed with down pillows and duvet, en-suite toilet, vanity unit, hanging cupboard and drawers, bed-side tables and lamps. Bunk bed room has two 2'6" bunks with ladder and rails, chest of drawers.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: This is a non-smoking accommodation. Outside: We love children and pets! There is a large, private, dog/child-proof garden exclusively for your use but you are also welcome to enjoy and our larger grounds as well as our two dogs, cats, Silver the horse (not for riding!!), some 20 chickens (collect the eggs if you get up early enough!) and soon, maybe, some pygmy goats. The garden traps the evening sun and you can sit and enjoy it on the garden chairs and table while tending the barbecue (charcoal and tongs provided). The are beautiful wooded walks in all directions straight from the front door and a superb dog-friendly pub in the village a pleasant 15 minute walk away. They do excellent food. Utility Room: Vacuum cleaner, washing machine, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided. These will be cleaned/changed weekly if you stay longer than a week. Guest dressing-gowns are provided for adults The holiday cottage will be cleaned weekly. Old towels can be provided on request for your dog. Other: The sitting room opens onto a large, sunny garden that traps the evening sun. Outdoor tables and chairs and barbecue (briquettes supplied) are perfectly located to enjoy the evening sun overlooking the large dog-proof garden.

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