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Graylands has been our family country cottage for over 30 years. It is a delightful forester’s self catering cottage with original features set in its own one third of an acre garden in the village of Godshill in the New Forest. Just 9 miles from Ringwood and 12 miles from Salisbury, half a mile down a quiet country lane, overlooking a New Forest Valley with fields and forest heath land in view.
The New Forest literally starts at the gate with many paths going in all directions.
The Self Catering Accommodation at Graylands
Graylands is suitable for 2-8 guests, it is ideally suited for families and dog owners, but if there’s just two of you don’t fear - we offer a 10% discount.
Downstairs is a vintage-feel kitchen with modern facilities, complete with Butler sink, patterned floor tiles and antique table. A big open plan dining and sitting area features large picture windows for wildlife viewing.
There are two downstairs bedrooms ( 1 single, 1 small double), accessible without steps, and a downstairs shower room and W.C. Upstairs are three more bedrooms (2 double rooms and one with bunk beds) all with an old world atmosphere and a family bathroom.
- Blankets/duvets and pillows provided but bed linen/covers provided only on request in advance for an extra charge of £30 per bed per let. Therefore you need to bring your own sheets and/or duvet covers, pillow cases, towels and tea towels please.
- All crockery and utensils provided
- Maps, local guide and history books available
- Full range of shops in Fordingbridge (2 miles away), and a small supermarket open 7 days (one mile away in Sandy Balls Park can be reached by road or by footpath through fields).
- The cottage has WiFi, phone and T.V.
- The two downstairs bedrooms and the wet room are acccessible, the downstairs toilet has room to transfer easily, and the wet room has plenty of space. It is an old cottage so there is a step at the door, and the garden is multi-level, part gravel, part raised patio and part sloping lawn. An access statement is available on our web site.
- We welcome dogs but would ask you to help our cottage organiser and subsequent guests by carefully hoovering all areas where they may have left hairs and clearing droppings from the garden.
- There is parking for two/three cars in the forecourt.
- All Booking Start from at 4.30pm on Friday and ends at 11.00am the following Friday
Our Forest Location
The New Forest starts at the gate with paths in all directions. There are so many species of bird (one visitor counted approaching 100 different types). Deer come to graze in the field below and for 5 years we have regularly been visited by a family of badgers.
You can wander from our door into the forest along dozens of easy paths or walk hard and hardly see anyone for miles even in the height of summer. You can walk through fields with lovely hedgerows; or up onto the forest hilltop with its spectacular views among the gorse and heath; or into the woods of Pitts Wood Inclosure. Country pubs await you at the end of four, three, one and a half and half a mile walks, or somewhat further by road.
Half a mile down the lane is a brook, an ideal spot for picnics and for the children to paddle and build dams.
While you can go by car, we enjoy walking on the path across the fields to the nearby shop at Sandyballs to buy forgotten extra food items or the daily paper (15 mins each way)
The spectacular Jurassic Coast and fossil beaches are just a ½ hour drive away. Local attractions include:
- The Arniss Riding stables, which cater for all standards including beginners, are 10 minutes walk across field paths or 5 minutes by car.
- The Hampshire Avon is only 2 miles away. Permits can be obtained for fishing on the river and on lakes
- Nearby is Godshill Pottery and historic Breamore House and all the attractions of Salisbury including Stonehenge
- Water skiing on the lakes at New Forest Water Park is only 7 miles away
- Highcliffe Castle with its attractive beach is only half an hour’s drive away, and Bournemouth and Christchurch only 10 minutes more.
- There are also locals restaurants ranging from the Haute Cuisine of the Three Lions to the Indian Restaurant in Fordingbridge or the excellent snacks at the High Corner Inn buried in the heart of the forest along a one mile gravel road. The Fighting Cocks pub ½ mile down the lane serves reasonably priced meals and is a lovely walk if you don't want to drive
- More challenging is the 4 mile walk east through Pitts Wood to the Royal Oak at Fritham with its real ales. On a summer's evening we enjoy the one mile plus walk (south) to the Forester's Arms in Frogham
- Low Season from £295
- High Season from £960 pw.
- Weekend breaks are available out of season.
- 10% reduction for one couple visiting