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Rates from:
1080.00 GBP

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The Old Post Office

Hampshire & New Forest, United Kingdom

Per week

from 1080.00 to 2106.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Rachel Parsons

Member since Nov 2018
  • Bookings Accepted:50%
  • Avg. Response Time:17 minutes
  • Availability Updated:2 hours 50 minutes

BFB's Overview

This cool, calm, contemporary cottage is the perfect holiday home for families (and their dog) in search of a seaside bolthole under three hours from London.

Located on the fringes of the New Forest national park, in the sleepy hamlet of Keyhaven, this four-bedroom, former post office offers parents a taste of laidback coastal living. Families can while away the days exploring the coastline, romping across the beach and crabbing along the old footbridge before cossetting up in one of the local pubs. During guests stay we recommend taking the ferry over to the fascinating Hurst Castle (it is walkable for those with more energy). It’s always a big hit with little ones and is the perfect spot for a game of hide and seek or a run around on the beach when the tide’s out (perfect for burning off some energy before dinner). The fortress itself has a great museum and is well worth a visit.

Alongside the facilities at Keyhaven itself, the bustling village of Milford on Sea is an easy walk away and the popular town of Lymington is just a short drive (or cycle ride away). Its proximity to town is particularly handy for guests with teenagers in tow as the cycle path offers a safe route for them to head off and explore. In summer the Salt Water Pools there provide a 110-metre floating assault course which is sure to impress.
All in the all the Old Post Office is a fantastic destination for families with children of all ages. A haven for lovers of the great outdoors with a choice of activities on the doorstep. From paddle boarding to boating, walking to cycling, crabbing to swimming there’s plenty to keep guests active and entertained.

Accommodation Overview

This cosy house sleeps 8 + 2 infants (and a dog) in four bedrooms. The are two double rooms both overlooking the water, a twin bedroom upstairs and a bunk bed room located on the ground floor.

There’s a comfortable living space comprised of a chic sitting room with pretty window seat overlooking the boatyard, Smart TV (BT freeview), log burner and BOSE speaker. It has a selection of cosy chairs and seating areas but the owner does advise that when at full capacity guests may find the living areas slightly tight. On from the living room is a family dining room and on from that a well-equipped kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, electric hob, fridge freezer, microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a downstairs shower room accessed via the dining room.

Upstairs there are two spacious double rooms both with space for a cot and a twin bedroom. There is a family bathroom with elegant roll top bath and separate shower plus an additional separate shower room.

Outside there is a small but pretty courtyard garden with outdoor dining furniture and charcoal BBQ. The terrace area is paved but there is a small patch of lawn.

There is parking for up to 2 cars although more can be accommodated at a public carpark nearby, but costs apply. One dog can be accommodated on request.

Location Information

Sitting at one end of the impressive shingle bank Hurst Spit, Keyhaven is a boat filled, sleepy fishing haven located just 5 miles west of Lymington on Lymington on the border of the New Forest National Park. The hamlet is accessed via the pretty village of Milford-on-Sea just within the borders of the New Forest National Park. To get to it you drive through the village of Milford-on-Sea. The area is particularly good for paddleboarders and kayakers thanks to the calm lagoon which has formed to the eastern side of the Hurst Spit, separating it from the turbulent waters of the Solent. The marshes and wetland grasses surrounding the hamlet make it an important bird reserve so it’s also a great spot for bird watchers and little ones can enjoy spotting the various species.

Hurst castle (fort) dominate the middle distance and makes for a great day out. Built by Henry VIII in 1544 to defend the Solent, there’s a great museum here and a handy café so guests can stop off for a warm drink or a snack before travelling back. The boat taxi is always a fun way of getting to the castle however it is only around a mile walk so easily accessed on foot. The footbridge over is regarded as ‘crabbing bridge’ by the locals and little ones can have fun finding crabs on route.

Despite its small size there is a popular local pub in the hamlet. The Gun Inn was an 18th century institution for soldiers defending Hurst castle. They’d often visit the pub as a welcome change from the castles own drinking house. Nowadays the pub offers over 300 malt whiskies and with its low beamed ceilings and traditional feel it is well worth a visit. Guests of the house are also welcome at the local yacht club for informal teas and coffees.

For a little more action, we recommend walking over to Milford-on-Sea. Its beach is always bustling in the summer months and is a popular location for windsurfers, kite surfers and more. The village itself has a good smattering of lovely wine bars, pubs and restaurants. We recommend the relaxed Rocks Café for a sport of breakfast, lunch or dinner, also Verveine Seafood Restaurant is a must for foodies. It is highly regarded by the locals and always popular for a special treat. If parents are lucky enough to have accompanying grandparents in tow and can head out for a romantic drink, The Cave Bar is a jolly cocktail bar in the villa centre and The Washroom is a local microbrewery which is very good value.

A little further afield (short drive) is the popular Georgian market town of Lymington. Frequently appearing in articles for ‘Top 10 places to live in Britain’ this bustling town has plenty to offer. There’s a thriving marine industry, excellent independent shops, boutiques and restaurants. On Saturdays we recommend visiting the high street market which is very popular and there’s a frequent range of events happening in the town.

Real foodies will love the properties to proximity to The Pig and Limewood Hotel which are just a short drive away and are both great spots for a delicious lunch or romantic dinner.

The nearest hospital is in Lymington.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:30

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:30

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Rates

3 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 : £1875 /week1 Jul - 11 Jul 2019 : £1950 /week12 Jul - 8 Sep 2019 : £2106 /week9 Sep - 29 Sep 2019 : £1875 /week30 Sep - 24 Oct 2019 : £1700 /week25 Oct - 3 Nov 2019 : £2028 /week4 Nov - 12 Dec 2019 : £1080 /week13 Dec - 19 Dec 2019 : £1875 /week20 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020 : £2028 /week3 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 : €2115.712 /week1 Jul - 11 Jul 2019 : €2200.341 /week12 Jul - 8 Sep 2019 : €2376.368 /week9 Sep - 29 Sep 2019 : €2115.712 /week30 Sep - 24 Oct 2019 : €1918.246 /week25 Oct - 3 Nov 2019 : €2288.354 /week4 Nov - 12 Dec 2019 : €1218.65 /week13 Dec - 19 Dec 2019 : €2115.712 /week20 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020 : €2288.354 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:30

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 50%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

Sleeps 8 + maximum of 2 infants in 4 bedrooms (2 doubles, a twin & a bunk bed room)

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

There's a range of beaches within a short drive.

Coast Within Walking Distance

Guests can walk to the beach

Amenities within Walking Distance

Guests can walk to a local pub, eateries and more.

Babysitting

Babysitting can be arranged on request with prior notice.

Nursery Gear (additional)

A cot and highchair is available on request.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The cottage has a pretty paved courtyard garden for alfresco dining. A charcoal BBQ is provided.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

WiFi is provided

Pet Friendly

A dog can be accommodated on request ( a small charge may apply)


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