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View from Ropley Station
Historical Ropley Station
Kitchen is modern with granite work surfaces
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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
2 nights minimum
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Watercress Lodges self-catering holiday homes are nestled in rolling countryside at Dean Farm, Ropley. Rural Hampshire offers family fun with countryside walks and cycle routes all around. • Six detached lodges available named after stations. • Countryside walks and cycle routes all around. • Close to the bustling Georgian market town of Alresford and only 20 minutes' drive from the delightful Cathedral city of Winchester • The lodges offer the opportunity to get away to the countryside but with superb local facilities. • Campground will be available from 2014 and will be the ideal getaway for families. Newly built shower block and toilet facilities. • Short breaks available. ACCOMMODATION • The lodges are located in the rolling countryside at Dean Farm, Ropley, near Alresford. The ...Watercress Lodges self-catering holiday homes are nestled in rolling countryside at Dean Farm, Ropley. Rural Hampshire offers family fun with countryside walks and cycle routes all around. • Six detached lodges available named after stations. • Countryside walks and cycle routes all around. • Close to the bustling Georgian market town of Alresford and only 20 minutes' drive from the delightful Cathedral city of Winchester • The lodges offer the opportunity to get away to the countryside but with superb local facilities. • Campground will be available from 2014 and will be the ideal getaway for families. Newly built shower block and toilet facilities. • Short breaks available. ACCOMMODATION • The lodges are located in the rolling countryside at Dean Farm, Ropley, near Alresford. The family farm they have owned since the 1940's. • The newly built self-catering accommodation is modern but comfortably furnished throughout. • On the ground floor, spacious hallway leading off is, kitchen fitted with all modern appliances, granite worktops, dishwasher, and fridge freezer, and oven, hob with extractor fan, microwave, kettle & toaster. • Separate utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. • Downstairs WC. • Bright and airy lounge with modern dining table and six chairs. Leather sofa bed which sleeps 2, two armchairs, coffee table, flat screen TV with Freeview & assortment of board games. High chair available. • Lounge doors open up to allow the countryside in. • Free Wi-Fi. • Stairs lead off the lounge. • Central heating • The spacious master bedroom has a king-size oak bed, side tables, chest of drawers, fitted wardrobe, full length mirror, hairdryer. • Bedroom two has two twin 3ft oak beds, side tables and a chest of drawers. • The bathroom is fitted to a high specification with sink, mirror above with light and shaver point, toilet and freestanding shower. • Linen & towels provided. • Garden open plan. Bench seating with seat cushions provided and separate gas BBQ for all lodges on request. • No smoking • Pets welcome but only in the Winchester lodge with a charge of £20 extra per week or stay. • Allocated parking. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Pets allowed subject to pet friendly lodge availability, please enquire prior to booking.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Half bath
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Meet the host
Hannah P
Hosting since September 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 90%
Response Time: Within a day
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Reviews (72)
Sonia B
Sonia B
2 contributions
The Waterside Lodges are fantastic - beautifully styled, kitted out, situated and themed along vintage steam train decor. We loved our stay and will be making yearly visits.
Visited August 2022
Written August 31, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kelly B
Kelly B
2 contributions
We recently stayed at Watercress Lodges and were so impressed by the facilities. We just wanted somewhere to stay and use as a base whilst enjoying lots of days out with our children. We stayed in the Winchester lodge and it was more than we expected. Very clean and well looked after. There was a small garden area with a picnic bench and BBQ to the side but as we were out every day we didn't use it - a nice bonus that we had that as an option though. Our children loved watching the steam trains coming in and out of Ropley station right in front of the lodges and they loved the small play area there too. The site is only 15 minutes from Winchester city and around half an hour drive from Southampton, the New Forest and the South Downs which was ideal for us. Thank you to Hannah and all the team! We'll definitely consider booking again in the future.
Visited August 2022
Written August 31, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

mangio
mangio
2 contributions
The lodge was excellent - really clean, well laid out and everything we needed. The location is great with far reaching views of countryside. The lodges are located next to the Mid-Hants Railway which, unfortunately, was not running for most of our week. However, on the couple of days it was, it was lovely to see and hear the steam trains chuffing past.
Visited April 2022
Written April 12, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Harriet R
Harriet R
1 contribution
Idyllic location nestled in the Hampshire countryside. Allowed us a wonderful week away to celebrate our sons first birthday. Contrary to previous reviews, we found the Winchester lodge to be very comfortable, clean & modern. The lodge has everything you need for self catering accommodation, it was a pleasant surprise to see child friendly cutlery and table ware in the cupboards. Hannah kindly provided a high chair for us. The gardener was kind enough to relocate his gardening work, unprompted, so our son could have his afternoon nap without being disturbed. The location was peacefully quiet (note out of season). We enjoyed eating our dinners outside on the patio and exploring the local area. Plenty of attractions within a short driving distance. 8/10, would recommend.
Visited September 2021
Written September 23, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jan-Wisteria
Jan-Wisteria
Fareham, United Kingdom4 contributions
We were looking forward to our stay at Watercress Lodges. The location is lovely, quiet and very rural. There was no communication prior to arriving, an email might have been nice pinpointing arrival time and facilities on site etc. Unfortunately, it looks as though these lodges haven’t been upgraded since they were first constructed. We stayed in Ropley Lodge where the sofa is far too uncomfortable and the TV is far too small for the room. The paintwork and furnishings are tired and are in desperate need of a lick of paint and updating, along with a table lamp upstairs that doesn’t work and a shower that has obviously been leaking for a long time due to the numerous water stains on the downstairs ceiling. Parking is also limited so it was a fight to get the last space. That being said, we did enjoy our time at the Watercress Line. Would we return to Watercress Lodges? No, not until they’ve had some time and money spent on them so that the quality of what is provided is reflected in what you pay.
Visited August 2021
Written September 2, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Steven Cartwright
Steven Cartwright
Alton, United Kingdom4 contributions
This was generally nice place to stay but a few issues: 1. Shower head leaked & shower tray was too shallow so it leaked this has clearly lead to leaks through the ceiling previously. 2. Stair carpets were all frayed with excess wear & tear and should be replaced. 3. Interior walls were marked & was therefore in need of redecorating. 4. Cobwebs on inside & all around the building. 5. Exterior needed repainting especially around the door & entrance way. 6. Need to reposition the TV so all in the room can see it. 7. Improve the furniture only 1 2 seater setee is not really adequate for a place that could sleep 4/6 people. 8. Paint & plaster coming off the walls near the main bed room window. We paid a total of 790.05 for 3 nights in August for this kind of money none of the above issues should arise. We did enjoy the scenery in & around the railway station our daughter loved the steam trains & the play area. We were also appreciative of the welcome gifts & the well stocked kitchen. Kind regards Steven & Clair
Visited August 2021
Written August 22, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Louise C
Louise C
Derby, United Kingdom81 contributions
We stayed here for 4 nights as a family of four (2 boys aged 8 and 11) in Alresford Lodge. The lodges are lovely, have everything you need. The location, next to Ropley Station is amazing.. our boys loved going to see the steam trains in the morning been prepped for the day whilst playing in the small play park. The site is small and our boys always made some friends to play with. Would definitely recommend Watercress lodges as a great base to visit Hampshire and Dorset. During our time we went on the steam train, went to Beaulieu, Portsmouth Dock yards, Moor Valley country park and the Tank museum... all good! Thanks Hannah for the quick feedback to my emails too.
Visited August 2021
Written August 20, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Simon C
Simon C
Ipswich, United Kingdom18 contributions
The property is set in a peaceful setting along side Ropley station on the watercress line. If you love steam engines you will love this location. The property is well presented and light and airy. Every where was clean and the kitchen well stocked with equipment etc. It is perfectly placed for visits to the South Downs and the New Forest or just chilling on the patio. We thoroughly enjoyed our short break and would consider a return visit.
Visited June 2021
Written June 25, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Simon L
Simon L
3 contributions
I stayed for one night (Friday 16 April) with my daughter, her fiance and a family friend. We were walking the Pilgrims' Way from Winchester to Canterbury and we were camping - so I can't comment about the lodges. The shared facilities (for campers) were fine. We arrived late and left early so I never met Hannah but we spoke over the phone and she was very helpful. The location is amazing - we could see the trains from our tents in the morning (about 25 metres away). They were firing up their boilers and started letting off steam as we ate our bacon and egg sandwiches. I will send a vid of this to Hannah... The night before we had made the short walk to The Thai Lounge in Ropley Dean. It was possibly the first weekend they had opened for a while but great food and hospitality.
Visited April 2021
Written April 29, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Hannah
Hannah
Thank you so much for leaving such a great review Simon. The videos are brilliant and I can't wait to share them with our other guests.
Written May 6, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

StarDust2013
StarDust2013
Alton, United Kingdom4 contributions
We stayed for 5 weeks between our house sale and our purchase. The lodge was spacious for 4 people, well equipped and very pleasant to stay in. I would recommend and book again if we need a short let in the future! The manager was very lovely and just on the other end of the phone when we had a query. Thank you Hannah, Debbie x
Visited February 2021
Written March 1, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Hannah
Hannah
Thank you for such a lovely review Debbie. I am so glad that we could help you out.
Written May 6, 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
  • Grill
  • Central Heating
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
  • There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
  • Cycling Trips
  • Hiking Trips
  • Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
The unique Watercress Lodges & Campsite is a fantastic self-catering holiday retreat overlooking the South Downs, situated only 3 miles from New Alresford and the River Itchen, nestled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. Watercress Lodges have the unique privilege of being located alongside a working steam railway. Thomas the Tank Engine weeks are a particular favourite with families.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
When you come into Ropley from Alresford, you pass The Thai Lounge on your right hand side. Proceed for approximately 1/2 a mile and you will see a cross roads sign. Turn left into Bighton Hill and proceed up hill. You go over a railway bridge and then see two entrances on your left hand side take the second entrance marked Watercress Lodges & Campsite.
Activities nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins DriveHorse Riding NearbyThere Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount

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Frequently Asked Questions about Watercress Lodges

Watercress Lodges is able to accommodate up to 6 guests. See all property details.

Watercress Lodges has 2 bathrooms available. See all property details.

Watercress Lodges has 2 bedrooms available. See all property details.

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