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“Peacefully Perfect”
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Sweetslade seen from the east with views over open countryside
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Sweetslade seen from the east with views over open countryside
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Sweetslade seen from the east with views over open countryside
The view to the east from the gable windows
The spacious open-plan living area
The light & sunny dining area
The large bedroom with en-suite bathroom
Sweetslade seen from the south with sunny seating area
The living area with woodburning stove and flat screen HD TV
Lovely views from the living room
The well-equipped & stylish kitchen area
The well-equiped & stylish kitchen area
Wake up to a view of the open countryside
The spacious bedroom with king size bed, and open staircase to the ground floor
A luxurious en-suite bathroom
The bedroom features a stunning south-east facing gable window
A view of Sweetslade from the footpath
A short walk from the door to the bluebell woods
The footpath from Sweetslade to the village & pub
A view of Rockbourne village
A view of Rockbourne village
The Rose and Thistle pub in Rockbourne
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
New Forest, Hampshire, England

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Allison F
Dover, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Peacefully Perfect”
Reviewed July 22, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

My husband and I have just returned from a five night stay at Sweetslade.
We fell in love with the house and with the whole area.
The property itself is lovely, all brand new looking and of a very high specification.
It was perfect for those of us who crave for peace and quiet for a few days, as the only noise we heard was from the donkey and animals that lived next door!
We were near enough to the forest for walking cycling etc., and the footpaths and country lanes were great for my running.
The pub in the village The Rose and Thistle is only a 20 minute walk away, which served the most delicious food.
I would also recommend The George in Fordingbridge if you want good food and pub with some atmosphere.
We had perfect weather too, which made this a great holiday.
We will be back!

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
23 Jul 2014
I always get a feel good glow when I read that someone has enjoyed their stay.I think you were both very wise with all the exercise after the rich food at the Rose & Thistle.
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George K
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Walking into Perfection”
Reviewed June 28, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

There is so much to say regarding this beautifully laid out, picturesque, and inspiring retreat, but many of the comments previous to this have already touched on them, so I shall just add to them by saying a massive "thank you" to the delightful host, who went out of his way to not only present this delightful, clean, well-equipped, Sweetslade, but to also accommodate us beyond the call of duty.
Sweetslade reminded me of a very pleasurable experience I had in Fuenguerola, in the Costa del Sol, from the colours, to the decorative style, and even the fresh smell!
This is a place that is set in a rural village, far enough away from the hustle and bustle of City life, but very near the Fordingbridge Village (about 10 minutes by car), or if you want the extra shops that a larger town has to offer, Salisbury is only 10 miles away. Remember that when mileage is quoted, it's informing you how many miles of delightful views, and quiet roads and lanes, so even the drive itself is uplifting.
Salisbury has a market every Tuesday and Saturday, but there are also all the little boutique shops (and not all of them are highly priced, such as 'Strawberry Fox' and 'The India Shop') and is worthy of a visit due to the history of the Town, especially the Cathedral.
The New Forest is only a short drive away, for those who enjoy long walks or blowing the cobwebs away with a mountain bike track, as well as the local roads and lanes, but I suggest driving the proposed route to make sure that it is within your ability, as there are many routes which involve steep hills. On our hosts suggestion, we went to Godshill, and then a bit further to Hale, which had a perfect route for our cycling needs.
If it's inspiration you would like, then imagine waking up to a beautiful view from the very charismatic bedroom, overlooking a field, with it's surrounding trees, and with the accompaniment of birds singing, and chirping away happily, followed by the peace, quiet, and tranquility that being "out the way" always offers.
So whether it's drawing, painting or seeking a push-start to your writing, Sweetslade will offer you the perfect setting.
The amenities are all there, so if creating culinary delights is your passion, Sweetslade will accommodate you, just before you retire on the oh-so-comfortable sofas with the Lovefilm-widescreen-sound system combination that is set up for your pleasure...absolute perfection.
Suffice to say, we all need the Sweetslade experience, whether it's during our glimpses of good weather, or during the colder seasons, which are perfect for the real fire that's on offer (and the logs are even cut and prepared next to it!), it really doesn't get much better than this!
We will definitely be coming back.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Jul 2014
Wow people are going to think I write these reviews myself except I don't think I could have managed such a glowing eloquent response.Look forward to your return visit thanks very much Robert
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klondyke3...
staffordshire
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Peace, perfect peace.”
Reviewed June 8, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Immaculate accomodation, luxuriously furnished and equipped. Set in peaceful surroundings on the edge of the New Forest but within easy reach of all it's attractions. Robert, the owner, very affable and helpful. Recommended for couples in search of peace and quiet.

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Liked best: Peacefulness of surroundings
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
9 Jun 2014
Hope you've shaken off that cold, very pleased that you enjoyed the peace of Sweetslade.
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Caroline...
Sidcup, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic, relaxing location.”
Reviewed May 28, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Myself and my partner stayed in the Sweetslade cottage at the weekend and had a fantastic time.

The cottage is in a great location, it is beautiful inside and very clean and modern.

The owner Robert was very helpful & friendly we will definitely be returning.

We had a great meal at the Rose & Thistle pub down the road make sure you book the food was beautiful.

This cottage is great to stay in if you are looking for a relaxing quiet weekend away, We have stayed in a few cottages over the years and Sweetslade has definatley been the best one by far.

Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.

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Liked best: The kitchen
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Management Response
2 Jun 2014
Thanks for taking the timeout to review and also mentioning the Ringwood Banger racing circuit I shall take my son along to check it out!
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WiltsCan
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Absolutely Perfect”
Reviewed May 23, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

When I think about what I would like from a holiday cottage Sweetslade is nearly there. The bedroom is spacious with an amazing view over the fields behind the property. The living area is comfortable, with plenty of seating area, books to read, DVD's to watch, and with a TV/Music system that is as high tech as is needed and this also has views over the same fields. The dining area is a good sized table also overlooking the field. The kitchen is exactly as you would need. Stocked with pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. My only requests would be for a pan with steaming facility but this was not missed. The bathroom just off the bedroom is also of a nice size, although the bathroom has a shower attachment a properly fitted shower in the bathroom would not go a miss. This aside the owner was very friendly with a good knowledge of the area and chatty but by no means intrusive. My wife and I were on our honeymoon and could not have asked for a better location, property and holiday.

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Liked best: The Location
Liked least: Lack of proper shower
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
27 May 2014
Very pleased you had a relaxed honeymoon with great weather, will look out for a good steamer.Thanks for taking the trouble to review.
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Fennick
Southampton, United Kingdom
1 review
“A charming cottage set in beautiful countryside.”
Reviewed April 2, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We really loved our stay at Sweetslade, this pretty cottage is well furnished and very comfortable. The local area is extremely beautiful, great for walking with some lovely local pubs. The owner Robert showed us around and had already lit the log burner when we arrived, making the place feel very homely, he explained all of the appliances (which were all very easy to use) and made us feel very welcome. We will definatley be back again!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
4 Apr 2014
Thanks for the review, great that you enjoyed your stay hopefully see you back soon.
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1york2
Flitwick, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lovely”
Reviewed March 17, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

AS all the other reviewers, we had to give this a five. The position is awesome, the interior is of very high standard and Robert the owner is keen to assist. We stayed last week for a few days and were instantly charmed by the renovated barn, the position on the edge of the New Forrest is ideal for visiting all the surrounding villages. The walks are literally on the door step, with lots of different wildlife evident daily.

The nearby village of Purley has an amazing ice cream stall outside of one of the shops, with so much choice of cones and extra toppings that it is difficult to decide which one to have, reasonably priced also. We visited the Bat and Ball pub twice as the service, food and atmosphere was lovely and good value for money.

We also visited Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile centre, wow, what an experience and great value for money. I have never seen so many birds in one place before. The bird flying display (1pm) lasted an hour and the young gentleman who performed it was knowledgeable and humorous. We spent 21/2 hours here, looking at all the exotic reptiles and birds, brilliant and we will be back.

We would change a couple of things at Sweetslade, BUT this is obviously our opinion and did not impact greatly on our stay, otherwise we would not have given it a 5* rating. Personally we did not like the bath and would have installed a walk in shower, the shower that is available had to be held by hand, not very convenient, fine as we were only staying for a few days in March, but not sure it would not inconvenience us greater had this been mid summer and visits to the beach and the use of suntan lotion needing to be removed daily. They other items we would definitely include are the instruction booklets for the various items within the property like the oven, grill and cooker top, this took a little playing around with to work out. We would have liked more wardrobe space also, had we been staying longer, but it was more than adequate for a few days.

All in all we loved this property and will look to come back for a few days in September if available & would definitely recommend Sweetslade to others. We feel it was very good value for money. Thank you Robert for allowing us to stay and we hope to see you again later in the year.

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Liked best: All of it
Liked least: Shower
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
18 Mar 2014
Thanks for the review I must get to work on some more instructions for the appliances. Sorry about not putting in a walk in shower but I was concerned about leaks on the first floor and I must confess that I prefer a soak in the bath.Although I realise some prefer to shower unfortunately I couldn't fit them both in.However I'm pleased to see you plan on a return visit.
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