The Ploughmans Cottage



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Ploughmans on a sunny day in June 2016

The Ploughmans is a pet friendly holiday cottage rental situated in Lymington, New Forest.

The Ploughmans is a pet friendly holiday cottage rental situated in Lymington, New Forest and is 2 parts stretch-limo-living and 2 parts ‘the good life’…1 mile from the beach…

It’s designed to be a relaxing, interesting family base from which to conduct marvellous ‘Swallows and Amazons’ adventures – for the all the family. Many guests celebrate 70th & 80th birthdays and come for family escapes.

Next door the gastro pub The East End Arms is perfect for special family meals, or those who need to escape to ‘walk the dog’ and have an escapist cappuccino or pint with the papers!

In 2014 Ploughmans was no 2 in The Times Travel supplement for Best Family Self-Catering in Castles, Cottages and Cabins article.

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Ploughmans has it’s own website here. 

Up to 10 guests + children

Priced from £800-£1200 for a 2 night stay midweek, from £1100-£1600 for weekends and £1500-£3200 for weekly stays.

Personally Visited?
Yes we’ve stayed here

Cottage – Two king-size bedrooms, one triple bunk, one single.
In The Shed; one double and one twin.

Family shower room downstairs, ensuite (to main bedroom upstairs)
In The Shed a shower room.

Children are especially welcome. The garden has been designed for toddlers to explore and play. It is fully enclosed. There is a marshmallow brazier for kids to use – or take to the beach.
Two cots and highchairs are available.
Older family members also well catered for. There are only 2 steps downstairs. There are very good viewing options of grand-children in the garden. Dogs allowed.

Our most successful groups are…
70th and 80th birthdays and families with grannies and small children in tow. There is space for people who need quiet to escape in The Shed and the garden is enclosed to let kids play. The pub next door is superb for food.

Special days out and celebrations
  Pack a picnic and walk down to Tanners Lane Beach – a 1km flat-ish walk down a quiet lane. Set up for the day and explore, Swallows and Amazons style along the foreshore. You can swim from here too when tides are gentle. Lymington has fantastic Saturday foodie markets for picnics.
We can arrange storytellers, chefs, babysitters for you – please just ask.

For Kids 
Dens, tunnels, mini Gypsy Van (under 8’s can stand in it), ride-on tractors and toys, diggers, trucks skipping ropes, balls, old tennis rackets etc.

Horses and dogs welcome. Stables and yarding can be cleared for horses. Grazing can be arranged. Dogs welcome – the garden is enclosed.
There is a cleaning charge of £20.00 for dogs/per horse to stay

Mod Cons
Speakers provided, 23″ TV with Freeview TV, DVD player and good DVD selection, Wi-Fi internet (sometimes slow), Mobile Signal: Reasonable but can be patchy in the house / good on the driveway.

Arrivals & Departures
Arrival is Friday or Monday for weeks. Mon/Tues/Weds/Fri for mid-weeks.
Arrival Time: Arrival is at 3.30pm and not before. Departure Time: 10am.



About this place

Our kids playing in the garden at The Ploughmans Cottage
Our kids playing in the garden at The Ploughmans Cottage

This is what Sawdays say about us.

“Gypsy caravan in the garden, sofas by the wood-burner, a fun ‘shed’ for glampers, and fab food from the pub next door…

A perfect spot in a tiny village on the edge of the New Forest, a cycle ride from bird hides and beach, a sail’s throw from Lymington – and paradise for children. The laid-back red-brick cottage sits alongside a posh shed for glampers with sofa, kitchenette, wood-burner and a wonderful antique four-poster bed; a hot outdoor shower is on its way. In the house, the kitchen/dining area is the hub with a cool American fridge, a table for 8, quirky colourful lighting and a big square window for gorgeous garden views. (A gardener pops by from time to time and the vegetables are all for you; there are hens sometimes, too.) You get two bedrooms on the ground floor (one with an extra bed on a high mezzanine.) The master suite is under the eaves, flooded with light. Bathrooms are fab, there are stacks of toys and games, and a big well-loved blue sofa squeezed around a wood-burner and TV. Outside: a miniature Gypsy caravan with giant teacups for little ones, grass for games, a terrace for barbecues, stabling for your horse. Just remember that children bring their parents here, not the other way around. Lovely!”

About the cottage 

Inside is colourful, eccentric, home-from-home and designed for easy-living. This also goes for our ‘Shed’ with its four-poster bed across the garden. We are especially set up for families with children under 5 and welcome dogs too.

The kitchen gets all the morning sun, great for lazy, sunny breakfasts – wind back the kitchen wall doors and let the birdsong will flood in. Guests wanting quiet from the rest of the group should stay in The Shed.

Read more about Ploughmans here on it’s main website.

And there are many more pictures here on the Ploughmans own website gallery. 

Here are some pictures of our guest book comments over the past few years.

The Shed’

Just across the garden, this eccentric and rustic-chic Shed has a big draw…it’s bed; an ornate, white-curtained four-poster affair with not one, but two mattresses.  There is a little wood-burner here and the living room door folds right back to let the garden in. When the sun is out open these doors for a very effective sun-trap.

The Shed also has a twin room with built in bunks and a shower room.


This house is well-equipped with a SMEG fridge freezer, electric range oven with grill and 5 hobs. There is also a washing machine. We have an old skool coffee pot that boils on the hob for coffee.

What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…

The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children.

The sitting room and kitchen really only seat 7 and 8 comfortably. Bigger groups will have to do two meal sittings. In summer it’s easier because the outside table seats 8 too.

Please don’t think it’s a ‘big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.


The garden has been designed for children under 9s, with dens, several twigloos, tunnels, outdoor toys but it’s our glorious mini gypsy caravan which is the show-stopper for cuteness. Drag and drop it around the garden. Position it by the big kitchen window if you want to be able to read your Sunday paper in peace.

Read more about the garden planting here. 

For those who want to bring horses, there are also two stables with concrete standing and a gravel yard.


You can park 4 or 5 cars here easily.

Collage of The Ploughmans Cottage
Ploughmans Cottage pics. The beach pic here is of Yarmouth beach and we’ve included it because so many of our guests go there on the ferry from Lymington as a day trip. Definitely worth it.

 Mini gypsy caravan in the garden at The Ploughmans Cottage

Enjoying yourself here

Enjoying yourself here

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Illustrations by Annabel Tempest, our Web Artist in Residence for 2016.

Also read our Special Celebrations tab for plenty more ideas.

Days Out

The National Park is very beautiful in it’s foresty interior and along it’s quiet coast.

In our blog we have ideas for adventure and birthday walks; tracking unicorns, treasure hunts on the beach, best places to bonfire, bluebell picnic locations etc. 

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 to track them….Gruffalo-style!
Tanners Lane beach, our nearest at 3/4 mile from the cottage, faces the Isle of Wight and its a perfect spot for catching the last rays of evening sun for champagne or a takeaway pizza/curry. You can park at Tanners too. 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 Lym’ 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.

Very special days out and celebrations

For more information about celebrations for golden oldies read our blog here. 

For children, we have 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).

For adults, try to fit in your break with Rock and Roam event dates. Theatrical suppers, foraging based drinks parties, Stargazing sailing suppers from a yacht in the Solent.

We’ve partnered up with some great people; Mrs Maker who will bring all for creative play sessions for kids, professional story-tellers who will regale young and old with local smuggling and magical forest folklore tales. Also on the menu are astronomers, magicians and songstresses and best of all Hollie who is working with us to develop a wild spa menu – for spa treatments in bluebell forests…

Read more here on Enjoying Yourself and  Special Celebrations at Ploughmans and in the local area. We host many 70th and 80th birthdays here and have plenty of ideas to help you plan.

For relaxing

Sunbathers are best to stay at home in the pretty-much wind-free and quiet garden. Or head to the nearest beaches and hide away with a book. 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 leave the kids for too long, 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.

For foodies

Next door is the lovely gastro pub The East End Arms – 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.4

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If you stay with us, really think about a day trip to the Isle of Wight on the ferry from Lymington. The beach at Yarmouth is lovely and great deli’s and little shops in the town.



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.
Our neighbours are sensitive to noise before 7.30am on weekdays and 8.30am at weekends and after 10.30pm at night.

What is included?

Your quoted rate is for the private use of the property for the agreed number of guests.

For more booking information; whats included, what to bring, etc –  click here.

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. We supply a selection of baby equipment including a travel cot, 2 high chairs, plenty of toys (outside toys are mainly for toddler ages) and DVDs (for all ages).
There is a BBQ gas stove provided for summer.
There is an old Victorian cast iron stove provided thats perfect for kids perfecting their marsh mallow cooking – UNDER SUPERVISION OBVIOUSLY!
At Ploughmans we also lay the fire for you to light on your arrival, and logs for the wood-burning stove.

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

Additional bed spaces for young children

There are no extra charges for babies / toddlers who are able to sleep in a cot (we provide 2 cots). We advertise that we have a total of 10 beds to keep numbers down as we’re not a ‘party-house’ but we do actually have 12 beds, so small children can either sleep in these or we can move mattresses for you. These extra spaces are not for cramming more adults in tho!


Ploughmans has private parking for 5 cars easily with another 2 squeezed in if needed. There is overflow parking by the pub.

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.

Ploughmans Cottage only – Eco-deposit system – We fully encourage our guests to be as ‘eco’ as possible and we have linked this to our payment system. Our weekly rental charge does not include oil, water and electricity costs. We check the oil, water and electricity meters before and after each guest stay and if we find you’ve run the heating all week and not used any wood (it’s free) , then we will deduct the cost from the deposit. This isn’t because we’re being stingey, it is designed to reward people who are careful.  For people who take power showers and use up all the water every day, use the central heating and leave lights on all the time, fine (well not really fine, you eco-slackers) – you can pay for what you use!
The eco-deposit charge is already included into your breakages deposit. We charge guests £100 for an eco-deposit from Oct to May. The average price for a week in the colder weather is between £25 and £40. These figures are very dependent on your use of the house.

Guest responsibilities

We fully expect you to take advantage of all that Ploughmans 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 house is suitable for less mobile folk. There are two bedrooms downstairs and a walk in shower room with some handles. But there are a few things we want to point out so you’re not surprised when you arrive.

  • The kitchen floor is split level, only 6″ but it may not suit some.
  • The downstairs bedrooms have access to a shower room and not a bath room, that is upstairs. There are no hand-rails on the stairs.
  • The house is entered via a porch which has a step up of 10″ and another step of 10″ into the boot room. There are smaller steps by the front door access. The doors in the house are NOT wide enough for wheelchairs. (Gins Barn is).
  • The downstairs shower room has a walk-in shower with a small 3″ lip into the shower itself.

Accessibility for days out
There are masses of things to do with the less mobile.

Definitely go to Exbury Gardens and Beaulieu Motor Museums (there are mobility scooters and trains).

Definitely take the ferry as a foot passenger to Yarmouth from Lymington and go for lunch at The George or a tea shop.

Back on the mainland, Fairweathers Garden Centre and Cafe in Beaulieu is good value and all flat.

The short walk around Bucklers Hard is nice as are their tea rooms. If you are bringing a mobility vehicle for walks the area has very few hills and the roads fairly quiet.

If you go for wanders via the car, you can drive onto the closest beach to the house at Tanners Lane (treat your group to a champagne picnic or get a takeaway and eat it there). Or venture a little further and use the many hard-core tracks that traverse the National Park, again, most of which is flat or nearly flat.



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