House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 10
A superb, six bedroom disabled friendly house. Newly extended and refurbished to a very high standard with many specially designed features for the less mobile. The property is set in grounds at both front and back in a rural area with a disabled friendly nature reserve on its doorstep.
The accommodation comprises, downstairs twin bedroom, living room, conservatory with triple opening doors onto garden, large fully adapted kitchen with rising/lowering hob and sink. Large dining area with room for wheelchairs, fully equipped wet room. Upstairs there are two single bedrooms, a double bedroom with patio doors leading out onto balcony, a further double bedroom and a single with bunk beds, fully fitted bathroom with hand rails etc. Kitchen and bathrooms specially decorated for the visually impaired. All floors non slip for wheelchairs. There are ramps leading to the entrance to the property and all thresholds are a minimum height.
The property has a large driveway with parking for up to 3/4 cars. There is some garden to the front and back of the property and over the track is 'The Friends of Forest Front Nature Reserve for the Disabled'.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Calshot 8.8 km|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1.3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton 27 km, Nearest railway: Southampton 19.1 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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Ramps to entrance.
Downstairs wet room
Non slip floors
Rising hob and sink
Low level kitchen units
High level W.C.'s
2nd bathroom with hand rails
Specially decorated kitchen and bathrooms for visually impaired
|Further details outdoors|
Flat garden to front and back.
Parking for 3/4 cars on driveway in front of house
There is a shared right of way for access only to the property behind.
£20.00 booking fee.
£200.00 refundable cautionary deposit applicable
Completed booking form required.
If booked 8 weeks or more in advance £50.00 holding deposit with balance due 8 weeks before holiday.
The Central Southern England region
A wonderful region to take a holiday in, with the New Forest National Park and the south coast to visit. There are many attractions in the whole of the region and many wonderful towns and villages with holiday accommodation. There are plenty of day excursion attractions in all areas e.g. Paultons Park, Marwell Zoological Park. Together with excellent shopping areas such as West Quay in Southampton and Castle Point in Bournemouth.
The New Forest lies to the west of Southampton Water in south-west Hampshire and covers 37,677 hectares. Centuries of human management and livestock grazing have meant that the forest is a combination of heathland, ancient woodland, wetlands and grassy plains, with many inclosures of both coniferous and deciduous woodland. The commoners’ ponies and cattle roam freely across the forest, controlling and shaping the vegetation as they graze.
‘New Forest’, or ‘Nova Foresta’, was created by William the Conqueror as a royal hunting ground, and forest laws were enforced to protect the hunted animals and their habitats. These strict laws ensured that the hunting of deer and wild boar remained the closely guarded privilege of the King and his followers.
Over the centuries, deer hunting became less important, and by the 17th and 18th centuries timber production was the primary economic use of the New Forest. The New Forest Acts came into force, and areas were fenced off to protect young saplings from the grazing animals. It wasn’t until the Act of 1877 that two thirds of the forest were set aside for commoners to exercise their traditional rights.
Deer populations were left unmanaged until the 19th century when they reached levels that threatened the timber crops and competed with the commoners’ stock for food. The Deer Removal Act was established in 1851 and it was resolved that all deer were to be removed. Although total removal was not achieved, the numbers did reduce dramatically, and the Forestry Commission's keepers continue to keep these numbers under control today.
Recreation is important in the New Forest and with a large proportion of the forest being Crown land, access to the greater part is open and free to all. Local users and visitors from farther afield regularly enjoy participating in a wide range of recreation activities including horse-riding, dog walking and cycling.
Brockenhurst is a lovely New Forest village with a variety of shops and eating places as well as a main line railway station. You can hire bicycles in the village and cycle through the wonderful surrounding forest trails.
Hythe has a small shopping area clustered around its High Street, which includes a supermarket, a public library, several charity shops, and a number of small independent shops. The pier railway and ferry service across Southampton Water to Southampton operates at half-hourly intervals throughout the day, and is the oldest working pier train in the world.
Hythe's position makes it a good vantage point for viewing liners arriving and departing at the port of Southampton, which attracts many ship-watchers to the area. Hythe also has a marina of relatively recent foundation, at which a large number of yachts and boats are moored. A number of large and expensive houses are situated around the marina, overlooking the waterside.
Forest Front Nature Reserve
Right outside the front door and across the track is Forest Front Nature Reserve for the Disabled, within the Perambulation of the New Forest, a part of Beaulieu Heath over the A326 from the National Park. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest owned by the Forestry Commission, and provided with wheelchair-accessible paths. It contains an ancient tumulus, sited by the pond.
The Reserve was the brainchild of a group of local volunteers inspired by the 1981 Year of the Disabled, and was supported by a variety of local bodies and charities as well as major local companies such as Southern Electricity and Shell. It was officially opened on 7th July 1986 by actress Susan Hampshire on behalf of the Conservation Foundation, for whom naturalist David Bellamy made a special grant.
To quote the signs provided within the Reserve, ..."This Reserve represents an ambitious .scheme to transform an overgrown four acre area of the New Forest into a nature reserve which can be enjoyed by everyone, including physically disabled people. The pathways have been carefully graded and surfaced to provide easy access for the handicapped with observation areas and seats.
Conservation and improvement of the site in terms of vegetation and wildlife has always been paramount, with disturbance kept to a minimum. As the reserve is not browsed by animals it is unique in that its great variety of habitat repeats on an even wider scale than the neighbouring forest. There are areas of heathland, deciduous woodland, bog and pond, grassland and marsh. Discreet planting of native species has taken place, always after consultation with specialists.
The pond, stained brown by the adjacent peaty soil, provides a home for many small creatures, including dragonflies, newts and frogs. On the heathland there are several species of heather and gorse and in summer lizards bask in the sun on the warm ground. Many birds, including woodpeckers, wood warblers, robins, chaffinches, wrens and linnets, find cover and food in the woodland and undergrowth."
The Reserve is popular with local people for walks (with or without dogs) and is used by the Forestry Commission for and others for nature educational events.
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3 Jul 2013
"Lovely house, great location, perfectly adapted......********"
We stayed at meadow lodge for a long weekend, and the house was perfect. Very well kept and clean, With great facilities (books, games, cards, tv, dvd player) Our party was a large group of 8 adults and 4 children, one adult is wheelchair bound, and this house ticks every single box to cater for a wheelchair user, we could not ask for more. The house is perfectly located to reach plenty of days out like peppy pig world, farms, museums, etc. lovely pub at the end of the road, which has a disabled toilet, serves food, great play area in garden for children. The town centre is 5 mins away and had a lovely French market. Overall the house was perfect and we would definitely book again, our only regret is we didn't stay for a full week.
16 Feb 2013
"Superb house, great space, lovely warm atmosphere"
We wanted a holiday home that could accommodate 9 of us - my parents (with my mother in a wheelchair), my brother and his wife, their two boys (aged 6 and 8), their dog, my two teenage boys and me! We also needed parking for three cars, a decent-sized secure garden and internet access! This wonderful house actually ticked all the boxes!!
Meadow Lodge is really spacious, with lovely furniture, quality kitchen appliances, in fact we hardly found fault.
For my mum who has never stayed in a wheelchair adapted house before, she was very impressed with lots of little touches that helped her. The laminate flooring throughtout meant that she could wheel right round the house. The double hinges meant doors could open right out of her way. The pulls on the doors helped her (and she now wants these at home!). Then the real adaptations were brilliant - height adjustable hob, sink, washbasin, together with higher toilet, wet room, light switches at her height, ramps out of every door and patio door.
The negatives are quite small - there are only two bathrooms, which meant 7 of us upstairs had to share one bathroom. But in practice this wasn't a real problem and we never actually had to queue! The TV/DVD player in the living room isn't the largest, but we only spent one evening watching it anyway. The only other TV/DVD is in the master bedroom. But the internet access was more than capable of coping with numerous laptops, phones etc so everyone was happy.
For us a big plus was that there are actually two double bedrooms upstairs (while the property description currently says that there is only one). This should help attract more family groups.
We had a problem with the heating when we first arrived, but the letting agency responded very quickly and everything was sorted in the first evening.
A word of advice - the road to the house is pretty bumpy and (after the amount of rain we had) muddy too.
The Gleneagles pub at the end of the road served good pub food; at the opposite end of the road is a park/playing field/skateboard park which tired the kids out. Unfortunately it was too wet and muddy for Mum to visit the nature reserve, but this was her choice, the main footpath through it is wheelchair accessible and she would have enjoyed the walk. The dog certainly enjoyed having the forest on the doorstep! Beaulieu Motor Museum is only a few miles away as is Exbury Gardens (but this was closed when we were here).
All in all, we would highly recommend this house and had a great stay.
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