Our barn is made from mainly recycled materials, which gives it a somewhat unique and quirky look and a lived in homely atmosphere. It is located in a Conservation Area within the National Park, with nearby access to main roads, a motorway. Access to/from London is particularly good. Close to the market town of Ringwood and a short distance to beaches, the Purbecks and the Jurassic Coast, as well as many local tourist attractions.
Suitable for couples, families, older folk and business people.
Red Oak Barn sits on the western edge of the National Park and within the conservation area known the New Forest Western Escarpment. The barn isn't an hotel, although we endeavour to offer a five star (non hotel) experience even though it doesn't have central heating, or a bath. The building is built from mainly reclaimed materials and this is reflected in the style of the furnishings. We think its appeal is its quirkiness and homely feel. A great deal of care has been spent on equipping the barn and we hope this will be both enjoyed and respected by our guests. We live on site in our cottage and should be on hand to offer assistance if needed.
It has two ‘stable type bedrooms’, a fully equipped kitchen and an open plan seating area. There is a shower room with a toilet and washbasin, which are connected to a septic tank which can only cope with natural waste. There is a veranda leading onto a decked area, which is screened from the rest of our garden.
The decking area is made from recycled wood and care needs to be taken as it can be both slippy when wet and uneven when dry (there are mats available if needed). There are traditional and gas BBQs and for the energetic there's a foldaway tennis table. If you’re more into relaxing; sitting with a glass of wine in hand in front of our chimera should suit.
The barn has a large wood burning stove, an infra red heater in the kitchen area and a number of movable electric background heaters.
The kitchen is fully equipped for meal preparation with a dishwasher and washing machine. The wireless broadband is reasonably fast (12MBs) and TV channels are via FreeSat. We have a cat (that doesn't venture into the barn) and are happy to accept pets, but only after consultation.
We think the barn would suit couples wanting a peaceful break or young families needing a change of scene (however there is a small pond within the garden). It should also appeal to older couples wanting to relax or explore the stunning countryside nearby. If you are a business person and want to unwind and recharge your batteries, our barn should hopefully fit the bill.
We live along a private no-through road which is very quiet. Deer, buzzards and tawny owls are common, as well as a wide variety of other wildlife.
Towells and linen are provided.
The ground is level and accessible. There is parking just off the lane and guests access the barn across the garden. Disabled access is good in the barn.
Please be aware access is across a lawn, which can get wet. There is a 'Welly Rack' to hang wellies, outside the barn door, if needed.
Interaction with guests
We want our guests to have an enjoyable and relaxing time. If there is any help that we can provide to contribute to this please let us know. If there is a problem or there's something which we may be able to provide, then we would hope our guests would contact us immediately.
Other things to note
Please read the entire listing description and house rules before requesting a reservation. We want to make sure that your stay meets your expectations. When making a request, please tell us a little about yourselves and indicate that you have read the full listing and house rules. Thank you.
Our local pub is a five minute walk away and thankfully hasn't been themed and serves (so my partner tells me) very good real ale as well as food.
A few minutes drive away is a Tesco Express, an off licence and a fish and chip shop. The 'chippy' has got the thumbs up from a number of our guests.
Ringwood Raptor Centre has a wide variety of reptiles and birds of prey and is just outside the town centre.
A ten minute drive will take you to Dorset's leading tourist attraction, Moors Valley Country Park. They have an 18 hole golf course, a steam train for children, forest walks/cycle-rides, as well as a "Go Ape", a pitch & putt, a cafe and local art. They also hire cycles.
Framptons Wine Bar and coffee shop in the High Street, has an attractive interior and is open all day/evenings and serves food. There are many restaurants in and around the town which offer various cuisines which should suit most tastes.
Ringwood's most popular tourist destination is the Ringwood Brewery Tour. Approximately 2 hours long, with free drinks, a 1/2 pint mug to take home and an insight into the origins of the brewery as well as lots on the history of the town. Well worth the £8 cost my son tells me!
The White Hart Pub in the town's market place is the original White Hart. The story (which is hung up inside the pub) makes interesting reading.
There is a riding stable approximately 10 mins away which has proved popular with some guests.
Bournemouth's beaches are approximately 10-15 minutes by car.
- Follow the wood burner safety guidance.
- Guests who bring a pet to ensure they are kept off soft furnishings, sofas and beds. Please accompany dogs if let loose in the garden and any 'deposits' are swiftly cleared up.
- Bar the dishwasher cleaning the final breakfast dishes, kitchen to be left in the condition in which it was found.