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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.
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
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
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
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
Lots of books for adults and children - a great selection...moreless
Bluebell/Wisteria Season Apr 17 - May 22, 2015 7 night min stay
Early Summer May 23 - Jul 2, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
Summer Jul 3 - Sep 3, 2015 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
No additional mandatory fees
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 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P68Er8_6tHk . . . 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.
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.