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Stunning English Country Cottage an Hour from Central London

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Last updated: 08/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

VisitBritain 4-star rated, Woodpecker Cottage is quietly situated down a country lane, offering all the delights of the English countryside, yet within under-an-hour’s commute to the heart of London. This century-old wisteria-clad cottage with wonderful enclosed garden (and local woodpeckers!) has been fully renovated, extended and artistically furnished. Modern conveniences include: Wifi, full central heating, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, hairdryers, Sky/SMART TVs, Blu-Ray DVD players, sound system, baby equipment and exceptionally comfortable beds, with linen and towels provided. Set in the heart of National Trust land and woods, the area is a haven for walking, golfing, cycling, fishing, swimming, bird watching and visiting historic country homes and RHS Wisley. With easy road and rail links to Central London (with all its major attractions) you are also under an hour's drive from the South Coast and major theme parks: Legoland, Chessington, Thorpe Park. Weekly rentals from Friday or Saturday only.


Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 110 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome:

    Lovely for children of all ages - and excellent for very small children too. Toys, books, DVDs, marvellous garden, 'Waterbabies' bathroom (you'll never get them out!)...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    good sized double room with large wardrobes...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    the second bed (full mattress) tucks under the main bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    the second bed (full mattress) tucks under the main bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 5

    you can carry one of the folding beds down to this study...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    quiet attic room with ensuite...moreless

  • Each bedroom has its own charming style - and there are wonderful views from all of them: at the back over the valley towards Farnborough; at the front looking directly into the woods,where deer graze. Each room has a subtle colour-theme; the bedding, pillow and mattresses are first class quality; there is a charming wicker chair in each room, and plenty of hanging/drawer space. Rugs grace the polished wooden floorboards; bedside lamps cast a cosy glow. Hairdryers are provided in two of the bedrooms, and bedside lamps in all of them. The furniture is of high quality (lovely chests of drawers and charming bedside tables)....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

    Effectively ensuite with attic bedroom (across the hall)...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: shower

    Sunken 'Roman' bath with shower over. Handpainted tiles...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    Enchanting toilet on main bedroom floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet

    Tucked away on ground floor...moreless

  • One of the high points of this beautiful cottage is the stunning 'waterbabies' Roman bath - see the picture, which can be a step-down-into shower for adults or, when the plug is put in, a small swimming pool for children. Aqua colour mosaic tiles line the bath/shower and the 'swimming pool' is surrounded by hand painted tiles following the illustrations from Charles Kingsley's THE WATER BABIES. As there are three toilets (two separate from bathrooms) there is no queuing for facilities. All the /WCs other than Waterbabies, have a 'cottage' feel - one, for example, with hand-painted Deft tiles. All the taps and showers, the toilet seats and other fittings, are of high quality....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Although Woodpecker Cottage is not suitable for those confined to wheelchairs, we have grab-rails on the stairs and in the Waterbabies shower - and our 90 year old mother (and other people's elderly mothers and fathers) have enjoyed happy days at the cottage: if you can manage one flight of stairs you'll be OK; and there are WCs on each floor. It is possible to turn the downstairs study into a bedroom by bringing down one of the folding single beds from upstairs. The downstairs Cloakroom is on the same level as the study, and very close to it. The garden is fully enclosed, and so is wonderful for small children (there are places to hide in the bushes), and we provide toys and a folding sandpit and paddling pool, which are great in the summer. In the autumn you can pick raspberries at the bottom of the garden! The garden is very well kept and we are proud of our summer borders. Birds abound. We feed them, and so do most of our guests. You will see woodpeckers . . ....moreless


  • Books:

    Lots of books for adults and children - a great selection...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Blu-Ray DVD player...moreless

  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Sky TV - all the Sky Sports channels and many others...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Good music centre in dining roon with 'docking' station for MP3/iPhones and a plug-in point for iPads and other tablets. MP3/iPhone docks in digital radios in the two double bedrooms...moreless

  • Television:

    Large flat screen with internet access: Netflicks can be streamed...moreless

  • Toys:

    Construction toys for younger children, cuddly toys, board games, garden toys...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Lots of DVDs for children and adults...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Live Theater
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining table inside seats 8. 'Al fresco' dining tables (a second one at the bottom of the garden can be carried up to the terrace) seat 12. There are two high chairs....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access:

    Unlimited downloads...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    An old laptop can connect you to the internet if you don't bring your own tablet or laptop...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    British Telecom fast connection...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Open plan, seats 7 - and you can bring other small arm-chairs chairs from the study or the bedrooms to seat more people. Plenty of room for 10 seated, if you use those...moreless

  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking:

    You can park temporarily in the Lane outside for loading and unloading - but it's a narrow country lane so don't leave the car there and go out . . ....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Three parking spaces down the drive at the side of the cottage...moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    We can provide a land-line telephone for lettings that are longer than two weeks...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    A good towel for each guest, face cloths, and additional towels for swimming or for use in the garden ...moreless

  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine:

    On the top floor - a utility area...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Available throughout the cottage - password 'key' in ofice...moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    Plungers for fine ground coffee. Three sizes - 4 cup, 2 cup, 1 cup...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you could possibly need...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty of everything - lovely bone china mugs and dinner service. Plenty of glasses and wine glasses. Lots of serving bowls and dishes, all immaculate. High quality cookware....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Some dishwasher tablets provided too...moreless

  • Freezer:

    In the utility room behind the kitchen...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Hand-built kitchen made from beautiful reclaimed wood...moreless

  • Microwave:

    In the utility room behind the kitchen...moreless

  • Oven:

    Double oven with variable grill...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, tea, sugar, 'starter' milk, bread, butter, herbs, salt and pepper, oil and balsamic vinegar and a small 'welcome' pack of groceries, wine and freshly baked bread...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    There are two - one in the kitchen, another in the study...moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric - 4 ring...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Matching toaster and kettle...moreless


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    Overlooks the back garden and the field below - gets the evening sun . . ....moreless

  • Golf:

    Hindhead Championship qualifying golf course literally just down the road and many other golf courses within easy reac...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    On the back terrace - really good quality...moreless

  • Patio
  • Terrace

Property Descriptor

  • Semi-Detached


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 18 - Sep 3, 2015
7 night min stay


Discounts: 7 nights or more: £171 Nightly

Late Summer
Sep 4 - Oct 22, 2015
7 night min stay


Discounts: 7 nights or more: £142 Nightly

Half Term
Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2015
7 night min stay


Discounts: 7 nights or more: £157 Nightly

Early Winter
Oct 30 - Dec 17, 2015
7 night min stay


Discounts: 7 nights or more: £142 Nightly

Christmas & New Year
Dec 18 - Jan 2, 2016
7 night min stay


Discounts: 7 nights or more: £357 Nightly

Winter 2016
Jan 3 - Feb 18, 2016
7 night min stay


Discounts: 7 nights or more: £142 Nightly

Additional information about rental rates


  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included


Security deposit of £150 (returnable)

Payment of rental 50% on booking, 50% plus security deposit six weeks before arrival. Credit cards via Paypal accepted.

VAT included. VAT receipts available on request.

All other fees also included - linen, towels, internet access, Sky TV

Cottage presented beautifully cleaned. Holidaymakers to leave it in good order. Additional cleaning can be arranged.

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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Crossways Inn
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Hindhead Championship Qualifying Golfcourse
3 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Beacon Hill Village
40 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

60 mins London

10 mins Farnham, Haslemere, A31

5 mins A3; 15 mins M3; 25 mins M25

20 mins Guildford, Aldershot, Midhurst, Petersfield, Alton, Farnborough, Petworth, South Downs

45 mins Eton, Henley, Chessington, Legoland, Thorpe Park, Goodwood, Portsmouth, Chichester, South Coast beaches, Isle of Wight,

Other local activities include walking, bird watching, bowling, canal boats, cinema, clay shooting, cycling, fishing, golf, go karting, hang gliding, heritage trails, historic houses & gardens, horse riding, hot air balloons, ice skating, massage, meditation, museums & galleries, paint balling, rambling, shopping (Guildford + Factory outlets), skiing, swimming, steam railway, theatre, theme parks, wine tasting, yoga. Birdworld, Guildford Spectrum, theatre & universities,

Excellent 'eating out' at a country pubs within 20 minutes' walk or 2 minutes' drive, and in the nearby towns of Haslemere & Farnham

Other Activities: great restaurants nearby, country park farms and other children's activities

Golf: There are a number of golf courses,within 10 minutes' drive; and the Hindhead Championship Course is only TWO MINUTES drive away: the great Peter Alliss, who lives locally, is a member (listen to him talking about it on YouTube at . . . Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes) was one of the founders of this 6,373-yard par 70 course set in a breathtaking location in 1904. The superior front nine snakes through valleys over a large hollow of dry sandy heath overlooked by Gibbet Hill. The par threes third and sixth holes are memorable. There are elevation changes and the ultra-fast greens tend to be high above some fairways. The holes are moulded into a dramatic setting. The walk from the fifth green to the sixth tee is a stamina-tester. The return holes are situated on a hillside plateau. The most fearsome tee shot comes at the 17th to a sharply sloping fairway.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1990

About: We are a couple who have worked mainly in the theatre and the arts, although Adrienne is now a writer/researcher specialising in fatherhood and Martin enjoys new-age ideas, while also working as a communications coach. We have been renting out properties for almost 40 years (two small apartments originally) and first tried holiday rentals with this country cottage from 2006. As that has been such a success, and we have now moved from our main family home in the heart of London, we have been letting that as a holiday rental also, since July 2008. That is going brilliantly, too. We love people to love our homes - and we love making them comfortable!

Why Guildford:
This was our own country cottage while our children were growing up. We chose it because it is such a short distance from Central London yet in a wonderful secluded position. Now we have moved to an area of London which has a lot of green space, we no longer need to use Woodpecker Cottage regularly - although we still delight in popping down to enjoy it, and keep an eye on things . . .

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Woodpecker always feels as if it's its own little world. When we go down we often plan to visit the many fascinating attractions nearby - from the Steam Railway to Wisley Horticultural Gardens. And sometimes we do. But more often we simply stay in the cottage and garden, or wander through the woods outside our own front door. Bluebell time is spectacular: every year we gasp at the carpets of bluebells in our woods. Wisteria-time is another joy: Woodpecker is draped in it, and the sweet smell permeates every room. But winter is gorgeous too - frosted twigs, snow soft beneath your feet. And you can stay inside in the warm while still appreciating the glorious outdoors, because of the magnificent views from every window... My husband Martin and I love to contribute as much as we can. In addition, Woodpecker Cottage and our guests are blessed to be looked after locally by our housekeeper-gardener-and-generally-wonderful-person Elizabeth Finneran who can pop round at a moment's notice. 'Leave-it-to-Lizzie' (as she is often called), is ably supported by another Elizabeth (Elizabeth Cole) and by two terrific builders, Peter Finneran and Billy Jones, who keep on top of the maintenance. In London, our administrator, Carole McEwan, deals with the paperwork promptly and efficiently.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, german

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Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Front of Woodpecker Cottage

    Front of Woodpecker Cottage

  • 'Water babies' Roman bath

    'Water babies' Roman bath

  • Diningroom, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

    Diningroom, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

  • One of the single bedrooms

    One of the single bedrooms

  • View from Back Garden to House

    View from Back Garden to House

  • Study, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

    Study, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

  • Garden, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

    Garden, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

  • Lounge at Woodpecker Cottage

    Lounge at Woodpecker Cottage

  • Kitchen, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

    Kitchen, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

  • Another Garden View

    Another Garden View

  • Bluebell woods opposite front door

    Bluebell woods opposite front door

  • Lounge at Woodpecker Cottage

    Lounge at Woodpecker Cottage

  • Bedroom


  • Kitchen


  • Double bedroom, Woodpecker Cottage Surrey

    Double bedroom, Woodpecker Cottage Surrey

  • Rear garden from first floor

    Rear garden from first floor

  • Woodpecker Cottage, Nr Farnham

    Woodpecker Cottage, Nr Farnham

  • Outside Dining, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

    Outside Dining, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

  • Garden set up for fun!

    Garden set up for fun!

  • From Dining Area to Garden

    From Dining Area to Garden

  • Single Bedroom, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

    Single Bedroom, Woodpecker Cottage, Surrey

  • View from House down the Garden

    View from House down the Garden

  • The Woodpecker Door Knocker

    The Woodpecker Door Knocker

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