House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Located in the heart of the renowned Test Valley in the south of England, Stockbridge has a unique ambience for those who appreciate the pleasures of rural life, and there is now the opportunity to stay in the village at newly built Firs Lodge.
Purpose designed as a holiday let for individuals or parties seeking a high quality stay in the Stockbridge area, the house features flexible accommodation, having two bedrooms on the ground floor and a large open plan living space on the upper floor, with the balcony offering spectacular views over the beautiful landscape to the west.
Whether your passion is country walking, fishing, shooting, cycling, fine cuisine or simply relaxing with a good book to read, Firs Lodge offers the ideal surroundings to unwind from the pressures of modern life. Naturally however, should you wish to stay in touch, tv, wifi and data port links are provided around the house for your convenience.
Built to a very high standard, using locally made Michelmersh bricks to support a green oak timber frame construction, and finished with underfloor heating powered by an air source heat pump, the accommodation offers excellent levels of comfort, and all within strolling distance of the renowned Stockbridge High Street.
Our High Street has been known since Victorian times for its excellent hospitality, and winning the Google “best foodie street” award in 2010 was confirmation that its reputation is current and well deserved, with an exceptional range of pubs, restaurants and shops, all within a very short distance of Firs Lodge. Whether your preference is for eating out or self-catering, everything you need is here, so there is very little forward planning required for a stay at the Lodge.
We look forward to making you welcome over your stay, please look around our website for further information on the accommodation and facilities provided both at Firs Lodge and in the surrounding area; if you have any questions, please contact us and we will of course be pleased to advise.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bournemouth 40 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton 25 km, Nearest railway: Winchester 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, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Designed to take advantage of the stunning views across the valley, the main living area is on the first floor, while the ground floor features a generously sized entrance hall, a Master Bedroom complete with en-suite bathroom, and with a second bedroom and beds that can either be taken as twins or doubles, there is scope for both family and party breaks.
The spacious separate bathroom offers shower, bath and toilet facilities, with the adjoining airing cupboard providing storage and clothes drying space should you get wet whilst out in the countryside. Upstairs the open plan living area features panoramic views across the Test Valley to the west, viewed from the comfort of sofas and chairs, with the balcony providing a unique vantage point to enjoy evening refreshments on.
The well equipped kitchen area has cooking, washing and drying appliances should you need them, and the dining area allows for both formal and informal eating. Should you wish to sleep extra visitors, one of the sofa's converts into a double bed, allowing for a maximum party size of six.
The Central Southern England region
Stockbridge High Street has been known since Victorian times for its excellent hospitality, and winning the Google “best foodie street” award in 2010 was confirmation that its reputation is current and well deserved, with an exceptional range of pubs, restaurants and shops, all within a very short distance of Firs Lodge. Whether your preference is for eating out or self-catering, everything you need is here, so there is very little forward planning required for a stay at the Lodge.
Places of Interest
Danebury Hill Fort
Well worth a visit, it is a stiff walk to the very top of the ramparts but the views are spectacular from there, and it is a good way to get some fresh air.
The Museum of Army Flying
One of our favourites, there is always something new to see, and plenty to keep children occupied, also has a restaurant if you need a snack.
Houghton Lodge Gardens
Spectacular country house and gardens, well worth a visit but do check opening times.
Wonderful National Trust owned property with great history and architecture, rose gardens and riverside lawns, great for a leisurely wander around.
Longstock Park Water Gardens
Part of the Leckford Estate owned by the John Lewis Partnership, a wonderful water garden worth a visit at any time of year.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust
A woodland setting with some fantastic birds on display and in action, just off the A303 between Andover & Thruxton
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
On the Braishfield road north of Romsey, this world famous arboretum and garden is open all year round, and is home to many wonderful species of plant.
High Ropes activities for all ages in Harewood Forest, if you fancy swinging through the trees like Tarzan……..
Winchester City Centre
Ancient capital of Wessex, the centre of Winchester has many fascinating historic features, and a visit to the Cathedral is highly recommended.
Salisbury City Centre
Salisbury is another ancient regional centre with a wonderful heritage including of course the impressive Cathedral, Old Sarum, and a little further afield, Stonehenge.
Romsey Town Centre
Romsey is a classic english market town, and retains much of its character to this day. The imposing Norman Abbey and 13th Century St Johns House are highlights, and the Broadlands Estate, home of the late Lord Louis Mountbatten lies to the south of the town, with the River Test running along the front of this magnificent stately home.
Andover Town Centre
Despite major development in the outskirts of Andover, the centre of the town still has its historic market town which is worth a visit, and there are also cinema’s and children’s play centres should you need a diversion on a rainy day.
Walks and Views
Situated as we are in the centre of the Test Valley, it is not far down the valley to the crossing point of the Clarendon Way as it traverses Hampshire to join Winchester and Salisbury. The Test Way cross the Clarendon Way at Houghton, and it is a quite idyllic spot with complete peace in the middle of the river valley as you cross over various bridges, looking down at the clear chalk stream water below.
The Test Way
From Firs Lodge here in Stockbridge you can walk straight to the Test Way and turn either north or south and go as far as you wish to. Alternatively you can drive to one of the many intermediate car parks along the Way, and start at a point further away, for a different part of the route.
Stockbridge Common Marsh
It is very easy to take The Marsh for granted as it is so close to Stockbridge and Firs Lodge, however, whether you stroll down the Test Way, cut between Lillie’s and Garden Inn or park at the Lions Den, the Marsh is a wonderful place to take a walk at any time of day. Whether you stay up at the Stockbridge end with the river and footbridges, or venture down to the southern end with the beautiful Lutyens designed Marsh Court overlooking the valley, the Marsh is always a relaxing place to walk.
Although you either have to walk up the main Winchester Road or drive up and park in the carpark, a trip up to the Down is recommended as the views from the top are spectacular, looking across to Danebury Ring and Salisbury Plain to the west, the Isle of Wight to the south, and over towards the South Downs to the east.
The atmospheric centrepiece of mystical Salisbury Plain. It is a though provoking place to visit at any time of year, rising so unexpectedly out of the rolling grassland of the Plain. A short car journey down the A303, there are many other remarkable Neolithic and Iron Age site within a short distance of Stockbridge.
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7 Jul 2014
"Fantastic cabin lodge for a weekend with the ushers for my man Tom Rivers wedding down the road!"
Really lovely accommodation, really well done out inside and fantastic views from the terrace. Such a lovely couple too, great hosts! They even drove us to the church for the wedding in a vintage amer… More
Really glad you enjoyed your stay and that everything went smoothly for the wedding. The jeep ride was an little extra and only too pleased to be of service!!!
11 Jan 2014
"A lovely home from home."
We recently returned from spending Christmas at Firs Lodge and have only good things to say about the house, its owners and Stockbridge itself. We drove through atrocious storms to arrive at Firs Lod… More
8 Sep 2013
"Beautifully equipped, bright, cosy comfortable space"
Stayed here for two nights as part if a wedding party. Wonderful space to share with friends. Very well equipped with all kitchen items available for entertaining and celebrating.Bright interiors made… More
20 Jan 2013
"Home away from home"
Very well equipped, high quality home, close to village centre. Everything we could have wished for. Our hosts Julie and Adam were exceptionally helpful and friendly. It was wonderful to have our own place to stay on our trip back to the UK and have all our family and friends visit us! The well equipped kitchen and open plan living area made entertaining easy. We'll definitely be staying at Firs Lodge again.
5 Jan 2013
Our family had the most amazing stay at Firs Lodge. From the warmest of welcomes from the owners, to the factastic facilities and top of the range finish to the furniture and fittings, this lodge is a definate place to stay so you can enjoy the comfort and pleasure of the area. We can not speak highly enough of this beautiful, well equiped and relaxing lodge. A perfect stay. Thanks Very much.
It was lovely to have you here over the Christmas break, and we are so glad that Father Christmas found you all in the Lodge!
10 Dec 2012
"Great place, lovely owners"
Thanks for the warm welcome and a great house, well priced - perfect for a weekend retreat. Stockbridge is a great village too. All round excellent.
It was a pleasure to have you staying at Firs Lodge, and enjoying some country pursuits whilst here. We look forward to seeing you again.
8 Nov 2012
"Very comfortable stay."
The place was mostly made of wood with matching furniture which made it a cosy warm environment to be in where we all relaxed. The couple were excellent hosts who did everything they could to help fulfil every request we had. I would happily go back again in the future.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Firs Lodge and around Stockbridge, it would be lovely to see you again if you are planning a trip to the area.
8 Oct 2012
"If we need to stay in Hampshire again, this would be our first choice!"
We booked this for a long weekend after arriving from New Zealand for a visit to the UK. The owners were very helpful prior to arrival with booking queries and arrangements. All communication was prompt and made it very easy to sort out via email prior to arrival.
Upon arrival we were greeted at the property and shown round - delighted to see that we had been provided some essentials (breakfast cereals, milk, bread, tea, coffee etc....) so we didn't have to do any shopping after our long flight.
Quality of furnishings , towels, toiletries etc.... was high and a number of other little touches just added to the experience.
Having 2 small children (2.5yrs and 6months) meant we were grateful for the space and this was much better than renting 2 hotel rooms. One thing to note is that their is a staircase so if you have toddlers or children that are not used to stairs then you need to keep an eye on them (we had 0 problems on this).
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Firs Lodge, and it would be lovely to see you again on your next trip to the UK. Kindest regards.
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