Vinegar Hill



Vinegar Hill is a holiday cottage rental near Milford on Sea in the New Forest

Big and arty this wonderful spacious family home is a perfect retreat. Best of all.  As a premier Holiday cottage rental near Milford on Sea, New Forest it has the added benefit when at low tide, a sandy beach is revealed – just 10 minutes walk from the house.

  • Milford beach is ten minutes walk from the house and as the tide goes out, it reveals lovely sand.
  • There is a playhouse and wigwam in the garden – both big enough for quite a few medium sized kids to play in.
  • This house is built for multi-generational families to celebrate and have fun together.
  • There are 3 areas of bedrooms. 2 are not connected to the main house for people wanting quiet area bedrooms.
  •  Big kitchen to cook celebration meals. The table inside seats 10. The outside table seats 12 – fab summer bbqs!
  • Children will enjoy the leafy, flowery garden, feeding the chickens who live here.


FYI – Whilst Vinegar Hill doesn’t have a mini Gypsy caravan, it does have a maxi one – albeit out of bounds for the summer.

The Vinegar Hill Pottery still runs and will be in action this August.  You’re welcome to visit the pottery during your stay.

Up to 12 adults/kids + 4 babies in 3 areas, all adjoining.

Priced at £1800 for 4 night midweek stays, £1800 for 3 night weekends, and £3400 for weekly stays.

This house is only available to rent in August and for the Christmas week of 2017.

For more info’ click the Check Availability tab or use the date search function on our homepage. 

6 Bedrooms & 4 Bathrooms
In the house: 4, 1 double, 1 x twin, 1 single or double. 1 ensuite shower and family bathroom downstairs.
Hayloft rooms upstairs: 1 double with ensuite shower room
Garden rooms downstairs; 1 double, 1 single, can have another ‘put up’ bed, ensuite bathroom.

For Kids
2 bedrooms are suitable for small travel cots.
We provide 1 travel cot, 1 high chair.

The garden is not fully enclosed but the fencing is good enough to keep under 5’s in.

There are plenty of toys and boardgames here. There are sandy beaches that are uncovered at low tide clearly visible from where the Hurst Castle joins the land. Otherwise the shingly beaches at Milford are a 10 minute walk from the house.

Special stuff
There is a quiet area of water, protected by the Hurst Spit, which is superb for kayaking. You can get out at Hurst Castle and pull the kayak up easily there. For those who prefer walking, make the trip (it’s a 2 mile walk and quite shingly so not fast walking). The castle is run by English Heritage who charge a small fee for entry. It’s worth it. There’s a little cafe and the location is amazing for hide and seek.  You can clearly see The Needles and Isle of Wight from here. Bird life is superb too. Tired legs? You can also get the little Hurst Castle Ferry back to Keyhaven.

The spiral staircase to the loft bedroom is steep.

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Mod Cons
Broadband WiFi, Digi box, Bluetooth sound system,

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

About this place



Sawdays say this about the Vinegar Hill B&B, which owner Lucy runs when the family are here. So whilst this review isn’t about the whole house rental, it’s indicative of the vibe here generally.

“Talented hosts offer pottery courses and serve breakfast in eclectic bedrooms in the old estate stables. Stroll to village pub and beach. 

A sylvan setting, stylish pottery, a young and talented family. The cobalt blues and rich browns of David’s ceramics fill the old stables of a Victorian manor house. Take pottery courses (one hour to a long weekend) whether you’re a new starter or an improver, inspired by the warm décor. A narrow staircase spirals up to a modern loft: crisp whites, cathedral ceiling with sunny windows, brilliant shower. The ground-floor garden suite has a patio, sitting room, painted bed and optional children’s beds. Stroll to the beach: you can almost touch the Isle of Wight.”

Read the full review here. 

The Pottery (still working in the stables) is a lovely old detached house in a leafy part of Milford on Sea. The village is well loved and full of active organisers. It has it’s own independently organised carnival which is on in August.

I can’t improve on what Wikipedia has written, “Slightly further east of Milford on Sea, is Keyhaven, with its boatyard and bird sanctuary. Protruding southwards from Keyhaven is Hurst Spit, approximately two miles of shingle, from the end of which the inhabitants of Hurst Castle used to watch over the Solent. The castle was built by Henry VIII, and is now visitor oriented, with a museum, lighthouse and café. A seasonal ferry makes the trip across the marshes as an alternative to the blustery walk”.


Inside the house is rustic, colourful and with plenty of arty tweaks and touches. There are 2 sitting rooms, 1 large kitchen / diner with bi-fold doors onto the terrace. There are 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 1 laundry/ downstairs toilet.  A large south facing garden (3/4 acre) with access to the woods. 

In the house: 
Reception 1: Sitting room area, wooden floors with TV, DVD player, fireplace and wood burning stove.

Kitchen Diner: Large, light, spacious L shaped kitchen diner with terracotta floors, bi-fold doors onto terrace, kitchen table that easily sits 10, fridge freezer, range cooker, dishwasher, TV with freeview and built in DVD player, blue tooth sound system.

Bedroom 1: Double (kingsize bed) with vaulted ceilings, oak beams, wooden floors plenty of cupboard space, beautiful ensuite shower room and views onto the garden.

Bedroom 2: 2 singles in a light spacious, quirky bedroom in the eves with velux windows, next to the family bathroom. Hanging space and 2 chest of drawers. A great kids room.

Bedroom 3: A small bedroom – either a double or single. Bedside table with lamp.

Bedroom 4: A good size kids bedroom with one hightop bed and one optional single (put up bed). One chest of drawers. Windows overlooking the garden.

Downstairs loo/ laundry/ utility. Small space with loo, Belfast sink, cleaning materials , washing machine and Dutch airer. There is no tumble dryer but a good sized washing line outside.

In the downstairs separate accommodation:
Reception 2: Oak floors, oak table to accommodate 4-6, sofa and TV with built in freeview and DVD player. Kettle.

Bedroom 5: Ground floor. Spacious family room with kingsize double bed and one single. Option to have second single put up bed. Bathroom next door. One very large chest of drawers.

Up the circular stairs to further separate bedroom:
Bedroom 6: Spacious, light and airy loft room with a double bed and a good sized ensuite shower room. Chest of drawers and hanging space. Kettle, toaster, bistro table and two chairs.

Garden: The Garden consists of a terraced area outside the double doors with large teak table and seating for 12. There is also an optional smaller garden table with chairs for guests use. South facing 3/4 acre garden with lawn, beds and woodland area at the bottom. Kids climbing frame also for guest use.


Enjoying yourself here

The beach at Milford on Sea is a 10 minute stroll and is pebbly and lovely. At low tide the sand is revealed.  There are beach huts aplenty too.

If you’re going up there without kids then make sure you’ve got a visit to Verveine Fish market Restaurant booked in in advance – superb.

Staying here you must walk in the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve. Keyhaven forms part of the coastal zone of the New Forest National Park and The Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes Reserve is a beautiful area of coastline characterised by mudflats and salt marshes and is of international importance. It’s renowned for the large numbers of breeding, feeding and roosting birds that it supports throughout the year. The area is grazed by New Forest ponies and cattle.

Hurst Castle Spit and Museum is just the most lovely walk. Almost always blustery but the views are superb when you get there and the Castle has a little cafe.

Another nice walk is from the house to Hurst Castle Spit and then walk along the spit towards Milford on Sea and have breakfast / lunch / tea / morning coffee or Ice creams at the newly opened ‘RAFT ROCKS’ Bistro / Café / Bar at Marine House, Hurst Road on the water front. And walking back go via Sturt Pond at the families of swans and signets that gather there.

For wining and dining in the area… here are our top very local suggestions:

Verveine Fish market Restaurant, Milford on Sea
This is an innovative, award-winning fish restaurant with their own in-house specialist fishmongers. A wonderful uniquely creative gastronomic experience; we would advise you to book in advance.

The Marine Restaurant, Milford on Sea
Great place to walk to from Keyhaven and has fabulous coastal views

And then there’s the New Forest National Park further afield.

The main area of the parkland is slightly further in land; about 15 minutes away by car, 30 minutes by bike and about one hours walking distance before you reach the wonderful wide expanses of these ancient hunting grounds.

The New Forest is a mix of open heathland, ancient woodland and peat bogs; it is a fantastic place for walking, cycling and horse riding. We would strongly recommend that you equip yourself with ordinance survey maps and walking or cycling guidebooks before exploring the area in this way.

Our guests get discounts with various local activities companies including bike hire, bushcraft, kayaking, coasteering etc.



Booking Information

Important information – Fireworks and noise at the cottage
Fireworks or any kind of floating lanterns are absolutely not allowed on the property – ever. The area is part of the New Forest National Park and close to the Lymington – Keyhaven Nature Reserve and designated bird sanctuary.

Safety for children
The fencing in the garden is good except in one area, which is easy to see from the kitchen table. The woodland area at the end of the garden is well fenced. .
There are wood piles in the wood which is accessed by paths from the bottom of the garden (you can easily see this path from the kitchen table). It is not safe to climb or play on any of the wood piles – parents must watch this.

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; an initial supply of toilet rolls, dishwashing tablets, laundry liquid, matches.

In the kitchen;
GAS oven.
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.

What you need to bring?
There is a travel cot but please bring whatever your baby sleeps IN and ON, eg, sheets, Grobag, blanket – 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 (these things might be there but we can’t guarantee this), hair conditioner, shower gel, etc.

There is private parking space for 5 cars.

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 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.

Guest responsibilities
We fully expect you to take advantage of all that the propery has to offer, and with that comes certain responsibilities. These are set out in the information folder 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 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.

We are a non smoking property – any smoking inside could result in your losing your breakages deposit.

 There are chickens to the side of the garden which will be being looked after. A gardener will visit once a week. The are in a cage that they can’t get out of, and foxes can’t get in. Whilst they appreciate scraps of food from guests, they don’t need to be fed and definitely not let out. 

The Pottery
Fronting onto the road  is a fully functioning pottery which will be in operation during normal working hours. They run a small shop and courses there too.

The Gypsy Caravan
The paved area and Gypsy Wagon outside of second reception room is solely for use of the potters/ pottery. This is NOT for use of the house occupants.

The Veg Patch
There are runner beans and tomatoes. Please feel free to pick and eat. If you do want to enjoy them, they 
would enjoy a good watering!




Whilst the house itself with 6 bedrooms doesn’t have any reviews, the B&B which the family run has many. Read them here:

Vinegar Hill on Tripadvisor

Their own B&B website.

The Pottery has been in the media here. 

The Sawdays Special Places to Stay write up here.