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Orchard Cottage at Freelands is located at the edge of the quintessentially English village of Wherwell. Sitting amid thatched cottages and less than a stone's throw from the River Test, Orchard Cottage is idyllically situated for it's guest to enjoy everything that this stunningly beautiful area has to offer, from outdoor pursuits to cultural endeavours.
Alternatively, guests can choose to hunker down and relax in the wonderfully peaceful and private surrounds, cook great food in the well appointed kitchen, read a good book in front of the wood burning stove and unwind with friends and family without distraction.
Orchard Cottage is pet friendly, we just kindly ask guest to keep pets downstairs and not to curl up on furniture!
There is fast broadband connection throughout (Virgin).
Orchard Cottage warmly welcomes all groups looking to stay:
Families (including those with young children) - the cottage is safe and the gardens are secure. We can provide a travel cot and highchair, so that you can travel light(er!). There are various board games, a chest of toys for younger guests and the full Virgin tv packages have kids cartoons and movies for them to enjoy, after a long day in the fresh air.
Groups of friends - time is precious to all of us and meeting up with old friends, always a challenge. Orchard Cottage is a great set up for groups of friends looking to spend some quality time together, with a complete change of scene and without the hassle of one friend having everyone to stay! There are lots of fantastic local gastro-pubs so you can cook as much or as little as you wish and properly put the world to right!
Fishermen - located in the heart of dry-fly fishing, Orchard Cottage provides an ideal base for those fishermen (and any non-fishing other halves) looking to spend a few days fishing the famous chalk streams. With Freelands Fishing over the road, the cottage can access all the Wherwell and Fullerton Beats. Whilst the option to stay at Orchard Cottage does not give direct access to Freelands Fishing, fly fishing can absolutely be arranged, subject to availability.
Wedding groups - the local area with it's diversely beautiful countryside and myriad of unique and special venues, is hugely popular for couples arranging their wedding. Orchard Cottage is particularly well suited to the family of either the bride or groom who would like a base from which to prepare for the big day and then enjoy the celebrations. There is space for family lunches and dinners ahead of the wedding, or perhaps host a lunch on the day afterwards. Alternatively, for groups of friends attending the wedding, Orchard Cottage can provide them a relaxed place to meet beforehand...and then recover afterwards!
Newly decorated, re-carpetted and fully furnished, Orchard Cottage really is a class above most holiday lets. Beds are really comfortable and are made up with crisp White Company bed linen. Large fluffy towels are provided for every guest.
There is a beautiful open plan and well equipped kitchen with french doors that open into the garden. There is a fantastic Everhot cooker (like an aga, but more modern & reliable!), a microwave, ninja bullet (smoothie maker), kettle and toaster. The dining table sits 8 comfortably.
Here there is an enormous sofa, toys and a tv with satellite TV (full Virgin media sport & films). It is the perfect place to unwind after a long day out and with offers easy viewing access from the kitchen for those with young families. This sofa is large enough to comfortably sleep an adult or two children either end!
This is a slightly more formal and cosy room with a wood burning stove - it is a wonderful spot to either work from or alternatively put ones feet up at the end of the day
in front of the fire.
BOOT ROOM/UTILITY ROOM
There is rear access to the cottage and plenty of space for muddy boots, fishing tackle, wet pets etc. There is also a wc cloakroom. There is a washing machine and tumble dryer (as well as a ceiling drying rack) that guests are welcome to use.
The open hallway is spacious and has a sweeping staircase upstairs.
Upstairs, all four bedrooms and the large family bathroom all come off one central landing.
This is the master bedroom and it has a superking bed with vi-sprung matress. There is an ensuite shower room and wc.
This double-bed bedroom has dual aspect and enjoys lots of sunshine.
This twin room has lovely views over the garden.
Please note that if the pull out mattress from bedroom 4 is being used, it will fit more comfortably in bedroom 3, making this a triple room.
This is a single room (with additional pull out mattress) which is conveniently next to the Master Room, so perfect for those with young children. Please note the pull out mattress is better suited to being made up in bedroom 3, otherwise there is very limited floor space. There is space in here for a travel cot (supplied by Orchard Cottage).
We also have a baby bjorn travel cot & highchair.
What you can enjoy from Orchard Cottage:
From the garden of the cottage, footpaths galore are on your doorstep, fly fishing is available over the road at Freelands Fishing (a beautiful 4 rod beat) and the village pub is a less than 3 minute walk away.
The picturesque town of Stockbridge is under 10 minutes drive away with lots of places to shop and eat (including a fabulous butcher, well stocked mini-supermarket, chemist/pharmacy, cash point and newsagent).
Winchester, Southampton, Romsey, Salisbury, the New Forest are all 20-30 minutes drive away so there is a huge amount to do and see.
There is everything on the doorstep: Moors Valley Park, cinemas, shopping centres, Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park, Science Museums, indoor trampolining, Marwell Zoo, Stonehenge, beach walks on the coast...you name it! So other than the wealth of outdoor activities and country pursuits, there are lots of things to keep you busy if the weather is inclement.
As the owners, we live over the road so are always on hand to help with any queries, how to use equipment in the house or make suggestions of what to see or do.
Orchard Cottage is part of Freelands (and Freelands Fishing) but please kindly note that Freelands is our family home and the gardens are private. Access to Freelands Fishing and our stretch of the River Test is reserved only for fisherman who have booked a day fishing on the Freelands Beat. The River Test is accessible over the footbridge (20 seconds from the cottage) and from Chilbolton Common.
2 Bathroom, 4 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen
SleepingBed linen, 1 Double bed, 1 King bed, 4 Single bed
CookingBlender, Child's high chair, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster
Heating/CoolingCentral heating, Fireplace
EntertainmentWireless Broadband Internet, Telephone, TV (Cable)
SanitaryHair dryer, Shower, Towel-set, Washbasin
LaundryClothes dryer, Iron & Board, Washing machine
MiscellaneousCarbon Monoxide Detector, First aid kit, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner