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Beautifully Appointed Riverside Thatched Cottage. Town Centre Yet Secluded

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A rare combination of quaint and modern, your ideal New Forest base

Originally built as a fisherman's cottage, Weir and Duck Cottages have been sympathetically renovated and extended. Outside it is 'chocolate-box' looking but inside is mostly very contemporary, an unusual mix.

The Cottage as you see it from the picture has been converted to form two beautiful self-contained units - Weir Cottage (on left) and Duck Cottage (on right) - see pictures. Only Weir Cottage is available to rent.

Weir Cottage consists of two bedrooms one with a very comfortable queen size, restored Victorian bedstead. The single bedroom overlooks the beautiful garden. Luxury linens are provided. The attractive shower room/WC is also at first floor level. Please note the original staircase is a little windy so not recommended for guests with limited mobility. Sorry, Pets are NOT accepted.

On entering the cottage is a charming hall with antique furnishings. The kitchen is wonderfully equipped with American Fridge Freezer including ice-maker, Neff cooking Appliances, induction cooking hob, dishwasher and washer drier. Smart TV. The kitchen overlooks the park-like garden extending to approximately two acres.

Also off the hall is the cosy sitting room with quality leather furnishings, Smart TV, and flame effect electric fire. A further small sun/reading room leads to a deck area.

Guests may enjoy the garden but please be aware that there are multiple hazards especially if venturing beyond the river. These include natural ponds and a weir so especially unsuited to young children because the river is quite deep with no fence. Tripping is a further risk on the boardwalks. The garden is an oasis in the middle of town and even locals are unaware of the natural treasures that are behind the cottage! There are lots of places to eat outside including a deck overlooking the river and a summerhouse. Deer and ducks are frequent visitors even a kingfisher if you are lucky enough to glimpse it. If anyone is in Duck Cottage during your stay then the garden might be shared but there is plenty of space to go around. We regret that no pets are accepted.

Fordingbridge is In New Forest District Council on the Hampshire/Wiltshire/Dorset border and has numerous pubs and ethnic restaurants all within a few minutes' stroll. Also supermarkets, butcher and bakeries. So no need to drive to enjoy anything within the town. New Forest National Park is one mile away and Salisbury, Bournemouth, Poole and Southampton all easily accessible by car. A very good public transport bus service exists linking Fordingbridge with Salisbury to the north and Ringwood/Bournemouth to the south all of which have wider national connections.

More Details

Shane Dowling
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, danish
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Shane Dowling

Hello, I'm Shane and have owned Weir Cottage since 2007 - that's me on my weir in the picture! A few years ago I decided to make the cottage in to two units so my eldest daughter could live independently in what is now Weir Cottage.

My daughter has since married, moved and made me a proud grandfather of Ada! My partner has a house in Salisbury so we spend a lot of time there or abroad. Hence the decision to offer Weir Cottage to rent. It is very likely, during your stay, nobody will be at Duck Cottage.

Shane Dowling purchased this house in 2007

Why Shane Dowling chose Fordingbridge

Weir Cottage is a very special place. The garden is a real gem because although town centre, once in the garden you will think you are in the middle of the country. Even locals are amazed to see what lies behind the cottage.

A great benefit is being able to walk to local pubs and restaurants rather than having to drive as is often the case with character properties. Few kitchen windows have a view as pleasing as you will get from Weir Cottage.

High speed, unlimited Internet is available throughout the cottage. Water is softened, linen is high quality Egyptian Cotton and my aim is to ensure your stay is a wonderful one.

What makes this house unique

Rarely do picturesque homes have such a unique yet practical setting. Thatched cottages can sometimes look great on the outside yet disappoint inside with everything as equally old! Weir Cottage is beautifully appointed with modern fittings for your total comfort.


Fordingbridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We do not charge a cleaning fee but ask that you leave the cottage as you found it (we do the laundry)
  • Please remove outdoor footwear to avoid damage to the oak floors
  • No additional occupants or visitors unless pre-approved by owner
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , The shower enclosure is in a 'wetroom' configuration
  • The shower room has a sink, WC and luxurious shower enclosure in the form of a wetroom style. Towels are high quality bath sheets. Water throughout the property is luxuriously softened.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Luxury Egyptian Cotton Linen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , Great view of garden
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • swimming


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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Ship
Nearest Ferry
32 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Crane Valley, Verwood
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
The Ship
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: recommended

Fordingbridge has almost everything one needs. Salisbury, Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton and Portsmouth are all easy drives. bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral easy to reach. Fordingbridge has a half hourly bus service connecting Salisbury to the north and Bournemouth to the south. Onward connections are available from there by bus or train. Salisbury and Ringwood both have very good coach services to London and Heathrow airport.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $276.97

We do not charge a cleaning fee. We do ask guests to leave the cottage as you found it and remove outdoor footwear. Of course, we launder bedding and towels

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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