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Slate Cottage

Lymington, Hampshire

  • 11 + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

This lovely house has been renovated specifically for the families wanting holiday rentals. With a big dining room, sitting room and 2 downstairs bedrooms, mixed generational family groups will be particularly happy here.

Celebratory meals are usually a big part of family get togethers. But often rental houses have small dining tables. Not so here. Central in the house is the dining room. It’s big and the table seats 12 easily. To the left is a separate, light and airy kitchen, so cooks producing treats can do so with their own space. Come morning tho’ you’ll all be around the kitchen table there too. It also seats 8 easily.

The accommodation is set with 2 bedrooms on the ground floor and 2 upstairs, plus the snug/playroom can be transformed into another bedroom using the sofa bed – which makes this property extremely versatile for multi generation families or family friends.

With a paddock out the back and a large garden area, this house is set up for families to stay in, or explore. Marvellous.

Lymington itself is often noted as one of the ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’ and the high street is vibrant through the year with plenty of independent shops (we love Designer Vintage for it’s pre-loved labels). There are plenty of good places to eat. For fish, head to The Shipyard, for upmarket go to The Pig, for an all out treat go to Limewood Hotel.

Inside the house, both adults-only and family groups will love it. The house lends itself to both. Bedrooms are big, modern and chic, bathrooms sparkle, but best of all are the shared spaces. We’ve already mentioned the dining room. Second is the upstairs sitting room. It’s the full length of the house and has a giant wood burner to keep you warm in winter. Here everyone can sit comfortably, with plenty of space to catchup, play games or perhaps enjoy a birthday tea or informal drinks do. There is even a little sitting room terrace too. 

The furniture and styling in the house is mid-century modern. Liz, the owner has a good eye for treasure and is often found in Parisian flea markets, or at auction room sales. She has kept rooms uncluttered, placing statement and useful furniture and accessories for good effect. We asked her what was her favourite piece, the answer was quick. “I love the 1960s Drakes haberdashery cabinet in the dining room.” 

Kids will love it here, the separate playroom, is reached from the central dining room through a glass corridor, it has masses of toys, most new in December 2017 for it’s first rental. The garden is open to the paddock, where in evenings you might see deer from the Forest. In the paddock during the warmer months live two Shetland ponies (Barney Buttons and Scooby Doo) who aren’t rideable (please don’t try) and please don’t feed them.


With a separate playroom, masses of toys and books, and an enclosed large garden area, with swing, there is plenty to keep kids busy. For teens, try the Saltwater baths in summer -situated in Lymington – for the floating 110 metre assault course, paddle boards and zorbs. All bonkers and great fun. There are 2 high chairs, 2 travel cots and a top and bottom stairgate.

Best for…

Families with people to spoil – especially good for VIP birthdays and multi generation family groups due to the downstairs living accommodation.


There is a kingsize bedroom, and a children’s bedroom downstairs with two bathrooms – 1 shower (there is a step in to the shower) and one with a bath.

The playroom has a wall mounted TV, so if the stairs to sitting room are not possible, guests can watch TV downstairs.

There’s one step in to the house at the front door, access possible at the rear through the french doors (step in to) to the playroom or to the front of the kitchen (one step up). The ground floor is all one level except that there are two steps down to access the playroom.

There is a handrail on the stairs – part of the wooden structure of the stairs on the right hand side. 

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...

Beach, forest and town are all so close. The house is equidistant from the beach, the forest and Lymington town. 

You can walk 5 mins toward Lymington to an excellent play park, 10-12 min walk will get you to the local indoor swimming pool, another 10 mins will take you to the Lymington Waitrose and the High Street shops. The harbour and quay are about 30 mins walk away in a similar direction. 




all theEssential details...


  • Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed (firm mattress) and ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 : Super king or Twin room (medium mattresses)
  • Bedroom 3 : Kingsize bed on ground floor (medium mattress)
  • Bedroom 4 : Bunk beds with truckle bed on ground floor (medium mattresses)
  • Bedroom 5 : Snug/playroom has an excellent sofa bed. We can remove toys if you'd like.
  • Floorplan : Click to view


  • One : Downstairs shower room
  • Two : Downstairs family bathroom with roll top bath
  • Three : Ensuite shower room (Bed 1)

All the rest...

  • Garden : Good sized garden that leads onto the paddocks at the rear of the property, it is enclosed but the gate itself needs to be shut to stop kids and dogs wandering.
  • Kitchen : Double oven / Gas hob / Fridge freezer / Coffee machine & Cafetiere / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble dryer
  • Mod Cons : Two Smart TV's / BT Freeview / Bose sound system
  • Keeping Connected : Free WiFi is reasonable speed (for a rural area!) and mobile signal is ok here for most providers
  • Parking : Up to 4 cars
  • Pets : Dogs are welcome and there is a large dog crate we can put in the house if you'd like.
  • Arrival & Departure : Arrivals from 3.30pm and departures by 10am

What we love

We love the Saltwater Pools in Lymington as one of the most eccentric and entertaining activities in the area. The course is 110metres of floating fun in the old lido – now renovated and lovingly restored.

We also love day trips to Hurst Castle, the fort at the end has a seasonal and good cafe, there is a boat trip in summer there and back, and at low tide a sandy beach is revealed for your castle-creations.



Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’.  Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in it’s interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.

top picksTo do whilst you're here...

  • 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

  • Lymington Sea Water Baths
    Lymington Sea Water Baths

    Open over the summer months, this place is an eccentric joy. The water is cold, so hire a wetsuit or brave it. You can swim or go mad on the 110 metres floating obstacle course (bit like Top Gear on water) – perfect for teens. There is also a smaller splash pool and sand pit for little kids. Good changing room options and fabulous ice cream too. Charges are very reasonable.

    Remember, New Forest Escapees receive one free coffee for each group from the kiosk too!

    For opening time and entry charges visit www.lymingtonseawaterbaths.org.uk

  • Long Down Dairy Farm
    Long Down Dairy Farm

    This is a working farm just outside of Southampton and a great place for kids of all ages with set times throughout the day to either feed the farm animals or pet them. There is a new straw play barn and trampoline barn, a great cafe and a very good farm shop.

    Visit their website for more information.

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Slate Cottage

Lymington, Hampshire

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

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