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Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This charming semi-detached character cottage is loved by all who stay in her. It is fitted with Wifi throughout the house (unlimited downloads) and every modern convenience, from hairdryers and hugely comfortable beds to Sky Sports and SMART TVs. There are two bathrooms and two separate WCs and the ground floor study converts into a fifth bedroom. You'll find wooden floors and good rugs, a kitchen so well equipped that the most enthusiastic chef will be satisfied, and lovely homely touches from original paintings to toys, games and DVDs, a sewing box and shoe cleaning kit. Woodpecker Cottage is the perfect place to spend peaceful days with magnificent walks directly from the front door into private woods. The garden is glorious with hidey-places for children, a paddling pool and outdoor toys. The split level sitting room leads out onto a terrace with outside dining and barbecue. Pets are welcome. Woodpecker Cottage is situated just under an hour from Central London on the borders of three of England's most beautiful counties: Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. South Coast beaches, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight are an hour away , Stonehenge and Oxford just over an hour - and it's a mere 45 minutes' drive to fabulous theme parks (Legoland, Chessington) as well as to the historic palaces of Windsor and Hampton Court. Woodpecker Cottage is just 10 minutes from the lovely market towns of Farnham and Haslemere and within 20 minutes' drive of Guildford, Farnborough and Aldershot. The magical enclosed garden and a sunken 'waterbabies' bathroom (like a small swimming pool to little children) make Woodpecker a fabulous venue for young families.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||East Wittering, Chichester 63 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Heathrow 50 km, Nearest railway: Farnham, Surrey 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The charming split-level living room (with Wifi, and high quality, comfortable furniture, SMART & SKY TV, Blu-ray/DVD & sound system) leads, through oak framed French doors, onto the back terrace, with barbecue, dining out facilities and enclosed garden beyond. The kitchen is well fitted with hand-built real wood units (made from reclaimed materials), with oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, bread-maker and every modern convenience. A green-glass-panelled door leads through to a neat utility room. Six-eight people can be seated at the dining room table (and 12 at outside dining tables), and we provide two high chairs, two cots, baby listening and other baby items. Pretty pine chests in the study and the charming period sideboard contain toys and games for indoors and out, summer and winter; and there is a great collection of DVDs for adults and children - though you'll hardly need them: Netflicks can be streamed to the TVs in the sitting room and top floor bedroom. A paddling pool is available in the garden. Also on the ground floor is a WC with hand-painted tiles and Victorian pine panelling and a delightful study (which can become a fifth bedroom) overlooking the secluded front garden.
Upstairs, on the first floor, are two smaller and one larger bedroom, together with a WC and the fantastic 'Roman bath' which is like an indoor swimming pool for small children and a wonderful shower/bath for adults. The two smaller bedrooms contain high quality single beds. Underneath each of these is another pull-out single bed with a proper mattress (John Lewis' best!) with 'legs' that fold the bed up to a proper bed height. The double room has a King Sized double bed (150 cm / 5'6" wide). Each bedroom has a charming colour theme, original paintings on the walls, high quality reading lamps, excellent bedlinen and towels and the best quality duvets and pillows. The bathrooms, like all the other rooms, are kept immaculately clean, with soap, shower/bath foam and shampoo provided.
On the top floor, you find another bathroom/WC and the main bedroom - a lovely attic double room, airy and light, containing another King Sized double bed - as well as the laundry area (washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board). Hairdryers are provided in all the bedrooms.
Woodpecker is situated on a hill, and the views from all the bedrooms are stunning - looking across dense woodland, behind which the sun sets spectacularly every night. It is impossible to believe, gazing at this landscape, that you are within an hour of Central London . . .
|Further details outdoors|
There is parking for three cars beside the cottage. Woodpecker Cottage backs onto fields and faces the most delightful woods, filled with blue-bells in the spring. These are private woods available to the small number of cottages and houses in Green Lane, and are filled with wildlife (dear, rabbits, badgers, owls). Walks down Green Lane from the front door include one past a field that sometimes contains llamas; another past a sheep-breeder, who lets children hold his spring lambs; another (half an hour through the woods) to the shops, post-office and restaurantsin Beacon Hill Village. You can also walk 20 minutes down to the other end Green Lane, through a dramatic valley, to the main part of the village of Churt with its village shop, antique shops, and the famous Crossways Public House.
We provide a wealth of material about the house, locality and nearby districts and tourist attractions. Our wonderful housekeeper, who lives at the other end of Green Lane, is on hand to answer any questions and deal instantly with any problems.
The garden is mature, wonderfully well stocked and superbly maintained. The lawns lead from the back terrace, where you can barbecue or sit peacefully . For children there are hidden treasures in the garden, little hideouts, and raspberries, greengages and wild strawberries to be picked in season. We keep bird-feeders well stocked, and if you sit quietly you will watch a gorgeous collection of English birds come and go, including the woodpeckers after which the cottage is named.
Landline telephone available for rentals longer than 3 weeks.
House provided brilliantly well cleaned. You must leave it in good order.
Bedlinen/towels/wifi etc: included in the price
We have thought carefully about people with limited mobility and provide grab-rails on the stairs and in both bathrooms.
The owners have a second property right in the heart of Central London. This sleeps 12 in six bedrooms: http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/central-london-zone-1/59607
The South East England region
The Home Counties provide a wealth of history and heritage to keep visitors wandering from county to county. Yet theme parks are under an hour away, and Goodwood racecourse and the Farnborough Airshow and the famous RHS Gardens at Wisley even closer. Or visit maritime Portsmouth or bustling Brighton . . . or pop up to London with its endless activities, museums, shopping, galleries, monuments and parks. The Cathedral cities of Winchester, Salisbury, Oxford are all within easy reach for day trips, as is the south coast.
For walks and wildlife just walk outside the front door and turn right! The South Downs are on your doorstep, as is the fascinating Devil's Punchbowl crater. Ramble on the South Downs or go hang gliding there, pootle down the waterways on barges,, visit the New Forest ponies in Hampshire, the Steam Railway at Liphook, the farms and local Rural Life Centre - or, closer to home, wander through the private and National Trust woods right outside your front door. See badgers, rabbits, hare and deer. Enjoy excellent opportunities to bird watch and canal boats for hire. Explore the remarkable Frensham Ponds (14th century man-made lakes) for boating and fishing, and for playing in the SAND that - astonishingly, surround them: yes, a beach in the middle of Surrey!.
Woodpecker's village (Churt, between Farnham and Hazlemere) is perfectly situated to explore the three counties of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire all of which have a wealth of things to do. If you are of a more active inclination why not try clay shooting, fishing, golf or even go-carting. Farnham and Haslemere (each 10-15 minutes' drive away) are Georgian market towns with commuter links to London (and Westminster Abbey for the 2011 Royal Wedding), Windsor Castle, Henley, Wimbledon - all these are under an hour away. And your choice of golf courses within 10 minutes' drive is stunning.
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28 Apr 2014
"Excellent base for a family group"
We stayed for a week starting with a family wedding at a local venue. The open plan kitchen/dinning/living area makes for a very sociable stay whilst the separate study offers a quite area if you nee… More
11 Apr 2014
"Excellent Family Holiday Property"
Our family, including six adults and two young children, stayed at Woodpecker Cottage for a week and we found the accommodation, the facilities, the garden and the general location to be excellent for… More
29 Jun 2013
"Wish we lived here!"
We knew woodpecker cottage would be lovely, having read the reviews and seen the pictures, but it far exceeded our expectations. We arrived to the homely, cosy smell of freshly baked bread and a very… More
30 May 2013
"Great cottage, well equipped in a beautiful part of the country"
We has a fantastic stay at Woodpecker Cottage. We arrived to the smell of freshly baked bread which was wonderful after 12 hours traveling across 8 time zones. All the bedrooms are really comfortable,… More
11 Mar 2013
I don't usually write reviews but was so impressed by my recent stay that I feel moved to do so.To celebrate my 50th Birthday, I invited my brother, sister and some of our grown up kids to come a… More
22 Jan 2013
"A wonderful base for touring Surrey and Hampshire"
This is a lovely, well-equipped property, which is excellent as a base for touring Surrey and Hampshire by car, and with easy access to stations that get you into London in less than an hour.
It's in a quiet rural location, but with pubs and shops within a few minutes drive.
The owners are really helpful, and did everything to make our stay memorable.
16 Nov 2012
"Absolutely gorgeous place to stay."
This was a lovely house situated on a quiet country lane. Lots of room - 6 of us plus a baby - nice big lounge/kitchen/diner. Lovely beds. Very cosy - it needed to be in February. Large back garden al… More
13 Aug 2012
"ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC, HOME FROM HOME."
Woodpecker Cottage is absolutely lovely, equipped like your own home, extremely comfortable and well thought out. The location is beautiful, super garden and lovely walking in the woods. It would suit… More
7 Aug 2012
"Stunning house and wonderful location!"
We LOVED it at Woodpecker Cottage. The house is BEAUTIFUL and so homely. They thought of everything and we felt really taken care of. The are is fantastic too - great walks, gorgeous countryside an… More
14 Nov 2011
"Excellent house in rural environment"
Woodpecker Cottage is a very nice holiday cottage in in the countryside near Farnham. Our host made everything for a nice welcome (warm bread in the bread machine and a bottle of red wine on the table… More
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