3 (all year)
Little Exbury is so stylish that it could feature in the pages of a glossy magazine, yet still manages to be incredibly welcoming and comfortable. Surrounded by its own fenced private gardens and countryside, the pretty semi-detached holiday cottage has uninterrupted views of the Beaulieu River and the Isle of Wight. The late 18th-century house is part of the impressive Exbury Estate and sleeps four guests in two double rooms, with space for a travel cot if required. It is a favourite with couples and friends who come to explore the beautiful New Forest National Park and everything Hampshire has to offer.
The nearest shops are in Blackfield, just three miles away (including a chemist and two mini-supermarkets), and The Royal Oak on the way to Exbury is the nearest pub. Slightly further away, the market town of Hythe has more amenities (including a Waitrose, plus there is also one in Lymington) and boasts the oldest working pier train in the world. Southhampton is also easily accessible with a good range of amenities including a Showcase Cinema de Luxe and restaurant complex.
Exbury is best known for the amazing Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway with its world renowned Rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias that explode in the Spring. Just a mile from the cottage, it is one of Hampshire’s most popular attractions with its 200 acres of plants and flowers drawing visitors from around the UK and the world. Guests staying at Little Exbury are given two complimentary tickets for Exbury Gardens to use during their stay. It is a lovely day out for all ages, with children young and old enjoying the 12 and 1/4 inch gauge Steam Railway. While many people have heard of Beaulieu Motor Museum, which is an easy five-mile drive or cycle from Little Exbury, many visitors are surprised to know that the stately home and gardens are also open to visitors, and include go-karting, a picnic area and restaurants, and a walled kitchen garden.
The scenery in the New Forest and Hampshire is as diverse as it is beautiful. Explore the National Park with waymarked footpaths and cycling trails, or even from the saddle of a local pony. The forest’s ancient trees are a sight to behold, with some of them having stood for centuries. The Knightwood Oak, for example, is estimated to be 500 years old. As well as wonderful forests, woodlands and heath, the New Forest stretches to the coast and overlooks the Solent. You can take the ferry from Lymington to the Isle of Wight, go wind or kite surfing at Lepe Country Park (bistro opening summer 2018), or simply spend a few hours browsing the charming villages and market towns in the area.
If you love to eat, then you are in for a real treat whether or not you want to cook for yourself. As well as regular weekly markets in Hythe, Lymington, New Milton and Ringwood, there are farm shops selling local produce, and fantastic restaurants like The Pig, Limewood and the East End Arms.
Little Exbury’s central location affords visitors space and privacy while still being within easy reach of some of the finest views and attractions in the New Forest.
Nick & Caroline de Rothschild joined Independent Cottages in February 2018
Little Exbury is a period cottage dating from the 1700s. It adjoins the Exbury Estate's gamekeeper's cottage and has original features including exposed oak beams and some low ceilings.
Outside: The garden has a paved patio area with an outdoor table and chairs, and a low picket and hedge fence enclosing the lawn area overlooking the neighbouring fields. The cottage is accessed via a long gravel track where there is plenty of parking.
Additional Information: Little Exbury has central heating, WiFi and 5G connectivity. All utilities, linen and towels (except beach towels) are included. Two small, well-behaved dogs are welcome with prior agreement from the owner (please note that whilst the garden is enclosed by a picket and hedge fence, this is not high, hence the reason only small dogs are accepted (larges ones could easily jump it!). Please also note that the cottage is next to a working horse and cattle farm with animals that can take exception to dogs being walked in the field if they have young at foot. The other neighbour is a gamekeeper so dogs need to be kept under control to prevent them disturbing the birds being reared in the fields behind the cottage during the summer months. Short breaks may be possible out of season. No smoking.
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Occasionally a fox or a badger will pass by in the night & the dogs off bark next door. Efforts are made to stop them, we supply ear plugs should this happen and hope guests will be understanding.