Ploughmans Cottage, fun, forest

  • 6 adults + 2 kids + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

The Ploughmans Cottage is a family friendly, pet friendly holiday cottage in East End, a pretty hamlet, near Lymington in the New Forest.

This house is 2 parts stretch-limo-living and 2 parts ‘the good life’…1km from the beach… It’s designed to be a relaxing, interesting family base from which to conduct marvellous ‘Swallows and Amazons’ adventures – for the all the family.

Many guests celebrate 70th/80th birthdays and come for family escapes.

Next door, the gastro pub The East End Arms is perfect for special family meals, or those who need to escape to ‘walk the dog’ and have time out with the papers!

Tanners beach is a must. Put the kids in the wheelbarrows and push them there down the quiet lane. The beach is wild and unspoilt and faces the Isle of Wight. You can park here too. The sand, shingle and silt beaches border the salt marshes. The birdlife is superb. Crabs are found under rocks. Dogs can be walked all year around. Track wild ponies who live here too.

If you rent just the cottage, we will also rent the Pig Shed to other guests. Please ensure you are happy with this when you book. More below.

In March 2019 Ploughmans was in the Sunday Times Travel Section as Best for Families in ‘Britain’s 50 best holiday houses’. In 2014 Ploughmans main house and the Pig Shed (together), was No. 2 in The Times Travel supplement for Best Family Self-Catering in their Castles, Cottages and Cabins article.


£295 per night

What makes this place special...

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

Why our guests love us...

Tried and testedWe only choose places we've been to see and loved!Eco ConsciousWe engage and lead sustainable practice to actively reduce our impactsCustomer serviceWe care about our clients, our guests and owners get first class attentionChampioning localWe celebrate the culture and traditions of the New ForestProudly independentWe are a small, mum-run local business at heartAlways fairWe believe in fairness for our guests, owners and team
Tried and testedWe only choose places we've been to see and loved!Eco ConsciousWe engage and lead sustainable practice to actively reduce our impactsCustomer serviceWe care about our clients, our guests and owners get first class attentionChampioning localWe celebrate the culture and traditions of the New ForestProudly independentWe are a small, mum-run local business at heartAlways fairWe believe in fairness for our guests, owners and team
Tried and testedEco ConsciousCustomer serviceChampioning localProudly independentAlways fair
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All the essential details.

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


Inside is colourful, eccentric, home-from-home and designed for easy-living. We are especially set up for families with children under 9 and welcome dogs too. The kitchen gets all the morning sun, great for lazy, sunny breakfasts - wind back the kitchen wall doors and let the birdsong flood in.

The sitting room seats 7 comfortably. The Smart TV here is tucked into the corner for those that don't want it, and would rather play board games (there are lots).

All the bedrooms will fit travel cots in them. We have 3 for guests. Two highchairs are available.

Floor plan


Bedroom 1 :Kingsize bed with en-suite shower room
Bedroom 2 :Kingsize bed
Bedroom 3 :Single bed (upstairs)
Bedroom 4 :Triple bunk beds (downstairs)


One :Shower room (downstairs)
Two :En-suite shower room

All the rest...

Kitchen :Range cooker / SMEG Fridge Freezer / Washing machine / Microwave / Dishwasher / Expresso coffee machine / Good selection of serving dishes and general cookery items
Mod Cons :CD player and CD's, 23″ TV with Freeview TV / DVD player and good DVD selection
Connectivity :WiFi (sometimes slow) but plays Netflix most of the time. The mobile signal is not good at the house - but it is by the pub!
Kids' Stuff :Good selection of kids kit and toys.
3 cots / 3 highchairs / Toys for all ages of children / Wooden train set / Good fancy dress for ages 2-7 ish / Masses of games / Jigsaws and puzzles / Books / A large selection of kids (and adults) DVD / There are some outdoor toys / Willow dens / Our Gypsy Caravan (children of up to 7 ish can stand upright in it).
The garden is enclosed and so far, no children have escaped! Also a stair gate at the top of the stairs.
Pets :Horses and dogs welcome. There is a small charge per dog, per stay - rates for horses on request. Yard can be cleared for horses and grazing can be arranged. Dogs are allowed on the nearby beach all year around but please keep them near - there are nesting birds on the salt marshes in spring and summer. The garden is pretty well fenced but Houdinis will still escape.


Children are especially welcome. The garden has been designed for toddlers to explore and play. It is fully enclosed. There is a marshmallow brazier for kids to use – or take to the beach. Older family members are also well catered for. There are only 2 steps downstairs. There are very good viewing options of grandchildren in the garden. Dens, mini Gypsy Van (under 8s can stand in it). There are a few garden games. Don't forget your Crabbing kit - go to Lymington Quay. There is usually some at the house in the greenhouse.

Outside the garden has been designed for children under 9s, with dens, a twigloo, and willow tunnel but it’s our glorious mini gypsy caravan (onsite April to October only). It's a show-stopper for cuteness.

Gas BBQ here too.
Garden :Large enclosed garden great for kids exploring adventures, with mini Gypsy caravan. Charcoal BBQ.
Parking :Up to 3 cars

Home truths

During the month of November 2021 to March 2022 the Pig Shed will have a long term guest staying. They have two ponies who may be living in the stables and yard at the cottage. Please do not bank on them being there, but also, if they are there, whilst the owner is happy for people to have a cuddle with them, doing so is entirely at your own risk.

The garden is not set up for wild ball games. There is wooden fencing that really bangs when balls hit it. There are plenty of options for family play but we don't welcome wild and shouty play and want to respect our neighbours. Choose hide and seek, picnics, mini beast hunts etc.

The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children.
The kids toys and kit come primarily with the cottage not the Pig Shed annexe.

Just across the garden is the Pig Shed annexe. If you are renting just one part of the accommodation here, then there is a high possibility there will be another group of guests here. The gardens are fenced separate with wire fencing but kids can 100% see through it.  Do see pics and the virtual tour for layout.  Whilst we do talk to guests and explain this, we cannot guarantee that your fellow guests will be as perfect as you'd like and you will need to be tolerant of them.

There is an extra charge for logs and kindling to burn on the fire (November- March) but feel free to BYO!

If you want to rent both parts, please look at the Ploughmans and Pig Shed listing.


The house is suitable for less mobile folk. There are two bedrooms downstairs and a walk in shower room with some handles. But there are a few things we want to point out so you’re not surprised when you arrive.

The kitchen floor is split level, only 6″ but it may not suit some.
The downstairs bedrooms have access to a shower room and not a bath room, that is upstairs. There are no hand-rails on the stairs.
The house is entered via a porch which has a step up of 10″ and another step of 10″ into the boot room. There are smaller steps by the front door access. The doors in the house are NOT wide enough for wheelchairs. (Gins Barn is).
The downstairs shower room has a walk-in shower with a small 3″ lip into the shower itself.

So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) read 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'

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

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

Location, location, location...

Click this map to discover more of the area...

This area between Lymington and Beaulieu is a sleepy and lovely part of the National Park. Ponies, cattle and donkeys live wild on the lanes and you must go slow because they have right of way - and they definitely know it!

The East End Arms is next door. The Turfcutters about 2 miles away toward the nearest shop in East End village. Lymington is 3 miles to the west.

Read the beach guide in the blog links below for more info on beaches.

Insider's Guide >>

Guests that have stayed here rate this place:

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

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

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