Gins BarnBook

Beaulieu, Hampshire

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  • 8 + 2 kids
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

Gins Barn is a luxury holiday home from home at the end of the Beaulieu River.

A very glorious slice of up-river, down-town chic, opens its doors for up to 8 people who want to stop the world and get off.  The relaxed, luxury, quirky style is seamless throughout this place which is owned by internationally respected furniture designer Julian Chichester.

The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over 400 years.

The farm is so close to the sea, it’s a sailing landmark. To the south is a private conservation wetland reserve, deep in clouds of chattering migratory birdlife and fields of wild ponies – all silhouetted at champagne-o’clock under big-sky sunsets and towering storms from the English Channel.

Sawdays, our favourite ‘super-guide’ for where to go, says this about Gins. Read more here. 

If you want to rent here, please look at the floor plan closely. The Barn rental does not include the very large sea-green coloured Tithe Barn sitting room, there is an extra charge for it’s formal use. Please ask us.

Gins is aimed at the top end of the rental market and may not be suitable for toddler aged children due in part to the river 80m away across the garden. The river is banked by tidal flats near Gins and DOES occasionally breach it’s banks into the garden during the winter and spring – so it is not well fenced. Flooding doesn’t reach the barn, and it means that masses of the local migratory birds enjoy the garden!

Two of the bedrooms are double bed sized only. There aren’t any internal doors off the hallway so noisy supper parties might keep others awake – although the two further bedrooms are at the other end of the U are a long way from the kitchen so much quieter.

The jetty is 80 metres long and there is a small pontoon at the end. You can see far out into the Solent and up the river from much of the jetty. In the warmer months, passing boat traffic is high so this is a great place (or on the benches in the garden) to sit and mull. You can even moor your boat here.

The barn is beautifully furnished. The photographs don’t do it justice because the interior colours are muted and soft. The U-shaped buildings used to be a stable yard and after a serious fire, was left unloved for years. Recently rebuilt it’s now a serene and peaceful escape with plenty of living space for family groups to be together but not on top of each other.

The kitchen is very well fitted. The long table will seat 8 and there are masses of smart bowls to pile salads and stews into. The fridge is huge – useful if you’re catering for a big family do.


Babies and children are welcome here. The sitting room is big and the kitchen is a generous size for family meals. If you need more space there is the massive Tithe Barn sitting/dining room to rent if required. We provide a toddler bed and a travel cot.

Using the Tithe Barn Space when you book the Barn for accommodation: 

For Gins Barn guests, the Tithe Barn is NOT included in the accommodation rental.

You may be able to use the Tithe Barn during your stay but please ask when booking. During the winter months we are less inclined to rent it because it gets very cold – it takes 24 hours of wood burner heat to warm it (to a temperature where you can’t see your breath).

Charges for guests who are staying in the barn accommodation:
For groups of 8 or 12 and under;
– who wish to use it informally during their stay, for supper or lunch and it is £150.
– who wish to use it for the full duration of your stay, and have it fully clean, it will cost £500.

If you are planning to invite over 10 guests to use the space then we consider this a once off ‘event’ and charge £500 for events up to 30 people. This will need to be discussed with us at the time of booking.

The reasons for this are that the Tithe is not a specifically set up event venue, it is part of the owners house and is set up, each time, for rental rather than private use. This means moving furniture, parking issues, guests walking through the owners gardens etc. More on the Tithe Barn here. 


We hosted our first big wedding celebration, with giant marquee on the lawns, in May 2016. Then our first small wedding, using the Tithe Barn only, in June this year.

If you want to talk Weddings, call Robyn, so take a look at our Weddings microsite and call us if you would like to discuss.

Best for…

 family celebrations – 70th and 80th birthdays with the whole family in tow. Plus with The Tithe Barn adjoining to seat 45, you can invite more for lunch/supper for your VIP’s big day.


The barn is suitable for less mobile people too. There are two steps 8″ each step into the barn from the parking area. You can park right outside the main door. The doorways are wide enough for regular sized wheelchairs but there isn’t any specific adaptation through the house for chairs. There is a very slight step of 2″ between the hall and the sitting room which will be a speed bump for those in chairs.

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’

read more

What makes this special...

Gins Barn holiday cottage, kids on jetty

Our favourites are many. Take a boat taxi upriver for easy drinks or meals at The Master Builders. Picnic on the long jetty. Vintage tea parties for 70th birthdays in the Tithe Barn – we can organise a pianist. I love listening to the migrating birds come in to roost in Autumn. You can pick samphire here from August to November – delicious.

The Nitty Gritty...


  • Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed
  • Bedroom 2 : Double bed
  • Bedroom 3 : Double bed
  • Bedroom 4 : Twin bed
  • Floorplan : Click to view


  • One : Ensuite shower
  • Two : Family Jack and Jill Bathroom
  • Three : Family bathroom with shower over bath

All the rest...

  • Garden : A well planted, terrace courtyard with plenty of outdoor seating and a BBQ. The garden at the front of the house has the families grass tennis court (you will need to request if you want to use it in advance) to the front. The broader lawns open out to the surrounding nature reserve and river with your very own deep water mooring.
  • Kitchen : Range gas oven / Fridge Freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine
  • Mod Cons : 30" TV, DVD player, good music system and speakers throughout
  • Keeping Connected : Free Wifi and mobile signal is good
  • Parking : Up to 6 cars
  • Pets : Two medium-sized dogs are welcome but must be on leads for walks here, plenty of game birds around.
  • Arrival & Departure : Arrivals are is from 3.30pm and departure is at 10am

What we love

For celebrations, we recommend catching a boat taxi from the jetty to the Bucklers Hard pub and museum and either walking or boating back again. The pub is well regarded and the view from there boaty, calm and idyllic. Or we can arrange catering, story-tellers for you ‘at home’.

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

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Gins Barn

  • Gins Barn is absolutely stunning. It is harder to imagine a more stylish, comfortable holiday house in a more special setting. We were a party of two families and the space worked perfectly for us. The children played in the garden, enjoyed the trampoline, the chickens, fed apples to wild horses and every evening as the sun set we walked with them on to the private jetty where two seals came to sunbathe! Inside the house has been decorated beautifully with super comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen and a huge living room with board games, cosy wood burner (not that we needed it as very cosy and sunny over Easter) and big sofas. The local area gives you tons of options for both coast adventures and woodland fun plus great pubs. We treated ourselves to lunch at nearby The Pig Hotel and Bucklers Hard both of which were fantastic. Although we found it hard to leave Gins Barn and just wish we had longer than our 5 nights. Can't wait to return. Five stars all round and very nice hosts!! You couldn't get a more dreamy UK setting. Chloe Dunbar
  • We had a long weekend at Gins Barn with friends and family. It was such a fantastic experience for us all. The accommodation was superb and as we were very lucky with the weather our BBQ and all of the outdoor fun was very special. We were very grateful for the use of the Tithe Barn after the event on Friday and the extra space was very welcome. All in all a great weekend, excellent facilities and superb service from New Forest Escapes. Thank you all very much. Andrew from Godalming
  • Gins Barn is wonderful - probably the best self-catering house we have ever stayed in. The location is stunning and the house is so well appointed - the art work is amazing. The attention to detail is just fantastic - with a kitchen that has everything, including all the basic store cupboard items. The bedrooms and bathrooms are well thought out and the lounge area is very comfortable. Everyone we dealt with from making the arrangements, the handy man on the day to the owners were great. My only issue is going to be the high benchmark this has set and will we ever stay anywhere as good again. Karen, Bath

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

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