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Here's your full run down of this place, inside and out...
The cottage’s interior is fresh, bright and comfortable – all white walls with coastal scenes and pops of colour. On the ground floor there’s a smart contemporary kitchen-dining room opening onto a snug and stylish sitting room with corner sofa heaped with cushions and a modern, remote-controlled fireplace. There is also a small room for outdoor cloakroom and toilet just off the entrance lobby.
Upstairs on the first floor is a bedroom with king-size bed, which converts into two singles if preferred, and luxurious bathroom. On the top floor, the master bedroom is an airy, light-filled space with king-size bed and panoramic views over the Solent. Simply throw open the large picture windows to breathe in the spectacular setting – from sunrise over the Isle of Wight to a dark night sky alight with stars.
The cottage is family friendly, ideally located for short, gentle wanders close to the house for small kids, as well as fantastic beaches a few miles away in Milford on Sea and Highcliffe. We provide a travel cot, one high chair & a fitted stair gate at the top of the stairs.
You can crab at Keyhaven harbour, or for bigger crabs, a walk twenty minutes to the west will take you to the bridge over Sturt Pond. This is also a fabulous 'Pooh sticks' bridge and is a hidden hide for birdwatching. Start at the Bridge for the blustery pebble and shingle beaches within strolling distance beyond Hurst Spit.
Couples and small families will love it here.
Birdwatchers (Keyhaven Marshes is known for an astonishing variety of bird species).
Keen walkers (the Solent Way follows the seawall)
For those who love being active, running the seawall is great. Watersports enthusiasts will have a great time. Not only are there opportunities to sail, but Hurst Spit (a mile-long shingle bank) shelters an expanse of quiet water superb for kayaking, standup paddle boarding and kite-surfing (there’s sufficient breeze over the top of the spit for lift).
Bedroom 1 : Superking with spectacular views Bedroom 2 : Twin or Superking. Travel cot.
One : WC downstairs Two : Spacious family bathroom with bath and separate shower and two sinks
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Kitchen : Electric over / Gas hob / Fridge freezer / Microwave / Dishwasher (half size) / Washing machine Mod Cons : 32" Digital TV and DVD player, iPod docking station, Remote control gas fire Connectivity : Free WiFi and mobile signal is patchy but outside is good. Pets : One dog welcome for a small charge per stay, and only downstairs.
The beaches here are all dog friendly all year, but do keep your dog on the lead around the bird reserves in the bird nesting season.
Outside is a charming, sheltered courtyard garden that catches plenty of sun – perfect for sitting with a relaxing G&T.
All in all: a great value holiday cottage in a lovely location where salt marsh meets sea and sky.
Garden : Private and small enclosed courtyard Parking : 1 Car, Public car park very close by
The access to the cottage is flat and there is a small step into the cottage from the little courtyard garden. The stairs are tight but not overly steep.
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'
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: 5pm Depart before: 10am
Deposit: 50% Balance Due: 45 days before your stay Security Deposit: £350
Guests that have stayed here rate this place:
4.6 out of 5
A lovely cottage in breathtaking surroundings. Sparklingly contemporary restoration of an interesting old building.September 2021
Great location, lovely coastal walks very picturesque with marina and yacht club etc Milford on sea an easy walk with nice restaurants chip shop, wine bar and local necessities. Loved the view out to The needles aisle of Wight, Hurst castle. Nice clean, comfortable accommodation, my only request would be for better seating which we found quite hard and not enough.September 2021
We arrived and met the owners. They were very friendly and helpful. We were told there was a problem with the WiFi but it was being sorted.They went above and beyond to sort it out and there was no inconvenience to us at all. Lovely place to stay, huge bathroom and bedrooms, lovely view from bedroom window. Smaller downstairs but we were a family of four adults and it was adequate for us. The only downside if it is one , was there was no sweeping brush or hoover.lol.We like to keep things tidy. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and it is the perfect spot to explore lots of places.We would stay there again.August 2021
We had a wonderful time staying at the cottage in Keyhaven. The peaceful location was perfect and the cottage was very clean and comfortable. The only thing wed recommend is getting a smart TV so you can log in to Netflix etcJuly 2021
Well-appointed cottage in a lovely setting. Enjoyed walks and shopping in Milford on Sea and Lymington. Excellent customer service from Sarah and Rachel at New Forest Escapes.November 2020
Beautiful cottage in scenic peaceful location. Well equipped , beds comfortable, beautiful bathroom , had everything we needed.October 2020
Very enjoyable stay. We spent most of our time out and about in the local area. The bed was soooo comfy and the main bedroom def was the nicest with beautiful views over Keyhaven. Downstairs area is practical, with everything you'd need - but not that cosy in the lounge, so wouldn't be wanting to spend evenings in. Little courtyard was nice. Second bedroom and bathroom all very comfortable!October 2020
We spent a week at this lovely property and really enjoyed local walks every day and a few excursions.September 2020
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We loved our weeks stay. The cottage was both stylish and cosy and well equipped. We particularly liked the enormous bath and the lovely comfortable bed. Great to have views across to the Isle of Wight. Location was great for us as you can walk along the coast in either direction and we loved walking towards Milford in the evenings to watch the sunset. We werent bothered by noise at all. Enjoyed lunch at The Gun next door. All in all a great stay. Than you!September 2020
Coastguard cottage is very well appointed and just moments from the coastal walks around Keyhaven....
A fabulous place with great views overlooking the harbour. Very clean, great size rooms, the comfiest beds after a long day of walking! The town is a short walk away with a lovely little wine bar called ‘The Cave’ and other pubs, restaurants and shops.
Lovely clean beautiful cottage, comfortable beds, large bathroom. The house was even more beautiful in real life, as lovely as the photos are, they don’t do it justice! Wonderful little house. Would definitely stay again. Perfect stay for me and my mum. Thank you New Forest Escapes!
“We had a fantastic short stay at the cottage. We found it beautifully clean and decorated with everything you would need for your stay. The master bedroom on the top floor is a great spot for parents, so quiet and secluded with peaceful views of the water.”
“The cottage made a perfect little getaway for our family of four. The master bedroom was luxurious and had stunning sea views! The kids loved playing with the board games provided and were kept busy with strolls along the beach, climbing rocks and crabbing. Thanks again for a very enjoyable stay!”
“We've hired many holiday cottages over the years and this was undoubtedly one of the best, both in terms of the quality of its renovation - without compromising the character - and its practicality. It's difficult for online photographs to do it full justice, particularly to the freshness of the master bedroom and its views. The place was spotlessly clean and the baby equipment provided was much appreciated. Temperatures outside, with windchill, plummeted to -10C in the early part of our stay and we were glad to have such a cosy place to come home to. Just before Easter, we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, yet we were easy travelling distance from the heart of the New Forest, the Isle of Wight and Winchester. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.”
We had a lovely family stay at Coastguard Cottage with our 14 month old baby. High chair and cot provided which made travelling and packing a lot easier. The cottage is just a stones throw from the water and has beautiful views from the top level. Quality accommodation and facilities meant we had a very relaxing break in a lovely part of the country. Walking to spit was a highlight as well as taking the tiny ferry back across the water from the castle.