Wilson 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 New Forest Cottage.
Wilson Cottage owes its name to Richard Wilson, Victor Meldrew
in ‘One Foot in the Grave’, which was filmed here.
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 in snow.
During the extensive 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.
Wilson 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 a
family group to dine all 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
At one end of the room is the kitchen, which has fitted units
with silestone granite worksurfaces and a freestanding Ikea
Udden stainless steel kitchen unit providing ample worksurfaces
and storage. There is a wide range cooker with a single very
large oven, a built-in stainless steel american fridge freezer
and 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 purpose designed
kitchen and dining arrangement here makes Wilson 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, Three are
double rooms, one of which can also be set up as 2 single
beds, and the fourth bedroom is a bunkbed room which has full
sized adult beds. There’s some flexibility for groups
whose requirements differ slightly. 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 surprizingly far reaching views across the gardens behind,
one of these has the bunk beds, one has a double bed and also
includes a desk.
The modern bathroom has a double ended bath with a shower
over, heated towel rail, wc and basin. Downstairs, the cloakroom
has a wc and basin.
Please browse the gallery for photographs of Wilson
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.