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Large New Forest Property with Hot Tub in Village Location

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Bransgore, New Forest, England - 3 Pubs Within Walking Distance, 7 Minutes to Nearest Beach

A beautiful property set in a third of an acre of mature gardens and surrounded by raised sun decks and mature flower beds, with the added luxury of a fantastic jacuzzi hydrotherapy hot tub housed in a vaulted wooden spa shelter. The gardens are beautifully lit at night and, for alfresco diners, there is a double brick-built Portuguese-style BBQ. All weather patio furniture is provided plus hammock, recliners and parasol. The property is decorated in a mix of contemporary and traditional styles with 5 bedrooms (2 4 poster) and 3 separate living areas - making it ideal for larger groups. It is superbly equipped and entertainment options include 2xSky PlusHD, CD collection, large range of board games and small library of books, DVDs and videos. The property is within walking distance of 3 excellent village pubs, close to several superb beaches and golf. It is an ideal base from which to explore both the Forest and the blue flag beaches and vibrant nightlife of nearby Bournemouth.

Jackie Portlock
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
November 13, 2017

About Jackie Portlock

Hello - my name is Jackie Portlock and I am the owner of this beautiful house which has been in my family for 35 years. My husband and I spent many happy times here when our children were younger and the house is full of lovely memories for us - so much so that when I inherited it 7 years ago, we could not bear to part with it. So I set about a complete renovation project which kept the original charm of the house but added luxuries such as raised decks from which to view the beautiful gardens, a fantastic Jacuzzi hydrotherapy spa hot tub housed in a timber vaulted gazebo, double BBQ, 3 luxury bathrooms, and beautifully decorated interior. This is not just a holiday home - this is a real home full of warmth and character - we love this house and we hope you will too.

Jackie Portlock purchased this house in 1980

Why Jackie Portlock chose Bransgore

The house has been in the family for 35 years and it was originally purchased because of its unique location ie the property is in the centre of a corner plot at the top of a quiet country road. The garden contains many mature shrubs, beautiful rhododendrons and is bordered on one side by the original orchard wall. It is completely secluded. Bransgore is a thriving village on the edge of the New Forest National Park and has the unusual benefit of 3 excellent pub/restaurants within walking distance, a village parade where you can buy pretty much everything. It is minutes away from a gorgeous beach and equidistant between Ringwood and Christchurch. All this and yet it's so peaceful, the owls hoot in the oak trees at night, there are no street lights so the stars shine brighter - it's magic!

What makes this house unique

Main benefits are its village location ie everything you need within walking distance, it's proximity to several lovely beaches, the breathtaking scenery so lovely at all times of year whether springtime when the New Forest ponies and their adorable foals are literally everywhere, the summer when the beaches beckon, the Autumn when everything turns to gold or the Winter months when the hot-tub is real fun! Virasol has the lot - whether it's walking, cycling, local fine dining, a peaceful break with friends sharing an excellent pint beside a roaring fire, superb golf, endless amusements for children of all ages or fab nightlife in Bournemouth. Alternatively, wallow in the hot-tub, BBQ on balmy nights, lounge on the sun-decks, breathe in the pine-scented air and switch off the mobile !

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to let you know that we had the most fabulous week at Virasol.The house was so well equipped with absolutely everything we could ever have needed, and the outside space meant we were able to catch the rays at every time of day and evening. Every day we walked into the village which had everything - we didn't go anywhere else! As you can see we have had the best time and would thoroughly recommend Virasol to others.

“Dear Jackie – thank you for the opportunity to rent Virasol. It is an amazing property, beautifully equipped with fascinating personal memorabilia and everything required for a self-catering holiday. We all thought it was a dream location in a private setting but so near to first-class amenities.We have rented a variety of interesting properties over the years but Virasol is unique.

“We have had a wonderful week in such a beautiful house. Hot tub enjoyed by all

“An absolutely super weekend with all of my family together. What a wonderful house "
Oct 2009
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Southbourne Cliffs
"Lovely views over the Purbecks and to the Isle of Wight. Clean, sandy beach and plenty of ca..."
Bistro on the Beach
"Cafe by day, fine dining by night. Unique venue right on the prom at Souuthbourne "
"Great place for family day out. Crabbing there is great fun, buy all the equipment you need ..."
Highcliffe Castle Tea Rooms
"Highly recommended. They generally run an outdoor BBQ from breakfast onwards in the summer. ..."
The Noisy Lobster at Avon Beach
"Great Venue at Avon Beach, right on the beach with superb views out to sea. Open for excelle..."
Ringwood brewery
"Really worth a visit. Great Brewery Shop and Tour . Don't forget a flagon of Ringwood Best o..."
The Three Tuns
"Our local alehouse handily at the foot of the lane. Gorgeous thatched country pub. Fantastic..."
Moors Valley Country Park and Forest
"Unique day out for all the family. Tree-top trail, lakeside walk, Thomas the Tank Engine typ..."
The Pig Restaurant & Hotel
"Excellent food in a charming setting . Worth a drive but you'll need to book . Excellent gas..."
Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa
"Afternoon tea here is a lovely experience. The Chewton Glen is a 5-star gem just a 5 minute ..."
Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa
"Really excellent Balinese/Thai themed spa day/ evening / afternoon out. "
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Cycle hire available in Burley and Brockenhurst. Excellent location for walking holidays. Severall superb golf courses locally


The property is a 7 minute drive from Highcliffe Castle beach - a beautiful, pine-fringed, unspoilt beach situated behind Highcliffe Castle. The beach at Friars Cliff is a 10 minute drive, as is Mudeford Quay and Christchurch Quay. Hengistbury head with its sandy dunes and viking history is 15 minutes by car. Blue flag beaches of Southbourne, Bournemouth and Poole 20 minutes by car. Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs and Isle of Purbeck 3/4 hour by car

Isle of Wight - via ferry from Lymington.


Hurn Airport (Bournemouth International Airport) 20 minutes by car. Hinton Admiral station - direct line from Waterloo - 5 mins by car. Southampton Airport - 40 minutes by car. Poole harbour - 30 minutes by car.


Bransgore village centre 0.25 miles. Highcliffe 3 miles. Christchurch 5 miles. Lymington approx 15 miles. Bournemouth approx 10 miles. Southampton approx 30 miles. Ringwood approx 8 miles. Burley approx 5 miles. Brockenhurst approx 8 miles. Poole approx 20 miles.

Further Details:

Bransgore village boasts 3 very different and excellent pubs, The 3 Tuns, The Crown and Carpenters Arms as well as butchers, bakers, hairdressers, Co-op (open 7 days 8-10pm), Fish and Chip shop, newsagents, post office and beauty salon. We also have 5 churches, 3 village halls and a recreation ground with swing park, skate park and wooded area.

There are 5 large supermarkets within a 10 minute drive (Christchurch: Sainsburys, M&S Food, Waitrose, New Milton: Tesco, Ringwood: Waitrose). All these towns also feature most high street banks. We are spoilt for fantastic restaurants, two new Gary Rhodes have opened up in Christchurch and Mudeford, 5* Chewton Glen Hotel is 5 minutes away (fab afternoon tea), Burley Manor, riverside dining in Christchurch, excellent range of Indian, Chinese and Thai, vibrant nightlife of Bournemouth and fantastic local farm shop selling locally produced meats, poultry, fruit and veg at amazing prices.

Leisure activities for families - Owl and Otter Sanctuary, Paultons Park, Moors Valley Country Park, crabbing on Mudeford Quay, noddy train from Bournemouth Pier and at Hengistbury Head, Alice in Wonderland theme park at Hurn, Oceanarium in Bournemouth, Red House museum Christchurch, boat hire, trips round the bay, Isle of Wight day trip, horse riding, cycling, ice-skating and much more. Moors Valley country park offers an excellent day out for all the family featuring excellent golf for Dads, playtrail and narrow gauge railway for little ones and Go Ape high-wire course for teenagers. Pamper days available at Chewton Glen, Senspa in Brockenhurst and Elmers Court in Lymington. Fantastic shopping in Bournemouth, West Quay (Southampton) and Salisbury. Local markets - Lymington, Poole and Christchurch. Splashdown at Tower Park plus cinema complex, Regent cinema in Christchurch and theatres in Poole, Bournemouth, Wimborne, Southampton and Salisbury.


Bransgore House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
  • Ground floor en-suite double shower cubicle, heated towel rail, wc, vanity sink. Ground floor shower - underfloor heating, double shower with heated towel rail, wc, sink. 1st floor bathroom - corner bath, overhead shower, heated towel rail, wc, sink.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - ground floor with modern 4 poster bed, en-suite luxury shower, French doors leading onto raised sun deck. Bedroom 2 - ground floor twin. Bedroom 3 - double. Bedroom 4 - twin. Bedroom 5 - double 4 poster.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: No smoking. No pets. Stair gates , high chair and travel cot provided for parties with young children. Unfortunately we do not take bookings for hen or stag parties. Outside: The house is situated in the centre of a third of an acre plot bordered by an original orchard wall. It is surrounded on 3 sides by raised sun decks and features a pergola walkway down to a jacuzzi hot tub situated in a wooden vaulted gazebo. There is a paved area surrounding the large brick-built BBQ and the garden is laid to shrubs and features 3 lawned areas with apple, conifer and rhododendrons. Bikes can be stored in the hot tub area. There are 2 patio sets, parasols and recliners with soft cushions plus a hammock. The house and grounds are beautifully lit at night. There is gravel drive with trellised off parking within the grounds for 3 cars with room for a further two outside the main gates. Utility Room: Larder fridge, freezer, BBQ tools, buckets, spades, mop, airer, storage chest, cushions for patio set and umbrella, highchair. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (1 hand, 1 bath per person) included, all bedlinen, table linen, tea towels etc included. Property thoroughly cleaned and all linen changed after each let. Other: Hot tub is housed at rear of garden under vaulted wooden gazebo. It is reached via a pergola walkway leading up to the kitchen French doors.


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Large New Forest Property with Hot Tub in Village Location
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

It was lovely.

  • 5 of 5

Good size for a party of 10 with space to get away from the group if you wanted to.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place for a family break!

  • 5 of 5

We were impressed by this property as soon as we found it. It was the right size (5 beds/ sleeps 10) and location (right on our target search location band). Booking was easy and thereafter communications with the owner were first class.

All the arrangements were set out clearly and accurately. The directions were very easy to follow (varied slightly from the SatNav route, but nothing significant) and first access was easy.

The welcome hamper was well-filled with relevant provisions for starters. We found plenty of everything (towels/ crockery/ cutlery/ cooking stuff) that we needed and hardly used any of the stuff we had brought.

Allocating the rooms was tricky (!) due to our family groupings but everybody was very happy with what they got. Plenty of room to be together - or in smaller groups. Huge range of tapes/ games/ DVDs/ CDs/ books etc to cater for everybody's tastes. The table really does (s)eat 10 people! Whole house was on the warm side for us but clearly the central heating/ hot water is up to the job.

Grounds were well presented although for weather and other activities we didn't really use the garden - except as the pathway to the hot tub. Eight of us used it several times over and the 4 granddaughters really, really enjoyed it!

For another whole-family occasion we'd certainly look at re-booking, as it was so comfortable, well-equipped and nicely located so convenient for so many different activities.

Thank you Jackie for a great family break!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Faversham Kent

Home from with a hot tub

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year at Virasol and hopefully will not be our last, the house is great for large family groups we are 6 adults and 4 children, the weather was fantastic so we spent most days on the beach, southbourn, fryers cliff and highcliff all great sandy beaches and fantastic fun in the sea, we also visited Moors Valley park good cycle roots and safe for the children, we made good use of the BBQ and the hot tub, the hamper that Jackie left us was brilliant as always, can't think of a better place to spend a week with the family, the children call it the hot tub house and absolutely love it.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Steph snd Barry for this great review and, as always, for being such delightful guests. I was so pleased to read that this year you got the weather you deserved and managed to factor in lots of beach time. 'The hot tub house' will be very happy to welcome you back any time! Jackie x
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Perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights at Virasol for my husbands 40th birthday. It was a family trip and there were 10 of us including 4 kids... We all loved Virasol. Such a great house with lots of space and everything you could need for your trip. There's a great garden with a big BBQ and a lovely hot tub. The owners were so helpful and left an amazing welcome hamper. There's lots to do nearby - we went crabbing at Mudeford, to Moors Valley Country park (great play area, cafe, steam train, walks and Go Ape treetop adventure course) and to Highcliffe castle and beach .... The perfect house in the perfect location!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Felicity for this thoughtful review and for your 5 star rating. I am so pleased the property worked so well for you and your family and that you managed to enjoy so many of the local attractions.
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Tunbridge Wells

A fantastic place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely long weekend at Virasol. The accommodation was very suitable for our family and very well equipped. It certainly felt like a home and not a holiday house. A huge hamper welcomed us full of delicious treats! The BBQ and hot tub were very much enjoyed. An ideal location for exploring the area. Thanks for everything Jackie - will definitely recommend Virasol!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jen Thank you so much for this thoughtful review and for your 5 star rating. It is always nice to hear that the property has worked well for people and generally ticked all the boxes. Once again, thank you for being such delightful guests . Very best wishes Jackie Portlock
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Faversham Kent

Great house with great garden

  • 5 of 5

Great house with plenty of space for everyone, the garden is enclosed by fencing all the way round so it's safe for the children to run about, and a relaxing soak in the hot tub after a long day having fun was much appreciated by grown-ups and children alike. The kitchen is well equipped with all that you need and the barbecue in the garden was great we used it twice. We also found the pink folder left by Jackie helpful giving lots of ideas of what to do and where to go in the area. We are a family of six adults and four children so having three bathrooms is a definite plus for us. Fantastic house is in a lovely area we would recommend this to anyone

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this very helpful review. It is very much appreciated and we are so glad the house worked so well for your family group. Kind regards Jackie Portlock Owner
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking via email or telephone. Written confirmation letter sent on receipt of agreed deposit full balance payable 10 weeks prior to arrival. Security deposit of £250 due 2 weeks prior to arrival - refunded approx 1 week after departure. Xmas and New Year bookings attract a £350 security deposit payment. Welcome letter and property info and directions sent out on receipt of full balance payment. Tea, coffee, sugar, washing up liquid, dishwasher tabs, toilet rolls provided (sufficient for 2 night stay). Regret no hen or stag parties. Reservation deposit is non-refundable. In case of non-family, all adult parties, average age must be over 30 years of age.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. Short breaks (3 nights) Fri-Mon, (4 nights) Mon-Fri

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.