Myrtle Cottage

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Set on the banks of the River Hamble, this quintessential and fairy-tale cottage is the perfect waterside location for gatherings with friends or family. Dating back to the 18th Century and covered in wisteria, Myrtle Cottage offers a home-from-home; on sunny days make use of the glorious garden with its hot tub and covered barbecue-area and on those chillier nights, cosy up inside with a board game in front of the choice of log fires.

The lawned garden runs along the river with direct access to a 12 metre private pontoon, great for crabbing, fishing and swimming from or take a seat and enjoy the view with an afternoon drink in the sunshine. Bring your own RIB, paddleboards and kayaks (or hire them locally). The glass covered outdoor kitchen and dining-area offers a choice of barbecues to use, along with an oven and hob. At night, there is festoon lighting and outdoor heaters, so you can continue to enjoy your dining experience after the sun has gone down.

From the garden, step into the kitchen to explore your holiday home. Here you have all the modern conveniences that you need coupled with the charm you would expect from a cottage of this age. The breakfast table is perfect for those morning moments whilst you plan your day's adventure. The beautiful living spaces with parquet flooring and rugs, offers a semi-open flow from one room to another. With views of the river through Crittall windows, the welcoming sitting room with beamed ceiling has a comfortable mix of modern and antiques. The perfect place to curl up on a comfy sofa, in front of the log fire with a glass. The dining-room, with its inglenook fireplace and beamed ceiling, creates a lovely ambience reflective of the age of the cottage. Set the table and enjoy an evening of good food, conversation and laughter. The luxury bathroom on the ground floor is ideally located at the bottom of the stairs.

The beautifully styled country chic bedrooms with vaulted timber beamed ceilings are all set up for a blissful night's sleep. Choose from one overlooking the water with a view you will certainly dream of, to the charming bedroom with its en suite shower-room or the truly enchanting twin room accessed through a cute and unusual door and fabulous for children (take care, the doorway has limited head height).