“Thank you so much
for a fantastic weekend. The property was perfectly suited
for what we wanted and everyone had a lovely time"
"A very lovely home in a very good location, great
communication with the host, would highly recommend"
"We really enjoyed the cottage and appreciated the
Christmas tree and fire wood. Thanks very much"
"regarding our recent stay at Crosby Cottage, we
did have a very enjoyable break and the cottage was perfect
for our requirements"
"We had a good time, thanks"
"A great house with plenty of space, it worked really
well for our group of eight people. The host was great, very
responsive. When we had a problem it was resolved within the
"A good location and quiet street”
"We thought the cottage was very nice and well equipped"
"The location is good: quiet neighbourhood easy
access to beaches and the New Forest A bedroom and a shower/toilet
downstairs made life easier for us as one of the party was
less able to manage stairs."
"House was lovely and only a 15min walk from the
beach which was great. The hosts were also very quick to respond
to any questions we had."
Crosbie Cottage is located at the south west corner of the
New Forest, just a mile from the beautiful beaches at Highcliffe
and only half a mile from the New Forest National park itself.
Chewton common is close by, as is the wonderful spa, restaurant
and small golf course at the well known Chewton Glen Hotel.
As well as the forest and the beaches virtually on your doorstep,
Christchurch and Bournemouth are just a short direct drive
from this large New Forest Cottage.
Crosbie Cottage owes its name to Annette Crosbie, Margaret
Meldrew in ‘One Foot in the Grave’, which was
filmed here. Margaret and Victor Meldrew’s house was
located just around the corner, and this cottage is featured
in the 1991 One Foot in The Grave Christmas Special, covered
During the restoration and refurbishment works the whole
roof was removed, along with many interior walls, the back
wall taken down and the house extended on both floors, doubling
the floorspace on the ground floor, meanwhile the front elevation
was restored to it’s former glory, wooden sliding sash
windows reinstated and the whole exterior repointed as well
as a new roof built. The contemporary design of the rebuild
and extension is reflected throughout the interiors, with
large open plan spaces, full width sliding/folding doors to
the garden, contemporary open fireplace and reclaimed timber
Walkford is a small village, with a couple of pubs within
a few hundred yards in either direction, and a good convenience
store at the end of the road. Highcliffe is within easy walking
distance, where you’ll find a good selection of restaurants,
including in particular an excellent Thai restaurant run by
a husband and wife chef and waitress team. It is small though
– so be careful to book especially if it is for a large
group. There is a top quality chinese takeaway next door to
the Thai restaurant too, and several other places to eat,
as well as a handful of pubs, tea rooms, coffee shops, supermarket,
antique shops and a kayak and surf shop. Just beyond the main
street you’ll come to the cliff top and sandy beach,
where there’s a quality cafe/bar/ restaurant open in
the daytime and evening with fantastic views.
Crosbie cottage is the perfect base to discover the south
west New Forest or venture further along the Dorset coast
for a day, perhaps taking in Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door or
The kitchen/dining/living space has plenty of space for the
whole family to dineor just relax together at the table. Theres
a cosy central fireplace for winter and the full width sliding
folding doors accessing the large deck are wonderful when
the weather turns warmer.
At one end of the room is the kitchen, which has fitted units
with silestone granite surfaces providing ample workspace
and storage. There is a wide range cooker with a single very
large oven, a freestanding fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher
and washer/dryer. The base and wall units house all the cooking
and dining equipment needed for your break. The kitchen and
dining arrangement here makes Crosbie Cottage a wonderful
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!
The lounge space at the other end has sliding/ folding doors
to the deck, and a contemporary fireplace, with large settees
facing each other so everyone can socialise and relax in comfort.
There’s a television with DVD, and a radio / CD player.
There are four bedrooms at this large cottage. All are double
rooms, which can of course be used as singles too, and one
bedroom can be set up as a twin room with two single beds.
There are extra single beds available in each of the two larger
bedrooms to make a total of seven separate beds if required.
The two larger front bedrooms each have an original fireplace
a pleasant street view, one is on the on the ground floor.
The two smaller back bedrooms have views across the gardens
behind, and one of these bedrooms includes a desk and wardrobe.
The modern bathroom has a double ended bath, heated towel
rail, wc and basin. Downstairs, the contemporary shower room
has a shower, wc and basin.
Please browse the gallery for photographs of Crosbie
Cottage, 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.