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Vine Cottage, New Forest, Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, New Forest, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7QB

Description of the cottage holiday

Vine Cottage | Rhinefield, Brockenhurst Sleeps up to 14, or up to 44 with Rhinefield Bothy Vine Cottage has the most idyllic location of all New Forest Cottages, set in over an acre of gardens directly adjoining the New Forest itself with direct forest access. Our neighbour is the Rhinefield House Hotel, with whom we share the access from the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. From the garden gate into the forest you can walk for miles on forest paths without seeing a car or a road all day long, but ponies, deer, other walkers and cyclists. You are able to abandon the car for the whole break here if you want to really get away from it all, as the cycle tracks which link up the whole New Forest are accessible from Blackwater, opposite, and Bank, with it’s village pub, and larger villages Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst are an easy cyle ride away safely on the tracks. Vine cottage, as the name suggests, was converted from the vinery to Rhinefield House, and still features the original ironwork and characterful wooden boarding in parts that were once the gardeners potting sheds. The living spaces are in the vinery part, with beautiful views across the large garden from your armchair or dining chair. Children love the large garden at Vine Cottage, where there are wide open spaces for playing ball games, frisbee or flying a kite, and various smaller areas to explore. The open back garden can all be seen straight from the dining and living spaces, families can be together but each doing what they enjoy. Walks from here are beautiful, you will not need to go out in the car first – you are already there! This is particularly useful in a larger group that would mean several cars needed to be used to go out. Dogs are most welcome here, and usually love chasing the rabbits in the garden, and can enjoy walks each day without bundling into the car first. Brockenhurst is a delightful New Forest village, with ‘the splash’, a ford where the stream runs through the village. There are plenty of pubs, restaurants, sandwich and coffee shops, as well as the bookshop, several antique shops, bakeries and two small supermarkets. Lyndhurst is similarly sized, and known as the ‘capital’ of the New Forest, again with a choice of pubs, tea rooms and restaurants, local shops and a small supermarket. The dining room at Vine cottage is central, with views across the garden and a good sized dining table for up to all 14 guests. Through an opening at one end is the lounge, which is also part of the original vinery and has similar views over the back garden, with a door to the large side garden at the end. This has a television, video and DVD player, gas flame stove and plenty of contemporary armchairs and settees making a very comfortable room. At the other end of the dining room, a similar opening leads into the kitchen, which has freestanding Ikea Udden stainless steel kitchen units providing ample worksurfaces and storage. There’s a gas cooker and large freestanding fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. The wall units house all the cooking and dining equipment needed for your break, and there’s air conditioning in here too if cooking gets hot in summer! The ideal kitchen and dining arrangement here makes Vine Cottage a wonderful venue for adding a chef-catered meal for a special evening in, with no washing up to do, tables to set, or taxis to arrange home, as you’re already there! There are two large shower rooms at Vine Cottage, each with glazed shower door and electric thermostatic showers, a basin and wc. They are both lit from above which makes for lovely light rooms without needing to close curtains. As most of our cottage bathrooms, each has a heated towel rail. There are three family bedrooms at this large cottage, each normally arranged with a double bed and two singles, and a fourth small bunk bedded room, with full sized adult bunk beds. There’s some flexibility for groups whose requirements differ slightly. Three of the bedrooms are off the entrance hall, each with different aspects and character, and the largest one is separate, off the lounge at the end of the cottage. The two bedrooms with the original ‘bead and butt’ timber boarding have great character.

Best Features

Sleeps 14 +

Amazing forest location, direct forest access.

Conversion of the original Vinery

On the forest paths, and by the New Forest Cycle routes.

1.25 acres of gardens, surrounded by New Forest.

Spa and pool available at nominal cost to our guests, at Rhinefield House Hotel at top of drive.

Perfect for walking with dogs or children.

Sleeps: from 1 to 15

Pets: Yes

Contact Details

Contact Name: Halcyon Cottages

Telephone: 01590 641810

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Recommended?  No Date of visit: 06/2021
Cottage Review:  

I really didn't think properties like.this existed anymore.....

This was most definitely the worst holiday let, by far, we have ever visited.

From the nails coming through the collapsing kitchen floor, to the plastic corrugated roof, to the threadbare carpets and paintwork years over due for a new coat.

The cottage smells of damp, mold and other scents, all negative that we couldn't identify. The cottage is family unfriendly, and downright dangerous.

Please do not ruin your holiday staying in this pig sty.

Make up of party:  Family of 6
Cleanliness: poor Location: exceptional
Facilities: poor Views: exceptional
Value: poor Overall rating:
Review Added by: Kevin 3 Review Added: 12.06.2021
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  No Date of visit: 08/2020
Cottage Review:  

The worst holiday let I have ever stayed in. Damp smelling, not clean, poor showers, poorly equipped kitchen, poorly lit - no light over cooking area!, stained carpets and bedding, first aid box with nothing in it!

Needed a good clean. Couldn't wait to leave.

Make up of party:  A group of disappointed people.
Cleanliness: poor Location: good
Facilities: poor Views: poor
Value: poor Overall rating:
Review Added by: Samson Review Added: 03.11.2020
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9 of 23 people found this review helpful
Recommended?  No Date of visit: 03/2014
Cottage Review:  

We rented this cottage along with Rhinefield Bothy for a wedding reception in March 2014. The cottages are ideally situated in a lovely part of the new forest and this, along with the price, is the reason for the good review. The cottages are well equipped to cater for huge groups and are full of character. Both cottages were well presented in a clean condition. The only issues we had were with the showers which could all use a bit of TLC to improve the pressure coming from the shower heads. A couple of the bedrooms were quite cold, though in fairness lots of heaters were provided and we did go in Winter! All in all this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and we were genuinely sad to leave the cottages behind.

Make up of party:  Friends, family, couples
Cleanliness: good Location: exceptional
Facilities: adequate Views: good
Value: good Overall rating:
Review Added by: kool_penguin Review Added: 18.03.2014
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