Graylands Cottage sleeps two to eight guests in five bedrooms and provides secluded self-catering in an old Forester's Cottage. Glorious views over the New Forest National Park restore the soul! Guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of this haven, visited by an abundance of wildlife including numerous feathered friends and deer.
Perfect for families who want to visit this popular holiday destination, Graylands Cottage welcomes dogs and also offers a ten percent discount for couples booking. Seventy percent of guests are repeat visitors to Graylands, due to its lovely homely atmosphere and beautiful location. It is rare to find somewhere in the Forest which has walks from the door, welcomes pets, and is family friendly.
For those who enjoy walking, the tracks and trails of the New Forest start straight from the cottage gate allowing you to explore the area by foot. Why not walk out for lunch or supper at one of the local pubs? The nearest is only half a mile away. Fishing, pony trekking and golf are also available locally as well as an indoor swimming pool for children.
The area has an abundance of attractions to entertain all ages. Just ten minutes drive (or a two mile walk) is Fordingbridge, offering a wide selection of places to shop and eat. On the way to the market town of Ringwood is the Hampshire Wildlife Trust and also a lake for water skiing. Visit the pretty villages and towns of Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst (the 'capital of the Forest' with a tourist information centre) and Beaulieu with its famous car museum to name just a few. Or travel a little further and visit the cathedral city of Salisbury, iconic Stonehenge, Paulton's Park (the kids will love Peppa Pig World!), Lymington for a trip to the Isle of Wight or Bournemouth and Christchurch on the coast.
Stay locally and enjoy picnics in the forest where the little ones can build dams, play pooh sticks and have a good splash around. For stocking up on provisions there is a nearby shop in walking distance across the fields at Sandyballs.
Alternatively, simply relax and soak up the incredible views over the valley and New Forest with nothing to disturb you apart from the sound of bird song.
Ian Bruce joined Independent Cottages in July 2016
Additional information: Friday changeover is the norm but some Saturday changeovers may be available during the year. Dogs are welcome but guests are requested to fully hoover and clear up after them to remove all hair and any mess in the garden. Children welcome. The property is suitable for those in a wheelchair with assistance. Strictly no smoking inside the cottage. Duvets, pillow and blankets are provided but please bring your own bed linen, towels and tea towels (bed linen is available at the point of booking at an additional charge of £30 per bed per rental if needed). Heating is provided by the log fire in the sitting room and electric radiators (thermostatically controlled) with the exception of two bedrooms and bathrooms which are heated via oil fired radiators. Logs can be purchased at cost. There is phone in the cottage which guests can use for receiving and making calls (please leave money in the honesty box). WiFi is available. Generally it’s a good service, but occasionally runs slow.
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As part of the New Forest’s efforts to ensure it is a “green” destination, guest bookings where no-one comes by car (nor uses one during their stay), are entitled to a 5% discount.
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