Happy Hamble in the Old House
Buzzy and happy, adventurous south coast based family (close to harbour city of Southampton), living in the gorgeous little English sailing village of Hamble-le-rice on lovely Hamble river.
We are a family of four (mum, dad and two pre-teen children) and 3 four legged family members - one floppy eared Cocker spaniel and two lazy cats. Plus a few little tropical fish :)...
We love where we live, as its a stone throw from the water and sailing, with beautiful wild country walks and cycle routes all around, friendly locals and all the fun village cosiness and pubs you could wish for, while still being a quick journey away from the hustle and bustle of modern Southampton and all it has to offer.
We love travelling, but we also love our pets and often go abroad and for this reason we can't always take them with us. + More info
Our Home & Location
Our family 5-bedroom home is a modernised beautiful grade 2-listed historic home (built in 1602) in the very heart of the gorgeous sailing village of Hamble-le-Rice on the outskirts of university city and largest UK port, Southampton. Our quirky home has a lovely private garden and wonderful roof terrace that looks out over the river Hamble and the boats there. Being in the house you almost feel like you are on a boat yourself. It has lovely exposed beams and interesting features, but not ideal for very tall people - as the ceilings are fairly low.
The house is in the very heart of the village and directly opposite the main square where there is plenty of parking, however there is also a small driveway directly next to the house. We even have a gold postbox directly in front of our home - form the 2012 Olympics - showing there is a gold medalist that comes from Hamble. There is lots to do around Hamble and surrounding area. You could take the pink Ferry across to/from Warsash for lovely river and coastal walks....
Isle of Wight is visible in the distance and you could catch a ferry there from Southampton. There are loads of cosy riverside pubs to explore (most are very dog friendly), a lovely wine bar and restaurant called the Rover Rat directly next door.
The house consists of 4 bedrooms, plus a study, and 4 bathroom. 2 living rooms and a large country kitchen. It also has 2 log burners and 1 open fireplace. It also has a basement laundry room with washer and drier. You reach the roof terrace via some very steep yacht like ladder stairs, but it is well worth the climbing effort :) + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Due to its age and history the house, it is important that the house is used with a little care and consideration. It has stood the test of time, but like anything elderly needs a bit of extra TLS and respect. However it is remarkably robust and just needs to be treated responsibly - esp the fireplaces - however we have fire extinguishers in sensible places.
But the main responsibility would be to take care of our 5 yr old English Cocker Spaniel, Mickey - keeping him company, and taking him for walks twice a day or at least one really nice long one/day. He is super friendly and energetic most of time, but also loves to just snooze by the fire or on his various beds throughout the house. He loves company and is very friendly with children too. He loves eating!
He eats dry food (200g) twice/ day (am & pm) and will use the back garden to relief himself. Hence some basic poo-picking will be required from the grass in the garden. He is a pretty thirsty dog, so needs a good supply of water, which he shares with our cats. He is fine travelling in cars and loves chasing ducks....
Outside - He is fine off the lead on woodland walks (won't run off unless he spots some wild ducks!), but needs to be on a lead in town.
In the house - He isn't allowed upstairs (to the bedrooms) and also not on the sofas, but that doesn't stop him from demanding lots of love and he will follow you around the house for lots of attention.
Our tow rescue cats are fairly independent - Tinkerbell (white/creamy cat blue eyed cat) is our very dainty , cuddly (mainly a house) cat, but can be a little feisty when she has had enough attention. Our other cat - a sturdy male tabby - called Camo is more shy and will stick to himself (although he loves a good rub down once he trusts you). He isn't so keen on being picked up though. They just need some dry food (30g) each twice/day (am & pm).
Our son has a tropical tank in his bedroom with his little Siamese fighter fish called Yasi and a few tetras and some other floor feeders/ They will just need a quick sprinkle of fish food twice a day. + More info
April 2018 | Pamela