Detached, comfortable and self-contained annex in quiet surroundings with parking. Light, modern and airy. Easy reach of historic and natural beauty. Andover station 1.5 miles, London 1hr by train. Easy access A303/M3.
This is a lovely relaxing space to spend a few days doing your own thing, whether that be cycling, walking or visiting historic towns and beautiful forests and beaches, or simply staying at home and reading, having a long soak with candles or enjoying our garden. This annex is my workspace but I am happy to have guests staying at the times when I am not working. There is a well-equipped kitchenette, bathroom and pleasant lounge area. There is a double bed upstairs and we can provide a single bed downstairs if there are three of you.
You have the annex all to yourself and a key, plus if you don't mind large dogs, hens and ducks you are welcome to use our landscaped garden to relax in provided you have had a proper introduction to our Saint Bernard. There is a separate garden for you if you and the animals don't get on :)
We are available for anything you need but otherwise, we will leave you to your own devices.
I also separately offer 'rest and relax' retreats of two days which include supportive interactions and regular meals for people troubled by anxiety, stress or exhaustion. Please ask about this if you would like to know more.
There is no washing machine or TV in the Annex but you are welcome to give us your washing to put in our machine and you can stream your films using our Wifi if you choose. There is a washing line next to the annex.
We have a variety of pets at the house, including a Spaniel and a St Bernard, plus a cat, several hens and ducks. They are all friendly - the St Bernard is nervous of new people, so his initial caution and barking at the start can eventually turn into larger and louder than life enthusiasm. Do come and be introduced to him properly in our main house if you would like to. The animals roam around the adjacent landscaped garden freely so if you are not keen on animals, or are scared of large dogs, this might not be the place for you :)
Please ask us if you need anything, we want you to enjoy your stay :)
To help us:
Please do not smoke indoors, pick up all cigarette ends and only use candles in the containers provided.
Please be thoughtful and keep external noise down after 9pm.
Arrival time is 4pm onwards and leaving by 10am (leave your keys in the kitchen by the microwave). We can sometimes be more flexible about arrival and leaving times, please ask before booking :)
We don't allow children between the age of 7 months and 3 years as we are not set up for them, but children who are old enough and sensible enough to stay away from the pond and cope with an enthusiastic, slobbery, big and loud dog are very welcome. There is a 4ft fence between the back garden and Annex, so if you do not want to have contact with the dogs, you can do so. The cat has a mind of his own :)
I'm quiet, sensitive and friendly and enjoy being in peaceful countryside surroundings when I get the chance. I work for myself and live in a large house with a three quarter acre landscaped garden. I share this space with my husband, one of my four grown up children, my spritely 93 year old mother-in-law, our black cat, Jet, a three year old St Bernard, Albus who is rather cautious of strangers, but friendly when he gets to know you and an irrepressible young Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Teddy, who is everyone's friend. I have several chickens and ducks who provide some very tasty eggs when they are not broody. All the animals get on well together.
I think it's important in life to take time to just 'be', to visit with friends and family and to enjoy the natural wonders of the world in my own quiet way. I love cooking and hearing about people's lives, I also enjoy quiet time by myself in the house or garden. I have travelled to France, Italy (I adore Rome), Spain, Amsterdam, Greek Islands, the USA, the Caribbean and Canaries. My favourite thing to do while I am abroad is to rest, try the food, go for gentle walks, visit historical sites and people-watch from a coffee shop outdoors. I love to learn about life and traditions in the countries I visit. I also love the sea and can spend hours just watching it constantly changing.
As a guest, I hope to feel welcomed and to be able to ask for what I need. I respect the opportunity to spend time in someone else's home and look after the things around me as if they were my own. As a host, I try my best to make sure guests feel relaxed and that your B&B needs will be met successfully. I am approachable and happy to answer any questions and to do little things that will make your stay comfortable and run smoothly.
I can speak a little French if needed, but just a little :)