A warm welcome to the bend retreat

A LUXURY HOLIDAY HOME SITUATED IN THE NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK

The Bend Retreat is an extensively renovated holiday home that combines quality and style with comfort and luxury. It is perfect for a holiday with family or friends, special celebrations and short breaks.

The Bend retreat, sleeping up to 12 guests, is the perfect luxury self catering holiday home. Situated in the New Forest, exclusively yours to enjoy for group holidays or special celebrations.

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the residence

The Bend retreat is the perfect luxury self catering holiday home for up to 12 people. Situated in the pretty hamlet of Neacroft, part of the New Forest national park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  •  6 Double/twin bedrooms
  • Generous sized kitchen
  •  Sunny sitting room with an open fire
  • Games room on the lower floor
  • Secluded and private but not isolated

Ideal for group and family holidays, celebrations or short breaks.

the grounds

Indulge yourself in a modern and comfortable environment, secluded and private but not isolated – ideally placed for exploring the area. The nearest shops are only a mile away and there are many excellent pubs and restaurants nearby.

  • Large enclosed garden mainly laid to lawn
  • Various outside tables to enjoy the sunny and warm weather
  • Barbeque available
  • On site parking for up to six cars

The games room on the lower ground floor also opens onto the garden.

4 Star Luxury

x12 Guests

Welcome Hamper

Wireless Internet

Televisions

6 Double Rooms

Ensuite Bathroom

Parking

Private Gardens

Children Welcome

Pressurised Water

Luxury Bedding

facilities

The Bend retreat combines quality and style with comfort and luxury.

  • Fast broadband & Wifi throughout the house
  • Sunny sitting room with an open fire
  • 3 bathrooms
  • High-pressure heating & water systems
  • All our beds are made up with cotton bed linen and soft luxurious quilts, guaranteeing a good night sleep.

If you should ever need anything, our Estate Manager is at your service during your stay

entertainment

Indulge yourself in a modern and comfortable environment. The generous sized kitchen, off of the living room, has modern units with granite and walnut work surfaces. There is everything here you would need for a perfect self catering holiday.

It is fully equipped with dishwasher, two ovens, hob, microwave and fridge freezer. The elegant dining room with its large dining table is ideal for relaxed eating or a special celebratory dinner party with friends or family.

Sitting Room and Morning Room

Elegant through living room stretching from back to front of house. French doors leading directly onto the raised deck area in the garden. Two seating areas one with views and access to the large garden and the other overlooking the front garden and fields.

Kitchen

Spacious modern well equipped kitchen kitchen providing: Two ovens, microwave/grill, large fridge freezer and numerous kitchen appliances and utensils

Dining Room

Dining room with large table to seat 12 persons provides an elegant dining area

Utility Room

with wash machine and dryer and muddy boots

Toilet Facilities

Bedroom No 1.

Good size double bedroom with bay windows with fantastic views overlooking the New Forest countryside. 6ft King size bed and ensuite luxury bathroom with bath and shower.

Bedroom No 2.

Good size double bedroom with bay windows with views overlooking the New Forest countryside. Double bed.

Bedroom No 3.

Lovely good size double aspect sunny bedroom with great view over trees and countryside. Two 3ft “zip and link” beds that can be converted into a 6ft double (please request option when making your booking)

Bedroom No 4.

Double bedroom. Two 3ft “zip and link” beds that can be put together (please request option when making your booking).

Main bathroom

The house features an highly modern main bathroom with all amenities to include, bath, WC, large basin all finished in chrome for that extra luxury feel.

Bedroom No 5.

Double bedroom with a 5ft “zip and link” which can be separated (please request when making your booking)

Bedroom No 6.

Very large sunny double bedroom two 3.6ft “zip and link” beds that can be converted into a 7ft double (please request option when making your booking)

Games room

Games room with French doors leading directly onto the garden. We provide a full size table tennis table where you can spend many enjoyable hours. Also, a great area to enjoy the many games, books, DVDs, Tv on offer

Luxury large shower room.

The house features an highly modern shower room with all amenities to include, separate shower, WC, large basin all finished in chrome for that extra luxury feel.

Garden

  • Large enclosed garden to back and side of house mainly laid to lawn.
  • Various outside tables to enjoy the sunny and warm weather
  • Barbeque available
  • On site parking for up to six cars

LOCATION

Neacroft enjoys a unique position in that in one direction you can explore and discover the beauty of the New Forest, with its country pubs and many activities such as bike riding, horse riding and walking.

In the other direction, you can explore and discover the sea and beaches, where you can enjoy the blue flag beaches, coastal walks, crabbing, sailing and many water sports.

The Bend Retreat is ideally placed for exploring the area and provides the perfect base for everyone to stretch out and relax after a day exploring and discovering the beauty of the area.

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find out more

If you have a question, fill in the form below, our Estate Manager will call you back as soon as possible.

Enquire

Address:

The Bend Retreat
Croft Road
Nearcroft
Bransgore
Dorset
BH23 8JS

phone:

+44 (0)1425 880 009

Location

The Local Area

A beautiful historic market town on the shores of Christchurch Harbour on the spectacular Dorset coast. Includes Highcliffe-on Sea and Mudeford, an attractive fishing village. Christchurch is a beautiful Saxon market town, situated on the spectacular Dorset coast, close to lively Bournemouth and the tranquillity of the New Forest. Its Saxon charm and fascinating heritage, combined with beautiful floral displays make it an ideal location for a short break, day trip or as a base to discover the hidden treasures of rural Dorset and the New Forest. Nestling in the shadow of the magnificent 900 year old Priory Church, the older part of the town is steeped in history and full of old world charm with beautiful river walks, traditional and exclusive shops and a good range of restaurants, cafes and public houses. In contrast, the bustling high street area, Saxon Square shopping centre and Bargates provide a variety of interesting shops as well as several of the larger chains of retail stores. Christchurch is also renowned for its spectacular natural harbour, ideal for most water sports, and its six beautiful, unspoilt sandy beaches which span Christchurch bay. The borough has five nature reserves and also information centres at Stanpit Marsh and Steamer Point with full information on the natural wildlife that can be found there and details of interesting conservation projects.

Surrounding Area

The long golden sandy beaches of Poole are forty minutes away by car. Bournemouth is a lively, attractive resort with an excellent choice of restaurants, clubs, cinemas and shows. From Poole one can catch a car ferry across the narrow opening of the world’s second largest natural harbour to the isle of Purbeck, and probably the best beaches in the area at Studland, owned by the National Trust. From here one can visit Corfe Castle and take a journey on the steam railway to Swanage. Lymington is about 20 minutes drive, a beautiful, Georgian market town; Lymington is world renown as a sailing resort. On Saturday a market is held in the High Street which is worth a visit. From Lymington you can catch the ferry to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight where you can enjoy the lovely harbour and many pubs and restaurants. From Yarmouth you can spend many hours exploring the many activities and attractions the Isle of Wight.

Sea and Beaches

Christchurch’s predominantly sandy beaches extend for four miles across Christchurch Bay; from in the east, to Highcliffe Castle, and Friar’s Cliff beaches through to Avon Beach in the west. Mudeford Sandbank is a unique sandspit which adjoins Hengistbury and forms a natural barrier between the harbour and the open sea.

The sea is within a three mile drive from The Bend and you have access to fantastic beaches and water sports. The beaches we recommend are at Mudeford sandspit a short ferry ride from Mudeford Quay.

Mudeford is a charming fishing village lying at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour, a mecca for water-sports enthusiasts and fishermen.

The picturesque quay with its lobster pots, old fishermen’s’ cottages and Haven House Inn has been traditionally linked with smuggling over the centuries.

Nowadays it is not only the centre of the local fishing industry, where fresh can be bought from the fish stall, but also a beautiful spot to sit and watch the world go by. Here you can catch the ferry to Mudeford Sandbank, a unique spot of land, which adjoins Hengistbury Head, forming a natural barrier between the harbour and the open sea. It is an ideal spot for a relaxing walk and is easily reached by ferry.

There are fantastic coastal walks stretching from Keyhaven all the way to Bournmouth.

This is a fantastic area for water sports there are plenty of places to do water sports including windsurfing, kite surfing, dinghy.

New Forest

There can be few other places in England where the ancient landscape has remained so unchanged. In 1079 when William The Conqueror named the area his ‘new hunting forest’, little could he imagine that nearly 1000 years later his ‘Nova Foresta’ would still retain its mystery and romance.

Commoners have ancient rights allowing them to keep horses, cattle and pigs in the Forest, which are allowed to roam freely, including through its villages. There are many historic places to visit within the National Park.

The New Forest is a lively, working landscape with many secrets to discover. The only way to reveal The New Forest’s hidden gems and truly appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the forest is to get out there and explore. Try to escape from the confines of the car and head out on foot, bicycle or on horseback to get a more intimate feel of the forest, its coast and villages.

The New Forest is a genuine walker’s paradise with many circular and linear routes. All year round there are guided walks where local experts will tell you about the history, geology, wildlife and folklore beneath your feet. You can even explore the forest on a ranger-led New Forest event. The New Forest is a fantastic place for cycling with miles and miles of traffic free tracks leading you right into the heart of the forest with few hills to worry about

The open heaths of The New Forest are ideal basking grounds for adders and grass snakes, and the many pools dotted around the area make ideal conditions for frogs, toads and lizards. All of these can be seen at The New Forest Reptile Centre, which also offers woodland trails.

There are dozens of events throughout the year to help you get close to nature – from Dawn Chorus Walks to Deer Watches.

Try exploring the forest at different times of year and at different times of day. The forest is most atmospheric at dusk – you also stand the best chance of seeing deer, bats and nightjars

The New Forest offers a great variety of places to eat, from classic hotel restaurants to the best of brasseries, the traditional English pub with real ales to the prettiest tea rooms with the most indulgent cream teas imaginable.

You can get a real taste of The New Forest by choosing local specialties identified by the New Forest Marque when you are dining out.

By selecting local food that is fresh and in season, you will actually be helping the forest to stay special by supporting local farmers and small businesses. More and more pubs, restaurants and accommodation providers are sourcing local ingredients.

Learn about the forest’s history and archaeology at our many museums and Heritage Centres. From stately homes such as Beaulieu to the Roman Villa at Rockbourne, The New Forest has it all.

You can visit historic villages such as Buckler’s Hard, where ships for Nelson’s fleet were built, using the mighty oaks from the forest. Another example of how man has harnessed nature is at Britain’s only surviving tidal mill, Eling Tide Mill.

There are many hidden treasures for you to discover if you know where to look. Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for Alice In Wonderland, is buried in the churchyard in Lyndhurst.

The ideal place to start your visit is The New Forest Museum Visitor Centre in Lyndhurst with its exhibition depicting the history and heritage of the forest.

Look at the sample websites provided to find out more about the New Forest and activities you can carry out.

Local Activities

There are many cycle routes in the New forest for all abilities.
Cycles can be hired from the following centres;

 

Fishing in the New Forest is quite restricted and is only available at Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet. You will need a forestry Commission fishing permit along with a valid rod license.
Fortunately this part of Hampshire is renowned for its fishing and it does have some excellent private lakes and fisheries available both in and around the forest area stocking a whole range of freshwater species including Roach, Rudd, Tench, Pike and Dace for example.
Of course not all fishing is restricted to the fresh water variety so if you want to add a bit of diversity to your fishing experience you could try your hand at sea fishing available from Lymington Quay.

Seafishing

There is the unique Run at Mudeford, a narrow tidal channel running in and out Christchurch Harbour, where large numbers of both sea and fresh water feed together, giving the opportunity to fish for such species as bass, sea trout, mullet, and flounder, at the same time as roach, dace, and bream. Again, contact Davis Tackle for more details and advice.
Sea fishing is of course a major attraction for fishermen. You can fish from the beach, and there are several companies and individuals offering fishing trips by boat in the area, including

  • Mudeford Quay. (From the Fish Stall)
  • Bill Foster (out of Christchurch)
  • Puffin Cruises (Lymington Quay
  • Sea Fishing Trips (Hurst Castle Ferry Pontoon, Keyhaven )
  • M Cottingham (out of Keyhaven)
  • Ray Pitt (out of Keyhaven)

Private Lakes

The soft cliffs to the East of the village are famous for their fossils from the Eocene period (40 million years ago). The area is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) which means that they are protected by law, and you cannot actually dig for them. Don’t be deterred though, they are easy to find laying on the surface, as they get eroded from the soft cliffs by rain and sea. There are many web sites with information on this subject, for example,

  • Dr Ian West’s superb pages.
  • This is the UK Fossils Info (Hampshire) website.
  • There is also a wealth of information on the site owned by a regular visitor from Germany, the Dykes Family.

There are several golf courses in the area, including Highcliffe Castle Golf Club

Ringwood: Matchams Leisure Park. Tel: 01425 473305

There are many riding schools in the New Forest including.

  • Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre Broadway, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 4EN Tel: 01202 425173
  • Christchurch Sailing Centre for Dingy sailing lessons 37 Foxwood Avenue, Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 3JZ Open from March to November E-Mail: christchurchsailingcentre@nascr.netq Tel: (+44) 1202 471494
  • Christchurch Yachting Sailing Courses and Cruises
  • Off-road adventure with clay pigeon shooting and archery thrown into the mix.
  • Ample facilities for clay shooting, and a range of activities from Game Shooting to Go-Karting.
  • The estate has an in-house shoot that employs three full-time gamekeepers and up to forty people on shoot days.
  • Voted one of the best shooting schools in the country, Purbeck offers a wide range of activities in a variety of locations. Deer stalking is available
  • Purbeck Shooting School 1 Wyllon Place, Wool, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HR. Ground: Puddletown Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 7NT Tel: 01929 405101 E-mail: info@shooting.uk.com For information on game days please contact Graham Brown 07976 931341

It’s true! The Christchurch Ski Centre is Britain’s Number 1. They also have an Alpine Adventure Park, and much more besides.

If you want to go for a walk or cycle directly from the house try walking to Gus Common. Turn right out of the house along Croft Rd., pass Chisel Lane and Lyndhurst Rd on your left and stay on the road which turns gently to the right. Then take the next left, Waterditch Rd, which goes up a gentle hill and then down through a small brook crossing the road. Shortly afterwards turn left and follow the lane round until you come to a bridle path. Keep going straight until you come to a gate at the entrance of Gus common. Enter and enjoy roaming round.

There are so many beautiful walks for all abilities in the NEW FOREST.
Guide books are in the house and the following web site in useful.

If you want to go for a walk or cycle directly from the house try walking to Gus Common. Turn right out of the house along Croft Rd., pass Chisel Lane and Lyndhurst Rd on your left and stay on the road which turns gently to the right. Then take the next left, Waterditch Rd, which goes up a gentle hill and then down through a small brook crossing the road. Shortly afterwards turn left and follow the lane round until you come to a bridle path. Keep going straight until you come to a gate at the entrance of Gus common. Enter and enjoy roaming round.

There are so many beautiful walks for all abilities in the NEW FOREST.
Guide books are in the house and the following web site in useful.

  • Beaulieu Abbey
  • Beaulieu Motor meuseum
  • Beaulieu Palace House
  • Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
  • Bolderwood Ornamental Drive
  • Buckers Hard Village
  • Exbury Gardens
  • Furzey Gardens
  • Hurst Castle
  • Lepe County Park
  • Longdown Dairy Farm
  • Monkey world
  • Moors Valley country Park
  • New Forest Museum
  • Otter and Owl Centre
  • Paultons Park
  • Raptor and Reptile Centre
  • Rockbourne Roman Villa