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Beech Lodge is situated in the ideal location of Lockerley, Hampshire. This beautiful holiday home is surrounded by peaceful rivers and beautiful countryside.
The River Test meanders through the heart of the Test Valley heading for the Solent; on its way to the sea it passes some of England’s most glorious countryside. Beech Lodge is a new architect-designed holiday retreat within walking distance of the Test.
Lockerley is perfectly situated for easy access to Bath, Stonehenge, Southampton Cruise Terminal and the South Coast whilst The New Forest and Romsey Abbey are only 10 minutes away.
The ancient cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury are 20 minutes away.
The first floor self-catering luxury accommodation has fantastic views and is light and airy with English oak beams in a vaulted ceiling. We have equipped and furnished the lodge with great care allowing two people to relax on holiday in comfort.
The village enjoys the convenience of two pubs and a shop.
Hampshire is a county of outstanding natural beauty and as a holiday destination offers a wealth of country pursuits including fishing, shooting, walking, cycling, horse riding and sailing. There are several wonderful walks from our house, including the historic Clarendon Way between Winchester and Salisbury, Testway and Monarch's Way.
For the keen cyclist, Route 24 of the National Cycle Network passes by our door. The Lodge
The first floor self-catering luxury accommodation has fantastic views, is light and airy with English oak beams in a vaulted ceiling. We have equipped and furnished the lodge with great care allowing two people to relax on holiday in comfort. The bedroom with double bed has a charming range of John Lewis New England style furniture with plenty of storage space.
The luxury contemporary bathroom offers a full size bath, separate shower cubicle, heated towel rail, shaver point, w/c and washbasin.
We have decorated with Farrow and Ball paints in soft colours and furnished the accommodation with much thought for your comfort with a mixture of country and classical furniture styles. There is masses of storage space for your holiday luggage and shopping.
We welcome you with a small hamper of produce. Lockerley shop sells all essential items and is a mile away.
There is ample parking with use of a pretty courtyard with garden furniture and a BBQ is available.
Electricity. Full Central Heating. Luxury Bedding and Towels. Fully Equipped Kitchen and many other necessities including:
Digital TV's. Washer/Dryer. Microwave. Fridge/Freezer. DVD/CD. Digital Radio. I Pod Docking Station.
Two comfort bikes available (small extra charge).
We are sorry that the staircase does not allow for wheel chair users and we can not accommodate pets
We are very happy for you to wander in the paddock past our tractor barn, then sit and relax by our small lake teaming with wildlife and fish.
Places to Visit Below are just some of the nearby places you may wish to visit. They are listed in Alphabetical order:
Bath 1hr 20mins
The Roman Baths, 15century Abbey, Museums, Galleries and Gardens form part of an architectural gem of a city that spans the River Avon. With its shops restaurants and cafes, Bath is vibrant by day and night. If you want the train to take the strain you can go from our local Dunbridge Station.
Please note. Broadlands the historic home of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma will be closed throughout 2009-2010 whilst it undergoes major remedial work.
LONGSTOCK WATER GARDENS. 20mins
70 acres of ornamental gardens including 'the finest water garden in the world' Longstock also boasts a fabulous plant centre. The John Lewis Group offer facilities here at Leckford for their staff and cultivate fruit and mushrooms for their stores.
MOTTISFONT ABBEY 5mins
Mottisfont Abbey beside the River Test contains a private art collection donated by Derek Hill. It also boasts the famous Rex Whistler 'tromp l'oeil' paintings in the drawing room while the original walled garden houses the national collection of old roses.
NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK. 15mins.
There are lovely walks to be had in the forest or beside the river - the Beaulieu River tips the edge of this wonderful area of British countryside. Ponies, donkeys and cows roam freely along verges linking together beautiful little villages. Lymington has a wealth of marinas a bustling market on Saturdays and a ferry service to the Isle of Wight.
PAULTONS PARK. 15mins
Theme park with over 50 attractions and rides. For grown ups and small people. A fun day out for all the family.
PORTSMOUTH DOCKYARDS. 40mins Opening 1st June 2013 The New Mary Rose Museum
Electricity. Full Central Heating. Luxury Bedding and Towels. Bathroom with bath and seperate shower cubicle. Fully Equipped Kitchen and many other necessities including:
2 LCD Digital TV's.
I Pod Docking Station.
Two comfort bikes available....moreless
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1.5 miles drive or walk across the fields. Friendly atmosphere with excellent beer and fine food. Wood fires in the winter -sunny conservatory and gardens.
The following places to eat are all within a short drive and all serve good food.
The Black Horse at West Tytherley.
Star at East Tytherley.
Bear and Ragged Staff at Kimbridge.
Malt House at Timsbury.
The Boot at Houghton.
The John O'Gaunt at Horsebridge.
Annies Restaurant and Farm Shop at Kimbridge.
Further afield we have a wealth of pubs and restaurants ranging from the splendid to the simple.
One of our favorites is the Peat Spade at Longstock about 20minutes away but well worth the drive. Fine food and wines in a delightful
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: David and I spent many years in the music business in London. We retired in 2002 and searched for the perfect retirement county in which to live out side the city. We finally found our house in the area in which we had many happy holidays with our young family. We now welcome our ever growing family and guests to a beautiful part of England.
Why the Owner Chose Salisbury: The Test Valley in Hampshire is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The River Test famous for its fishing is only part of the joy of this county. We are also proud of the beautiful cities nearby which offer all that is the best of British heritage and commerce. We have excellent motorway and train links to among others London, Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge & Southampton.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge: Beech Lodge is very well equipped and we consider it part of our home- we built and decorated our holiday accommodation and maintain it to a very high standard. We really enjoy meeting our guests and are on site to offer a little guidance and advice to maximise your holiday. Our visitors are able to enjoy the country side right on the doorstep but within a short drive we have the New Forest, seaside , National Trust properties and much much more. For those who like shopping a short car or train journey is all that is required to the nearest town.
To enhance your stay in the lodge we have provided a laptop with full internet access and Skype or use our WiFi if you have your own equipment.