Holiday on Hucklesbrook Farm

June 14, 2012

A week in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK with my family.

 

Today I share some pictures from my holiday sketchbook.

 

 There are four holiday cottages on the farm. We stayed in “Fallow“, just opposite the farm’s thatched stable block. I don’t seem to have drawn our own cottage, but here is the horses’ lovely accommodation as seen from our door:

 

Each of the holiday cottages has its own lawned garden with honeysuckle and other cottage garden flowers:

 

 

 The farm is clean, tidy and chocolate-box pretty. Here is the lovely old farmhouse with its tiled roof and tall chimneys:

 

And here a view of the yard bordered by the thatched stables and the farmhouse. In reality, there is a neat wooden fence around the stable block which I have not included:

Within limits, the children had the chance to wander around the farm, collect eggs, play football and play on swings. Apart from the horses, there are chickens and these white ducks:

 

There are countryside views from all of the windows. The bedrooms and kitchen overlook tree-edged fields:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kitchen in the cottage is well-equipped, but there are also plenty of excellent places to eat out in the area. We enjoyed dinner at The Royal Oak pub:

 

If you stay on Hucklesbrook Farm, I recommend a visit to the Heavy Horse Centre which is a short drive away in Verwood:

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the right  is the little Shetland pony, Cinderella, who was busy pulling carriages for children.

 

 

 

 

 

Furzey gardens:

 

 

 

There is of course the New Forest itself, which is perfect for walking and picnics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For rainy days there is Ringwood swimming pool:

 

Or just relax on the comfy sofas back at the cottage:

 

Oh no…I sprained my ankle on the last day:

 

This was an idyllic setting for a holiday. Many thanks to the owners of Hucklesbrook Farm for making us feel so welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

 

Hucklesbrook Farm

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm

Furzey Gardens

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