Chestnut Cottage


Chestnut Cottage thatched roof
Chestnut Cottage

Holiday cottage rental Beaulieu – Thatched, sleek and colourful, this Grade II listed cottage is a few minutes walk from idyllic Beaulieu village. Bring the family for yomps across the forest heath and  your hens for posh parties. Grandparents will appreciate the downstairs bedroom whilst older kids will love the attic bedrooms. If romance is your thing, then the main bedroom and bathroom here is a knockout.

Swing just off the Lymington to Beaulieu road and the cottage sits at the village edge. Beaulieu is visitor favourite and there are plenty of little shops, good eateries and excellent walks from here. The Palace gardens and old monastic buildings are a must.


Up to 10 guests + infants

Priced from £700 for 2 nights midweek, £1200-£1800 for weekends and £1400-£3400 for weekly stays.
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5;  3 king, 1 double (smaller room), 1 twin/double. Two double bedrooms are downstairs, just opposite the shared bathroom.

Upstairs, En-suite bathroom with shower and double slipper bath.
Downstairs; Shower room with walk in double shower. Further cloakroom/toilet.

Children are welcome here. Stair gates have recently been added to the kitchen to stop smalls from climbing the steep, and side-less stairs in here.
The kitchen table seats 10 comfortably. For older children, New Forest Activities, is based in Beaulieu and our guests get 10% off everything including bike hire, kayaks and wacky activities.

For Kids
2 bedrooms are suitable for travel cots.
Beaulieu village is walkable for most toddlers for a little play park, little and cafe’s for treat, shops to visit, and further on there are water birds to feed by the Beaulieu River.
(See our blog). 

Special stuff
For a 70th, we’d suggest getting a chef in or going to the Montagu Arms for a lovely meal. For the more active, perhaps walking to Bucklers Hard, to catch the little touring boat down the Beaulieu River, then back to the Master Builders for a lovely meal (10% off for our guests).

The garden is not enclosed for dogs, but it’s pretty good on most sides. Some of the paths can be slippery in winter. For older family members the stairs are wooden and steeper than the average.

Dog free zone. Sorry.

Mod Cons

There is no TV but the WiFi is excellent. Mobile signal can be patchy. DAB radio and speaker. Iron, ironing board and hairdryer are available. There are 2 dishwashers, 4 fridges, a freezer, washing machine and tumble drier.

Arrivals & Departures
Arrival is on Friday or Monday/Tuesday. Arrival is at 3pm and not before.
Departure Time: 10am

Chestnut Cottage Beaulieu
Chestnut Cottage Beaulieu
Chestnut Cottage Beaulieu
Chestnut Cottage Kitchen and Stairs

About this place

Holiday cottage rental Beaulieu – Chestnut cottage

Inside colours are bold, muted, and it feels countrified and like someone has put alot of thought into it. That someone is Sarah, an army doctor, who knows her Farrow and Ball colours by heart. The glassy kitchen extension has transformed the house which now blends old and new with nods to Grand Designs.

The house was originally built for the village doctor. So there is a waiting and consulting room – now sitting rooms, both with wood burners.  As you sit and mull the day before or aft, you can marvel at the many holes in the beams in this room. Some are filled with champagne corks from previous owners. Certainly it’s a house full of stories!

Up the steep stairs you’ll find bedrooms that won’t disappoint. The main room bed sits up in it’s own alcove. It has a giant bathroom/wet room – with underfloor heating (of course). Another is bright and white. Downstairs you’ll find a 5″6 double (so small by modern standards), to cosy up in. It’s opposite a new bathroom which has been fitted in and around some fantastically bent and holey beams. Up futuristic stairs from the kitchen (not suited to small children) is another white double in the eaves.

In detail:

On the ground floor, the front entrance opens into stylish reception room with fireplace. Adjoining is a cozy snug with wood burning stove, Chesterfield sofa and comfy armchairs. 

The kitchen is laid out in a ‘C’ shape with an island. This large well equipped  country kitchen has 2 dishwashers, an electric range with gas hob, 2 pull out fridges and a freezer.  A bespoke oak table seats 10 with views out over the garden from patio doors on either side. A flight of modern oak stairs leads upstairs to the 5th bedroom.

A backdoor leads into a boot/laundry room and downstairs cloakroom/toilet. Guests will have use of the washing machine, tumble drier and iron.

Up the steep stairs you’ll find bedrooms that won’t disappoint. The spacious Master bedroom with kingsize sleigh bed and chaise lounge and adjoining en-suite bathroom with shower and double slipper bath looks out over the garden. Bedroom 2 is a smaller room but still large enough to accommodate a kingsize bed, with views over the Montague Estate.

Downstairs you’ll find two double bedrooms with English country garden views.  The larger of these can be set up as a kingsize bed or twin beds.  The other has a period 4 poster 5″6 double to cosy up in (so small by modern standards) .  Both bedrooms have easy access to a spacious luxury shower room which has been fitted in and around some fantastically bent and holey beams.

Up rustic oak stairs from the kitchen is a double bedroom with a nautical feel. This room has wonderful views over the meadow behind the property. The room can be set up as a kingsize double or a twin. The staircase is open and you will need to be mindful of toddlers falling as there is no stair guard.

Outside, the patio is equipped with a table, seating and a gas BBQ.

Chestnut Cottage interiors
Chestnut Cottage interiors

Enjoying yourself here

Days Out
The house is within the National Park. It’s foresty interior is a short drive away. Walking in the forest is superb, especially the old forest – you can track the most ancient trees via GPS on your phone.

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).

The Beaulieu farm shop (worth a visit). The village has enough to appeal to most groups. Nearest beaches are just past Lymington at Highcliffe, or catch the Isle of Wight ferry to Yarmouth for the day (£12 for adults return as foot passenger) and walk to Yarmouth beach which has lovely pale sand and is often wind free in the afternoons of the warmer months.

There are a myriad gardens to visit from here: there is a fantastic learning garden at Fairweathers Garden Centre about 1 minutes walk away, plus Beaulieu Palace’s own gardens are very good, Exbury is well noted and 4 minutes by car.

Active folk with appreciate New Forest Activities who are in Beaulieu village high street and they’ll give you 10% off nearly everything because you’re a guest with us. They can organise bike hire, bushcrafts, high ropes, raft building, kayaking and coasteering.

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. Its great for kids totrack them….Gruffalo-style! Tanners Lane beach is a great access point for beachy walks and exploring.

Special days and celebrations
Our most popular bookings here are family celebrations – 70th and 80th birthdays with the whole family in tow.


For foodies

The Michelin star Montagu Arms offers fine dining or a pub menu.

The Master Builders Hotel in Bucklers Hard is lovely and great for families. (And get 10% off food at the hotel on us). You can walk here from the cottage in about an hourish, and the track is wide enough for off road prams and kids bycycles. There are raised board walkways along much of the river side and it’s a great place to play hide and seek for grandchildren. 

The Pig in Brockenhurst and Limewood Hotel are both only 5 miles from Chestnut Cottage – both extremely well regarded. Book early for any of these 4 places. The Yacht Haven has some lovely tables with marina views and the food has got better and better. Again, book early.

For relaxing

Our guests have a 15% discount off at Limewood Spa for midweek treatments. Definitely worth a visit.

But for those of you who can’t bear to leave the house, 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.

Chestnut Cottage Beaulieu river
Chestnut Cottage Beaulieu river


Booking Information

Booking Information

Important information
Fireworks or any kind of floating lantern are absolutely not allowed on the property – ever – they often cause damage to the wild animals in the National Park when they land

or could burn the cottage down!

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; handsoap; toilet rolls, dishwashing tablets, laundry powder, matches. In the kitchen; salt and pepper, olive oil, a selection of teas and instant coffees. Quite often there are bits and pieces such as sugar, flour, peanut butter, jams etc.

There is a BBQ gas stove 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.

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

Chestnut Cottage has private parking for 2 cars easily. Additional cars can easily be parked at the top of the highstreet just 1 minutes walk from the back gate.

Extra Services
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 Deposits
Breakages – We have a £500 damages deposit. (No transaction occurs; similar to a hotel, it is simply held against your debit/credit card until we are happy the house is checked over – usually 3 days). 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.

Guest responsibilities
We fully expect you to take advantage of all that the house has to offer, and with that comes certain responsibilities. These are set out in the information pack provided in the barn and in our terms and conditions. You and your party should take the time to read these documents.

Please pay particular attention to water safety in the 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 Chestnut Cottage is covered in your rental fee. However where it 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 non smoking property – any smoking inside could result in your losing your breakages deposit.


The stairs in the kitchen are steep and have no side rail/guard. They are not suitable for small children or elderly. All use at their own risk. There is a stair gate here.  

The stairs in the old part of the house to the master bedroom are narrow and steep. These would not be suitable for elderly and all users should be careful of slipping.


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