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.
You could fit a travel cot in one of the rooms but it is a tight squeeze.
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.
There is parking for 1 at the house and 2 at the end of the track
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’