Gullwing + Little Tern Beach Huts

Overview

2 Residential Beach Hut Rental, Lepe Beach Hampshire

Wow. Wow. Wow. Calling all escapists. Get in quick! Here are Gullwing’ and Little Tern, two residential beach hut rental, Lepe Beach Hampshire.  These ultra modern beach huts which pack  design punch for their small size (roughly 7m x 3.5m). They sleep 5, or take both for up to 10.

The huts are the newest occupants at this exclusive and unpretentious location; the shingle and sand southern coastline of the New Forest National Park. They sit on the shoreline, just about the highest tide mark, and there is a half mile of blue Solent waters between them, and the Isle of Wight, directly opposite. The water here is safe for swimming, paddle boarding and windsurfing. It’s a great place to watch  boaty traffic and destress and reconnect with the nature.

The huts are the newest project for the Drummond family, whose home, the Cadland Estate has been in family ownership for over 240 years. Go getter owner, mum and entrepreneur Fiona has created these two stretch-limo beach huts. Made locally in the New Forest, she has made sure the structures are tough and resilient. Inside you’ll find giant windows, calm colours, wood burner, eco friendly, full shower room and a kitchen. There is even good 4G wifi and private access and parking nearby to make getting there easy.

 

For boat watchers, the deeper Solent channels are busy with boat traffic; yachts mainly, but you can also see the occasional container and cruise ships coming into dock at Southampton.

The huts are for year round rental and with all the effort put into them, will be a treat at any time of the year.

 

Sleeps


Up to 5. 2 adults + kids or 5 adults.
There can be two doubles, one upstairs and one downstairs by collapsing the kitchen table and moving sofa cushions into place.

Priced from £450 – £800 for 3 nights low to high season, and £750 – £1450 for a week low to high season. 

Personally Visited?
Yes

Bedrooms
Upstairs: 1
Downstairs: none but you can convert the benches into a double bed.

Bathrooms
1 shower and toilet.

Family
The house can sleep 3 kids, there are stairgates but the stairs are steep and not for crawlers.
The downstairs area cannot be enclosed without shutting the glass doors.
We can’t get travel cots upstairs, but can downstairs.

Special stuff
There is sand and shingle beach for miles here.
Bring pirate fancy dress and make camps on the beach or fairy dens in the woods.
Clever parents (or those looking to pop the question) will bring treasure to bury for real life treasure hunts.

Accessibility
You can park above the huts in the fields. In wetter months, the walk will be further, 1/2 km to reach the huts.
You will need to walk down 50, wooden steps to reach the beach.
Inside the huts, the stairs are steep but have handrails.

Pets
Sorry no.

Mod Cons
 Mobile service is ok for most brands, Wifi is via 4G on your device. There is no TV here, instead a Roberts radio.

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

About this place

Throw open the cantilevered doors to your stunning immediate sea view, fully functioning kitchen, toilet and shower room, and cosy log burner for cooler days. On the mezzanine level are one double bed and three singles, with the master bed enjoying a direct sea view.

The huts are built from structural insulated panels which means that they are very nearly as well insulated as a modern ultra energy efficient house so they will be warm and cosy in the winter (with the log burner!) and cool in the summer.

The furniture inside the huts is bespoke and made from birch ply which gives them a natural warmth and interesting architectural detailing with the banding of the edge grain laminations.

The kitchens are a modern take on the traditional shaker style with painted oak fascias, stainless steel fittings and a polished concrete worktop. Gas oven and hob for cooking and a solar powered tall fridge freezer that can easily accommodate a weeks worth of food and drink.

There is a spacious shower/wc room with a hot water shower and eco toilet.

The upstairs mezzanine will sleep five people with one double bed looking straight out at the sea, and three singles behind with a baby gate securing the stairs,  plus downstairs an L-shaped sofa pulls out into a double bed and the sofa opposite also sleeps one.

The front bifold doors are able to open fully to create an indoor-outdoor feel in the summer.

Usefully, the huts have their own access staircase and parking very close by. They are the furthest from the public beach access, which means few people make the walk down to them. Further away to the west, there is more lovely walking, trees to climb and rope swings and dens that local children have made.

Some history and context:

The huts are among good society on the Cadland Estate, which is owned by The Drummond family. They have lived on the Solent shore for 240 years, though Cadland has only passed through 7 generations. The current incumbent’s grandfather was too old to fight in WWI and his great grandfather took part in the last British naval battle, fought entirely under sail. Aldred and Fiona Drumond live at Cadland with their young family, and are involved in every aspect of the Estate’s many varied businesses; forestry, farming and energy. The latter includes 8.4mW of solar generation. The area has one of the highest light levels in the England.

What is included: 

Gas, powering the cooker & hot water shower

– Cadland Estate wood for the woodburner – sufficient for your stay ( should you run out, you can purchase more )

– Solar Power – enough to charge your phone and power the lights!

– Fresh Linen for your arrival. Should you wish to request a housekeeping visit, as this is not normally included, please ask on booking.

‘Hut Hampers’ are available by request.  A complimentary hamper is included for one week bookings. These include: Cadland freshly baked sourdough loaf, milk, fresh eggs, bacon, Cadland Estate honey, farm butter, sustainably sourced tea, coffee and mint leaves at an additional cost of £ 40

 

Enjoying yourself here

Make sure you fully research Calshot Activity Centre, which is at the opposite end of the beach, a good 35 min walk away past masses of colourful day huts. Or it’s a 2 minute drive.

Lepe beach is lovely and 7 mins drive away. Pretty Beaulieu village is a rural drive on the back roads 15 mins away and worth visiting for lovely gardens, the monastry, car museum and Palace house.

For crabbing we suggest guests go to Ashlett Creek, a 5 minute drive away. Perfect for hours of entertainment for children. There’s a pub here too, The Jolly Sailor, great for an old fashioned working mans pint by the harbour.

Days Out

Lepe Beach is at the west end of the Estate and open year round as a wonderful coastal Country Park in the New Forest National Park with stunning views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.  With over a mile of beach, pine fringed cliffs, historic D-Day remains and wild flower meadows. The park is popular for walking, swimming, fishing, windsurfing and bird or boat watching. There is a children’s play area, picnic areas, barbecues for hire, toilets, ample parking and a café. Please visit the Lepe Beach website. 

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).

There are a myriad gardens to visit. Exbury Gardens are beautiful in early spring, 10 mins drive. Carry on to Beaulieu: there is a fantastic learning garden at Fairweathers Garden Centre, plus Beaulieu Palace’s own gardens are very good.

Special days and celebrations

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

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 foodies

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

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. Explore the full menu of treatments and pamper packages here.

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Booking Information

Booking Information

Important information fireworks and noise:

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; hand soap; toilet rolls and matches. In the kitchen; salt and pepper, olive oil, a selection of teas and instant coffees.

There is no BBQ here.

Cadland Estate wood and kindling for your wood burner will be provided for your stay.

‘Hut Hampers’ are available by request.  A complementary hamper is included for one week bookings. These include: Cadland freshly baked sourdough loaf, milk, fresh eggs, bacon, Cadland Estate honey, farm butter, sustainably sourced tea, coffee and mint leaves. If you are staying for a short break, you can purchase this hamper at an additional cost of £40.00

Parking

Parking here isn’t private although it is off the public road. There is space for 2 cars in the field, or there is public car park on tarmac if you wish.

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 property 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 property 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 hut is covered in your rental fee. However where the hut has been left particularly messily; toys/books 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 huts are the last two to the western end of the Calshot beach.

Train Stations

Brockenhurst is 20 mins away to the north west.
Southampton is 20 minutes to the east.

Accessibility

There are 50 steps down a wooden staircase, with good handrails, to the huts. The bathroom is downstairs. You can make a double bed downstairs by converting the kitchen table and bench pads to make a bed platform.

 

 

Reviews

The huts are  new to rent in summer 2017. We will post reviews when we have some.

In the meantime, please look at our reviews for other houses, through our Facebook page here, or our Google reviews here.