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Gins Barn

...remote, exclusive, waterside

  • 8 + 1 small child + 2 babies
  • 4
  • 3.5
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Gins Barn is our gorgeous holiday home at the end of the Beaulieu River. With incredible views and spacious gardens, it is a glorious hideaway location. Gins is a place of great beauty and serenity- described by guests as the best self-catering house they’ve ever stayed in. It is luxurious, stylish and spacious.

A glorious slice of up-river, down-town chic, eight people can stop the world and get off here for a breather. Your hosts, Holly & Julian Chichester, have ensured that the relaxed, luxury, and quirky finishes throughout, create an incredibly chic and unique place to call home.

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.

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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£315 / night

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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.

On warm days, days can be thrown open onto the sheltered courtyard 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 - Feather bedding. Beyond Sitting room.
Bedroom 2 Twin bed - Feather bedding. Beyond sitting room.
Bedroom 3 Double bed with Jack and Jill bathroom - Feather bedding. Near kitchen.
Bedroom 4 Double bed with Jack and Jill bathroom - Feather bedding. 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' StuffThere are two highchairs and two cots and a toddler bed. The toddler bed is 140 by 70 cms. Travel cots are 105 cm by 74 cm and 92 cms by 92 cms. 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.
PetsDogs are welcome for a small charge per dog, per stay. Chickens and wild birds roam free around the property, we ask that guests and dogs stay away from them please.


Hidden down a private lane, Gins Barn comprises of old farm buildings that have been converted into luxury accommodation…

Set around sheltered, sun-trap courtyard gardens, there's also a private jetty (with a small pontoon at the end) where you can soak up far flung vistas across Beaulieu River & The Solent. Sit and watch the world go by as you dangle your feet, or throw a crabbing line over – utter perfection!

With hedging to offer privacy from the owner’s home (in the grounds), this is the most tranquil and breath-taking place to savour the good life. As well as front row seats to observe the bird reserves here, you’ll also get to share your oasis with the free-roaming resident chickens & ducks- adding to the rustic-chic charm. As Gins is located on a nature reserve that, managed by Natural England, dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

There is a grass tennis court on the lawn, which you may be able to book in summer months (weather-permitting) if not in use by owners.
GardenA well planted, terrace courtyard with plenty of outdoor seating and a charcoal BBQ. Access to the jetty is available for crabbing and other such water activities.
ParkingUp to 6 cars

Home truths

Gins sleeps eight adults plus small children. Any small children will be accommodated in a travel cot or a toddler bed (140cmx70cm), please be mindful of your child’s age/size when booking.

The owners house is onsite here. Their dog, Manfy, is sociable and friendly.

There is also a caretaker who lives onsite. They have their own access and garden area.

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.

Dogs must be kept on leads in the garden.


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.

Booking Information

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: £500

Together with NFE, Gins Barn is striving towards creating greener & greater staycations...

Energy Efficiency

High level of insulation

High level of double glazing

Smart meter

Waste Management

Glass, paper & plastic recycling

Food waste composted

Non-perishables donated to food bank

Single use plastic reduced


Bike storage for guest use

Improved garden biodiversity

Eco cleaning products for guest use

100% recycled toilet tissue & kitchen roll

Location, location, location...

The picturesque village of Bucklers Hard (a little over 2 miles away) is perfect for a picnic with a view. Along the cottage-lined street, you’ll spot the Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum (find out how Nelson’s fleet was built), and on Friday nights you can enjoy live music with a *bite to eat from The Master Builders House Hotel. You can also take a boat charter (Apr-Oct) to wildlife spot or fish from the river (look out for Lazy Daze), or pop to the Yacht Harbour to *hire bikes and explore on-land.

Plan an action-packed day at Beulieu Palace & Motor Museum (just over 3.5 miles away), or potter through the village to visit its well-loved garden centre & café, locally-stocked shops, fab deli. And nearby farm shop.

Grab a bite or a drink at The Royal Southampton Yacht Club- just a 1 minute walk from front door - the views are quite something at sunset. Foodies may also want to check out The Pig in Brockenhurst, and The Limewood Hotel in Lyndhurst- both are set to wow with their homegrown menus.

For adventures a little further afield (around 7 miles away), Lymington’s bustly Saturday market, and boat-bobbing Quay, make for a great day out. You’ll also find a mini golf course and the Sea Water Baths nearby for family fun.

*our guests enjoy a 10% discount on food and bike hire.

Guests that have stayed here rate this place:

4.7 out of 5

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We too have had the most wonderful weekend celebrating David's 60th. Your beautiful barn has been absolutely ... November 2023 Read More
We have had the most enjoyable stay here at your wonderful Gins Barn, celebrating Mikes birthday. We loved th... November 2023 Read More
We have had the most wonderful long weekend celebrating Bianca's birthday. Morning lawn tennis bike rides thr... October 2023 Read More
We have had a wonderful weekend catching up with old friends in the most magical setting. The house is stunni... August 2023 Read More

Guests that have stayed here rate this place:

4.7 out of 5

We too have had the most wonderful weekend celebrating David's 60th. Your beautiful barn has been absolutely perfect for us all, so peaceful, relaxing and fun. We loved looking at all the books and artwork. Your kitchen glass cabinet is envy of us all. Thank you.

David & family November 2023

We have had the most enjoyable stay here at your wonderful Gins Barn, celebrating Mikes birthday. We loved the handy layout which was perfect for us and we all admired your decor. The views are spectacular. Many thanks. And thank you for the lovely eggs, they were delicious.

Rob & family November 2023

We have had the most wonderful long weekend celebrating Bianca's birthday. Morning lawn tennis bike rides through the forest, pub lunches, steam train rides and cocktails at Limewood. The home is beautiful and clearly very loved. We hope to come back soon.

Bianca & family October 2023

We have had a wonderful weekend catching up with old friends in the most magical setting. The house is stunning, the kids didn't want to leave. We will definitley be back. Thanks again for extending your home. Lots of love.

The Astor family August 2023

We had a gorgeous stay here, enjoying lovely walks for blackberries (so abundant here!) and house spotting. The grass court, the amazing lamps and me particularly taken by Alice and her wonderful patrons. We have had a stunning week with such special memories. Thank you so much.

The Pices August 2023

Your barn has been the 'Magical place' for our family holiday this year. We have be exploring the New Forest area, eating the best organic food, we have swum out in the fresh water of the Needles and Alum Bay, but especially we had a wonderful time together - we make to make our way back soon.

Ludo Vica & family August 2023

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.

Lucy July 2023

We enjoyed celebrating a family weekend in this beautiful setting, windy weather and all. Thanks so much.

Moore & family July 2023

Our family so appreciated all the beauty of your gorgeous property. The beauty of the area itself is amazing, but such a fantastic continuation from the exterior to the interior. Thanks for the gracious hospitality. Wishing the very best for you and your family.

The Pearson family July 2023

Thank you for two days full of sunshine and laughter and love. We've made memories that we'll treasure forever. WIth love.

Lou & friends June 2023

Lovely place, lovely people, lovely house. Thank you.

Sarah Glynn June 2023

Thanks so much for a wonderful stay. The surroundings are breathtaking, barn gorgeous and energy is so relaxing. We have loved it, wishing you the best.

Sarajan family & friends June 2023

What a wonderful place to stay! Thank you so much. Really enjoyed the great selection of works of art with the best wishes, feeling replenished. Indeed a wonderful place to come back to hopefully. Beautiful view and great atmostphere.

Alicia May 2023

Warm hearted welcome from Holly started our magical week in Gins Barn. We have the most epic week reconnecting with our New Forest roots and enjoying the silence and abundant nature, the views of the Solent & Beaulieu River. We will be back to create more magic memories! Such a treat to spend holidays in your beautiful home.

Wilbrannick family May 2023

Our whole family THANK YOU for these wonderful quiet moments. With everything we need. And we celebrated a late 80th birthday.

Noel Wilbrannick May 2023

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.

Flavie and Mago May 2023

Another fantastic stay and photoshoot at Gins Barn. The house has everything and the garden and jetty are fabulous. Love the peace and quiet too. Only thing missing was a dog of our own. Thanks.

Poppy April 2023

Thank you so much for a fabulous stay. What an idyllic position and such a beautiful barn. The kids have loved crabbing (they must have caught hundreds) and we have loved the peace and quiet.

The Wills clan February 2023

Well that was fabulous. Thank you. Don't want to gush, but gorgeous walks, lovely house, brilliant birds and art. Particularly taken by the mackerel. Thank you for taking care of us so beautifully. All the best, happy 2023!

Angela and Jerry January 2023

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

The Mosses May 2022

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

Noa April 2022

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

Deborah, Milo, Misha and Esme April 2022

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

Ella and Abbie March 2022

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

Chris March 2022

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

Sophie 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.

Lanvin March 2022

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

Millie, Charlotte, Sarah, Richard, Ruth, James, Iain, Sally x February 2022

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

Family Stokes, MacFeirce, Alsop-Cotton, Coggim & Corpio 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!

Laura, Dave, Maggie, Bertie, Stuart, Deralyn, Tom, Cloe & Ron X 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.

Lissi, Ede & Co 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,

Laura, Stu, Byron, Evie, Hudson, Cece & Leebo November 2021

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

Paul, Ottilie, Willow & Pia & pals! 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

Laura 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!

Amelie, Isabella, Daisy, Kate, Chris, Janet, Keith, Rocco and Dora 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.

Clare, Simon, Keith, Karen, Sian, Jo & Harry 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!

Gayle, Anne, Chantelle, Lyme, Wendy, Lilly and Tania 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!

Amelie, Isabella, Daisy, Kate, Chris, Janet, Keith and Rocco & Dora 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.

Richard, Sarah, Charlie, Jess, Emily, Molly, Ollie and Daisy. 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.

Jan Powell and family 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!

Clare & Nigel 31st July 2020

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

Elizabeth, Zoe, Lucas, Rodney, Neil, Sarah, Anna & Ian 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!

Tash, Tessa, Una, Maria X 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!

William Booth & Anne-Marie O'Connor 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.

Candice Hughes & Richard Boudreaux June 2021

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

Steve Stecklow 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.

Fan, Charles, Julia, Keith, Kate & Harry 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!

The Dubbers & the Myalls 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.

The Henshalls & crooks 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.

Angelina and Hasmeet 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.

The Flannery's May 2021

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

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

The Fergusons 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

Sarah, Hess & friends 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

The Pickards 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.

Rachel & Nigel 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.

Sarah, Dan, Eva & Beatrix September 2019

Thank you for a lovely week - and the weather!

Aldridges July 2019

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

Charles and family 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.

Mr & Mrs Graham 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!!

Soph & Tom May 2019

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

Julie 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.

The Chessover family 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.

The 3 Muskateers - Linda, Carolyn & Allison

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

The Kennedys & The Broughs

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.

Andrew from Godalming

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.

Karen, Bath

Beautiful house in gorgeous surroundings, visited as two families with four kids. Special love for Percy the dog. Definitely making a return visit!

The McCullocks & Daws June 2016
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