The cottage was once home to one of the canal lock keepers. The canal was used in the 17th-century for transporting goods to Southampton and bringing coal for the Bishop’s Palace and the cathedral. The kitchen is surprisingly big and well kitted out: you’ll find basics in the cupboard (just replace what you finish) and welcome biscuits. Eat in the roomy dining room then relax in the sitting room with an open fire for chilly nights.
The dining room door opens onto a sheltered south-west-facing terrace with another big table. There’s a barbecue to use and also a parasol and deckchairs. Wander up the road to the The Black Boy pub or its sister restaurant The Black Rat which has a Michelin star. Upstairs there are three good-sized bedrooms and a single with a cot – a family will be very comfortable here and there are books, toys and games.
Children will borrow the blow-up dinghy (life jackets provided) and head for watery fun by the playing fields.