Self Catering Cottages, Retreats and Wellbeing

The Riverside Dream

Riverside Lifestyle began when we first opened the doors to Riverside Cottage, our spacious Hampshire hideaway that’s since been featured among The Sunday Times’ 25 Great British Holiday Rentals. With its exposed beams, flagstone floors, open fireplaces and roses round the door, the house has long been our refuge from the stresses of everyday life. We offer self catering accommodation but we can also provide catering by arrangement.

Riverside Cottage consists of a thatched cottage and lodge – both properties have their own unique qualities. We also have a Studio on the River and a seasonal Yurt.

We can plan activities for your stay and organise visits to local Hampshire attractions. We can book restaurants, organise cycle rides, babysitting and even dog walking. Just ask. Or we can leave you be!

Riverside Cottage is a self catering holiday let but to make things easier for you we can provide : breakfast with warm croissants delivered daily, lunches, picnics, cream teas or dinners – ready made,  for you to warm up and enjoy or with a chef in the kitchen to cook, serve and clear.

Some calendar dates have been put to one side for wellbeing retreats where you have the opportunity to  join a group or arrive with friends – be ready to unwind and enjoy everything  being organised for you – you can take part in what’s on offer if you wish but if not, the time is yours. We don’t schedule inspirational talks that try or tell you who things should be done – instead we give you the chance to sit back and take time out, to breathe, to relax.

I love all these things as part of my lifestyle and I am guessing you might enjoy them too.

My Riverside Dream is a place to relax and rejuvenate; to go for country walks, sit by the river, daydream by a fire or curl up in a comfy chair with a good book

Riverside Activities

We like to provide our guests with wellbeing activities during their stay.

We offer Yoga classes on a Saturday morning  or we can arrange private group classes. If you want a bit more of a ‘push’ why not have a personal trainer to put you through your paces every morning.

Art drawing classes are our thing and we have a specially designed studio by the river – if you want a personal teacher or group session just let us know. Otherwise there are scheduled classes of life drawing, painting or space to do your own thing.

Maybe cookery is a passion – we can arrange a chef and cooking demonstrations at Riverside Cottage. Learn to make jam or practice decorating  that dream cake.

Flower arranging hosted by top Hampshire florists are popular for a group activity – especially in preparation for a wedding or Christmas wreath .. and made fun with a glass or two!

Relaxed pampering is always essential at Riverside Cottage – we can arrange massages, facials, nail painting and more.

Riverside Products

We love things creative, original and indulgent! That includes our own artisan range of jams marmalades and chutneys, and our lavender beauty gifts made using our home grown Hampshire lavender which you will see growing opposite the pool. All our guests are supplied with our locally made hand wash and hand creams.

And don’t miss out on our award winning Bonilla olive oil and sea salt Crisps and sweet Tortas – see the product pages

What our guests say about us…

It worked just perfectly for us as a family and we enjoyed the space and the pool and all the seating areas.  Everything was perfect and we loved your soaps and creams too.

Thank you so much and we shall certainly recommend Riverside to others and Lillian was most kind and helpful.

Suethank you again for our lovely stay at Riverside

“The weather was in our favour, we had the most fabulous time at Riverside. Lunch for 15 in the long conservatory while the children played outside was bliss. We’ll be back soon. Home from home (well just a little bit bigger! and fab catering)”

Ginny and Simon, London

“One of the best holidays ever – wish we could stay for longer!”

Nia, Chesham

“Another great time at Riverside Cottage, this is our third visit.”

Friends from Kent and Holland

“Celebrated the marriage of our son, a fantastic house to entertain many friends and family, all the bridesmaids enjoyed a relaxing time by the pool.”

Marshall and Family, Derbyshire

“Wonderful time, super memories! Impressive lovely house. Thank you.”

Boo and B

“Gorgeous cottage perfect weekend, you thought of everything.”

Jakata, Indonesia

“Bella had a wonderful send off to married life.”

Rowena, Alexander, Zoe, Heather, Alice, Lucy, Emily

We all had a wonderful week, thank you. Even the dog was sad to go. The Chef was great and the meal delicious.  The croissants & breakfast stuff lasted us the week and was delicious. The Yoga & relaxation was very good and kind Shelley very patient with us- mixture of ages!!

The only complaint is that the week just went too quickly!!


P.S Lillian was very helpful, lovely lady…

Wendy Gouldsmith

Just to say thank you for the opportunity to rent your property, it was absolutely perfect base to socialise, prepare for our sons wedding in comfort and relax afterwards,