Had the most amazing 3 night stay with my Parents. The Lodge is finished to a very high standard, very comfortable and clean. It was lovely to see the horses and cows everyday grazing on the nearby field. I would definitely recommend this Lodge to anyone wishing to visit the New Forest and I cannot praise the owner enough, for his courteous and prompt responses to my emails. Thank you so much.
We enjoyed a nice and relaxing week in the Forest Lodge. The location is great for day trips, and the Alice Lisle (down the road) serves a fantastic Sunday lunch. It's also a lovely pub for children with a nice playground etc.
Back at the lodge It's really nice to be able to open the big sliding doors on hot days and just have lunches and dinners out on the decking.
It is very private and cosy. We had a great holiday.
Lovely peaceful little lodge, if you are after a relaxing hoilday this is the place for you , loved our stay there.
Just returned from a lovely week in this lodge ! The lodge was well equipped and the hot tub was great after a full day out !Would recommend The old beams pub within walking distance lovely meals and good value for money. Great each morning waking up to the ponies and donkeys !
On arrival at the postcode we spent a good 30-40 minutes looking for the property asking locals etc. We then phoned the owner (not easy as no mobile reception) and received a very rude abrupt greeting stating all the details were in the welcome email.
There was no welcome pack emailed just a key code for the door. Eventually Mr Grump directed us to the property and how to get in.
The inside of the building is pretty nice although you would struggle to swing a cat and some of the decor is in need of refreshing.
Outside lets the property down badly. The £95 hot tub is quite frankly a rip off. It is a rubbish low end unmaintained and dirty looking thing with a broken lid cover and the yard is overlooked by the neighbouring property whose yard you have to walk through if you'd prefer not to climb through the ditch; which was the suggested point of access by the owner!!
One of the main other flaws with this holiday home is the ludicrous cooking and washing facilities. There is no kitchen sink despite there being a hole in the work top and plumbing for one. There is a perfectly good dishwasher; sited in an outside shed! Why it and the microwave oven live in a shed when there is an excess of storage in the kitchen is anybody's guess.
These feature points give a distinct feel of glamping which to be fair, given the cost we could really have done without.
The highlight of the trip came once we arrived home. Upon contacting the owner to find out when we could expect our deposit to be returned I received a reply saying that if I left a 5* review on trip advisor he would return the deposit within 24 hours. Despite being horrified at the attempted bribery I obliged in order to get my £275 back and as promised it was returned in minutes once the review was on. The only downside was that as it came back via PayPal it then took a week to land in my account.
Since then I have made a formal complaint to Holiday Lettings about the bribery but they have been less than useless and so far not replied.
So here is my honest review of the holiday home and service received
It's a nice enough venue although illegally built without planning according to the neighbours.
The access is inadequate to say the least.
The owners attitude is one of the biggest drawbacks to this venue.
Certain parts of the property are overdue for some maintenance work- the bouncy decking, broken fences and overgrown brambles that attack your legs when trying to access via the ditch gate.
The other drawback for the venue is that it appears not all of the locals appreciate guests staying in this building-possibly because it "shouldn't be there"
We had large branches laid over the car one night whilst parked outside the holiday home-not the owners fault I agree but not very welcoming and a little intimidating to say the least.
We can however recommend the Masala in Ringwood whose delivery drivers now know how to find the hut behind the hedge
This a beautiful lodge, had an amazing weekend , and would completely recommend. Exceeded all expectations..