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Coastguards CottageBook

Keyhaven, Hampshire

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  • 4 + 1 babies
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Child Friendly

This lovely little seaside holiday cottage rental in Keyhaven is the second in a terrace facing the sea. Inside is smart, bright, and the upstairs bedroom has great views of the Isle of Wight and Solent. It is a perfect little bolthole in a great location.

The house is to one side of Keyhaven harbour and a 45 second walk from the waters edge. The area is peaceful, pretty and there is superb walking to great foodie places and further along the coastal paths.

The location makes it ideal to grab the ferry to Hurst Castle – or walk along the one mile spit out to the famous fort on the edge of the Solent. There is café there along with many others in the local Milford on Sea village.

The views from the area across the marshes towards the Isle of Wight are boaty and beautiful. Whilst the beaches are shingle, at half way to low tide they are sandy. Crabbing can be enjoyed at high tide.

On the ground floor there is a well-appointed modern kitchen-diner with adjoining snug sitting room and remote-controlled cosy modern fireplace. There is also a small room for outdoor cloakroom and toilet just off the entrance lobby.

The second bedroom still has its original fireplace and a king-size bed that converts into two singles. This is situated on the same floor as the generous sized bathroom which affords a good-sized bathtub and separate shower cabin and provides ‘his and hers’ basins, a toilet and storage.

The master bedroom with king-size bed on the top floor offers spectacular panoramic views of the Isle of Wight, the Needles, Hurst Castle and the boats in Keyhaven harbour and on the Solent. Open up the large picture windows at night and gaze up at millions of stars in the sky, or listen to the birds in the early morning and watch the sun rise over the Isle of Wight.

Outside there is a gated courtyard with out-door seating which is beautifully sheltered from the wind. It catches the afternoon and evening sun; a perfect place to relax with a gin and tonic on those warm summer evenings.


The cottage is family friendly and there are lovely, flat, easy and short wanders close to the house for small kids, as well as fantastic beaches a few miles away in Milford on Sea and Highcliffe. We provide 1 travel cot, 1 high chair & a fitted stair gate at the top.

Best for…

Small families, couples, keen walkers or birders. Anyone wanting an easy escape close to the beach for good value.

What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…

The cottage isn’t very big and being in a terrace, it has windows back and front, which may feel a little cramped to some.

The views are delightful and pretty amazing but you need to be in the top bedroom to see them properly.


The access to the cottage is flat and there is a small step into the cottage from the little courtyard garden. The stairs are tight but not overly steep.

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...

The location is superb. Especially Hurst Castle beach and to the east, more beaches, many sandy. Avon Beach (pictured) is particularly lovely.

The Gun pub next door is great for easy suppers and just short walk away, Milford on Sea has all the foodie offerings you could want – make sure to stop by Mr Pink’s Fish and Chips!

The Nitty Gritty...


  • Bedroom 1 : Double with spectacular views
  • Bedroom 2 : Twin or Superking


  • One : WC downstairs
  • Two : Spacious family bathroom with bath and separate shower and two sinks

All the rest...

  • Garden : Private and small enclosed courtyard
  • Kitchen : Electric over / Gas hob / Fridge freezer / Microwave / Dishwasher (half size) / Washing machine
  • Mod Cons : 32" Digital TV and DVD player, iPod docking station, Remote control gas fire
  • Keeping Connected : Free WiFi and mobile signal is patchy but outside is good.
  • Parking : 1 Car, Public car park very close by
  • Pets : Only Guide dogs
  • Arrival & Departure : Arrival is 3.30pm and departures at 10am

What we love

Biking, walking and especially kayaking are superb here.

There is a large quiet area of water, protected by the Hurst Spit, which is superb for kayaking. You can get out at Hurst Castle and pull the kayak up and visit the café there.

You can also get the little Hurst Castle Ferry back to Keyhaven. Don’t miss a top reading spot: take your book and walk out to Hurst Castle. Find a spot out of the wind and boat watch and read in the peace and quiet out there. Heaven.

Don't just take our word for it...

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Coastguards Cottage

  • We had a lovely family stay at Coastguard Cottage with our 14 month old baby. High chair and cot provided which made travelling and packing a lot easier. The cottage is just a stones throw from the water and has beautiful views from the top level. Quality accommodation and facilities meant we had a very relaxing break in a lovely part of the country. Walking to spit was a highlight as well as taking the tiny ferry back across the water from the castle. Catherine from London
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