If you are looking for a 'chocolate box' thatched cottage to enjoy a holiday in the New Forest then look no further! Keepings sleeps up to four guests and is a delightful cob dog-friendly cottage that dates back some three hundred and fifty years. Ideally placed in the New Forest National Park, the cottage affords an enviable position where you will see ponies and donkeys wandering past. For two guests, the cottage is generous in size and it can accommodate four guests with the use of a sofa bed in the sitting room.
Guests can soak up the tranquil atmosphere from the garden during the summer months (barbecue and outdoor furniture provided) and enjoy cosy nights in front of the fire if the evening turns chilly.
Keepings is situated equidistant from the picturesque village of Beaulieu and Lymington, known as the 'capital of the forest' where you will find a good selection of shops, eating establishments, takeaways and a tourist information office to help you plan your stay. The area offers a host of attractions and great days out including Exbury Gardens, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Lymington with its popular weekly market and cobbled quayside lined with boutiques and Bucklers Hard to name just a few. Or venture a little further afield and enjoy a day by the sea at Bournemouth, visit Southampton, Salisbury, take a day trip to the Isle of Wight (just two miles away at Lymington) or even Stonehenge - all easily accessible by car.
Alternatively, stay closer to home and enjoy all the immediate area has to offer including miles of tracks and forest paths to explore, incredible wildlife, pretty villages with traditional pubs for a leisurely lunch and country lanes and off road trials for cyclists. Whilst Norleywood itself does not have a village store, there is a very good one in the next village which is a pleasant walk and a dog-friendly pub within a fifteen minutes by foot.
Bookings are only taken during the summer months of May through to the end of November.
Peter & Helen Ray joined Independent Cottages in April 2015
Outside: There is a fully enclosed garden that affords a sunny aspect for most of the day where you can laze out in the sun, read a book on the bench under the shade of the old oak tree or where the little ones (or four legged ones!) can let off steam. A garden table and chairs provide a nice place to enjoy a glass of wine and there is a Gas barbecue for cooking outside. The owners live on-site (but are totally separate) so are on hand to provide as much or as little assistance as required and the property has its own access and parking area (for one car or two small ones at a squeeze) which leads into the garden.
Additional information: Strictly no smoking. Internet access available. Two dogs are welcome and included in the price and there after dogs are charged at £10 per dog (up to four dogs). Costs quoted are based on two people sharing (an additional charge of £10 per person per night applies for larger parties of up to four). Bed linen and towels are provided (but please bring beach towels and towels if you are bringing a dog) and the cottage is cleaned ready for each guests arrival. A welcome pack is provided for weekly bookings. For those with limited mobility, the sofa bed can be used in the living room and there is a shower room on the ground floor but please note that there is a small step between the kitchen and dining/breakfast room (along with a low beam that requires most people to duck or this can be avoided via the utility room where you just have a step to manoever). The cottage is full of rustic charm and as you would expect for such a historic property, it has lots of nooks and crannies and beams (some where you will need to duck if you are over six foot tall). If you are looking for double glazing and modern minimalist decor then this property probably is not for you but if you want a cosy retreat with lots of quaint character and rustic charm, then Keepings is ideal. The property is centrally heated (both halves) and kept to an acceptable temperature, however, there is also an electric heater for those who like additional heat which runs off £5 charge cards.