Was worried that this property may have been a bit too far out to capitalise on the New Forest and thought the lower rental price may have also indicated this.
But not a bit of it. Found the location really convenient for most attractions and it was really quiet as well. The place was huge, very well equipped, and set it a pleasant garden off an unmade road - great for the kids. Although designed primarily for disabled access it works just as well for able bodied guests.
However, 10 people in a 2 toilet/bathroom house caused a tailback, especially as the downstairs shower/wet room was prone to leaking/puddling.. Would have liked some cleaning products, apart from the mop, to deal with this effectively and also in the kitchen where the large floor area and work surfaces always looked smeary. There was only 2 tiny tea towels and one dish cloth provided, ok it has a capable dishwasher but we would have appreciated more resources in this line, especially around the hob area for cleaning cooking spills. Apparently the extractor fan over the huge gas burners only worked by remote control and we never found it. By the appearance of the extractor It looked as if this remote had been missing for some time! Worst of all was that we inherited more than a dozen black refuge sacks that had not been put out by previous guests, some containing nappies and, most had maggots. This lack of attention to detail continued in the presentation of the outside of the property, Window frames, door steps, balconies and patios etc all needed a sweep/wipe/clean
It was these small things that took the edge off the whole experience which is a shame because it wouldn't take much effort to turn this marvellous house into something much better.
The house was lovely, great for all the family to stay together but still have lots of space!! Even our family dog was allowed to stay!! And she thoroughly enjoyed the great walks right on the doorstep! We would love to stay again - in the summer would be wonderful with the beautiful garden and little play house and trampoline for the grandkids!
We booked Meadow Lodge for a family reunion comprising five adults and three children.
On arrival the property was spotless and in good condition. There were sufficient bedrooms upstairs to cater for us all, which left the downstairs bedroom unused. We were a bit wary about there only being two bathrooms but it was never an issue.
Downstairs there was a nice big lounge with a TV and a pile of DVDs. We also found the remote control for the DVD player nearby but no DVD player? Two of the bedrooms had a small TV which was capable of playing DVDs but not much use if the whole family wanted to watch a film.
Also downstairs was a very large well equipped kitchen and dining room easily capable of catering for ten people. A large conservatory at the back of the house was what we used for all meals and it led out into a large back garden, which was ideal for the children. On the patio there was a gas barbecue. I'm not sure whose responsibility it was but the gas bottle was empty and part of the barbecue had been badly burned and charred.
A short walk from Meadow Lodge is a childrens playground and just across the road from there is the New Forest and loads of long walks through lovely scenery.
During our stay we visited Lepe Park, which was nearby and great for the children. We also spent a day at Milford on Sea, which was very nice and not at all crowded despite it being Bank Holiday weekend.
Mention has been made by other visitors about how nice the pub at the end of the road was and all I can say is that we must have caught them on a bad day!!
Overall we had an excellent holiday and would like to extend our thanks to New Forest Holiday Lets who couldn't have been more helpful with the booking.
We stayed here for a week again (our second visit) Our assorted ages were 2-69. Good for my disabled husband a wheelchair user. Loads of space in house & garden- the kids loved the trampoline especially
Great family friendly pub " Glen' very close by- Also "The Heath" nice pub but no play area
We'll definitely be back next year ☺
6 adults, and 3 children stayed for a week. Good accommodation with plenty of space. Excellent kitchen facilities and great we could all sit down together to eat including a high chair .Only downside would be a stair gate top and bottom of stairs would have been helpful and an extra bathroom in the mornings!. Nice touch to have fresh flowers, wine and milk on arrival and a courtesy call to see if everything was ok.
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