Gins Barn

...remote, exclusive, waterside

  • 8 + 1 Child + 2 babies
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Gins Barn is our exclusive holiday home at the end of the Beaulieu River. Boasting incredible views and spacious gardens it is a fantastic hideaway location. Gins is a place of great beauty and serenity that has been described by guests as probably the best self-catering house they’ve ever stayed in. It is luxurious, stylish and spacious. Breathe in, calm down and relax.

A glorious slice of up-river, down-town chic, eight people can stop the world and get off for a breather.  The relaxed, luxury, quirky style is seamless throughout this place which is owned by internationally respected furniture designer Julian Chichester.

The Beaulieu River is only 80m away over the lawn and is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world. It has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over 400 years.

The farm is so close to the sea, it’s a sailing landmark. To the south is a private conservation wetland reserve, deep in clouds of chattering migratory birdlife and fields of wild ponies – all silhouetted at champagne-o’clock under big-sky sunsets and towering storms from the English Channel.

Located next door is the Royal Southampton Yacht Club that has a bar/restaurant open most Thursdays to Sundays, the perfect spot for sundowners.


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£2100 / week

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Gins is owned by creatives Holly and Julian (an internationally respected furniture designer), hence the up-town chic style, 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 massive and sumptuously squishy sofa and chairs, 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.

Floor plan


Bedroom 1 Kingsize bed with ensuite. Beyond Sitting room.
Bedroom 2 Twin bed. Beyond sitting room.
Bedroom 3 Double bed with Jack and Jill bathroom. Near kitchen.
Bedroom 4 Double bed with Jack and Jill bathroom. Nearest to kitchen.


One En-suite shower
Two Family Jack and Jill Bathroom
Three Family bathroom with shower over bath

All the rest...

KitchenRange gas oven / large Fridge Freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Microwave / Nespresso coffee machine
Mod Cons30" TV, DVD player, good music system and speakers throughout
ConnectivityFree 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.
PetsTwo 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.


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.

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 spreading nature. There are huge cork trees planted in giant pots to give structure.

With hedging to screen the main house on the coastal side, we recommend you pour something delicious and take a seat on the lawned area, to soak up those exclusive views! Stretching over the vegetable garden and onto the bird reserves and Solent, this really is a showstopper. There are also resident chickens & ducks, who live at Gins and roam free, adding to the rustic-chic charm!

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.

Please note that the turfed tennis court (you'll spot it amongst the lawn) is not available for guest's use, and although there is plenty of space to walk dogs off the lead, in the field next to the house, it's a farm field and hosts cows from time-to-time. There are many walks and wanders to enjoy, so do explore!

Next door is the Royal Southampton Yacht Club (which can be busy with boating activities during peak seasons) -providing a great spot to enjoy a sundowner as you finish off an afternoon walk!
GardenA well planted, terrace courtyard with plenty of outdoor seating and a BBQ. Access to the jetty is available for crabbing and other such water activities.
ParkingUp to 6 cars

Home truths

The owners house is onsite here. They are here and there, and travel extensively. Their older children are about from time to time. Their dog, a younger male lab' is sociable and friendly.
There is also a caretaker who lives onsite, and you may see his partner and small child too. They have their own access and garden area.

The lawn is also home to a turfed tennis court, but this is not available for guest's use.

The jetty can get busy with private boats coming and going, and may be used as an emergency landing point for craft which have had problems at sea.

A complementary basket of logs will be provided for your stay.


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!'

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. 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

Payment Info

Deposit: 50%
Balance Due: 45 days before your stay
Security Deposit: £500

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Guests that have stayed here rate this place:

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

We had a lovely stay at Gins barn. Such a great location, the jetty in the evening for sunset was pretty special! We loved the comfort of the indoor decor. We had one slight issue with the bbq but that was resolved by the family very quickly. Would recommend for a special holiday treat or for some simple luxury.

July 2022

What a wonderful stay we had yet again. Thank you so much for another amazing weekend in your beautiful home. I feel very privileged to have met you and will really miss you both very much! We truly are grateful for the opportunity to to be able to enjoy this place, your marvellous company and thank you for having us.

May 2022

Just the job! We enjoyed an excellent joint family celebration at Gins Barn. A lovely experience and a good base to work from.

May 2022

We loved the stay in this beautiful house, we hope to come again! Thank you so much.

April 2022

Thank you for a wonderful stay. We loved every minute, it's so peaceful here.

April 2022

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful house, I hope I can come back soon! So much fun!

March 2022

The most incredible setting and location - both inside and out. Cannot recommend highly enough. Thanks for having us!

March 2022

Thank you! A fabulous weekend with wonderful friends in your beautiful home.

March 2022

Incredible place!! We were all amazing at the beautiful artworks everywhere in the house. It’s also a stunning location, right next to the ocean. Beautiful location and house.

March 2022

Thank you for a lovely holiday!!! We hope we didn't bother you with our wonderful singing :)

February 2022

Thank you for a wonderful weekend away. The house is so cosy and comfortable and we loved our time here. Happy Christmas!

December 2021

What a fabulous stay we've had here at Gins Barn for Mum's 70th birthday weekend! Perfect for the kids, comfy beds and beautifully furnished! Thank you for all your help during our stay - you've been truly wonderful hosts. Had some great lunches at the Master Builders, The Limewood and Sunday roast at The East End Arms - delicious. Thank you for having us, we will definitely be back!

November 2021

A truly magical stay! The scenery to the horses, the warm welcoming house. Absolutely spectacular. Couldn't ask for a more accomadting host! We had everything we need and more. We'll be back! Thank you.

November 2021

We had a lovely stay at the Gins Barn. Such an amazing property and location. The kids loved crabbing - very successful too. The walks you recommend were beautiful. Thanks again and best,

November 2021

The most gorgeous weekend - so comfortable, we look forward to coming back.

November 2021

Just back from a wonderful stay in the new forest at Gins barn. Stayed for 4 nights and it was perfect. Lovely accommodation, beautifully furnished, lovely secluded rural location, what’s not to like! Thank you Holly and Julian for a wonderful stay. The perfect hosts. We will be back for sure x

November 2021

What a wonderful stay! This has been by far my favourite holiday. The two horses outside have been the only reason I ever spent time outside that much and I knew they would be one of the hardest things to leave. For us, the best places to eat were The Pig and The Gun Inn. Wild pigs, cows, horses and donkeys will look for love in the towns of Beaulieu and Burley. Down by the docks are crabs, fish, woodpeckers and migrating Canadian geese. I would come back here any day. And the weather is perfect for crabbing!

October 2021

We can't thank you enough for the fabulous weekend we had. What a beautiful place to stay for the weekend, even the sun shone for us! Thank you, we had the best time.

October 2021

What a fantastic place and a fantastic weekend we have had!! The Gun Inn recommendation was the best- amazing food and garden! We hired electric bikes at Brockenhurst and toured the area ending at the pub. We will be back!

October 2021

What a wonderful stay! This has been by far my favourite holiday. The two horses outside have been the only reason I have ever spent time outside that much and I know they would be one of the hardest things to leave. For us, the best places to eat were The Pig & The Gun Inn. Wild pigs, cows, horses and donkeys will look for love in the towns of Beaulieu and Burley. Down by the docks are crabs, fish, Woodpeckers and migrating Canada Geese. I would come back any day. And the weather is perfect for crabbing!

October 2021

Thank you for such a lovely weekend! The location was perfect and it was just what we needed. Thank you for your amazing hospitality we will definitely be back.

October 2021

Just spent a wonderful, relaxing, fun, long weekend with the best brothers, sister-in-law and husband in the world to celebrate my 60th birthday. What a fabulous weekend we've all had.

September 2021

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!

31st July 2020

Beautiful location and wonderful crabbing. We enjoyed all the space for lovely children. Papa has had a good 80th birthday celebration.

17th July 2020

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!

13th July 2020

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!

July 2021

A week at your magical kingdom has been an amazing way to resume normal life. A beautiful end to a long long lockdown.

June 2021

Gins Barn is one of the worlds special places. Once again we had a fantastic time. Thanks for everything.

June 2021

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.

15th June 2020

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!

June 2021

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.

June 2021

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.

May 2021

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.

May 2021

Thank you so much for our wonderful stay at Gins Barn. It is a very special place. With love Anoushka, Samual, Thomas.

April 2021

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

2nd March 2020

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

2nd January 2020

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

October 2019

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.

September 2019

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.

September 2019

Thank you for a lovely week - and the weather!

July 2019

Lovely space perfect when weather good which it was. Sailing club next door was a plus.

June 2019

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.

22nd June 2019

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!!

May 2019

Thank you so much, this place is amazing!! My family have enjoyed every minute - staying here.

May 2019

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!

May 2019

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.

June 2018

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!

June 2016