The Old Post Office is a sea side holiday home rental in Keyhaven
Sleek and chic, the Old Post Office is a corner house surrounded on two sides by seaside-y views. To the left, the little blue boats in the Keyhaven boat harbour, and to the front the bird-filled salt marshes of the Solent. The WWII fort Hurst Castle, and the chalky Isle of Wight Needles are two miles away in the distance.
The house is square and stout. Just as a reliable institution such as the Post Office likes to be considered. It is a landmark in the tiny village. The owners have been very clever with the recent renovation and people who love their seaside delivered with panache will love it here. The owners are involved with super-yachts and their taste is evident. It’s styled along the lines of cool, calm and collected. Tones are muted. There’s lots of sea greens, royal blues, cream and stripes abound, nothing competes with the pretty view, which is with you in almost every room.
Curious families will be hard pushed to choose where to wander first; the blue boat yard, the lane to crabbing and beaches, the village with good foodie options. Hurst Castle is a must for views, the little ferry ride, the sandy beach that is revealed as the tide goes out.
Up to 8 guests + 2 babies
Priced from £1000-£1300 for weekends and £1300-£2500 for weekly stays.
4; 1 queens, 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk room downstairs.
Upstairs, 2 bathroom, 1 with shower. 1 shower room downstairs.
The cottage is family friendly but please be aware that there isn’t a play room and if it’s rainy, the downstairs areas of the house will feel small if you have 8 people here. This house is for outdoor loving people who want to get out come rain or shine. The courtyard garden is a good size, fairly wind-free in summer, and split level. For older children the Hurst Castle walk is blustery and has great views of The Needles and the castle take some beating for hide and seek games. There’s a little cafe there too. There’s great kids crabbing down the lane on the Hurst Castle footbridge.
For easy suppers The Gun Inn is not-quite next door.
All bedrooms are suitable for travel cots.
We provide 1 travel cot, 1 high chair & stair gate on request.
There are various lovely mall sandy beaches that are revealed as the tide goes out on on the pebbly Hurst Spit, which is 10 minutes walk from the house.
Or if you want a bigger sandy beach then go 10 minutes drive away to Highcliffe on Sea.
Biking, walking and especially kayaking are superb here. There is a large 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 and visit the cafe there. Bird life is excellent here too. You can also get the little Hurst Castle Ferry back to Keyhaven.
Don’t miss a top reading spot: take your book and walk out to Hurst Castle. Find a spot out of the wind and boat watch and read in the peace and quiet out there. Heaven.
The access to the cottage is flat and there are a few small steps in the little courtyard garden.
Free WIFI, TV, DVD,
Arrivals & Departures
Arrival is at 3.30pm and not before.
Departure Time: 10 am sharp please.
About this place
Sleek, chic, a parcel of seaside loveliness, with fabulous boaty views on two sides; to the Isle of Wight and the chalk white Needles in the distance, and to the hundreds of little blue dinghys in the Keyhaven boat yards. In summer the lane in front is popular for cyclists and walkers passing by. The house is perfect for people watching a short walk to vast pebbly beaches, with secret sandy bits that are revealed as the tide retreats. The house is a stone’s throw from smarty-pants Lymington, and even closer to the quirky, foodie little village of Milford on Sea.
Curious families will be hard pushed to choose where to go first. Adults will love great seaside walking to good restaurants and the numerous places for quiet relaxing. Families with kids will love the little sandy beach nearby (walk there in a 10 minutes), wandering through the next-door boat yard, the sounds of boat masts tinkling in the wind whilst they read in the sunsets that warm the house on summer nights. Little children will love coming home to build their beach-found treasures into jewellery and pirate accessories (we provide pens, cardboard and glue).
Keyhaven and it’s marshes are named ‘cû hæfen’ in Old English and the harbour where cows and sheep were shipped to and from the Isle of Wight. Now this pretty hamlet is still a time-zone behind the rest of the world. Not much moves quickly here, except passing flights of birds settling for the evening on the tidal marshes.
What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…
The cottage is right on a small and narrow lane. It’s not a two-way road, no large traffic is meant to travel on it and it’s very small and windy in places. It looks bigger in the pictures of the front of the house because it’s a passing place, the rest of the lane is so small it’s impossible for cars to pass next to each other without pulling into a driveway. Opposite the house there’s an entrance to the sailing club. Most of the noise that you’ll hear in the house is from the boat masts and wires clinking in the wind, or chatter from walkers and cyclists passing by. Further up the lane (toward Hurst Castle) there is car parking for walkers, this is flooded by the tide twice a day, you can still walk by on a raised footpath.
The cottage is family friendly but please be aware that there isn’t a play room and if it’s rainy, the downstairs areas of the house will feel small if you have 8 people there. This house is for outdoor loving people who want to get out come rain or shine. The front garden is very small, big enough and enclosed, so small children can wander about freely, but definitely not big enough for riding bikes, or ball games. There’s a little table and deckchairs out in the front garden, so you can sit and watch the kids and sunbathe.
The pub that is close by is a quiet place and it’s rare to have noisy drinkers in the evening there.
Enjoying yourself here
Curious families will love it here. There is masses of exploring to be done, most of it along the coast. Either East, toward Lymington or West toward Milford on Sea.
Walk (or push prams), along the very quiet road, for 15 mins to Hurst Spit and you’ll find a bridge for crabbing, a stream for paddling in, amazing views of the island. On the Western side of the spit, at low tide there’s a perfect and small sandy beach. Don’t swim here tho’ please. On the Eastern side of the spit the water is gentle and it’s a pebbly beach.
Kids too small to walk to the castle? Go by boat and take the short trip out to Hurst Castle. The boat leaves from Keyhaven.
For older children the Hurst Castle walk is blustery and has great views of The Needles and the castle take some beating for hide and seek games. There’s a little cafe there too. There’s great kids crabbing down the lane on the Hurst Castle footbridge.
For escapists, don’t miss a top reading spot: take your book and walk out to Hurst Castle. Find a spot out of the wind and boat watch and read in the peace and quiet out there.
Further away the beach at Milford on Sea is a 25 minute walk and is lovely. 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 ‘RAFT ROCKS’ Bistro / Café / Bar at Marine House, Hurst Road on the water front. www.theraftrocks.com 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 to the cottage:
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. http://www.verveine.co.uk
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.
To get a quote for your holiday, please click on a date and follow instructions to generate a price and book.
Most of our system is set for pricing for 2/3/4 nights midweek, 2/3 nights for weekends and 7 days.
If you want a start date or length of break that are not quoted please contact us.
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 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
The cottage has private parking for 2 cars.
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 – 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.
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.
There is a bedroom downstairs, but it’s a bunk room, so may not be suitable for older folk. The stairs have a good handrail most of the way up.