Old Bridge Cottage is an ideal venue for Hen parties to celebrate with their Bride to be. It sleeps up to 20 people .18 people can be slept within 6 bedrooms and there are a further 2 sofa beds.
Ringwood, is a beautiful old Market Town on the Western fringe of the New Forest. It is a bustling town with many pubs and restaurants. India restaurants, Italians including Prezzos, Cheese and Wine at The Wine Cellar, Tapas and more at Friday's Bar & Tapas. Framptons is a fab place to meet, have a drink, listen to music, socialise and also eat if wanted. There are Fish and chips and Chinese take away shops , a Waitrose, Sainsbury's , Lidl, Iceland, many banks.
Ringwood has its own brewery which can be visited.
There are nail bars and beauty salons in the town, 3 local Gyms and recreation centres.
It has everything that you could want and is 5 minutes walks from the house.
There are 5 bedrooms in the main house sleeping up to 16: the Studio has a further double bedroom and there are 2 further double sofa beds available.
There are 3 reception rooms and a breakfast room with 2 oak tables sitting a maximum or 22.
There are two staircases. Stairs from the snug lead to a small landing from which three of the bedrooms can be accessed, all with river views.
Bedroom 1 has twin beds.
Bedroom 2 has twin beds and a double bunk bed.
Bedroom 3 has two triple bunk beds. There is storage available in farmhouse style pine wardrobes and drawers. The family bathroom consists of a bath, shower cubicle, basin and W.C. and serves bedrooms 1,2 and 3.
Bedroom 4 has a double bed and is accessed from the main landing landings. It has views over the water meadows.
A shower room with W.C. can be accessed from bedroom 3 and bedroom 4.
Bedroom 5 is a double en-suite room with ample storage in mirrored sliding door wardrobes.
The en-suite to bedroom 5 has a large double corner bath, shower cubicle, W.C. and basin.
Booster pumps power all showers in the house.
There is a large kitchen and breakfast room area with modern cherry wood cupboards and black granite worktops, a five ring induction hob, electric fan oven, combination oven, full size integrated dishwasher and a fridge freezer.
There is a separate utility room with a large washing machine and tumble dryer with ample cupboards and also a separate drying room. There is a downstairs cloakroom with WC.
The house has gas fired central heating ,two fireplaces- one is an open fireplace in the lounge and the other a gas effect coal fireplace in the snug. Wood is supplied for the open fire.
The dining area is equipped with a large oak refectory table, matching oak benches and chairs.
THE STUDIO has a double bedroom and kitchenette. It has a separate sofa bed in a middle room and also a large shower room which houses the sauna, shower, WC and basin.
There is parking for 5-6 cars maximum on the forecourt.
Within the gardens there are large lawns for picnicking on, a thatched Breeze house for AL Fresco dining, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a 6 seater outdoor HOT TUB, a brick built BBQ and a riverside garden where one can watch the wild life or fish from the bank.
It is a few minutes walk from the house into Ringwood town. The main garden is very private, surrounded by hedges, gates and walls.
There are two garden tables and outdoor chairs as well as the breeze house for eating outside.
The sauna is found within the studio .
BEACHES AND TOWNS
Local towns of Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Salisbury, Portsmouth and Southampton are all within 40 minutes drive.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have long sandy beaches and are 15-30 minutes away by car.
Bournemouth is a lively, attractive seaside won with an excellent choice of restaurants, clubs, cinemas and shows. In the day it is good for shopping, beaches and walks through the gardens. The nightlife is great from evenings onward.
At Mudeford quay in Christchurch, one can catch a short ferry over to Hengistbury Head, beautiful at any time of year and an ideal place for a walk, swim, beach day and to have food and drinks at the Beach House cafe. Water sports can be undertaken from here including windsurfing, kayak or paddleboarding, trips up the river and there are three sailing clubs .
The medieval city of Salisbury with its beautiful Cathedral is 30 minutes by car, and Winchester a similar distance. Portsmouth with its historic dockyards, including the famous HMS Victory is 40 minutes away. London is just an hour and a half away by car or coach from Ringwood.
THE NEW FOREST
The New forest is now a National Park. Commoners have ancient rights allowing them to keep horses, cattle and pigs on the Forest. These can be seen roaming freely, including through its villages.
There are many historic places to visit within the National Park. Beauliea House and its world famous motor museum are well worth a visit. Nearby Bucklers Hard was once a thriving Naval Shipyard in the days of wooden ships and has a very interesting museum and the old village itself is very picturesque.
There are many places to walk, cycle, ride ponies and drive through in the forest. New Forest pubs are renowned for their idyllic settings, good food and some quirky shops can be found in Burley , Lymington and Brockenhurst.
Moors Valley country park and Avon valley park are also nearby for good walks and snacks.