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Downs View Dairy

(Ref. 983306)

West Tytherley, Hampshire Show on map

4.5

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  • 11 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Delighted with the property, perfect for a friends weekend."

    Two enormous group rooms - the photos do not do the space justice. What a fantastic large dining table! It was very cold weekend, but the house was lovely and warm - amazing for such a large space. Beds again warm and appreciated blanket on each bed. Nice to be greeted by the owners. Lovely area for walks and local pub owner even drove a few of our group as it was getting dark! Close to lots of places to visit if you want a longer break . Any feedback? another shower would be really beneficial - 2 showers across 11 people is not really adequate, especially as limited hot water to use baths - fine for a weekend break. A couple more t towels, dish cloths again for a large house. Put basic house information in one book - couple of walks, pubs etc as we had to search it out from a lot of old leaflets. A coffee machine! We will probably return as we liked it so much !!

    Reviewed by Averil4.4Dec 2023

  • "An extremely spacious and bright holiday cottage, perfect for a weekend get together of 10 female friends."

    We made great use of the large garden too, being extremely fortunate with summer weather in October. The main point of our visit was to catch up with friends, but we did enjoy local walks from the cottage, including to the Greyhound pub in Broughton for Sunday lunch - highly recommended. Otherwise we ate in, enjoying the choice of eating spots, including the picnic tables in the garden. Owners were lovely - unobtrusive but available for any queries. Only tiny improvement suggestion we could think of would be a few more mugs for when the dishwasher is running and instructions on adjusting the heating - we were too hot, given the lovely weather!

    Reviewed by Jessica4.7Oct 2023

  • "A lovely property in lovely surroundings - the kids loved being able to walk a couple of minutes from the house to see horses, goats, sheep and more."

    We had a fun weekend and hope to return soon!

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Sep 2023

  • "The space, particularly in the living areas and the garden, exceeded our expectations."

    The owner was very friendly and welcoming. It was perfect for our weekend break.

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Jun 2023

  • "We were a group of 10 friends who stay together a different places annually."

    This was the nicest place we’ve visited so far. We were blessed with marvellous weather which always makes a difference but the tranquil and secluded surroundings were ideal. Very well equipped older style property with lots of character and features, it had everything we needed and we felt incredibly comfortable there. The hosts introduced themselves, made sure all was as expected, were friendly and available but not intrusive. Plenty of room to dine/sit/play games together as well as spaces to have a bit of quiet time away from the group if you wanted. Beds were comfy and multiple bathrooms were a bonus. We booked Sunday lunch at The Black Horse; a fantastic meal and the landlady was so kind to offer to walk to our property after her shift to return the payment card we had left there by mistake, we were able to collect it but it was a very nice gesture by her. This complimented the impression we had of the property and its location. Just lovely. The only thing that gave us a slight niggle was an uncomfortable sofa but that may be down to personal preference. Due to the sunshine we spent a lot of time in the garden, we would’ve made use of cushioned lounging furniture. All in all we had a wonderful stay in the perfect setting for us to relax, reconnect and refresh!

    Reviewed by Clare4.7May 2023

  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed our w/e together, ten family members, three generations, in a quiet country setting, with our own private garden and with surrounding areas and animals to investigate."

    Within easy distance of Salisbury with the Cathedral, Museums, Aviation Centre, etc., and an excellent standard of pubs in the area! Lack of showers over baths upstairs was remedied by the extra one downstairs, and all furniture (including garden) and fittings were of a high standard. Many thanks for a very happy few days!

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0May 2023

  • "He cottage was perfect for a big family Christmas."

    We loved that it was decorated with fairy lights and a real tree and very much appreciated our welcome gift. There was plenty of space to cook and eat and just chill downstairs and the dog was happy with her bed next to the fire too! The bedrooms weren't huge but perfectly adequate and plenty of bathrooms. Lots of walks accessible from the property (albeit a bit muddy when we were there). If you like country style and muddy paws this is the perfect place for a big family break.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Dec 2022

  • "A great size for our family weekend away."

    Lots of space for us all to relax in and a large dining table we could all fit around at meal times. Was a lovely place to stay but the boys would have liked a bigger TV screen for the England football game.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Dec 2022

  • "The property was perfect for a weekend away."

    Comfortable beds and living areas with lots of seating and a very large dining table. Good size kitchen with lots of pots, pans and cutlery, although some of the baking trays we found were quite greasy. The inside fairy lights were a lovely touch and gave the rooms a nice cozy atmosphere. Lots of parking spaces near the house. The house was very clean but we noticed a few places were quite dusty (the extractor fan in the downstairs shower room and the roof rafters, for example). Guests have no control over the heating - when we arrived the owner gave us the option to have the heating on all day or just at certain times. We opted for all day but we ended up being too hot and needed to turn off some of the radiators. The local pub, The Black Horse, is highly recommended and has great food and is only a 20 minute walk away.

    Reviewed by Claire3.8Nov 2022

  • "Nice cottage but does need an uplift, the furnishings are looking tired."

    Not having access to the heating control is unusual and inconvenient. We had to ask the owner to put the heating on, which he did, but then locked the control panel up. Having a 5 pm arrival time is too late.

    Reviewed by Alison2.8Nov 2022

  • "We loved the house."

    Lots of room for everyone which included 2 boisterous under 5s. E very thing we needed for our stay was provided. Beautiful setting with fields all around and some nice safe walks. Being in the countryside we expected and did not mind the occasional cobweb. John was welcoming and informative.

    Reviewed by Margaret1.3Oct 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely!"

    We were a big group of friends from the States in for a wedding, and this was perfect! Everyone could get ready simultaneously, we all could sit around and chat together, and even have a big breakfast before we all left out. The property was easy for our navigation systems and taxi drivers to find, and the pubs around were great (particularly recommend the Mill Arms about 10 minutes up the road) - John came to greet us when we arrived and gave us all the info we needed, really delightful all the way around.

    Reviewed by Sierra5.0Sep 2022

  • "On our arrival we was overwhelmed how beautiful the place was, felt very secure with my grandchildren running around in the garden, with a view of the horses in their stables."

    Lots to do, nice walk to the black horse pub, Paultons park (peppa pig world).great day out. Definitely visit again, highly recommend. Thank you to the owners who made us feel so welcome.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was the perfect place for a big family weekend."

    The location is very quiet at the end of a road with beautiful views and walks everywhere. The place was very well equipped inside and out. The owner was very welcoming and helpful Thank you!

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2022

  • "Stayed in this property for a weekend with friends and it is a lovely spaces property in the countryside with plenty of room for 11 guests."

    The owner was also very polite and friendly, I would stay again and recommend for larger groups looking for a nice spacious place to stay.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7May 2022

  • "My friends and I had a fabulous time staying here."

    The property is decorated beautifully and well stocked! The walks in the area are also very pretty. Would definitely recommend to people in the future.

    Reviewed by Melissa5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic farmhouse, the 9 of us had an amazing time, both the house and the surrounding area are beautiful, perfect for a getaway."

    Plenty of local pubs in walking distance, would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous time had by us all 6 adults and 5 children loads of space and very well equipped."

    Looked very welcoming as arrival Christmas lights at the windows and nice and warm as the weather wasn’t brilliant but it didn’t put us off we all had a great time and even the two Cockerpoos had fun.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Dec 2021

  • "The property is a really lovely characterful building."

    As people have mentioned in the past the floors do Creek and grown a lot. Everything in the property is fine and works well we all found the beds a little soft. The only thing is we found the kitchen reasonably well equipped awkward to use when we arrived all of the cutlery and plates had marks on them so we ended up washing everything up before we used any of it. The central heating was turned permanently in to the off position once I spoke to the owner he very kindly turn it on so that we could have a warm house in the mornings. It really is a lovely property and not necessarily in the best location for walking animals. It’s in a good location for sightseeing it’s very private and quiet.

    Reviewed by Ian4.1Sep 2021

  • "The owner was extremely helpful - immediately dealt with some minor problems in the house, helped by using his landline when there was no mobile connection, gave us info re a local taxi driver etc."

    Always friendly and cheerful. We felt the photos didn't convey the reality. The garden is small, not the large lawn! The bedrooms are smaller than they looked in the photos. The wooden floorboards creak . . . the small bedroom also houses the water tanks - so noisy. The building is full of character, the kitchen well stocked for cooking. The situation is very peaceful, easy to walk out into the countryside. Horses are stabled there which adds interest. Plenty of lovely gardens to visit.

    Reviewed by Brenda4.1Jun 2021

  • "Cottage was perfect for us and owners went out of their way to make sure everything was ok."

    Many thanks

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2020

  • "Plastic cups for children"

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Feb 2020

  • "Came to Downs Farm Dairy for New Year and the cottage looked lovely with the Christmas decorations."

    The cottage has had some new furniture since we were last there and the seating is now better for a larger group. Very peaceful, quiet location everyone on the farm is very friendly. Hope to return again

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Dec 2019

  • "What a beautiful house!"

    We live in a 16 century cottage and this was like a home from home. The decor was lovely and the house just had a lovely feel to it. We stayed as a group of 10, 6 adults and 4 children. We enjoyed sitting round the kitchen table preparing food and chatting, long walks round the estate and beautiful woods and took a trip to Salisbury to see the panto. We truly had an amazing time and would definitely come back. Some previous reviews have mentioned the lighting, this wasnt an issue for us, there was also mention of not enough hot water but again, we all showered/ bathed and we never ran out. The little garden is also fenced in so good for letting the dog have a wondered without panicking. Really lovely helpful hosts. Thanks for having us

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Dec 2019

  • "A beautiful property that was great for A family weekend away for birthday celebrations."

    Plenty of room for the children to not get under the adults feet but feĺt really homely. Beds really comfortable and great facilities.

    Reviewed by Daryll4.7Nov 2019

  • "We were 7 adults (friends on a reunion so all adults)."

    Other reviews have mentioned the rather limited directions to the property. Agree that the lighting in the lounge and dining room whilst making for cosy and intimate was a bit too dark on occasions. The property has 4 bathrooms which is good but only two of them have showers (the other bathrooms have baths) and only one shower is electric with the result that one morning after 2 baths taken the non- electric shower ran cold. Would have liked an information folder with manuals and explaining about rubbish collection etc. And worryingly there was no information on recycling. There will almost certainly be lots of bottles and milk cartons to dispose of at holiday accommodation and this needs to be addressed.

    Reviewed by Jano4.4Nov 2019

  • "Fabulous accommodation just perfect for our weekend away with friends."

    Hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2019

  • "Just spent a family weekend break at Downs View Dairy and can highly recommend this cottage."

    It is even more charming than the photos suggest and one of the best equipped holiday homes I have ever rented- even supplying tea towels, dishwasher tablets and toilet rolls!! The location is beautiful, lovely views of the countryside from every window. My only minor issue was instructions for finding the place were not very specific- I think we would have had problems without satnav. Overall we were very pleased with the accommodation and booking process

    Reviewed by Zoe4.7Aug 2019

  • "We love our family get togethers at The old dairy."

    We have been coming for several years, and each time it seduces us with its mixture of old world charm and spacious accommodation. If a timeless building, surrounded by breathtaking countryside and gracious hosts, ticks your boxes as it does ours, then you will not be disappointed.Memories are priceless and we have a fabulous store of them.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2019

  • "Very friendly and helpful owners exceptionally spacious accommodation perfect location for young children"

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Jun 2019

  • "Downs view dairy is a beautiful place to stay, the house is very big, we were a party of 5 adults & 4 children, there is enough room for everyone to sit together at a beautiful large dinner table, there are two large rooms down stairs & a huge kitchen."

    The bedrooms are beautiful every room has a view of the surrounding countryside or the horse stables, the little garden area which is completely fenced in was ideal for the kids & the dog, we loved everything about our stay here.

    Reviewed by Deborah Aphra5.0May 2019

  • "Fantastic location especially with three young children, great accommodation all round and excellent facilities."

    Many thanks to the great kindness of the owners who allowed the children to interact with all the farm animals and their 'Tractors'! We would highly recommend this holiday venue to anyone who is thinking of heading to this area. Many thanks from us all, we had a lovely weekend of celebration!

    Reviewed by Jan4.7May 2019

  • "The equipment in the kitchen was excellent and the extras like toilet paper, hand soap and shower gels in the bathrooms were a lovely touch."

    I would certainly return if the time was right.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0May 2019

  • "The host was really friendly and helpful in providing us with milk and eggs to buy for breakfast."

    The accommodation was superb, really big and spacious and plenty of seating for our big group. Essentials like tea and coffee and hand soaps are provided which was really helpful. There were a few locks on bathroom doors which were difficult to use (ensuite upstairs) but this is easy to rectify.

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Apr 2019

  • "We had two separate families of four plus grandparents."

    Downs View Dairy upstairs bedroom facilities are well set up with bathroom each. We had downstairs bedroom with on-suite included a shower. There was also separate shower in downstairs toilet. Young children aged 1 and 3 enjoyed the farm and walks to local playgrounds. Older children age 8 and 11 enjoyed the local History. Good weather, garden set up for BBQ's. Would recommend

    Reviewed by Bill5.0Apr 2019

  • "Wonderful character holiday cottage."

    Well equipped and spacious accommodation. Excellent location to reach a variety of attractions easily; Salisbury, Winchester, and the New forest all within easy reach. The owners are friendly and helpful; on arrival the owner made sure we had milk for a hot drink while we awaited our grocery delivery. The cottage is located on a farm with walks available; the owners provide details in the cottage. We had 4 pre-school grandchildren in our group and they loved the horses, chickens, sheep and cows.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in great location."

    Easy access to Salisbury, Romsey, New forest and Winchester. The cottage was very big with everything you would need for a relaxing holiday. Quiet location surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside but good local shop within walking distance and local pubs both good. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Oct 2018

  • "The welcome by the owner was warm and natural."

    There were nine of us but the accommodation is so extensive that we all had corners to disappear into on a wet Saturday, mostly spread out on the sofas. The farm style kitchen was the hub for the families, warm and cosy as with the rest of the accommodation. Fresh eggs are accessible for breakfast from the farm. There is a green lane adjacent which leads to a little used tarmac lane which takes you to the village shop and the Black Horse pub with a choice of footpaths to return on. We all went to Mottisfont Abbey, National Trust, and Salisbury, both half an hour at most. Could have gone to Winchester but we pottered around Stockbridge which is a delight. So, a great base, deep rural, starry nights and bird song filled days but with easy access to all amenities. This was our fifth time but not our last.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2018

  • "We were a party of 10 (8 adults + 2 children) plus two well behaved dogs."

    The accommodation was perfect for our special family gathering. Spacious, rather quirky, and fun. The owners of the property were charming and welcomed us on arrival.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.4Sep 2018

  • "We were a party of 6 Ladies on a walking weekend and the cottage met all of our needs."

    It has a rustic charm, and is rather quirky and old fashioned which was fun and it is a lovely setting in a farm with all the farm buildings around it. We enjoyed the fact that it has a lovely history, being the old dairy. The house is not at all modern or elegant but It is very roomy downstairs with a good size kitchen to gather in and the bedrooms and bathrooms are of a good size. It is wonderfully quiet and peaceful. The garden is perfect for an early morning cuppa and an evening glass of wine with plenty of seating. The owners were very polite and attentive and answered all our queries promptly. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and we completed half of the Clarendon way from Salisbury to Broughton, which I would highly recommend. The house is near to Mottisfont house which is a must visit National trust property. A great stay!!

    Reviewed by Sue3.4Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was ok - the description was accurate in terms of the basic facilities - numbers of rooms etc."

    The owners had gone to a lot of trouble to put lots of flowers / hanging baskets outside (watered daily) which looked lovely. However, everything inside was just a little more basic than I would have liked / expected in a rental costing me more than £1500 per week - I don't think it would take a lot of investment to improve the experience substantially - a few examples: - the kitchen is equipped with a collection of cast-offs (yet has a (presumably expensive) range cooker). There are only stainless steel pans - no non-stick ones. There are whisk fittings for an electric whisk, but no electric whisk, etc - the beds are ok but could be a good deal more comfortable, the bed linen / towels are ok, but you would not call them luxurious - the lighting throughout the property is provided by a somewhat confusing mix of table lamps and spotlights with light switches hidden in odd places The wifi/broadband is patchy (although that's probably BT's fault rather than the owners') We gained some amusement by trying to work out what angle had been used to take the photo of the property - to create the impression of a spacious lawn and a property standing on its own (in reality the dairy is part of a collection of old farm buildings with a smallish (pleasant) patch of grass / patio in front) We still enjoyed our holiday, but I would not regard it as "value for money" - I think the price is set at a premium level that the equipment of the house does not match up to.

    Reviewed by Martin2.8Jul 2018

  • "We all had a great time"

    Reviewed by Karen4.7May 2018

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Summary

  • Five bedrooms: 1 x family room with double and two singles, 1 x ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin, 1 x single
  • Ground floor shower room with basin and WC, 2 x upstairs bathrooms with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast table
  • Utility
  • Dining room with comfortable seating
  • Sitting room with sofa bed and woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric range cooker
  • gas cooker
  • 2 x fridge/freezer, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • One cot and one highchair available
  • Off-road parking for 6 cars
  • Front enclosed garden with lawn and patio with furniture and BBQ
  • 1 well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • NOTE; there is 2 steps from the kitchen to the sitting room and 2 steps into the ground floor double room from the dining room. Note: Please be aware that this cottage is for holiday bookings only - no working bookings

The property

Bursting with character and resting amidst a rural location, Downs View Dairy has been wonderfully restored from an old farm building and comes close to the quaint village of West Tytherley.

This spacious and charm-filled cottage provides a range of comfortable sleeping accommodation and comes in a location with something to suit all tastes; it is an ideal getaway for groups of friends, families and couples alike to come together and enjoy a rural retreat.

Be instantly greeted by a rustic farmhouse-style breakfast kitchen; a wooden table centers the room while a splendid redbrick fireplace houses a range cooker, plus the high vaulted ceilings and exposed beams help to bring a real country cottage feel.

Next to this sits a handy utility, helping this cottage to provide all that you will need during your stay, it also hosts a brightly tiled shower room.

Step up into the alluring sitting room, where you can relax after a long day of strolling the surrounding countryside and use the fabulous woodburner to keep you warm.

A traditional stable door adds to the charm.

Next you will find the wonderful dining room with a large table to seat everybody, this set up also offers comfortable seating, should you fancy some more peaceful relaxing time.

The ground floor concludes delightfully with a serene double bedroom, down a couple of steps, finished with rejuvenating décor and boasting its own en-suite.

Head up the wooden open tread staircase to reach the first floor, where you’ll discover four further bedrooms; a single, two twin rooms and a thoughtful family room sleeping four guests make this welcoming property ideal for parties of all kinds.

The upper level also boasts two classy bathrooms with freestanding baths; the first floor of Downs View Dairy displays the most wonderful countryside views.

Relish in this superb location by spending some time in the enclosed front garden, the dog can run and play on the lawn whilst you watch on from the patio with a delicious BBQ on the go.

Nearby, West Tytherley benefits from a convenience store and a traditional pub serving food and offering a skittles alley.

Close by you can visit the New Forest and the magnificent cities of Salisbury and Winchester, both with striking cathedrals and sporting a multitude of first-class spots to shop, eat and drink.

Head to the South Coast as the port city of Portsmouth is within driving distance and offers a number of attractions to keep you busy including it's dock yard and the famous Mary Rose, HMS Victory and The Warrior.

A heart-warming restored dairy to be enjoyed all-year-round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

WEST TYTHERLEY

Salisbury 11 miles; Andover 13.5 miles; Southampton 17.5 miles; Winchester 17.5 miles

A quaint village resting amid the countryside of Hampshire. West Tytherley is a tranquil holiday spot boasting a useful convenience store and a charming old pub with a skittle alley and serving delicious food. The surrounding area is a paradise for outdoor lovers with a number of renowned walking and cycling landscapes within easy reach; including the New Forest National Park, which promises a picture-perfect day to enjoy by foot or on your bike. There is something to suit all tastes close by, the beautiful medieval city of Salisbury is nearby and boasts stunning architecture and gardens. Head down to the coast at the popular port city of Southampton and Beauly, offering a number of fun-packed activities to ensure an unforgettable day trip. You can also catch the ferry from Lymington to the Isle of Wight.

Please be aware that this cottage is for holiday bookings only - no working bookings