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Oakapple Cottage

(Ref. 1067240)

Swan Green near Lyndhurst, Hampshire Show on map


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  • 9 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Oakapple in early March."

    We were a family group with two grandparents, four younger adults, a dog and a toddler. Although the weather was not on our side, the garden looked welcoming and was secure. It has all the attributes for a barbecue in the sun when the warmer weather arrives. The inside of the house is comfy and not too fussy. There is plenty of everything (glasses, towels, cutlery etc) for 9 adults. The conservatory at the back of the house is big and roomy. Unfortunately the cool weather meant that it was not always warm enough to be able to comfortably sit in it for long. We can recommend Oakapple Cottage for a family getaway.

    Reviewed by Marcus4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had issues with boiler throughout stay."

    had to reset it several times a day to get any heating. this really needs looking at by the owner and its not acceptable for guests to have to keep faffing about with it as constant faults flashing throughout the day. there were pots left in dishwasher many of which were still dirty we found slugs in kitchen every morning- i know its an old house but some copper tape around kitchen side door would stop that. there were rats in the garden ( around the side)- we opened the kitchen side door near utility and we saw two in what looked like the old coal shed- you need to put something down to get rid of those. filthy stained bath upstairs which was unusable- no one wanted to sit in it. the slope down from gate to conservatory covered in slime so one elderly person in the group slipped quite badly walking down it the shower room downstairs basically flooded whenever anyone used the shower- needs a longer shower screen or some kind of run off point. trying to get in and out off the main road was a challenge in the cars. sorry all so negative but for what we paid we expected a better maintained holiday house- all the ones we've rented from Sykes in the past have been perfect. sadly not this one.

    Reviewed by Salina1.9Feb 2024

  • "Facilities were lovely and when we needed to contact the owners they were very helpful and sorted our issue."

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Oct 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage, literally a couple of minute’s walk away from the forest."

    Loads of space for a large family or a friendship group. We actually spent all our time in the large conservatory and garden and only went into the front room/snug on one occasion, and the dining room a couple of times to play board games, but we were blessed with the weather and I imagine the living room with a very large wood burner would be amazing in colder months. The house was really well stocked, with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay; the owners even left us a bottle of fizz and a tub of choccies, which was a lovely thought. There were plenty of lovely quality toilet rolls too! I know this seems an odd thing to comment on, but so often we go to a property that has frankly cost a considerable sum, to be left with a couple of cheap rolls for the whole week! Bedding and towels were luxurious and smelled lovely and fresh and clean, and the beds and pillows were comfy. I personally didn’t like the position of the bed in the master bedroom, as one side was against the wall - fine for youngsters with sturdy bladders, but middle aged ladies such as I, who need to get up for a pee, have to either wake up the other half, or clamber over them! A minor gripe, however, and one which won’t affect the majority of people! The garden was beautiful, and our dog absolutely loved it; he particularly enjoyed having cool shady spots to lie when it got too hot, but there was plenty of sun all day. It was large and completely secure, and there were a couple of relaxing sun loungers in addition to the garden table and chairs. We loved the games area with darts, pool and air hockey; our only tiny niggle was that it wasn’t lit, so as these evenings are now drawing in quickly, we were unable to play as often as we’d like. The location is great, as mentioned previously, almost in the forest, and only 20-30mins away from beautiful beaches. The village centre is only 10 mins walk, and there is a great selection of eateries and all the usual shops you would expect/need. The Swan pub is literally across the road, and is good for drinks but many better places to eat in town (in our opinion). The owners were in contact and were very responsive, but as they had thought of absolutely everything, there was nothing that we needed. We chose this area randomly, based on the pictures of the house, and I’m really glad we did, we had a lovely stay and would definitely recommend both the location and this specific property. A lovely stay, thank you.

    Reviewed by Beverley4.7Sep 2023

  • "The house was perfect for a family reunion to celebrate some special birthdays."

    The welcome gifts for Easter on arrival was a lovely touch. Thank you! The house had all the facilities we needed, plenty of socialising and dining space for 9 of us. We couldn't get the aga going but the portable electric hob and rice cooker worked out well. Our only slight problem was the house is on a busy main road and the kids found it difficult to sleep in the front bedroom but this was a minor issue. The house is in a great location, a short walk to Lyndhurst where there are pubs, restaurants and supermarkets and some lovely quaint little shops. Thanks for a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely weekday stay in the New Forest."

    A lovely cottage with excellent facilities. The lounge was snug with the wood burner in winter. The kitchen facilities were excellent and the kids enjoyed getting to grips with the AGA. We enjoyed the garden and the pool table. Beds were very comfortable and we had enough luxury towels to enjoy the roll top bath. Conveniently located near lots of dog walking opportunities, and opposite the pub which does excellent wholesome food. Thank you for having us.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Feb 2023

  • "Lovely location of holiday home in Lyndhurst."

    Parking for 3 cars, nice secure garden which is suitable for dogs.

    Reviewed by Charlotte3.4Sep 2022

  • "Oakapple cottage is very comfortable and we immediately felt 'at home'."

    The aga made the kitchen lovely and warm, as was the central heating. Gorgeous bedding and good space in bedrooms. Lots of useful kitchen appliances and plenty of crockery. Could do with Serving Spoons but that was a tiny 'want' really. Great to have the conservatory to put walking boots and buggies in But during 'warmer' weather, it must be a lovely seating area. Garden was just right with lots of birds too. Great to be opposite the Swan Pub, who had a good menu and catered for our little Grandchildren very well. The whole stay at Oakapple was fab, especially as we had 3 babies and a dog and 6 adults. Walkable to Lyndhurst which has interesting shops. Oakapple Owners very caring of our needs. Happy enjoyable stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Gaye5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great spot to stay."

    Beautiful house and garden. Great location for distance to the village go food and shops. Just a short walk and your in the forest.

    Reviewed by N5.0Aug 2021

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 1 x triple bunk with trundle bed, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Snug with woodburning stove
  • Family room
  • Conservatory
  • Central heating
  • Gas Aga cooker and hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine
  • 42inch Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Lockable shed for bike storage
  • Travel cot and high chair available
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed lawn garden with barbecue
  • Garage with pool table
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles, The Swan Inn pub is opposite the property
  • Note: Dogs are to be kept downstairs and not left unattended for long periods of time
  • Note: Guests are asked to be mindful about to manage their pets and try and avoid undue barking at unreasonable hours, either early or late
  • Note: Guests are asked to be respectful of neighbours and refrain from being outside in the garden area after 12
  • Note: There is strictly no smoking at this property
  • Please note: Bookings are only accepted on Fridays for this property for seven nights only (except Christmas and New Year)
  • Lyndhurst shops are 0.6 mile to Lyndhurst and along a wide footpath which is within walking distance

The property

Set in Swan Green, just outside the peaceful village of Lyndhurst, within the magnificent New Forest National Park, is Oakapple Cottage, an 18th-century detached property, ideal for a large family or friends gathering in Hampshire, with the coast and picturesque countryside of the national park both within easy reach.

Originally Swan Green Tea Rooms, the property was formerly a café owned by the Dalton family, popular with walkers and coaches, with an emphasis on the care of coach drivers.

The café was a great little spot to refresh and enjoy the countryside air, and it is still a place for holidaying folks to recline after exploring the local area, without the café of course, but instead with a tasteful space for guests to stay.

Arriving at the property, there is parking for three cars on the spacious driveway, so unloading your belongings couldn’t be easier.

Unwind with a glass of wine and your favourite book in the homely and contemporary sitting room, which features a beautiful period cast iron fireplace as its centrepiece and opens into the snug, where you can relax and enjoy the glow of the warming woodburning stove.

The designated chef will have all they need to prepare delicious home-cooked meals in the generous kitchen, as well as a handy dishwasher making cleaning up less of a chore!

Guests will also benefit from a shower room on this floor, perfect for freshening up after a day of activities and adventure.

Travelling up to the first-floor, you will discover one of four bedrooms, the first being the delightful master bedroom which is its own private haven, with incredible beams spanning the vaulted ceiling, cast iron fireplace, and a beautiful bay window, it is perfect for when sleep calls.

Moving through the property, you will find an additional three bedrooms, a plentiful double, a triple bunk with a trundle bed, and a final twin, ensuring flexible sleeping arrangements for all parties and children.

Pour in the bubbles and enjoy a soothing soak in the roll-top bath before drifting off to a refreshing night’s embrace in your choice of bedroom.

Step outside and enjoy your morning coffee whilst walking around the whimsical and ample garden, with a charming brick pathway.

Once frequented throughout the centuries by kings and queens, the delightful village of Lyndhurst is bathed in rich history and is known as the capital of the New Forest National Park.

Easily accessible via a road or wide footpath, strolling through the town will allow you to feel a part of the town’s history with its charming Tudor-style buildings and wide selection of pubs, restaurants, shops and independent boutiques, ensuring you have everything you could need during your stay in Hampshire.

After a long day of adventures, leave the cooking and treat yourself to a delicious meal at The Swan Inn, situated just across the road from Oakapple Cottage, where you can treat yourself to a well-deserved tipple in the dog-friendly pub, which occasionally hosts live entertainment.

For those who have remembered their clubs, Oakapple Cottage is ideally located just a short drive away from The New Forest Golf course, the second oldest in Hampshire, where you can enjoy a game right in the heart of the New Forest National Park.

Lyndhurst is renowned for one of its residents in particular, Alice Pleasance Liddell, who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.

For a fun-filled family day, The New Forest Wildlife Park is certainly one to tick off the list, home to a wide-variety of animals where you can listen to keeper talks and watch feeding sessions, it is sure to be a memory-filled day.

Further family-friendly attractions nearby include Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World and many other attractions, or for the motor enthusiasts in your group, explore the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu one afternoon.

Take a trip to the historic city of Winchester, famous for its cathedral and once being home to Henry VIII during his hunting visits to New Forest.

Immerse yourself in nature and take the short drive to Bolderwood to spot the many deer who frequent the land.

Explore the surrounding areas and take a trip to Southampton, which offers a host of delights for all the family, from the museums and art galleries to the walking tours to explore the secrets of the famous Titanic, as well as an array of pubs, shops and restaurants, there will never be a dull moment!

For a day at the beach, get your buckets and spades at the ready and take the scenic drive to the coastal town of Bournemouth, known for its beautiful beaches and delicious seaside treats.

Brockenhurst, Lymington and Southbourne beach are all within reach by car.

Lyndhurst hosts a further eight quirky pubs most serving food, a wine bar, dining included fish and chip shop two Italians , two Indians, two Thai restaurants and a Chinese.

The boutique shops include something for all holiday makers, along with a pharmacy, small Tesco & Coop, Traditional Fudge, sweets shop, bike shop and much more.

Oakapple Cottage is a home away from home that will leave you wanting to return to Lyndhurst year after year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Southampton 9.4 miles; Milford-on-Sea 12 miles; Christchurch 14.9 miles.

Enjoying a rich royal history is the village of Lyndhurst, known as the capital of the New Forest National Park, frequently visited throughout the centuries by kings and queens thanks to it being established as a royal hunting ground by William the Conqueror. Home to quaint Tudor style buildings and a scattering of welcoming pubs and local shops and boutiques, this lovely settlement has everything you need to enjoy a wonderful stay in Hampshire. One of the village's famous residents is Alice Pleasance Liddell, the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', resting in the graveyard of St Michael and All Angels' Church. Walk up to Bolton's Bench, an elevated spot to perch at and take in the views of the landscape, before visiting the New Forest Heritage Centre offering a history into this spectacular national park with interactive exhibits and exhibitions. Walkers can delight in a great choice of walking routes, start out by exploring the area with a circular walk around Lyndhurst, whilst cyclists can embark on a tour of the park on popular routes like Lyndhurst to Brockenhurst, or over to Hatchet Pond, with bikes available to hire from The Woods Cyclery. Stay in Lyndhurst for a rural retreat in Hampshire.

Please note this property can only be booked once per week.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas