"We enjoyed our stay
at Bothy very much. It was lovely to be so far from traffic
and with such a big open space around, for the safety of the
children. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. What a lovely position,
right in the forest."
"We found this property ideal for our extended family
with our three dogs. The kitchen area is spacious and the
garden is great for the children. The location is amazing,
each evening we walked only a few hundred yards to see wild
deer. We will be returning next year for the third year running""
"We had a fantastic time, thank you"
"Just a quick note to say what a lovely house you
have. We had a fantastic weekend! Thanks again, hopefully
we can come and stay again some time soon"
"Thank you Thank you Thank you! Thank you SO much
for all your help with setting up this weekend! You were terrific
and we had a lovely time (even all the rain didn't spoil a
fabulous weekend). My husband was enormously happy and we
all loved the area and the cottages were perfect"
"We would like to express our thanks to you for
your help in making this a wonderful four days. This was the
first family Christmas where all 24 of us have been under
one roof together and everyone is already talking about the
"The wedding all went amazingly well , the atmosphere
in the house was great , everyone really enjoyed the whole
"We have just spent a wonderful Christmas with our
family. It was not easy to find a large property which is
prepared to let for a few days rather than a week at this
busy time. We just missed booking the Old Stables and were
initially disappointed, but we soon realised that the Bothy
would probably suit us better with young children and dogs"
"I did just want to write and say thanks for your
fantastic helpfulness and for running these two cottages which
are such a great space for sharing. The forest was absolutely
beautiful and both kids and adults had a really great time."
"We used the wood burner for the first time , which
works brilliantly and made everyone toasty on the stormy evening
on Sunday !"
"The Rhinefield Bothy and Vine cottage was the ideal
venue for small weddings , getting all your family and friends
together in one place is really special. It was exactly what
we wanted and more .."
Rhinefield Bothy has the most idyllic location of all New
Forest Cottages, set in over an acre of gardens directly adjoining
the New Forest itself with direct forest access. Our neighbour
is the Rhinefield House Hotel, with whom we share the access
from the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. From the garden gate
into the forest you can walk for miles on forest paths without
seeing a car or a road all day long, but ponies, deer, other
walkers and cyclists. You are able to abandon the car for
the whole break here if you want to really get away from it
all, as the cycle tracks which link up the whole New Forest
are accessible from Blackwater, opposite, and Bank, with it’s
village pub, and larger villages Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst
are an easy cyle ride away safely on the tracks.
Rhinefield Bothy was converted from a large vinery, the gardeners
bothy and a small cottage belonging to Rhinefield House, over
the years at different stages, and still features the original
ironwork in what is now a very light kitchen/dining space,
with views over the large back garden from the full length
of this room. The cosy but spacious lounge is directly off
this central space, with two sets of french windows opening
to the front garden and large deck, enclosed by the beautiful
outside wall of the listed walled garden.
Children love the large garden at Rhinefield Bothy, where
there are wide open spaces for playing ball games, frisbee
or flying a kite, and various smaller areas to explore. The
open back garden can all be seen straight from the kitchen
and dining spaces, and the large front garden from the lounge
and the conservatory playroom, families can be together while
each doing what they enjoy
Walks from here are beautiful, you will not need to go out
in the car first – you are already there! This is particularly
useful in a larger group that would mean several cars needed
to be used to go out. Dogs are most welcome here, and usually
love chasing the rabbits in the garden, and can enjoy walks
each day without bundling into the car first.
Brockenhurst is a delightful New Forest village, with ‘the
splash’, a ford where the stream runs through the village.
There’s plenty of pubs, restaurants, sandwich and coffee
shops, as well as bookshop, several antique shops, bakeries
and two small supermarkets. Lyndhurst is similarly sized,
and known as the ‘capital’ of the New Forest,
again with a choice of pubs, tea rooms and restaurants, local
shops and a small supermarket.
The kitchen/dining room at Rhinefield Bothy is central, with
views across the garden and good sized dining tables for up
to all 44 guests, If Rhinefield Bothy is taken with Vine cottage,
next door, and everyone is to dine together. All can eat in
this huge light dining space.
At one end of the room is the kitchen, which has freestanding
Ikea Udden stainless steel kitchen units providing ample worksurfaces
and storage. There are twin stainless steel gas cookers and
two large freestanding fridge/freezers, two dishwashers and
a washing machine. The base and wall units house all the cooking
and dining equipment needed for your break. The purpose designed
kitchen and dining arrangement here makes Rhinefield a wonderful
large cottage for adding a chef-catered meal for a special
evening in, with no washing up to do, no tables to set, or
taxis to arrange home, as you’re already there!
Through a double door wide opening in one side is the lounge,
a large, warm, cosy room with a woodburning stove and lovely
outlook over the front garden. This has a television and DVD
player, and plenty of contemporary armchairs and settees making
a very comfortable room. There’s also a double sofabed
and single sofabeds in here providing an extra bedroom where
There are another eight double and family bedrooms at this
large cottage, each normally arranged with a double bed and
one or two singles. There’s some flexibility for groups
whose requirements differ slightly. Three of the bedrooms
are at one end of the long, large cottage, which share a bathroom,
with three more bedrooms at the other end, again with a nearby
bathroom. Each end has a large family room overlooking the
back garden, and doubles or smaller family rooms with front
or back garden views. The other two bedrooms are central,
off a lobby from the main dining space, and again share another
bathroom. These two bedrooms overlook the front garden and
deck, one has french windows to access this, and the other
has a conservatory at the end which doubles as a playroom
with toys, books, games and tables and chairs where children
can read or draw amongst lovely surroundings with plenty of
light. The three distinctive bedroom regions work well when
3 or more families share the cottage, or where a large group
can arrange themselves to be near their closest friends.
Each bathroom has a wc, basin, and a bath with a shower over,
with glazed bah screen. As most of our cottage bathrooms,
each has a heated towel rail.
Please browse the gallery for photographs of Rhinefield
Bothy, and the gallery of the nearby area. Details of our
other large New Forest Cottages, and further information on
the New Forest are all accessible from the links on the right
hand side of this page.