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Gins Barn is indeed an amazing place to escape. Hidden a long way down a private lane, Gins Barn comprises of a grouping of old farm buildings converted into luxury accommodation set around sheltered, sun-trap courtyard gardens which were once the stable yard.
Gins is owned by creatives Holly and Julian (an internationally respected furniture designer), hence the up-town chic along with those down-river views.
There is gallery-style art on the walls, an impressive sound system, statement lighting (check out Julian’s Bacco chandeliers) and antiques mixed with modern designer pieces. The accommodation feels deeply comforting with chunky exposed beams, oak boards warmed by big rugs and soft, muted colour schemes. Guests can curl up on the sumptuously squishy sofas in front of the log burner in the sitting room, and sleep comes easily in bedrooms full of country charm with iron-frame beds, wool blankets and linenfold wardrobes.
Furniture can come and go here, but for the last 6 years, the contemporary farmhouse kitchen features 6 of Julian’s bobbin carver chairs. They fit beautifully round a table that seats up to eight. On warm days doors can be thrown open onto the sheltered courtyard garden for alfresco dining. The kitchen is also really well kitted-out with everything you need if you are catering for a big family celebration, including a serious cooker and huge double-fronted fridge/freezer.
This is a super place for families and friends to come together, it is also all on one level so brilliant for all generations. Gins comfortably sleeps eight adults plus small children. Yet there is space enough, with the generously sized kitchen and sitting room, for guests not to feel on top of each other.
The sitting room is big and the kitchen is a generous size for family meals. If you need more space there is the massive Tithe Barn sitting/dining room that is available to rent. Please read more about this below.
Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed Bedroom 2 : Twin bed Bedroom 3 : Double bed Bedroom 4 : Double bed
One : En-suite shower Two : Family Jack and Jill Bathroom Three : Family bathroom with shower over bath
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Kitchen : Range gas oven / large Fridge Freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Microwave / Nespresso coffee machine Mod Cons : 30" TV, DVD player, good music system and speakers throughout Connectivity : Free Wifi and mobile signal is good Kids' Stuff : There are two highchairs and two cots. There is a selection of books and DVDs for children.
Whilst there is a gate onto the jetty, there is only 1 wire (hip-height) hand hold on the long jetty - please stay with children at all times. The water is deep.
Pets : Two medium-sized dogs (up to 20kgs) are welcome for a small charge per dog, per stay. We do kindly ask that the dogs are kept on leads whilst outside due to the chickens which live here and the surrounding nature reserve and wild game birds.
The chickens sometimes love to roam free. We ask that guests and dogs stay away from the chicken's electric fenced area.
There is a well planted, terrace courtyard just outside the kitchen window and the whole barn wraps around this space. The planting here is mature now and has become rambling and romantic
with it's self seeding and spread. There are huge cork trees planted in giant pots to give structure.
On the coastal side, there is hedging to screen the main house, a lawned area for guests, a table with chairs for you all. The view is over the vegetable garden and onto the bird reserves and Solent.
There is a long jetty with a small pontoon at the end. You can see far out into the Solent and stunning views up the river. In the warmer months, passing boat traffic is high, so this is a great place to sit and mull. It's also a fabulous place to go crabbing.
There are chickens and ducks that live here in an electric fenced area and do sometimes roam free. This is one of the main reasons that dogs need to stay on leads here - there have been awkward moments with chasey dogs here before.
Garden : A well planted, terrace courtyard with plenty of outdoor seating and a BBQ. The garden at the front of the house has the owner's grass tennis court to the front. Parking : Up to 6 cars
It is prohibited to swim in the Beaulieu River. There is a huge amount of boat traffic passing the jetty pontoon. Far better to crab, dangle your toes in, and read a book on the pontoon park bench...
The owners live in the main house here, and during the COVID pandemic have been at home more. They keep themselves to themselves and are experienced hosts so know when to leave you alone, or be available if necessary. There is also a caretaker who lives onsite next door to this property and you may see his partner and small child too. They have their own access and garden area.
The jetty can get busy with a private boats coming and going, and may be used as an emergency landing point for craft which have had problems at sea.
The tennis court is new and not for guests use at this time.
The barn is suitable for less mobile people too. There are two steps 8″ each step into the barn from the parking area. You can park right outside the main door. The doorways are wide enough for regular sized wheelchairs but there isn’t any specific adaptation through the house for chairs. There is a very slight step of 2″ between the hall and the sitting room which will be a small bump for those in chairs.
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. Logs are supplied in winter. We also supply a welcome pack with some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!
Arrival & Departure
Arrive from: 4pm Depart before: 10am
Deposit: 50% Balance Due: 45 days before your stay Security Deposit: £500
Guests that have stayed here rate this place:
4.8 out of 5
We loved our stay, beautiful barn, very tastefully furnished, stunning location and lovely friendly ownersSeptember 2021
Gins Barn is a lovely character home in a wonderful location. We had a lovely restful week there and enjoyed everything the New Forest has to offer.September 2021
We loved our stay at Gins Barn! It was a clean, beautifully decorated house with comfortable beds, large modern kitchen, large lounge. The setting is amazing - we loved wandering down the jetty to watch the boats, looking at the beautifult gardens and watching the chickens peck around. The owners were very helpful and friendly, but still ensured we had our privacy (they live in the house next door). It is a great location - 20 minutes from Lymington, where there is lots to do (shops, open air swimming pool, mini golf, fruit picking). We are fussy customers and rarely stay in the same place more than once, but are planning to book Gins Barn for next summer already!July 2021
Wonderful property in an excellent location. Lots of space and very comfortable. Loved our stay here.July 2021
One of the worlds special places spectacular location right on the water, wonderful hosts. Cant wait to go back.June 2021
Everything about Gins Barn is fabulous -- the location by the water, the roominess of the accommodation, the friendliness and helpfulness of the hosts, the beauty of the area. We can't wait to go back.September 2020
We had a wonderful time a Gins Farm. Such a beautiful setting with tons to do locally. Hope to stay again sometime. All the best!
Beautiful location and wonderful crabbing. We enjoyed all the space for lovely children. Papa has had a good 80th birthday celebration.
What a special place! Thank you for giving us a little slice of heaven! Our stay was too short but wonderful all the same and we are planning to return!
Ah Holly and Julian you two are a marvel and we have had an old-fashioned ball at Gins Barn - eagle, sail, pub run via rib to cowes, kayaks, sea bass sunsets, big fun! See you soonest!
A week at your magical kingdom has been an amazing way to resume normal life. A beautiful end to a long long lockdown.
Gins Barn is one of the worlds special places. Once again we had a fantastic time. Thanks for everything.
A perfect week at beautiful Gins Barn - all our family together, beautiful weather, lot of fun, all so perfect! Thank you Holly and Julian for the hospitality and the rose! We will be back!! Maybe a dryer would be a good addition. We loved being here.
Thank you Gins Barn for our lovely week away, what a beautiful spot it is and waht a fab house to stay in and enjoy. The rain even stayed away for the entire week. All the best!
What a wonderful week in a beautiful setting. We loved seeing the seal on the boat (now called Bella) and the ducks and the chickens (+2 babies) and the dogs. Beautiful, comfy house - very welcoming. Couldn't ask for more. We even had amazing weather. Would 100% recommend. Thank you so much. Hope to see you again.
Although sadly we didn't get to meet but it was lovely hearing your voice and learning about the area. Very much enjoyed our stay. We saw a seal sunbathing on the boat, wildlife and local wine. Your barn/cottage is a breath of fresh air. Thank you very much.
A massive thank you to Holly & Julian for a wonderful stay at your beautiful home and such a special place. We all enjoyed and loved the yacht club. Hope to be back at another time.
Thank you so much for our wonderful stay at Gins Barn. It is a very special place. With love Anoushka, Samual, Thomas.
What a beautiful place this is, we have loved our time here. We have enjoyed all the art that you have and all the lovely things that you have put in to make this place feel like home. Thank you - a wonderful place for a special family gathering! With many thanks
Thanks so much for letting us stay in your beautiful house, we've had a fantastic New Year. The house had everything we needed, the kitchen was amazing for cooking for many mouths and many a good evening has been spent around the kitchen table. Thank you for being so welcoming and sending us the movies. Lots of Love
Thank you for arranging such perfect weather for a family re-union! Granny enjoyed doing her jigsaw under the borrowed light! The knife sharpener was also appreciated. Thank you also for laying on Ron Seal; an exhilarating but nerve wracking kayak trip! Best wishes
Thank you for a FABULOUS welcome.....lovely time had with friends. Great kitchen for a dinner party, sitting in front of the fire and great accommodation. Amazing location and walks with views of the water! Thank you for our lovely welcome with all the lights on. We will return. Thank you so much.
We had a lovely stay at Gins Barn and a lovely view point. Thank you for letting us use the Tithe Barn for our 70th birthday dinner party.
Thank you for a lovely week - and the weather!
Lovely space perfect when weather good which it was. Sailing club next door was a plus.
Our Wedding at Gins Barn Thank you very very much for providing a wonderful venue for our special day. The atmosphere was enjoyed by all present. The setting could not be more perfect and the weather was the cherry on top! We will remember our day for many many years to come.
Our wedding - what a place! Thank you so much for letting us take over your little piece of heaven for our big day. It was AMAZING! The house, the setting, the garden - everything was fantastic. We hope to come back and stay again with our family. Thank you!!
Thank you so much, this place is amazing!! My family have enjoyed every minute - staying here.
A lovely 5 day break at Gins Barn organised by New Forest Escapes. The house was very comfortable and in a lovely setting. Everything went swimmingly!
Our family had a wonderful long weekend at Gins Barn. Extremely welcoming & very comfortable in a Bloomsbury styled environment. All the family loved it. Very relaxing large lounge with lots of seating and a great space. Kitchen very well fitted out and superb range for cooking. Beds are very comfy and pillows spot on. Environment around the barn is stunning and really worth exploring. We would go back.
Gins Barn is absolutely stunning. It is harder to imagine a more stylish, comfortable holiday house in a more special setting. We were a party of two families and the space worked perfectly for us. The children played in the garden, enjoyed the trampoline, the chickens, fed apples to wild horses and every evening as the sun set we walked with them on to the private jetty where two seals came to sunbathe! Inside the house has been decorated beautifully with super comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen and a huge living room with board games, cosy wood burner (not that we needed it as very cosy and sunny over Easter) and big sofas. The local area gives you tons of options for both coast adventures and woodland fun plus great pubs. We treated ourselves to lunch at nearby The Pig Hotel and Bucklers Hard both of which were fantastic. Although we found it hard to leave Gins Barn and just wish we had longer than our 5 nights. Can't wait to return. Five stars all round and very nice hosts!! You couldn't get a more dreamy UK setting.
A wonderful peaceful time in this gorgeous calm oasis. Day trips to the lovely Lymington and Bucklers Hard but the nicest bits were spent enjoying peace and tranquility and beautiful decorated temporary home. Top tip: go to the yacht club next door for lunch or supper - stunning views and good food.
Dear Holly and Julian We had a wonderful stay at your beautiful barn. The wine poured, the tea brewed, the crabs bit, and the sun shined! Smiles all round. We'll be back. Very best
We had a long weekend at Gins Barn with friends and family. It was such a fantastic experience for us all. The accommodation was superb and as we were very lucky with the weather our BBQ and all of the outdoor fun was very special. We were very grateful for the use of the Tithe Barn after the event on Friday and the extra space was very welcome. All in all a great weekend, excellent facilities and superb service from New Forest Escapes. Thank you all very much.
Gins Barn is wonderful - probably the best self-catering house we have ever stayed in. The location is stunning and the house is so well appointed - the art work is amazing. The attention to detail is just fantastic - with a kitchen that has everything, including all the basic store cupboard items. The bedrooms and bathrooms are well thought out and the lounge area is very comfortable. Everyone we dealt with from making the arrangements, the handy man on the day to the owners were great. My only issue is going to be the high benchmark this has set and will we ever stay anywhere as good again.
Beautiful house in gorgeous surroundings, visited as two families with four kids. Special love for Percy the dog. Definitely making a return visit!