Woodend Hut

rustic, shabby and chic, colouful,

  • 6+1 baby
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

Hidden amongst ancient old oaks, come here to savour the the slow life… all to the backing track of birdsong, the wind in the trees, or perhaps a track on the retro record player!

Surrounded by towering trees, Woodend Hut’s shabby & chic interior takes you on a little trip back in time. Although basic in form (it’s not been renovated fully since the late 80’s and it does need some work), the new owners have added pops of colour, some beautiful upholstery + enviable ceramics & glassware for a dash of countryside cool! Staying here is good value for money, however please read our description fully, including the Home Truths area below, as we’ve been very honest – it won’t suit everyone… BUT, this rustic hut does offer a fab chance to get off the grid, reconnect with loved ones & immerse yourself in nature if you are all about the location!

Wander 10 minutes down the lane and you will discover a wild and pony-filled beach (dogs are welcome but mustn’t bother the animals or birds) before heading home to stargaze… this truly is a wonderful spot. 

If you need a pub – there are several nearby, the nicest, the East End Arms – is 2 miles away and a 45 minute walk. If you need caffeine or foodie options, both Lymington town, or Beaulieu or Brockenhurst villages are near.

But why would you want to leave? You have an open fire, a record player, the deepest of beds… . the beach, and the birdsong from dawn until dusk.

from

£238 per night

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All the essential details.

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

Inside

The hut has a long history. It was built as a woodman's cottage by the Beaulieu Estate. All the houses in the area had tin roofs and the area was nicknamed 'Tin Town' by the locals. Throughout WWII it was requisitioned and used by the Special Operations Executive. They used the area as a training centre for approx' 3,000 people who were working with the resistance in occupied France and through Europe. There are now only about 30 houses in the area. However for those interested in military history, there are 22 airfields across the New Forest area, many easily visible. In East End village, head to the Turfcutters pub for more history, the village hall was the officers mess for the Beaulieu Heath Aerodrome.

This little spot is rather a find - but it is absolutely crucial that you read our Home Truths section below. The house is very quirky and scruffy in the not immediately obvious parts. The owners are doing a full renovation in the near future when some of the oddities will be solved, but until then, old kitchen, strange pipework, the weird staircase and more, are very much part of the house. So whilst everything works and the beach is really amazing, only book here if you're really happy with our very honest description.

Inside the hut is open-plan and has plenty of really beautiful things. The ceramics collection here is enviable, the upholstery fabrics are gorgeous, and the use of colour is unusual and refreshingly different. Everything that has been bought or done up here has been done very well with quality in mind.

We love the vaulted ceiling in the main room, the big wood burner, the deep sofas, and the large kitchen area.

The three bedrooms are all fitted with very good quality kit. The turquoise room is the biggest, the yellow twin room is fun and small, the end room with the super king with the upholstered bedhead is very prettily done. All the beds, mattresses and linen are new.

The two bathrooms are totally functional and there's plenty of hot water. However, they are basic - the 1990's corner bath is a good size and there is plenty of hot water, but it's cracking on the lip in one place. The tile work is old and it looks very dated. The shower room is similar in it's 1990's style. Also the toilet sits on half a tile in one place. Odd, but it's totally secure! The waste pipework here is Heath Robinson and is very visible.

Floor plan

Sleeping...

Master bedroom : Superking bed
Turquoise - twin bedroom : Twin beds
Yellow - Twin room : Twin beds under the mezzanine space

Bathrooms...

Bathroom : Corner bath, toilet, sink
Shower room : Shower and loo

All the rest...

Kitchen : Oven and hob / SMEG Fridge with small freezer / Microwave / Nespresso Coffee machine & Milk frother/ Washing machine / 2 slice toaster
Connectivity : Good WIFI but rural speeds. 4G and mobile service is generally good here.
Kids' Stuff : One cot and one highchair. Travel cot size - TBC
Pets : One medium-sized dogs (up to 20kgs) are welcome for a small charge per stay. Sorry no puppies.
There is no fencing around the garden to keep dogs in. The wet area at the bottom of the garden isn't fenced either, so dogs can really wander from here which won't be popular with the neighbours who live close by.

Outside

The garden here is about 0.25 of an acre and bordered by hedges, slightly overun vegetation in places and ancient oaks.

There is a swing, some old garden beds with runaway raspberries, lawn and a lovely terrace.

Getting here requires going down the 1 mile gravel private road, through an abandoned farm yard. This area is one of the quietest along the New Forest coast. There is no shop or pub within 2 miles. The nearest is the East End Arms for pints and good gastro food.

Garden : The garden here is about .25 of an acre and bordered by hedges, overun vengetation and ancient oaks.
There is a swing, some old garden beds with runaway raspberries, lawn and a lovely terrace.
Parking : Parking for 3 cars outside behind the hedge.

Home truths

Whilst the location here is exclusive and home to some of the areas' biggest houses, this little cottage has stayed it's original size, and sits firmly in a late 80's time warp.

The modern, pretty finishes deflect the eye from the work that still needs to be done here, and that is being done over winter 2021/22. Our description is that it's both shabby and chic.

Guests will appreciate the final goal which the owners are aiming for, but until the renovation has been fully done, it's a half way house with a 'make do and mend' style. If this bothers you, and you need the full-finish, please don't book here. 

The circular stairs are modern and safe but ugly, and go nowhere. The 'room' space at the top is clean but totally empty - not even carpeted. The owners do not want to encourage people up the stairs. They are safe but narrow and pointless. They also can't be blocked off for small children so we strongly suggest that children under 6, unless babies, are not suitable here.

The two bathrooms are basic - the 1990's corner bath is a good size and there is plenty of hot water, but it's cracking on the lip in one place. The tile work is old and it looks very dated.

The shower room is similar in style. The toilet for example, sits on half a tile in one place. Odd, but it's secure. The waste pipework is very visible. The kitchen is very obviously old and whilst structurally strong, it's sagging in places, marked in others, and downright scruffy inside some of the cupboards. The bedrooms and central open-plan areas are the best of the house. However if you look closely you'll find plenty of odditites.

We cannot state clearly enough, do not stay here if this sort of thing bothers you. We will not be giving refunds to people who haven't read this information and turn up and complain.

Accessibility

You can park within 10 metres of the door. There is a large step of 12" to step up onto the terrace, and another into the house of 6".

Once inside, it's all level and floors are stone and carpet. The doors are on rollers here and normal width.

There are no special mobility considerations in bathrooms.

Booking Information

All linen, towels for the house, baby kit, kitchen essential and logs are also provided for you free of charge. We also supply some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive.

Arrival & Departure

Arrive from: 5pm
Depart before: 10am

Payment Info

Deposit: 50%
Balance Due: 45 days before your stay
Security Deposit: £200

Guests that have stayed here say...

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The location...

The stretch of land between Lymington and Beaulieu is a real treat. Quiet lanes, gravel tracks, rambling red brick cottages, ponies wandering about - they're on the beach often.

The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over 400 years. Land here is tightly held and cherished by residents. The area feels manicured and wild.

 

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

Don’t worry, we’re always on-hand to help and our personalised booking process will match the right house to the right guests!

We're all locals and know the houses and Forest like the backs of our hands, so if you have any queries about the information we have provided or have any special requests for your stay, please just ask:

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