Welcome to our Luxury Holiday Home
*Featured in COUNTRY LIVING magazine. August 2010*
Beech Lodge is situated in the ideal location of Lockerley, Hampshire. This beautiful holiday home is surrounded by peaceful rivers and beautiful countryside.
The River Test meanders through the heart of the Test Valley heading for the Solent; on its way to the sea it passes some of England’s most glorious countryside. Beech Lodge is a new architect-designed holiday retreat within walking distance of the Test.
Lockerley is perfectly situated for easy access to Bath, Stonehenge, Southampton Cruise Terminal and the South Coast whilst The New Forest and Romsey Abbey are only 10 minutes away.
The ancient cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury are 20 minutes away.
The first floor self-catering luxury accommodation has fantastic views and is light and airy with English oak beams in a vaulted ceiling. We have equipped and furnished the lodge with great care allowing two people to relax on holiday in comfort.
The village enjoys the convenience of two pubs and a shop.
Hampshire is a county of outstanding natural beauty and as a holiday destination offers a wealth of country pursuits including fishing, shooting, walking, cycling, horse riding and sailing. There are several wonderful walks from our house, including the historic Clarendon Way between Winchester and Salisbury, Testway and Monarch's Way.
For the keen cyclist, Route 24 of the National Cycle Network passes by our door.
The first floor self-catering luxury accommodation has fantastic views, is light and airy with English oak beams in a vaulted ceiling. We have equipped and furnished the lodge with great care allowing two people to relax on holiday in comfort. The bedroom with double bed has a charming range of John Lewis New England style furniture with plenty of storage space.
The luxury contemporary bathroom offers a full size bath, separate shower cubicle, heated towel rail, shaver point, w/c and washbasin.
We have decorated with Farrow and Ball paints in soft colours and furnished the accommodation with much thought for your comfort with a mixture of country and classical furniture styles. There is masses of storage space for your holiday luggage and shopping.
We welcome you with a small hamper of produce. Lockerley shop sells all essential items and is a mile away.
There is ample parking with use of a pretty courtyard with garden furniture and a BBQ is available.
Electricity. Full Central Heating. Luxury Bedding and Towels. Fully Equipped Kitchen and many other necessities including:
I Pod Docking Station.
Two comfort bikes available (small extra charge).
We are sorry that the staircase does not allow for wheel chair users and we can not accommodate pets
We are very happy for you to wander in the paddock past our tractor barn, then sit and relax by our small lake teaming with wildlife and fish.
Places to Visit
Below are just some of the nearby places you may wish to visit. They are listed in Alphabetical order:
Bath 1hr 20mins
The Roman Baths, 15century Abbey, Museums, Galleries and Gardens form part of an architectural gem of a city that spans the River Avon. With its shops restaurants and cafes, Bath is vibrant by day and night. If you want the train to take the strain you can go from our local Dunbridge Station.
Please note. Broadlands the historic home of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma will be closed throughout 2009-2010 whilst it undergoes major remedial work.
LONGSTOCK WATER GARDENS. 20mins
70 acres of ornamental gardens including 'the finest water garden in the world' Longstock also boasts a fabulous plant centre. The John Lewis Group offer facilities here at Leckford for their staff and cultivate fruit and mushrooms for their stores.
MOTTISFONT ABBEY 5mins
Mottisfont Abbey beside the River Test contains a private art collection donated by Derek Hill. It also boasts the famous Rex Whistler 'tromp l'oeil' paintings in the drawing room while the original walled garden houses the national collection of old roses.
NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK. 15mins.
There are lovely walks to be had in the forest or beside the river - the Beaulieu River tips the edge of this wonderful area of British countryside. Ponies, donkeys and cows roam freely along verges linking together beautiful little villages. Lymington has a wealth of marinas a bustling market on Saturdays and a ferry service to the Isle of Wight.
PAULTONS PARK. 15mins
Theme park with over 50 attractions and rides. For grown ups and small people. A fun day out for all the family.
PORTSMOUTH DOCKYARDS. 40mins
Opening 1st June 2013 The New Mary Rose Museum
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David and I spent many years in the music business in London. We retired in 2002 and searched for the perfect retirement county in which to live out side the city. We finally found our house in the area in which we had many happy holidays with our young family. We now welcome our ever growing family and guests to a beautiful part of England.
David or Annie Powell purchased this lodge in 2008
The Test Valley in Hampshire is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The River Test famous for its fishing is only part of the joy of this county. We are also proud of the beautiful cities nearby which offer all that is the best of British heritage and commerce. We have excellent motorway and train links to among others London, Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge & Southampton.
Beech Lodge is very well equipped and we consider it part of our home-we built and decorated the lodge ourselves and maintain it to a very high standard. We really enjoy meeting new people and we are on site to offer a little guidance and help for those who need it to maximise your holiday. Our guests are able to enjoy the country side right on the doorstep but within a short drive we have the New Forest ,seaside and many National Trust stately homes and gardens. For those who like shopping a short car or train journey is all that is required to the nearest town. We have an excellant pub which serves proper English beer and food within a 'stones throw'!
To enhance your stay in the lodge, you have your own laptop with full internet access and Skype or use our WiFi if you have your own equipment.
Thank you for a glorious stay. the weather was kind to us on Saturday so we were able to indulge in 4.5 hr walk to Abridge, East Thytherley and back to Butts Green. The food in The Mill Arms was delicious , how lucky you are to have a great pub so close. The weather on Sunday not so kind so off to explore Winchester before heading back to London. Thank you for making our stay SO comfortable the small details have made this weekend extra special. Hopefully see you again.
What a lovely place Beech Lodge turned out to be - my husband and I were delighted with the accommodation and the location. So many nearby attractions, pubs and activities - we could have spent at least another couple of weeks. Beech Lodge is modern, spotless, well maintained, very cozy and comfortable and fully stocked with everything you might need. After a day of sightseeing we looked forward to returning to our home away from home. Our hosts Annie and David were so delightful and most helpful. We really enjoyed meeting them and we were sad to leave Beech Lodge and our new friends.
We will recommend this property to our family and friends, without hesitation. We had a most enjoyable week at Beech Lodge!
We very much enjoyed the entire experience at Beech Lodge. The property is lovely and away from the hustle and bustle of a big city. We drove to several destinations such as The Wokey Hole, The village of Cheddar, and down to the Beaulieu Car Museum. None of the drives were too long and all were through the lovely English countryside. The only odd thing about the listing comes from the fact that Americans count the ground floor as the first floor. So we were surprised to find stairs... but that's kind of a funny thing, not a good or bad thing.
Another thing we wished we had done more of while staying in this location is going to the pub. We waited until the last night to eat out (cooking was easy in the little kitchen) and then we were a little sorry we didn't try the restaurant earlier as we saw many tempting dishes being served to the tables around us. Plus we struck up conversations with patrons sitting at the bar and that made us feel welcome and at home. All in all, we are sure you will enjoy your stay at Beech Lodge because it is a little jewel.
Beech Lodge was lovely. The Lodge is located in a quiet neighborhood but within walking distance of the local pub/resturant. The accomodations were fresh, clean and very comfortable. All the essentials were provided. The hosts were charming and helpful. Everything at the property was as described and pictured on the VRBO site. It is centrally located to numerous historical sites/cities,
What a wonderful place to stay to explore the Salisbury/Winchester area of England!!! David and Annie were perfect hosts - the apartment was quiet, spotless, modern furnishings, fully stocked, including a starter supply of goceries. This was particularly appreciated as we were arriving from the US, and did not have to rush to grocery shop. There are many diverse things to see and do within a short distance. Also, a walking trail called the Test Way is literally steps away from the lodge. There is also a tavern called the King's Arms in walking distance that has both a rustic pub, and a gourmet dining room that we greatly enjoyed. This is truely the place to stay if you want to experience life in a small country town in southern England.
My husband and I spent three nights at Beech Lodge in September, 2011. Our plans changed several times during the planning process, and Annie was so gracious and helpful throughout. The accommodations are wonderful--very clean, comfortable and welcoming, with lovely views all around. The countryside is beautiful, and there are many interesting things to see nearby. We especially enjoyed Stonehenge and Mottisfont Abbey, as well as the interesting churches in the area. David and Annie couldn't have been more gracious--we felt like we were staying at the home of friends. They were never intrusive but always ready to help with questions regarding the area sights. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Beech Lodge, and hope to return someday soon. We heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay in this beautiful area.
Thank you again, David and Annie! We had such a wonderful time, and are so glad to have met you!
My wife and two year old son just returned from three nights at the Beech Lodge. What an incredible experience. Here's why:
-the location is in the English countryside with little rivers and hills everywhere. Just breathtaking.
-David and Annie, the owners, are some of the friendliest and most inviting people around. They love people and it was such a blast sharing a glass of wine with them when we arrived. We knew immediately that this was the right place for us.
-the lodge is cozy, beautifully decorated, luxurious, and well stocked with everything you need for an enjoyable stay. All the appliances are new and the bathroom has an excellent tub AND shower. It was just more than comfortable. Plus, the backyard is so nice and well landscaped. It's just beautiful.
-we took some amazing day trips right from the lodge - we visited Bath via the train which was amazing. We saw Stonehenge, Woodhenge, Avesbury, Marlborough etc. The location again is unreal - it's such a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of London.
-the local pub (about a 3min walk) is excellent. Plus there are numerous little villages, pubs, and restaurants in the vicinity. Finding a good time isn't an issue and it's so much fun when you're with people out in the country as opposed to the city. Just a very different and more enjoyable vibe for us.
-the trout fishing is incredible, but bring a fly-rod and a net. It's a little pricey to rent the gear, but if you like fishing, don't miss your chance here. We're talking big 5-7lb trout right in the area.
Don't miss this place. It's a little English oasis and it's SO much better than any hotel you'll find in the area. It's like having your own little luxury cottage in southern England - one of the most mystical and beautiful places around. The history, the people, and the drives through the countryside all make for some wonderful memories. Just the kind of vacation we love!
Mill Arms at Dunbridge
1.5 miles drive or walk across the fields. Friendly atmosphere with excellent beer and fine food. Wood fires in the winter -sunny conservatory and gardens.
The following places to eat are all within a short drive and all serve good food.
The Black Horse at West Tytherley.
Star at East Tytherley.
Bear and Ragged Staff at Kimbridge.
Malt House at Timsbury.
The Boot at Houghton.
The John O'Gaunt at Horsebridge.
Annies Restaurant and Farm Shop at Kimbridge.
Further afield we have a wealth of pubs and restaurants ranging from the splendid to the simple.
One of our favorites is the Peat Spade at Longstock about 20minutes away but well worth the drive. Fine food and wines in a delightful