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The Old Cart Shed

Rockbourne near Fordingbridge, Hampshire (Ref. 967949)


(27 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent, comfortable, quiet, everything we needed was there"

    Reviewed by CarolineJun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Lots of walks from the property & Fordingbridge is full of everything we needed. Very comfy beds & great shower. There was plenty of hand wash provided but some washing up liquid would have been useful. Highly recommend the Old Cart Shed, thanks for a relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by EleanorMay 2022

  • "Excellent cottage in lovely surroundings."

    Thank you both

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay and being on a working farm was a plus."

    The host was delightful. It was a very convenient location.

    Reviewed by ClareMar 2022

  • "Great area for touring new forest ."

    Working farm environment peaceful & interesting. Cottage quite cosy , could do with freezer, maybe new mattresses upstairs. Very friendly onsite landlords, little chilly in feb but heating not bad at all . All in all a lovely break in peace & quiet

    Reviewed by TrishaJan 2022

  • "We just spent 10 days in the Old Cart Shed with our two dogs."

    It was very comfortable and well appointed. We enjoyed being in a working farm which is set in beautiful countryside. We would definitely return.

    We are so glad you had such an enjoyable time staying on our farm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TonyJan 2022

  • "The property was cold when we arrived, the heating could have been turned on earlier to make sure that the property was warm and welcoming."

    The toilet flush in the en-suite needed attention, it looked broken but worked okay. The towel rails did not appear to work. The toaster did not work. There was only one toilet roll in the en-suite although the other bathroom had a spare, this looks poor. There was no dustpan and brush for us to clean up as we’d have liked to have done. That’s the negatives but we had a good time and the owners brought us candles when the area experienced power cuts. The owners were charming and friendly.

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2021

  • "The owners were really helpful with any questions."

    Also made us feel very welcome and were friendly and polite. The bed in the main bedroom is a little short but that is our only criticism.

    Reviewed by FrankOct 2021

  • "Just returned form a week in The Old Cart Shed and we had a lovely time."

    On first arrival I was a bit concerned about it's proximity to the working barn of the farm, however it was never a problem even though the Farmer was working there daily moving hay bails etc. The Farm produces hay, so it was never smelly and we weren't bothered by flies. There are some lovely horses, sheep and chickens close to the house, great fro kids to see. The accommodation is most suitable to a family of 4 or 5 although it can take 6 people. The twin bedded space is an open gallery, so despite having bannisters I'd say not suitable for very young kids. There were good practical furnishings and everything you needed for a week. Showers were powerful and no problems with water supply etc. Very lovely view of the fields and tennis court from the outside eating area, and just round the back lovey shaded picnic area with view of the duck pond and and main farm house, all very relaxing and picturesque. Also it's located in an area of very beautiful country side and it's a mile to walk to Rockbourne, the most stunningly pretty village with lovely pub and beautiful ancient buildings to admire. Fordingbridge has all the shops you need to stock up on food. really can recommend this place for a relaxing break, but it's also in easy reach of the New Forest water park if you want other activities, and locals were swimming in the river at Fordingbridge. My only criticism would be that I found it a little expensive, however I expect that's the effect of the pandemic.

    Reviewed by HelenaJul 2021

  • "We are a very tall couple, so the double bed with foot board was an issue for us."

    But we ended up sleeping in different rooms on our own. It was spacious, clean, two toilets was great and the garden was pretty secure for my dogs. Lovely views and peaceful. When I booked, somehow I missed there were other cottages on the same farm. But actually everyone was quiet and it didn't worry me. The pub was 2 miles away I think, but it wasn't really the type of road to walk down. But yes we loved it, the farmer and his wife were lovely!

    Reviewed by TaniaJun 2021

  • "Lovely owners, very secure for our dog and fully equipped."

    Only criticism and it’s a very small one, the wall between our accommodation and the neighbours is very thin with little sound proofing

    Reviewed by TerryMay 2021

  • "I’ve never returned from a holiday as relaxed as I just have."

    The cart shed was a perfect bolt hole to getaway and forget the mad world outside. We went for lots of lovely walks and in the evening the property really comes into its own. it’s so cosy, I’ve already booked to go back in February, I’m hoping for some frosty weather to look at from my cosy retreat.

    Reviewed by MichelleOct 2020

  • "Nice comfy accommodation."

    There were just two of us I think maybe 6 would struggle . The lounge area is small and the one and only tv is tiny. Owners helpful and friendly but a bit more attention to detail is required.

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2020

  • "The cottage is absolutely perfect."

    Set in gorgeous countryside with no noise or light pollution - just wide open space and fresh air. The farmer was welcoming and helpful, and we were able to go on lovely walks in the local area. It's within Rockbourne, a picture-perfect village with a great pub (we had dinner there). The cottage itself is just as shown in the pictures and exceeded my expectations - there was plenty of space, good facilities, plenty of hot water, lots of natural light and it was really cosy - and spotlessly clean. Comfy beds, a great shower and a good sized bath. The outdoor space at the front of the cottage gets the sun all morning and is a lovely spot for breakfast... and at night the skies are so clear we did some great star-gazing. I would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by RebeccaSep 2020

  • "Owners very friendly."

    Good place for children

    Reviewed by JuliaAug 2020

  • "The old cart shed was beautiful, made to feel extremely welcome by the owners especially with one of our crazy dogs ."

    . would love to go back for another holiday.. saw wild deer in the woods which were brilliant for walking the dogs

    Reviewed by CarolineAug 2020

  • "We had the most amazing holiday in The Old Cart Shed!"

    The cottage is beautiful, had everything we needed. Was very clean and tidy - very impressed. Was nothing like waking up to see cows right outside the window! Fiona and Ed took time to speak to my children (age 5 & 2), let them pick eggs from the chickens and teach them a little about the cows. The New Forest is about 15 minute drive away plus a beautiful quiet dog friendly beach about 40 minutes drive away. We would go back in a heartbeat! Thank you so much for having us, we have memories we’ll cherish for a lifetime!

    Reviewed by JennieJul 2020

  • "Lovely peaceful setting."

    Very accommodating owners Photos do not do the accommodation justice. Much more room than we expected

    Reviewed by ChristopherDec 2019

  • "The cottage provided us with everything we needed and our stay was perfect."

    We enjoyed the rural setting and its close proximity to the New Forest, which made travelling easy. The village pub is very welcoming and serves very good food. All-in-all the perfect cottage to holiday with very helpful owners on the farm.

    Reviewed by DerekSep 2019

  • "Brilliant cottage at a great price and the owners are really pleasant and helpful."

    The location is quiet, peaceful and not far from the south coast. Sleeps six easily. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by AdamAug 2019

  • "Beautiful place and wonderful stay just what we were after."

    waking up to cows grazing every morning was definetly a bouns i wouldn't think twice about returning..our 2 year old loved it and had the best holiday and our 1 year old was very well catered for i cannot recommend the old cart shed enough.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2019

  • "A beautiful barn conversion."

    The only disappointment was the lack of internet access, as we could never get reception.

    Reviewed by EveJun 2019

  • "The Barn is located in a wonderfully isolated working farm and it was a pleasure to stay here and see the work that goes on."

    The woodland walks are fabulous and we discovered some very pleasant places to have good vegetarian food. We found The New Forest Ponies, which were so quiet and looked very content. We did travel to the big Cities and Towns close by, but were more interested in the calm of the smaller villages and hamlets, which have not been spoilt.

    Reviewed by LynetteSep 2018

  • "A wonderful place to stay."

    We had a very nice time. The owner kindly secured the gate for us as our little puppy could get under it! Any minor issues resolved quickly. The only real issue for us was having to pick up a lot of dog poo from the small grass area, some of which was not at all recent. Clearly left by less responsible previous guests so perhaps owners might want to check in future. The accommodation was very clean and most suitable for guests with dogs. We visited Stonehenge (not very dog friendly), Salisbury and Exbury Gardens (very dog friendly). Check opening times for Roman Villa as closed when we went but advertised as being open.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2018

  • "Clean and quiet location."

    Good for access to the New Forest.

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2018

  • "We had a brilliant time."

    The owners, Ed' and Fiona' were warm hearted, friendly and always willing to go the extra mile if necessary. The Old cart shed has been extremely well converted; the shower in the main bedroom was amazing, the family bathroom closeby very well appointed and the general ambience of the whole conversion both tasteful and hard wearing. We had a fantastic family holiday and would happily return there again. And the Forest was wonderful...SOOO many ponies!

    Reviewed by RichardMay 2018

  • "Great space and facilities even catering for my baby with highchair and travel cot."

    Really enjoyed out stay and would recommend. My daughter loved being able to watch all the sheep and ducks out the window.

    Reviewed by KateMar 2018

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  • Ground Floor: Lounge/Diner/Kitchen
  • Bedroom 1 with double bed, washbasin and en-suite shower room with shower, WC and washbasin
  • Bedroom 2 with 3ft stacker beds
  • Bathroom with bath, hand shower, WC and washbasin
  • Gallery Floor: Bedroom 3 with twin beds
  • The bedrooms have limited hanging space; wardrobes are not provided in bedrooms 1 and 3.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave
  • Washing machine
  • TV/DVD, WiFi
  • Bed linen included free of charge, towels not provided
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Patio, BBQ
  • Up to two well behaved dogs welcome charged at £30 each per stay
  • No smoking
  • Tennis court
  • Shop 1 mile
  • Pub 2 miles
  • Beach 19 miles.

The property

West Park Farm, in the very pretty, historic village of Rockbourne is part of a working beef and arable farm.

You are welcome to explore here - there is a large pond, bluebell wood and occasionally you may be able to help the owner with day to day farm tasks.

There is also a hard tennis court which guests...

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About the location


Fordingbridge 4 miles; Salisbury 10 miles

Rockbourne is a pretty, historic village with a pub, and 12th century Church. Home to thatched cottages next to a willow-bordered stream on the edge of the New Forest, Rockbourne is packed full of history with Neolithic and Bronze Age barrows, Iron Age fort and impressive Roman villa (visitable, museum).

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

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