Me and my mum rented Forest Haven for five nights in September. We had a lovely stay, the accommodation was just what we wanted, it was warm and comfortable and had everything we required. We loved using the hot tub in the evenings after a busy day exploring. We would defiantly stay again :)
The standard of forest haven is 5* which luxurious surroundings including leather sofas, comfy bed, beautiful showers, and immaculate throughout. Walking distance of lovely restuarants and pubs, we especially recommend the George at fordingbridge. Great base to explore the new forest. The only issue we had was with letting our dog of the lead in the garden which Ian has addressed and is looking at dog proofing the outside space, thankyou for a fantastic holiday letting.
We were initially worried by the negative reviews on this property but have no idea what they were talking about as they certainly dont relate to the same place we stayed! Lovely quite private location off the beaten track (you do need transport) but not too far to travel to other places. The owner has done a super job on this accommodation, its done out to a high standard with every added little luxury he could think of im sure. Our standards are extremely high and we usually stay in 5 star hotels. However on this occasion we wanted to bring our 2 little dogs with us and thought anywhere which allows dogs may be a little sub standard. Not here. Very clean, comfortable and excellent value for money. There is water around the cabin but you are in the middle of the New Forest where it can get very wet in places. However, you can clearly see the owner has put in place everything possible to try and combat this. We would definately like to stay here again.
Just the location we needed in the forest near the locations we know and love.
The accommodation was better than expected very clean and new with everything you needed for a great stay. Warm enough in August but the log burner would have been great on cold days. Beds very comfortable showers very hot and unusual. Having a young child and dogs with us the garden was essential and trampoline was welcomed along with the swing ball.
Hot tub and BBQ looked great but not used this time by us. Would have liked the welcome pack as we didn't realize there was no hairdryer and some coasters would have been nice as both tables were glass.
Will be booking again next year !
Great pubs, good for walking and cycling. The accommodation was comfortable, well presented and as advertised.
Forest Haven is well situated in peaceful surroundings a short drive to several to several good places to eat. The cabin was well furnished with leather sofas, comfortable beds, 3 TV sets plus other electronic extras, BUT there were several disappointing issues with the cabin.
A dish drainer would have been more appreciated than a dishwasher housed in a shed outside on the deck. As to the (invisible) washer and dryer mentioned in the TripAdvisor listing, I assume it was meant to go in the other (empty) shed.
The bedroom opening onto the deck only has French Doors.NO window. The temperature was in the high 20's when we were there - not ideal having to sleep with the French Door propped open with a chair.
We were told two days before we arrived that the garden was a mess - never a truer word! I hope the plans to rectify this have been carried out. In the hot weather it was a bit smelly at times. There was also stagnant water beneath the deck.
As requested in the T&Cs I had stated that although there were only two people in the booking we would be using both bedrooms. Three weeks before we were due to arrive I was told I had to pay an additional £21.70 to cover extra insurance costs and use of linen In the second bedroom. During the past thirty plus years I have rented two bedroom holiday homes all over the world and have NEVER been asked to pay an extra charge for two people to use both bedrooms.
I don't think the cabin is suitable for young children for several reasons.
1. A large rectangular (beautiful) glass-topped coffee table which we covered with a beach towel to prevent walking into the corners.
2. Washbasins in both bedrooms very high - not comfortable for me at 5ft 3ins.
3. Toddlers would not be safe on the deck which has a steep step down to the garden across its front edge (which should be marked).
4. The railings on both decks are badly made, providing almost no support. An accident waiting to happen.
Ideally located in The New Forest and only 30 mins from Bournemouth we had a lovely few days away. The added extras such as the Xbox, a smart TV, gas barbeque, rainforest showers, blackout blinds in the bedroom and a hottub made it easy with the children and fun to be back to at night. The cost of the stay was perfectly priced for us even with the additional payment for use of the hottub. The only issue was that the garden could not be used but I understand this is going to be sorted.