In May 2015, Gorse Cottage was awarded both the 5 Star Self Catering award and the Gold Award from the English Tourist Board.
This has been made into a larger room with a luxury 7 seater L shaped leather sofa and matching pouffe. The television is a 50 inch flat screen, with Freeview, BT Satellite TV and a DVD player. A payphone is available in this room. There are games, books, DVD's and childrens toys stored here.
The kitchen is a brand new designer Italian kitchen, supplied by Neatsmiths of London. You gain access from the living room. It has white units with a full range of facilities including:
- large range oven with hob units
- dish washer
- Washing Machine
- separate wine cooler fridge
- De Longi toaster, electric kettle
- iron (iron and ironing board in cupboard by the living room)
- full range of cooking equipment and china
- range of spices, condiments
- island in the middle of the kitchen for preparing food and breakfast bar for eating with 3 chairs
The Conservatory is equipped with easy chairs in which to enjoy the garden. The bird feeders attract many beautiful birds including robins, tits, woodpeckers, nuthatches. This room also acts as the main dining room with a large dining table and 10 chairs. It is connected to the kitchen. It has a new form of specialist glass installed to keep it cool in the summer and warm in winter. Panel and ceiling blinds have been installed by Waterside Blinds of Hampsire to a high specification; this keeps it comfortable to use in the height of summer and night time.
Bedroom 1 This upstairs double room has a Dormer window giving you fantastic views directly on to the New Forest. It has a fitted wardrobe, bedside tables and a Chest of Drawers. Furniture is all contemporary Azure style from Bradbeers in Southampton. There is a Freeview TV and DVD player.
Bedroom 1 En Suite. With a digital controlled shower unit, large basin, toilet and beautiful white tiling and underfloor heating, this is a real state of the art bathroom.
Bedroom 2 Opposite bedroom 1, but with its own direct access to downstairs. This bedroom has a super king sized bed which can be made into 2, three foot beds. Wardrobe and bedside tables finish off the room to a very high spec. It also has a Freeview TV with fitted DVD player.
Please note that the stairway that leads up to the 2 upstaits bedrooms is narrower than a standard stairway (due to configuration of the cottage). We would therefore recommend that any guests with mobility issues would probably be more comfortable in the three downstairs bedrooms.
Bed Room 3 This bedroom has a double bed. It faces out on to the front garden. The white furniture from the "Platinum Range" by Welcome Furniture, provides a bright aspect to this room. There is a useful dressing table with a large mirror.
Bedroom 3 En Suite. This spacious En Suite includes a luxury walk-in shower with two shower heads, towel rail warmer, hand basin, under floor heated tiles and toilet. The white "paved effect" tiles are stunning. You will not be disppointed!
Bedroom 4. "The Garden Room" has patio doors into the garden providing beautiful views into the fields and beyond. It has a subtle green garden theme throughout. It is a double room with wardrobe space.
Bedroom 4 En Suite. This en-suite is brand new one and consists of a shower, toilet, under floor heated tiles and basin. The green garden theme continues in this room.
Bed Room 5 This is a twin room with two separate beds plus wardrobe space. It is a suitable room for either 2 adults or 2 children.
Bathrooom. This is brand new and consists of a bath and shower unit, toilet under floor heated tiles, shaving mirror and basin.
The garden is laid to lawn in the front with a block drive leading to the south facing back garden. There is a secluded patio with a table and cushioned garden chairs and stools, a lawn, shrubs and apple tree. A bark chipping play area has been set up for the children; the highlight of which is a large play playhouse There is a shed for your bikes. The garden is fenced but care must be taken that determined dogs do not try to push through to other gardens. In the fields behind are a number of friendly farm animals including horses, ponies and often a Gloucester Old Spot sow and her litter of piglets. Care must be taken to keep the front gate closed as the forest animals do enjoy eating our grass and plants.
Full central heating and hot water is available when required at no extra cost.
All linen and towels are supplied.
Brockenhurst (meaning badgers wood) is set in the heart of the New Forest, an area that was once used by the kings of England for hunting. Now one of the largest areas of open country in England the forest covers 92,000 acres. A unique area rich in wild life and rare plant species, close to the sea, yet only one and a half hours from London.
Brockenhurst has a mild climate with warm springs and autumns. Nearby there is available:-
- horse riding
- polo every Saturday at New Park, Brockenhurst
- forest wagon rides
- gardens at Exbury, Spinners Bolder, Furzy (Minstead)
- Palace House Beaulieu
- National Motor Museum Beaulieu
- Nelson’s shipyard Museum and village at Bucklers Hard
- Solent cruises and trips to the Isle of Wight
- Paulton’s Leisure Park, including Peppa Pig World.
- The New Forest Show - last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in July. A great day out!
An excellent selection of fine dining to pub grub, English, French, Indian , Chinese and fish and chips are available in Brockenhurst. The village has a good range of shops from country butchers, green grocers, a bakery to a small supermarket. There are also a number of cafes offering lunch and cream teas.