Coastguard Cottage


Coastguard Cottage is a sea side holiday cottage rental in Keyhaven

This lovely little sea side holiday cottage rental in Keyhaven is the second in a terrace facing the sea. It’s just back from the Keyhaven harbour and a 45 second walk from the waters edge. The area peaceful, pretty and there is superb walking along the coast here. The views from the area across the marshes towards the Isle of Wight are boaty, beautiful and birdy.

Up to 4 guests + 2 babies

Priced from £350-£600 for weekends and £600-£900 for weekly stays.
For more info’ click the Check Availability tab or use the date search function on our homepage. 

Personally Visited?

2;  1 super king + 1 twin or super king

Upstairs, 1 bathroom. Downstairs, 1 loo

The cottage is family friendly but please be aware that there isn’t a play room and the courtyard garden is small. However, there are lovely, flat and easy very short and short wanders close to the house for small kids, as well as fantastic pebbly beaches a few miles away in New Milton. There are sandy beaches at Highcliffe, 10 minutes drive away. 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 from the footbridge.
For easy suppers The Gun Inn is not-quite next door to the cottage and does

For Kids
2 bedrooms are suitable for small travel cots.
We provide 1 travel cot, 1 high chair & stair gate on request.
Sandy beaches are nearby in Highcliffe on Sea – 10 minutes drive away.

Special stuff
Biking, walking and especially kayaking are superb here. 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 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 is a small step into the cottage from the little courtyard garden.
The stairs are tight but not overly steep.

No dogs, except guide dogs.

Mod Cons
Broadband WiFi

Arrivals & Departures
Arrival is on Friday or Monday. Arrival is at 4 pm and not before.
Departure Time: 11 am sharp please.

The beach view on the walk out to Hurst Castle from Coastguards Cottage.

About this place

Sawdays say this about the cottage…

“Sweet little seaside cottage close to salt marshes and the New Forest. Gaze across the Solent to Isle of Wight, sail, spot colonies of sea birds

On a clear day, sit in bed and gaze across the Solent to catch a glimpse of the chalky Needles in the distance. This cosy, compact Victorian house has fabulous views of yachts bobbing in the harbour, Hurst Castle stretched out along the spit, and the Isle of Wight across the water. Part of a small terrace of coastguard cottages, in the pretty hamlet of Keyhaven, it’s surrounded by salt marshes – bring binoculars to spot colonies of sandpipers and teals. Cattle and sheep graze nearby. Inside, the white walls, sailing prints and driftwood sculptures create a breezy, seaside feel. Downstairs, there’s an L-shaped sofa piled with cushions for lazy evenings in, and a gleaming kitchen with a round table for four. Climb upstairs to sunlit, softly carpeted bedrooms and those views! The bathroom is luxurious, with underfloor heating, stylish double basins and a blissfully deep bath. Lovely coastal hikes begin from the door, the pebble beach at Milford on Sea is a short walk and Lymington and the New Forest are close by. Come home to drinks in the sunny little courtyard, or wander round the corner for the local pub.”
Read more about the cottage on Sawdays here. 

B-Keyhaven marsh

About the cottage

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.
2, Coastguard Cottages is part of a charming terrace of five small cream and red brick houses that were used by the coastguard during the Victorian and Edwardian periods until about the mid 20th century. The house has recently been carefully restored and decorated, with bespoke shabby-chic furniture complementing the clean lines of the fresh interior. It is a wonderful place for a couple or a small family to stay.
There is exceptional coastal walking to be done from here. Hurst Spit is a must. The coastal path to Lymington is delightful and to the East you have miles of pebbly beaches at Milford on Sea. Further East, a short 10 minute drive are sandy beaches in Highcliffe.
On the ground floor there is a well-appointed modern kitchen-diner with adjoining snug sitting room and remote-controlled cosy modern fireplace. There is also a small room for outdoor cloakroom and toilet just off the entrance lobby.

The second bedroom still has its original fireplace and a king-size bed that converts into two singles. This is situated on the same floor as the generous sized bathroom which affords a good-sized bathtub and separate shower cabin and provides ‘his and hers’ basins, a toilet and storage.

The master bedroom with king-size bed on the top floor offers spectacular panoramic views of the Isle of Wight, the Needles, Hurst Castle and the boats in Keyhaven harbour and on the Solent. Open up the large picture windows at night and gaze up at millions of stars in the sky, or listen to the birds in the early morning and watch the sun rise over the Isle of Wight.

Outside there is a gated courtyard with out-door seating which is beautifully sheltered from the wind. It catches the afternoon and evening sun; a perfect place to relax with a gin and tonic on those warm summer evenings. Unless that is, you prefer a beverage from the tap at ‘The Gun Inn’ nearby, a characterful 18th century English pub. They host over 300 whiskies!!

There is an abundance of wildlife here at the reserve, on a good day you could spot some of the following: Foxtail Stonewort, Lagoon Shrimp and starlet Sea-anemone, wildfowl such as Mallard, Shoveler and Teal as well as wading birds including Whimbrel, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint to name a few. Definitely bring binoculars.

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

The cottage isn’t very big and being in a terrace, it has windows back and front, which may feel a little cramped to some.

The views are delightful and pretty amazing but you need to be in the top bedroom to see them properly.


The car parking is about 30 metres from the back door. You can’t park right next to the house. There is parking for one car just inside the main pillared entrance. Additional parking is available nearby on the lanes, but it’s a short walk.

The house is equipped with central heating throughout and there is under-floor heating in the bathroom. The kitchen has an electric cooker and gas hob, a microwave, fridge freezer, small dishwasher and washing machine. There is a stereo with iPod connector and in the sitting room a TV and DVD player.

A travel cot, high chair and stair gate can be provided for very young children. Please let us know in advance.

Broadband and Wi-Fi are available, but please note that mobile phone reception is patchy in the house.


Enjoying yourself here

Days out

CC collage Keyhaven
Hurst Castle walk top, and the Keyhaven yacht club bottom left and right.

The beach at Milford on Sea is a 20 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 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 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.

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.


Booking Information

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 within the Lymington – Keyhaven Nature Reserve and designated bird sanctuary.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; 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.

Supermarket deliveries
We regret that this is not permitted as we do not want to cause any disturbance to the neighbours or block the narrow Keyhaven Road.
The best option is to use the on-line click & collect service from Waitrose and Tesco – both in Lymington, 5 miles away. There are also two small supermarkets in Milford on Sea, 2 miles away.

There is private parking space for 1 car. If you have an additional vehicles these can be parked in the public car park that is very nearby but there is a daytime fee. Parking is free on Sunday and between 18.00 hours and 8.00 in the morning.

Breakages Deposits
Breakages – We have a £200 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 2, Coastguard Cottages 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 no smoking property – any smoking inside could result in your losing your breakages deposit.

The access to the cottage is flat and there is a small step into the cottage from the little courtyard garden. The stairs are tight but not overly steep.

2 Coastguard Cottages is situated by the little harbour of Keyhaven and is within the National Park, on the coast opposite the Isle of Wight. It is 5 miles from Lymington and 2 miles east of Millford on Sea.

We do not give out the postcode or full address until we send guests joining instructions just before their stay.

The property is not available for drop-in visits because it is frequently in use by the owners and their friends when not booked by guests.



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