Myself and two friends arrived into Burley tired from walking and looking for a place to stay the night that wouldn’t cost us a fortune. Having spent the previous night in Lyndhurst at a hotel that had a triple room and served a big breakfast all for £33 each, our expectations were high. Although I was ready to check into the first place we went to (The Burley Inn; £40 each for the night) my friends thought we should try a couple of other places just to check the price, and I am glad that we held out. After phoning a couple of B&B’s in the Burley area to no avail, we were given the number of John West and Wayside Cottage. From the initial phone call John was friendly and very obliging, he gave us directions to Wayside Cottage and the price over the phone and we popped over.
Turning into the drive of Wayside Cottage we were really pleased to see the sizable country house that looked every bit a retreat; picture postcard perfect! Welcomed at the door by a friendly little Dachshund and John West, the joint proprietor (along with his wife Jan) we were asked to pop off our muddy boots and check out the rooms to see if we liked them before we made our minds up. The rooms were great, a nice size, decorated with antique style furniture and almost twee design. My immediate thought was, “my girlfriend would love this place!” The bathroom was modern, styled with stone tiles and all new shower, sink and toilet with lovely toiletries provided.
After approving of the rooms we handed over the money (they only take cash or cheques) John offered us a pot of tea in the guest lounge which we happily accepted being rather parched. Making our way down the tastefully decorated hall we met some more friendly little pooches who were happy to see us. There is a real feeling of being at home but a home that was much plusher than my own! Swigging tea in the guest lounge we chatted to other guests who were there for the night and seemed to be enjoying the ambiance as much as we were. On the way back to our rooms we bumped into Jan West who introduced herself and let us know that if needed anything just to ask, which was nice.
After showering and getting changed for the evening we asked John where he thought was the best place in Burley to eat and have a drink, he suggested the Queen’s Head and he also suggested a few local ales we should sample too! Before we set off John got us a couple of torches as there are no street lights in the village, which I thought was a nice touch. He also asked us if we required any specials for breakfast in the morning as all meals are made to order. The specials included smoked haddock and poached eggs and another dish which I can’t remember.
Breakfast in the morning is served between8am and 9am in the dining room which is a charming room overlooking the front garden. There are all the usual things available as in cereals etc but there was so much more too, like homemade breads and jams, fruit loaf and hot cross buns. All the usual fruits and yoghurts were present and correct and when we did order our cooked breakfast we were not disappointed, each of us had a full English but with eggs cooked differently, I had a perfectly poached egg (free range and local) and the rest tasted great too, a great way to start the day.
Before we left for another days walking Jan talked us through a good route to take to walk down to Brockenhurst and wished us luck. We said we’d be back and would recommend them. Leaving the front gate John was pulling in and stopped and asked us if we knew the way and if we needed directions, we told him Jan had helped us and we thanked him for a great stay.
Jan and John are the most accommodating people and have the perfect temperament for Bed and Breakfast owners. Never once did I feel in need of anything and if I did they were on hand to help. I would recommend Wayside Cottage to anyone, couples, friendship groups and families alike, you won’t be disappointed
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Wayside Cottage, a wysteria-covered Edwardian cottage in the New Forest village of Burley, where Ponies, Donkeys and even Cattle wander down the streets, and the loudest sound is the bird song in the trees. Janet and John West have created the perfect haven for a relaxing weekend, or a longer stay. There are six rooms to let on a Bed and Breakfast basis, all rooms are ensuite with either a showerroom or bathroom. There are pretty gardens to sit in and a guest lounge for evenings or bad weather. Cycling, walking and horse riding opportunities are within 5 minutes walk. The village has several Pubs and Hotels, shops and all the usual amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wayside Cottage Burley, New Forest National Park Hampshire