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.
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
House in Bransgore, New Forest, England - 3 Pubs Within Walking Distance, 7 Minutes to Nearest Beach
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- Jul 5, 2018
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 !
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Fantastic property with everything you could ask for
Great house, garden and local village. Great memories and would definitely recommend to friends and family
Beautiful House and Gardens
A lovely house for our weekend away. There were 10 of us and we had plenty of space.
The hot tub was lovely and we were lucky to have very warm and sunny weather!
This house is in a marvellous location and the local pubs are very good too.
It was lovely.
Good size for a party of 10 with space to get away from the group if you wanted to.
Great place for a family break!
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!
Home from with a hot tub
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.
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
Perfect place to stay
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!
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.
Special interest holidays: Cycle hire available in Burley and Brockenhurst. Excellent location for walking holidays. Severall superb golf courses locally Coast/Beach: 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. Travel: 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. Distances: 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.
Rates & Availability
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