This former brickhouse dating from 1790 is now a grand home with marvellous family portraits and sublime furniture, yet has a comfy, homely feel. Kids will love the huge garden and the two single rooms that have stairs up to a raised bed.
Christoph provides an organic box from the excellent local farm shop with bacon, eggs, milk, butter and cake plus a bottle of wine, and food delivery can be arranged along with catering. You can cook together in the kitchen, or use the barbecue – there’s a big dining out area in the garden, as well as a trampoline and a yurt.
You’re surrounded by beautiful gardens, bird life and views of the river. Hire kayaks or canoes from nearby New Forest Activities. The footpath to the historic and beautiful Buckler’s Hard, with its maritime museum and lovely pub/restaurant The Master Builder (30 minutes) is behind the house. The pretty village of Beaulieu is a 15-20 minute walk or five minutes’ drive.