The SpaceOur house is a charming barn conversion, with pine flooring and bright white walls through out. The house's layout is contemporary, with an open plan farmhouse kitchen and eating area. The living room has a wood burning stove at it's centre. There are well stocked book shelves and old school board games to enjoy.
The house is decorated with a quirky collection of original art works. It is a colourful, airy and relaxed home in a very peaceful setting.
The largest bedroom is in the attic. It is a lovely room, bright and spacious. The staircase leading to it is a paddle or alternating step staircase. If you are not used to one, it can feel a bit steep when descending it, so please look at the pictures to see it first.
The other bedrooms are a double and single, both on the ground floor. There are two bathrooms. One with a shower and one with a bath, both with W.C.s.
The garden is wonderful. It was a labour of love designed and tended to by Harry's mother. She was a prize winning florist in her time, and when she retired, the garden became her life's work. The results are wonderful, and we are gradually restoring it to its former glory. Please feel free to explore the 4.5 acre garden, full of places to sit, picnic, or relax in. It consists of a mature formal garden, beyond which is an open lawn leading to a private lake. The lake is frequented by kingfishers, nesting ducks, herons and egrets. We also get visited by glow worms from time to time, which is very exciting. The lake is a great spot to sit around at dawn or dusk for birdsong. At one end of the lake is an impressive bamboo grove ideal for hide and seek. Guest AccessThe Guest rooms have fresh linen and towels provided. There is plenty of wardrobe space, desks, and chairs. There is also wifi through out.
Guests are more than welcome to roam the property. The gardens are secluded and peaceful, and wonderful to be alone in. Guests are welcome to enjoy the tranquility of it and wonder as is their want.
We encourage you to feel at home. There is tea and coffee always available. There is a microwave and electric stove. The dining area is sun drenched in the evenings and a perfect spot to plan your day trips and holiday itinerary from.
There are two bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bath. There is also washing machine.
There is also parking space for three cars as you enter the property. Interaction with GuestsWe do not live locally, but often stay near by. If we are there, we will meet you at the property when you arrive and show you around. Otherwise, we will leave the keys in a safe place for you to pick up and deposit back at the end of your stay. The NeighborhoodSherfield English is a tiny village with a pub, post office and garage. It is nestled close to the market town of Romsey. Famous inhabitants have included Florence Nightingale. She is buried locally at St Margaret of Antioch, which is a pleasant walk away.
The local pub 'The Hatchet' less than a 5 minute walk away, and has an excellent reputation for good food. It is a popular family pub with locals, and has a secure garden with a children's play area.
For breakfasts, teas and cake, there is Gilbert's Nursery less than 5 minutes walk in the other direction. It is particularly popular on the weekends. Lots of cyclist groups use it as a regular pit stop on their weekend rides.
Breakfast (and fishing) is also available at Dandy's Ford Fishing and Tea Rooms (0.7 miles).
Kimbridge (4 mils) is the local speciality farm shop with amazing treats; and a restaurant and cafe.
For something more formal, 'The Blue Hays' (2 miles) is a local restaurant that has a solid reputation for traditional food and has been in business since the 1960's.
Sherfield English village shop (0.8 miles) is good for last minute things, or the post office.
There is finally, the fabulous Shootash Car Boot Sale (2 miles) every Saturday morning, if that's your tipple.
Surrounding us, you've got Romsey, Salibury, and Winchester, The New Forest, Broadlands, Mottisfont Abbey, Wilton House, and a host of Neolithic sites to visit. There are quintessentially English villages such as Stockbridge, and wonderful churches and footpaths to explore.
Romsey (4 miles) is our local market town.
The food markets run on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. The farmers Market. 1st Sunday of the month. There is a huge country show held at Broadlands on the edge of the town. It's once a year, on the 12th of September. There is also a host of small cafes, restaurants and shops; and an Art Deco theatre which hosts local productions.
New Forest. (3 miles)
The New Forest with its famous and ancient woodland with its knotted trees, huge mossy oaks and marshy expanses populated by wild horses which roam free across it. You can explore it by hiring a horse; cycling, or walking. The area is littered with historic villages. Lymington is the site of Buckland Rings Iron Age hill fort. The Rufus Stone near Minstead marks the spot King William II fell in 1100AD. The New Forest Folk Festival is a wonderful annual event; and there is the New Forest Country Show in July.
Salisbury (9 miles).
Salisbury is my favourite town. The cathedral is fantastic. It has not lost any of its original impact despite the town's growth around it. You can see the Magna Carta; listen to the choral singing; or get tours of the various points of interest. The town itself is charming, and bustling. There is a farmers and artisan market, a plethora of shops, cafes, an art centre, theatre and National Trust houses to visit. The 1950's cafe upstairs in the antique centre is great for tea and cake; and The Boston is good for generous sized food.
Winchester (15 miles).
Winchester is charming. It has weekly antiques and bric-a brac markets, as well as a street food markets. You can visit Winchester Cathedral, the Gurkha Museum, Wolvesey Castle, or Marwell Wildlife Centre. Winchester is a cultural hub, with its Art College and schools. There are plenty of festivals hosted there, including the Chamber Music Festival, Hampshire Food Festival; and Winchester hat fair amongst others.
Nearby Ancient Monuments.
Danebury Fort, and Old Sarum Iron Age Fort are about 14 miles away. Danebury Fort is especially atmospheric. Its high up position allows you to see seven other hill fort settlements surrounding it. For a good day trip, Stone Henge is only 20 miles away. Avebury Stone Circle, Silbury hill and the Rideway are all about 40 miles away. Getting AroundThe best way, is to explore the area is by car. We are just off the Salisbury Rd (A27), 3 miles from Romsey and absolutely surrounded by places of interest. We are right in between Salisbury and Winchester, so equally easy to access from either town. Country buses being what they are, I recommend that if you are coming by public transport, it is worth planning carefully around it.
Bike riding is also really popular in the area. There are plenty of weekend cycling groups locally. There is a public footpath along the side of the house from which you can cycle directly into the New Forest without going onto main roads, in about 40 min.
Rambling is also a great way to explore the surrounds. The footpath takes you deeper into the countryside, and there is plenty of walking to be done.
The direct train from London to Winchester take under an hour, or to Salisbury it takes 1 hr 20 min. Indirect trains via Southampton go to Romsey, which is 3 miles away. Taxis from there cost under £10. This is a list of reputable taxi firms, and car hire companies in the area.
Romsey. Abbey Cars, or Samtax
Salisbury. City Cabs, or AA Taxis
Winchester. Wintax Cars, or Wessex Cars
Southampton. Radio Taxis, or Aero Taxis
Winchester. Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Please note that when you look us up on the sat nav it will show you a petrol station. We really don't live in the petrol station. We are across the road, and the second house down a private drive.