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- 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…
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.
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.
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’
£160 per night