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The Bothy

Boldre, Hampshire (Ref. 25473)


Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine

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77 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice place everything you need Bill lit the fire every day before we came back so it was warm nice touch ."

    Reviewed by NigelNov 2021

  • "We have had a number of holidays with Sykes which have always proved to be very enjoyable and our break at The Bothy was another."

    We had a mid week break in November and were welcomed by a blazing fire, which was lit every afternoon for us by the owners - a really lovely touch as it was getting cold by the time we got home every day. The cottage was situated in a lovely quiet area with fields next to it and we often saw deer in the early morning or late afternoon. It was very cosy and the kitchen was well equipped. We have marked 'comfort' as a 4 only because we felt the mattress could do with replacing. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Bothy.

    Reviewed by SallyNov 2021

  • "Thank you for a very comfortable stay in this lovely cottage."

    It had everything we needed. The views over the fields, the deer grazing and the well maintained cottage was greatly enjoyed. We appreciated the welcome given to us and enjoyed a great week in the New Forest and along the coast.

    Reviewed by PhilipOct 2021

  • "Personally found the bed very uncomfortable."

    Has a mattress topper on top of a clapped out mattress. Bit of a rolling experience, and not good if you have a dodgy back. Also no freezer, these days, was inconvenient Parking space is not outside the property, but a shingle path walk to main driveway Lovely log fire which we could've easily maintained ourselves, but the owner insisted on loading each day. Super position for cottage. Very peaceful and picturesque. Comfy lounge. Friendly and hospitable owners.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting deer visiting every day, in an excellent position for visiting all areas in between brockenhurst and lymington."

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2021

  • "Owners friendly and welcoming."

    House clean and well equipped. Only thing could do with a non stick frying pan!!! Lol

    Reviewed by JuneSep 2021

  • "The Bothy is in an ideal quiet location with incredible furniture and equipment, even including a Slow Cooker which we had not seen in previous cottages."

    We made a trip to Cowes, Isle of Wight during Cowes week as foot passengers. It should be noted that the last ferry back to Hythe leaves at 6.30pm, which we missed. Therefore we had to get a taxi back from Southampton to Hythe to collect our car. We shall definitely be returning to the Bothy for another holiday in the near future.

    Reviewed by ShirleyJul 2021

  • "The photos of the cottage really didn’t do it justice , the cottage was more spacious than we expected."

    The patio onto the Orchard is beautiful and we had all our meals outside in a very private setting. Mr & Mrs Barnes are very pleasant owners.

    Reviewed by GwynethJul 2021

  • "Owners very friendly ."

    Would have liked some food freezing facility but not really a issue otherwise as expected

    Reviewed by RoyJun 2021

  • "Thanks Bill & Val for helping us enjoy a lovely week in The Bothy and especially the log fire daily assistance given due to the unfortunate weather conditions that prevailed."

    Visited Exbury Gdns which was wonderful and also Lymington Market and Harbour. Also enjoyed a visit to Bucklers Hard and learnt more about the interesting history of the area. Plenty of places to visit within the New Forest - you are both so lucky to have all this on your door step. Stay safe and thanks to you both. Sincerely Val & Mike

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2021

  • "The Bothy is ideally located for holidaying in The New Forest and accessing Hampshire's coastal resorts."

    It's cosy and comfortable positioned in a spacious garden. The Owners are very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Beautiful location, comfy bungalow and a delightful owner!"

    Reviewed by DianaMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Owners very helpful.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation and lovely host."

    We really appreciated the log burner being lit for our return at the end of the day. The first accommodation my wife hasn’t been cold in!

    Reviewed by SoniaOct 2020

  • "Lovely owners very friendly ."

    The road outside the property busy with no footpath which meant the car every day but for us it did not cause a problem .a freezer compartment on the fridge would have been useful .have already booked to go again

    Reviewed by RoySep 2020

  • "It had everything you needed and the owners were very helpful."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "Perfect location less than a mile outside Lymington."

    Very privately located within owners farm with great 360 views. Use of space really good and all facilities you could want, except for WiFi which is not a big deal if you have a big data bundle. Thanks to the lovely couple Mr & Mrs Barnes for a very relaxed experience, we hope to come back. Regards Paul & Julia

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2020

  • "Lovely, homely, clean cottage."

    Great location - easy to get to other parts of New Forest. Friendly owners, on site so if any problems and delivery of fire wood every morning.

    Reviewed by BevMar 2020

  • "The owners of the Bothy Bill and Valerie are a very welcoming couple."

    They came in every morning to relay the woodburning stove and if we were not back before 2 pm they would come in and light it so it was very cosy for us to return to. Naturally, they asked us when we arrived if we would like them to do it.

    Reviewed by JillFeb 2020

  • "What a stay."

    Bill and Valerie the owners were fantastic looked after us like family. Every day Bill lite the log burner. Small deer in the garden every day. Cannot fault our stay. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by ChristopherJan 2020

  • "Great location."

    Lovely owners, log burner lit everyday and roaring away when we got back from our days out.

    Reviewed by LornaDec 2019

  • "Mr and Mrs Barnes were wonderful hosts the cottage was immaculate with everything we needed perfect long weekend"

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2019

  • "The Bothy was an ideal place to stay."

    It was quiet, comfy, cosy and welcoming. We had deer visit each morning and rabbits during the evening. The weather was kind and it was a pleasure to stay there.

    Reviewed by VivienAug 2019

  • "The bathroom sink didn't look clean with a few toothpaste marks in it and the glass on the bedside table was sticky."

    Apart from that, a lovely clean and peaceful place to stay.

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2019

  • "The bothy is very clean quiet & ideal for a good rest."

    Reviewed by CarlAug 2019

  • "This is the second year we have stayed at the Bothy ."

    It has everything we need and is in a beautiful spot, the owners are there if you need them but the Bothy is quietly secluded and offers a peaceful retreat. The local garden centre with a restaurant called Rosie Leas is close by as are many pubs. The Forest was at its best and gives plenty of quiet places to walk or just relax. The Bothy is a wonderful place to stay.

    Reviewed by SueMay 2019

  • "The cottage is situated in a quiet location and provided everything that we required."

    The owners live close by and are always happy to help. As well as radiators in the lounge and bedroom there is a wood burner which the owner came in daily to clean the ashes from the previous day and set it up for the next use. If you tell him when you will be back from your day out he'll even light it an hour in advance so its nice and warm to return to. That's a service!

    Reviewed by RoyApr 2019

  • "Had a lovely time at the Bothy."

    The owners were extremely pleasant and helpful and the cottage very comfortable and well situated in a beautiful part of the New Forest.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2019

  • "Very nice had a great Weekend will be back again this year."

    Reviewed by CampbellMar 2019

  • "A lovely little cottage, very well equipped, wood burning stove was excellent."

    Very helpful owners, going above and beyond in lighting the stove every day so cottage was warm when we returned from a day out. Peaceful situation but well sited for exploring the beautiful area. Deer in the field next to the cottage and lots of bird song.A lovely break. John and Linda Clark

    Reviewed by LindaMar 2019

  • "We were made to feel very welcome and the property was very cosy."

    Reviewed by NicholasFeb 2019

  • "We have stayed at The Bothy before."

    The location is excellent for the New Forest and shopping. The hosts are friendly and helpful. During the cold months they provide an abundant supply of logs for the wood burner.

    Reviewed by Kevin'sFeb 2019

  • "The Bothy was a super comfortable little cottage in a wonderful and interesting area."

    The owners, Mr&Mrs Barnes were very friendly and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. We would definitely recommend this cottage and will stay there again if ever we are in the same area.

    Reviewed by JenniferJan 2019

  • "Mr and mrs Barnes the owners were really lovely people We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived and they were really helpful to us."

    Could not fault anything about the holiday.

    Reviewed by PatriciaDec 2018

  • "Very helpful owners, he lit out fire every evening before we got back."

    When we arrived there was tea and mince pies ready for us.

    Reviewed by SimonDec 2018

  • "The Bothy is a lovely cottage - just the right size for a couple."

    It's got a little private garden with table and chairs and most windows overlook fields (my husband saw deer grazing there one morning!). The landlord and landlady were very kind and provided us with more firewood to heat the wood stove in the living room than we could have ever wished for. It was amazing how warm the rooms got when the stove was in full swing! In terms of kitchen utensils, the only things that might have been nice to have would have been a cafetière and a garlic press. But these are minor details; everything else was absolutely fine. The location was ideal too - easy to get to anywhere in the New Forest. Some good heathland and woodland walks were just a few miles away from the cottage. Also there were at least 3 pubs not too far away (The Hobler, the Red Lion and the Filly Inn). I wouldn't recommend walking even to the nearest one - The Hobler - as the road is quite busy and there are no pavements. But it was excellent to have the choice of different establishments for dinners when one doesn't want to travel too far. And there is a Waitrose a few miles further down the road on the northern outskirts of Lymington - very convenient. We had a brilliant time and will highly likely return to this cottage!

    Reviewed by MartinaOct 2018

  • "The property lacks nothing for two people wishing to have a relaxing time in a wonderful part of the UK."

    Shops and a great Saturday market only a couple of miles away in Lymington. The owners live adjacent to the Bothy and are both friendly and have a wealth of local knowledge. One thing to note. , the property does not have internet but 3G mobile services are available.

    Reviewed by LlionAug 2018

  • "If you want piece and quiet we recommend THE BOTHY a lovely little place to ..."

    If you want piece and quiet we recommend THE BOTHY a lovely little place to stay, deer in the the field next to cottage,rabbits birds goshawk buzzards enjoyed watching garden birds in orchard every morning eating the fallen apples,cottage itself was very comfortable had every thing you needed though I never cooked as my son /daughter -in-law who live there took us out everyday site seeing, Thank you Mr Barnes for a lovely holiday

    Reviewed by ElaineAug 2018

  • "The Bothy is ideal for a couple who like being away from busy towns."

    Received a very warm welcome by the owners. Although this is located on a working farm, the field next to The Bothy this year was harvested for hay, and they were bayling the day we arrived, after this each morning we were greeted by either 2 or 3 resident deer, and a pair of buzzards, plus plenty of rabbits. Being so close to the New Forest there is an abundance of walks to try for all levels of experience, just need to take care if you start your walk from The Bothy as the main road does not have a foot path, and you need to walk on the verge which we found to be quite busy at times! Would definitely stay again if we returned to this area.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2018

  • "We are re-booking for the fifth year, it’s a great cottage!"

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2018

  • "The cottage is set in beautiful and quiet surroundings."

    The owners a delightful couple who were close by but not intrusive,happy to do anything we needed.

    Reviewed by SueJun 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage."

    Didn't need the wood burner, but Valerie would have lit it for us if we had, we were fine with the electric radiator. My only suggestion is that maybe a hairdryer could be supplied (I forgot mine), although I'm sure Valerie would have lent me one, had I asked. I always take my pillow to self catering cottages, but this time didn't need it, pillows in The Bothy were lovely.

    Reviewed by BarbaraApr 2018

  • "The bothy is in an ideal spot for a quiet holiday in the heart of the new forest and the coast ."

    The owners of the bothy are very friendly and helpful,we would recommend this to anyone. We had a great week and would certainly go again. From booking to arriving you’re company made it all very easy thank you.

    Reviewed by KeithApr 2018

  • "We had a great time in the New Forest, and the Bothy exceeded our expectations as the photos do not do it justice."

    We were made extremely welcome by our very kind hosts, who also largely dealt with the intricasies of the log burner, with which we were not familiar. Said log burner made the property so very warm and cosy, as we picked one of the coldest weeks this winter to date, this was especially welcome. The alternative heating is also effiecient and responsive. It was a great place for our holiday base, and we would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by NigelFeb 2018

  • "After a very busy month at work we went for R & R and got just that."

    Very friendly, helpful landlords, really cosy cottage and the New Forest nearby to visit. We couldn't have been happier.

    Reviewed by BeverleyFeb 2018

  • "Initial booking was a bit of a pain, but was sorted out very quickly, could not fault the bothy, very friendly and helpful owners."

    Definitely would return sometime. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by MarkNov 2017

  • "The Bothy is a little gem in a lovely location."

    Close to all the wonders of The New Forest. The owners are very helpful but not intrusive. The Bothy is very well equipped and comfortable. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2017

  • "Perfect quiet location but central to so many beautiful areas."

    Total relaxation . The owners were so sweet and helpful. Will definitely book this place again .

    Reviewed by MargaretMar 2017

  • "The owners were very courteous and went out of their way to make sure that we had all we needed, and were comfortable."

    Reviewed by BMar 2017

  • "New bed mattress & firm pillows & then the accommodation is perfect!"

    Reviewed by AnneFeb 2017

  • "Owners of the Bothy were very friendly and helpful, the woodburner was was wonderful"

    Reviewed by MaggieFeb 2017

  • "Quiet and secluded but in close access to all amenities and sights."

    Reviewed by LynnNov 2016

  • "One of the best cottages we have stayed at for comfort, close to Lymington and the Forest but quiet and peaceful."

    Nice private outside space.

    Reviewed by GeraldSep 2016

  • "Perfect spot for a quiet short getaway."

    Very helpful hosts especially regarding 'deer warning'. Only problem is in your arrival instructions from Brockenhurst when the 'Orchard House' turn is opposite the second 'New Forest Car Boot' sign, not the first, but 300 yards further on and facing Lymington.

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2016

  • "This was our third visit to this property, it's ideal for us."

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2016

  • "The owners were very helpful when we arrived."

    The accommodation was first class, very clean and well maintained. All in all it was a very enjoyable holiday and I would heartily recommend it.

    Reviewed by ShirleyJun 2016

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday."

    It is in lovely surroundings overlooking fields - it was so private. We will go back again.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2016

  • "Very helpful, pleasant and friendly owners and the cottage was ideally placed for access to the New Forest area."

    Reviewed by RoyMar 2016

  • "The owners warmly welcomed us and on entering The Bothy we both said 'Wow!"

    ' The house is set in a well kept garden with mature fruit trees and a sheltered patio area. The garden itself overlooks open fields which was lovely. We particularly liked the accommodation; its comfortable furnishings and equipment were just right for the two of us. The owners kindly tended the log burner and gave some good hints and instructions for its use. There was an ample supply of information leaflets on places to eat and of interest in the surrounding countryside. We had a most enjoyable stay at The Bothy and would certainly recommend it to our friends.

    Reviewed by Peter JohnFeb 2016

  • "The whole holiday was fantastic."

    Our hosts were incredibly friendly and helpful. We particularly enjoyed the log burning fire in the living room. Couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by MartinJan 2016

  • "We were very impressed with the cottage, it suited our needs perfectly and the owners were very friendly and helpful."

    It was a surprisingly spacious property and the wood burner was a wonderful source of warmth on a December night! The location was ideal for exploring the New Forest and was very easy to find. We would certainly recommend it and hopefully will come back to stay there in the future.

    Reviewed by ColinDec 2015

  • "The cottage was situated in a quiet peaceful location but within excellent distance to all the amenities and towns."

    The cottage was very clean and spacious for a one bedroom and very cosy. The cottage has everything you could hope for. We would definitely stay there again in the future.

    Reviewed by NatashaNov 2015

  • "A very nice cottage in lovely surroundings with very friendly and helpful hosts."

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2015

  • "The Bothy was a home from home."

    It was beautifully furnished, spotlessly clean and had a very well equipped kitchen. In a very nice quiet, secluded location but the owners were on hand should you need them. We had a truly enjoyable holiday and would commend the owner on the way she had just made a few touches to make our stay more comfortable and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this to anyone.

    Reviewed by JosephineMay 2015

  • "The Bothy was lovely, in a beautiful spot and we were very well looked after."

    Would definitely go back again and recommend to others!

    Reviewed by IzzyMar 2015

  • "Liked the friendliness and helpfulness of the owner as well as the lovely cosy wood burner and firewood freely provided."

    The situation of the cottage was also very good.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2015

  • "A beautiful cottage and very welcoming owners."

    Would definitely go back and would definitely recommend to others.

    Reviewed by AndrewJan 2015

  • "It was larger than what we expected from the pictures and we found it neat and clean."

    The owners were friendly and very helpful but unobtrusive. Perfect for our romantic week in the new forest.

    Reviewed by BradleyJan 2015

  • "Had a superb stay."

    Reviewed by DougNov 2014

  • "Highly commendable."

    This property is top range, set at a realistic price and well designed for a couple to stay in for a quiet relaxing week. Plenty of places to visit locally, although some might be tempted to just stay home and enjoy their holiday break in The Bothy.

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2014

  • "We have been self catering for the past 35 years or more."

    The standard in accommodation during that time has risen to a very high standard. We were certainly not disappointed with The Bothy. The cottage furnishings were so pretty, the kitchen really easy to work in and all the equipment worked. The outlook over the garden from the lounge was a delight. The owners were kind, helpful and unobtrusive. A big thank you to them for a really happy time. We will certainly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2014

  • "The Bothy is an outstanding cottage, very well equipped, in lovely surroundings and the owner has put a lot of thought into what is needed."

    The owner is very nice and helpful in everyday, definitely a cottage to return to.

    Reviewed by ThomasSep 2014

  • "The cottage was very secluded and very well appointed."

    The owners were very pleasant and made us feel welcome. We had a thoroughly enjoyable week and would have no hesitation in recommending The Bothy to others. The addition of a New Forest car park pass was a bonus which came in very useful.

    Reviewed by TonyAug 2014

  • "A very nice cottage in a peaceful setting."

    This cottage is a great place to stay and is in a very good location for the New Forest and the Dorest/Hampshire coast.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2014

  • "Our holiday cottage, The Bothy, was a delight to stay in."

    Like home from home. And the views over the grounds are lovely. It is very peaceful there with lots of beautiful bird song. The cottage is a credit to the owners who are friendly and helpful but not interfering. The New Forest is just a wonderful place to visit and there is a lot to see.

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2014

  • "The friendliness of the owners and the overall atmosphere of the cottage."

    Reviewed by JillApr 2014

  • "The cottage itself was lovely - very peaceful and private - and the owners were very friendly."

    Everything we needed was provided, and the free parking pass was a very welcome surprise.

    Reviewed by CarolineApr 2014

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The property

A detached, timber-clad cottage situated in the pretty grounds of the owner's home in the village of Boldre, in the beautiful New Forest National Park.

This quaint New Forest cottage provides a cosy and comfortable holiday base for couples looking to explore the lovely surrounding area.

There is a king-size double bedroom complete with an en-suite shower room, and this cottage in Boldre also has a light, open plan living area with a warming woodburner for chilly evenings.

Outside, this New Forest cottage benefits from a private garden with a sun trap patio offering charming country views towards the owner's orchard and the distant fields.

A short drive will take you deep into the forest glades, perfect for romantic walks and bike rides as you can often spot wild ponies and deer grazing in this idyllic setting.

Take a trip into the nearby market town of Lymington where you can browse the diverse range of shops, treat yourself at one of the numerous restaurants or catch a ferry for a day trip to the Isle of Wight.

Within an easy drive of this New Forest cottage you can visit the award-winning National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and the stunning Exbury Gardens.

This charming Boldre cottage offers a comfortable base, perfect for a relaxing peaceful holiday in the New Forest.

(Property can be booked alongside Orchard Annexe ref 25383).


  • All ground floor
  • One king-size double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburner
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge (no ice box), washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Lawned front garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: No children.

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About the location


Lymington 2.6 miles; Brockenhurst 3 miles; Lyndhurst 6.8 miles.

On the edge of the New Forest National Park, the small village of Boldre can be found nestled between the Georgian harbour town of Lymington to the south and the bustling forest town of Brockenhurst to the north. Lymington is a favoured sailing resort where tourists can catch the regular ferries that make the short journey to the Isle of Wight, and the town boasts an array of interesting boutiques, craft shops, and numerous local restaurants. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from the surrounding heathlands and ancient woodlands of the New Forest to the nearby coastal nature reserves, this lovely, sleepy village provides an excellent touring base from which to explore the New Forest, the Isle of Wight and the Hampshire coast.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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