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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 2 for guests. Two highchairs are available.
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
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Kitchen : Range cooker / SMEG Fridge Freezer / Washing machine / Microwave / Dishwasher / 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!
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 (available all year bar Nov to March 2021 when it is sometimes stored). It's a show-stopper for cuteness.
Gas BBQ here too.
Garden : Large enclosed garden great for kids exploring adventures, with mini Gypsy caravan. Gas BBQ.
Parking : Up to 3 cars
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.
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'
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: £500
Guests that have stayed here rate this place:
4.8 out of 5
We had a wonderful stay at Ploughmans Cottage. The house was very clean, and well set out for children and adults alike. We had 3 young kids with us, and there was so much for them to explore in the garden plus toys and the contents of the dressing up box, we could have just stayed in the house for the week and they would have been happy! The house and location looked even better than the pictures, the pub next door was really convenient and even offered to do us takeaway dinners when they had capacity, and the owners (who we met briefly when we arrived) were great and extremely helpful. There is so much on the doorstep too - we went for walks, horse-riding, crabbing, beach trips - as well as a lovely lunch at the Pig. I would recommend this to any families looking for a getaway.June 2021
Very comfortable sofa and beds. Peaceful and pretty garden Good kitchen and good bathroom showers Would benefit from a couple of good reading lights in living room.June 2021
Where to start with the loveliness of our recent weekend at The Ploughmans and Pig Shed? Maybe the inviting garden, perfect for nosily ambling around the greenhouse and raised beds – or perhaps the cozy sitting room, with its welcoming corner sofa and wood burning stove. While the eclectic gorgeousness of The Shed may have had us all squabbling over who would sleep where, there simply isn’t a duff room in the house: the top bedroom enjoys stunning views, the Shed’s four-poster is glorious and even the children didn’t complain at bedtime knowing there was the giddy excitement of the mezzanine-level bunk bed to be enjoyed. From donkeys nonchalantly wandering around outside the next-door pub to the delightfully wild local beach, there was so much to keep the family entertained – a weekend really wasn’t long enough.
“Beautiful quirky cosy cottage. Well equipped. Useful information. WiFi intermittent. Would recommend for families!”
Stayed for a weekend at Ploughman's Cottage, it's a lovely spot with a sprawling, mature garden, a large, bright eat-in kitchen, wild horses all around and a decent pub/restaurant next door. We were 8 adults and all managed to get a good nights sleep. Apart from eating and drinking and catching up, there's great cycling nearby on quiet, rolling country roads, and the swimming at Milford is lovely, if a little bracing in early May. Check-in and check-out was seamless. The team at New Forest Escapes very kindly posted back a jacket which one of us left behind. Highly recommended.
Lovely place to stay centrally based for quite a few of the main hubs in The New Forest and the coast being around 20 to 30 mins away. There is a local beach as well which is around a mile from the house that’s actually great fun for exploring with the kids and a very easy walk. My only comment would be if your dog likes to escape and run off this is not a closed garden so plenty of places for them to scarper! Thankfully ours is very obedient so no issues for us but just to make people aware. That’s literally the only downside, as apart from that it’s a blissfully quiet place with with plenty of local walks to suffice.
Beautiful cottage in a quiet village close to nearby Lymington, ferry and train services, and next door a lovely little country pub. The house is super cute with a tranquil garden perfect for our family getaway.
Perfect place for a family to stay, excellent beds, very well equipped house, tremendous garden for children and good pub next door. Jane at New Forest Escapes who was brilliant and very helpful with ‘ things to do’ in the locality. A wonderful place for a family gathering.
This was a gorgeous, stylish and fun house, perfect for celebrating my sisters 40th with family, including the young children. Great pub literally next door and a nice walk to the beach and short drive to Lymington. Rachel at New Forest Escapes is fantastic.
We were three families with young kids (5 kids under 4) and we had a lovely time. The outdoor spaces are great for young kids and the location near enough to London not to be a chore and with a raft of local activities - the 3 year olds went on a 1 hour hack at nearby stables and we all went to the beach one day too, plus seeing the ponies of the New Forest (not so easy to see from the car seats though) ;-)
A wonderful 4 night stay at Ploughman's Cottage. Plenty of space for running around for our busy 3 year old and plenty of comfort for our 6 month old including high chairs and toys etc. Great location, near to a lovely secluded beach and what more could you ask with a lovely pub next door. Would definitely stay again and absolutely recommend.
We had a weekend family party, small children through to birthday boy who was 70. Everyone had such a good time, the house is so welcoming and comfortable. Keeping small children happy is key to everyone else being able to relax so finding a hoard of toys is a good start. A large and random collection of crockery and glassware also suggests that a slight accident isn't going to destroy the matching set! We spent most of our waking hours in the house in the kitchen diner, round the table chatting, eating and enjoying the view through the huge window into the garden. We really enjoyed the quiet surroundings, and the East End Arms next door was a bonus for our celebratory meal. We would all like to go back.