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.