at a Glance...
- 8 + 1 kid + 2 babies
- 4 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- Close to Coast
- Dog Friendly
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Gins Barn is a luxury holiday home from home at the end of the Beaulieu River. You can also celebrate marriages here.
A very glorious slice of up-river, down-town chic, opens its doors for up to 8 people who want to stop the world and get off. The relaxed, luxury, quirky style is seamless throughout this place which is owned by internationally respected furniture designer Julian Chichester.
The farm is so close to the sea, it’s a sailing landmark. To the south is a private conservation wetland reserve, deep in clouds of chattering migratory birdlife and fields of wild ponies – all silhouetted at champagne-o’clock under big-sky sunsets and towering storms from the English Channel.
Sawdays, our favourite ‘super-guide’ for where to go, say this about Gins. Read more here.
more about this place...
Please note, that when you are looking at the pictures of the house from the sea, the house with white windows you can see right by the coast is the owners house. The barn accommodation is behind in a courtyard with the end of the Tithe Barn facing the coast.
This is very much an escape. Hidden a long way down a private lane, Gins Barn comprises of a grouping of old farm buildings converted into luxury accommodation set round sheltered, suntrap courtyard gardens (once the stable yard).
The jetty is 80 metres long and there is a small pontoon at the end. You can see far out into the Solent and up the river from much of the jetty. In the warmer months, passing boat traffic is high, so this is a great place to sit and mull. It’s a fabulous place to go crabbing. Please ask us about mooring your boat here.
Gins is owned by creatives Holly and Julian (an internationally respected furniture designer), hence the up-town chic along with those down-river views.
Inside: There’s gallery-style art on the walls, an impressive sound system, statement lighting (check out Julian’s Bacco chandeliers) and antiques mixed with modern designer pieces. The accommodation feels deeply comforting with chunky exposed beams, oak boards warmed by big rugs and soft, muted colour schemes. Guests can curl up on the sumptuously squishy sofas in front of the log burner in the sitting room, and sleep comes easily in bedrooms full of country charm with iron-frame beds, check wool blankets and linenfold wardrobes.
Furniture can come and go here, but for the last 6 years, the contemporary farmhouse kitchen features 6 of Julian’s bobbin carver chairs. They fit beautifully round a table that seats up to eight. On warm days doors can be thrown open onto the sheltered courtyard garden for alfresco dining. The kitchen is also really well kitted-out with everything you need if you are catering for a big family ‘do’, including a serious cooker and huge double-fronted fridge/freezer.
This is a super place for families and friends to come together. Gins comfortably sleeps eight adults plus small children, yet there is space enough, with the generously sized kitchen and sitting room, for guests not to feel on top of each other.
In short: Gins is a place of great beauty and serenity that has been described by guests as probably the best self-catering house they’ve ever stayed in. It is luxurious, stylish and spacious. Breathe in, calm down and relax.
Babies and children are welcome here but there are few toys. The sitting room is big and the kitchen is a generous size for family meals. If you need more space there is the massive Tithe Barn sitting/dining room that you may be able to rent. Please read more about this below.
We provide two high chairs, a small bed (for up to 7’s) and two travel cots.
Gins is aimed at the top end of the rental market. It may not be suitable for toddler aged children due in part to the river 80m away across the garden and the grass tennis court that is unfenced and nearby. The owners do not appreciate small children running wild on it!
There are chickens and ducks that live here in an electric fenced area. The area is out of bounds to guests and their dogs please.
Other people here
Please note that there are other families who live at the property. The owner and her family live in the big house towards the jetty. They are at home most weekends through the year. There is also a small flat opposite the Barn which is occupied by the caretaker and his family of 4, (2 adults and 2 small children). Both families will respect your space during your stay but you are sure to see and hear them from time to time. If this is a problem, do let us know within 24 hours of booking and we will give you a full refund.
The Gins Tithe Barn.
Please note, the Tithe Barn sitting room is NOT included in the accommodation rental.
You may be able to use the Tithe Barn during your stay but please ask when booking. It is not a given that the owners will want to rent it because they do use it themselves. During the winter months it gets very cold and takes 24 hours of wood burner heat to warm it (to a temperature where you can’t see your breath!)
If you would like to use the Tithe Barn for anything during your stay, or as a venue hire, please ask us for pricing. The Tithe Barn is not a specifically set up event venue, it is part of the owners house and is set up, each time, for rental purpose. This means moving furniture, the piano, parking issues, boat mooring issues, guests walking through the owners gardens, security staff etc.
Thought to date from the 1700s, the Tithe Barn is a vast space that’s all soaring height, beams, colour and character with grand piano, humongous rugs over reclaimed oak boards, big, fat wood burner and sofas and chairs piled with cushions and throws.
We hosted our first big wedding celebration, with giant marquee on the lawns, in May 2016. Look at our blog here.
Gins is best for…
Family celebrations – 70th and 80th birthdays with the whole family in tow.
Plus with The Tithe Barn adjoining to seat 30, you can invite more for lunch/supper for your VIP’s big day.
The barn is suitable for less mobile people too. There are two steps 8″ each step into the barn from the parking area. You can park right outside the main door. The doorways are wide enough for regular sized wheelchairs but there isn’t any specific adaptation through the house for chairs. There is a very slight step of 2″ between the hall and the sitting room which will be a small bump for those in chairs.
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’
- – Dogs MUST stay on the lead when being walked here. There are loose chickens and a bird reserve on two sides.
- – People MUST pick up their dogs poo. Poo bags MUST be left in the black dustbin, and not beside the outside doors for anyone else to deal with. It’s not fair and if it’s your dog, you need to do it’s poo. Please.
- – Do not use the smart, white, guest towels to dry your dog (yes really it has happened before). Please bring your own dog towels.
- – If your dog makes a mess on soft furnishings, carpets, rugs etc, please let us know. We will help you find the things to clean it, and will charge you what it costs us, if it doesn’t come out.
£350 per night