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Stunning English country cottage an hour from Central London

Adrienne Burgess

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, german
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Stunning English country cottage an hour from Central London

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Waverley Cottage Rental Photos and Description

4/5 bedroom cottage (sleeps 8) in area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

VisitBritain 4-star rated, Woodpecker Cottage is quietly situated down a country lane, offering all the delights of the English countryside, yet within under-an-hour’s commute to the heart of London. This century-old wisteria-clad cottage with wonderful enclosed garden (and local woodpeckers!) has been fully renovated, extended and artistically furnished. Modern conveniences include: Wifi, full central heating, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, hairdryers, Sky/SMART TVs, Blu-Ray DVD players, sound system, baby equipment and exceptionally comfortable beds, with linen and towels provided. Set in the heart of National Trust land and woods, the area is a haven for walking, golfing, cycling, fishing, swimming, bird watching and visiting historic country homes and RHS Wisley. With easy road and rail links to Central London (with all its major attractions) you are also under an hour's drive from the South Coast and major theme parks: Legoland, Chessington, Thorpe Park. Weekly rentals from Friday or Saturday only.

  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Adrienne Burgess (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, german
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About Adrienne Burgess

We are a couple who have worked mainly in the theatre and the arts, although Adrienne is now a writer/researcher specialising in fatherhood and Martin enjoys new-age ideas, while also working as a communications coach. We have been renting out properties for almost 40 years (two small apartments originally) and first tried holiday rentals with this country cottage from 2006. As that has been such a success, and we have now moved from our main family home in the heart of London, we have been letting that as a holiday rental also, since July 2008. That is going brilliantly, too. We love people to love our homes - and we love making them comfortable!

Adrienne Burgess purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Adrienne Burgess chose Waverley

This was our own country cottage while our children were growing up. We chose it because it is such a short distance from Central London yet in a wonderful secluded position. Now we have moved to an area of London which has a lot of green space, we no longer need to use Woodpecker Cottage regularly - although we still delight in popping down to enjoy it, and keep an eye on things . . .

What makes this cottage unique

Woodpecker always feels as if it's its own little world. When we go down we often plan to visit the many fascinating attractions nearby - from the Steam Railway to Wisley Horticultural Gardens. And sometimes we do. But more often we simply stay in the cottage and garden, or wander through the woods outside our own front door. Bluebell time is spectacular: every year we gasp at the carpets of bluebells in our woods. Wisteria-time is another joy: Woodpecker is draped in it, and the sweet smell permeates every room. But winter is gorgeous too - frosted twigs, snow soft beneath your feet. And you can stay inside in the warm while still appreciating the glorious outdoors, because of the magnificent views from every window...

My husband Martin and I love to contribute as much as we can. In addition, Woodpecker Cottage and our guests are blessed to be looked after locally by our housekeeper-gardener-and-generally-wonderful-person Elizabeth Finneran who can pop round at a moment's notice. 'Leave-it-to-Lizzie' (as she is often called), is ably supported by another Elizabeth (Elizabeth Cole) and by two terrific builders, Peter Finneran and Billy Jones, who keep on top of the maintenance. In London, our administrator, Carole McEwan, deals with the paperwork promptly and efficiently.

Guestbook comments from the manager

You have a wonderful cottage! It felt like home. We enjoyed every minute of our two-week stay. Everything was fantastically well thought out and explained and everything worked very well. The children particularly enjoyed playing in your wonderful garden. Summer loved the 'lavender' coloured bedroom and was asleep in 5 minutes after great fun in the unique bath. Long may families enjoy your little corner of paradise!
Jul 2013
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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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based on 21 traveler reviews

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Stunning English country cottage an hour from Central London
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
Bad Vilbel, Germany

A truly wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to express our thanks to you both and to Lizzie (Housekeeper) for a truly wonderful stay here. The thought going into the cottage is above and beyond what we'd expected: polite, good-humoured and informative notices which just make everything so much easier; such lovely furnishings; that wonderfully equipped kitchen. . . Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Magic week in a perfect place

  • 5 of 5

New (friendly) invasion of England by Normans!

Landed at Dover with to words in mind (drive left, drive left, drive left ...), we reached the cottage easily thanks to the written instructions provided by the owner. Divine surprise once the door opened : the property is more beautiful and nicer in real than in pictures. Very clean, well-maintened, fully equipped, very well furnished and decorated (you must a bath in the roman bathroom !). We found a welcome "food basket" and even a home backed bread. It is a fabulous cottage. We had a perfect stay in Surrey for a sunny week, spent in London, Legoland (not only for children!), Hampton Court, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Brighton with a break in Canterbury when we drove back to Dover. We never had such a welcome in every locations we spent holidays. House highly recommended for holidays.

We suffered only one loss during the week : the toaster that past out one morning probably overhelmed by the tons of scones we ate. Replaced within the day (by a nice ghost ?) while we were on exploration outside.

Endly I would like to thank the fairplay of the 2 british drivers who did not panic when they found us face to them on the right side of the road (the only two times I forgot the two magic words "ride left"). They slowed down giving us time to bear left. I just saw a smile on the face on the postman (the 2nd driver) in Green Lane but it was pobably due to the face of my wife, seat on right, who was screaming with fear. This was impassive driving and not latine driving.

We hope that we will come back will be able to have a stay in the londonian property of the same owner.

Thanks again for this week to Carole and Adrienne who were very helpful.

PS. I'm not paid to write this. I've paid for this and it worths it !

  • Submitted: May 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a magic review! Thank you so much for writing it, Laurent! So glad you had a magic week . I laughed out loud hearing of your driving adventures. I hope your poor wife has recovered. It was a pleasure having you all to stay. Best wishes, Adrienne

Home From Home

  • 5 of 5

We travelled to Surrey from Cumbria to visit our daughter who has recently moved south. From first contact booking the cottage was easy and every effort was made to provide us with all the information we needed about the accommodation, how to get there and local services. There were 7 of us staying a the cottage and we were all well suited. There was ample space for us all and the younger contingent enjoyed both access to Sky and the internet. The baking bread when we arrived was a lovely touch along with all the other provisions left for us. The cottage was beautifully kept and we very much enjoyed feeding and watching the birds in the garden even once glimpsing the elusive woodpecker itself! We enjoyed a meal out at the Italian restaurant in Beacon Hill as well as an Indian take away. Our best meal out though was at the Inn on the Lake at Godalming already a favourite place for our daughter. We loved the pottery at Grayshott and walking through the woods at the Devils' Punch Bowl. The colours of the trees were beautiful. The proximity to London was great with various members of our group visiting by train on 3 different occasions during the week.

Really there was something for everyone in a beautiful location in a lovely homely cottage. We would certainly recommend Woodpecker Cottage to a friend and we hope to visit again ourselves.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Christine, for going to the trouble of writing a review. You are very kind! We are delighted you enjoyed your stay so much, made such good use of local amenities and the proximity to London - and glimpsed the Woodpecker, for whom our cottage is named. We hope to welcome you again one day!
Sentosa Cove, Singapore

Truly set up for Families

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay, thank you. I think yours is the first holiday rental I have ever stayed in that is truly set up for families ......we genuinely sat there and tried to come up with one thing we would have needed that you hadnt provided..and couldnt!

And as my daughter only had a couple of toys from home, she adored all the books and toy boxes! Purple is also her (second) favourite colour so she was utterly convinced that the purple room had been decorated for her.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Bad Vilbel, Germany

Lovely House, Great Views

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house, well equipped, cosy and warm. Great views. Saw the woodpecker every day! Great facilities for working, too. The Wifi was essential for our working week. Still had plenty of time to visit the area, though! We had a fabulous time at Woodpecker, it was just the break we needed. We will definitely recommend you to our friends!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Upton, Chester, UK

Perfect for us!

  • 5 of 5

Really appreciate your business-like but friendly, helpful approach. The cottage was perfect for us, well equipped and felt like home in such lovely surroundings. Our only regret is we didn't spot the real woodpecker!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Crossways Inn
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Hindhead Championship Qualifying Golfcourse
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Beacon Hill Village
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Car: necessary

60 mins London

10 mins Farnham, Haslemere, A31

5 mins A3; 15 mins M3; 25 mins M25

20 mins Guildford, Aldershot, Midhurst, Petersfield, Alton, Farnborough, Petworth, South Downs

45 mins Eton, Henley, Chessington, Legoland, Thorpe Park, Goodwood, Portsmouth, Chichester, South Coast beaches, Isle of Wight,

Other local activities include walking, bird watching, bowling, canal boats, cinema, clay shooting, cycling, fishing, golf, go karting, hang gliding, heritage trails, historic houses & gardens, horse riding, hot air balloons, ice skating, massage, meditation, museums & galleries, paint balling, rambling, shopping (Guildford + Factory outlets), skiing, swimming, steam railway, theatre, theme parks, wine tasting, yoga. Birdworld, Guildford Spectrum, theatre & universities,

Excellent 'eating out' at a country pubs within 20 minutes' walk or 2 minutes' drive, and in the nearby towns of Haslemere & Farnham

Other Activities: great restaurants nearby, country park farms and other children's activities

Golf: There are a number of golf courses,within 10 minutes' drive; and the Hindhead Championship Course is only TWO MINUTES drive away: the great Peter Alliss, who lives locally, is a member (listen to him talking about it on YouTube at . . . Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes) was one of the founders of this 6,373-yard par 70 course set in a breathtaking location in 1904. The superior front nine snakes through valleys over a large hollow of dry sandy heath overlooked by Gibbet Hill. The par threes third and sixth holes are memorable. There are elevation changes and the ultra-fast greens tend to be high above some fairways. The holes are moulded into a dramatic setting. The walk from the fifth green to the sixth tee is a stamina-tester. The return holes are situated on a hillside plateau. The most fearsome tee shot comes at the 17th to a sharply sloping fairway.


Rates & Availability

From £997 Per week

Waverley Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
May 23 2015 - Jul 2 2015
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 3 2015 - Sep 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 4 2015 - Oct 22 2015
7 night minimum stay
Half Term
Oct 23 2015 - Oct 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Oct 30 2015 - Dec 17 2015
7 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2016
Jan 3 2016 - Feb 18 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Security deposit of £150 (returnable)
Payment of rental 50% on booking, 50% plus security deposit six weeks before arrival. Credit cards via Paypal accepted.
VAT included. VAT receipts available on request.
All other fees also included - linen, towels, internet access, Sky TV
Cottage presented beautifully cleaned. Holidaymakers to leave it in good order. Additional cleaning can be arranged.
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Waverley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Effectively ensuite with attic bedroom (across the hall)
    Bathroom 2 - shower , Sunken 'Roman' bath with shower over. Handpainted tiles
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Enchanting toilet on main bedroom floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Tucked away on ground floor
  • One of the high points of this beautiful cottage is the stunning 'waterbabies' Roman bath - see the picture, which can be a step-down-into shower for adults or, when the plug is put in, a small swimming pool for children. Aqua colour mosaic tiles line the bath/shower and the 'swimming pool' is surrounded by hand painted tiles following the illustrations from Charles Kingsley's THE WATER BABIES. As there are three toilets (two separate from bathrooms) there is no queuing for facilities. All the /WCs other than Waterbabies, have a 'cottage' feel - one, for example, with hand-painted Deft tiles. All the taps and showers, the toilet seats and other fittings, are of high quality.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , good sized double room with large wardrobes
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , the second bed (full mattress) tucks under the main bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , the second bed (full mattress) tucks under the main bed
    Bedroom 5 - you can carry one of the folding beds down to this study
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , quiet attic room with ensuite
  • Each bedroom has its own charming style - and there are wonderful views from all of them: at the back over the valley towards Farnborough; at the front looking directly into the woods,where deer graze. Each room has a subtle colour-theme; the bedding, pillow and mattresses are first class quality; there is a charming wicker chair in each room, and plenty of hanging/drawer space. Rugs grace the polished wooden floorboards; bedside lamps cast a cosy glow. Hairdryers are provided in two of the bedrooms, and bedside lamps in all of them. The furniture is of high quality (lovely chests of drawers and charming bedside tables).
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 1 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Although Woodpecker Cottage is not suitable for those confined to wheelchairs, we have grab-rails on the stairs and in the Waterbabies shower - and our 90 year old mother (and other people's elderly mothers and fathers) have enjoyed happy days at the cottage: if you can manage one flight of stairs you'll be OK; and there are WCs on each floor. It is possible to turn the downstairs study into a bedroom by bringing down one of the folding single beds from upstairs. The downstairs Cloakroom is on the same level as the study, and very close to it. The garden is fully enclosed, and so is wonderful for small children (there are places to hide in the bushes), and we provide toys and a folding sandpit and paddling pool, which are great in the summer. In the autumn you can pick raspberries at the bottom of the garden! The garden is very well kept and we are proud of our summer borders. Birds abound. We feed them, and so do most of our guests. You will see woodpeckers . . .

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