Red Oak Barn within the New Forest National Park
Red Oak Barn within the New Forest National Park
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.


Business travel
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Amenities
Pets allowed
Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM

- 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.


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Kate User Profile
October 2017
This place is beautiful! So cosy and comfortable, even with an October nip in the air, it was never cold; the wood burner is lovely! The barn is very well equipped, the kitchen area is amazing and we managed to cook up a huge dinner, without wanting for any implement. The outside area is also gorgeous, with plenty of seating and a bbq (though we didn't use it!) The barn is in the owners' property, but the garden is so big, it is still completely private. Gwyneth and Peter are incredibly welcoming and so helpful; we had great communication beforehand, so it was easy to find the place. They are also amazingly generous, providing fresh breakfast essentials, as well as a lovely bottle of prosecco (though not quite a breakfast essential! Unless it's the weekend.) I hope we get to come back here. Thank you Gwynnie and Peter!

Caroline User Profile
October 2017
The accommodation is 'home from home' - all of the elements that you would expect - clean and well equipped with quirky decorations. Although no central heating the wood burning stove is very efficient and there are ample additional heaters shoudl they be required. The hosts are welcoming and attentive and although the cabin is in their garden it is also very separate and private. We would definitely like to come back!
Gentlehart User ProfileGentlehart is a superhost.
Response from Gentlehart:
Thank you Caroline for your kind words. Really enjoyed getting to know you and your family. Come back anytime. Best wishes, Gwyneth
October 2017

Mark User Profile
October 2017
If your looking for a cosy, immaculate barn on the edge of the New Forest with charming hosts then look no further! Red Oak Barn has clearly been a project of passion and is the most beautiful place to stay! We recently visited with our two children for our 10th wedding anniversary and had an amazing time. Gwyneth and Peter are so thoughtful and nothing has been forgotten, even down to a card and bottle of fizz in the fridge to help us celebrate! It was the perfect way to spend our anniversary, we just wish we could have been there a bit longer but we’re looking forward to visiting again!
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Response from Gentlehart:
What a super review! Thank you so much Mark. If we had to choose an ideal group of guests you'd be near or possibly at the very top of our list. We loved meeting you, Susie, the delightful Bella and not forgetting Henry, "The Conker King!" Hope to meet up again in the future. Best wishes, Gwynnie & Peter xx
October 2017

Leanne User Profile
September 2017
We loved the outdoor living area with the chimnea, the cosiness of the log burner inside. All the thoughful little touches and a kitchen with everything you could need. The pillows and duvets were so cosy. After doing some exploring nearby ringwood had the best shops to stock up in supplys, waitrose, sainsburys and a cook shop. The barn is a lovely rural retreat. Will definitely return. Gwyneth and peter are fantastic hosts.
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Response from Gentlehart:
Thank you so much Lianne for your kind words. Really pleased you all had a good time. We loved hosting you too! Come back anytime. Gwyneth xx
September 2017

Paul User Profile
September 2017
Gwynnie and Peter were exceptional hosts. They gave us a warm welcome, provided ample breakfast supplies for the first day, and had tips on the local area. Their property has been very tastefully decorated and the wood burning fireplace was great. The property looked even better in person than on the photos - a welcome surprise! We had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to stay again/
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Response from Gentlehart:
Thank you Paul for your lovely review. We loved hosting you and your family (and the cockers!). You left the barn spotless, many thanks! come back anytime. Gwyneth & Peter
September 2017

Jane User Profile
September 2017
We stayed at Red Oak Barn for 3 nights, the booking process was straightforward and directions were clear. Peter and Gwyneth we're welcoming on arrival and showed us around the barn. We really liked the quirky style and the unique nature of the place. We loved the cosy wood burner, lots of wood supplied. It was great to be able to bring our dog with us and to do walks locally. We had family over for dinner one night which worked well. The kitchen was very well equipped and great for entertaining. The hosts had thought of everything we might need. Pete and Gwyneth were helpful with recommendations of where to eat, there are some good pubs locally. A lovely short break!
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Response from Gentlehart:
Thanks Jane. Glad you and Pete enjoyed your stay in our barn. You left the barn so clean and tidy, thank you! You're welcome back anytime. Best wishes for your future projects! Gwyneth & Peter
September 2017

Nuno User Profile
September 2017
The place is absolutely idyllic. The hosts, its surroundings, their attention to detail and welcoming manner could not be topped. Highly recommended. Nuno&Kate
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Response from Gentlehart:
Thanks Nuno for your kind words. We enoyed hosting you and Kate's family. Come back anytime. Gwyneth x
September 2017

Ringwood, United KingdomJoined in November 2016
Gentlehart User ProfileGentlehart is a superhost.
We have lived along the South Coast for over 30 years and love the wide open spaces, wildlife and ease of access to nearby towns and cities as well as London. I am a part-time maths teacher and also like to keep fit. We have a noisy cat called Amy and a son who is at Newcastle …
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