Criddlestyle Cottage, Fordingbridge – 5 bedroom, New Forest – Sleeps 10

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Lovely Welcome Pack

A great release post (hopefully not pre-another) lockdown! The hidden stretch of private river well worth a walk back up the hill. We loved Liberty’s and would go again. Hockey’s Farm Shop good for some luxury treats for dinner but we were so grateful for the welcome pack as we arrived later than expected on Friday and all the farm shops shut!

Jackie Pace
Criddlestyle Cottage
20th September 2020


Criddlestyle Cottage is within the New Forest National Park but only 1 mile from the pretty riverside town of Fordingbridge. Within walking distance are all the extensive facilities of Sandy Balls New Forest Holiday Village. Woodlands, walks, fishing on the Hampshire Avon, leisure centre, shops and restaurants. There are also many golf courses within close proximity.

The cottage can accommodate up to 10 people. The kitchen is fully fitted with an electric hob & double oven, microwave, full height fridge and separate freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

There are 5 bedrooms on one level within the cottage. Bedroom 1 has a king-size double bed and en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom has a double bed; bedroom three has adult sized bunk beds and bedroom four has a double bed and en-suite shower room.  The fifth bedroom has twin beds and an en-suite shower room.

Welcome pack provided including a bottle of Prosecco, locally produced tutti fruity jam, eggs, biscotti biscuits, milk, tea & coffee.Also a discount Go New Forest card to be used locally which can provide discounts when used with participating businesses.

For larger groups why not combine our Mews Hill or Riverside Lodge properties located within the same private location. Up to 25 guests can be accommodated and we give a 5% discount for multiple bookings.

Additional facilities available

  • You can hire a hot tub from £175 – £250 There are a variety of sizes available from 2 – 4 person to 4 – 6 person. They will be set up ready for your arrival. Please contact us for availability for  hot tub hire at Criddlestyle Cottage.
  • An adjoining 2-acre paddock and stables for two horses are available on a DIY basis if you wish to bring your own horse at £75 per horse per week. The paddock adjoins a bridleway which gives access to the National Park.
  • 80 yards of exclusive private fishing on the Hampshire Avon only a few hundred yards from the house. There are 4 good swims suitable for specimen coarse fishing. £75 pp PW. Please note that day tickets can be obtained for the immediately adjoining Sandy Balls 1/2 mile stretch of the river for £10 per day pp.
  • We can offer extra accommodation in our VW Camper van “Jessica” it can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 small children. Click here for more information.

Check out our Activity and Discount pages for more information on discounts we have with local businesses when booking with Short Stay Homes and Activities to do in the area. Also the Extra Facilites we have to offer and our Event Page.

Bedroom Information

King size bedroom (with possible en-suite) with Sky TV
Double bedroom with possible en-suite wet room with Freeview TV/DVD,
Double bedroom with Freeview TV/DVD
Twin room (with en-suite)
Room with bunk beds.


Electric Double Oven, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer Machine; Separate Dryer; Microwave; Fridge; Freezer; Electric Hob; Breakfast Bar.

Lounge & Dining

Character room with split level L shaped lounge / diner with high ceilings with exposed beams creating a spacious and comfortable area to relax in. Exposed Wood Burner adds to the ‘country cottage’ feel and provides a lovely feature for wintry weekends at the cottage. Enjoy a 50″ flat screen TV with sky TV and DVD player.  Large comfortable corner leather sofa and additional leather sofa complete the room.  Dining area with comfortable seating for 10 guests around a solid wood rectangle dining table. Double doors give access to the rear garden. We have recently upgraded the lounge & diner with new carpet, wood flooring in the dining area, and redecoration.


Bathroom 1 (can be en-suite) with Jacuzzi bath with hand shower over, basin, heated towels rail & wc.
Bathroom 2 En-suite toilet and shower room with heated towel rail.
Bathroom 3 (can be en-suite) wet room designed for disabled use.

GardenThe Cottage has its own self contained garden and there is parking for up to four cars, seating for 10 people with 2 tables and 2 parasols, barbecue and fire pit. Shed, picnic bench and trampoline.

Further Information

Facilities and Services

Wifi available throughout the property.

Electric storage heaters and electricity included, phone for incoming calls and emergency outgoing calls, travel cot and high chair available on request (but please bring own cot bedding), towels included; dogs welcome, fully enclosed garden with patio area, trampoline and private parking for up to four cars.

Short breaks available Friday to Monday (3 nights) Midweek stays Monday – Friday (4 nights) or 7-night stay, changeover day is a Friday.

  • There is a £250 refundable security deposit to ensure against damage, pets are charged at £30 each.
  • The first basket of logs for the wood burner in the lounge is free and then £5 per basket thereafter.
  • Access to private ancient woodland for picnics with free use of picnic rucksack.