Coastguards Cottage

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  • quirky and homely

  • fab' coastal location

  • relaxed and bright

Coastguards Cottage

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at a Glance...

  • 4 + 1 babies
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Child Friendly

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This lovely little seaside holiday cottage rental in Keyhaven is the second in a terrace facing the sea. Inside is smart, bright, and the upstairs bedroom has great views of the Isle of Wight and Solent. It is a perfect bolthole to make you smile – and in a great location.

The house is to one side of tiny Keyhaven harbour and a 45 second walk from the waters edge. The area is peaceful, pretty and quiet. There is superb walking to great foodie places nearby and further along the coastal paths you’ll find long pebble and sandy beaches at Milford on Sea.

Get the tiny ferry to huge Hurst Castle Spit and the Castle itself. We love it for family play and couples time out. There is enough space here for a quiet and sunny picnic spot out of the wind or wild games of Hide and Seek. There is café which is tiny and excellent (given their challenges in this remote place) but we prefer picnics on the castle keep roof.

Swim at Milford during the summer, the lagoon is amazing for kayaks, paddle board to Hurst from Keyhaven, go crabbing. Bird watching here is particularly good. It’s a charming spot.

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The cottage’s interior is fresh, bright and comfortable – all white walls with coastal scenes and pops of colour. On the ground floor there’s a smart contemporary kitchen-dining room opening onto a snug and stylish sitting room with corner sofa heaped with cushions and a modern, remote-controlled fireplace. There is also a small room for outdoor cloakroom and toilet just off the entrance lobby.

Upstairs on the first floor is a bedroom with king-size bed, which converts into two singles if preferred, and luxurious bathroom. On the top floor, the master bedroom is an airy, light-filled space with king-size bed and panoramic views over the Solent. Simply throw open the large picture windows to breathe in the spectacular setting – from sunrise over the Isle of Wight to a dark night sky alight with stars.

Outside is a charming, sheltered courtyard garden that catches plenty of sun – perfect for sitting with a relaxing G&T.

All in all: a great value holiday cottage in a lovely location where salt marsh meets sea and sky.

Want to get active? 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 café there. 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 views from the area across the marshes towards the Isle of Wight are boaty and beautiful. Whilst the beaches are shingle, at half way to low tide they are sandy. Crabbing is fun at high tide. Anyone needing a break can pop to The Gun Inn nearly next door. It is a ‘whisky-tasting’ pub of some repute…

Family

The cottage is family friendly and there are lovely, flat, easy and short wanders close to the house for small kids, as well as fantastic beaches a few miles away in Milford on Sea and Highcliffe. We provide 1 travel cot, 1 high chair & a fitted stair gate at the top of the stairs.

The cottage is family friendly with travel cot, high chair and fitted stair gate. It is ideally located for short, gentle wanders near the house – 1 minute away – to a tiny beach in Keyhaven Harbour. You can crab here too. Or for bigger crabs – walk 20 mins west – to a great ‘Pooh sticks’ bridge over Sturt Pond, where there is also a hidden hide for birdwatching. Start at the Bridge for the blustery pebble and shingle beaches within strolling distance beyond Hurst Spit.

Best for…

Couples; small families will love it here.
Birdwatchers (Keyhaven Marshes is known for an astonishing variety of bird species).
Keen walkers (the Solent Way follows the seawall)
For those who love being active, running the seawall is great. Watersports enthusiasts will have a great time. Not only are there opportunities to sail, but Hurst Spit (a mile-long shingle bank) shelters an expanse of quiet water superb for kayaking, standup paddle boarding and kite-surfing (there’s sufficient breeze over the top of the spit for lift).

 

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

The cottage is terraced and not very big – perfect for some, possibly cramped for others. Also, although those views are amazing, you need to be in the top bedroom to appreciate them fully.

Accessibility

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.

So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’

And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’

 

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£160 per night

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 : Double with spectacular views
Bedroom 2 : Twin or Superking. Travel cot.

Bathrooms...

One : WC downstairs
Two : Spacious family bathroom with bath and separate shower and two sinks

All the rest...

Garden : Private and small enclosed courtyard
Kitchen : Electric over / Gas hob / Fridge freezer / Microwave / Dishwasher (half size) / Washing machine
Mod Cons : 32" Digital TV and DVD player, iPod docking station, Remote control gas fire
Connectivity : Free WiFi and mobile signal is patchy but outside is good.
Parking : 1 Car, Public car park very close by
Pets : Yes one small dog only at £30 per stay - under 15kgs please and only downstairs.
The beaches here are all dog friendly all year, but do keep your dog on the lead around the bird reserves in the bird nesting season.
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Arrival & Departure

Arrive after : 3.30pm

Depart before : 10am

Essential Info

All linen, towels and kitchen essentials.

Payment Info

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking, with the remaining balance due 8 weeks before your stay. A security deposit is also due before your arrival for this house of £350.

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We're all locals so if you have any queries about the information we have provided or have any special requests for your stay, please just ask:

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+44 (0) 1590 462005

Email

hello@newforestescapes.com

what makes this special...

The location is superb. Especially Hurst Castle beach and to the east, more beaches, many sandy.

Milford on Sea has plenty of foodie offerings – make sure to stop by Mr Pink’s Fish and Chips if you need emergency food, Verviene for those who want an absolute treat. The Wash House is great fun – BYO food (or order from next door and they’ll bring it across for you) whilst you’re playing their enormous selection of board games.

Birding, biking, walking and especially kayaking are superb from Keyhaven. We love the back tracks to Lymington – and the Saturday markets there.

 

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Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Coastguards Cottage

Coastguard cottage is very well appointed and just moments from the coastal walks around Keyhaven....

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Royston MatthewsSeptember 2019

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A fabulous place with great views overlooking the harbour. Very clean, great size rooms, the comfiest beds after a long day of walking! The town is a short walk away with a lovely little wine bar called ‘The Cave’ and other pubs, restaurants and shops.

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Billie and friendJanuary 2019

Lovely clean beautiful cottage, comfortable beds, large bathroom. The house was even more beautiful in real life, as lovely as the photos are, they don’t do it justice! Wonderful little house. Would definitely stay again. Perfect stay for me and my mum. Thank you New Forest Escapes!

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Aimee and MumNovember 2018

“We had a fantastic short stay at the cottage. We found it beautifully clean and decorated with everything you would need for your stay. The master bedroom on the top floor is a great spot for parents, so quiet and secluded with peaceful views of the water.”

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Shana, AirBnBMay 2018

“The cottage made a perfect little getaway for our family of four. The master bedroom was luxurious and had stunning sea views! The kids loved playing with the board games provided and were kept busy with strolls along the beach, climbing rocks and crabbing. Thanks again for a very enjoyable stay!”

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EmmaMarch 2018

“We've hired many holiday cottages over the years and this was undoubtedly one of the best, both in terms of the quality of its renovation - without compromising the character - and its practicality. It's difficult for online photographs to do it full justice, particularly to the freshness of the master bedroom and its views. The place was spotlessly clean and the baby equipment provided was much appreciated. Temperatures outside, with windchill, plummeted to -10C in the early part of our stay and we were glad to have such a cosy place to come home to. Just before Easter, we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, yet we were easy travelling distance from the heart of the New Forest, the Isle of Wight and Winchester. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.”

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Sue and family stayed through Airbnb. March 2018

We had a lovely family stay at Coastguard Cottage with our 14 month old baby. High chair and cot provided which made travelling and packing a lot easier. The cottage is just a stones throw from the water and has beautiful views from the top level. Quality accommodation and facilities meant we had a very relaxing break in a lovely part of the country. Walking to spit was a highlight as well as taking the tiny ferry back across the water from the castle.

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Catherine from LondonFebruary 2018

the location...

Sleepy, small and very boaty, Keyhaven was a port in 1206 and is now a fishing hamlet. Bird reserves surround the coast here and the Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle spit and fortress dominate the view across the Solent.

Keyhaven is fronted by the the Keyhaven Marshes, a low lying area of wetland grasses. It’s an important bird reserve and across this you can clearly see the Isle of Wight Needles. If you walk up on the coastal path here you can watch fabulous sunsets from several park benches built just for the job.

The hamlet lies at one end of an extraordinary shingle bank, Hurst Spit. The mile long shingle bar reaches out to the south dividing the turbulent Solent waters and creating a calm lagoon on the eastern side.

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Coastguards Cottage
from £160 per night

Keyhaven, Hampshire

at a Glance...

  • 4 + 1 babies
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Child Friendly

This lovely little seaside holiday cottage rental in Keyhaven is the second in a terrace facing the sea. Inside is smart, bright, and the upstairs bedroom has great views of the Isle of Wight and Solent. It is a perfect little bolthole to make you smile – and in a great location.

The house is to one side of Keyhaven harbour and a 45 second walk from the waters edge. The area is peaceful, pretty and there is superb walking to great foodie places and further along the coastal paths.

The location makes it ideal to grab the ferry to Hurst Castle – or walk along the one mile spit out to the famous fort on the edge of the Solent. There is café there along with many others in the local Milford on Sea village.

The views from the area across the marshes towards the Isle of Wight are boaty and beautiful. Whilst the beaches are shingle, at half way to low tide they are sandy. Crabbing can be enjoyed at high tide. Anyone needing a break can pop to The Gun Inn nearly next door. It is a ‘whisky-tasting’ pub…

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 : Double with spectacular views
Bedroom 2 : Twin or Superking. Travel cot.

Bathrooms...

One : WC downstairs
Two : Spacious family bathroom with bath and separate shower and two sinks

All the rest...

Garden : Private and small enclosed courtyard
Kitchen : Electric over / Gas hob / Fridge freezer / Microwave / Dishwasher (half size) / Washing machine
Mod Cons : 32" Digital TV and DVD player, iPod docking station, Remote control gas fire
Connectivity : Free WiFi and mobile signal is patchy but outside is good.
Parking : 1 Car, Public car park very close by
Pets : Yes one small dog only at £30 per stay - under 15kgs please and only downstairs.
The beaches here are all dog friendly all year, but do keep your dog on the lead around the bird reserves in the bird nesting season.

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