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Beckheath House

East End, Hampshire

  • Sleeps 5-7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

This genteel, holiday cottage in East End is a bolt-hole of the very best order and you will even benefit from the use of the owners beach hut at Milford on Sea. The cottage is chic, contemporary and beautifully presented.

All bedrooms are downstairs at this forest holiday home making it easy to get about. The annex bedroom is ideal for those wanting peace and quiet: new mums and dads, teenagers and grandparents. Or those who’ve not finished their novel yet!

Closer than the beach hut, there is fantastic escapist walking to be had, starting directly opposite the driveway. You’ll step out into the National Park heathland, left to local beaches for coastal walks, right to The Pig hotel for a smart lunch. Cyclists are spoilt here too. On and off road cycling is superb.

Beckheath is owned by Emma. Her home has a chic, artsy and relaxed style, full with beautiful details; from the statement fireplace to vintage American furniture and Emma’s personal equine art collection.
The house is on one floor entirely, clad New England style. Key to this house is the long, breezy kitchen/living room area. Well designed, sleek and with plenty of eclectic touches it’s built for socilalising in style.

You’ll find big art, a tailored leather corner sofa, an armchair in glorious slate velvet and plenty of items that’ll make your friends jealous when they look at your Instagram account. Our favourite bedroom is done in soft browns and rusts, it has Williamsburg American arch bed, (small at 4″6 but utterly lovely).

The kitchen table seats 7/8. The kitchen is very well set up for cooking and entertaining. For messy novelists or artists, it’s perfect for spreading out, listening to the old Roberts radio and catching up with a past era (fully accessible still if you tune into Solent Radio).

The immaculate private garden is perfect for catching the sun and made us feel like we were in our own oasis in the woods. 

It looks like a Country Living stylist put it together. It’s small, is cleverly designed with height, colour, space and privacy in mind. There’s a small flagstone terrace that extends the kitchen onto a sun trap; perfectly set up outside the big kitchen folding-doors with two smart sun loungers plus a picnic table at the end of the garden for sundowners.

Emma also leaves the keys behind to her much coveted beach hut in nearby Milford on Sea which you can rent through us for a separate charge of £30 per day visit.

Inside you’ll find a camping gas stove, tea and coffee making kit and deck chairs.

It’s the ultimate luxury whatever time of year – after a walk down the beach on a cold winters day snuggle down with hot drinks (there’s a camping gas stove and all the kit for hot drinks or there are flasks for you to use in the house), or enjoy the shade and private changing space when swimming in the summer. There’s a boogie board and some blow up flotation toys for kids stowed in the bench seat.

Family

You could fit a travel cot in one of the rooms but it is a tight squeeze.

Best for…

Romantics, escapists, walkers, family breaks. This isn’t a house for small children.

What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…
There are limited views from the house and it has high garden fences on two sides. But literally open the gates and you’re walking on the forest .

There is one bathroom in the main house, with three shared bedrooms. In the studio there is a sofabed and seperate bathroom.

Practicalities
There is parking for 1 at the house and 2 at the end of the track

Accessibility
There are no steps from the parking area by the house to the door step. There is a small step into the house. Once you’re in there are no steps in the house and it’s all on one level. Small wheelchairs are fine here but the bathroom isn’t designed to be wheelchair friendly.

To get to the cabin through the back garden, there is a small lip to get out of the bifold doors in the kitchen, a flat gravel path to the cabin and a small step to get in.

So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’

And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’

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What makes this special...

New Forest sunrise

Come here for quiet breaks and make sure you explore the walking – our favourite is heading across the heath and forest (about 2 hours), dodging ponies on the way, to The Pig Hotel near Brockenhurst. The food their fab, most is grown within 25 miles.

For those who like it beachy can hire the owners’ beach hut in Milford on Sea. The beach there becomes sandy at half way to low tide. BYO horse to the owners stables, 5 mins drive away.

all theEssential details...

Sleeping...

  • Bedroom 1 : Double
  • Bedroom 2 : Double
  • Bedroom 3 : Single four poster bed
  • Bedroom 4 : Double with ensuite in the Annexe
  • Floorplan : Click to view

Bathrooms...

  • One : Family bathroom in the main house
  • Two : Ensuite in the Annexe

All the rest...

  • Garden : Small but enclosed garden with BBQ and seating for al fresco dining plus two sun loungers during the warmer months.
  • Kitchen : Two ovens / Gas hobs / Fridge freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble dryer
  • Mod Cons : 32" TV, Bluetooth sound system, Digital radio
  • Keeping Connected : Free WiFi and mobile signal is ok for Vodafone & O2, EE not so good
  • Parking : Off street parking for 1 car, space for 2 more at the end of the track
  • Garden : Guide Dogs welcome, Well behaved dogs considered.
  • Arrival & Departure : Arrival is on Friday or Monday at 3.30pm and departures 10am.

What we love

One of the most lovely bits about this house is that it’s opposite the most extraordinary group of ancient oaks that feature in forest folklore for hundreds of years. Gypsy Wood is a collection of 100 + huge oaks on a small knoll surrounded by heathland, free roaming wild deer, ponies, cattle and the occasional pig. It is an escapists heaven. Walk further on by 20 minutes and you’ll find yourself in secluded fern-filled gullies and leafy clearings, surrounded by swathes of silver birches, beeches and magnificent stands of pine. For more information on the area read more in our blog

theLocation...

In any season it is glorious. Spring and the woods are full of bluebells and birdsong. Summer and the yachts and boat traffic are peaceful and beautiful. The forest colours in our British autumn are magical, especially on our most British of clear, cold mornings when no one is about. Winter, no matter the weather the forest will protect you from the worst and the track is good enough to get through to Beaulieu and Bucklers Hard (and there’s a great chocolatiere and coffee shops at the end too).

Do not miss the walk from the Agamemnon Boat Yard to Beaulieu and back. It is suitable for children, prams, grannies and mobility vehicles (tho taking slightly different routes which split and rejoin along the coast) it’s a fabulous walk and very pretty. The return trip is about 2 hours and it’s pretty flat. Do stop at Beaulieu for a few hours. There are excellent places to eat and several good small shops.

top picksTo do whilst you're here...

  • Beaulieu & The Motor Museum
    Beaulieu & The Motor Museum

    A great family day out including the World of Top Gear, Palace and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and more! Rates 4.5 out of 5 after approx 5000 reviews – so we reckon its worth a mention.

    If you don’t pay for entry, still go and visit the village. There are a few good independent shops, cream tea at The Montagu Arms (very good), good garden centre and cafe at Steph’s Kitchen, opposite is an excellent learning garden which is also well worth a look.

    To find out more visit www.beaulieu.co.uk

  • Hurst Castle
    Hurst Castle

    Jump on the ferry or take a brisk stroll on the 1.5 mile long shingle spit to the famous Hurst Castle where a £1 million renovation is currently taking place to keep it ship shape.

    This place is just the best for hide and seek. The view from the top is superb to the Isle of Wight. Anyone who likes history will love it here. Charles I was imprisoned here. The cafe is excellent. Read our blog for more info on Jason Crane, 3rd generation born here at Hurst. There is a small entry fee. Boat trips are about a fiver for a return trip.

    For holiday events for kids of all ages so check out their website at www.hurstcastle.co.uk

  • Tanners Lane Beach
    Tanners Lane Beach

    A local hide out, Tanners lane beach is great for walks, wild play, pooh sticks from the bridge and dog walks. You can walk from here toward Lymington. The walk is mostly seaside and meanders along the coast past a large freshwater lake. The area is fantastic for picnics in summer and go past the main beach and you probably won’t see anyone.

    Wild Swimming rate the area for a summer swim. Check their website here.

    No website here, just speak to one of our team and make sure you check the tide times here.

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Beckheath House

East End, Hampshire

New Forest Escapes, Brinkley, Middle Road, Lymington, SO41 6FX.

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