Beckheath House

Overview

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Holiday cottage rental in Brockenhurst – Beckheath House

This genteel, luxury Holiday cottage rental in Brockenhurst is a bolt-hole of the very best order. It’s chic, rustic, contemporary and beautifully presented. The wow factor isn’t just the house or location, but the extras that you can choose to add on:  a quirky beach hut at postcard-cute Milford on Sea, or livery for four horses…!

The annex bedroom is ideal for those wanting peace and quiet: new mums and dads, teenagers and grandparents. Or for those who’ve not finished their novel yet!

Closer than the beach hut, there is fantastic escapist walking to be had opposite the driveway into the National Park heathland, or along the local beaches to secret sneaky-to-reach coastlines, for a day to remember. Bikers and walkers will be especially at home here. On and off road cycling is superb. Walkers can head in almost any direction for some superb coastal and foresty trails.

You are welcome to bring children here but it’s not a house specifically set up, or going out of it’s way for kids. There are some toys. But some of the fabrics here will damage with grubby hands.

Guide dogs welcome. Well behaved dogs may be considered.

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Beckheath sleeps 5 in the main house (with 1 shared bathroom)
and another 2 in the adjoining studio (with sofa-bed and ensuite bathroom).

Priced from £500-£900 for weekends and £800-£1700 for weekly stays.
For more info’ click the Check Availability tab or use the date search function on our homepage. 

Sleeps
Up to 7 adults + 2 children

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We also offer low-occupancy bookings here midweek in off peak season.
The cottage can be rented for 5 adults + 2 kids in cots

Personally Visited?
Yes

Four Bedrooms
There are 2 double bedrooms with double beds (one has a four poster).
1 single with four poster plus a comfy double sofa bed in self contained mini cabin.

Bathrooms
In the main cottage – 1 family bathroom.
In the cabin – 1 ensuite

Family
The kitchen table seats 7 comfortably, 8 maximum.

For Kids
2 bedrooms are suitable for travel cots (but a little snug). There is no playroom but the kitchen/living area is plenty big enough for a toy pile.
Create your own treasure hunt for kids in the woods – bury real treasure for them and use our guide to make your map. (See our blog).  Walk to the coast 30 mins

Or go to Milford beach which is 20 minutes away by car.

Special stuff
Walk toward the coast and at low tide you can walk to the quiet, wild beaches for a day to remember. Take a picnic you made yourself, or one we can have delivered for you. Pack champagne and nibbles for a luxury take on on escaping on what think are the quietest beaches south of London. Beckheath is between two great pubs both walkable. The closest is the East End Arms 15 mins on the way probably 20 on the way home!

The Turf Cutters in East Boldre is a good fun walk about 40 minutes across the forest (recommend daylight only)
Look on our blog for our ancient tree map – you can start your trail from here to the most ancient and famous forest trees mapped on GPS.

Accessibility
The house is all one level with easy access for wheelchairs. The self contained mini-cabin has one entrance step   En-suite with large shower and washer/dryer

Pets
Dogs (except guide dogs ) are not usually accepted. Quiet, well behaved dogs may be considered.

Mod Cons
Bluetooth connected sound system,  32″ tv  Wi-Fi internet

Mobile service
EE is tricky, Vodafone, O2 is good

Arrivals & Departures
Arrival is on Friday or Monday. Arrival is at 3.30pm and not before.
Departure Time: 10am sharp please.

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About this place

You’ll find it hidden away in a tiny hamlet on the most southerly side of the National Park. As the crow flies it’s a kilometre from the Solent foreshore; beachy, treed, pebbly and wild. You can walk there in 30 minutes.

One of the most lovely bits about this house is that it’s opposite the most extraordinary group of ancient oaks that feature in forest folklore for hundreds of years. Gypsy Wood is a collection of 100 or so 60 huge oaks on a small knoll surrounded by heathland, free roaming wild ponies, cattle and the occasional pig. It is an escapists heaven. Walk further on by 20 minutes and you’ll find yourself in secluded fern-filled gullies and leafy clearings, surrounded by swathes of silver birches, beeches and magnificent stands of pine.

The cottage
Beckheath is owned by Emma. Her home has a chic artsy and relaxed style full with beautiful details; from the statement fireplace to vintage American furniture and Emma’s personal equine art collection.
The house is on one floor entirely, clad New England style. Key to this house is the long, breezy kitchen/living room area. Well designed, sleek and with plenty of eclectic touches it’s built for socilalising in style.

You’ll find big art, a tailored leather corner sofa, an armchair in glorious slate velvet and plenty of items that’ll make your friends jealous when they look at your Instagram account. Our favourite bedroom is done in soft browns and rusts, it has Williamsburg American arch bed, (small at 4″6 but utterly lovely).

The kitchen table seats 7/8. The kitchen is very well set up for cooking and entertaining. For messy novelists or artists, it’s perfect for spreading out, listening to the old Roberts radio and catching up with a past era (fully accessible still if you tune into Solent Radio).

The cabin
Stay here and you’ll find a comfy useful space with no wifi. Useful for technophobes or those wanting some headspace away from techy distractions. Finish that novel! The sofa bed converts to a comfortable double and there’s a smart bathroom (or shower room) too.

The garden
The immaculate private garden is perfect for catching the sun and made us feel like we were in our own oasis in the woods. 

It looks like a Country Living stylist put it together. It’s small, is cleverly designed with height, colour, space and privacy in mind. There’s a small flagstone terrace that extends the kitchen onto a sun trap; perfectly set up outside the big kitchen folding-doors with two smart sun loungers plus a picnic table at the end of the garden for sundowners.

What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…
There are limited views from the house and it has high garden fences on two sides. But literally open the gates and you’re walking on the forest .

There is one bathroom in the main house, with three shared bedrooms. In the studio there is a sofabed and seperate bathroom.

Practicalities
There is parking for 1 at the house and 2 at the end of the track

Accessibility
There are no steps from the parking area by the house to the door step. There is a small step into the house. Once you’re in there are no steps in the house and it’s all on one level. Small wheelchairs are fine here but the bathroom isn’t designed to be wheelchair friendly.

To get to the cabin through the back garden, there is a small lip to get out of the bifold doors in the kitchen, a flat gravel path to the cabin and a small step to get in.

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Enjoying yourself here

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Emma also leaves the keys behind to her much coveted beach hut in nearby Milford on Sea.

This is rented through us for a separate charge of £45 per day visit.

Inside you’ll find a camping gas stove, tea and coffee making kit and deck chairs. There are also a few body boards for you too.

It’s the ultimate luxury whatever time of year – after a walk down the beach on a cold winters day snuggle down with hot drinks (there’s a camping gas stove and all the kit for hot drinks or there are flasks for you to use in the house), or enjoy the shade and private changing space when swimming in the summer. There’s a boogie board and some blow up flotation toys for kids stowed in the bench seat.

There are great restaurants only 5 minutes from the hut including The RAFT Cafe, Verveine, and The Beach House plus a good selection of cafes and wine bars OR on the way to the hut, grab yourself some of the best fish and chips in the area at Milford’s famous Mr.Pinks.

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Verveine Cafe in Milford on Sea. Well worth a visit.

 

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The RAFT Cafe in Milford. Go there too – it’s superb.

There are steep steps down to the hut but also a little further east along the coastal path a slope to take you to beach hut level. The beach is shingle so wheelchair access is a bit difficult.

Other activities close to Beckheath:

There is an excellent activity company nearby (our guests get 10% off) who will do kayaking, archery, bush craft etc for your kids. They are very very good and not expensive. New Forest Activities Beaulieu.

For horse-addicts:

For those who can’t be removed from their horse… If you love horses you’re in good company with Emma who is a severe case ! She has her own livery, Home Farm, which is a 3 minute drive down the road. If you’re keen to bring your horses with you guests are more than welcome to take advantage of the large farm yard (not a working farm), with 4 good sized open stables (14 x 14 ft). There’s an indoor lunging ring and hacking from here to the southern part of the forest and to the beach (itself not great for riding on but a lovely destination) is good.

Emma has also shared her top Forest rides and we have a wonderful local guide if you’d like to find your feet.

For foodies
A 30 minute walk to the beach takes you past a smart gastro pub. 40 minutes walk inland across the heathland will find you at The Turf Cutters, famous for having more dogs in it than people on a normal Sunday lunch, good pints and local chatter.

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Gallery

Farmyard Gallery

Booking Information

Booking Information

Important information fireworks and noise at the cottage:

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.

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.

Parking

Parking here isn’t private although it is off the public road. There is space for 2 cars.

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.We only release the Joining Instructions for the property after we have arranged the breakages deposit with you.

If you have paid using a credit or debit card, we will hold these details securely on our system and use this account for holding your breakages 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). If you do not want us to use this account for your breakages deposit, then please let us know, we can also take breakages deposits by BACS transfer.

The deposit will then be returned to you as soon as we can, (max 7 days) do remember that we are not a hotel and that in quiet times, it may be a few days before the cottage is checked.

If we do need to charge you for a breakage, we will send you pictures of the problem, discuss it with you, and then you can choose whether to pay by card or by BACS.

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 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, care and consideration of the 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 here: 

Extra cleaning fees – where they become applicable;
The main clean inside the cottage 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.

Smoking

We are a no smoking property.

Location

The cottage is approx’ 2 miles from the East End Post Office toward Lymington toward East Boldre.

Train Stations

Brockenhurst is 20 mins away to the north.
Lymington Pier is at the ferry terminal 4 mins to the west.
Southampton is 30 minutes to the east.

Taxis

(2 miles from Lymington Pier train station) are;
Lymington Taxis 01590 688888
All Ports Taxis 01590 679 792

Accessibility

There is a small step up from the gravel path to the house and no further steps. If guests are using the annexe then there is a small step to go over the door lintel, another short gravel path to the annexe and a further small step.

 

 

Reviews

We have moved our reviews from Upfront Reviews. Here are some of our old reviews for Beckheath.