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The Breakers

Keyhaven, Hampshire

  • 14 + 2 babies + 2 staff.
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Swimming Pool
  • Family Friendly

This house is cosmopolitan, British and perfect for great and big family celebrations. It ticks every box…

… glorious seaside views… a beautiful and historically important house… sparkly swimming pool…3 acre garden with many romantic ‘room’s…an interior that is ready for a glossy magazine. And it sleeps 14 (plus a room for a butler, nanny or onsite help). 

Built in 1911 and owned by only 2 families until it’s recent sale and renovation, it is an extraordinary place. The current owners are a cosmopolitan family and their energy, love of colour, and of relaxing, is evident throughout.

Whilst there is much to do exploring the area, staying here is such a treat, you may not want to go far. Walks from here are top notch, bikes are provided. There is crabbing to be enjoyed near the beach 10 mins west. Sailing and fishing from the little marina 5 mins to the east.

The house is set up for families to relax and play. 

Shared space room downstairs are big, and views broad. A large hall is central to the house and to the front of the house there is a big sitting room and playroom. At the foot of the stairs there is a bunk room next to the front door hallway. 

The sitting room is generously proportioned, not quite Georgian, but big. The views from here are of the Isle of Wight Needles and magnificent at sunset. Next door to it is a big playroom and second sitting room, and off it, an eccentric turret.

Importantly the dining area seats the full 14 and is slightly away from the kitchen meaning that any kitchen staff or cooking mess are a step away from your any special meals. 

The kitchen itself has a smaller table for 8, and a huge marble-topped central island and is well kitted out for feeding the masses. We have a full kitchen inventory for you if you need.

Bedrooms:

There are 6 bedrooms. Upstairs 2 doubles, 2 twins. Downstairs 1 bunk.

There is a beautifully renovated annnexe just across from the kitchen which has a twin and super king sized double. It also has a good sized bathroom ensuite.

Further staff accommodation of a double and ensuite can be used which is separate and above the garaging.

Gardens

The property extends to 3 acres and the gardens wrap around the house. The formal gardens are extensive and established.  Planted in 1911 and barely changed since, walking around it is delightful and children will love to discover green “rooms”. The views to the front are fabulous and you the house looks over the Keyhaven bird reserves to the Isle of Wight. Toward the back of the property, in the direction of the village there is a 2 acre meadow, full of wild flowers in summer. On a single giant ash tree there is a swing, perfect for children to head off to for some time out and loud games.

There is a good BBQ here and a large terraced outdoor eating area next to the kitchen and outside the annexe.

Celebrations

We can help organise caterers both at the dining table or more creative, themed meals outside for summer evenings.

For special events we suggest getting our story teller, Mr Michael O Leary to come and take you on a journey through local folklore and myth. He’s very good. And even better on a dark night, deep in the garden, around a fire with smugglers rum cocktails. Ask us for entertaining kids with treasure hunts, arts days or den building.  The house keeping staff can also be on hand or daily if required.

Family

There are masses of toys here. The pool is fenced and heated from May to end of Sept. There are 3 adult mens bikes, 2 fadult ladies bikes and 2 kids bikes.

The pool house has also got plenty of toys in it.

Best for…

Families and celebrations.

What are the quirks here? (we like to be brutally honest)…

The downstairs bunk bedroom is next to the sitting room, so that anyone making lots of noise in an evening might wake the kids up.

Accessibility

Downstairs has no steps and there is only a very small rise into the kitchen. There are no bedrooms downstairs inside. The annexe is 20 metres from the kitchen door and there is no step to access it. There is a twin bedroom to the fore and a step of 6″ to a double room (superking) behind. There is a small step into the bathroom here too.

You can get a non-electric wheelchair from the annexe into the main house with no steps.
Front door 33 inches wide. Ground floor doors 31 inches. Kitchen door 30 inches.

Read our blog here about mobility and days out in the area.

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What makes this special...

The location here takes some beating. Hurst Beach is 10 minutes walk. It’s sandy a mid-low tide. The castle itself is superb and the boat leaves (seasonal) from 5 mins walk away. For a particularly eccentric reading spot, we suggest the main castle tower where you can get out of the wind, but pop your head up to on the castellations to enjoy the views of the powerful Solent waters and the Isle of Wight Needles.

Walk back on the Spit itself. Read our blog about it here. 

20 minutes by car to the north is the New Forest National Park You’ll find fantastic walking, cycling and wild play options for family fun. 

Restaurants and spas are excellent here. Nearby there is Limewood Hotel and Spa, Chewton Glen and The Pig. All are award winning and superb. 

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Sleeping...

  • Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 : Twin or Super king (ziplink bed)
  • Bedroom 4 : 1 twin
  • Bedroom 5 : 1 bunk (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 6 + 7 : In the annexe by the kitchen. 1 twin (ground floor no steps) and 1 king (1 step). Ensuite family bathroom.
  • Floorplan : Click to view

Bathrooms...

  • Bathroom 1 : family bathroom and shower
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What we love

Read our Insiders Guides to the area…

Keyhaven hamlet is 30 seconds walk. Pretty, boaty and charming.
Read our Insiders Guide to Keyhaven here.

Milford on Sea, inland by 2 minutes, is charming and has long beaches, sandy at mid-low tide.
Read our Insiders Guide to Milford here. 

Lymington, 5 miles away, has a fabulous Saturday market, great shopping and extensive coastal walking. Read the Insiders Guide to Lymington here. 

For more ideas for enjoying the area, beaches, places to eat and see, read our blog for more ideas.

Including, Our foodies guide to the Forest,  and Discovering Hurst Castle and the walk back – a must from this house! Got kids? Love water parks? The Saltwater Pools in Lymington are unmissable for families in the summer. Dog owners, read our dog walk guide here.

theLocation...

Sleepy, small and very boaty, Keyhaven was a port in 1206 and is now a fishing hamlet. Bird reserves surround the coast here and the Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle spit and fortress dominate the view across the Solent.

Keyhaven is fronted by the the Keyhaven Marshes, a low lying area of wetland grasses. It’s an important bird reserve and across this you can clearly see the Isle of Wight Needles. If you walk up on the coastal path here you can watch fabulous sunsets from several park benches built just for the job.

The hamlet lies at one end of an extraordinary shingle bank, Hurst Spit. The mile long shingle bar reaches out to the south dividing the turbulent Solent waters and creating a calm lagoon on the eastern side.

top picksTo do whilst you're here...

  • Hurst Castle
    Hurst Castle

    Jump on the ferry or take a brisk stroll on the 1.5 mile long shingle spit to the famous Hurst Castle where a £1 million renovation is currently taking place to keep it ship shape.

    This place is just the best for hide and seek. The view from the top is superb to the Isle of Wight. Anyone who likes history will love it here. Charles I was imprisoned here. The cafe is excellent. Read our blog for more info on Jason Crane, 3rd generation born here at Hurst. There is a small entry fee. Boat trips are about £5 for a return trip.

    For holiday events for kids of all ages so check out their website.

  • Lymington Sea Water Baths
    Lymington Sea Water Baths

    Open over the summer months, this place is an eccentric joy. The water is cold, so hire a wetsuit or brave it. You can swim or go mad on the 110 metres floating obstacle course (bit like Top Gear on water) – perfect for teens. There is also a smaller splash pool and sand pit for little kids. Good changing room options and fabulous ice cream too. Charges are very reasonable.

    Remember, New Forest Escapees receive one free coffee for each group from the kiosk too!

    For opening time and entry charges visit their website.

  • The Sea Wall Coastal Walk
    The Sea Wall Coastal Walk

    A fantastic walk on fairly level, gravel paths with amazing sea views. Also very good for bird spotting. The walk is 9 miles long but you can make it much shorter. The full walk takes approximately 2 hours. There are lots of cafe’s and pubs on the way and you can either walk back or jump on the bus!

    It can be windy so make sure you wear suitable clothing!

    For more information visit the trip advisor page.

We're local, and if you have questions,
need ideas or want advice
we're on hand to help...

Call us on +44 (0) 1590 462005

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The Breakers

Keyhaven, Hampshire

This house is cosmopolitan, British and perfect for great and big family celebrations. It ticks every box…

… glorious seaside views… a beautiful and historically important house… sparkly swimming pool…3 acre garden with many romantic ‘room’s…an interior that is ready for a glossy magazine. And it sleeps 14 (plus a room for a butler, nanny or onsite help). 

Built in 1911 and owned by only 2 families until it’s recent sale and renovation, it is an extraordinary place. The current owners are a cosmopolitan family and their energy, love of colour, and of relaxing, is evident throughout.

Whilst there is much to do exploring the area, staying here is such a treat, you may not want to go far. Walks from here are top notch, bikes are provided. There is crabbing to be enjoyed near the beach 10 mins west. Sailing and fishing from the little marina 5 mins to the east.

The house is set up for families to relax and play. 

Shared space room downstairs are big, and views broad. A large hall is central to the house and to the front of the house there is a big sitting room and playroom. At the foot of the stairs there is a bunk room next to the front door hallway. 

The sitting room is generously proportioned, not quite Georgian, but big. The views from here are of the Isle of Wight Needles and magnificent at sunset. Next door to it is a big playroom and second sitting room, and off it, an eccentric turret.

Importantly the dining area seats the full 14 and is slightly away from the kitchen meaning that any kitchen staff or cooking mess are a step away from your any special meals. 

The kitchen itself has a smaller table for 8, and a huge marble-topped central island and is well kitted out for feeding the masses. We have a full kitchen inventory for you if you need.

Bedrooms:

There are 6 bedrooms. Upstairs 2 doubles, 2 twins. Downstairs 1 bunk.

There is a beautifully renovated annnexe just across from the kitchen which has a twin and super king sized double. It also has a good sized bathroom ensuite.

Further staff accommodation of a double and ensuite can be used which is separate and above the garaging.

Gardens

The property extends to 3 acres and the gardens wrap around the house. The formal gardens are extensive and established.  Planted in 1911 and barely changed since, walking around it is delightful and children will love to discover green “rooms”. The views to the front are fabulous and you the house looks over the Keyhaven bird reserves to the Isle of Wight. Toward the back of the property, in the direction of the village there is a 2 acre meadow, full of wild flowers in summer. On a single giant ash tree there is a swing, perfect for children to head off to for some time out and loud games.

There is a good BBQ here and a large terraced outdoor eating area next to the kitchen and outside the annexe.

Celebrations

We can help organise caterers both at the dining table or more creative, themed meals outside for summer evenings.

For special events we suggest getting our story teller, Mr Michael O Leary to come and take you on a journey through local folklore and myth. He’s very good. And even better on a dark night, deep in the garden, around a fire with smugglers rum cocktails. Ask us for entertaining kids with treasure hunts, arts days or den building.  The house keeping staff can also be on hand or daily if required.

Family

There are masses of toys here. The pool is fenced and heated from May to end of Sept. There are 3 adult mens bikes, 2 fadult ladies bikes and 2 kids bikes.

The pool house has also got plenty of toys in it.

Best for…

Families and celebrations.

What are the quirks here? (we like to be brutally honest)…

The downstairs bunk bedroom is next to the sitting room, so that anyone making lots of noise in an evening might wake the kids up.

Accessibility

Downstairs has no steps and there is only a very small rise into the kitchen. There are no bedrooms downstairs inside. The annexe is 20 metres from the kitchen door and there is no step to access it. There is a twin bedroom to the fore and a step of 6″ to a double room (superking) behind. There is a small step into the bathroom here too.

You can get a non-electric wheelchair from the annexe into the main house with no steps.
Front door 33 inches wide. Ground floor doors 31 inches. Kitchen door 30 inches.

Read our blog here about mobility and days out in the area.

all theEssential details...

Sleeping...

  • Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 : Twin or Super king (ziplink bed)
  • Bedroom 4 : 1 twin
  • Bedroom 5 : 1 bunk (downstairs)
  • Bedroom 6 + 7 : In the annexe by the kitchen. 1 twin (ground floor no steps) and 1 king (1 step). Ensuite family bathroom.

Bathrooms...

  • Bathroom 1 : family bathroom and shower
  • :

We're local, and if you have questions,
need ideas or want advice
we're on hand to help...

Call us on +44 (0) 1590 462005