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Gins Barn

Beaulieu, Hampshire

  • 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. 

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.

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!


Babies and children are welcome here but there are few toys. 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 two high chairs, a small bed (for upto 7’s) and two travel cots.

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’

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What makes this special...

Gins Barn holiday cottage, kids on jetty

So many favourites here!

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.

all theEssential details...


  • 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’.


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

  • Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
    Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

    A spectacular 200 acre site that you can wander around or take a ride on the 12 1/4 inch gauge Steam Railway – a favourite for all ages!

    Dogs are welcome. Good parking. Mostly level tracks on good gravel or tarmac. You can hire mobility vehicles here too.

    Make sure you stop for tea and cake in Mr Eddy’s Tea rooms and check for the seasonal events on their website.

  • 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

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Gins Barn

Beaulieu, Hampshire

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