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Endymion

(Ref. 3575)

Linwood near Ringwood, New Forest, Hampshire Show on map

4.1

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  • 3 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "If you are looking for 5 star luxury, then look elsewhere."

    But if you want a charming little rustic place to stay in an isolated position, fully equipped for a short stay by thoughtful and generous owners, then this is a real gem.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Feb 2024

  • "We had a really fantastic break at Endymion."

    The rustic cabin has all the basic amenities we required and was perfectly placed for walking in the New Forest. It was in a very peaceful place and there was always plenty of activity to watch at the bird feeders in the garden and some of the birds we hadn't seen before. There was a very nice pub five minutes walk away. Thank you Steve and Judy.

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Oct 2023

  • "This is a beautiful magical place in the middle of the forest."

    A nice welcome pack from the owners too, who live in the main house. We will go back

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very disappointed with our stay very dark and depressing very unkempt and tired,came home early as not up to our standards, as we are an elderly couple we found this holiday a complete waste of money."

    Reviewed by Carol1.6Jul 2023

  • "The property was in the heart of a beautiful part of the New Forest ."

    Close to lovely walks for us and our dogs. Enjoyable for us all.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.4May 2023

  • "I will only mention the things that we found difficult so please don’t see this as only negative."

    Firstly we found it difficult to find , having one sign that says Birch cottage was not helpful. We found the small two sofa uncomfortable , it rained a lot during our stay and a comfortable sofa would have made a difference. The double bed was basic and needs an upgrade.

    Reviewed by Eric3.8May 2023

  • "We booked to stay for a week in April 2023."

    We were assured by Sykes that issues raised in a Feb.2023 review had been fixed i.e.the broken freezer compartment door and leaky shower. Neither of these had been addressed and there are reviews mentioning the freezer door as far back as April 2019! Rustic shouln't mean neglected. There were cobwebs on the blinds and snail trails on the beams, black mould under the cistern and some of the food in the welcome pack was nearly a month out of date. We lasted for two nights and the shower still leaked despite raising this with the owners while we were there. There is no fence between the owner's cottage and the front of Endymion. On the morning we left there was a large pile of dog poo outside Endymion. The setting is idyllic,watching the birds was lovely but the prices are extortionate

    Reviewed by Geoffrey1.9Apr 2023

  • "A wonderful forest cabin retreat."

    Loved living an uncluttered life for a week as guests of the forest inhabitants - the horses, deer, birds and other wildlife that make the New Forest such a bewitching place. The cabin was comfortable and the welcome pack generously provided everything we needed for breakfast on our first morning. Thanks so much for the abundant supply of peanuts and seed for the garden feeders that the birds steadily demolished over the week. Fantastic to see a woodpecker hanging upside down on a feeder just a few feet from the cabin window.

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Mar 2023

  • "First the positives : the location is great, with fabulous walks on the doorstep."

    Also, The Higher Corner pub is close by. The not so good : 'Rustic' is fine, but rustic shouldn't mean shabby and tired. The owners have clearly become complacent over the years. Yes, there are many positive reviews but there are also some critical ones, which align with our own experience. A few specific things which have already been mentioned on earlier reviews but not addressed: - the freezer door comes off in your hand - the toilet is still difficult to flush - the shower cubicle still leaks In our opinion, the price in February should be the maximum for any time of year, as long as the property is in its current condition. Summer rates are quite exorbitant!

    Reviewed by Polly2.5Feb 2023

  • "Fantastic location and great pubs and walks from the doorstep."

    No WiFi or phone signal so plan ahead and research stuff to do beforehand. Owners very friendly and generous with welcoming eggs and milk and wine and flowers . Also huge supply of bird food and wood for the fire.

    Reviewed by Amy4.4Feb 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Our third time there. We will return in the Autumn. Love the wood burner and all the wildlife in the garden. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sandie5.0Jan 2023

  • "If staying in this quirky cabin, be prepared to live within the elements, birds at the window, plenty of light, but in a basic structure."

    The kitchen suits a couple who would probably prefer to eat out, the shower room was a little chilly, but if you prepare for a rustic experience, its also very magical. Owners lived opposite with dogs who do visit the guests, gorgeous dogs, but did put some hackles up at our end! The log burner was a godsend and plenty of logs and matches supplied - a lovely way to spend the evening. Overall, a bit more rustic than expected, but I would recommend for walkers and those who enjoy being in the depths of the New Forest. Lovely welcome touches with milk and wine and a warm cabin on arrival.

    Reviewed by Sian3.1Dec 2022

  • "The cottage was very cosy."

    It was very cold weather when we stayed but they had left the heaters on for us. There is everything you need for your stay. There was even seed to fill bird feeders, it was great fun to watch all the variety of birds that visited. The cottage is in a great position for walking on the forest also near many pretty villages. We intend to stay again.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Dec 2022

  • "I’ve stayed at Endymion before so no what to expect it’s all about location ..."

    I’ve stayed at Endymion before so no what to expect it’s all about location for me an the fact u hav no phone signal is a bonus for me as u can totally relax away from the world in beautiful surroundings I’ve been too the New Forest half a dozen times over the years an it still holds that magical feeling and already intend returning there’s many properties on the edge of the New Forest or just out of it but this is right in it, I can go for a walk with my dog an not hav to get in my car perfect escape

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2022

  • "Great little cottage, fantastic location, literally a 3 min walk to get to numerous walking trails."

    Comfortable, warm and super cute. We are most definitely going back.

    Reviewed by Bruno5.0Oct 2022

  • "Just a fantastic cottage in a simply beautiful location."

    It was so peaceful and stunning that we are determined to get back there asap.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely place of tranquility & peace."

    If you want to leave the rat race for a while then this is ideal. Endymion is clean, comfy & cosy & there were some lovely touches by the owner, wine, flowers, cereal, tea, coffee & fresh eggs which were very much appreciated & kept us going until we could get to a shop. The little private garden was lovely & many birds of all kids visited daily throughout the day. The lodge could do with some TLC in places & brightening up inside though. But overall I would recommend Endymion for the peace & tranquility. The surroundings are truly beautiful. Stripped back to nature.

    Reviewed by Claire3.8Sep 2022

  • "Owners were extremely welcoming and helped enhance our stay."

    Reviewed by Chris4.1Jun 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay, owners were really friendly and helpful and couldn't have ..."

    Had a lovely stay, owners were really friendly and helpful and couldn't have wanted for a better setting within the new forest

    Reviewed by Charlotte3.4May 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage deep in the forest, slight off track with no phone service, perfect!"

    Owners thought of everything, including fire wood, eggs, some essentials and a nice bottle of wine! Will be back.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Apr 2022

  • "Property wasn't very clean more dusty than anything ie skirting behind bathroom sink"

    Reviewed by Mick2.2Mar 2022

  • "Rustic cozy it was every thing we expected it to be and the garden and countryside setting was just great."

    Reviewed by Clive3.8Mar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful couple of days at Endymion."

    The owners had thought of everything including bird food, which we immediately used to fill multiple feeders in the garden. The number of birds and the different varieties truly made our break. Beautiful walks and excellent pubs virtually on the doorstep. A brilliant find.

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.4Mar 2022

  • "We had a fantastic week at Endymion."

    The owners were very friendly and welcoming, there was a lovely welcome pack of food essentials and a bottle of wine, the cottage was extremely well equipped and comfortable. As a ‘get away from it all’ holiday with our dogs, it was absolutely perfect, we will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Oct 2021

  • "Endymion is a cosy, comfortable chalet in the heart of the New Forest."

    The owners live next door - they and their dogs are very welcoming and on hand if needed. We enjoyed relaxing in the small enclosed garden watching the wonderful variety of birds that came to feast upon the bird feeders and sitting inside in the evening, warmed by the log burning fire. We had welcome gifts of fresh produce and wine - greatly appreciated - plus ample dog towels and poo bags if needed. The chalet has everything required in order to prepare meals but there are also many pubs dotted about in the area to enjoy too. It is certainly a fantastic place to get away from it all - literally, as there is no phone signal here!! There are plentiful walks right on the doorstep if you want a break from driving. Be sure though to have a sturdy car as the mile or so gravel road leading to the chalet can be a bit punishing! Having said that, it is worth the effort to be away from the towns and traffic and to see the deer and ponies (and cattle!) that roam freely across the beautiful landscape, not to mention the clearly visible stars of the night sky. In all, a great place to escape and relax.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic get away in an idyllic setting."

    We took our dogs and enjoyed wonderful walks and peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2021

  • "Dog freindly-slug pellets in garden, really."

    Dirty throughout, get new cleaners. Bad smell, mainly from shower room. Out of date fire extinguishers. No PAT on electrical items. No periodic electrical test on distribution board. Floor board missing in bedroom. Green mould on ceiling beams in lounge. Neighbours dogs always barking. Grease and dust covered kitchen equipment. Broken fridge ice box door. Flat battery in torch. Broken uneven paving on patio. Old dirty socks left hanging in bush by bin area. Too over priced for sub standards, Sykes need to do a check on this property and a price comparison as far better properties out there for less money....£188 per night, disgraceful.

    Reviewed by Elaine1.6Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely week in this cottage with our 2 dogs."

    It is small, exactly as advertised so no complaints, but absolutely fine for two people. There is a really nice fenced garden fully fitted with birds and squirrels! It is right in the forest so an ideal place to explore the surrounding area with so many stunning walks nearby. I would happily recommend this for anyone wanting a quiet getaway and, if you want some company, there's a pub just a mile up the lane. Perfect!

    Reviewed by Pat5.0May 2021

  • "Fantastic get away , no mobile phone signal no wi fi ."

    So a complete relaxing break .in an idealistic setting really off the beaten track . Lots of wildlife and the owners left a supply of nuts and seed for the birds which were in abundance . Step outside and you are greeted by cows and ponies .

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2021

  • "Perfect place to get away from a big city rush."

    It was warm, cosy and calming. Woodburner helped to create atmosphere and kept the place dry and warm durimg rainy evening.

    Reviewed by Lilya4.4Dec 2020

  • "Wonderful hideaway right in the new forest."

    Charming but basic, perfect for nature lovers and for stepping off the life treadmill for an escape. Couple nice pubs and perfect if you love walking.

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Sep 2020

  • "Just beautiful, it’s our second break at Endiminion & Oh yes we will be back xx"

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2020

  • "A very enjoyable stay with pleasant and helpful owners."

    Lovely area and comfortable simple accommodation.

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2020

  • "Equipment broken ie sofa bed, microwave, heater."

    Toilet difficult to flush. No information— found clean towels on leaving. Owners waiting for us to leave before 10.00 No information pack of places to visit. Very disappointed would like to cancel next year booking there.

    Reviewed by Carolynne1.3Sep 2020

  • "Perfect secluded holiday cottage a lovely place to relax and unwind if you love walking and nature."

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Nov 2019

  • "This little cabin is cosy and comfortable."

    . some beautiful walks on your doorstep and plenty of wildlife around. A real get away.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Oct 2019

  • "We have already given feedback in an email after we returned, to our dismay we haven't received any acknowledgement from yourselves only this survey, however here we go again."

    ..…... We can't begin to say how awful this holiday was, the accommodation as stated certainly didn't come up to the standard we would have expected for the amount of money we paid. We accept this was a basic chalet, however it was worse than a B&Q shed. I suspect a shed would have been much cleaner. This place hasn't had any work/money spent on it since 2011 by the looks of it. We know it was dog friendly, but we would expect it to be clean rather than smelling of wet dog. The sofa was stained but covered by a throw which was a dog blanket, the rug needed to be moved so you could open the sofa bed which again was falling apart. Once the rug was moved we had to hoover up as the floor was all dirty where the rug had been. The kitchen was a hazard. The microwave was situated under the sink, the freezer door came off in your hand, We could go on and on. Hence we left after the first night still in the same clothes as we arrived in. We know others had commented about issues and there are also good reviews, although the good reviews are somewhat dated so I guess the property wasn't as derelict then!! From our experience we would never recommend Sykes to anybody.

    Reviewed by Alan1.3May 2019

  • "I'm into wildlife watching and photography,and this place is perfectly sited,for this hobby,the couple who own it,made me feel welcome from the start,and Steve the owner,is also into the birdlife,so he gave me tips,into where to find them,the amount of wildlife,was amazing,i'll have to go back,again,but i want to do Scotland next year."

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely all round."

    Can't fault anything. Felt very welcome on arrival with complimentary provisions. Garden perfect for dogs.

    Reviewed by Sandie5.0Apr 2019

  • "Beautiful location, we enjoyed different walks every day and loved the area, and how dog-friendly it all is."

    Previous occupants (mostly) had written glowing reports. But there needs to be some care and attention to the accommodation in our view. It’s small, but that’s fine, that’s what we wanted, but it’s not mega-cheap - £633 at Easter - so expectations are quite high. We ended up leaving early. The rats: we saw the devices to keep rodents out but they weren’t entirely successful. Scrabblings in the walls which drove us and the dog mad at night, and rat poo in the bathroom. The shower: doesn’t work, the shower head moves about, soaking the bathroom and not the person in the shower. Needs two people to get one person clean, which can be fun, but not necessary! The kitchen tap: we couldn’t stop it dripping and it’s so close to the bedroom it was very annoying at night. We ended up putting a washing up sponge under it but it wasn’t great. The kitchen: we cook rather than eating out. The kitchen was tiny as expected, no problem. If only the fridge door and the cooker door opened the other way out it would have been perfect for us, but the way it is it needed contortionism beyond my skills. The freezer compartment door kept falling off also. We didn’t write anything negative in the Visitors’ Book, as it was so gorgeous a place, but it needs a bit of sorting.

    Reviewed by Simon2.5Apr 2019

  • "Stephen, Judy, Ruby and Jasper were fantastic and very welcoming from the first day."

    The New Forest is exactly how it’s always been and that’s the way we like it. Watching the array of birds in the garden and walking to local hostelries with our 9 month old Robyn was just the tonic. If you want to travel then everything is on your doorstep, but if you just want to ditch the car and look at the spectacular surroundings then this is the place for you. Thanks Darren, Sam, Robyn, Scarlet and Jester x

    Reviewed by Darren4.1Jul 2018

  • "Endymion is the perfect tranquil rustic cabin in the woods."

    The nearby pub, The High corner Inn is an easy walk (<5 minutes) and it's 100% dog friendly serving great quality food. Endymion is a great base to work from with easy immediate access to the nearby forest and heathlands/moors. We stayed for 5 days in June and the weather was a mixture of bright hot sunny days and others which were overcast so we were able to pick our activities accordingly. We walked our dogs three times a day and kept returning to Endymion for rests and a cheeky cider on the patio in the secluded garden which itself was packed with wildlife including squirrels, Woodpeckers and a host of different bird species. We were visited daily by wild ponies grazing on the grass verges and open areas. The hosts Steve and Judy were very affable and gave great tips and advice on the local area, points of interest and places further afield. Everyone we met was very friendly and we are already in the process of booking another visit which seems to be the recurrent theme of everyone who placed an entry in the visitors book. I would recommend this venue to anyone wanting a secluded break in the countryside.

    Reviewed by Jon4.4Jun 2018

  • "The rustic cabine is in great location."

    The cabine need bit of mantance. We spent lovley time. The owner are very nice frendly people.

    Reviewed by Miss Joanna3.4May 2018

  • "Endymion is a very nice quiet little cabin comfortable in an ideal place for either a relaxing or ramblers / walking holiday."

    A very nice welcome pack and a bottle of wine to greet us. Bird and wild life in abundance. No complaints about the holiday at all If I was to say anything negative it would be we thought the cottage could benefit from a little TLC the interior is clean but tired looking but that is only my opinion.

    Reviewed by Janice3.8May 2018

  • "Perfect location and homely cottage."

    Pet friendly with nice enclosed garden. Bird feeders with many birds and squirrels to watch .

    Reviewed by Denise4.4Apr 2018

  • "The most perfect cabin in the middle of the forest."

    Away from any main roads it was heaven. The owners Steve and Judy were lovely and made us most welcome. The endless walks with our dog Lola were stunning and literally out from the front door you are in the forest. Ponies, donkeys, cows and deer everywhere and some amazing bird life. The two local pubs both within walking distance are superb and both totally dog friendly and lovely staff. Cannot wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Warren5.0Apr 2018

  • "Fabulous location."

    The cottage is small and comfortable. The owners are friendly and helpful. Two good pubs within walking distance. Loved our few days in the cottage. Would definitely come again.

    Reviewed by Lynette4.8Feb 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay it was perfect for a few days away from both WiFi and phone signal a complete get away with beautiful surroundings and accommodation that was in keeping with a laid back cosy living."

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Dec 2017

  • "Just got back home after spending a couple of wonderful days in this lovely little cabin."

    It was perfect the location was stunning and the cabin itself was adorable. Many thanks to Judy and Steve for the much appreciated welcome pack. This is the perfect place to get away from the normal hassles of everyday life and the fact there is no WiFi or phone signal is an added bonus. Our 2 dogs had the most wonderful time and we can’t wait to come again.

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Dec 2017

  • "Lovely to experience the heart of the New Forest in a quaint and cosy cottage."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Nov 2017

  • "This small brick/log cabin, is in a perfect location."

    It was in the heart of the Forest with some lovely short/long walks straight from the front door. There are two pubs within walking distance, we chose the High Corner Inn which is completely dog friendly & meals at around the £12.50 The cabin is lovely as you approach it, inside it is very basic, with a very small kitchen area. The bedroom is again basic but comfortable, the bathroom has a shower which provided lots of hot water. There is also a log burner in the living room. The rear garden is also dog friendly & seemed safe & fully enclosed. Its hard to describe this property as it is very basic but we wanted basic so we were fairly happy. There is no Wi-Fi or phone signal but again that delighted us, I read a book instead of playing on my iphone!!! This property is perfect to get away from the world & enjoy the forest. If you want luxury stay away.

    Reviewed by Andrew2.9Apr 2017

  • "Fantastic cottage great surroundings ."

    A real gem the owners are lovely and want you to have a great time in their little bit of paradise.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2017

  • "Amazing location and property with superb hosts!"

    A must stay getaway.

    Reviewed by Ellen4.8Feb 2017

  • "A very beautiful and secluded location with everything you need to escape to the countryside."

    We had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2016

  • "The cabin was rustic and cosy with a lovely log burner."

    The owners are very friendly and hospitable. All throughout our stay we were made very welcome by all the local people everywhere we went. The walks in the New Forest are amazing and food in the local pubs taste great and are very reasonably priced. Dogs are welcome everywhere.

    Reviewed by Carla4.6Sep 2016

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Summary

  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin & WC
  • Open plan living area with simple compact kitchen area, dining area & sitting area with sofa bed & woodburner.
  • Electric heaters in bedroom & bathroom with wood burner in sitting area
  • Two-ring electric hob, combi microwave/oven, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Fuel, power & starter pack of logs for wood burner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Rear garden with patio & BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Visitors welcome to bring their own horses - paddock, stabling & menage available, by prior arrangement with owner
  • Shop 4 miles, seasonal camp site shop 1 mile, pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: Owner has dogs
  • Note: Cottage is accessed via unmade gravelled forest track & is unsuitable for low suspension vehicles or those unsteady on their feet
  • Note: There is no mobile phone signal at the property
  • Note: Max 2 adults and 1 child
  • Note: One bag of logs for wood burner supplied, extra can be supplied at an extra fee.

The property

A delightful, single-storey, unique detached timbered chalet, in the grounds of the owner's house, in an idyllic location in the hamlet of Linwood, in the heart of the New Forest National Park.

Surrounded by ancient woodland, this cosy little Hampshire cottage has a rustic quality which will make you feel truly away from it all.

The chalet has a quirky interior with characterful features including a warming antique woodburner, perfect for cooler evenings, as well as a comfortable bedroom with en-suite shower room.

You can literally walk straight out of the gates right into the forest, and take one of the numerous bridleways or footpaths from where you're sure to see wild ponies, cattle and deer.

There is also a super pub serving good food and real ales close by.

Should you tire of the forest, within an easy drive are the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, the ancient cathedral city of Salisbury, or the attractions and beaches at Bournemouth.

A lovely New Forest chalet in a superb location: a relaxing holiday base all year round.

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About the location

LINWOOD

Ringwood 5 miles.

Linwood is a tiny scattering of farms and cottages found towards the western end of the New Forest National Park, not far from Ringwood, a community well served by two pubs renowned for their good food and real ales. The New Forest, the country's smallest National Park, boasts 150 square miles of magnificent woodland, and swathes of heather and bracken covered heathland, dotted with picturesque villages, frequented by herds of wild ponies, cattle and deer, as well as many different species of birds. The forest is intersected by well marked paths which are great for walking, cycling and riding. Bike hire and pony trekking can be arranged at nearby Burley. Within easy reach can be found the famous National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, and a visit to the stunning gardens at Exbury is not to be missed. Both Salisbury and Bournemouth are a short drive away. This is a perfect location for a varied and interesting holiday.

Note: Max 2 adults and 1 child.

Note: Cottage is accessed via unmade gravelled forest track & is unsuitable for low suspension vehicles or those unsteady on their feet

Note: There is no mobile phone signal at the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

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