What makes this place special...
Highlights staying at this house and in the local area...
Tried and tested
We only choose places we've been to see and loved!
We care a lot, for our guests and many stakeholders
We beleive in fairness for our guests, owners and team
We engage with sustainable practice to actively reduce our impacts
We celebrate the culture and traditions of the New Forest
We are a small, mum-run local business at heart
All the essential details.
Here's your full run down of this place, inside and out...
Keyhaven and its marshes are named ‘cû hæfen’ in Old English and is a harbour where cows and sheep were shipped to and from the Isle of Wight. Now this pretty hamlet is still a time-zone behind the rest of the world. Not much moves quickly here, except passing flights of birds settling for the evening on the tidal marshes.
The house is beautifully presented for guests. We said sleek and chic and we'll say it again. If you like matching and considered design, then this is the place for you. It's our least eccentrically presented property and everyone who stays here loves it.
Downstairs the sitting room is the biggest place for being social. It used to be the Post Office shop and serving counter and is on the corner of the building with coastal views on both sides. The kitchen is smaller and the view is directly toward the Needles.
Upstairs the style carries on. The bathrooms are big and sparkling. The bedrooms are all lovely. The two biggest are at the front with the coastal views, the twin overlooks the terrace garden at the back. Downstairs there is a good sized children's room with a bunk bed suitable for adults if you don't mind sharing.
Bedroom 1 : Double bed, facing south towards the water. Travel cot. Bedroom 2 : Double bed, overlooking the water Bedroom 3 : Twin room overlooking the private courtyard garden Bedroom 4 : Bunk beds, on the ground floor
One : Downstairs shower room Two : Family bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower Three : Shower room
All the rest...
Kitchen : Aga / Electric Hob / Fridge Freezer/ Microwave / Coffee machine (ground coffee) / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble Dryer
There is also a charcoal BBQ here.
Mod Cons : Bose speaker system, TV with Freeview Connectivity : Free WiFi and mobile signal is ok Kids' Stuff : The house is child friendly with toys and books for children. There is 1 cot and 1 highchair. Both front and back garden areas are enclosed. There is a little swing on the gazebo in the terrace garden. Pets : Dogs welcome by request for a small charge per dog per stay.
There is fantastic walking along the coastal path from here. The beach accepts dogs all year around too.
To the back of the house is a small and well planted courtyard garden. The terracing is split level and there is a small pergola at the back, sometimes with a swing for very small children. Just behind the house, and out of any wind, is a large table, umbrella and chairs - all ready for outdoor meals.
The wind here by the sea can be fairly constant, the area is famed for it's sailing after all, so the courtyard has high walls, to cut out most of the wind. It works well and it's a good sun trap.
The garden to the front wraps around the house and takes the hit from the weather. It's planted with simple daisys, lavender and is laid to lawn behind the picket fence.
Garden : Pretty and private paved courtyard garden for al fresco dining Parking : Two spaces, public car park nearby for extra cars (pay & display)
The cottage is in the centre of the hamlet on a very narrow lane.
When you walk to the beach, (toward Hurst Castle) there is car parking for walkers, this is flooded by the tide twice a day, but you can still walk by on a raised footpath.
This house is for outdoor loving people who want to get out come rain or shine. The front garden is enclosed and perfectly formed for small children to wander about freely. If you have older children wanting freedom then Hurst Castle beach is the place to go. Here you have all the space to go wild, make sandcastles and generally romp about.
In the summer the lane in front is popular for cyclists and walkers passing by so you can people watch from the sitting room. Since there is nothing in the village except for the pub, The Gun, which doesn't close late, it's usually very quiet in the evenings.
The access to the cottage is flat and there are a few small steps in the little courtyard garden. There is a downstairs bedroom here which has bunks in it and a shower opposite.
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!'
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:
4.4 out of 5
Beautiful house in the perfect location. Warm and welcoming, especially with the AGA! I just love the walks across the marshes and down to the beach.May 2021
Great getaway in a lovely cottage. Beautiful views out towards the Isle of Wight and the needles, and a great base to explore the coast and New Forest. The cottage was very well decorated with plenty of space and very clean. Importantly the kitchen was well stocked with utensils and equipment so we could cook easily for the family. We had a lovely time and will hopefully be back.May 2021
We had a fantastic time at the Old Post Office. The house is very spacious and there was plenty of room for two families. The beds are comfy, and the house is beautifully done. The location is fantastic, with gorgeous views. Handy fir exploring all of the New Forest. And the pub next door is great too! We would live to go back.May 2021
Probably the nicest cottage we have stayed in. Absolutely brilliant location with walks and cycle trails on your doorstep. The property was spotlessly clean on arrival and very well equipped. Beautifully renovated and furnished inside with the Aga generating so much warmth for a most friendly welcome. We spent our days out walking on either Hurst Spit - a visit to the castle is a must - or the nature reserve trails and late afternoons were spent on the window seat watching the world go by. My only suggestion would be that a slightly bigger tv is needed in the lounge. Otherwise perfect and we hope to be back again next year.November 2020
The Old Post Office at Keyhaven is a delightful place to stay. The beds were comfortable, rooms well furnished and aga comforting on a cool morning. The walks to Lymington and Hurst Castle beside the sea are lovely, with great views of the Needles, boats and birds. Milford on Sea has a great range of shops and restaurants.
Great stay in old post office. Fantastic location, beautifully furnished, very comfortable, plenty of crockery and kitchen equipment.
Fantastic house, everything you needed, great location, great hosts. If you’re looking for a place to stay in the New Forest have a look here. The team at New Forest Escapes are great - we will be back!
This place is absolutely perfect and a must if you are looking to stay in the area. It has a really warm and cosy kitchen and the most comfortable beds and linen you can imagine. It’s well positioned for walks and I would certainly recommend and go back. Very cool place and super comfy!
We stayed here over Xmas and had a lovely time. The house was made festive for us, decorated with Xmas lights etc, and there was a lovely but too tempting basket of goodies. It was comfortable and warm and the Aga cooked Xmas dinner beautifully. Location is fantastic for beach walks although the weather kept these shorter than we hoped. Great communication from the managers. Good tips about local eateries etc and good information about the area. Easy access. All in all a great experience and we'd like to return when it's a little warmer!
What a magical location with Hurst spit and Keyhaven and just a few more minutes away the lovely village of Milford on Sea. We loved kayaking to the fort, picnicing on the beach and crabbing from the quay and the old wooden bridge - marvellous. We would definitely recommend this holiday home in Milford on Sea for families who love the outdoors.