Pitts Deep Cottage is an Extraordinary Beach Cottage Rental in East End, Lymington
This extraordinary beach cottage is positioned at the end of a long isolated track through private woodland where it sits snugged down right on the edge of a wild and varied beach. Sand, pebbles, mud flats and salt marsh are framed by ancient oaks to make an unbeatable tapestry and views. It lies where the New Forest meets The Solent.
The sea is metres from your door here. Romantics will love the broad views; passing yachts, local fishermen, migrating birds as well as the wild ponies and cattle who roam the National Park.
Pitts Deep really is a place to unwind, to explore and to reconnect with a slower life beside the sea.
Up to 9 guests (most comfortably this is 6 adults + kids)
Priced from £800-£1500 for midweek, £1100-£1800 for weekends and £1300-£3800 for weekly stays.
(Week is Friday 4pm – Friday 10 am, Weekend is Friday 4pm – Monday 10 am, Midweek is Monday 4pm – Friday 10am)
You may need to bring your own pillows. Ours are mulberry silk composite fill.
There is a cleaning charge of £20.00 for your pet to stay.
Departure Time: 10am sharp please.
About this place
About this place
“On a serene stretch of coastline, a hideaway at the end of the track. For poets, boaters, beachcombers and families…
At the end of an isolated track, with Lymington three miles behind, you emerge to find a magical shoreline, and a cottage spacious and bright, its toes touching the Solent. It has its own mooring and was once a smugglers’ inn. Now dunes and garden blend into one, waves lap, gulls cry, and shingle paths weave through thrift and sea lavender to the beach. Inside has a calm, airy and coastal feel. Walls and stairs are white, 1930s parquet has a misty wash, vibrant pottery, textiles and art add zing. Vintage old mixes with clean-cut modern, there’s a wood-burner for cosiness and a sun room for hunkering down in and watching the storm waves blow in.
About the cottage
Upstairs: five bedrooms. Mattresses are fabulous, boards are topped with kelims, linen is white and crisp, and from little cottage windows treasured views through tamarisk trees reach to the Isle of Wight. Beachcombers, birdwatchers and fishermen will be happy Larrys all day long; families can book in storytellers, magicians, chefs. And, should you have the inclination to stray, the New Forest is unmatched trekking and biking terrain.”
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This stoutly built and sea side cottage is a landmark for many passing boats and is noted on many maps.
The Beach house has been given a new lease of life by its new local owners. Many original features have been maintained, 1930s parquet flooring has a silvery wash, old wooden floors and walls are painted white. An eclectic mix of art adorns the walls, funky pottery nestles alongside a happy and calming blend of antique and modern furniture. Vintage East Coast American rugs, reindeer and sheep skins add warmth and texture to the floors. The old dining room and kitchen have been opened up to make one big space, equipped with all you need for modern living.
Internet connection is provided, television and a portable Bose dock enables you to play music from your iPhone.
The cottage has a brick and glass conservatory which, given our rather changeable British weather, come wind, rain or sun you can sit and look out to the garden and sea beyond. The room is set up for reading, doing puzzles and wind-free beach living.
In the sitting room you’ll find big squidgy sofas, heaps of cushions, books, games, a television, warm rugs, good lighting and a wood burning stove.
The kitchen and dining room is open plan and very efficiently laid out to include an oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. The white marble topped work-space has a window looking straight out to sea and there’s masses of cooking equipment for family meals, including good quality condiments. The kitchen table seats 6 comfortably. (It’s 181cm length x 83cm wide).
Upstairs all the rooms have some kind of beachy view. There are two good-sized bedrooms are decked out in white, turquoise, blues and have plenty of space for travel cots. The odd white fluffy sheepskin is thrown over chairs. The bunk room is smart and suitable for adults or older teenagers as well as kids. The third double is a bit tight on room but it makes up for it with the view.
Bedroom 1 – Kingsize bed, wonderful views eastward. Travel cots will fit.
Bedroom 2 – Kingsize bed, views east through the tamarind tree. The most spacious room. Travel cots will fit.
Bedroom 3 – Double bed in this snug room, which looks west towards the Needles. No space for travel cot in here.
Bedroom 4 – Bunk beds, full size single mattresses in a room which feels like a boat cabin. Own wash basin.
Bedroom 5 – Single bed , lots of books, charming little window, next to bedroom 1 and perfect for a child.
There is one family bathroom upstairs. A wet room / downstairs loo comes complete with a Belfast sink, ideal for rinsing the salt and sand from adults, children, dogs and wetsuits.
Nowadays coast and garden blend into one, seaside plants and gravel paths weave along the seafront and a large wooden deck provides a platform to look out over the beach, west to the Needles and Hurst Castle and east to Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Yachts race by, fishing boats wend their way, flocks of seabirds call on the sea breeze. New Forest animals are frequent visitors, ponies cows and donkeys are frequent visitors and often walk the shore line at low tide conversing happily with our guests.
If and when you need to escape from this natural seaside idyll and back to the twenty first century, Lymington is only 3 miles away. A bustling high street, supermarkets, boat marinas, restaurants, a ferry to the Isle of Wight and a train station.
The New Forest stretches for miles and is unmatched for trekking and biking. There are walks from the beach house which take you there, or to the East End Arms, our local pub which serves excellent drinks and delicious food.
What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…
The cottage was an old smuggling Inn – so upstairs bedrooms were primarily places in which to hide from Dragoon guards and not designed as 21st century sized bedrooms. We think the house best fits 6 adults and balance children, but you can fit 9 adults. All the beds are adult sized full singles and the kitchen and sitting room downstairs fit 6 easily seated more if they are perching. The kitchen table is built for 6 on chairs.
One of the doubles bedrooms upstairs is tight and you couldn’t get a travel cot in it. (But it does, like all the rooms upstairs, have a beach view window).
The fridge is an under-counter fridge. You can’t store food for a week in it. The pantry is small under the stairs.
Hot water – the house is 300 years old. The tank isn’t huge so you will have to wait short period of time between full baths.
Because it is next to the sea, the sand does come in and no matter how often we hoover and clean and shake out the rugs, the sand always seems to win. We have a professional cleaning team who run and manage the house, but the sand even outwits them sometimes.
One (or perhaps two if they are small) dogs are accepted by arrangement but there are free-roaming chickens living with the one neighbour and game birds in the local fields through the autumn and winter.
The track won’t be appreciated by owners of low sports cars… it gets holey!
Supermarket delivery trucks can’t get down the track to the house. Use Click and Collect services or bring shopping with you.
The cottage is accessed from a ¼ mile long private track. The beach in front of the cottage is yours to use. All the surrounding coastline/beaches are private to the high water mark. Areas below the high water mark are accessible to walkers.
The cottage is very close to the sea, but is well built and cosy. Sometimes the Solent experiences very stormy weather, more likely during the winter. Someone from the team is always on hand for any eventuality.
Enjoying yourself here
The National Park is very beautiful in it’s foresty interior and along it’s quiet coast.
For children, we have blog posts about Catching Unicorns – great for little girls birthday parties. Or beach treasure hunts. Or my favourite, Swallows and Amazons days out on nearby beaches (with important preparation including watching Ray Mears series on TV for lots of Sunday evenings before your stay).
Local beaches are very lovely, very quiet and very British (some mud, some sand) and very much home to cows, donkeys and ponies who love to roll in the sandy bits.
Walking from Pitts Deep toward Lymington the path winds and wends to Tanners Lane beach. The coastline faces the Isle of Wight and its a perfect spot for catching the last rays of evening sun for champagne. You can park at Tanners too so less mobile folk can meet you along the way. There are no rocks for rock-pooling but there is good mud to scratch about it, a stream and some great trees for climbing.
Further afield; Beaulieu Palace, Church and museums, Beaulieu village is lovely too as is the walk from Bucklers Hard there and back), Exbury Gardens, Lymington markets on Saturdays, the sea wall paths, the Lymington Lido with it’s water assault courses (summer only). Walking in the forest is superb, especially the old forest – you can track the most ancient trees via GPS on your phone.
Special days out and celebrations
When we’ve done special events here, we get people in, rather than go out, to add to the experience. We can arrange storytellers, caterers and experts to explain the stars.
You’re welcome to have a bonfire under the enormous pine trees by the beach. Here are some ideas for a meal you can cook outside:
Kids can make ‘damper’ bread for a starter – and your adults and kids can cook it on forest sticks over the fire – eating the hot cheesy melty bread is basic, messy and delicious.
For main course, one of our local chefs does a great rustic fish stew, that he’ll cook and prepare for you on the bonfire. You can eat it with his delicious rough bread, broken up as you pass it around and mop up your soupy fishy stew. If you’re not getting a chef in, take your food outside there. The sunset view to the Isle of Wight is beautiful.
how about roasting marshmallows on the fire for desert, or ask the chef to prepare a locally grown fruity and creamy campfire pud. Serve with “stolen” French brandy for appropriate theming for your location!
For more information about celebrations for golden oldies read our blog here.
On a sunny day there is no better place than the cottage beach or the sun loungers on the deck. There are rarely any others using the beach near the cottage so it’s unlikely you’ll be disrupted.
For spoiling, we head to Limewood Spa. It is pricey but it’s good. Otherwise we can help you organise a ‘wild spa’ experience on the beach or in the forest – best April/May when the bluebells are out.
For those of you who can’t bear to leave Pitts Deep, we’ve set up a partnership with My Personal Sanctuary, who’ll come and spoil you rotten at your home from home.
They’re a luxurious, relaxing and truly indulgent visiting spa service available across all our homes. Their highly experienced handpicked therapists will ensure you receive a luxury spa experience from the moment they arrive.
They have a comprehensive range of treatments and pamper packages to treat you from head to toe (using only the very best organic products). If you’d like them to tailor a treatment to suit you or your timings just let them know.
We couldn’t think of a better way to relax and add a touch of decadence to your stay with us.
Explore the full menu of treatments and pamper packages here.
1/2km away is The East End Arms gastro pub – it’s well supported and has a locals bar and smart restaurant.
Further afield is The Pig in Brockenhurst and Limewood Hotel – both extremely well regarded. Book early for any of these 3 places. The Yacht Haven has some lovely tables with marina views and the food has got better and better. Again, book early.
To buy good meat – The Beaulieu Farm Shop is superb. For markets – Lymington has a street market every Saturday morning and a French market once a month.
Important information – Fireworks and noise at the cottage
Fireworks or any kind of floating lantern are absolutely not allowed on the property – ever.
What is included?
Your quoted rate is for the private use of the property for the agreed number of guests.
We provide: utilities; all bedding, tea towels and towels; hand soap; toilet rolls, dishwashing tablets, laundry powder, matches.
In the kitchen; salt and pepper, olive oil, a selection of teas and instant coffees.
We do not stock baby kit or toys so please bring your own.
We do not supply beach towels.
There is a BBQ stove and charcoal fuel enough for one BBQ provided for summer.
What you need to bring?
Please bring whatever your baby sleeps IN and ON, eg, sheets, Grobag, blanket – bring a flat sheet is best so it will definitely fit on the cot mattress. And also what your kids are going to play with including stuff for the beach.
Please also bring your own beach towels and additional kitchen and bathroom items you may use, eg, cling film, silver foil, hair conditioner, shower gel, etc.
Supermarket deliveries at Pitts Deep
The track to the cottage is not in any way suitable for supermarket trucks. We’ve tried it and it’s not worked so we’ve decided to disallow deliveries. The reason being is that some suppliers arrive in huge lorries which are not appropriate for Pitts Deep due to the narrow lane and limited turning circle.
Additionally we do not want to cause any disturbance to neighbours.
Pitts Deep has private parking for 3 cars.
Please let us know if you require additional services such as catering, childminding or housekeeping and we will happily put you in touch with excellent local providers.
Breakages – We have a £500 damages deposit. (No transaction occurs; similar to a hotel, it is simply held against your debit/credit card until successful check out).
The deposit will then be returned to you as soon as we can, do remember that we are not a hotel and that in quiet times, it may be a few days before the cottage is checked.
We fully expect you to take advantage of all that Pitts Deep has to offer, and with that comes certain responsibilities. These are set out in the information pack provided in the cottage and in our terms and conditions. You and your party should take the time to read these documents.
Please pay particular attention to health and safety requirements, waste and recycling management, efficient energy and water usage, care and consideration of each property and its neighbours, and actions required prior to check out. You won’t find any of these too onerous.
Extra charges you can expect when you stay:
Extra cleaning fees – where they become applicable;
The main clean inside the cottage and shed is covered in your rental fee. However where the cottage has been left particularly messily; toys/books/DVDs spread around, washing up to do etc we will take a charge from the breakages deposit. Usually this is £20-£40.
Where the BBQ has been used and not cleaned we charge £20.
We are a no smoking property – any smoking inside could result in your losing your breakages deposit.
The flagstone path can be slippery in winter and this is the main path to the cottage.
The stairs are wooden and steep. There is only a rope ‘rail’ to support.
Pitts Deep is within the National Park boundary on the coast, 2 miles from Lymington, toward Beaulieu.
We do not give out the postcode or full address until we send guests joining instructions just before their stay.
The cottage is not available for drop-in to visit it because it is very frequently in use by the owners, their friends, or artists in residence, when not booked by guests.