Full disclosure here. The Delightful Mr F and I were invited down to sample the delights of Bentley Cottage by my lovely colleague Ashley and his delightful wife, Katrin.
Bentley Cottage is annexed next to Ashely’s house in the village of Brockenhurst in the New Forest. This area was new to The Delightful Mr F and I, so on Friday we packed our weekend bag with all the necessities, and a good handful of books and made our way down the M3.
The weather can only be described as a bit nippy, but as we pulled up outside the cottage the night was clear and the area so free of light pollution the stars could be clearly seen. The Delightful Mr F, being of an astronomical turn of mind, pointed out the constellations as we gazed upwards.
The cottage is beautiful, newly renovated as a holiday let. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a wonderful living area, with a big kitchen and a wonderful set of comfy sofas around a cozy log burner. Frankly, it is a perfect reading habitat. Books are even supplied if, God forbid, you should forget to bring any with you.
On Saturday morning The Delightful Mr F and I went out to Lymington, a coastal town about a 20 minute drive away. We had a lovely, if rather bracing walk along the harbour side. It was knitwear to maximum given the biting wind, but the fresh air and lovely scenery made up for it. We returned to the cottage ready for some intensive reading next to the fire.
The cottage is peaceful and warm and comfortable, perfect for getting completely lost in a book. In my case I was in Tokyo catching up with an old Japanese teacher, whilst The Delightful Mr F was fighting Hell monsters with Sandman Slim. Outside, the new forest ponies pottered about, and Ashley’s cat, Teddy, sat on the fence outside making sure all was well with the world.
Ashely and Katrin have set up this cottage so guests have everything they could ever want or need. All the practical things are there, and there are some lovely touches in the decor and in the little extras such as maps and suggestions for things to do. If you are in an energetic mood, walking, cycling, sailing and any other number of activities are available. For me though, would could be better than after a long week at work, to find myself in the middle of a beautiful national park, with a log burner and a stack of books to choose from? If you want some peaceful reading time, book yourself some time in Bentley Cottage. Thank you Ashley and Katrin for a lovely weekend, we’ll be back soon!