- Property code: A720
- Changeover day: Friday
- 2 or more bathrooms
- Access statement available
- Central heating
- Parking (see description for details)
- Direct forest access
- Ground floor accommodation
- Garden or outside space
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Short breaks available
- Washing machine
This unique modern house offers a rural haven in the heart of the New Forest.
A cottage on this site was originally the home of the level-crossing operator (the gate-keeper); the disused railway line that runs alongside it has now been converted into a cycle track and footpath. With direct forest access from the front gate, walks and rides stretch for miles in every direction. From the large windows are spectacular views and there isn't another house in sight. Holmsley Gate House offers very comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms. The enclosed garden is the perfect place to relax and watch the ponies as they wander by.
A five minute drive or half-hour walk brings you to Burley village centre, which has a variety of independent shops, pubs and tearooms which are well worth a visit. You can hire bikes from the village or enjoy a wagon ride through the forest. Burley’s local golf course has been created from the New Forest heathland so ponies and donkeys will often be seen watching you tee off. The sea is a 15 minute drive away. You will find good shops, weekly markets, and larger supermarkets in Ringwood and Lymington, each a 20 minute drive from the house.
Entrance: a useful porch with space for boots, coats, and garden furniture.
From the porch, you enter a stylish and spacious open plan living-room area. There is a comfortable seating-area where you can sit and look out of the large windows at the spectacular views of the garden and open forest. The sitting area also has a wood burning stove, with one bag of logs and kindling provided in the appropriate season. The dining table has seating for up to eight people. The kitchen has an electric hob and integrated oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing-machine, and fridge-freezer. There is TV, wifi, and shelves full of books.
A step up and a door leads to the bedroom area where you find the two ground-floor bedrooms and a bathroom.
Bedroom 1 has a king size bed (5ft). There are beautiful views through the big window.
Bedroom 2 has twin single beds (3ft), and three windows, with views of the open heathland.
Shower room with shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
The third bedroom and second bathroom are downstairs on the lower ground floor.
Bedroom 3 has a king size bed (5ft).
Bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.
Outside the house is a small enclosed garden with a lawn and decking. The front gate opens directly onto forest land. The old Brockenhurst-Ringwood railway track passes directly beside the house; the line has been converted into a popular cycle track and footpath.
There is parking for up to three cars directly outside the house. Access is via a narrow road, which is used by locals, cyclists, and ponies.
Included Bed linen and towels. Electricity, central heating (electric) and WiFi.
Children All ages welcome.
Pets One well behaved dog is welcome. Must be over the age of 1 year old (unless agreed with the owner prior to booking) and dogs must be fully housetrained and well behaved. Please note that there is a standard charge of £30 per pet per week.
Telephone Available for incoming calls and emergency 999 calls only.
Bicycle Storage Available uncovered in garden.
Beach Sandy beaches at Mudeford or Highcliffe 8 miles (a 15 minute drive), shingle beach Milford on Sea 11 miles, Bournemouth 17 miles.
Shops In Burley Village Centre 2 miles or 30 minutes walk. The nearest large supermarkets are in Christchurch, 5 miles, the market town of Ringwood, 6 miles, Brockenhurst 7 miles or Lymington 12 miles.
Pubs The White Buck Inn 1 mile, several in Burley 2 miles
Property Self-catering holiday cottage.
Short breaks available low season bookable anytime, mid and high season two weeks prior to holiday start date.
Extremely well equipped cottage, best I've ever stayed in. Lovely layout and was really nice to arrive to complimentary shortbread. Great information packet too.
The location and design of the building were superb and we would gladly return anytime of the year.