First booked this location back in September last year, based on the photographs and reviews. When we arrived, the setting is amazing, set back from the main road, with secluded parking the lodge could be in the middle of nowhere, no sounds but the babble of the river and the waterfall (that you can turn on and off to suit!)
There is a short slope to take down your belongings and a small trolley is provided to help with that. Once you see the lodge, it looks fantastic, with the small pond to the front (complete with resident duck family) and the woodland setting.
The lodge itself is extremely well equipped, with WiFi, sky tv, dishwasher, washer dryer and two bathrooms!
The view of the river and pond from the lounge of the lodge let you appreciate nature, with all manor of birds, insects and fish that are just outside, you can feed the fish and the ducks will let you know when they are hungry by making themselves present on the decking and even waddling into the lodge to be fed!
There are two bedrooms, with ample storage and a tv in the main bedroom. The extra large bed ensures a good nights sleep, along with the ability to open the patio doors should it get too warm (we stayed in the July heatwave, so found the ability to open the doors at night much better than a window). The lodge has two sun decks which allow you to sit comfortably whatever time of day it is either in the sun or out of the sun, depending on your preference!
There is a small seating area outside with a picnic table, bench and umbrella so you can sit and eat or just appreciate the setting.
At night, you can control the outside lighting of the paths, so if you decide to go for a stroll you don’t fall in the pond.
On arrival a welcome basket is provided with some fantastic treats, including handmade fudge, fresh eggs, local honey and Prosecco! Not to mention milk in the fridge, fresh flowers and local sourced bottled water.
Fordingbridge is a few minutes drive or walk, and has a good variety of pubs and shops, including a well stocked Co-op supermarket that saves having to travel too far away for any essential items during your stay.
If you want to go somewhere to relax and enjoy a fantastic part of this country, couldn’t recommend it here enough, the setting is perfect, even in the winter, there is under floor heating and a log burner which would make for cosy evenings in on the very comfy sofa. There is even no need to do a thorough clean when you leave. As locations go, you would find this hard to beat, everything has been thought of, for our stay anyway, if you go you won’t be disappointed, and won’t want to leave.