Forester's and Keeper's Cottages


4-5 Visit England Stars 4– 54-5 Visit England Stars Self-catering
Cottage Farm, Verwood Road, Three Legged Cross, Near Ringwood, BH21 6RN


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Forester's & Keeper's Cottages: WE ARE READY TO GO and plan to re-open from 12 July 2020. At present, we still have the week from Wednesday 15 July, available in Keeper's Cottage and, availability in both cottages during September, October and the Autumn months. We are keeping a minimum 3 day gap between bookings as well as maintaining strict cleaning protocols to Covid-19 standards. We are very proud to hold the award of 100% for 2019/2020 cleanliness. We are also taking bookings for 2021, prices will remain as this year.

Both detached cottages are located at Cottage Farm, our family home with our own horses, hens and a variety of visiting wildlife and birds. Our location is just a walk or cycle into Moors Valley Country Park / Ringwood Forest offering a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages. With easy access into the New Forest National Park both north and south areas and to the southern beaches: The beautiful Hengistbury Head, Christchurch and the golden sands of Southborne and Bournemouth. There are events and pursuits to suit everyone.

Both cottages are detached, 4  5 star rated by Visit England, very individual, beautifully maintained and equipped to a high standard. Both have two bedrooms, en-suites, full gas central heating, ground floor rooms / accommodation (no stairs), digital TV's in the bedrooms as well as in the living areas. Each cottage has open plan living with home entertainments, free Wi-Fi, fitted kitchens with modern appliances including dishwasher, washer-dryer and fridge-freezer. Both have furnished patio/gardens with BBQ offering an ideal place for alfresco dining and relaxation. We offer the convenience of on-line booking via our website: we do not charge booking fees, vat, meters or security deposit and we welcome your communication.

Forester's Cottage has quality, charm and character with the original 200 year old cob walling and vaulted timber ceilings. Ground floor rooms / accommodation (no stairs). Full gas central heating offers a warm welcome all year round. There are two bedrooms, a king-size double and a twin bedroom each with quality floral spreads and crisp white linens, digital TV and en-suite shower rooms with wc., hand basin and shallow step into the shower cubicle. The modern kitchen is well equipped and maintained, including a dishwasher, fitted hob and electric fan oven, microwave, washer-dryer and fridge-freezer. Comfy open-plan living with two and three seater leather sofas and pouffe, country pine dining and complimentary soft furnishings, flat screen Sony TV, wifi, dvd player, books and games offer at home entertainment. Double aspect views over the gardens to the fields and stables with our own horses and ponies. One shallow threshold leads out to the lawned garden and furnished patio with table, four chairs and a BBQ, offering a lovely setting to dine alfresco and relax, surrounded with trees and flowers. Forester's Sleeps 4 + cot.

Keeper's Cottage has views across our own grazing fields - often the place to see deer, foxes, a variety of birds and other wildlife. The accommodation is bungalow style, ground floor accommodation without stairs. Full gas central heating offers a warm welcome all year round.The modern open plan living has two and three seater soft leather reclining sofas, oak dining table and leather seating. Smart TV, dvd player, books and free wi-fi provided by BT home hub.The fitted kitchen is well equipped including a dishwasher, washer/dryer and fridge-freezer, fan oven, gas hob and a microwave. There are two bedrooms, each with fitted furnishings and TV. The master bedroom has a super-kingsize double bed and an en-suite shower room with shallow step in shower cubicle, hand-basin and WC. The large twin bedroom has space for a third full size single bed if required. A fifth person supplement of £10 per night would be payable for the extra bed. Each bedroom has complimentary soft furnishings and crisp white linens are provided with beds many ready for your arrival. Keeper's also has a family bathroom: a bath with shower over, hand-basin and WC. The entrance leads out with one small step to the patio garden which is furnished with a table, six chairs and a BBQ, offering an ideal place for dining alfresco and relaxation, often with the most beautiful sunsets. Keeper's sleeps 4/5 +cot.

Inclusive rental: Gas central heating, electricity, linen, towels and free wi-fi are all included in the rental price, with beds freshly made for your arrival. We offer on-line booking via our website:  we do not charge booking fees, vat, meters or a security deposit.

The locality, between forest, open countryside and the coast, offers excellent cycling, walking, horse riding, water-sports, forest adventure play for a variety of ages, playground, tree-top trail and Go-Ape forest zip wire at Moors Valley Country Park. A wealth of activities, special sites and events are available.

An abundance of good food is on offer from farmers markets, organic outlets, local shops, pubs, restaurants and beach bistros. We provide our visitors with the Go New Forest card which carries discounts from participating businesses around the New Forest.

Forester's & Keeper's Cottages are open all year. Well behaved dogs, pets and horses welcome by arrangement.
Short breaks October to May.
Both cottages offer versatile accommodation for couples, friends and families.
See our website for more pictures, video tours and details -

Year round Special Offers
Discounts for couples
Friday turnarounds during Summer. Flexible changeover dates can be accommodated during quieter months.
No smoking indoors please.















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Guide Prices

Number of Rooms / Units
Room / Unit TypeRoom / Unit Tariff*
Forestersfrom £525.00 to £900.00 per unit per week
keeper'sfrom £550.00 to £900.00 per unit per week

*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments, per pitch per night for campsites and per week for self-catering accommodation and holiday parks.

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Elderly and less mobile - Both Forester's & Keeper's Cottages are ground level, all the accommodation is without stairs. There is one small step and the normal threshold to each entrance. Each cottage has showers. There are no disabled shower seats or extra handles. A full accessibility statement is available for each cottage on request.

Booking & Payment Details

  • American Express accepted
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch accepted


  • Children welcome - Children welcome from any age
  • Cots available
  • High chairs available

Cooking Facilities

  • Cooker - Forester's Cottage has a fitted kitchen with electric fan oven and grill, ceramic four ring hob, microwave oven and other modern appliances. A round barbecue with lid is on the cottage patio. Keeper's Cottage has a fitted kitchen with electric fan oven and grill, four ring gas hob, microwave oven and other modern appliances. A brick built barbecue is on the cottage patio.
  • Dishwasher - Both Forester's & Keeper's Cottage have a dishwasher.
  • Freezer - Both Forester's & Keeper's Cottages have a Fridge / Freezer.
  • Microwave cooker
  • Oven - Both Forester's and Keeper's Cottages have fitted electric fan ovens.

Heating Facilities

  • Central heating - Both Forester's & Keeper's Cottages have gas fired combination boilers for heating and hot water. Each annually inspected by Gas Safe Independent Engineers. Certifications available in each cottage.

Laundry Facilities

  • Drying facilities
  • Ironing facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Washing machine

Leisure Facilities

  • Cycles for hire - Cycles of various descriptions are available to hire at nearby Moors Valley Country Park, which is an easy walk from Forester's & Keeper's Cottages. Moors Valley offers miles of off-road cycling routes for all abilities.
  • Fishing - Coarse Fishing is available nearby. Information, bait and fishing tackle is available from Ringwood Tackle and Christchurch Angling Centre. Sea Fishing is available from Lymington, Christchurch and various Dorset coastal points.
  • Free WIFI
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby) - Nearby Golf : Moors Valley Country Park (within easy walking distance, Crane Valley Golf (within 5 miles), Ferndown Golf Club, Remedy Oak Woodlands, Parkstone and Broadstone Courses (all within 10 miles).
  • Kit cleaning area
  • Kit storage area
  • Leisure club (onsite or nearby) - The Hub at Verwood, David Lloyd at Ringwood, The Littledown Centre at Bournemouth.
  • Pony trekking/horse-riding - Green Cottage Riding Centre at Three Legged Cross, is a short walk away. The centre offers hacks and riding lessons for various ages and abilities. Ideal for children, the centre has well trained ponies and horses. Children's 'Own a Pony day or half day' offered during school holidays. Escorted hacks, lots of helpers and novice riders being led. Arniss Riding Stables near Fordingbridge, Burley Villa Riding Stables New Milton, Brockenhurst Riding Stables and Ford Farm Riding Stables at Brockenhurst, all offer hacks out into the New Forest National Park.
  • Secure cycle storage - A wooden stable is provided for bicycle parking in the garden of Forester's Cottage. Visitors to Keeper's Cottage can park bicycles in our barn. Visitors are advised to have their own security devices for bicycle parking.
  • Shooting - Clay Pigeon Shooting at their great venue in Horton, just 12 miles away. See / Three Lions Clay Pigeon Shoot is also generally the first Sunday in the month.

Linen & Bedding

  • Linen provided - Linen and towels provided. Beds made ready for arrival. If a linen change is required within 7 days, this can be arranged in advance and at cost price.


  • Free Parking
  • Private parking

Property Facilities

  • Cleaning service - Cleaning services required during a booking period must be arranged before arrival. Linen can be changed free of charge on a weekly basis for bookings of 2 weeks or longer.
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangement - Max. 2 dogs per cottage accepted at £7 per dog per night. Other pets accepted by arrangement. Regret we cannot accept cats. Stabling and grazing for equines accepted by arrangement. The management of equines would be on a DIY Livery basis.
  • Non-smoking property
  • WiFi or internet access

Room/Unit Facilities

  • Bath - Family bathroom is available in Keeper's Cottage. Forester's Cottage has two en-suite shower rooms.
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Hairdryer
  • King-sized bed
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV - Smart TV in Keeper's Cottage. Freeview available in Forester's Cottage.
  • Scenic view
  • Shower - Forester's Cottage has en-suite shower rooms to each bedroom with cubicle shower, wc., and hand basin. Keeper's Cottage has an en-suite shower room to the master bedroom with cubicle shower, wc., and hand basin. There is also a family bathroom in Keeper's Cottage, which has a bath with shower over, wc., and hand basin.
  • Television

Site Features

  • Garden
  • Working farm - We have our own ponies and horses (now retired), we also have our own free range hens on site.

Target Markets

  • Single sex groups welcomed

Property Facilities: Foresters

  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • King-sized bed
  • Scenic view
  • Shower
  • Elderly and less mobile

Property Facilities: keeper's

  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • Bath
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • King-sized bed
  • Scenic view
  • Shower
  • Elderly and less mobile

Special Offers


    Forester's & Keeper's 4 & 5 Star Self Catering Cottages: 
    Late Availability one week from Wednesday 15 July Keeper's Cottage £945.  Discount of £70 offered to a couple. Availability in both cottages during September, October and the Autmn months. Short breaks from October with £10 per night discount offered to a couple. All bookings include: gas/electric, linen/towels, free wi-fi and lots of essentials. We do not charge booking fees, vat, meters or security deposit. Walk or cycle to Moors Valley Country Park activities, easy access into the New Forest National Park, southern beaches and spectacular countryside. Our location offers pursuits and events for all ages. Please see our website:  your communication is welcomed, please contact the owner, Jean Baylis. E-mail: or telephone 01202 820203.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

See Cottage Farm on Explorer OL22 New Forest Map. Approximately 1 mile Moors Valley Country Park, 4 miles Ringwood / New Forest National Park, 4 miles Cranborne Chase,10 miles Beaches. Good road/motorway link (London approximately 2 hours). National Express coach connection at Ringwood. Rail to Bournemouth from London Waterloo. Local Airport - Bournemouth International.

Public Transport Directions

Mainline train from London Waterloo to Brockenhurst on the New Forest or to Bournemouth. National Express Coach service to Ringwood. Taxi would be required from the train station or bus to Forester's & Keeper's Cottages at Cottage Farm. Local buses are available hourly to Ringwood and Bournemouth. The farm is within 25 minute walk to Moors Valley Country Park.


  • 4-5 Visit England Stars Self-catering
4-5 Visit England Stars Self-catering


  • New Forest AwardsGreen Leaf Tourism Scheme Green Leaf Tourism Scheme 2016
  • Welcome to ExcellenceWelcome To Excellence Welcome To Excellence 2020
  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* We are re-opening Forester's & Keeper's Cottages from 12 July. We have the week from 14 August still available in Forester's Cottage and plenty of availability in September, October and through the Autumn months in both cottages. We are keeping a minimum 3 day gap between bookings which reduces the amount we can take, so please contact us with your required dates we will do our best to accommodate you, including mid-week arrival and departure if required.

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