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Cabin Tapio | Luxury Self-Catering Woodland Cabin | Salisbury

Cabin Tapio

Fordingbridge, New Forest, Hampshire, UK

Woodland hideaway meets mid-century modern design at Cabin Tapio on the edge of Cranborne Chase AONB near Salisbury, where the gentle trickle of the River Allen and splash of jumping blue trout wash away any remnants of city living. Inside is a stark contrast to the dark, earthen exterior, where an abundance of natural light and meditative colours pinched from the nearby New Forest combine to create a calming escape in rural Hampshire.



Surrounded by soaring trees and within easy reach of the New Forest National Park, this self-catering woodland cabin is an easy-breezy place to while away the days. Eclectic interiors celebrate all things organic, with mid-century furnishings and tones which mirror the bluest skies of summer to the cushioned moss found clambering branches in autumn. On the subject of the outdoors, the south-facing garden and hot tub will ensure there’s really no reason to venture anywhere else at all.


Bright, cheery and ever-so comfortable, Cabin Tapio is an abode where one can let all manner of tension slip away from the moment of arrival. In the heart of the cabin, a woodburner roars with comfort through the colder months; and when summer rolls around, doors fling open onto the wraparound decking, making this the perfect inside-out retreat for two. Come nightfall, slink into the blue-drenched bedroom after a soak in the en suite egg bath, owls hooting overhead a wonderful lullaby to slumber.


Noted for a history of smuggling, Fordingbridge sits pretty on the bank of Hampshire’s River Avon (one of nine with such names in the country!), where miles upon miles of trails will satisfy any keen rambler; the New Forest and Cranborne Chase also have a wealth of outdoor activities for the adrenaline seeker in the room. Next door to the cottage Damerham Fisheries offers rod hire and fishing tuition for all abilities, where one can catch supper before grilling it over Cabin Tapio’s fire pit.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,295 per week, £995 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe master bedroom has a super king-size bed, doors opening out onto the wraparound decking and en suite bathroom with standalone bath and walk-in shower, along with a WC in the utility room.
  • FeaturesHot tub and fire pit
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilySorry, no children.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for two cars on the private drive. The kitchen is well-equipped with a Neff oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment and dishwasher. A washing machine is available in the utility room. Please note, there will be someone on-site every Monday at 3pm to tend to the garden and check the hot tub, however will endeavour to be discreet.
  • Homestay includesWelcome hamper of local produce, luxury bed linen and towels, fire pit, kindling and firewood to get you started, Amazon Alexa speaker, Smart TV, recipe books and board games...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
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Long nights beckon outdoors, whatever the season
Spend days lounging on the wraparound decking
The perfect spot for a cup of morning coffee

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The tallest cathedral spire in the whole of the country, half-timbered Tudor houses and medieval walls make up the pretty, historical city of Salisbury, the perfect base for exploring southern England. Close by, Stonehenge is a must-see for visitors to this part of the United Kingdom.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Cabin Tapio sits on the River Allen near the New Forest National Park, just 4 miles from the village of Fordingbridge, 13 miles from Salisbury and 20 miles from Bournemouth.
  • By Car The property is just 2 hours down the M3 and M27 from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Salisbury, 13 miles away from the cabin.
  • By Air International airports can be found at Bristol and Gatwick, both around 2 hours' drive away.

From the owner

“Expect total privacy and nothing but peace and quiet in this cabin close to the New Forest National Park, and within touching distance of Cranborne Chase. A genuine escape from the rat race, it provides the perfect getaway from it all.”

From the owner

We hope you fall in love with our countryside home as much as we have.

Looking out from the back, you have private land to the right and to the end of the garden too, and with barely any traffic coming by (other than the occasional car to the fisheries next door in the early morning) you're more likely to see wild deer than another person while at Cabin Tapio!

The small section of water at the end of the garden is a tributary of the River Allen, and home to the local ducks (and a few fish!). We've found this is best enjoyed with a glass of wine in hand as the sun sets behind the trees, watching and listening to the resident wildlife.

For those who yearn for peace, we find that there is no place better than here; isolated but within arm's reach of community, quiet yet not so far from the hustle of the city that it's a long journey to get here. It is here that we find ourselves at our most relaxed, and we hope that it brings a sense of stillness to all who stay within Tapio's wooden walls.

Sue and Jonathan

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Salisbury with an insider’s perspective.

Jane Austen´s House, Chawton

To Do

Jane Austen´s House, Chawton

Step back in time to 1816 and wander in the footsteps of one of England´s most notorious writers. This pretty Hampshire cottage is where Jane wrote all six of her novels and is one of the most important literary sites in the world.

Damerham Fisheries, Fordingbridge

To Do

Damerham Fisheries, Fordingbridge

Located right next door to the cottage, this still-water and chalk stream fishery offers a fantastic opportunity for both novices and experienced fisher-folk to experience fly fishing at its very best.

La Lambretta, Fordingbridge

To Eat

La Lambretta, Fordingbridge

A fantastic and authentic Italian restaurant not far from the cabin where fresh pasta reigns above all. Marco, the owner, will ensure you feel like a long lost friend from your moment of arrival. Booking advised.

Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury

To See

Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury

A centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly, Salisbury Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece in southern England. The tours of the towers and tombs are highly recommended.

Guest Testimonials

Thank you so much for the wonderful stay at your beautiful cabin. It really was a magical week. Your home is perfect! I loved the post-modernist vibes and looking at your interior design! What a peaceful retreat. We hope to come back very soon.

We had a lovely time thank you. The whole place is amazing and a credit to you. The only feedback is that it´s made us not want to go home! We will definitely be back soon.

We had a great stay at Capin Tapio and were really impressed by the quality of the property and with the organisation from Unique Homestays. Would definitely use your company again. Thank you!

Beautiful location. Peaceful. Cosy. Excellent and stylish facilities. The hot tub and outdoor seating area were superb. Being able to have a view even if it was raining. The owners communicated with us personally and were extremely helpful and friendly. Fantastic attention to detail in the Cabin, so much love and care everywhere.

This property is well-deserving of its place in the Unique Homestays collection of properties. The location is beautiful and the garden is very thoughtfully done.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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