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David or Annie Powell

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Luxury Accommodation for Two in the Heart of the Test Valley

8 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

Test Valley Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Lodge, Open Plan Living Area, 1 Bedroom, Bath with walk in Shower, (Sleeps 2)

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 Lodge

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:

Digital TV's.

Washer/Dryer.

Microwave.

Fridge/Freezer.

DVD/CD.

Digital Radio.

I Pod Docking Station.

Telephone/Internet Access.

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.

BROADLANDS. 15mins

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

Keywords: luxury accommodtion,lodge,self contained,oak beamed

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
David or Annie Powell (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About David or Annie Powell

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

Why David or Annie Powell chose Test Valley

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.

What makes this lodge unique

Beech Lodge is very well equipped and we consider it part of our home- we built and decorated our holiday accommodation and maintain it to a very high standard. We really enjoy meeting our guests and are on site to offer a little guidance and advice to maximise your holiday. Our visitors are able to enjoy the country side right on the doorstep but within a short drive we have the New Forest, seaside , National Trust properties and much much more. For those who like shopping a short car or train journey is all that is required to the nearest town.

To enhance your stay in the lodge we have provided a laptop with full internet access and Skype or use our WiFi if you have your own equipment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at Beech Lodge for a week in June and it was a perfect base for our holiday.

The lodge is very well equipped, we couldn't have asked for more. The welcome pack of provisions was a very nice touch and the location was so peaceful.

It really was a home from home and a perfect place to explore the surrounding places of interest of which there were many.

Annie and David are the perfect hosts and they made us feel very welcome indeed.

We were more than happy to add our appreciative comments to the many already in their visitors book.

We hope to pay a return visit in the future and we heartily recommend Beech Lodge to any prospective guests.



Thanks again for providing such a lovely place to stay.

Best wishes



Mark and Susie
Jun 2015
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Luxury Accommodation for Two in the Heart of the Test Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
5

Exceptional place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I chose this place as a start to our five week traveling vacation. We stayed three nights upon arriving into the UK. The drive from Gatwick was flawless using directions from my IPad.

(Side note - if you are from the States, get T-Mobile ... No extra charges with their international plan. Fantastic coverage)

Upon arrival, everything was perfect, and the most well equipt vacation rental we've ever stayed at. The essential food items were provided to prepare our first breakfast or have an evening snack upon arrival.

The place is just as it is shown in the photos. It certainly set the bar for our trip!

Located in a rural area, but a nice scenic drive to anywhere you wanted to visit. It's a great central location to sightsee around the area. If you want to feel as if you live in the UK, this is the place to stay.

Annie an David were fantastic hosts, kind and helpful with any questions we had.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ottawa, Canada
5

Beech Lodge

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always pleased to meet such lovely people from all around the world to share our home setting and wonderful countryside and even when they join in with the local Morris Dancers!
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Valley Center, CA, USA
5

Little Jewel

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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MIdpines, California, USA
5

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

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,

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Suffield, CT, USA
5

Charming little apartment in the heart of the countryside

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kansas City, Missouri
5

Lovely Place, Lovely People!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to share our home with guests from the USA David & Annie
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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mill Arms
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Southampton
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Wellow
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Mottisfont & Dunbridge
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
M27
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mill Arms
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Mudeford
Car: recommended

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

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Rates & Availability

Farley Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late Summer
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$126
$756
 
 
Autumn
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$119
$730
 
 
Winter
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
$113
$597
 
 
Christmas
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
$531
Flat fee
 
 
New Year
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$265
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$113
 

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Test Valley Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full size bath with separate walk in shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Double Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Electricity. Full Central Heating. Luxury Bedding and Towels. Bathroom with bath and seperate shower cubicle. Fully Equipped Kitchen and many other necessities including: 2 LCD Digital TV's. Washer/Dryer. Microwave. Fridge/Freezer. DVD/CD. Digital Radio. I Pod Docking Station. Telephone/Internet Access. Two comfort bikes available.

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