- Property code: A810
- Changeover day: Saturday
- Access statement available
- Central heating
- Parking (see description for details)
- Direct forest access
- Ground floor accommodation
- Garden or outside space
- Nearby pub or restaurant
- Short breaks available
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
This charming cottage stands adjacent to the owners home, and offers a haven of rural peace. Very well appointed, with a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, the cottage offers direct forest access. Deer are regular visitors to the delightful two acre garden. The New Forest Water Park, with a host of water sports, is 1.5 miles away, and the stunning Nature Reserve, Blashford Lakes, managed by Wildlife Trust, is 3 miles away.
Kitchen/breakfast room with electric cooker, microwave and fridge. (Use of washing machine and tumble dryer available in main house by arrangement with owners.)
Sitting room with flat screen TV, DVD player and Freeview.
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4ft 6in).
Bedroom 2 with single bed (3ft).
Bedroom 3 off sitting room with three-quarter double bed.
Bathroom with bath, hand-shower over, and hand basin.
Cloakroom with hand basin and WC.
The cottage is approached through the owners' woods, itself approached by an unmade road. The cottage is set at the rear of the owners' home, is very private and enjoys an enclosed courtyard with a sitting out area beside the front door and a pretty arbour ideal for barbecues. The extensive 5 acre grounds that surround the property include a 1.5 acre paddock, beautiful landscaped gardens with a covered 5ft deep fish pond, and 1.75 acres of forest, all of which guests are welcome to explore.
Ample private parking.
Included: Bed linen, towels (guests to provide their own beach towels), WiFi, electricity and central heating (oil).
Regret the cottage is not suitable for babies or toddlers.
Pets One mature family dog welcome. Please note there is a standard charge of £30 per pet per week.
Parking Ample private parking.
Telephone No telephone, mobile reception good.
Beaches Mudeford 14 miles, Bournemouth 16 miles.
Shop 1.5 miles across Gorley Common to village shop at Hyde and Stable Tea Rooms.
Pub The Royal Oak 1 mile.
Short breaks available low season only, when booked 2 weeks prior to holiday.
Property: Self-catering Holiday Cottage.
Yes. The cottage met all our expectations and needs.
The owners of the cottage are a delight, so warm, welcoming and friendly. The cottage is a treasure, so ideally located in the forest for sightseeing and particularly walking. Good pubs within walking distance and cottage well equipped for lazy days at "home".
An amazing location with such gracious and welcoming hosts. It has been perfect to explore the forest and countryside. What a blessing this week has been.
A lovely warm welcome from Kathleen & John. Lovely cottage in and excellent location for walks, pubs and days at the beach in Bournemouth.
Thank you for a lovely stay. The cottage is lovely, and you have been so welcoming and helpful to us. We have loved the peacefulness, and being able to go on great walks straight from the cottage.
Thank you John & Kathleen for your warm welcome. A lovely cottage, very comfortable. Access to dog walks right on the doorstep. So quiet and peaceful. Just what we wanted.
What a beautiful place to stay! We very much enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage. So much to do during the day, and a wonderful place to come back and relax in. John & Kathleen were the perfect hosts!
Had a lovely holiday. Cottage and grounds were beautiful. Great location and a perfect area for dogs. Weather has been fantastic, and John & Kathleen have been fantastic hosts. Would definitely come here again.
Fabulous holiday – made even better by our lovely new friends, John & Kathleen. Thank you for everything – we feel privileged to have met you.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. It was very secluded which is what we wanted. Lovely area for dog walking. Very warm welcome from our hosts on arrival.
We had s great time and the owners John and Kathleen were so friendly and helpful.
We had a very lovely time. Kathleen and John Lyon are the nicest people.
We really did! The owners are lovely people who made sure that we had a great time! We will definitely Rebook this cottage
Another relaxing stay at this excellent cottage. Everything you could wish for in terms of specification, location and hosts.
John and Kathleen, the owners are charming and always willing to help if you need them. They made us most welcome (they live in the magnificent house right next door and allow you to use their extensive gardens). This cottage is ideal for a family with a dog and has a gate directly onto the New Forest with no roads to cross. We enjoyed it very much.
Yes, most enjoyable. Could not have wished for a better cottage or hosts.
Beautiful garden & excellent hosts.
The owners of the house were really nice and friendly. The cottage was spotless and in a very peaceful location, but not too far from places to visit.
All 4 were excellent and we did enjoy it there very much. However there were three things that spoilt it. There was no wi fi available despite it being stated that there was. Also the access road was just a gravelled drive with terrible pot holes all the way and I was surprised my poor old car survived the ordeal but it did and lastly it rained every day bar one which was a shame but cannot be helped.
We are glad to hear you enjoyed your recent stay at Gorley Firs. We are sorry to hear that you had difficulty accessing the WiFi. The owner has advised that WiFi can unfortunately be intermittent here as the house is below an adjacent hill. The local neighbourhood has raised over £100,000 for new reception boxes for the area which is currently under way and should improve the WiFi signal significantly. The owner acknowledges that the access road can be a problem especially when there has been heavy rain. There is an alternative route which is much more level. The owner will tell all future guests of the alternative route when they call to arrange key collection. We hope to welcome you back to the New Forest again in the future.
- The Toad Hall Team
The owners John and Kathleen Lyon were very charming and their hospitality was excellent. We would certainly love to return if possible.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Gorley Firs. The cottage is clean, well-equipped and warm, and the owners, John and Kathleen, were helpful and friendly. The beds are comfortable, and there is loads of hot water. There are plenty of things to do in the area, including the New Forest Water Park on the doorstep. Salisbury is only a 15 minute drive away, with a very convenient Park and Ride system on the same road. Spring is a lovely time of year to visit the New Forest - we saw foals, baby deer, calves and donkeys. The walk direct from the cottage over the hill to the tea rooms at Hyde is very pleasant. Our only (minor) problem was the rather difficult approach over the longish pot-holed gravel drive up to the cottage - small cars like ours might well complain! However, it's easier to approach the cottage from the Mockbeggar road to the south and crossing the ford, and it might be helpful to add this in the instructions in future. In all, warmly recommended!
Beautifully located in the middle of nature, an ideal starting point for walks in the New Forest, and with a beautiful large garden which guests are free to use (large enough for some serious hide and seek). The charming owners, John and Kathleen, were a real joy to meet, they really go out of their way to get you everything you need, even offering to wash clothes for you. They respect your privacy but otherwise feel like family, just a ring at the doorbell away. The only minor negatives were the lack of a dishwasher and the spotty WiFi (some days no reception at all, but this would reportedly improve next spring with a new communications mast). But when the WiFi didn't work and we needed to book tickets via the internet, John immediately offered to let me use his computer inside their home (which has a broadband connection). Beds are normal size for UK standards, but maybe a little small if you're tall like me.
Just wanted to say thank you for sorting our stay at this wonderful cottage! We had such a lovely week. The cottage is beautiful, it has so much character and charm, meticulously maintained and in such a fabulous location. Dog walks direct onto the Forest were just awesome. The owners were very helpful and ensured we had everything we needed. Thank you.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage is incredibly cosy and comfortable. Looking forward to a return visit!
A super cottage and holiday - very cosy, well equipped in an idyllic location.
Cottage well exceeded our expectations - a fabulous break!