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East Lodge

Rockbourne, Hampshire (Ref. 988986)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "This place is fantastic."

    Spotlessly clean and inviting. Everything has been catered for from maps for local walks to universal chargers (just in case you have forgotten yours), shortbread biscuits to wood for log fire. Very dog friendly with a basket full of towels. treats, dog tags, high viz, strips to name but a few. The guest book has some great recommendations of places to go. We particularly liked the local pub "Rose and Thistle", great food and very dog friendly. Dogs have their own menu. Thank you very much Laura. We will be back I'm sure.

    Mrs GriffithsNov 2021

  • "Lovely Lodge with comfortable facilities."

    Lots of local walks to explore and the New Forest close by. Everything was scruplously clean and well maintained.

    Mrs SeabrookOct 2021

  • "Would go back time and again."

    Mrs KellyOct 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Humans and dogs very well catered for. Local produce provided as welcome gifts is a lovely touch. Laura was available if we needed anything, but everything had been thought of for our stay in this cottage, that we did not need to bother her. Lovely village pub with home cooked menu was very welcoming. Lots of scenic walks through the forest. Would definitely book again.

    Mrs LavenderJul 2021

  • "East Lodge was a lovely accommodation, extremely clean and with excellent facilities."

    We had a very comfortable stay. It was in a great location with easy access to New Forrest, small towns and villages and Salisbury.

    Mrs StefanovicJul 2021

  • "Lovely, charming, quirky holiday cottage, spotlessly clean, quiet location."

    Close to New Forest & short drive into Dorset. Everything you could wish for. Fresh flowers, delicious shortbread, fresh orange juice and milk were very welcome. A courtesy visit from the owner shortly after arrival to ensure everything was ok, was very nice too. Would recommend if interested in this beautiful area

    Mrs JacksonJun 2021

  • "This accommodation had everything we needed and more."

    It was perfect in every way apart from the traffic noise from the road through the village but that has no impact on the accommodation itself or Sykes Cottages

    Mrs Edgar-wearsMay 2021

  • "East lodge is bigger than I expected, the main room was very comfortable and the bedroom with its king size bed was bigger than I expected."

    Everything we needed was provided including some milk, orang juice, coffee & biscuits for us and a doggy hamper of stuff fir our dog. It’s in a very quiet area, only 10 minutes from the New Forest and ideally placed for visiting Salisbury, Southampton, Bournemouth & Poole. We had a relaxing stay here.

    Mr KayleyApr 2021

  • "Very helpful owners and very warm ,cosy and relaxing place."

    An unusual building which made it a different experience. Loved the views from the bedroom and the living area yet all very private. On another note , mobile reception not good.

    Mrs BowditchApr 2021

  • "We literally wanted for nothing."

    I'm used to having to pay extra for more firewood but we had a whole woodstore to help ourselves too, plus firelighters and kindling. The heated floor was lovely and so easy to use - although don't turn it down in winter! It does take a long time to heat up. The kitchen was well equipped with clever cupboard space - I would have needed a stool to reach the top shelves if my partner wasn't taller than me. We were greeted with biscuits, coffee and fresh whole milk. The bathroom was clean and comfortable, the heated towel rail next to the toilet is a nice touch. The shower was strong and the bath a great size. The place was easy to find with the instructions, but perhaps co-ordinates would be useful for sat nav users instead of the post code. The big windows and glass doors allowed for a lovely amount of light and with windows only on one side of the property it was perfectly private. East lodge does sit next to the road, so those who are sensitive to occasional traffic noise might prefer its sister property, West Lodge - but we weren't bothered by the occasional fast car. Didn't use the washing machine. Dishwasher was efficient and quiet. WiFi was impeccable - we streamed a lot of programmes and movies using our own device on the TV and it didn't need to buffer once. Laura was lovely too and incredibly helpful in response to all my questions - Thanks again, Laura! I've never stayed in a property that was this perfect - and I'm not exaggerating, I'm quite hard to impress. Highly recommend and will be back!

    Miss WarrenDec 2020

  • "Lovely, warm, high quality, well-equipped cottage."

    The owner Laura, offered exceptional customer service, with personal touches and friendly nature. Fresh cream tea, fresh free range eggs, fresh flowers and fresh bread greeted us upon arrival. Also tea, coffee, sugar and milk were included.


  • "East Lodge was beautifully set up."

    Well equipped with added bonus of welcoming basket of butter, milk, tea & coffee were good..

    Mr G Tory

  • "Lovely, relaxing stay, wonderful accommodation, had everything we needed in a great location."

    Guest's Review On New Forest Website

  • "We have had a lovely stay here at East Lodge."

    Everything was just as expected. Lovely touches with the delicious scones and jam and eggs, and the flowers were beautiful. Would recommend it as a relaxing and homely cottage.

    Carry And Ian Carey

  • "Our first holiday as a new family with our daughter of 7 months."

    Arrived to warm welcome; scones, homemade jam, eggs, tea, meadow flowers. Gorgeous location in beautiful Rockbourne within easy reach of the New Forest. The lodge has been restored and decorated to an extremely high standard. It is comfortable and cosy, and very well equipped - very well thought out. Our stay was made even easier as the owner generously provided us with a cot, high chair, bouncy chair and basket full of toys and books for our baby to use! We all slept incredibly well, and were well rested. We could have happily stayed on another week (or two...).

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "You know we just love the lodge, but we especially appreciate the scones, the tea, coffee, lovely fresh eggs and oil to cook them."

    The two-seater sofa is an improvement on the two arm chairs. The bedroom is lovely and so well decorated and dressed. The double bath is a big hit, I always enjoy a glass of champagne in it to unwind. I think you have thought of everything and it is so handy being able to walk to the pub and have a good meal with good wine and stagger home! We are always so sad to leave...

    East Lodge Guests

  • "We have stayed here 3 times now and find it so comfortable."

    Have another 2 Holidays booked for later this year

    Mr Woan

  • "Immaculate condition and great location."

    Facilities exceeded expectations.

    Mr Collins

  • "Both West Park Lodges were easy to find following the directions given by the Hideaways Team."

    The owner Laura popped in to see everything was OK on our day of arrival. The Lodge had everything we needed and more for our restful break, including lots of ideas for outings. The lodge was clean and well presented with the lovely touch of a cream tea waiting for us. If I was to be picky my initial concern was the road running alongside East Lodge which when sitting in the beautiful patio area could be off putting if a large vehicle went past or a speedy vehicle. However as this is a rural location it was not a continual problem and did not deter from our lovely break.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We stayed for four nights, and had a wonderful stay."

    Cleanliness five star, equipment and utensils five star, quality of furnishings five star, bed linen five star and in such an unusual building! Very spacious with modern touches in a quaint and tastefully finished lodge. The kitchen cupboards are well stocked with day to day larder items. The owners have gone the extra mile to make this a home from home. The welcome goodies were delicious, a lovely home made cream tea for two, new laid eggs and beautiful cut garden flowers in every room. Thank you!\ We took our two Welsh Terriers with us and they were made to feel just as welcome, with lots of extras waiting for them. Even dog tags with the lodge address and phone number on should they get lost whilst on holiday. Very impressive!

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "East lodge is a beautiful cottage."

    Waiting for us on arrival was some delicious home-made bread with jam , fresh eggs and cut flowers. The accommodation was excellent, beautifully decorated and extremely well equipped. This was our first visit to the New Forest and was a good base to explore from.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We stayed with our sons in both the East and West Lodges; the accommodation was as ever to the highest standard and what makes it perfect is the additional provision of eggs, milk, bread and even fresh flowers and scones laid our ready for our arrival."

    The underfloor heating really gives a real touch of luxury whilst the open fire if you prefer it, is perfect for cold winter evenings. With the Rose and Thistle just 5 minutes away and its close proximity to the New Forest it is a dream.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We have just returned from a lovely week at East Lodge."

    ...a one bedroomed lovingly and thoughtfully extended lodge cottage. The cottage was well equipped and furnished to a high standard. Upon arrival there was crusty bread, tea bags, coffee and sugar provided to start us off, and prior to arrival our host said that she would accept shop 'n drop for us if we needed. The bed was exceptionally comfy and, in a way, we were glad of the one chilly night so we could light the lovely log fire. All in all a lovely week, walking and cycling from the door as well as some investigations further afield. Would highly recommend.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We have just returned from a relaxing 3 night stay in East Lodge."

    The accommodation was beautifully decorated with many extra little touches to make guests feel truly at home. The fresh scones, eggs and flowers were a lovely welcome - as was the doggie hamper full of canine essentials for our dog Jessie! The picturesque village of Rockbourne and surrounding area is well worth a stroll and the proximity of the New Forest, as well as the coast, makes East Lodge a perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of the world.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "East Lodge was a very relaxing place to stay and spotlessly clean."

    The owner had thought of everything including welcoming scones and fresh flowers. The property was decorated very tastefully and there were nice touches throughout. The location was very convenient for accessing villages in the New Forest. Overall an excellent stay.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We stayed in your lovely cottage in June 2016 for 12 days and felt so at home and comfortable we could have stayed much longer."

    Your attention to detail, the cosiness, all the extras you provided and the cleanliness of the cottage was second to none. Your welcoming tea and scones and personal visit made us feel very special. The local pub was fabulous and we enjoyed an evening stroll out for a wonderful meal. Our experience in the New Forest was exceptional. What a lovely pocket of England in which to live. I hope we will visit and stay with you again. warmest regards, Tom and Maggie Anderson, Denmark, Western Australia.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "A really homely, comfortable lodge."

    Everything you could wish for is catered for, including a pet hamper for your dog. We stayed with our Westie here and loved the week's break. The personal touches the owner makes like the welcome cream tea, milk and fresh eggs ready for you makes you feel special - a really lovely touch. Laura is on hand to welcome you and check all has been OK when you leave, so you're well looked after. Plenty of lovely walks and pet friendly pubs close by. Will come again.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "We were blown away by the setting and accommodation offered by the East Lodge (mirror image of West Lodge)."

    It is simple but luxurious villa with a very high standard of finish. the bathroom well appointed ,spacious / comfortable and living room with an open fire perfect for nights in. The small village is a perfect setting with a great gastro pub (Rose & Thistle) and multiple walks around. It is close enough to the New Forest to visit everyday but different enough to feel a different country. We didn't tell the owners we were going staying for our honeymoon and as soon as they knew they hand delivered a generous welcome pack. Simply we will be back.

    Guest's Review On TripAdvisor

  • "Cottage was in a lovely location, spotlessly clean and the owner was very welcoming."

    Mrs Marian Tomlinson

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The property

Built in the early 19th century, East Lodge is one of a pair of listed gate lodges which stand at the entrance to the West Park Estate(see also West Lodge ref. 988967).

This charming bolthole has been completely refurbished and imaginatively extended to provide quirky and charming holiday accommodation which has been graded 4 stars and given a Gold Awarded by Visit England. All the accommodation is at ground floor level for ease of access. Step inside ad you'll find light filled, octagonal shaped rooms, combining stylish decor and furnishings with top-notch, contemporary kitchen and bathroom fittings. We guarantee it will not be like anywhere you've stayed before! The lodges at West Park are situated at one end of the picturesque ancient village of Rockbourne.

A walk through the village takes you past many thatched brick and timber cottages alongside the bourne (stream).

The Rose and Thistle pub is at the other end , a stroll back could include a visit to the 11th/12th century church of Saint Andrew with its flint structure ans tiled roof.

The famous Rockbourne Roman Villa is a short walk away from the lodges. I


  • All ground floor: Entrance hallway with a door through to the courtyard garden
  • One bedroom with a king size bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe
  • Bathroom with bath incorporating an over the bath shower
  • Open plan living/dining/kitchen area with an outlook over paddocks
  • Living area has an open fireplace, sofa, window seat, dining table/chairs and french windows opening out onto a courtyard garden
  • Fitted kitchen area with induction hob, fan oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Stone floors with a carpeted bedroom
  • Outside paved courtyard garden with a bench, garden table and chairs
  • Home-made meals, breakfast hamper and delivery of local produce by arrangement with the owner
  • Pets welcome
  • This property is more suitable for older children and adults but but babies welcome
  • Sorry
  • no smoking
  • Walking distance to three popular pubs.
  • Underfloor central heating
  • Open fire with free logs
  • Oven, microwave, washing machine
  • TV, DVD and free WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • High quality bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Paved courtyard garden with seating area
  • Small lawn
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Home made meals, breakfast hamper, and delivery of local produce available by arrangement with owner
  • Pets welcome, easy access to public footpaths and the New Forest
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 0.75 miles
  • Note: Property more suitable for older children and adults but babies are welcome, high chair and cot available on request.

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About the location


Salisbury 11 miles; Bournemouth 18 miles.

Fordingbridge is a traditional Hampshire town on the banks of the River Avon, and offers a good mix of shops, pubs and restaurants, a small museum of local history and a display of original work by the artist Augustus John, who lived here for many years. The medieval Great Bridge, with seven graceful arches, is a major feature of the town. The immediate area is a wonderful place for visitors, with its beautiful scenery, nature havens, cycleways and welcoming people. Fordingbridge is conveniently situated for the magnificent cathedral city of Salisbury to the north, and the super seaside resort of Bournemouth to the south. The stunning New Forest National Park is only 1.5 miles from the town, where you can explore thousands of acres of moor, heath and woodland frequented by wild ponies, and dotted with quaint villages and country pubs. Within a short drive is the magnificent Elizabethan manor house at Breamore, as well as the New Forest Water Park, and a trip to Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum is not to be missed. This is a great location for exploring this picturesque and interesting area.

Region Information

Property unsuitable for young children, babies are welcome.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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