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Romantic and peaceful cottage With Pool And Far Reaching Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 828 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in West Meon, Nr. Petersfield, South Downs, Hampshire, England - Peaceful Retreat Yet Close To Many Facilities, 30 Mins Beach, Tennis & Local Village Shop 5 Mins

This cottage, voted No. 1 cool cottage of Hampshire by The Guardian is located in a breathtaking setting and surrounded by rolling countryside. The Stables offer a 5 star private and peaceful retreat on the most southerly point of West Meon. This elegantly refurbished cottage with (shared) pool has its own private access and garden. It is ideally suited for all kinds of activities because of its location. 20 Mins from coast, 20 mins to Winchester, 10 mins to nearest railway, Southampton airport 30 mins away. Country pursuits on the doorstep include fabulous walks, as we are in a National Park, fishing, riding, cycling and golfing, whilst National Trust Houses and historic towns, such as Winchester, are under 30 mins. There are number of good pubs in the area and many fine dining restaurants too. The pool is beautifully heated and has a Roman end with steps for lazy afternoons and reading. It is our intention to make this a really special visit.

Vanessa Wills
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2018

About Vanessa Wills

I love living in Hampshire because of its peace and tranquility and have also enjoyed working in the city 12 years before starting a family. Now that the children are at university, I have set up a small business in property development and planning consultancy and enjoy designing buildings and their interiors. My husband and I have traveled a little and have stayed in some guests houses, some of which have been just fabulous. My aim is to create a special experience for my guests and offer a unique opportunity to enjoy our gorgeous countryside and stunning views in a luxurious style and comfort where they feel genuinely pampered.

Vanessa Wills purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Vanessa Wills chose Petersfield

Having enjoyed London and all it offers, it seemed fitting to move to the country when we had small children. The house we chose is in a fine location, set up high on the hills where glorious views can be enjoyed. The Stables are part of our property and has its own private drive and access, private garden and terrace and is in more elevated position than the house which makes it such a perfect retreat. We invite our guest to make use of the pool which is only yards away and is a floral delight. Converting The Stables, at the end of 2012, has been a fabulous project and real chance to create something unique and cutting edge. Light and space were most important. Here, enjoy the peace and tranquillity with shops, post office, butcher and gastro pub just 5 mins walk away.

What makes this cottage unique

The location of this property together with its fresh design is undoubtedly something, we feel, is special. It has been designed to suit those in wheelchairs (with large doorways and wet rooms) and equally has the romantic feel to it too.

Horses are welcome for those wanting a riding holiday.

Whilst this cottage is nettled in an oasis of peace, there is a plethora a activities to do, just short distances away. Golf, fishing, riding, tennis, swimming, cycling are all here on the doorstep. There are number of National Trust houses within 30 mins. The historic town of Winchester with its shopping and fine dining is only 20 mins. Take a ferry to the Isle of Wight just 30 mins away. Beaches are 35 mins away and there are some gorgeous walks here all around this National Park. This property benefits from all modern conveniences from electric blankets, SKY TV, underfloor heating, tranquility and much more...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful stay and enjoyed the glorious views. We felt very well looked after.

Christian Lange, Wiltshire Dec 2012.
Jan 2013
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Petersfield Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 828 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • This state of the art bathroom,finished end 2012, has underfloor heating, two large basins, a walk-in shower, a double ended bath, WC, and 4 windows! This too has a vaulted ceiling with oak beams. Perfect for a romantic couple or those in wheelchairs.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 bedroom) Plus Cot Notes on bedrooms: This romantic large double bedroom has vaulted ceiling, oak beams, and zip-and-link orthopaedic king-size bed can also become 2 twin beds. This room feels light and airy and looks out onto magnificent views reaching for miles.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is all on one level so is suitable for wheelchairs. The property was completely rebuilt in Autumn 2012 and therefore benefits from fresh decoration, good insulation and brand new kitchen and bathroom. Outside: Private access and garden which includes two aspects. First is an acre garden facing south/east and the other is over far reaching views south/west. In the garden are table and chairs, hammock. The heated pool is shared with the owner. The parking, originally a stable yard, is spacious and makes for easy turning. There are several trees to find shade under. Utility Room: The utility is part of the kitchen please refer to kitchen. We also have a slow cooker and food processor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh white linen and fluffy towels, dressing gowns, pool towels and a cream tea are included. Friday is change over day, with arrivals invited for 3.00pm and departures requested for 10.00am. Evening meals can be arranged for late arrivals (no cost) Other: We have a characterful entrance hall with beautiful slate tiles.


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Romantic and peaceful cottage With Pool And Far Reaching Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews

You won't be disappointed!

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There is little to add that has not already been mentioned previously by all the other guests that have stayed at the Stables. We stayed for a week in Mid-October after our wedding in nearby Petersfield; and what a wonderful way to relax and unwind after such an overwhelming day! We both found Vanessa to be warm and welcoming, and her attention to detail is impeccable - she truly understand what it is that makes her guests feel comfortable and at home.

The accommodation and facilities themselves are top of the range, high-quality and well-maintained. It would be hard to name something that you may require that wasn't already provided by Vanessa.

It is a truly beautiful location to just sit back and take a moment to enjoy the tranquility and peace that this property offers. You are away from the world and alone with your thoughts (and the sheep!). We hope to one day return and would definitely advise any potential guests to give the Stables a go - you definitely won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Goodness, what a lovely review! Thank you. Getting married is an exceptionally special time and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed The Stables for a relaxing few days after what must have been a really busy time. We look forward to welcoming you here on another occasion and wish you every happiness in your lives together. Thank you again for taking the time to write this review.
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Very comfortable and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely winter hibernation here in this extremely comfortable and well equipped converted stable. It's secluded but not isolated, the village is 10 minutes walk away(down a steep hill - good exercise on the way back!), with a small shop and cafe, nice pub and very good butchers. There are lovely views over the Hampshire downs and at night no lights can be seen at all...

And we greatly appreciated all the many thoughtful items Vanessa had arranged, including a cream tea waiting when we arrived, and beautiful fresh flowers. We hope to be able to return when the weather is better and explore the many enticing walks in the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I just wanted to say how delighted I am by this lovely review and really glad you enjoyed your time at The Stables. We're very lucky with this quintessentially English village and the tranquility that surrounds it. We would be thrilled to welcome you back and am most grateful for your kind words. How kind! Thank you!
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Brisbane Australia

Bliss in the Southdowns

  • 5 of 5

This property won a "coolest" award from the Guardian and rightly so. It was fantastic!! - and that's not said lightly. At long last, a UK self catering property that bills itself as "luxury" and actually lives up to the moniker. 'Luxury" has is a much abused adjective we've found sadly in our stays. If the devil is in the detail then so must be the delight which hits you from the moment you walk in to be greeted by the loveliest high tea awaiting. The place just smelt gorgeous to start with. The peace and quiet are seriously blissful. From every window - including the fully opening french doors, all you see are fields, trees and green lawns except for the occasional squirrel, pheasant or other wildlife. Vanessa, the host is next door, but you don't have a sense of anyone else being there at all. The kitchen had everything I could imagine needing including some extra helpful basic food items and a Nespresso machine with general amount of pods left. However ... the big ticket sellers - the biggest luxury bathroom we've ever encountered ANYWHERE. Complete with luxy amenities and big beautiful towels. The bed is also extremely comfortable and the bed linens top notch. Every time we turned around there was some really thoughtful little detail to make your stay a bit more relaxing. We kept on saying "wow - somebody thought to include that". There was a yoga mat and hand weights in a cupboard if you please. The bathrobes even fitted perfectly. We did a lot of walks and hikes every day. We didn't use them, but there were at least 4-5 sizes of high quality gum boots just for the purpose. There's a swimming pool available too - but being December we just used our imagination re that. Thank's Vanessa and well done.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A stunning property in every way in a beautiful setting, we can only endorse everyone else’s comments. Vanessa is the perfect hostess, so many thoughtful touches. We had a great week exploring the area and even the weather surpassed our expectations! Thank you very much, Vanessa.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: With the 'perfect hostess' come the perfect guests! Thank you for your kind comments which are much appreciated and I'm delighted that you are returning next year. We look forward to seeing you then. Best wishes Vanessa
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East Grinstead

Amazing little cottage that is perfect for a little weekend away

  • 5 of 5

this place really does have it all. with the welcoming Cava and fresh baked cakes we knew we were in for a lovely stay. the kitchen is fully stocked and there is sky sports available as well which was perfect to watch some of the live matches.

but the real crowd pleaser is the bathroom, perfectly lit at night and underfloor heating it really is the perfect bathroom.

location is great as well and we ate at the thomas lord in west meon one night and the place is certainly worth checking out.

we look forward to coming back

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments which are very much appreciated. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back here in the future. How kind of you to take the time to write!
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Melbourne, Australia

Absolutely delighted with everything about it

  • 5 of 5

The Stables at Black Hedges would have to be the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in (and we have stayed in a LOT) . Vanessa's attention to detail and the many lovely little thoughtful touches made this the most wonderful holiday experience.

The cottage is superb...beautifully equipped and decorated and the setting, surrounded by fields of sheep, is gorgeous.

We can't wait to return (from Australia) and will hope to book another two weeks.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your warming review and for taking the time to write it. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back when you visit England again.
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Southampton Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Thomas Lord
Nearest Ferry
22 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Corhampton Golf Club
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Thomas Lord
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
West Wittering


The Witterings are our local sandy beaches which are approx 35 mins away.


Southampton airport 30 mins by car

Motorway 20 mins

Winchester 20 mins

Ferry/port 30 mins

London 1 hour train or 1.10 drive


0.3 miles to the local shops or 5 mins walk

Winchester 20 mins, Peterfield 15 mins, Southampton 40 mins


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $207.78

Booking Notes:
25% of the rental cost is payable on booking as deposit, final payment to be made 30 days before commencement of the rental. Friday is change over with arrivals invited for 3.00 pm and departures at 10.00 am. Payments by BACS preferred.

No pets allowed.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Usually only weekly lets accepted

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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