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Keepers Cottage is less than a two-hour drive from central London, yet a peaceful world away from the stress of city life. Set back from a quiet lane with a large, private garden, it is only a 300-metre walk from the centre of Burley village and the popular Burley Inn. Recently renovated, it sleeps six guests in three bedrooms and is ideal for families.
The New Forest National Park is like something from an Enid Blyton book. Thatched cottages, forests with towering ancient trees, beautiful beaches and charming villages connected by miles of footpaths, cycling routes and bridleways. The pace of life slows here in the nicest possible way, giving you time to enjoy a pint or two of locally brewed beer or cider and a home cooked meal at a country pub. Burley has three pubs, including the 16th Century Queen’s Head that was a favourite with smugglers and highwaymen. These days, the only thing likely to hold you up on the road is one of Burley's free-roaming New Forest ponies, or possibly the horse-drawn wagon that takes visitors around the village.
Burley is ideal if you like being active as there is a challenging 9-hole golf course, cycle hire, coarse fishing, and the chance to go on a deer safari in Burley Park. There are countless fantastic activities in the New Forest, whatever the weather. Get outdoors and see the Rufus Stone, go to Lepe Country Park or Moors Valley Country Park, try a high-rope course or go canoeing or water skiing, or walk along the 40 miles of coastline and enjoy the views over the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
If it is raining, head indoors to Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Ringwood Brewery or Hurst Castle. Visit the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst and find out more about the people and history of the area, or head to the pretty Georgian market town of Lymington with its shops, cafes and art gallery and museum. Buckler’s Hard has an excellent maritime museum; while being on the western side of the New Forest means Burley is close to Bournemouth and Poole.
It does not matter if you are on holiday with just your family or are meeting up with others, the New Forest offers a wealth of fun for everyone.
Nicole joined Independent Cottages in January 2018
Keepers Cottage has recently been refurbished the owners putting a great deal of thought into ensuring their guests have a wonderful stay, upgrading it with touches like handmade mattresses, underfloor heating and unlimited fibre-optic WiFi.
Outside: A picket gate leads down the long driveway giving easy access to the village centre, only a short stroll away. The upper paved terrace has garden furniture for summer barbecues. There is private parking for two cars.
Additional Information: All utilities are included, as are linen and towels, although guests are requested to bring their own beach towels. Short breaks are possible, depending on availability. The owner has two other properties close by which sleep a total of 14 people when hired together with Keepers Cottage. Sorry but no pets in this cottage, however, the neighbouring cottage - Gardeners Retreat - will accept a well behaved dog. No smoking.
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