Michaelmas House is a stunning 18th century cottage in a tranquil rural setting. Comfortable and stylish, with a beautiful, extensive private garden. Bournemouth, Thomas Hardy's Wessex, the Jurassic Coast, & the New Forest are all within easy reach.
This house is has always had a massive impact on our guests - it is just so quintessentially English country cottage, with low beams, exposed brick, wood fires, antique dining table, comfy sofas, and extensive garden. But it's not cluttered; we have tried to keep everything simple and stylish, with modern electronics, broadband wifi, and a great cooking range.
Disponible para huéspedes
You will have the house to yourself, with the exception of our office (a fourth bedroom). But you won't be here to work!
Atención a los huéspedes
We may be present during your stay, but not in the house as listed. We're lucky enough to have a separate guest annex so if necessary we can decamp to the smaller space. if we're not travelling. This is why we can make the house available for long periods.
Otros aspectos destacables
Rick, our friend and our gardener, will keep everything in order outside the house, so you'll be able to relax and enjoy the garden without worrying about keeping the lawns looking good!
We must stress that we can only accept up to 6 guests in total, adults and children. This is the maximum number of people allowed to stay as visitors under our house insurance, so it's fundamental that guests accept this when booking.
We ask guests to treat our house as they would want others to treat their own home, with respect for the house, the garden, and our belongings. We operate a strict non-smoking policy and, because the house is thatched, we ask our guests to be very careful with fire (i.e., not to use the wood-burning stove or open fire, and take extra care with barbecues, candles, etc.).
We expect our guests to make good any accidental damage like for like, so it is advisable to be insured. The kitchen is great for cooking, and we are always like our guests to feel at home there, but we'd appreciate it if ingredients used are replaced. We supply linen for our three double beds but, for the reason mentioned in the first paragraph, it's very important that guest don't host additional visitors overnight. Finally, we cannot accommodate pets.
We requests guests take off shoes inside the house whenever possible.
Guests are requested to leave the property as they found it, and return the keys.
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We're both psychologists. Bob is an academic, a longterm professor at University of Southampton; Sue is a clinical prof, with great experience of working in NHS services for mental health, as well as honorary university appointments.
Now we're both semi-retired, but we keep our hand in with some teaching, consultancy and writing work. Although we miss the conference travel - we loved our trips the USA and Australia! - we still get away whenever we can in Europe and further afield.
At home, we love gardening, reading, cooking, and cultural activities. At present, Bob is learning French and Sue is teaching mindfulness.
We're lucky enough to have an annex that's separate from the house that we've listed. This means that if we're not travelling, we can make the house available for long periods, and if necessary decamp to the smaller space.
We've always done home exchanges, so we're used to hosting like-minded people: it gives us great satisfaction to hear from guests how much they have enjoyed their visit to our home.