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This was our second stay at Owls Lodge and when we arrived at this lovely holiday cottage we knew why we had come to stay again. It’s so peaceful and relaxing with picturesque views into the wood and the surrounding countryside.The lodge although situated in the grounds of the owners property is completely detached and has it’s own private garden, it really does feel like a cottage in the wood miles away from all the hustle and bustle. The New Forest is within easy reach from the Lodge but the area immediately surrounding the Lodge has plenty to offer, there are plenty of walks straight from the garden gate too, beautiful Bentley Woods, which dates back to early Saxon times is our favorite walk. A visit to Broughton Common Nature Reserve is a rewarding walk too.The Lodge is kept very clean and provides a comfortable getaway with ample of space for two people. We love everything about Owls Lodge and as the name suggests, you really do hear the tuwit tuwoo of the Owls that lodge there, right outside the bedroom window!
My husband and I were in England from Canada and recently spent a week at the Down Cottage while visiting family who live close by. The garden setting and the restored old home made for a unique and interesting place to stay. Because the relatively recent renovation of the house included excellent heat, light and plumbing fixtures we were warm, we could read in the evenings and we enjoyed great water pressure in the shower. Having just come off a week's walking holiday on which the walking paths were essentially mud, I was very pleased to find a working washing machine at the Cottage. Susan was a warm and welcoming host, helpful if we needed it without being at all intrusive and she communicated with me ahead of time promptly. Despite easy access to the motorway and to the trains, the Down Cottage is on a quiet road and offers a lovely, tranquil setting. Should we need a place to stay close to Winchester again, we hope that the Down Cottage will be available. It suited us perfectly.