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Enjoy a Sunday snooze on us, with a later check-out time of 3pm!*

*Sunday check-out in low-season only, see t&cs for full details


coastal, chic, smart

  • 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

Avocet is a first class little find in an extremely quiet location. Keyhaven hamlet is sleepy and coastal. The cottage is in one of the sleepiest parts of it, on a tiny, gravel road cul-de-sac bordered by fields.

Originally it is Edwardian but has recently has enjoyed a full renovation. The owners, who live nearby, have done a sterling job and given it a modern, fresh feel. Everything is new, good quality and comfortable. The garden is well fenced and a proper sun-trap. The deck stretches the width of it and we expect that you’ll have the doors wide-open to let the sea breeze in.

Walks from here to the quay and coastal path in 3 minutes. You’ll pass The Gun Inn on the way (famed for it’s many whiskies and smuggling history). Walks left will take you to Lymington along the sea wall (passing some excellent cafe’s) and walks right will get you to Hurst Castle for crabbing, foraging, hide and seek. Or further on to Milford on Sea beaches for wild swimming (some folk do it all year around), and the sand that is revealed at mid-low tide.

Foodies will love Milford village. There are some really good, local spots here, and a Microbrewery that encourages board-games and allows you to order in food from the village.


£215 per night

What makes this place special...

Highlights staying at this house and in the local area...

Why our guests love us...

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Eco Conscious

We engage and lead sustainable practice to actively reduce our impacts

Championing local

We celebrate the culture and traditions of the New Forest

Proudly independent

We are a small, mum-run local business at heart

All the essential details.

Here's your full run down of this place, inside and out...


Everything in the house is new in summer 2020 and it feels fresh and re-loved! It now looks super smart and the pictures show it. The style is coastal and calm with a sprinkling of wader birds thrown in... the owners favourite....hence the name of the house.

Walk in the front door to a little hall and straight into the kitchen-sitting room which is now the length of the whole house. A broad deck, the width of the garden makes it feel even longer and there is plenty of comfy seating for lounging around. The kitchen is well set up for 6.

Downstairs there is a good bedroom - it has an ensuite shower and loo and the beds split into two singles - so it's really perfect for anyone with granny in tow.

Upstairs the bedrooms are medium sized, but certainly enough to get a child's cot in Bedroom 3. There is a family bathroom in the eaves. The owner is very particular about the house and it's run very well and everything sparkles.
Floor plan


Bedroom 1. : Downstairs. Super king or Twin with ensuite shower.
Bedroom 2. : Upstairs. Double 5ft.
Bedroom 3. : Twin


Family Bathroom : Bath, toilet, sink and heated towel rail.
Ensuite shower : Shower and loo for bedroom 3 downstairs.

All the rest...

Kitchen : Oven and hob / Fridge freezer / Microwave / Nespresso Coffee machine / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Wine Cooler
Mod Cons : Smart TVs with DVD Built in / Hive Active Heating / USB plugs / Electric Roof Windows / Wine Cooler
Connectivity : Good WIFI but rural speeds. 4G and mobile service is generally good here.
Kids' Stuff : One cot and one highchair. Travel cot size - 70 x 103 x 73 cm. A small selection of children's toys are provided. Kids plastic plates and cups.
Pets : Dogs are welcome for a small charge.


The garden is well fenced at the back and children and don't won't be escaping. The deck is a winner and it's sofa is huge. At the end of the garden is a small fire pit for kids marsh mallow toasting, you can BBQ on it too but need to kneel down to cook.

At night, sit out in the garden and watch the sky. Viewing is good here and there is little light pollution so you can see the stars too. For those who need the excuse, if you walk to the sea wall to watch the stars, you'll pass The Gun pub on the way....
Garden : Enclosed back garden with full width decking. Fire pit that doubles as a grill, one bag of coal supplied. Tee Pee for the kids. Large L shape garden sofa and table. The garden has been totally renovated in 2020 and the planting is new with a contemporary feel.
Parking : Parking for 2 cars outside the house

Home truths

The Gun Pub is really good, and 2 minutes walk away. This could be a negative thing... ?!


You can park within 4 metres of the front door, and there is one small step up into the house. The downstairs bedroom with ensuite shower. It's small and doesn't have handrails. Check the virtual tour for more information.

Booking Information

Free and included in your booking cost are: all bedding and linen, towels for the house, kitchen essentials, any baby kit you've requested and cleaning the house after you leave. We also supply some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!

Arrival & Departure

Arrive from: 4pm
Depart before: 10am

Payment Info

Deposit: 50%
Balance Due: 45 days before your stay
Security Deposit: £350

Guests that have stayed here rate this place:

4.9 out of 5 more real reviews on upfront reviews and facebook

The location...

Sleepy, small and very boaty, Keyhaven was a port in 1206. Now it’s a fishing hamlet and base for boat owners.  Bird reserves surround the coast here. The Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle spit and fortress dominate the view across the Solent.

Need more info, or not quite what you’re looking for..?

Don’t worry, we’re always on-hand to help and our personalised booking process will match the right house to the right guests!

We're all locals and know the houses and Forest like the backs of our hands, so if you have any queries about the information we have provided or have any special requests for your stay, please just ask:

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