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Bailey Cottage

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Bursledon, Hampshire Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "This is our 2nd visit to Bailey's Cottage."

    We enjoyed our stay there very much. This is a perfect cottage, all the rooms are very well decorated and furnished with everything you could possibly need. The kitchen/dining/lounge area is so inviting, we didn't even use the other living areas of the house. The games/toy room is packed with toys and games for all ages and certainly kept my 2 grand children aged 2 and 4 happy for the whole stay. The cottage location is excellent, with the station opposite for easy access to Portsmouth and wonderful river walks 5 minutes away. The Jolly Sally is definitely worth a visit and the 15% discount makes it even more inviting. The welcome pack is exceptionally generous and very much appreciated. The owner James is very helpful and only a text away if needed. We will definitely be returning to Bailey's Cottage in the near future.

    We’re glad you keep coming back to us, Paula. The main downstairs room is definitely a draw: I’m glad you like it as much as we do. And those kids’ toys have been loved for many years, originally by our own two, and now by guests as well. I’ll make sure we keep up the variety in the welcome packs too! Cheers, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Mar 2024

  • "We were really looking forward to our stay at Bailey Cottage and it certainly didn’t disappoint."

    Such a wonderful home from home to spend our week. James, a very kind host, made sure we had useful information before we arrived and made sure everything was ok when we were there. Bailey Cottage has everything you need for a very comfortable stay, we really enjoyed the games table (table tennis, pool & air hockey) as well, such a great idea! It is also in a great position for exploring the area and we really liked the fact we could walk somewhere for a meal. We would definitely recommend the Jolly Sailor! We thoroughly recommend BaileyCottage and are looking forward to a return visit! Thank you James.

    Rebecca, thank you. We aim to please! The ‘walk-to’ location of the pub, particularly one with good food, amazing views and a welcome discount is a real boon… and there’s always time for a couple of frames of pool back at the house afterwards too (we have a continuing family score tally at pool that’s been ongoing for years!). We look forward to welcoming you all back very soon. James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Feb 2024

  • "We loved our stay at Bailey Cottage - comfortable, spacious, clean and with lots of entertainment for all ages."

    We would highly recommend it and would love to return in the future. Thanks

    Hi Adriana, thank you for your kind review. I’m so pleased you all enjoyed your stay. Do get in touch when you wish to head back! James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adriana5.0Dec 2023

  • "Would of loved our time more had the garden not been full of mud and it was stoned to make it dog comfortable keeping it clean was very hard ."

    upstairs felt cold everything else was lovely the welcome pack was lovely owners was friendly

    Hi John. Sorry about the rain, it had been very heavy before your stay, making the lawn boggy - beyond my control! But we really do appreciate dog owners who respect the house, so thank you (not all have done in the past, to be honest!). All the radiators now have individual controls to make the temperature control easier. We’re pleased you’re coming back in the summer! Cheers, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by John3.8Dec 2023

  • "We had an excellent short stay at this beautiful (cottage) house, the owner went out of his way to make sure our stay went smoothly, & we had all the necessary information to get the most from it whilst we were there."

    Our 6 person group (& small dog) aged ranged from 14 to 80 years old, & we all had a great time. The cottage offers many board games, puzzles, books, X-Box, pool table & table tennis, so loads to do for all. Plus great WI-FI & a nice TV. The kitchen/dinning area is wonderfully laid out for all to get round with loads of room, plus under floor heating. The beds & bedding supplied are very comfortable. One bedroom has an en-suite as well. Situated very near to the station, but you are hardly aware of this in regard to any noise etc. There are some excellent pubs that offer very good food within walking distance, Jolly Sailor, The Vine Inn (which doesn't open until late afternoon) & the Fox & Hounds. The area offers some lovely walks, & Hamble-le-rice was a short drive away & offers some great walks, pubs & an award winning pie shop ('Pirates Pies'). All in a lovely place, & area to stay near to the River Hamble.

    Perfect info for everyone there, Sean. The various local pubs each have their individual character. Glad the facilities were enjoyed by everyone, too. See you next time! James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Nov 2023

  • "We really loved our stay at Bailey Cottage."

    We especially loved the garden and downstairs kitchen/dining/living space which is definitely a showcase on how to build an extension the right way. The addition of a pool table, games, toys and plenty of books was a pleasant surprise to keep our little ones occupied. It's also in a great location with a short walk to the river and a nearby picturesque pub that does excellent food. I had to take a few marks off facilities and maintenance as we noticed watermarks on the ceiling beneath the family bathroom, suggesting the shower tray is leaking (you can see the silicone sealant is failing), and there were quite a few bulbs that needed replacing (all physically marked with an X but yet to be replaced for our visit). Having said that, we would stay again.

    Hi there Stuart. Thanks for the feedback. It’s great to hear that we weee able to keep in your group happy on your stay. Since your holiday a few months ago some maintenance has taken place; the expired light fittings have all been replaced, some painting completed and a full check of the showers has been done too). Please get in touch if you ever wish to rebook! Cheers, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart4.4Sep 2023

  • "This was our second time staying at Bailey Cottage, and I'm delighted to say it was every bit as good as the first, (see my April 2023 review)."

    We would not hesitate to recommend this charming property.

    Thanks Nick. Appreciate your kind words. You’ll always be welcome for a return visit. James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was a great place for my kids and I to stay and we found it very spacious and comfy"

    Thanks Christina, I’m pleased you all had a good time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christina4.4Aug 2023

  • "This character property has been sympathetically extended and offers spacious accomodation for a large family."

    The high vaulted kitchen/dining/ living area is a real WOW factor but attracts flies and is difficult to keep clean. The smoke alarms need sorting out. Cooker and fridge/freezer are excellent, with lots of crockery, cutlery and storage. Beds are comfortable, bedrooms are light and bright although another en-suite would not have gone amiss for the rental value. Our granddaughter loved all the children's books and games/toys available. We were surprised at how close the train station was but the garden screening made it very private and noise was not a problem for us. Bear in mind it could be for other families though. All in all, a lovely holiday home in a good location.

    Hi Susan, I’m glad your grand-daughter enjoyed the books and toys. The station is indeed quiet yet handy for hirers without a car. Flies haven’t been an issue before but I’ll look into how to keep these to a minimum (even in August!). The smoke alarm system does not need ‘sorting out’; it is mandated as per the new 2023 rental property regs and is effective at keeping the house and our guests safe. You’ll recall our housekeeper kindly visited to replace dead batteries during your stay. James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Aug 2023

  • "Well positioned for exploring the local area with easy access to local walks."

    Supermarkets, pubs and shops all within easy reach. Very well appointed accommodation with lots to do for all members of the family!

    Thanks David, I’m very pleased to hear you had a good stay, and that there was something for everyone. This is what we’re aiming for! Best, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful cottage."

    It really is like a home from home, clean, well kept, lovely decor and everything you’ll need for a get away. I can’t speak highly enough about Bailey cottage, and the communication with James (owner) was perfect. This is clearly somebody who cares about giving people the best stay possible. Many thanks again for a great stay. I’d definitely go back !

    Hi there John. It’s always good to hear the house meets guests’ expectations… and thanks for your very kind words; we do indeed care absolutely that Bailey Cottage hirers have the best experience we can provide. You’ll always be welcome back! James Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2023

  • "Enjoyed long birthday weekend at Bailey."

    Lovely walks around Old Burseldon, along river, down to Manor Farm. House garden quite private.

    Hello Kathleen. The river Hamble is indeed a truly lovely spot, and I always enjoy walking along the riverbanks. Despite its good transport links, the garden is surprisingly private too. Thanks for your kind comments. Regards, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Jul 2023

  • "Everything about our stay was amazing and we absolutely loved our home away from home for the weekend, thanks so much!"

    Hi Vishali, it’s great you feel that the Cottage was your home from home for the weekend. We aim to please! Very glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back soon! Best, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vishali5.0Jun 2023

  • "We hired the cottage for a week in May 2023 and it was absolutely brilliant."

    It’s a beautiful cottage set back from bursledon train station. It has everything you need, including a bbq, hot tub, games room and pool table. The kitchen was stunning and catered for ten of us very comfortably. I would highly recommend staying here. The host James was fantastic and available if needed. We had the best holiday here, thank you so much! Natalie and Paul

    Natalie & Paul, thanks for the big-up: you’re very welcome indeed. Pleased to hear we had everything covered for you and your group at Bailey… and that all 10 of you were comfy and had plenty of room. Cheers, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely house very well equipped."

    Loved the hot tub. Would definitely go again.

    Great stuff Lee, glad we had all you needed. You’ll be welcome back anytime! Thanks, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lee5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Bailey Cottage, the property was fantastic."

    Its in a perfect position, pubs within walking distance and some lovely dog walks within a short drive. It has a huge open plan kitchen area with everything you need, the games room is a great addition and occupied the children on a rainy day. Decent showers and comfortable beds. We can definitely recommend this property for a lovely family break away.

    Thanks Kelly. Glad to hear you all had a great time, felt comfortable and our rainy day options didn’t let you down. Cheers, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0May 2023

  • "It was a great house to stay in - plenty of space for us all and very comfy."

    Decor was very relaxing and the outdoor space was lovely to relax. The 3 days we stayed felt like a week as we all felt at home.

    Hi Cheryl, thank you for your compliments. Relaxing surroundings is exactly what we’re aiming for! Come and stay for a week next time - maybe it’ll feel like a fortnight? Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Apr 2023

  • "Bailey Cottage was clean and spacious."

    The tasteful extension to the lovely original house was a great family focal point. Plenty of parking, but if you don't want to drive, the railway station is literally on your doorstep, (although the trains are never intrusive). With a games room, hot tub, wood burner and a secure garden for our Westie to roam in it was win/win! Highly recommended.

    Hi Nick, I’m glad you feel there’s something for everyone; your ‘win/win’ is music to my ears! All being together in the family room makes for great times too. Cheers, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Apr 2023

  • "Three generations spent a super week in this lovely cottage."

    The open plan kitchen,dining and sitting room is so well designed. My absolute favourite area was the square dining table placed by the windows and large enough to seat ten adults. The pool table and the hot tub were popular with the family. Great walk in the area. We had several visits to The Jolly Sailor, enjoying the food, drinks and views. Thank you to James for the generous welcome hamper and the Easter eggs, what a treat.

    Hilary, very kind - thank you. One of my favourite sights locally is the view from the Jolly Sailor: an beautiful spot. I’m glad the cottage was a hit with all the family too (and that the Easter bunny found it’s way to deliver to you all… Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a fabulous house we couldn’t fault it."

    It is really spacious and well decorated with lots of games and great pool table for the kids. The open space nature works brilliantly for a large group and the hosts we fantastic, leaving a few extra special touches such as a welcome hamper. We would thoroughly recommend it. Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

    Hi Susie, it’s great to hear that you and the family had a happy time at Bailey Cottage (and I know the coffee was a win with your mother in law!☕️). Thanks for the feedback, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is such a delightful property that offers so much and more, the accommodation is sublime so roomy and cosy that allows for all aspects/rooms to be used together or independently … the hot tub is a wonderful addition as it allows total relaxation and allows you to bring both the indoor space out and vice verse…."

    We had great fun utilising the games room and the various board games available…… we would highly recommend to any families, groups, etc

    Hi Paul, I’m really pleased you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. The games and book collections have been added-to lately and we try to keep them varied to appeal to all ages - this way there’s always an alternative if the weather keeps you indoors. The tub’s definitely a winner too! Cheers again, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2023

  • "The house and location are absolutely awesome."

    Loads of space with fab features like hot tub, Aga oven and speaker system. The kitchen dimensions are really sociable with lovely user friendly table and island. The place is bright and the garden gives you privacy whilst being close to transport links. We were abit disappointed with the level of cleanliness with dust and dirt visible to the eye. We were also short on some essentials like loo roll and washing up sponge which created unnecessary stress for us who just wanted to focus on being together and having fun. The beds are fine but I’d bring my own pillow and duvet next time. but that’s probably just personal choice. A perfect spot to get away to, just needs a tiny bit more attention to detail and would be the ultimate getaway.

    Hello Sara, it was good to read you liked the facilities in the house. We try our best to make the cottage as welcoming as possible. Although we offer the cottage as self-catering, all the basics are provided - as we discussed on two occasions during your weekend stay. In direct response to your comments I today walked through the cottage room-by-room with our housekeeper and we are both confident there is no dust or dirt to be found. I must confess, where possible I always take my own pillow when travelling away from home… Regards, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sara3.8Mar 2023

  • "We had such a lovely week at Bailey cottage, it really did cater for all the generations of our family stay."

    We made full use of the hot tub, games room, games consoles and my little boy loved exploring all the toys. So much to explore locally with all the country parks, train on the doorstep, and pub within walking distance, we hope to be back!

    Hi Joanna, thanks for your honest feedback. Really pleased to hear that everyone in your group was sufficiently entertained and especially pleased that the toys got some good use too! James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanna4.7Feb 2023

  • "Had a fabulous few days at this cottage, couldn’t fault it at all, had everything we needed, was clean and had some lovely touches to make it feel homely."

    The games room was a big hit as was the hot tub too. Everything was just so spacious and smart, really enjoyed our time here as a family and would most definitely recommend.

    Hi Chris, thank you for your feedback. Really pleased that you and the family had a good break at Bailey Cottage. The games room certainly offers plenty of opportunities for rivalries to be battled out… our family is just the same! Best, James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a wonderful girly weekend at Baileys Cottage."

    The service was amazing from start to finish. The house was more beautiful than we imagined. We received a lovely welcome hamper upon arrival and exchanged a few friendly messages with the owner before the visit. The kitchen was our favourite room where we danced, sang, chatted and laughed all night long. Thank you for opening your house for us to create some wonderful memories.

    Why cook in the kitchen when you can dance and sing in it?! Great to hear you all had a brilliant time, Michelle. Thanks for your lovely feedback. James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jan 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage in a lovely location."

    We spent Christmas there and had a wonderful time. The owners were very helpful. Parking is easy. We didn’t use the hot tub. The facilities at the cottage were really good everything in full working order. The garden was contained so the dog could be let out safely.

    I’m glad your Christmas plans all went well Karen and that you had everything you needed at Bailey Cottage. Thank you for your kind comments. James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely weekend stay at Bailey Cottage."

    The owners are very helpful with great communication. The cottage itself felt very festive with a log fire and Christmas decorations. The downstairs of the property works excellently as there are spaces for teenagers to play pool, adults could watch the football and a large kitchen tables, sofas, beanbags for everyone to get together. The sleeping areas had everything you could need. A really lovely cottage for a muti-family break. We will definitely book here again.

    Hello Fiona, It’s great to hear that your weekend went well for everyone in the group. Please do come back in future - you’d be very welcome! James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Dec 2022

  • "A really beautiful cottage with an awesome kitchen!"

    The hot tub was a bonus even though it was raining that weekend! The cottage is in excellent location as the railway station is right opposite (with car park in between the cottage and station). A short walk to The Jolly Sailor and it is where the TV programme in the 1980's Howard's Way was filmed inside the pub. Thank you for the Xmas decorations and also the lovely hamper!

    Heather, it’s good news that you all had a great time at the Cottage. Sadly the sunshine didn’t show up on this occasion but it’s good to hear the decorations maybe made up for it! There’s always next time… James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Nov 2022

  • "Bailey Cottage is huge and everything is lovely."

    My family of 8 ranging from 68 to 11 months stayed for a week. Expansive bedrooms for everyone, a games room where pool, table tennis and air hockey competitions were played every day, a large, beautifully equipped kitchen where 3 of us could cook. The hot tub was the biggest hit. Although parking is only for 3 cars, the cottage takes 10 and swallowed up all 8 of us with room to spare. Loads to do nearby. A wonderful week.

    Hi Catherine, Thanks for the lovely feedback. We’re so pleased you and the family had a great time. James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Nov 2022

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, and WC, 1 x super-king-size, 1 x second-floor super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x twin (zip/link, can be king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with corner bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with open fire and sofa bed
  • Snug/library
  • Games room
  • Nest controlled underfloor and central heating with woodburning stove and open fire
  • Range gas cooker and hob, microwave, American-style fridge/freezer with water dispenser, washing machine, tumble dryer, Nespresso machine, wine cooler
  • 2 x TV, WiFi, Xbox, selection of books and games, pool table / table tennis / air hockey
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Off-road dedicated park for 3 cars only
  • Enclosed front lawn
  • Side patio with furniture, hot tub and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcomed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.9 miles, pub 0.3 miles, River Hamble 0.2 miles
  • Note: A welcome hamper with local goodies is provided
  • Note: Please request additional pets
  • Note: This property has a good housekeeping bond of £250
  • Note: 3 cars max only for the property in the parking area
  • Please note: EV charging facility (untethered, connects to an app) available from January 2024.

The property

Resting in the quaint village of Bursledon in Hampshire is Bailey Cottage, a picturesque four-bedroom cottage, converted from an 18th century boatbuilder’s dwelling.

Offering stylish accommodation for a family or group of ten guests and one well-behaved dog, wanting to explore the South Coast, the property lies a stone’s throw away from local amenities, attractions, and the beach, whilst a short journey from the city of Southampton and the national parks of New Forest and South Downs.

Start your break in the open-plan living space, featuring lofty vaulted ceilings with Velux windows, offering a light-flooded social hub, where you can prepare meals, dine, socialise, and relax in front of the woodburning stove; here you will be welcomed by state-of-the-art appliances and a welcome hamper full of local goodies to ease your self-catered stay.

If you’d prefer some peace and quiet, head into the sitting room, housing an open fire and Xbox, or delve into one of many books on offer in the snug-come-library space.

There’s even a games room in the property, where you’ll find a pool table, table tennis, air hockey and a selection of games, ideal for entertaining the entire family, especially the little ones of your group.

To the rear of the property, you’ll locate a private patio with a hot tub in tow, ideal for relaxing in after a busy day of adventure or gathering around the outdoor furniture with a bottle of wine.

When sleep calls, head up the staircase to the first floor to discover two spacious super-king-size bedrooms, both with Eve memory foam mattresses, and a twin bedroom; one of the bedrooms benefits from an incredible dressing room with endless storage space for your belongings, served by the incredible family bathroom, with generous corner bath and separate walk-in shower, with a heated towel rail for added comfort, whilst the other has a separate en-suite shower room.

The second floor has been designed with younger guests in mind, with a choice of twin or double bedroom with zip/link beds, complete with Velux windows so you can admire the outside world from your bed.

Come morning, plan to explore your surroundings where you’ll find three local pubs within walking distance, the Jolly Sailor, offering a discount to guests of Bailey Cottage, with outdoor seating along the riverbank, The Vine, and The Navigator, all of which serve excellent food if you feel like taking a night off from cooking, while you can also enjoy pretty riverside strolls and a visit to the restored Georgian windmill.

The small local Bursledon train station provides links to Southampton and Portsmouth, excellent for shopping, museums and learning about the history and heritage of the cities, with Southampton offering an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912, at its SeaCity Museum, while Portsmouth's historic dockyard is home to warships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, as well as the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the D-Day Story Museum.

There is a selection of beaches along the south coast within driving distance, and you can also rent kayaks or stand-up paddle boards on the river, take some lessons, and practise your water sports skills.

For a family-friendly day out, Paulton’s Park, home to Peppa Pig World, is not to be missed, while several great country parks and Marwell Zoo are all within a short drive.

Walkers and cyclists will relish their location, a stone’s throw from the South Downs National Park, where you will discover chalk hills, wooded areas, and excellent stargazing opportunities, as well as being close to the New Forest National Parks, where you can discover a diverse selection of wildlife and enjoy incredible birdwatching opportunities.

Bailey Cottage is a wonderful property, with endless opportunity to explore Hampshire and the South Coast.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Southampton 5.8 miles, Gosport 12.5 miles, Portsmouth 14.6 miles

Bursledon is a pretty Hampshire village, situated alongside the River Hamble. It offers a great selection of restaurants, cafés and shops on either side of the river, as well as a restored Georgian windmill, a village hall and a train station, providing links to the wider South Coast area. Stroll around the pretty marina, or hop on a boat and take the scenic route to nearby Southampton or Portsmouth, avoiding the motorway and traffic. The port city of Southampton is less than six miles away, where you can visit SeaCity Museum, which features an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912, Southampton City Art Gallery, Solent Sky Museum, which features vintage aircraft and the Tudor House & Garden. Portsmouth is a city and naval base known for its maritime heritage and historic dockyard, which houses the warships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, as well as being home to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the D-Day Story museum. The closest beach is the pebble beach of Weston Hard Woolston, while a host of sandy beaches can be found slightly further down the coast along The Solent. The South Downs and New Forest national Parks are also within easy reach, offer plenty of walking and cycling opportunities through stunning countryside. There are plenty of fascinating days out to be had from this wonderful location.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas