The Willows

Christchurch
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
 

Description

A beautiful old railway cottage, set in secluded woodland, yet with easy access to Christchurch and Bournemouth. Fern Cottage is a unique property situated in the heart of St Catherine's Hill Nature Reserve, a stunning area of heathland and forest, offering opportunities for walking, cycling and nature spotting.

Christchurch has everything – stunning golden beaches, a beautiful natural harbour, an historic Priory, Highcliffe Castle, and much, much more. It is also the south-western gateway to the New Forest National Park. Whether it’s strolling the Christchurch Coastal Path between Highcliffe and Mudeford Quay, exploring the wild beauty and magnificent views at Hengistbury Head or spending a day with the kids at Adventure Wonderland, there really is something for everyone here!

Fern Cottage is a lovely old railway cottage, which dates back to 1925, is full of character and period features. The living room has a beautiful log burner, which also heats the adjoining entrance hall, and ample comfortable seating. A 42 inch wall-mounted television and patio doors that lead to the garden. A large country kitchen including a round table seating six and separate outside access door. Downstairs bathroom (shower over bath, sink and toilet).

Stairs to three bedrooms all with lovely views over the adjoining fields and all with wall mounted flat screen televisions. Master bedroom (kingsize double) has access to a balcony area with seating for two and lovely countryside views. Two further double bedrooms. Family bathroom including feature roll-top bath, walk-in shower, sink and toilet.

Outside there is a pretty courtyard area with bistro set. The garden is fenced and thus dog friendly.

Parking - Ample parking for two / three vehicles in front of the cottage (off road).

Services - Duvets and linen provided (including bath and beach towels). Central Heating. Hairdryers.

Technology - WIFI. Televisions - 42 inch in living room, 40 inch in kitchen, 32 inch in master bedroom and 24 inch in each of bedrooms 2 and 3. Freeview TV. DVD in living room.

Kitchen - Dishwasher, Double Electric Oven, Feature 5-burner Hob, Extractor, Full Height Fridge / Freezer, Microwave and Washing Machine.

Restrictions - No smoking. Two dogs permitted.

Additional facilities - a cot and highchair are available on request.

Note - The cottage is located in a rural location and the garden backs onto a nature reserve and paddock with horses and sometimes cows!

Location

CHRISTCHURCH - has everything – stunning golden beaches, a beautiful natural harbour, an historic Priory, Highcliffe Castle, and much, much more. It is also the south-western gateway to the New Forest National Park. Whether it’s strolling the Christchurch Coastal Path between Highcliffe and Mudeford Quay, exploring the wild beauty and magnificent views at Hengistbury Head or spending a day with the kids at Adventure Wonderland, there really is something for everyone here!

For the gastronomists the annual Christchurch Food and Wine Festival is a hugely popular fixture, and the many restaurants and bars offer culinary delights throughout the year. Whether it’s fresh seafood on Mudeford Quay, or fine dining in the shadow of Christchurch’s stunning Priory, there is something to suit every taste.

It’s easy to explore Christchurch’s town centre on foot. Shoppers are well-served by a wide range of national and local retailers and there are plenty of coffee shops, cafes, and traditional pubs to relax in. The High Street is only a short stroll to both the historic Priory and picturesque Quay and riverside park. The acclaimed Regent Theatre offers live music and theatre, and swimming and gym facilities are available at the Two Riversmeet leisure centre.

Christchurch is a perfect base to explore the wider area, whether it’s a day out in bustling Bournemouth or a yomp through the delights of the New Forest National Park. Once visited, you’ll want to return time after time!

Reviews

Paul
On Tuesday, 03 May 2022
 
We had a great stay at The Willows. Such a homely place with some really nice touches (toiletries, welcome pack, logs etc.). Very picturesque and the little horse in the back field was lovely to see! We took our dog up to St Catherines Hill and also on the 4 mile round trip to the Avon Causeway pub (along the old rail-way track)... he loved it! Just a short drive in to Christchurch and 15 mins in to Bournemouth too. The owners were really nice and helpful and we will be staying again whenever we come down to visit Bournemouth.
On Monday, 12 Jul 2021
Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely cottage! It really is so pretty.
On Sunday, 14 Mar 2021
We have loved our stay at Fern Cottage. It is such a fab cottage, had everything we needed and lovely luxury touches were much appreciated. Kids really enjoyed seeing cows and horses outside the bedroom window and cycling/splashing in puddles along the railway path to the pub was a highlight - thanks for the recommendation!
On Saturday, 27 Feb 2021
Amazing stay. So cozy and amazing.
On Saturday, 27 Feb 2021
I really liked it when we toasted crumpets by the fire!
On Saturday, 27 Feb 2021
We have had a fantastic few days here. The cottage is beautiful and in a fantastic location. It was hard to find a place for dogs and a baby and this place was perfect for us. We had loads of space and the garden is perfect, would love to come back in the summer months.
On Tuesday, 23 Feb 2021
Thank you for an absolutely lovely, relaxing family weekend away - it was exactly what we were looking for and more, your house is incredible, enjoyed thoroughly by both us and kids, will be eager to book again! (in the summer to enjoy beautiful views more) AMAZING :) Thanks again
On Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020
We really enjoyed our stay in Fern cottage, super walks and wonderful scenery. Superb luxurious cottage with plenty of space. Fantastic cottage for kids especially the fairy garden and friendly ponies in the next garden. The neighbors are super friendly, we felt very welcomed. Just what we needed.
On Friday, 06 Nov 2020
We really enjoyed our stay in Fern cottage, super walks and wonderful scenery. Superb luxurious cottage with plenty of space. Fantastic cottage for kids especially the fairy garden and friendly ponies in the next garden. The neighbours are super friendly, we felt very welcomed. Just what we needed.
On Thursday, 05 Nov 2020
Fern cottage is a gorgeous cottage. It was clean and had lovely home touches, thoroughly enjoyed the croissants and mini wine! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side and we stayed at the cottage most of the time, which was very comfortable. My daughter loved seeing the horse and fairy garden in the garden. The logs were great and had plenty of log fires! Definitely go back !
On Saturday, 19 Sep 2020
We have stayed in a few holiday cottages before - but none of them have been so well equipped and beautifully thought out. The kitchen was absolutely brilliant - with plenty of places to sit outside. We were so lucky with the weather and enjoyed fabulous walks around. Thank you so much. I called it "home" after 3 days - enough said :)
On Saturday, 05 Sep 2020
Thank you for a lovely stay in your beautiful home, you provided everything for a relaxing stay as well as some very thoughtful extras. We especially enjoyed sitting in your beautiful garden. It's a perfect location for enjoying lots of lovely dog walks, especially at Hengistbury Head.
On Saturday, 29 Aug 2020
We lived Fern Cottage. The garden in particular was much prettier than the pictures show. It was exceptionally clean, very child friendly and in a great location for walks and if you need to nip to shops for extra food. Molly and Hannah were very prompt in responding to any queries I had. We’d love to come back.
On Saturday, 22 Aug 2020
Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely home. We have really enjoyed our stay. It's a perfect location for the beaches and lovely walks with our dog. We hope to be back very soon!
Kate
On Thursday, 19 Mar 2020
We loved Fern Cottage! Very warm welcome from the owner, Liz, great location, cosy log fire and lovely thoughtful touches throughout. Very little kid friendly as doors to stop them going upstairs, into kitchen etc and we just lit the fire once they were in bed. They loved seeing the cows and horses from their bedroom windows and learning to ride a bike down the railway track to nearby pub for Sunday roast - perfect! Had everything we needed, spotlessly clean and stylish, kitchen and bathroom facilities excellent. Highly recommend!
Nik
On Tuesday, 03 Mar 2020
Just a note to say thanks for a wonderful stay, the house is simply superb, immaculate and very accommodating for our family, the log burner was also a lovely touch, which we all enjoyed; would most defiantly recommend to anyone seeking a quiet and comfortable get away with lots of lovely scenery. Massive thank you to Liz for making our stay as good as it was!
Lindsay
On Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020
Amazing cottage in a lovely woodland area but still very close to the town. Found it really hard to find accommodation which would be good for bigger dogs and a baby and this cottage catered for all our needs. Pictures don't do it justice as this place is a real beauty. Would definitely recommend to family and friends and would love to return some day. Thanks again!”
Lindsey
On Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020
Great location - rural but near to a town. Liz makes every effort to make your stay nice with thoughtful touches. We did not have a dog but can see would be a good location for dogs as well. Cottage is spacious but cozy with great facilities.
Jessica
On Monday, 20 Jan 2020
A beautiful, cosy cottage in the countryside! Liz was very helpful with local tips for our stay and the check-in process was easy. The cottage is close to the New Forest and Mudeford beach for walks/pub lunches but there are plenty of local walks should you wish. The cottage is so lovely that we found ourselves putting on the fire and relaxing with a book most of he time. I highly recommend this air bnb!
Michelle
On Monday, 20 Jan 2020
An absolutely beautiful cottage in such peaceful surroundings. Lovely views of the horses and cows to wake up to each day. The cottage is much more spacious than we’d expected, the photos don’t do it justice! Beautifully decorated, well equipped, with lots of extra touches that made our stay even more enjoyable. Spotlessly clean, comfy sofa with blankets, more than enough wood to keep the fire burning all day and through the evening. Liz is a wonderful host, very friendly and accommodating, although we didn’t need to ask for anything as everything was all ready thought of! We would definitely return in the future. Thanks again for a wonderful stay!
Sophie
On Sunday, 05 Jan 2020
The cottage and surrounding area are stunning! As soon as we arrived we were greeted by Liz and given a tour of the cottage and garden- which are a lot bigger and cozier than we expected!! Liz had the fire on for when we arrived, so the house was toasty. Kitchen is fully equipped with everything we needed, so we were able to have a lovely home cooked meal one night. The house is spotlessly clean and the extra touches like a welcome basket full of wine, croissants, jam, cheese straws and biscuits, really made it! There was even doggy biscuits left out for our little Dachshund! We absolutely loved our stay and will definitely be coming back! Thank you Liz!
Gwyneth
On Sunday, 01 Dec 2019
Liz is a super host and very helpful. The cottage is situated in a quiet lane with great walks straight from the door. The log burner was a very welcome and cosy addition. We look forward to a longer visit in the near future.
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