Little Thatch Cottage
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Little Thatch sleeps 2-4 people in 1 bedroom with a double sofa bed in the lounge. It has a front and back entrance, both with lovely thatched porches. All the rooms are on the ground floor so it might suit anyone who is partly disabled (click on the ‘Accessibility’ attachment at the end of this page for more information).
The very large sitting/dining room has a wealth of beams and charm with its own Inglenook fireplace (sorry no fires though). There is a large 'Smart' colour TV with Freeview & DVD player & a radio/cd player. There is a very large round dining table & chairs.The bedroom can either be used as a twin room or the beds can be ‘zip linked’ into a ‘queen sized’ double bed. There is an extra colour TV in the bedroom with Freeview & a DVD player.The newly refurbished bathroom is adjacent to the bedroom & has a bath with shower over & a washbasin. There is an electric wall heater & a heated towel rail. The bathroom is accessed through the bedroom .The toilet is separate & is situated at the end of the hallway.
There is a double sofa bed in the lounge,
Patio doors lead out from the sitting room onto a lovely shady spot under the wisteria where there is a table & chairs. The newly fitted kitchen is well equipped with a full size electric cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, breakfast bar & 2 + 2 stools. (See the inventory at the end of this page for a comprehensive list of kitchen equipment). The back door from the kitchen leads out to a secure garden/yard area which is very useful for anyone bringing a dog. There is a table & chairs outside & also a wooden picnic bench, along with a new garden swing seat. Little Thatch is ideally suited for a couple or a small family.
DVD library – There is a large stock of DVD’s (+ children’s DVD’s) for you to borrow
Linen – There is no charge for bed linen. All beds will be made up ready for your arrival. Tea towels are provided.
Towels – Towel hire can be arranged (£2 per person for 1 large & 1 small towel)
Hair drier - I have a hair drier that you can borrow
Cot/highchair/other baby & toddler equipment – I have lots of ‘baby/toddler’ kit which can be borrowed (free of charge). There is a list on the attached Word document.
Dogs – Dogs are welcome. There is a charge of £10 per week (or short break) per dog. (NB dogs must not be left unattended in the property without prior agreement).
Electricity – Electricity is by meter (£1 coins). NB you don’t have to pay for hot water (which is constant) or the storage heaters.
Heating – The main heating is night storage heaters which ‘boost’ in the afternoons. There are also convector heaters in most rooms for ‘top up heat’ in the winter or useful for cool summer evenings when the storage heaters are switched off. The bathroom has a wall fan heater & a heated towel rail. The toilet has a wall fan heater.
Laundry Room – There is an outside laundry room with a washing machine and tumble drier. A very small charge is made per load (which includes soap powder & fabric softener). There is also a sink & draining board in this room with hot & cold water (useful for cleaning muddy boots etc after a walk). There is an indoor clothes line & also an outside rotary drier for clothes.
Grocery Deliveries – You are welcome to order your groceries online & arrange for delivery for the morning of your arrival. I will be happy to accept delivery for you & put your items into the fridge/freezer/cupboards etc. Please let me know the ‘time slot’ (after 11.30 am) that you have booked (NB please give my telephone number as contact when you make the order – 07837 052645)
Basic essentials provided - All cleaning items ( inc J cloth, scratchie, brush, washing up liquid, cleaning sprays, toilet cleaner etc), liquid soap, hand sanitiser, tea towels, oven mitt, olive oil, vinegar, cruets, rock salt, pepper grinder, bacofoil, clingfilm & 1 toilet roll. There is also a tea tray with tea bags, ground coffee, sugar, biscuits & a pint of milk.
Parking – There is plenty of parking space on the gravel area right outside your front door (& room for a 2nd car if needed).
Garden – The half acre garden is mainly lawn & trees with flower beds along the entrance drive. There is a summerhouse, garden furniture, swings, and BBQ’s for your enjoyment (NB charcoal, firelighters & tongs are all supplied free of charge). There is also an area for children’s ball games with a football net.
Games Barn – This is a wonderful retreat for rainy days as well as being a spacious meeting place for larger parties. The Barn contains a skittle alley, pool table, table tennis table, dart board & lots of children’s toys.
If you bring your mountain bikes then you are welcome to store them in the Games Barn when not in use (please bring your own bike lock). For more details, photos & video about the Games Barn, please click the ‘drop down’ menu of the Accommodation button (called ‘Garden & Games Barn’)
Wireless Broadband – Free WiFi access is available for your laptop.
Smoking is only permitted outside or in the games barn.
Local maps/walk guide books/car park ticket – I have an Ordnance Survey map of the New Forest for you to borrow, along with several local ‘walk books’. I also lend you a ‘car parking ticket’ which gives you free parking in all the town car parks throughout the New Forest area (I buy an annual one). I also have several local mountain bike guides which can be borrowed. There are a very large amount of tourist information leaflets always available in the Games Barn.
Accessibility – The attached Word document gives details about any specific access issues that a guest may have eg width of doors, steps into rooms, bath access, space around beds, lighting issues etc. A full copy of this document can also be e mailed or posted to you if required. If a copy is required in a larger font then please ask.
Click on the documents below to open them (If you can't open 'Word' documents then let me know & I'll 'cut & paste' & e mail it to you).