The Little Coach House

Fordingbridge, Hampshire

A little hideaway for 2 in a tiny hamlet with lovely walks from the end of the garden and a good community shop within walking distance


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Tidpit is tiny. Just five houses including Patricia’s, described by Ros Byam Shaw as ‘the perfect English farmhouse.’ The garden is pretty dreamy too, a clever mix of formal and informal planting. The Little Coach House sits to one side with its face hidden behind a fig tree and with its own big, south-facing and very private garden. It’s warm and cosy inside with all that you need to play houses and sweet views to the garden and up the hill.

Patricia leaves you fresh flowers, basics in the cupboards and enough stuff for tea or coffee and toast for your first breakfast – you may find a bottle of wine. A five-minute walk will take you to the community shop in Martin which sells most things, and on Saturdays there’s a Farmers’ market in the village and coffee and cakes.

Stride up to Tidpit Down and you can walk for miles along stretches of chalk downland spotting plenty of birds and taking in huge lungfuls of fresh air. You can borrow bikes and cycle to The Rose and Thistle at Rockbourne (4 miles) for a good pub lunch or Damerham (2 miles).

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We think you'll love

  • The total peace and quiet
  • Walking up to Tidpit Down and exploring the chalk downs
  • The bird-filled garden
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You should know

  • There's no pub in the hamlet
  • You'll need a car to get about
  • No wood-burner to snuggle up to


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
By 7pm
Check out
By 11am, but flexible
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Pubs 5 miles.


Nightly price
from £80
Weekly price
from £480
1 House for 2
From £801 bedroom


Walkers, nature lovers and seekers of hush will be very happy here stocked up with plenty of good stuff from the village shop

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Glorious walks are to be had from the garden, or wander down to Martin to visit the shop which is run by locals who also bought a huge tranche of communal land on which they grow all the vegetables for the village and keep chickens and pigs. By car you're 5 miles from Cranborne Manor and Gardens (check opening times) which are very splendid and have an amazing shop for buying presents. Salisbury and the cathedral are only 11 miles – check what's on at the Playhouse which has a good reputation.

Local points of interest from Patricia Low

  • The tiny hamlet of Tidpit, “earthly paradise” for walking & wildlife, sits between three Chalk Downs: Toyd, Tidpit and Martin Down, the last famous for its orchids and wildflowers - perfect for walkers and birdwatchers, visited by turtle doves in summer.
  • The Little Coach House faces south onto its stone-walled, beech-hedged garden. Barn owls and bicycles reside in the barn. Turtle doves come to the meadow with swallows and martins in summer. It is an Arcadian Retreat.
  • Ponies, donkeys, Belted Galloways and rare breed pigs roam in the New Forest (9 miles). Walk through ancient oak woods and along streams. Cranborne (5 miles) is home of the Cecils at Cranborne Manor with its famous gardens, garden centre & divine shop.
  • Visit Salisbury's Cathedral Close, 11 miles - enter by arched gates, be in heaven all day, visit glorious houses like Mompassant, the museum & Wessex Gallery. There's a huge market on Sat & Tues, and an antique arcade (look for Rose Kennard's booth)
  • Tisbury (12 miles) has the new Messums Wiltshire, offspring of the Messums Cork Street. Contemporary art in Britain's largest tithe barn and a super cafe. Visit Pythouse Kitchen for lovely food in an old walled kitchen garden.
  • Wimborne is 12 miles and has its Minster, a model village and the Tivoli music hall and cinema, restored beautifully and with a bar. A lovely market town with good shops too. Poole and the Coast is only 20 miles away.


Patricia Low

Patricia completely restored the 17th-century farmhouse and its buildings. She is a working artist and has her studio in the garden. She leaves you to do your own thing but she's around if you need any advice about what to do and where to go.