Riverside Cottage and Lodge

Winchester, Hampshire
  • 12+2
  • 6
  • Pet Friendly

Thatched Riverside cottage and adjacent lodge with pool for up to 12. A wealth of charm and character. Featured in The Sunday Times '25 great British holiday rentals'.

  • Private pool
  • Close to the Test Valley famous for fly fishing - 5 miles
  • Stunning gardens and lavender field

About Riverside Cottage and Lodge

For an enlarged celebration Riverside Cottage and Lodge welcomes family groups in two accommodations that comprise the main Cottage, sleeping up to 10 people in traditional beamed period rooms, and the Lodge sleeping an additional 4 in an immaculate contemporary barn conversion adjacent to the swimming pool. The lodge is a quick walk across the lawns from the cottage.

Riverside Cottage is nestled in 5 acres of beautiful gardens set on the banks of the River Dever. The Cottage is a delightful example of a truly blissful country retreat with its thatched roof, cosy but spacious interior and wonderfully manicured gardens. Riverside Cottage gives a feeling of tranquility and seclusion as soon as you enter its long driveway with everything a country goer may want and yet within walking distance of the little hamlet of Bansbury. This charming much loved home is within easy reach of the historic City of Winchester with its excellent shopping and restaurants. However, the setting is so pretty you may not want to leave at all! There is an impressive kitchen at the heart of the property with a traditional AGA, which no true country cottage should be without, and is ideal for entertaining. This opens out on to the garden facing conservatory and terrace with wonderful views of the surrounding grounds. The cottage has no shortage of traditional charm with original wood beams, comfy beds, unique furniture and cosy log burner to relax by and unwind after a long country walk.The Cottage was once a separate farmers' cottages but was converted into one property; it retains the unique touches of each cottage including 3 separate staircases to discover for yourself!

The Lodge conversion has a beautiful beamed open-plan sitting room. Large glass French windows open onto a private terrace overlooking the grounds, a perfect place to spend a summers evening. Modern features abound inside with a separate kitchen leading onto the pool terrace outside. The large main bedroom sleeps 2 whilst the second bedroom is accessed via a narrow steep open staircase which leads to an open ended loft space, open to the main sitting room below. We would recommend that this room space is not suitable for younger children or elderly adults. There is a modern spacious shower room on the ground floor.

Although Riverside Cottage and Lodge is set beside a river, the 5 acre garden is fully fenced and gated to ensure everyone's safety. No wonder the Riverside Cottage featured in The Sunday Times '25 great British holiday rentals' and guests return year after year.

Read about how the owners of Riverside Cottage and Lodge created their holiday let


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"We have had a lovely time here. The cottage is wonderful and well stocked. Nymans and Hever are must-sees. Our baby enjoyed the basket full of pinecones immensely. Thank you."

Emy, Carolien & Roxy - June 2018

What makes this area
So special...

The Test Valley around Stockbridge is well worth exploring for its clear water river, walks and fishing opportunities. Award winning Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery is also a 'must do' day out - arrange a taxi!

Property details

Riverside Cottage & Lodge: sleeps 12+2, the accommodation is made up of two separate properties within the same grounds. The Lodge sleeps 4 in two bedrooms with an open plan kitchen and living space. The Cottage sleeps 8+2 in 5 bedrooms with a country kitchen, large conservatory, family sitting room and bathrooms. The accommodation has expansive grounds set in lavender fields, parking, BBQ space and swimming pool. 

The breakdown of the accommodation is as follows:

Riverside Cottage

Ground Floor 

Bedroom/study, can sleep 2 on a double sofa bed ,W.C

Sitting room. Open fireplace, exposed wood beam ceiling, seating for 6, TV/DVD/CD. Board games.

Kitchen/Conservatory. Aga plus separate cooker/hob, combi microwave, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, washing machine.

Open plan conservatory dining area with seating for 10

Snug with TV and comfortable seating.

First Floor

3 x double bedrooms 1 x twin room. 2 x en suite 1 x shower room.

Master bedroom (sleeps 2)double bed, en-suite, dressing room, wardrobe.

Bedroom 2 (sleeps 2) Double bed, walk in cupboard and shower room.

Bedroom 3 (sleeps 2) Double bed, door adjoining:

Bedroom 4 (sleeps 2) Twin bedroom with two 3ft beds and en-suite bathroom.  Please Note: This room is most suitable for children.


Terrace and large grounds.
Plenty of parking


Oil fired central heating.


The Lodge

The Lodge is a couple of minutes walk accross the lawn from the cottage. It does have its own access and parking for cars.

Ground Floor

Large sitting room with comfortable seating, TV, DVD.

Fitted modern kitchen with dishwasher, hob, oven and Microwave.

Bedroom 1 (sleeps 2) Double Bed with wardrobe.

Modern fitted bathroom with sink, heated towel rails and vanity case with drawers.

Mezzanine level: Open plan bedroom space with two single beds (sleeps 2),  we would recommend that this bedroom is not suitable for under 12's or elderly due to steep tight steps used to access the room and the lower headroom.

Utility with washer dryer and outside shower. To be used as changing facilities for the swimming pool.


Terrace and private pool for cottage and lodge guests.


Oil fired central heating.


What you need to know

Highchair and cot available

Pets allowed on request

River and swimming areas fenced off and gated.
Please Note: Swimming pool is adjacent to the Lodge part of this accommodation. Pool opening times: 1 April to end October.

Opportunity to purchase Riverside lifestyle condiments, crisps and other gift items.

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