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Slate Cottage

Lymington, Hampshire

  • 11 + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • +++++++ AUTUMN OFFERS ++++++++

    All weekends until Christmas, excluding half term are:

  • 2n was £1100, now £1000.

    3n was £1300, now £1150.

    Looking for big family house? Open Forest, wild(ish) coast and mid-century cool? Then Slate Cottage is a chic bolthole between Forest and coast that has been renovated and refurbished with super chilled group holidays in mind.

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.

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, miles of marinas along the coast, the ferry to the Isle of Wight. There are plenty of good places to eat. For informal we love The Larder, for upmarket go to The Pig, for an all out treat go to Limewood Hotel.

Inspired by an artist’s studio, this individual, architect-designed property of whitewashed brick, slate and glass was built in the 1960s. The owners have styled an interior that is all about the mid-century look, while the accommodation has been arranged to be adaptable; to suit multi-generational family groups or a couple of families taking time out together.

Reception spaces are inviting and sociable. These include a central dining hall with vintage drinks trolley, 1960s’ haberdashery unit and an immense refectory-sized table that can seat 12 comfortably. It is perfect for celebratory meals, which in our experience are usually a big part of family get-togethers. There’s a bright, light, airy kitchen with another generously proportioned table. This one is recycled from a school science lab bench and seats eight easily – ideal for relaxing over breakfast, mid-morning coffee with pastries, and brunch.

Off the dining hall, a glass corridor leads to what was originally the site of the old artist’s studio – now a family room or snug, even an extra bedroom if required, with garden views, vaulted ceiling and wood-burning stove.

For the perfect entertaining space, the first-floor sitting room runs the length of the house and features high ceiling, full height windows facing south and west, and a roof terrace among the tree tops where you can sip a glass of wine or G&T while the sun goes down. Perfection. Come winter, this relaxing room is indulgently cosy: light the wood-burning stove and snuggle onto a low sofa in a room with exposed brickwork, painted panelling, reindeer hides strewn across oak boards and quirky details such as a bike saddle upcycled as table light.

Versatile bedroom accommodation can meet the needs of most families with two large bedrooms on the first floor, two more good-sized bedrooms on the ground floor and the family room with sofa bed. Plus there are three sparkling bathrooms – one with freestanding tub.

The Style

Slate Cottage mixes up comfort and luxury with practicality and eclectic elements. It starts in the big entrance hall (great for muddy dogs and muddier kids) with utilitarian wire racking for boots and bits and bobs alongside a cactus displayed in a birdcage. It continues with statement pieces of furniture, sourced from Parisian flea markets and local vintage emporiums, against an uncluttered colour palette of greys and white.

Bedrooms are calm retreats for grown-ups. Beds are topped with cosseting throws and oversized textured cushions and schemes are quietly glamorous – greys with highlights of silver and wood. Kids’ rooms include a hideaway of a bedroom with fun bunks, fluffy feathery lampshade and whacky wigwam for let’s play make-believe, plus a playroom with old-fashioned toys.

The Gardens

The enclosed lawned gardens with mature trees back onto a paddock where local residents, Shetland ponies Barney Buttons and Scooby Doo, like to say hello. There’s an open outlook, plenty of space to play and a proper swing hanging from a high branch. There’s also the possibility of spotting deer and a real sense of living the country life and being in touch with nature.

Family

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.

Accessibility

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...

This is an ultra sociable house, perfect for family get-togethers throughout the year including traditional Christmas celebrations – board games around the dining table, watching films in the family room and sitting round log fires with hot chocolates.

Location is spot on: down a country lane between Forest and coast and close to Lymington.

 There’s a play park within five minutes’ walk and an indoor pool within 10 minutes. A further ten minutes’ walk takes you into Lymington which has a Waitrose, quality independent shops and Saturday market. At the far end of Lymington’s High Street, cobbled Quay Hill leads to the quay (great spot for crabbing) and open-air seawater pool with inflatable obstacle course for splashing good fun.

 

 

 

 

all theEssential details...

Sleeping...

  • 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

Bathrooms...

  • 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

Read our Insiders Guides to the area…

Lymington has a fabulous Saturday market, great shopping and extensive coastal walking.
Read the Insiders Guide to Lymington here. 

Keyhaven hamlet is 3 miles away by car. Pretty, boaty and charming. Take a boat from here to discover Hurst Castle.
Read our Insiders Guide to Keyhaven here.

Milford on Sea, is 2.5 miles by car. It is charming and has long beaches, sandy at mid-low tide.
Read our Insiders Guide to Milford here. 

For more ideas for enjoying the area, beaches, places to eat and see. Read our blog for more ideas.

Including, Our foodies guide to the Forest, and if fancy a day deep in the National Park, read here for a great ‘bug hunting’ walk for kids, or how about  ‘Swallows and Amazons’ days out along the shore, wild games of hide and seek at Hurst Castle, gentle walks with prams down by the Beaulieu River.  Love water parks? The Saltwater Pools in Lymington are unmissable for families in the summer. Dog owners, read our dog walk guide here.

theLocation...

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 £5 for a return trip.

    For holiday events for kids of all ages so check out their website.

  • 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 their website.

  • 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.

We're local, and if you have questions,
need ideas or want advice
we're on hand to help...

Call us on +44 (0) 1590 462005

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Slate Cottage

Lymington, Hampshire

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.

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, miles of marinas along the coast, the ferry to the Isle of Wight. There are plenty of good places to eat. For informal we love The Larder, for upmarket go to The Pig, for an all out treat go to Limewood Hotel.

Inspired by an artist’s studio, this individual, architect-designed property of whitewashed brick, slate and glass was built in the 1960s. The owners have styled an interior that is all about the mid-century look, while the accommodation has been arranged to be adaptable; to suit multi-generational family groups or a couple of families taking time out together.

Reception spaces are inviting and sociable. These include a central dining hall with vintage drinks trolley, 1960s’ haberdashery unit and an immense refectory-sized table that can seat 12 comfortably. It is perfect for celebratory meals, which in our experience are usually a big part of family get-togethers. There’s a bright, light, airy kitchen with another generously proportioned table. This one is recycled from a school science lab bench and seats eight easily – ideal for relaxing over breakfast, mid-morning coffee with pastries, and brunch.

Off the dining hall, a glass corridor leads to what was originally the site of the old artist’s studio – now a family room or snug, even an extra bedroom if required, with garden views, vaulted ceiling and wood-burning stove.

For the perfect entertaining space, the first-floor sitting room runs the length of the house and features high ceiling, full height windows facing south and west, and a roof terrace among the tree tops where you can sip a glass of wine or G&T while the sun goes down. Perfection. Come winter, this relaxing room is indulgently cosy: light the wood-burning stove and snuggle onto a low sofa in a room with exposed brickwork, painted panelling, reindeer hides strewn across oak boards and quirky details such as a bike saddle upcycled as table light.

Versatile bedroom accommodation can meet the needs of most families with two large bedrooms on the first floor, two more good-sized bedrooms on the ground floor and the family room with sofa bed. Plus there are three sparkling bathrooms – one with freestanding tub.

The Style

Slate Cottage mixes up comfort and luxury with practicality and eclectic elements. It starts in the big entrance hall (great for muddy dogs and muddier kids) with utilitarian wire racking for boots and bits and bobs alongside a cactus displayed in a birdcage. It continues with statement pieces of furniture, sourced from Parisian flea markets and local vintage emporiums, against an uncluttered colour palette of greys and white.

Bedrooms are calm retreats for grown-ups. Beds are topped with cosseting throws and oversized textured cushions and schemes are quietly glamorous – greys with highlights of silver and wood. Kids’ rooms include a hideaway of a bedroom with fun bunks, fluffy feathery lampshade and whacky wigwam for let’s play make-believe, plus a playroom with old-fashioned toys.

The Gardens

The enclosed lawned gardens with mature trees back onto a paddock where local residents, Shetland ponies Barney Buttons and Scooby Doo, like to say hello. There’s an open outlook, plenty of space to play and a proper swing hanging from a high branch. There’s also the possibility of spotting deer and a real sense of living the country life and being in touch with nature.

Family

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.

Accessibility

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’

all theEssential details...

Sleeping...

  • 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.

Bathrooms...

  • 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

We're local, and if you have questions,
need ideas or want advice
we're on hand to help...

Call us on +44 (0) 1590 462005