The Ploughmans CottageBook

East End, Hampshire

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  • 10 + kids
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

The Ploughmans Cottage is a family friendly, pet friendly holiday cottage in East End, a pretty hamlet, near Lymington in the New Forest.

This house is 2 parts stretch-limo-living and 2 parts ‘the good life’…1km from the beach… It’s designed to be a relaxing, interesting family base from which to conduct marvellous ‘Swallows and Amazons’ adventures – for the all the family.

Many guests celebrate 70th/80th birthdays and come for family escapes.

Next door, the gastro pub The East End Arms is perfect for special family meals, or those who need to escape to ‘walk the dog’ and have time out with the papers!

The beach here is sand, shingle and silt for the salt marshes.

In 2014 Ploughmans was No. 2 in The Times Travel supplement for Best Family Self-Catering in their Castles, Cottages and Cabins article.

Inside is colourful, eccentric, home-from-home and designed for easy-living. This also goes for our ‘Shed’ with its four-poster bed across the garden. We are especially set up for families with children under 5 and welcome dogs too. The kitchen gets all the morning sun, great for lazy, sunny breakfasts with an ‘old skool’ coffee pot – wind back the kitchen wall doors and let the birdsong flood in.

What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children. The sitting room and kitchen really only seat 7 and 8 comfortably. Bigger groups will have to do two meal sittings. In summer it’s easier because the outside table seats 8 too. Please don’t think it’s a ‘big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.

Just across the garden, the eccentric and rustic-chic ‘Shed’ has a big draw…its bed; an ornate, white-curtained four-poster affair with not one, but two mattresses.  There is a little wood-burner here, mini fridge and the living room door folds right back to let the garden in. When the sun is out open these doors for a very effective sun-trap. The Shed also has a bunk room and a shower room too.

Outside the garden has been designed for children under 9s, with dens, several twigloos, tunnels, outdoor toys but it’s our glorious mini gypsy caravan which is the show-stopper for cuteness. Drag and drop it around the garden. Position it by the big kitchen window if you want to be able to read your Sunday paper in peace. For those who want to bring horses, there are also two stables with concrete standing and a gravel yard.

Family

Children are especially welcome. The garden has been designed for toddlers to explore and play. It is fully enclosed. There is a marshmallow brazier for kids to use – or take to the beach. Two cots and highchairs are available. Older family members are also well catered for. There are only 2 steps downstairs. There are very good viewing options of grandchildren in the garden. Dens, tunnels, mini Gypsy Van (under 8s can stand in it). There are a few garden games. Crabbing kit – go to Lymington Quay – is provided for you.

Best for…

70th and 80th birthdays and families with grannies and small children in tow. There is space for people who need quiet to escape in The Shed and the garden is enclosed to let kids play. The pub next door is superb for food.

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

The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children.

The sitting room and kitchen really only seat 7 and 8 comfortably. Bigger groups will have to do two meal sittings. In summer it’s easier because the outside table seats 8 too.

Please don’t think it’s a ‘big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.

Accessibility

The house is suitable for less mobile folk. There are two bedrooms downstairs and a walk in shower room with some handles. But there are a few things we want to point out so you’re not surprised when you arrive.

  • The kitchen floor is split level, only 6″ but it may not suit some.
  • The downstairs bedrooms have access to a shower room and not a bath room, that is upstairs. There are no hand-rails on the stairs.
  • The house is entered via a porch which has a step up of 10″ and another step of 10″ into the boot room. There are smaller steps by the front door access. The doors in the house are NOT wide enough for wheelchairs. (Gins Barn is).
  • The downstairs shower room has a walk-in shower with a small 3″ lip into the shower itself.

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...

For fun, stick all the kids in a wheelbarrow and cart them to the beach – it’s about 1km on quiet lanes. Forage for wood when you’re there – there’s a brazier in the garden for toasting marshmallows on. Put it and granny in the car and watch the sunset.

Or how about the little kids hosting ‘tea parties’ for grannies from the Gypsy Wagon and they can’t escape – the garden is enclosed!

The Nitty Gritty...

Sleeping...

  • Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed with ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed
  • Bedroom 3 : Single bed (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 4 : Triple bunk beds (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 5 : Four poster double bed (The Shed)
  • Bedroom 6 : Bunk beds (The Shed)
  • Floorplan : Click to view

Bathrooms...

  • One : Shower room (downstairs)
  • Two : Ensuite shower room
  • Three : Shower room (The Shed)

All the rest...

  • Garden : Large enclosed garden great for kids exploring adventures and with its own mini Gypsy caravan.
  • Kitchen : Range cooker / SMEG Fridge Freezer / Washing machine
  • Mod Cons : Speakers provided, 23″ TV with Freeview TV / DVD player and good DVD selection
  • Keeping Connected : WiFi (sometimes slow) and mobile signal is not good at the house - but it is by the pub!
  • Parking : Up to 5 cars
  • Pets : Horses and dogs welcome. Yard can be cleared for horses. Grazing can be arranged. Dogs welcome - the garden is enclosed.
  • Arrival & Departure : For week long stays arrive Monday or Friday. Short stays usually arrive Mon & Friday.
    Arrival from 3.30pm and departures by 10am

What we love

Pack a picnic and walk down to Tanners Lane Beach – a 1km flat-ish walk down a quiet lane. Set up for the day and explore, ‘Swallows and Amazons’ style along the shore. You can swim from here too when tides are gentle. Lymington has fantastic Saturday foodie markets for picnics. We can arrange storytellers, chefs, babysitters for you – please just ask.

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

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

  • This beautiful house was to bring my family together to celebrate my daughter's 7th birthday and my parent's 70th. It was an absolutely fantastic weekend. I can't really comment on the local area as we barely left the house and garden for 48 hours. All rooms were comfortable, super-clean and nicely decorated. The living space for our big gang was brilliant. The kids basically didn't come indoors all day and ran around like loons in the garden and caravan... AND got to feed a friendly donkey who came to hang out by the gate for a while. Lovely bathrooms and wood burner for a chilly evening. We put the 70 year olds in the 'shed' - the most beautiful shed I've ever seen to give them some well deserved space from the grandchildren. They even had a lie in! All in all, a magical weekend in a beautiful, spacious, well equipped (OH the toys they have!) house. Thank you. We shall return. Anne from Croscombe, Wells
  • A wonderful 4 night stay at Ploughman's Cottage. Plenty of space for running around for our busy 3 year old and plenty of comfort for our 6 month old including high chairs and toys etc. Great location, near to a lovely secluded beach and what more could you ask with a lovely pub next door. Would definitely stay again and absolutely recommend. Jenna from Carmarthen

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