Carve out your very own piece of holiday history in this detached Hambledon hideaway that's a perfect base for romantics and sporty types.
A folly is an "extravagant structure" made popular in the 19th century and discovered in places where the views are exceptional. In other words, a folly is the perfect holiday home, drenched in history and beautifully positioned for you to breathe in fresh air whilst enjoying luxuriant countryside views.
The Folly is a detached Georgian Grade II listed property that was originally built in 1832, and is set in the garden of the owners' house in the picturesque village of Hambledon, offering endless tree-strewn views of fields, foliage and charming cottages.
Beautifully designed to resemble a castle turret, the building features three floors and sleeps two people in a double bedroom. Don't forget to pack your crown and ermine to make the most of the sense of royalty you'll feel as you survey your brand-new kingdom from the top floor, glass of bubbles firmly in hand!
Inside, the building is light and bright, featuring arched windows and doors and contemporary features that blend in with the original architecture. You'll find everything you need for a relaxing stay, including a boutique fitted kitchen with microwave and a shower room with toilet on the ground floor. Take the narrow stairs to the welcoming living and dining area, cosily furnished with an electric fire - perfect for curling up with a good book.
On the second floor you'll discover a double bedroom that's ideal for snuggling, furnished with antique pine and featuring some of the very best countryside views from the window.
For al fresco drinking, dining, chatting and stargazing, you'll find a beautiful flower-filled garden complete with table and chairs, and a sunny outside area right at the top of the building. And if you fancy a swim, you won't have to go very far at all as you'll have full use of the owner's indoor heated 30-foot swimming pool in the summer months!
If you're a sports fan, you may just find yourself in clover at The Folly! Hambledon is the birthplace of cricket, and you'll find the Rose Bowl cricket ground within easy reach, together with a local free tennis court complete with equipment supplied...why not go and practise some of those Wimbledon-winning shots? Goodwood Racecourse is nearby, and there's ample opportunity for horse riding and golfing practise, too.
The Folly includes a handy storage space for bicycles if you feel the need to explore the local area on two wheels rather than two feet! There's certainly plenty to see, with many bracing walks available right from the doorstep and the coastlines of Hampshire and West Sussex just 13 miles away. Why not make a day of visiting the beach - or for the slightly more adventurous, head over to Portsmouth and catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight.
History enthusiasts will adore strolling around the stunning cathedral cities of Winchester and Chichester...and why not also pay a visit to Chichester Harbour while you're there? For a more scenic day out, a trip to the stately homes at Beaulieu and Broadlands, along with the gardens of Exbury, are sights you'll want to capture, just half an hour away by car.
When you've finished exploring, the local pub, just 400 yards from The Folly, is the perfect place to recharge those batteries.
With so much to see and do, it would indeed be folly to miss out on a stay at The Folly...so come and experience this charmingly regal building for yourself and enjoy a holiday to remember!Things to note
No pets permitted, not suitable for elderly/infirm, no smoking.
Region: Hambledon, Hampshire
Cost (from): £240 (2 nights)
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 306
Sleeps 2, double bedroom, bedding & towels provided, shower room, toilet, small fitted kitchen, microwave, fridge, dining table & chairs, living area, TV, DVD player, CD player, WiFi, parking, use of indoor heated swimming pool (Apr-Oct), cycle store, terrace, sun loungers.
Golf, fishing, swimming, beaches, flamingo park, nature reserves, zoo, parks, vineyards, horse riding, hiking.
At a glance
- Georgian Grade II listed folly sleeping two people in the garden of the owners' house in the village of Hambledon, Hampshire.
- Easily accessed by car, with parking and cycle storage available.
- WiFi enabled, all bed linen and towels are included.
- Guests can enjoy sole use of the owner's indoor heated swimming pool from April to October. Cricket, golf, tennis, fishing and horse riding opportunities are available nearby.
- Close to a number of picturesque towns, with walks and cycle routes available from the doorstep. The coastlines of Hampshire and East Sussex are just 13 miles away.
- No smoking or pets.