Two Sides Cottage

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  • quirky, beach, country,

  • gather + play...

  • wild beaches near...

Two Sides Cottage

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at a Glance...

  • 10+2 babies
  • 4+1 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

This is a fun, quirky house that is well set up for two families or those who want to give older and younger generations some space apart at bed time. The cottage is 200 years old and feels like it’s been in a time warp until recently. The ‘other worldly’ feeling is charming, eccentric and genuine with plenty of quirks around the house.

Best of all… you can walk to a wild and quiet beach, through the fields – and be there in 25 minutes (or drive and get nearby in 1 min). Take a picnic and go all day. Track the ponies that live there, forage for samphire, dogs can roam. It’s totally glorious.

Children will love it here. The gardens are flat (ish) and perfect for lawn games. Both are well enclosed. You have to walk from one to the other, around on the lane. The play barn has a small snooker table in it and a few outdoor toys. But the walk to the beach is great fun, and the beach itself is particularly wild and great for adventurous kids. Take a picnic and go all day…

Biking from here is great. Don’t miss the Lymington Lido and 200m floating assault course, or wild swimming beaches at Milford on Sea. Keyhaven has great paddleboarding, there are several options for horse riding locally too.

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Inside:

After a full renovation to bring it up to the 21st century, the cottage (with it’s two front doors) is a well set up family home, with wonky walls, leaning floors, and slanty staircases. The style is colourful, fun and relaxed.

Your hosts have given the house a new lease of life. They’ve used and recycled pre-loved furniture. Pieces are simple, practical and fun, with strong use of colour and pattern, thrown together in an easy-going manner.

The house is Grade II listed because there are some beautiful old windows and plenty of architectural features throughout the house. Like many of the cottages of this era, not many walls are straight, and all of it charms the soul.

The house has two distinct halves, with the kitchen running the full width of the two cottages downstairs. The bedrooms are spit evenly with 4 sleeping on one side, and 4 on the other. There are 2 staircases leading to the bedrooms, dividing the upstairs space in half. It’s perfect for two families, or those who want to give grandparents a quieter and more private area.

The kitchen is a really good space. The kitchen seats 8 around the main kitchen table is another table in the hall, so 12 can fit in one sitting. Little ones are well catered for with kit here: high chairs, cots, masses of toys and books, ride on car, flat lawns to play on, apple trees at the end of the garden to picnic under.

The sitting room here is lovely, but small. It seats 6 comfortably, so you can’t all get in for a movie without seriously squashing up. But lit’s perfect for the kids for a post-beach movie.

Bedrooms are all a good size and you can fit travel cots in all of them easily. The day bed downstairs is very comfortable and we can make up an extra mattress on the floor for you if you ask.

At the back of the cottage, there is a play barn in the old bakery. It’s decorated with fairy lights, a pool table, darts board, and outdoor toys. It’s the original part of the house and very old and particularly wonky in here!

The garden is enclosed with a large hedge and gates.

Outside

There are two gardens, one back, one front. It’s about 1/2 an acre in total. You have to walk around or through the house to get from one side to the other. Both are laid mainly to lawn. The front garden has the terrace and gets the most afternoon sun. The play barn is accessed from the front garden. The owners haven’t done the full work they want to do here yet.

The garden is enclosed with hedges and fencing, but Houdini dogs will escape if they really try.

There is still a rather shabby, but original WWII Anderson shelter here which will bring back memories for some visitors. It’s a reminder of the time-warp this place has been in until very recently.

The lane here is very quiet. It’s single and a bit extra wide, so slow traffic only. Because of the school, it’s in a 20mph limit area with no large traffic, but you can expect the odd tractor, passing.

Best For

Families, those who want to divide the group at bed time. The spare bedroom in the annexe can fit another on the floor if required.

Home Truths

Those who want perfectly clean velvet on their chairs will notice some smudges and there are some genuine quirks around the house that haven’t been made chi-chi. The stairs haven’t been repainted, there are two patches of old house tiles are old and a bit battered, but that’s the worst of it and the kitchen, bathrooms, utility room and bedrooms are totally decorated and in good order.

Next door to the house is a very small ‘nature nursery’ for 2-5 year olds, and opposite is a small state primary school. Having spent considerable time at the house during school playtime, the noise here isn’t loud or particularly obvious because the playground is on the far side of the school buildings, whilst the little nursery children are mostly chattery and also have other play areas. The area is generally very peaceful and even at school drop- off there is usually little traffic disruption. Both the school and nursery are closed at weekends. The nursery is open in the school holidays with limited hours.

Accessibility

The parking is right on the lane outside the house. There is a concrete path to the house and whilst there is a downstairs bedroom (on a very comfy large day bed) there is a downstairs bathroom with bath and loo in the utility room area. This is a a walk across the kitchen to get there.

The stairs are steep on both sides, so please be aware of this.

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£250 per week

simple booking terms...

Deposit:50%
Balance Due:1 month before your stay

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Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 - Upstairs Back :Twin beds with synthetic bedding, views facing overlooking the front garden.
Bedroom 2 - Upstairs Back :King Bed with synthetic bedding, views over the smaller garden.
Bedroom 4 - Upstairs Front :Bunks and single bed. Views overlooking the front garden.
Bedroom 5 - Upstairs Front :King Bed with synthetic bedding. Over looking back garden.
Bedroom 5 - Downstairs :Single bed with synthetic bedding. Views facing front garden.

Bathrooms...

Bathroom 1 Downstairs :Bath with shower and WC
WC Upstairs Front :Bath with shower and WC
Bathroom 2 Upstairs back :Sink and Loo
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Garden :There are lawns on both sides of the house (you have to go through the house or on the lane to get from one side to the other). There is an old bakery set up as a play barn area, with fairy lights, a pool table, dart board, and outdoor toys. On the other side of the house there is a bigger lawn next to the terrace with seating and parasol for summer bbq's, andWWII Anderson shelter.
The garden is enclosed with a large hedge and gates.
Kitchen :Kitchen table seats 6 plus second table set up for 12.
Infusion Ranger master 3 oven with 5 induction hob/ Fridge freezer / Microwave / Cafeteria / 2 Slice Toaster / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble dryer / Iron
Mod Cons :A Roberts radio / WIFI / TV with Sky
Connectivity :WIFI is ok, mobile signal isn't great, but you can make WhatsApp calls here.
Parking :Three cars can park on the lane outside the house. There is a driveway at the back of the garden for you to pull off the road, this fits 2 cars, one behind another.
Kids' Stuff :One travel cot and one high chair are provided. There is also plastic crockery and cutlery. Travel cot size is 120 x 62 cm
There is an old bakery set up as a play barn area, with a pool table, dart board, and outdoor toys.
Pets :Two dogs are welcome for a small charge.

Arrival & Departure

Changeover: Mondays through summer

Arrive from: 5pm / Depart before: 10am

Included in your stay...

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 a welcome pack with some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!

Booking Info

Deposit:50%
Balance Due:1 month before your stay
Security Deposit:£500

good to know...

We're all locals so if you have any queries about the information we have provided or have any special requests for your stay, please just ask:

Call us +44 (0) 1590 462005

Email us hello@newforestescapes.com

what makes this special...

You can walk to the beach from the front door in 25 minutes. And it’s a very special beach….  Follow the footpath through the next door fields, turn left down the lane, go straight on down a little track to the beach. Unusually, the beach here is grassy almost to the waterline, you sometimes see ponies grazing here. The water is quiet behind the tidal marsh. It’s a wonderful spot, quiet and not popular. There is no sand along this stretch of coast. The area grows a huge amount of samphire that you can forage in late summer and into autumn.

Once you get to the beach, take a left at the sea, then walk the coastal footpath and back up Tanners Lane, then follow footpaths and quiet lanes back to the cottage.

Cyclists will be spoilt for choice. Whether adult or child, there are masses of places to go.

Lymington is 3 miles to the west. The Saturday markets are well worth a visit. It’s stocked full of foodie suppliers. Don’t miss it.

The lanes around the house are very quiet, (not at school drop off tho’) and you can easily walk for miles.

don't just take our word for it...

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Two Sides Cottage

We know we love the New Forest area and have returned several times with family – there’s always something to do, no matter the weather. Two Sides is a really authentic, cosy cottage and comfortably contained ten of us and a dog without feeling like we were getting under each other’s feet. There is a fantastic utility/boot room, great for dumping muddy wellies/sandy towels (delete as appropriate depending on the season of your visit!) and a really handy downstairs shower that you can hop into straight from the beach.

Hilary May 2021

more reviews from our guests...

As soon as I walked into the large well equipped kitchen at Two Sides Cottage I knew that this was my kind of place! Six adults and four children were easily accommodated in the cottage - the sitting room is comfortable and cosy with a tv, games cupboard and dressing up box to entertain the children. The beds and bedding were really comfortable and the grandchildren enjoyed their bunk beds.We enjoyed Exbury Gardens and it’s worth visiting the area for its numerous (cheap) garden centres and nurseries.

The house is new to rent with us in May 2021. We have known the house for years and seen the love that's been poured into it during a total renovation during winter 20/21. We love the eccentricity of the configuration of this cottage and that old bakery is still very much as it was. Enjoy!

Rachel, NFE FounderApril 10th, 2021

the location...

Blink and you'll miss the hamlet of South Baddersley. Really it's just the school and a small collection of ten or so houses. The cottage is in the middle of it, just tucked off the two-way road onto a quiet side lane.

Whilst you're in the National Park here, you're not over the cattle grid, so whilst ponies won't be walking past the door, walk 1/2 km and go over the ford, and you'll find plenty in the lovely Norleywood hamlet. It also has an excellent rope swing and dog walks - but not much else!

For shops, head further into the National Park to Pilley Stores for the full eccentric New Forest experience (you can buy the papers, cake, some good veg, excellent cheese, Spam, and sellotape... all your basics! In summer they might have an old record player going and the locals dancing in the street. It's iconic.

If you want anything more, then head to Lymington which is probably closer. You'll pass the ferry terminal first, (where you can get COSTA) and it's fun to go as a foot passenger to the island for the day. Take bikes and cycle to the other side up the old rail trail.

Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’.  Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in its interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.

T: +44 (0)1590 462005  E: hello@newforestescapes.com

Two Sides Cottage
from £250 per week

East End, Lymington

at a Glance...

  • 10+2 babies
  • 4+1 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 - Upstairs Back :Twin beds with synthetic bedding, views facing overlooking the front garden.
Bedroom 2 - Upstairs Back :King Bed with synthetic bedding, views over the smaller garden.
Bedroom 4 - Upstairs Front :Bunks and single bed. Views overlooking the front garden.
Bedroom 5 - Upstairs Front :King Bed with synthetic bedding. Over looking back garden.
Bedroom 5 - Downstairs :Single bed with synthetic bedding. Views facing front garden.

Bathrooms...

Bathroom 1 Downstairs :Bath with shower and WC
WC Upstairs Front :Bath with shower and WC
Bathroom 2 Upstairs back :Sink and Loo

All the rest...

Garden :There are lawns on both sides of the house (you have to go through the house or on the lane to get from one side to the other). There is an old bakery set up as a play barn area, with fairy lights, a pool table, dart board, and outdoor toys. On the other side of the house there is a bigger lawn next to the terrace with seating and parasol for summer bbq's, andWWII Anderson shelter.
The garden is enclosed with a large hedge and gates.
Kitchen :Kitchen table seats 6 plus second table set up for 12.
Infusion Ranger master 3 oven with 5 induction hob/ Fridge freezer / Microwave / Cafeteria / 2 Slice Toaster / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble dryer / Iron
Mod Cons :A Roberts radio / WIFI / TV with Sky
Connectivity :WIFI is ok, mobile signal isn't great, but you can make WhatsApp calls here.
Parking :Three cars can park on the lane outside the house. There is a driveway at the back of the garden for you to pull off the road, this fits 2 cars, one behind another.
Kids' Stuff :One travel cot and one high chair are provided. There is also plastic crockery and cutlery. Travel cot size is 120 x 62 cm
There is an old bakery set up as a play barn area, with a pool table, dart board, and outdoor toys.
Pets :Two dogs are welcome for a small charge.

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