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My husband and I recently took a weekend trip to Dairy Cottage, a charming little holiday rental in the New Forest. The occasion was a kind of babymoon come weekend away with our toddler in tow. If I’m honest, we’ve been reluctant to travel in the past couple of years, as our little one has always been incredibly demanding and gets bored terribly quickly. We knew we had to choose well in terms of our destination to keep her amused, and us sane.

Dairy Cottage

Luxury thatched holiday rental Dairy Cottage is situated in Ibsley, on the edge of the New Forest. The annex cottage is tucked away down a pretty country lane lined with spring flowers. There’s large driveway for ease of transporting children and luggage safely inside.

TV show Grand Designs

The cottage isn’t without its history. Just before Christmas 2004, the building was devastated by a house fire and underwent a complete refurbishment. The transformation of the burnt out 17th century cottage into the beautifully modern, yet traditional home you see today was captured on popular TV show Grand Designs.

Fully equipped for a family of four

On arrival we were instantly delighted by our little home from home. Sleeping up to two adults and two children, we found Diary Cottage to be fully equipped with everything we needed, including reliable baby gates to the stairs. The advantage of travelling light took a lot of stress out of the planning and travelling, which was a real treat. The only thing we had to bring in terms of baby/toddler paraphernalia was a baby monitor, which in the end, we didn’t even use.

Charming and enchanting

Our daughter was enchanted by Dairy Cottage and the abundance of toys she found both upstairs and down. She was enthralled by the dolls’ house and ride-ons, huge teddies, dolls and the wooden rocking horse that sat downstairs patiently waiting for his next passenger.

7pm marked bedtime for our baba. Unbelievably, she was happy to climb into her travel cot, completely tuckered out from play. She went quickly to sleep surrounded by hundreds of toys lit up softly by fairy lights that hung down from the roof of the cottage. In fact, amongst completely unfamiliar surroundings, she slept peacefully until sunrise. To us, that was testament to how much she loved staying at Dairy Cottage. As children’s bedrooms go, they do not get more magical.

Our bedroom was definitely a room with a view: Its huge windows looked out over the large garden beyond the slide and the wooden pirate ship, out onto the sprawling countryside. We enjoyed the view from the comfort of the large, sumptuous bed while deciding this was a place we’d move into, in a heartbeat.

With an adult shower room and toilet downstairs, and a full bathroom complete with a gorgeous bathtub full of fun toys, we found everything in the right place for an easy breezy stay.

A base to explore

Dairy Cottage is perfectly placed to explore a variety of nearby seaside destinations. The owners have a fully kitted out beach hut you can book at Alum Chine Beach in Dorset – fabulous for warm sunny days and just a twenty minute trip by car.

From the cottage, you’ll find there’s easy access to many places of interest for children of all ages. Take in the scenery on a spectacular woodland walk, littered with beautiful New Forest donkeys, visit the local pubs or stock up on delicious fresh food from the local farm shop. We even ventured the short distance to Paulton’s Park to experience our very first taste of Peppa Pig World. Our daughter was in heaven.

Saying ‘goodbye’

We were sad to leave after such a short trip, but hope to book this cottage again in the summer, perhaps next year when our new baby turns one. It really is a fantastic place for the littlest of children to stay. We highly recommend it for a truly relaxing stay in a beautiful part of the country.

For more information on how to book Dairy Cottage and other family-friendly holidays, check out Baby Friendly Boltholes for expert advice. 

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