Winchester Canalside Cottage

Hampshire
Self-catering


A very pretty cottage with a picket fence and a hedged garden in a quiet private road on the tow path of the Itchen Navigation Canal

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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.

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We think you'll love

  • Staying in such a quiet, leafy spot but being able to walk to everything in the centre of the city
  • Walking along the tow path - all the way to Southampton if you're feeling hearty (about 11 miles)
  • Sitting in the garden on a summer evening and lighting the barbecue
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You should know

  • All the bedrooms share two bathrooms, one up, one down
  • The sitting room is a bit of a squeeze for six

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights; 3 nights in high season.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £140
Weekly price
from £840
1 House for 6
From £1403 beds3 bedrooms

Reviews

My friends and I enjoyed the most lovely Bank Holiday weekend at Winchester Canalside Cottage. Sophie was a brilliant host from start to finish - from sending us information about the cottage and local area in advance, to checking we'd arrived safely as trains were up the spout. Here you'll have everything you need including kitchen/bathroom supplies, all kitchen appliances and gorgeously soft linen and towels. The cottage and setting are as beautiful as the photographs. Next time I hope for more sunshine so I can take the dingy out for a paddle and fire up the BBQ!

Debbie, London

A charming, family-friendly cottage by the canal with a lovely quiet feel yet just a short walk to Winchester for market, pubs, shops and restaurants. Lovely walks along the river or across open playing fields.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

An easy 10-minute walk will take you into town and a good independent food shop, Kingsgate Wines and Provisions - opposite you'll find the Wykeham Arms. The Farmers' Market on Saturday has independent food stalls and The Hoxton Bakehouse on Jewry Street is excellent. Visit the cathedral and take lovely walks along the canal and through the water meadows to St Catherine's Hill for the maze and good picnic spot.

Local points of interest from Sophie Hiddleston

  • Lots of great walks nearby including St Catherine's Hill (check out the maze at the top and the amazing views of Winchester and surrounding area). Wander around the water meadows on the other side of the canal.
  • 10 minutes walk into the centre of Winchester. Visit the famous cathedral and King Arthur's Roundtable. Lots of independent shops, regular markets and a great choice of restaurants and cafes.
  • 5 minutes walk from the quirky Black Boy pub and its Michelin starred sister restaurant The Black Rat. Book one of their huts in the garden for a fun dining experience.
  • Kids will love the playing fields two minutes walk up the tow path. Take a picnic and football to kick around. On sunny days people swim in the stretch of canal by the playing fields and don't forget the dingy for more fun in the water.
  • The house is about an hour drive to a number of great beaches including the Witterings and Bournemouth. The New Forest is also nearby and it's easy to do day trips to the Isle of Wight.
  • Check out local towns Stockbridge and Alresford with great independent shops and good lunch options.

Introducing

Sophie Hiddleston

Sophie and her husband have owned the house for a long time but they now live in London because of their work. They have young children so they've kitted out the house with everything families might need. They regularly come back here themselves and particularly enjoy being by the water and all the wonderful walks on the doorstep, either along the river or into town.