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Lymington, Hampshire

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  • 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 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...


The two Shetland ponies that live over the garden fence are absolutely gorgeous. They both love scratches and the odd apple thrown over into the field for them. You can’t ride them but there are good riding options nearby. Walk into the forest and you’ll see plenty more wild ponies to track and spot.

The Nitty Gritty...


  • 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)
  • 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

The house itself is lovely, but the location is unusually good; you can walk 10-12 mins east to the shops, past an excellent play park, to the public swimming pool and onto the shops (30 mins in total).

Or head to the north into the National Park where kids can track ponies, play in streams, picnic and play dens. South x 3 mins drive and you’ll reach pebbly, sandy and wild beaches. Our favourite is 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 sandy creations.

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

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

  • We loved the quiet of this location, whilst only being moments away from Lymington and Milford on sea - its ideal. All the family enjoyed the really spacious house - there were so many living areas that we never felt on top of each other and has a superb week. Grandparents were very pleased with the lovely downstairs bedroom and bathrooms :-) Jackie, Oxford

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