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“Fab cottage, fab location, fab holiday!”
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Rufus Cottage, the perfect location
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Rufus Cottage, the perfect location
The Kitchen/Diner is fully equipped, all white goods and a great 5 ring gas hob and huge oven Study, view through to kitchen diner
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41 reviews
Rufus Cottage, the perfect location
The Kitchen/Diner is fully equipped, all white goods and a great 5 ring gas hob and huge oven
Study, view through to kitchen diner
The study with games for rainy days
Study; with day-bed under the stairs for a 5th guest if necessary
TV lounge with comfy sofas
TV lounge through to conservatory
The conservatory
Patio with BBQ and fresh herbs in season
Master bedroom; double bed with ensuite shower room
Ensuite bathroom
Bedroom 2: New 1000pocket matress with feather and down duvets
Family bathroom
The New Forest Hotel garden. Perfect for watching the kids play whillst having a drink.
The New Forest Hotel, for when you don't want to cook (pic on a rare snowy day).
Rope swings over the river
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Ashurst, New Forest, Hampshire, England

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“Fab cottage, fab location, fab holiday!”
Reviewed March 26, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

This is a great little cottage - modern, well equipped, nicely decorated and in a great location.
Love the extras that are included such as a dvd player, books and games (and yes we completed the 1000 piece 'Giant Tortoise' jigsaw!!).
When it comes to holiday accommodation I'm generally happy with a comfy bed & a decent shower and this cottage had both.
We are a family of 4 and found the cottage spacious yet warm & cosy.
The pub just next door was lovely - we enjoyed a nice meal there & the people seemed friendly. We also went to The Happy Cheese' which again did decent food (& huge desserts!).
We enjoyed the country walk near Ashurst Farm as well as days at the New Forest Wildlife Park, Paultons Park, & Longdown Activity Farm - all perfect for our children (aged 3 & 1).
I'd highly recommend this cottage - we had a fantastic break!

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Valerie L
Halstead, United Kingdom
1 review
“location location location”
Reviewed November 12, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

This is a clean, excellently positioned property. Everything we needed was there and so much more too...we had a fantastic time and I can thoroughly recommend Rufus Cottage. Some reviews have mentioned the soft pillows which is true but this is largely a case of personal taste. If you like a firm pillow, perhaps slip one into the car for safety!
We were a little concerned when we discovered that there is a pub on the other side of the car park and wondered whether we would be disturbed at night. But no, all was quiet and the pub sells some lovely food so cooking wasn't a necessity either.
This property "does what it says on the tin" and we loved it. Indeed, we hope to come back again in the future.

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
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Epage7
UK
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Cannot wait to go again”
Reviewed October 21, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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From the moment we first enquired about this cottage to the moment we closed the door at the end of our holiday, everything was absolutely perfect.

My husband and I took our dog Oscar. David, the owner had been very helpful prior to our arrival. We asked if he would mind our friends staying for one night during the week. They did not mind at all and even left extra bedding for the day bed.

The cottage is spotless. Everything you needed was provided. Very comfortable beds and good quality bedding. We enjoyed breakfast in the lovely Conservatory.
The Kitchen was very well equipped.

The area was ideal, just a short walk from the New Forest with plenty of open spaces for Oscar. Right next to a lovely pub where we enjoyed a few meals.

We were there mainly to visit friends and family, but did manage to have a couple of days sight seeing and there was plenty to do in the surrounding area.
We will certainly be back next year. Have already recommend the cottage to friends and family.
Thank you very much David and Sara for an excellent stay.

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John I
Ashford, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice cottage, Great location”
Reviewed October 20, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

RUFUS COTTAGE is very well equipped and comfortable, the Happy Cheese pub resteraunt is a short walk across the bridge and provides 1st class food and drinks, kids & dogs welcome.
The cottage is well located or easy access to the new forest, with Ashurst Station next door you do not need a car. Very quiet and off the main road we had a lovely relaxing weekend, taking the train to Winchester was very pleasant and totally stress free, there is a big market at Lymington on Saturdays and a craft market in Winchester on Sundays both easily accessible by road or train. You may even have a pony turn up in your garden.

Travelling group: Friends
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roz956
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic!!”
Reviewed October 13, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Rufus cottage is absolutely perfect for a new forest break, well equipped and close to everything you would need to see...even a pub next door!!
We stayed for 4 nights with our 3 year old daughter, visited Paultons park, all the surrounding villages and had some fantastic meals out and cosy nights in.
The communication between David is great, he's there to answer any questions if you need him, but there's none of the awkward 'cottage owner there to meet you when you get there' kind of stuff as it is all done over email/phone.
Would recommend Rufus cottage to anyone, we can't wait to visit again!

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darlocol1
Stafford, United Kingdom
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“Cosy, well situated New Forest retreat”
Reviewed August 6, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Very lovely cottage situated on edge of New Forest proved to be a wonderful place to stay for a week

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Liked best: Proximity of pub and station
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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pc1408
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“Lovely cottage, great base”
Reviewed July 29, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Lovely spacious cottage, renovated to a high spec. Great base for exploring the many attractions with the beautiful New Forest on the doorstep. Located next to a nice pub with another within a short walk. Plenty of places to eat near by. Would definitely book the cottage again.

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Liked best: Great location
Liked least: Slight noise from pub
Travelling group: Young Children
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Recommended for:
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