The person whose name appears on the Booking Form agrees to take full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the party adhere to the Conditions of Let set out below.

In these Conditions of Let, “Owner” refers to the owner of the property you are booking, “Property” refers to the Lodge you are booking.

The number of people occupying any one Property is limited to that stated in the brochure or website, unless by prior consent with the Owner.

You must pay a 25% deposit on booking, with the remainder of the balance payable four (4) weeks before the start of the Let. If a booking is made less than 4 weeks before the start of the holiday please send the full rental charges at the time of booking, having first checked that the Property of your choice can be reserved for you. Failure to pay the balance of rental charges due (28 days prior to arrival), will result in the Owner treating the Property as available for re-booking. No reminders are sent out.

Payment by cheque/cash /bank transfer or Paypal.

Please notify the Owner of any cancellation in writing. If a notice of cancellation is received between the dates of your deposit being received and the final payment being due then the deposit will be retained unless the Property can be re-let. If cancellation is made within four weeks of the holiday start (i.e. the whole rent has been paid) then the whole amount paid will be retained unless the Property can be re-let. If a re-let is successful then a full refund will be made, less an administration fee of £25 per week. If the Property cannot be re-let then no refund will be given.

To safeguard against cancellation charges & other unforeseen eventualities we strongly recommend Cancellation Insurance.

Should the Property, subsequent to booking, become unavailable through any cause, you must accept that the Owner’s liability is limited to the amount of any rent paid.

Pets are allowed but only in The Winchester Lodge a charge will be added of £20 per week. Any damage will need to be paid for. It is the responsibility of the owner to clean up after their dog/pet and for it not to be a nuisance to other guests.

No Smoking inside the Lodges.

Entrance to the Ropley Station Area is strictly prohibited after 4.30pm unless using the bridge to cross to go down Station Hill.  You maybe liable to prosecution if found in the Station Area.

You accept that the responsibility for personal property of guests occupying the accommodation is solely theirs. All vehicles are also left at the guests’ risk. Guests agree to absolve the Owner of any responsibility for any accident or mishap to persons or property whilst on the premises or whilst engaged in any activity therein, or from any illness or injury arising from any causes whatsoever.

You agree to use the Property solely for its intended purpose as self-catering accommodation and to accept the Owner’s right to refuse to hand over the Property to any person deemed unsuitable to take charge. Causing a nuisance or disturbance to neighbours or other guests, unreasonable behaviour or disrupting the running of the farm may result in the Owner requesting you to leave.

You agree to allow the Owners or agents access to the Property at all reasonable times. We will only ever request access to your property in case of an emergency, e.g. a water leak.

You must respect and look after your accommodation during your stay and you must leave the Property clean and tidy. Please let us know of any damage or breakages so we can repair or replace them for the next guests. We reserve the right to charge for any damage or breakages.

You must vacate the Property by 10am at the latest on your day of departure unless special arrangements have been made with the Owner. This is to allow us to prepare the Property for the next guests.

Guest arrival time is from 3pm onwards.

All of our portable electrical appliances have been tested and approved within the terms of the new Fire Assessment Regulations. As the use of your own personal electrical equipment is out of our control it must be at your own personal risk.

Children should be adequately supervised at all times and are the responsibility of parents/guardians.

Prices include all linen, towels, heating, water, electricity and taxes.

For stays of 14 days or more the linen will be changed on the normal changeover day Friday.

We hope that your stay with us is enjoyable and memorable and do not hesitate to ask if you want any further advice or information. In the unlikely event that you have a grievance please notify us immediately so that we can try to rectify any problems.

Access Statement For Watercress Lodges – Bighton Hill, Ropley SO24 9SQ


Watercress Lodges are set in the beautiful Hampshire Countryside opposite the Heritage Railway the Watercress Line. The Properties resemble railway cottages and afford fantastic views of the surrounding area.

The six Self catering Holiday Cottages, sleep up to six persons over two storeys, two double bedrooms on the first floor and double bed settee on the ground floor.

The accommodation has good level access to the ground floor and fully compliant with part M of the building regulations (Disabled Access).


  • Stagecoach Bus 64 (Winchester / Alresford / Alton) nearest bus stop Ropley main street approx 1/4 mile.
  • Alresford is the nearest town for shops, pubs, Watercress Line (Alresford to Alton), chemists, doctor’s surgery, banks, post office. Approx 4 miles
  • Alton ( 6 miles) Shops, taxis, main line train station, etc.
  • Winchester (10 miles) for shop-mobility, taxis, main line train station, etc.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

  • Please call when near or upon arrival or a pre arranged time to be met by our helpful staff who will give a warm welcome and farmilarisation tour off lodge and facilities
  • Off-road car parking for 6 cars + 2 disabled parking bays to the rear of the properties. Drop off points to the front of the properties with level entrance into properties. There is bollard lighting at drop off points, paths and parking areas. Sign for Watercress Lodges Cottages is at entrance to driveway and signs for each cottage on property.

Main Entrance

  • The main entrance door (900 mm or 36 inches clear width) has a level threshold and enters on to the hallway. The Kitchen WC/utility and Living Room are all accessed from hallway.
  • The floor is laminate and the ground floor is level throughout.
  • There is an outside light to both the main entrance door and French patio door, both work on PIR’s and are also emergency lights
  • Internal lighting of the entrance is by way of pendant light


  • The ground floor WC is accessed through the utility area which is situated off the entrance hall
  • Accessed from the hall with a clear door width of 840 mm (2’ 9”)
  • There is a sink with a single mixing tap set at a height of 830 mm.
  • The WC is set at a height of 400 mm.
  • The floor is laminate flooring which is both level and flat.

Sitting Room/Lounge Diner

  • Accessed from the hall with a clear door width of 840 mm (2’ 9”)
  • Furniture – the room has large bed settee with two additional easy chairs. There is a low level coffee table.
  • The dining table is set for four persons but extends easily to a six seater. There are six matching dining chairs all without arms.. Space for a wheelchair could easily be accommodated. The clear height underneath the table is 670 mm.
  • All the furniture is easily moveable
  • The lighting is a combination of spots recessed into the ceiling and wall mounted up-lighting
  • The floor is laminate with a rug placed under the coffee table
  • The TV is wall mounted with remote controls where subtitles and audio can be accessed.


  • Accessed from the hall with a clear door width of 840 mm (2’ 9”)
  • The flooring is laminate which is both flat and level
  • The oven has a drop down door and is at a height of 880 mm. The hob is gas and is set immediately above the oven at a height of 1000 mm There is a microwave that sits on the worktop at a height of 1244 mm.
  • The Worktop height is 920 mm.
  • There is a fridge freezer with the highest shelf being 1498.6 mm and the lowest draw being 500 mm.
  • There are wall cupboards containing crockery, glasses etc and the height of these is 1727.2 mm however the shelves are adjustable and can be lowered upon request.
  • The sink is a single bowl set into a granite drainer. The taps are a single mixer tap with hot and cold mixing taps.
  • Kettles are clear glass to aid in seeing the amount of water which illuminate when switched on. They are cordless and revolve 360 degrees.
  • Lighting is a combination of recessed ceiling spots and under cupboard lighting

First Floor

  • The first floor is accessed from the living room via conventional staircase which leads to the two double bedrooms and family shower room

Double Bedroom

  • The bedroom is accessed through a 762 mm wide door (2’ 6”)
  • Laminate flooring throughout with a rug in the centre of the room.
  • The Bed is kingsized bed with bedside tables/draws and reading lights
  • Double wardrobe with light which has a shelf and full length hanging
  • Chest of draws
  • The lighting is a central pendant with additional reading lights

Twin Bedroom

  • The bedroom is accessed through a 762 mm wide door (2’ 6”)
  • Laminate flooring throughout with a rug in the centre of the room.
  • The two beds  both have bedside tables/draw, reading lights/ Lamp
  • Chest of draws
  • The lighting is a central pendant with additional reading lights

Family Shower Room

The shower is enclosed and measures 800 mm x 800 mm with facilities to place toiletries.

  • The floor is level and laminate type flooring
  • The WC is at a height of 400 mm.
  • The sink is at a height of 830 mm with a single tap and mixing levers. There is a good sized mirror and a shaving socket
  • The lighting is a central light and is connected to the extract fan. Additional fluorescent light with shaver socket.


  • Each cottage has a utility room with washer & dryer. Together with ironing facilities.


  • Not applicable

Leisure Facilities

  • Watercress Line Heritage Railway (On Site)
  • The Park Golf Course is approx 5 mile away. The golf course is open from 8.30am until dusk.
  • Fishing at Avington Trout Lakes – 5 miles away.
  • Walking – western end of South Downs Way national trail – 3 miles; St Swithun’s Way, Itchen Way and Kings Way
  • Recreational \sports and Swimming pool at Alton – 6 miles away

Outdoor Facilities

  • Outdoor furniture consist of a picnic table with bench seating (cushioned). Gas Barbecue (one per property)

Touring Facilities (Holiday Parks)

  • TBA

Grounds and Gardens

  • All gardens are clearly designated with own garden furniture. Numerous public footpaths

We welcome your feedback to help us continuously improve if you have any comments please phone  or email us (see our contact us page for more information).