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The Breakers

Keyhaven, Hampshire

  • 14 + 2 staff.
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Swimming Pool
  • Family Friendly

This house is cosmopolitan, British and perfect for great and big family celebrations. It ticks every box…

… glorious seaside views… a beautiful and historically important house… sparkly swimming pool…3 acre garden with many romantic ‘room’s…an interior that is ready for a glossy magazine. And it sleeps 14 (plus a room for a butler, nanny or onsite help). 

Built in 1911 and owned by only 2 families until it’s recent sale and renovation, it is an extraordinary place. The current owners are a cosmopolitan family and their energy, love of colour, and of relaxing, is evident throughout.

Whilst there is much to do exploring the area, staying here is such a treat, you may not want to go far. Walks from here are top notch, bikes are provided. There is crabbing to be enjoyed near the beach 10 mins west. Sailing and fishing from the little marina 5 mins to the east.

The house is set up for relaxing and play. 

Shared space room downstairs are big, and views broad. A large hall is central to the house and to the front of the house there is a big sitting room and playroom. At the foot of the stairs there is a bunk room next to the front door hallway. 

The sitting room is generously proportioned, not quite Georgian, but big. The views from here are of the Isle of Wight Needles and magnificent at sunset. Next door to it is a big playroom and second sitting room, and off it, an eccentric turret.

Importantly the dining area seats the full 14 and is slightly away from the kitchen meaning that any kitchen staff or cooking mess are a step away from your any special meals. 

The kitchen itself has a smaller table for 8, and a huge marble-topped central island and is well kitted out for feeding the masses. We have a full kitchen inventory for you if you need.


There are 6 bedrooms. Upstairs 2 doubles, 2 twins. Downstairs 1 bunk.

There is a beautifully renovated annnexe just across from the kitchen which has a twin and super king sized double. It also has a good sized bathroom ensuite.

Further staff accommodation of a double and ensuite can be used which is separate and above the garaging.


The property extends to 3 acres and the gardens wrap around the house. The formal gardens are extensive and established.  Planted in 1911 and barely changed since, walking around it is delightful and children will love to discover green “rooms”. The views to the front are fabulous and you the house looks over the Keyhaven bird reserves to the Isle of Wight. Toward the back of the property, in the direction of the village there is a 2 acre meadow, full of wild flowers in summer. On a single giant ash tree there is a swing, perfect for children to head off to for some time out and loud games.

There is a good BBQ here and a large terraced outdoor eating area next to the kitchen and outside the annexe.


We can help organise caterers both at the dining table or more creative, themed meals outside for summer evenings.

For special events we suggest getting our story teller, Mr Michael O Leary to come and take you on a journey through local folklore and myth. He’s very good. And even better on a dark night, deep in the garden, around a fire with smugglers rum cocktails. Ask us for entertaining kids with treasure hunts, arts days or den building.  The house keeping staff can also be on hand or daily if required.


There are masses of toys here. The pool is fenced and heated from May to end of Sept. There are 3 adult mens bikes, 2 fadult ladies bikes and 2 kids bikes.

The pool house has also got plenty of toys in it.

Best for…

Families and celebrations.

What are the quirks here? (we like to be brutally honest)…

The downstairs bunk bedroom is next to the sitting room, so that anyone making lots of noise in an evening might wake the kids up.


Downstairs has no steps and there is only a very small rise into the kitchen. There are no bedrooms downstairs inside. The annexe is 20 metres from the kitchen door and there is no step to access it. There is a twin bedroom to the fore and a step of 6″ to a double room (superking) behind. There is a small step into the bathroom here too.

You can get a non-electric wheelchair from the annexe into the main house with no steps.
Front door 33 inches wide. Ground floor doors 31 inches. Kitchen door 30 inches.

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What makes this special...

The location here takes some beating. Hurst Beach is 10 minutes walk. It’s sandy a mid-low tide. Further on there are the beaches of Milford on Sea (pebbly) and by car to sandy beaches toward Bournemouth. Bustling Lymington is 30 minutes walk to the east along the coastal path. 

20 minutes to the north, the oak-filled National Park is a short drive away. You’ll find fantastic walking, cycling and wild play options for family fun. 

Restaurants and spas are excellent here. Nearby there is Limewood Hotel and Spa, Chewton Glen and The Pig. All are award winning and superb. 

all theEssential details...


  • Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 : Twin or Super king (ziplink bed)
  • Bedroom 4 : 1 twin
  • Bedroom 5 : 1 bunk (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 6 + 7 : In the annexe by the kitchen. 1 twin (ground floor no steps) and 1 king (1 step). Ensuite family bathroom.
  • Floorplan : Click to view


  • Bathroom 1 : family bathroom and shower
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What we love

Our favourite walk is along the mile long coastal path to Hurst Castle. At low tide (pictured) Hurst beach is sandy and perfect for sand castles. The castle itself was an artillery fort established by Henry VIII and houses a small museum, theatre, cafe and extraordinary views.

For a particularly eccentric reading spot, we suggest the main castle tower where you can get out of the wind, but pop your head up to on the castellations to enjoy the views of the powerful Solent waters and the  Isle of Wight Needles.


Sleepy, small and very boaty, Keyhaven was a port in 1206 and is a fishing hamlet now, although this has been on the decline for years with tourism taking over gradually.

Keyhaven is fronted by the the Keyhaven Marshes, a low lying area of wetland grasses. It’s an important bird reserve and across this you can clearly see the Isle of Wight Needles. If you walk up on the coastal path here you can watch fabulous sunsets from several park benches built just for the job.

The hamlet lies at one end of an extraordinary shingle bank, Hurst Spit. The mile long shingle bar reaches out to the south dividing the turbulent Solent waters and creating a calm lagoon on the eastern side.

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

  • The Sea Wall Coastal Walk
    The Sea Wall Coastal Walk

    A fantastic walk on fairly level, gravel paths with amazing sea views. Also v good for bird spotting. The total walk is 9 miles but you can make it much shorter. The full walk takes approx’ 2 hours. Lots of cafe’s and pubs on the way. Walk back or jump on the bus!

    It can be windy so make sure you wear suitable clothing!

    For more information visit the trip advisor page.

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The Breakers

Keyhaven, Hampshire

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

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