Location:South Downs National Park, Catherington, Hampshire
More info:Price is inclusive of everything.
Shortbreaks of 3/4 nights are available from November to March for £375/£450
Description of Rural Hampshire self catering cottage, England
Nestled in the valley beneath Broadhalfpenny Down - where cricket began! - within the glorious South Downs National Park, you can find Courtyard Cottage. Part of Lone Barn, originally a lonely barn and now a courtyard of buildings, including the cottage and farmhouse where owners Paul and Melanie live, this is a real rural retreat.
Start your stay with the welcome treat of Melanie's home made cake after your journey, the why not walk up to the famous Bat and Ball pub and and have a drink whilst watching the cricket as the sun sets - magical. The pub has plenty of cricket memorabilia to amuse the cricket enthusiasts amongst you!
Being located between Winchester, Chichester and Portsmouth gives a host of activities and places to see and things to do. Maritime Museums galore in Portsmouth, stunning Cathedrals in Winchester and Chichester, Jane Austen Country, The New Forest and its famous ponies. Venture across the Solent to the Isle of Wight for a day trip. Visit houses such as Stansted Park, Uppark, Hinton Ampner house and gardens, West Dean for its artistic courses, Goodwood for its horse racing and car events. The beautiful South Coast and its beaches also beckon. Walk parts of the South Down Way, or pootle through the delightful Meon Valley and its stunning villages and market towns of Alresford, Petersfield, and Wickham.
If it's activity you are after, there are stunning walks right from the door of Courtyard Cottage (maps supplied). Queen Elizabeth Country Park is on our doorstep and provides local events, guided walks and country activities. There are bridle ways for mountain biking and numerous lanes for road biking, golf courses in nearby Petersfield, Waterlooville and Hayling Island. The sea is only half an hour's drive so if you are into a spot of windsurfing or sailing or a stroll along the sands of West Wittering, this is the place to come!
The cottage is great for couples, families and friends alike and with its open plan living area is ideal for socialising. A woodburner (with wood briquettes supplied from Paul's carpentry company) is great for those chillier evenings, whilst slumping on the comfy sofas with the bottle of wine supplied on arrival.
With Melanie's keen interest in interior design and Paul's skills at carpentry, the cottage is beautifully designed and decorated, with its oak and painted hand built bespoke kitchen, local Hampshire lavender products to indulge on in the bathrooms, fresh flowers and magazines to browse through what more could you want.
The garden is shared with the owners but there is loads of space to find that quiet corner, that's if you have the time after all the places there are to visit.
Rooms, food and facilities
The cottage is perfect for couples, families and groups of friends alike. The accommodation provides 3 bedrooms - 1 twin with own ensuite shower room, 1 double with ensuite bathroom and from this bedroom a spiral staircase leads to the den, with 2 futon style single beds. We recommend this bedroom is used for children, due to its beams and restricted height in places. The stairs has a child stairgate at the top. The open plan living area, has a dining room table to seat 8 and enough comfortable seating for the same number. There is a flat screen TV with freeview (not sky) and a DVD player. The kitchen is equipped with microwave, electric cooker, fridge/freezer, food processor, coffee machine, dishwasher etc. There is also a clothes washing machine. The garden is shared with the owners but is large enough to find your own personal space. The terrace oustide the cottage has a table and seating for 6. We do not accept pets. Bikes can be locked away safely in the owners' garage. A badminton net and rackets are supplied along with outdoor skittles and boules. All the local maps are provided in the cottage with a good range of books and games for guests use. The tennis court is available for use, (although in need of some updating, it is perfectly good for a game) and Wifi is available within the cottage.
How to find us
DIRECTIONS TO LONE BARN
FROM THE A3 – runs from London to Portsmouth
From either direction on the A3 take the Clanfield/Chalton exit (south of Petersfield) Follows signs to Clanfield Once in the village follow the road until you will see the Rising Sun pub on your right. Continue passing a row of shops on your left Take the next right (Hambledon Road) signposted to Hambledon Follow the road for 1.3 miles As you start to go up hill (slow down or you will miss the next turning) and you will see the Bat & Ball pub on your right. Turn left opposite the pub into Old Mill Lane, and signposted to Denmead Follow the road for ½ mile Take the next left Lone Barn is in the valley set on its own. Immediately before the buildings, turn in through the wooden gates. Directions from Petersfield station ( you will need a car) - head from the station towards the A3, and then follow directions above.
Responsible tourism: Rural Hampshire self catering cottage, England
The Cottage and Stores Suite have the benefit of wood burners in their sitting rooms, and we actively encourage our guests to use them as an alternative to the central heating. Into the bargain the fuel supplied is free to and with no limit during your stay. The fuel supplied is wood briquettes, produced here at Lone Barn from the excess wood shavings from Paul's carpentry and joinery workshop. All the woodburners in the main home, the Stores Suite and the Cottage are fuelled by these briquettes. Paul not only supplies Lone Barn with them but also sells to local outlets, thus providing them with local supplies to encourage their customers to source locally and sustainably. The briquettes are simply made by compression alone.
Lone Barn also has a large underground tank for rain water, which provides us with an excellent source for our grey water system used for our garden. We encourage our guests to recycle and to add to our glorious compost heap by recycling their vegetable waste etc. Melanie started her own cut flower garden this year and has been able to supply the Cottage with her own blooms to provide a really warm welcome for guests on their arrival.
One way we like to support our local community is by keeping our countryside clean, and by watching what is going on on our doorstep. We can hopefully reduce the amount of petty countryside crime within the area which is minor! but like everywhere is present. We are in contact with our local Country watch scheme and work together with locals to act on areas of concern. We collect litter from our local hedgerows and verges in order to allow the wild flowers to grow and to protect the local wildlife and to enhance the beauty of this amazing new National Park.
Paul is a volunteer leader for the local Duke of Edinburgh award scheme centre, passing on his skills and countryside knowledge to the youth of today. He often heads onto the South Downs, teaching them about the local wildlife and areas of conservation into the bargain.
The bathrooms in the accommodation have the added luxury of locally produced lavender products from local company Long Barn, from Winchester. There is a list of local eateries recommended in the cottage, a lot of whom source as much as possible of their products locally. Local newspapers and parish magazines are provided in the cottage for month to month guides on what's on locally.
We love to chat to our guests and give them as much information on the local area as possible - places to go and what to see. We provide them with local knowledge of regular events in the area throughout the year, including farmers markets, and events at our nearby Country Park and the nearby Sustainability centre. We enjoy exploring the countryside ourselves by walking on the numerous footpaths and trails right from Lone Barn, or perhaps jumping on bikes to go further afield. We can therefore pass on detailed information on places to go and places to visit along the routes. If we have keen wild flower enthusiasts as guests, advice can be given on where they might like to head to find some rare species, or perhaps in some of the newly designated wild flower verges that are now around our local villages.
Or maybe they are keen to spot a badger at night or some of the other wildlife we enjoy locally, we are always happy to advise!