Returning visitors to this cosy Stable. All the facilities, location & welcome pack & friendliness make this a home from home that we love coming back to. Thankyou H & M & Wendy.

March 2024 - Barbados, West Indies

The place is quiet and absolutely wonderful. We spent a lovely stay. Merci beaucoup!

March 2024 - Toulouse, France

Had a lovely stay. Cottage had everything we needed. Little added extras were delightful. Will definitely be back. Many thanks

February 2024 - St Louis. USA

What a lovely little place! Thank you for the welcoming cake and other provisions – so kind of you. We will be back as simply perfect for our needs. Comfortable, cosy and very special. Thank you so very much. Appreciated the welcoming bits n bobs – not having to buy washing up liquid, loo roll, butter, marmalade etc – such a lovey, thoughtful gesture. Also very, very clean and everything was here that we needed.

February 2024 - Cornwall

3rd time. Weather bad but this is a lovely cosy place to get back to after visiting relatives. Many thanks.

January 2024 - Chester

What a lovely place, perfect for what we needed and so well equipped. Loved the extra touches.
Beautiful. Thanks

December 2023 - Guernsey

I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful place to stay. We were completely comfortable. In fact, waking up in the morning, laying in bed, I felt as though I was a little girl waking up at grandmas house. All the amenities were perfect. It took me a couple of attempts but finally got myself familiar with local public transport. We’re sad to leave, but have many memories to take home to the USA.

December 2023 - Winchester, USA

Nearly 4 years since our last visit and just as good as we remembered. We used “The Stable” as a real little home from home while we visited and helped family nearby.

December 2023 - Cheshire

Thankyou for a lovely and relaxing stay. The welcome pack was a really thoughtful touch. We will definitely be coming back in the future. x

November 2023 - Essex

We’ve enjoyed the visit. Excellent facilities and welcome pack. Thank you.

November 2023 - Kent

This is our third stay at this lovely cottage. The cottage is always so clean and the welcome pack and food is always good quality – very welcome. Thankyou so much. We hope to return many more times.

November 2023 - France

Wonderful stay!
My trip was work related, and after a long drive it was great to arrive to milk, bread and an amazing cake. Kitchen equipped with everything needed. Thanks so much for a lovely stay

November 2023 - Glasgow

What a gem! We wish we had discovered this years ago. It would have saved us from the local hotels – good but can’t compare with the facilities here! Even within walking distance of daughter & family. To slightly misquote the Terminator “We’ll definitely be back!”

October 2023 - Lennoxtown, Glasgow

We arrived to a very warm welcome and were truly delighted with “The Stable”, it definitely exceeded our expectations, and the cake and bread were absolutely delicious! This little haven is so well equipped and comfortable, wished we were staying longer!
Mike was so kind in “Taxi”ing us to a function in Eastleigh, to make our evening even better.
This book speaks for itself, and like previous guests say it is faultless and enhanced by wonderful hosts. Thank you so much, would recommend and love to return if in the area again.

October 2023 - Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Lovely Stay. Great homemade bread and cake!

October 2023 - Derbyshire

3 night stay perfect in every way, couldn’t wish for better. Started with home made bread and cake! They care about their guests which is rare in recent times.
A real gem to find, no hesitation in recommending The Stable.

October 2023 - Bournemouth

Such a delight to stay in the Stable, at a thatched cottage. Clean, quiet, well provisioned, comfortable and easy to get to. Mike, Hilary and Freddie are welcoming hosts who have perfected their hosting profession. Thank you very much we have enjoyed it.

October 2023 - Camborne, Australia

Thanks again for letting us stay here. It always feels so welcoming and homely. Will recommend to friends and family. Look forward to coming back soon. Everything as we remembered it would be. Thanks.

September-October 2023 - Isle of Wight

We had a wonderful peaceful stay – after a warm welcome, we immediately felt at home. The text above the entrance “Cead Mile Fajtze” (a hundred thousand welcomes) is so appropriate ..
We enjoyed the area and the warmth of people. We wish you all the best for now and the future.

September 2023 - Meppel, Netherlands

Thank you Hilary and Mike for your warm welcome and your fantastic welcome food pack. We found the Stable immaculately clean, well equipped and met all our needs. We would definitely come back and would have no hesitation in recommending the Stable to anyone visiting this area.

Scotland - September 23

Wow what a beautiful place. Hilary and Mike are fantastic hosts – bread, cake, milk biscuits, fruit, cereal jam, marmalade, and butter. Thankyou so much. We have loved every moment. Will definitely return. Thankyou again xx

Leicestershire - August 2023

Everything just fine. Another enjoyable stay visiting family and friends.

Wales - August 2023

Yet another great stay at this lovely cottage. Always a pleasure to visit and made very welcome.

July 2023 - Durham

We want to thankyou for the warm welcome, the delicious cake and bread and your hospitality. Everything we needed was there and even more …
For 9 days it felt like a home from home. Hope to see you again. Thanks!

July 2023 - Netherlands

We very much enjoyed our stay. A perfect home from home and a terrific base for country walks.
Impeccable service by our hosts. The birds in the backyard got spoilt – a lovely sight to behold, and we were spoilt as well. The welcome cake was second to none. Many thanks.

July 2023 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thanks again for a great stay. The lemon drizzle cake was extra special this time, and Freddie has grown since we last saw him. See you in three weeks time.

June 2023 - Durham

Comfortable, peaceful, clean. A welcome, welcome pack! Our first visit to Hampshire. Enjoyed Mottisfont, Hinton Ampner, & New Forest & Winchester. Hope to stay again. Thank you.

June 2023 - Lancashire

Wonderful place to stay.

June 2023 - Northumberland

Thank you so much for a really lovely stay while working hard to get our daughter and partner’s house ready for their baby! This was most certainly a well appreciated haven. Loved your hospitality. Will definitely stay again.

May 2023 - Durham

Wonderful stay at the cottage. Will definitely stay here again when visiting this area. Very well appointed house!!

May 2023 - Lanarkshire, Scotland

Beautiful home and wonderful people. England is the best. Thankyou again.

May 2023 - New Jersey USA

Thank you for the nice stay in this lovely cottage! Also for the cake, bread, jam, milk etc we had everything we needed, and the weather was splendid!

May 2023 - Belgium

Another delightful stay. A truly special place. Thanks for everything. Can’t recommend this place enough.

April 2023 - Plymouth, Devon

Thank you very much for a wonderful relaxing time. Food was very good, just like home. It was lovely to meet Freddie, such a friendly place and very comfortable. Lovely, a very special hideaway. Hope to be back soon, God Bless. xx

April 2023 - Guernsey

Another wonderfully comfortable stay, will always recommend 10/10

April 2023 - Spain

Nice to be back again. Thank you for your welcoming reception. See you again soon.

March 2023 - Durham

Thanks again to you both for letting us stay. Have had a great time in spite of the weather. A great place to eat is the Bakers Arms in Droxford, about 15 minutes away. Nice to be back again and doing things we like. Take care and see you again soon

March 2023 Isle of Wight

Bird song, and if you wish, you can watch the birds. As for information, you have a basketfull!!
We came away and did plan to go off to so some National Trust properties, but we didn’t feel much like that, so one day we just stayed in and chilled out. “Excellent” holiday let, and for us it again is an excellent stay. Thank you, see you again.

March 2023 - Leicestershire

Very peaceful and comfortable accommodation. Best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in.
Thanks for the welcome package, much appreciated. Blessings and shalom!

March 2023 - Perth, Australia

Thank you for an enjoyable stay in your Stable. The little extra touches were excellent. Best wishes.

February 2023 - Australia

We loved the Stable – a real home from home. The Welcome Pack is superb, loved the lemon drizzle cake, what a treat. We have already booked our next stay. Having stayed in various holiday accommodation in this area, this is the best by far. This is home run with great care and love. Thank you very much.

February 2023 - Alicante,Spain

Another great stay. Thank you Mike & Hilary. See you again soon xx

February 2023 - Barbados, West Indies

We had a wonderful stay thank you. Everything you need and more!

January 2023 - Whitby, North Yorkshire

Superbly appointed accommodation made for a great stay. Didn’t manage to make friends with the dog! At 6’7″ there was a risk I’d take take out the light fittings, but managed without incident.

January 2023 - West Lothian, Scotland

Just a short stay on this occasion. It was a bit cold, very unseasonable at -7, but we still enjoyed our stay. The decorations were a lovely touch, very festive. Thanks.

December 2022- Birmingham

Well, we said we needed a break!
This is the place to come to.
We did do the Christmas Market and we did slow down!
Fantastic place to stay and we will come back. Thank you.

December 2022 - Leicestershire

The big plus for us was the Welcome Pack – home baked is the best! The fact that the Stable is small did not matter to us as we were out most days visiting our daughter. We usually only choose properties with a king size bed but the double bed was comfortable.  It would be helpful to only include pics of the Stable when advertising, not Ramblers Retreat.

November 2022 - Leicestershire

Yet another great stay at this wonderful cottage – as always everything perfect and a super welcome pack. Hope to be back before this year end if there is any space! This cottage is very popular and rightly so.

October 2022 - Durham

Another relaxing stay. So happy to be back. Thankyou Hilary and Mike and Freddie x

October 2022 - Birmingham

So good to be back again after almost exactly 3 years. It feels like things overall are still as we remember. Thank you for everything you have done to make our return even more special as it was a special anniversary as well. Hopefully we will return again in the not to distant future. Take care.x

September/Oct 2022 Isle of Wight

Our second visit to this beautiful holiday home, So relaxing and perfect in every way, with a wonderful food pack on arrival. You are the perfect hosts. Thank you for all your attention to detail, cannot fault anything, and “Freddie Mercury” is an added bonus. xx

September 2022 - Kettering, Northamptonshire

Our 3rd visit to this delightful cottage, always clean and fabulous cake!

August 2022 - France

Another highly enjoyable visit to the best cottage we’ve stayed in. Matchless!

August 2022 - Halifax, West Yorkshire

This is my 3rd stay and as usual, the warm welcome, splendid food, attention to detail and setting, make this the prefect holiday home. Nowhere else come up to your standard. Everything has been thought of. The perfect base for my visit to friends and family in the area. Thankyou.

August 2022 - Llwynygroes, Wales

We had a lovely time in the cottage. You gave us a warm welcome and we found the cake, bread and other things to start our stay with. Thank you! The cottage is small but very complete and we loved your dog Freddie.

August 2022 - Netherlands

Another very enjoyable stay. Excellent facilities

July 2022 - Halifax

Came with everything needed to get going in a lovely location, quiet but close to motorway to get to Southampton. Thank you.

July 2022 - Doncaster

Lovely, well equipped little cottage. Friendly, helpful hosts, best welcome pack ever – very thoughtful to include GF/Lactose free items. Great value. Enjoyed meeting Freddie too!

July 2022 Lichfield, Staffordshire

What a lovely cottage and friendly owners – including Freddie. Visited several places during our stay and met up with old friends. The “Welcome Pack” was very welcome so we could settle in before shopping. Thank you.

June 2022 - Lincolnshire

Beautiful spot to stay, quiet, comfortable and so convenient for us as we visit our daughter and grand kids. We had everything we needed and the Welcome Pack was a lovely treat. We thank you for a Fab weekend and hope to return again soon. Many thanks.

June 2022 - Stoke on Trent

Thank you for the stay. We really enjoyed your cottage. Thank you also for the lemon drizzle cake which was amazing and the home made bread which was also great. 10/10. Everything was great and we are sure we shall  be back again.

June 2022 - Falkland Islands, Mount Pleasant

What a nice and warm welcome! Perfect cottage and very friendly hosts. Thank you very much. Breakfast items highly appreciated.

May 2022 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Here again.  We love it, the location, the cosiness, the warm welcome, it’s all here and extra. Thank you & well done. We will be back

May 2022 - Barbados

Excellent, thankyou

May 2022 - Stockton on Tees

Left as a personal note …….

Thank you very much for another wonderful stay at The Stable. The cosiness, convenience, welcome pack and your hospitality make it one of the best holiday accommodationws we have stayed in.

May 2022 - Barbados

Great to be back again at the lovely cottage. Hope to see you again later in the year

April 2022 - Durham

This was our second stay at the The Stable and we were thrilled to be here again – fab!

April 2022 - France

Brilliant little place to stay. All creature comforts you could possibly need. Very, very impressed. Thank you.

April 2022 - Derby

Lovely, charming, cosy cottage. Perfect for our short break. Thank you

April 2022 Dover, Kent

The most well equipped self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in. The Welcome Pack was amazing, so generous, thank you. Will recommend to all our friends. Thank you.

PS Lemon Drizzle cake was delicious!

April 2022 Tiptree, Essex

I could stay here forever! Will miss this lovely place very much. Thank you

March 2022 Devon

Had a lovely stay at the Stable. Very clean and comfortable cottage and very pleasant hosts. Nice touch with the breakfast items

March 2022 Cheltenham, Glos.

Thank  you. We had a very comfortable stay in the Stable. Hopefully, we will return on our next visit to the area.

March 2022 Portugal

Yet another stay in this welcoming and cosy cottage, As always everything we need, and “Freddie”  has grown!!

March 2022 Durham

Another few days in this welcoming and cosy cottage. We will be back in a few weeks time.

Thank you for a lovely stay.

Durham January 2022

My first 4 nights away from home in 2 years. I had a relaxing treat.  Many thanks, see you again.

Surrey - December 2021

The Stable is a great find for us. So convenient and so cosy in this cold weather abd a wonderful welcome pack, the best. Hilary & Mike have provided everything you want for a home away from home. Thank you.

Barbados - December 2021 -1

Another wonderful, cosy cottage stay. So central to visit all our kids and Grandkids. Thank you – see you again.

Barbados - December 2021-2

Following a leak and water damage to our home we were dreading going into temporary accommodation. Then we arrived at this beautiful, cosy cottage, with its tranquil setting and everything we needed for our stay, it soon felt like a home away form home. Mike & Hilary have been so kind & welcoming and we will definitely be be back to see Freddie (pup) and for some lemon drizzle cake! Every morning we were breated by Robbie the robin tapping at the kitchen window. Unfortunately we  both had colds and having this lovely place to hebernate was great. Thanks for making our ordeal a little easier.

Local - Nov & Dec 2021

Thanks for your clean and welcoming cottage, perfect location, friendly hosts, gorgeous dog. We had everything we needed and hope to return.

France - November 2021

Lovely to be back again at this cosy welcoming cottage, where all your needs are catered for. Thank you again. Look forward to seeing you again next year.


Durham, October 2021

Thankyou for a perfect stay! Our visit to see our grandchildren was made more special because we had a lovely place to stay.

Kent. October 2021

Thankyou so much for the super tasty cake and the perfectly peaceful 3 nights respite from a busy work trip. Everything I needed.

Leicestershire. October 2021

Another lovely week in this beautiful cottage and garden. We very much appreciate the home baking and warm welcome.

Tregaron, West Wales. October 2021

Thank you for the wonderful welcome pack, cake was delicious. Beautiful, clean accommodation, perfect for what we wanted. Every little detail has been thought about. We will be back.

October 2021 - Suffolk

Nice to be back here again. The lovely cottage fabulous as always. See you again soon.

Durham September 2021

Thank you for a lovely stay in your Stable. It was clean and very cosy. Thank you for the cake and all the goodies, we appreciated them. Nice to meet “Freddie”. Hope you have many happy years with him. Thanks again

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

As always a wonderful welcome & fabulous stay, with a couple of days in Portsmouth and our annual Revival weekend. Your little cottage is a perfect home from home.

Staffordshire - September 2021

Thanks, a lovely place to stay with all facilities needed plus lovely touches, such as the cake & bread etc on arrival. Pre arrival & communication was very efficient too. Location is perfect for local attractions – walks, beaches, and day trips to Southampton (IOW) and Portsmouth. Locality is excellent for shops & eateries – would recommend Brigadier Gerard for nice food & great service. If travelling to Portsmouth, use Park & Ride.

Derbyshire September 2021

We had a lovely stay here at the Stable! Thank you

Belgium, Sept 2021

Thank you for the beautiful accommodation and for making us feel so welcome – love to come again!

Worcester, August 2021

Hilary & Mike are the perfect hosts, such a lovely couple, nothing too much trouble. The lovely “Welcome Pack” with home made bread & cake plus all we needed for breakfast was an extra touch which we really appreciated. We were sent information on places to visit plus all local factilities prior to arrival which was so helpful. We had such a wonderful holiday in our comfy cosy “stable”, while visiting our family in the area. I give 10 stars for excellence! Thank you, we hope to see you again before too long.

Derbyshire , August 2021

Had such a wonderful stay. The Stable was lovely. Will definitely be coming back. Such lovely warm people,thank you so much.

Sussex August 2021

A wonderful Stable! Everything we needed for a short break. The Welcome Pack was lovely and very much appreciated.

Oxfordshire August 2021

Very pretty setting. The hosts made contact with us before we arrived which was welcoming.  The welcome pack was  a lovely bonus and never had such wonderful cake. Very friendly hosts and a really lovely comfortable well equipped retreat. Very good kitchen. I like to cook and found all I needed. 10/10 just a lovely holiday. Recommend Lymington, Bucklers Hard & Exbury Gardens for nice visits.

Shropshire August 2021

Such a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. We had a lovely time and particularly enjoyed the home made lemon drizzle cake.  Thank you both.

Surrey, August 2021

Lovely property, great hosts, clean and everything was layed out nicely including the welcome pack.

Rainham, Kent. July 2021

Lovely stay but gutted Mum didn’t make it, she would love it, hopefully she can come soon. Fabulous welcome, quaint and cosy, everything thought of by owners to ensure a great stay. Such a lovely thoughtful welcome pack too. Already recommended to my son’s partner’s family in France. THANK YOU  so MUCH for all the effort put in, most definitely appreciated.

Nottingham July 2021

Beautiful accommodation and location. Everything one could ask for. A very relaxing break. Lovely welcome pack, clean and comfortable. Lovely little “Stable”.

Bedfordshire, July 2021

A perfect cottage, location and everything you could need for a short or long stay. The cosy accommondation was ideal for me, and when my husband feels able, we will come together to enjoy all all that is on offer. Thankyou for the provisions, the cake was “to die for”!

Reading, July 2021

Well equipped and comfortable “Stable”. The Welcome provisions were much appreciated and enjoyed. Good central venue for accessing many locations. Particularly enjoyed our walks in the New Forest.

Nottinghamshire July 2021

Our second visit here. Another preaceful stay with everything you could want. A very well thought out accommodation and of course the Welcome Pack just takes it to a higher level.

Derby July 2021

Exceptionally comfortable stay with all possible requirements anticipated and catered for. It’s the unexpected touches that make it perfect. We will be back

Durham - June 21

A lovely compact cottage with all the home comforts you could possibly need. We very much appreciated our welcome pack. Lovely to know that you are always there for a chat without being intrusive. We enjoyed a trip to the New Forest cycling around Lyndhurst, Beaulie and Brockenhurst with a lunch stop at the country pub of “The Alice Lisle” in Ringwood.(good views but overpriced). Less than half an hour away is Lee-on-the -Solent beach. Well worth a visit and free parking along the sea front. We had a lovely walk through the local Itchen Valley Country Park and further afield the Titchfield Haven Reserve , as well as some lovely walks around Horton Heath countryside. We tried the sausages from the the local Owtons butcher and they were delicious. A fantastic break, thank you, – and for providing us with a tarpaulin to cover our bikes.

Chelmsford, Essex - June 21

Flicking through this book and reading a few of the comments, I’m not sure there is much I can add to what has already been said, other than thank you for everything!

Lincolnshire - June 21

The welcome pack is a lovely touch. Thank you for such a well equipped cottage. We had such a relaxing stay.

Brentwood, Essex - June 2021

First impression were imposing. The Stable fitting appropriately into the grounds. Loved the front garden. The Stable was well equipped, clean and the welcome pack was well received. Hosts very pleasant and helpful. Location offered plenty for a 4 day excellent stay.

Berkshire - June 2021

A wonderful retreat. Everything we needed for a short break. The welcome pack is a lovely thought and very much appreciated

Derby - June 2021

A perfect location for us to visit family and enjoy the home comforts, so much nicer than a hotel. Thank you for the delicious supplies and the late call for some greaseproof to make my meringue and bringing a colouring book for Florence, very kind. We’ve enjoyed our mini break, visiting the “John Lewis” water garden at Leckford, near Stockbridge, perfect!

Leeds, West Yorkshire - May 2021

Fabulous – perfect spot, so close to our family. Immaculate and a pleasure to stay. So much thought. Thank you. We will be back too!

Abbotskerswell, Devon - May 2021

Lovely few days in this delightful “Stable” with everything here we could ever want. So good to see both our daughter and family but also the sea!

Sutton Coldfield - May 2021

Delighted with our short stay at the Stable. All very comfy and every detail catered for. Loved all the welcome pack of bread, cake and all the essentials. Makes such a difference when self catering. Thank you.

Woking, Surrey - May 2021

What can I say AMAZING, very clean, everything provided even extras! Bread lovely, cake wonderful, this little cottage home is a wonderful place to stay. Enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

Swindon, Wiltshire - May 21

A lovely place to stay – the delicious welcome pack a treat for a husband who doesn’t normally get home made (or any) cake! A small, extremely well equipped mini home, so well placed for local beauty spots. The Hamble Point walk mentioned in the folder was a real find and one of our longer walks together with a couple of days in the New Forest. A mention too for the Lapstone Pub doing a good job under some lockdown restrictions. A perfect break which has charged our batteries . Bring on the Summer sunshine!

Purley, Surrey - May 2021

Immaculate! A most enjoyable break.

Amersham - April 21

Excellent communication throughout booking across Covid lockdown. Brought much thought to our arrival in providing information on our way around both the area and the accommodation. Fantastic reception in provisions with more than we could have expected in beautiful layout and facilities – an A+++ Also for the kind thoughts for our anniversary and my wife’s birthday. Thank you for diluting the insanity of lockdown! Lord and Lady Parker – of Holton (Somerset)

Kent April - 2021

At long last a break! Lovely stay in your little Stable. Lovely area with lots of nice walks. An enjoyable break Thank you

Reading - April 2021

The “Stable” is a “Perfect” hideaway in “perfect” surroundings yet so near to all of Hampshire’s attractions and more. Thank you for a very warm welcome and use of the delightful accommodation, which is so well thought out for your guests comfort and convenience. Loved the lemon drizzle cake and the loaf and of course all the extra “thoughtful” supplies of groceries. Thanks again.

Clacton-on-Sea - April 2021

You have thought of everything. What a lovely place to stay. We will come back. Thank you

Haywards Heath, Sussex - October 2020

What a perfect place! Every detail was thought about and we felt so welcome with all the little extras. Cosy and clean – it felt like a home away from home.Lovely walks nearby and close enough to restaurants. Thank you for everything.x

Andover, Hampshire - October 2020

This was a perfect cottage for a 2 week stay. It had everything needed. I loved all the fabulous walks close by. The kitchen is fully equipped and lacks for nothing. The welcome pack with the lemon drizzle cake and bread was delicious. Thanks again.

Whitchurch, Hampshire - October 2020