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Abbots Wood

Netley Abbey near Southampton, Hampshire (Ref. 920526)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a great property for a family event or holiday."

    The pool is an excellent addition along with the fishing lake definitely something for everyone.

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2022

  • "A very impressive property with plenty of space for our party of ten."

    The house is set in a peaceful location and views of the lake and the wildlife in the garden were a bonus. We really appreciated having the pool and all spent a lot of time either in the water or watching the children as they swam and played. The only negative side to this holiday was that for such an amazing property it has a slightly unloved feel. Cobwebs, a couple of sofas that have seen better days, one rather uncomfortable mattress and other little things that need some attention. Guests should be made aware that gardeners and a pool man require access to the property during the week.

    Reviewed by ChristineApr 2022

  • "This is an absolutely fab place for a family."

    The pool is a wonderful space, and the house is large and spacious. It’s also close to the Abbey ruins great walks and the beach and local shops. So quiet. We came in the winter, would love to revisit in the summer. We loved it-thank you!

    Reviewed by SallyJan 2022

  • "Prior to our arrival, any questions we had were fully answered, in a friendly and professional manner."

    On our arrival the wow factor really hit us. Excellent facilities, beautiful house and gardens. The swimming pool was an amazing space and was the focal point, during our stay. The house was predominantly very well equipped. However for multi generational families, with restricted mobility, only 1 TV on the ground floor caused us some difficulty. (A 2nd TV in either the small lounge or in the downstairs bedroom, would have made life easier for our 89 year old parents, who were unable to climb the stairs). Overall a wonderful experience.

    Reviewed by FrankDec 2021

  • "The house had everything we needed."

    On arrival the house was amazing. Cobwebs on the coving, behind units ( when moved to suit our needs). Information booklet was out of date which confused us ( cooker information, rubbish/ recycling bins, pool water top up). We worked it out eventually but the book could have been more relevant. Overall we had a super time and would definitely recommend it

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2021

  • "We had the most amazing family holiday, everything we hoped for and more, the house is stunning, the pool was brilliant."

    Set in beautiful surroundings.

    Reviewed by LorraineSep 2021

  • "Not aware of owners email but they should be made aware of following some door latches round pool do not open upstaiars & down Ceiling lights were out Nail clippings left ina bedroom by main stairs basin in downstairs bedroom seemed to have blockage as water took ages to go Toilet seat needs attention as moves Finally electric cable outside by kitchen has some roof leaning on it which may cause a hazard bedside lights in some rooms do not work."

    All little things, but attention to them would be great to keep their standard up We all had a good time and the the kids young and old enjoyed the fishing and pool.

    Reviewed by RosalineAug 2021

  • "We loved our stay at Abbots Wood, the house was amazing and set in beautiful surroundings, we saw Deer at the bottom of the garden, (the garden is beautiful) lots of birds and squirrels in the trees."

    Ducks swimming in the lake, even the fish popped up to say hello when we fed them. There were lots of places to eat nearby, shops were just a five minute drive away. We had lovely walks and the best thing of all was the fantastic pool- absolutely loved the pool! The friendly owners told us everything we needed to know and were just a phone call away if we needed them. Thank you.

    Reviewed by RogerJul 2021

  • "We had a fantastic time at Abbotts Wood, & we all want to come back."

    Pool was excellent, & its the yellow hose you use to top it up, just so you know. Few little maintenance issues here & there which need seeing to, but that didn't spoil our time. Sofa's in TV room a bit flat, which do need a bit of a stuffing, but still comfy to sit on. There is only one large TV in one of the lounges downstairs, No TV in the family bedroom downstairs however all bedrooms upstairs have TV's, If you can take a small heater I would recommend this, for the downstairs family bedroom as it is a bit cold in there, I purchased one for £20 from Tesco's and it was perfect ) Watch out for the wooden pool stairs when coming down them, as i did take a tumble from the top step, as it was a bit slippery. (rubber treads would be ideal there) Other than that the house was excellent & we thoroughly had a great time.

    Reviewed by JosieOct 2020

  • "We did have a lovely family holiday at Abbots Wood, location fantastic, some great walks and wild life, Deer visited and we sat and watched the bats of an evening."

    There are a few things that you need to be aware of. Cleanliness was very below the usual standard we have had when holidaying with Sykes before, (cobwebs dead flies, dust under furniture, sinks needing some bleach, shower cubicle need a good clean ). Furniture needs to be up dated in the lounge, settees, very very used all the seat cushions are flat and looking very tied. Pans in the kitchen, loads of them but only a couple you could use on the hob as its a hob that needs specific pans. Pool is lovely, but we had to contact the owner to ask for the water temp to be turned up, which they told us how to do. Bedrooms, only have double beds which was a bit of an issue, but other reviews had stated this so we took camp beds, not ideal but it worked for us. The two bedrooms that shared the Jack and Jill bathroom were a nightmare, beautifully decorated but too hot to sleep in and the boilers kept coming on and off all night, they where very very noisy. We had to sleep with the balcony doors open all night which then let midges in. There was no cold water pressure in this bathroom which again was an issue, one of our guests is a plumber by trade and he said the whole plumbing water system needs an over haul. Garden furniture was dirty we had to wash it before using, the decking area needs some TLC, all doors on the rear and side of the house need some work doing to them as they where difficult to open and shut. The family room down stairs with two double beds was cold no heating in here, the quiet room at the end of the dinning room would make a lovely games room, snooker table, darts board etc. to us this was a waste of space but that's only our opinion. One of our main concerns was the balcony upstairs which you look down over onto the pool. This is very lose in places, if we had had small children with us it would have been a major issue, also the balustrade on the stairs from upstairs into the pool area this is lose as well, these need attention. It is a fantastic property in a lovely area and like I said we did have a fabulous time here but its crying out for some tender loving care.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2020

  • "The house is fabulous and it is in an amazing location Our holiday was disturbed many times by visitors, as if we were full time residents but when you are on holiday you just want to be left alone and when you are a poor sleeper, you don’t need waking up by unwelcome ‘routine’ visits."

    The worst thing was that it was deemed acceptable to access the house whilst we were out and we were not informed. This invasion of privacy was totally unacceptable and Sykes did nothing about it. For some unknown reason they think that a ‘sorry’ suffices? I strongly suggest that anyone thinking of hiring this home (and it is really lovely and extremely well equipped) checks that their holiday will not be disturbed as consistently as ours was.

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2020

  • "Before I comment on Abbots Wood Hampshire, I'd just like to say we enjoyed our holiday because we won't let anything ruin it."

    It's supposed to be 5 star, no way, but it could be. Maintenance is none existent. Outside other than mow the lawn, nothing is done. The windows are dirty and desperate need of painting. The decking needs replacing, and the patio needs tidying up and repointing. There's old chairs and some other things stuck up the corner, needs removing and a good sweep. The balcony's have never been painted or cleaned it seems. The overhang from the roof over the patios in a bad state. The guttering has become detached in several places and is full of leaves, so when it rains it's like a waterfall. Inside the house again a lot needs doing, everything is well used which we expected as it's a rental property. In one room they had a job to get cold water in the sink, and when they pulled the plug out it really stank. It was also too hot in the room to sleep as there is a boiler in the wardrobe. Mind you the pool was lovely, as was the pond/lake if you like fishing. I know it sounds like I'm hard to please, I'm not. We didn't complain because we knew nothing would be done. There are lots faults with the place. We were not looking for a palace but it should be better. With the Coronavirus I don't think anyone would be using it. Why didn't they give it some TLC/maintenance. I don't think anythings been done for years. The house has a lot of potential, it's such a shame. I think properties need to be reviewed regularly to make sure of standards. Regards Mr Philip Higginson.

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2020

  • "This house exceeded all our expectations."

    It was the perfect house in the perfect setting and perfect location. The only negative points, that would potentially affect us rebooking were as follows; *There was 1 bedroom that was so hot due to a massive hot water tank in the cupboard. This room was unusable as a bedroom and we consequently had to create a bedroom for 2 children in one of the sitting rooms downstairs. * Also, the other bedroom adjacent to the one mentioned above had the boiler/pump for the hot water tank directly underneath it in the kitchen. This would start up at very regular intervals 24 hours a day. It would run for a few minutes then cut out. It would then start up a few minutes later. This happened all day and night. This made it impossible to be used by anyone except some children as they tend to sleep more heavily. Aside from these problems, the week we spent at Abbots Wood was amazing. The kids (and adults) loved the pool. There was plenty of room and social areas so it never seemed crowded. The bar area was brilliant for relaxing and having a few drinks once the kids were in bed. It was close to the beach which the dogs loved, and beautiful Netley Abbey. It was comfortable and well equipped for large groups.

    Reviewed by TomDec 2019

  • "The house was beautiful it had absolutely everything we could have asked for."

    The only thing that could improve it would be a games room instead of the quiet room and the pool being slightly warmer but as a whole the holiday was perfect. We loved it so much that we have already put a deposit down for next christmas :)

    Reviewed by JamesDec 2019

  • "A lovely relaxed holiday with my family, 6 adults & 6 children."

    The pool was used everyday. Lovely garden, the boys enjoyed fishing. I got to see a deer in the garden early one morning when getting out of the pool. Spacious rooms, my youngest granddaughter loved walking round the whole house holding my hand & helping me keep fit! A holiday we will remember forever.

    Reviewed by LorraineAug 2019

  • "The property had everything needed, firstly as a fabulous holiday home and secondly a location to celebrate our daughters birthday."

    The grandchildren loved their rooms, the pool and the fact they could fish the lake with our son-in-law. All in all a great get away from the usual madness during the school summer holidays. We have already booked another week for August 2020.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2019

  • "We have stayed here before and the cleanliness of the property is superb, the pool is perfect, especially with the ever changeable English weather."

    The house is so comfortable, lots of space for everyone to do their own thing and the garden is wonderful with plenty of wildlife to keep us entertained, we have already booked for next year

    Reviewed by LisaJun 2019

  • "Abbots Wood is a lovely property, well equipped, clean and in a great location for exploring."

    The garden and grounds are very relaxing, with frequent wildlife visits including deer. The pool is one of the best I've experienced in this country. The owners, Alastair and Lisa, could not have been more helpful whilst remaining unobtrusive. Highly recommended, we certainly plan to return.

    Reviewed by MervynJun 2019

  • "The house is very large, beautiful and set in stunning surroundings with some lovely walks."

    However we felt that the property does need a little tlc in places. We got to the property and one of the curtains to one of the rooms were down which was soon addressed by the owners. The bedrooms are all great sizes with two having large dressing rooms and all having ensuites. As picked up by other residents the kitchen is very small with very little work surface however more or less everything you would need is in the kitchen including a lovely range cooker. However a new set of knives, a new can opener and some egg cups would be a great addition to what is already there. We marked the house down on cleaniness as we felt all the shower cubicles could do with a good scrub and bleach and was very disappointed that the glass to the windows and internal doors had not been cleaned from a previous visitor who had obviously had little children or dogs. To me this is part of a cleaning process from visitor to visitor. The chairs to the garden also hadn’t been cleaned and there were broken chairs around the lake which didn’t do the house justice. Having the pool was a real bonus and well used by all the visitors. It was lovely having some conservatory furniture and chairs to lay on a great addition to the area. If you do take a dog just a word of warning we were told by a neighbour that some of the residents down the lane are not keen on some of the wildlife visiting them and was told that a trap had been set to catch deer, foxes etc and it had caught their dog thank goodness we didn’t take our dog as this would have been a real worry for us. We had a lovely week and although the weather wasn’t great it just meant we used the pool more!

    Reviewed by BeverleyMar 2019

  • "Being with our family and sharing the experience."

    Watch our youngest grandson,aged 4,grow in confidence in the swimming pool.Relaxing around the house,with plenty of room to have your own space or do things together.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2019

  • "Abbots wood was fantastic, didnt leave the house, had EVERYTHING we needed."

    Reviewed by VikkiFeb 2019

  • "We had the most amazing holiday at Abbott’s Wood and would love to return !"

    Reviewed by LisaNov 2018

  • "What a great house, close to the sea, parks, little syper market and restaurants."

    The house its self is down a secluded gated road. However the house is the crowning glory, one feels as if one is a millionaire. Indoor pool, multiple kitchens, and entertianment areas by the pool, large bedrooms with TV’s Outside patio with views of the lake. The whole house was beautifully decorated and generously equiped. We will be be back again, the host Lisa were kindness and helpfullness personified. My only reservation in giving a glowing review is that it will make it harder to book in the future.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2018

  • "Having spent the week with four generations of our family we found the house and grounds excellent."

    The only small criticism was that instead of double beds in all the bedrooms there could of been a couple of bedrooms with single beds eliminating sharing.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2018

  • "Outside of property tired and not very clean had to clean chairs and table,also kitchen way way to small for entertaining not even big enough for two people let alone ten."

    Saying all that we had a great time. Regards Ken & Jane Lock

    Reviewed by KenJul 2018

  • "Had a great week, enjoyed the fishing and swimming pool."

    The house way great and spacious plus lots of wildlife.

    Reviewed by WayneJun 2018

  • "Great place to visit would definitely recommend to friends and family and ..."

    Great place to visit would definitely recommend to friends and family and hopefully return there again for another great relaxing week away

    Reviewed by SohailJun 2018

  • "Lovely house as described,we had a problem contacting the owner for the entry codes to the house ,that was resolved in time for us to leave as planned,But only just ,when i contacted Sykes for help to resolve this i belive that Sykes did contact them & the customer responded to me with the codes."

    But Sykes stated that if there was no response by the friday afternoon they would esculate the problem, as we were leaving the following morning i found this policy worrying,anyway it all worked out.the house is realy a millionaires habitate,the grounds,swimming pool for us a once in a lifetime experiance.We were not dissapointed

    Reviewed by DennisMay 2018

  • "Absolutely loved the house."

    We had our wedding reception and honeymoon there. All our guests loved the place with such beautiful surroundings. We hope to come back for our anniversary.

    Reviewed by VickyMay 2018

  • "Great accommodation."

    Definitely has the WOW factor.

    Reviewed by AlanMar 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay in Abbott’s Wood over New Year ."

    The house looked amazing with fabulous, tasteful festive decorations everywhere - we felt like we were in a Christmas film! The house is even better than its photos suggest . All bed and reception rooms are substantial and very comfortable . The kitchen is extremely well appointed with loads of crockery , cutlery , pots , pans and serving dishes - we’ve been caught out in other properties when trying to cater for a lot of hungry guests and AW did not disappoint . There are beautiful tiles, pictures and lamps throughout the property . Gardens , lake and general area all great . But best of all is the pool and mezzanine bar area .... WOW.... such fun .... brilliant location for partying and relaxing . Should also point out that the owners were really helpful and friendly - as were the cleaning team , The pool man and the gardeners . Thank you all . We hope to return to sample AW magic in the summer .

    Reviewed by TanyaDec 2017

  • "Wow! A celebration for all the family, from many countries."

    We celebrated my 70th birthday and what a place to do it in style. It certainly had the wow factor and the swimming pool was great. Owners very helpful. Views beautiful, surrounding areas great for exploring.

    Reviewed by RosemaryNov 2017

  • "Stunning house and brilliant owners."

    All the rooms are spacious. Wonderful swimming pool and mezzanine area. The lake was greatly enjoyed as well. I left my glasses behind and they couldn't have been more helpful. Even getting her mother to pick them up so they could be returned to me. The location is great, lots of interesting things to do. We particularly enjoyed a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards.

    Reviewed by JillianSep 2017

  • "To celebrate my 70th I decided to treat my family to a holiday in Abbotts Wood, the venue was all as expected, beautiful location squirrels, ducks, cockerels crowing, & small deer passing through was quite an experience for us."

    All gated & secure, very clean, lots to do around Hamble-le-Rice ( a visit to donkey sanctuary on little pink ferry is a must) everywhere is dog friendly, canoeing & crabbing was great fun, I particularly enjoyed the visit to the submarine. We all loved the pool, (a pity it had a problem after the first day & didn't heat) all twelve of us rubbed along great & I loved having my whole family together as my youngest grandson was celebrating his ninth birthday his little sister was off to school & my eldest grandchild was off to University, so we all had something to celebrate. The bottle of bubbly left for us was a nice treat, thank- you we all left with very happy memories & many many photos.

    Reviewed by LindaAug 2017

  • "The swimming pool is not really suitable for non-swimmers."

    The shallow end is 4 foot deep and only extends for about a quarter of the pool area, before a steep drop to 7 foot.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2017

  • "We had a wonderful family holiday at abbots wood, couldn't fault it in anyway, ..."

    We had a wonderful family holiday at abbots wood, couldn't fault it in anyway, it was extremely clean and the swimming pool was really nice, we would highly recommend it

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2017

  • "We had a lovely family holiday."

    The house was large enough that we could have our own space but still feel we are on holiday together . Absolutely loved the area, so much to see and places to visit. Would definitely go back

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2017

  • "Abbots Wood is incredible!"

    The house is fantastic and the location was awesome. The owners were very accommodating and we had everything we wanted including more. They were easy to contact and contacted me with all the information I needed. Would definitely visit Abbots Wood again and book through Sykes again!

    Reviewed by RowenaFeb 2017

  • "Lisa, the property owner, was really helpful & couldn't do enough to help us to have a great holiday."

    Reviewed by RoyAug 2016

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with walk-in wardrobe, balcony and en-suite corner bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with walk-in wardrobe, balcony and Jack-and-Jill access to bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, 2 x double with balcony, 1 x ground floor family room with 2 doubles and en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC (shared access from both double bedrooms)
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar (seats 3)
  • Utility with shower, basin and WC
  • Dining room (seats 12)
  • Two sitting rooms (both seat 8)
  • Mezzanine with kitchen area, breakfast bar (seats 4), bar area (seats 4), comfy seating (seats 2) and balcony
  • Indoor heated swimming pool 35ft x 15ft
  • Gas central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor
  • Range cooker with electric oven and 5-ring gas hob, electric oven and hob, 2 x microwaves, fridge, fridge/freezer, washing machine, 2 x dishwashers, 3 x TVs with full Sky, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • 2 x Travel Cots and highchair
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 10 cars
  • Rear patio with furniture, plus wooded garden leading to shared unfenced lake
  • Free coarse fishing in lake (no licence required)
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: Washing machine in utility with shower, basin and WC, accessed via pool room
  • Note: Unfenced lake in wooded garden and some uneven ground
  • Note: Swimming pool can be locked off at both entrances
  • Note: Mezzanine area overlooks the pool
  • Note: Owner requires 4 days notice to heat the pool
  • Note: Bar not stocked, please bring own drinks
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead whilst on the premises at all times
  • Note: Check-in 4pm
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar
  • Please note : A 7 night stay from 2/1/2021 - 9/1/2021 , can be booked at £1769 including the booking fee
  • Please call our reservations team for any further information

The property

This stunning property is situated in an exclusive, gated development, within 100 acres of conservation woodland, in the delightful southern Hampshire village of Netley Abbey, four miles from Southampton.

This impressive, detached residence is set in three acres of grounds, complete with a lake and an indoor heated swimming pool.

This amazing house offers visitors spacious and luxurious accommodation, ideal for a large family gathering or a group of friends seeking a holiday property with the 'wow' factor!

With its chic, boutique-style furnishings and bright and airy, spacious rooms throughout, it is sure to impress.

All five bedrooms have access to en-suite facilities, one of which features a Jacuzzi bath.

Each of the four upstairs bedrooms has its own balcony which overlooks the wooded garden and lake, while the two sitting rooms, the dining room and the ground floor kitchen all have French doors which open out onto the patio.

This lovely outdoor space is the perfect place to socialise and dine alfresco in the summer sunshine.

The icing on the cake however, is the sensational indoor heated swimming pool, set within its own impressive pool room, and a shower in the adjoining utility.

Once you’ve swam and dried off, take the stairs up to the mezzanine area which overlooks the pool.

There is a bar at one end where you can help yourself to a drink, a kitchen with fully-fitted appliances at the other and French doors opening out onto a balcony!

Should you tire of the pool, take a stroll down to the lake where you can fish for carp, or simply watch the antics of the ducks and the moorhens.

Locally, you can enjoy walks through the Royal Victoria Country Park, or explore the ruins of Netley Abbey, a 13th century Cistercian monastery.

What better way to explore this wonderful area than with a stay in this incredible property, offering visitors the most amazing Hampshire holiday experience!

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About the location


Hamble-le-Rice 3.5 miles; Southampton 4 miles.

This diverse, south Hampshire village is located on the eastern shores of Southampton Water, beside the Royal Victoria Country Park. The village takes its name from the 13th century Cistercian monastery there, its well-preserved ruins still remaining today. The heart of the village retains some of its traditional charm and is proud of its waterside heritage, with ample opportunities for sailing in the nearby village of Hamble-le-Rice. Nearby, The Royal Victoria Country Park was the site of The Royal Victoria Hospital, the first purpose-built military hospital. Now, all that remains is the hospital chapel and 200 acres of wood and parkland. There are lovely walks to explore and a variety of wildlife, as well as spectacular views from the top of the 150 foot chapel tower across Southampton Water, one of the busiest shipping canals in the country. Together with its beautiful setting, tea rooms and a narrow gauge railway, the park provides visitors with a fascinating day out. Netley lies within very easy reach of Southampton and its impressive range of attractions. There is an easy drive to the New Forest, as well as Portsmouth's historic dockyard, home to the magnificent HMS Victory, and Gunwharf Quays, a retail outlet perched on the waterside. This south Hampshire waterside village is a convenient base from which to explore this fascinating area.

Region Information

A 7 night stay from 2/1/2021 - 9/1/2021 , can be booked at £1769 including the booking fee. Please call our reservations team for any further information

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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