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Gins Barn

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at a Glance...

  • 8 + 1 kid + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Luxury
  • 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 get married 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.

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.

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 beautifully furnished. The photographs don’t do it justice because the interior colours are muted and soft. The U-shaped buildings used to be a stable yard and after a serious fire, was left unloved for years. Recently rebuilt it’s now a serene and peaceful escape with plenty of living space for family groups to be together but not on top of each other.

The kitchen is very well fitted out. The long table will seat 8 and there are masses of smart bowls to pile salads and stews into. The fridge is huge – useful if you’re catering for a big family do.


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 to rent if required. We provide two high chairs, a small bed (for upto 7’s) and two travel cots.

Gins is aimed at the top end of the rental market and 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!

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 toward 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.

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 owner will want to rent it because they do use it themselves. During the winter months it because 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 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.


We hosted our first big wedding celebration, with giant marquee on the lawns, in May 2016. Look at our blog here. 

And visit our weddings page 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 speed 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’


£350 per night

what makes this special...

So many favourites here!

The crabbing here off the jetty is great fun and, in our recent test, very very successful. It’s great fun for all ages. You can pick samphire here from August to November – delicious.

We love to take a boat taxi upriver for easy drinks or meals at The Master Builders. It’s a short trip, and in warm months, the taxi runs from Bucklers Hard. So non-boaters can go by car and meet you there.

Quite a few groups have arranged vintage tea parties for 70th birthdays in the Tithe Barn – we can organise a pianist, story-teller or foodie options. Just ask us.

The migrating birds come in to roost here in Autumn. Starlings murmurate here in the big skies over the Solent. It’s wild, peaceful and unspoilt.

all the Essential details...


Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed
Bedroom 2 : Double bed
Bedroom 3 : Double bed
Bedroom 4 : Twin bed


One : Ensuite shower
Two : Family Jack and Jill Bathroom
Three : Family bathroom with shower over bath

All the rest...

Garden : A well planted, terrace courtyard with plenty of outdoor seating and a BBQ. The garden at the front of the house has the families grass tennis court (you will need to request if you want to use it in advance) to the front. The broader lawns open out to the surrounding nature reserve and river with your very own deep water mooring.
Kitchen : Range gas oven / large Fridge Freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine
Mod Cons : 30" TV, DVD player, good music system and speakers throughout
Connectivity : Free Wifi and mobile signal is good
Parking : Up to 6 cars
Kids' Stuff : 2 cots. 1 is a very large European squarer size which will fit an almost 3 year old. 1 normal travel cot. 2 highchairs. A very small selection of books and DVD's for children. No stair gates are provided - there are no stairs. Children will enjoy checking for eggs from the resident hens.
There is a labrador who lives here at the property who sometimes pops in. He is very good with children but if you don't want him around please tell us at booking and the owner when you arrive.
Whilst there is a gate onto the jetty, there is only 1 wire (hip-height) hand hold on the long jetty - please stay with children at all times. The water is deep.
Pets : Two medium-sized dogs are welcome but must be on leads for walks here, plenty of game birds around.
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Arrival & Departure

Arrive after : 3.30pm

Depart before : 10am

good to know...

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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don't just take our word for it...

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at Gins Barn

“Lovely space perfect when weather good which it was. Sailing club next door was a plus”

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Charles and family, June 2018

Our family had a wonderful long weekend at Gins Barn. Extremely welcoming, & very comfortable in a Bloomsbury styled environment. All the family loved it. Very relaxing large lounge with lots of seating and a great space. Kitchen very well fitted out and superb range for cooking. Beds are very comfy and pillows spot on. Environment around the barn is stunning and really worth exploring. We would go back.

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The Chessover family, June 2018.

Gins Barn is absolutely stunning. It is harder to imagine a more stylish, comfortable holiday house in a more special setting. We were a party of two families and the space worked perfectly for us. The children played in the garden, enjoyed the trampoline, the chickens, fed apples to wild horses and every evening as the sun set we walked with them on to the private jetty where two seals came to sunbathe! Inside the house has been decorated beautifully with super comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen and a huge living room with board games, cosy wood burner (not that we needed it as very cosy and sunny over Easter) and big sofas. The local area gives you tons of options for both coast adventures and woodland fun plus great pubs. We treated ourselves to lunch at nearby The Pig Hotel and Bucklers Hard both of which were fantastic. Although we found it hard to leave Gins Barn and just wish we had longer than our 5 nights. Can't wait to return. Five stars all round and very nice hosts!! You couldn't get a more dreamy UK setting.

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Chloe Dunbar

We had a long weekend at Gins Barn with friends and family. It was such a fantastic experience for us all. The accommodation was superb and as we were very lucky with the weather our BBQ and all of the outdoor fun was very special. We were very grateful for the use of the Tithe Barn after the event on Friday and the extra space was very welcome. All in all a great weekend, excellent facilities and superb service from New Forest Escapes. Thank you all very much.

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Andrew from Godalming

Gins Barn is wonderful - probably the best self-catering house we have ever stayed in. The location is stunning and the house is so well appointed - the art work is amazing. The attention to detail is just fantastic - with a kitchen that has everything, including all the basic store cupboard items. The bedrooms and bathrooms are well thought out and the lounge area is very comfortable. Everyone we dealt with from making the arrangements, the handy man on the day to the owners were great. My only issue is going to be the high benchmark this has set and will we ever stay anywhere as good again.

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Karen, Bath

Gins Barn

Gins Ln, Brockenhurst SO42 7XG, UK

the location...

The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over 400 years. Land here is tightly held and cherished by residents. The area feels manicured and wild.


At the head of the river, you’ll find the village itself. Dating back to the 13th century, it’s perhaps one of the most iconic and most visited in the New Forest. The main draw here is the Palace, Gardens, Abbey and Motor museum. The village is picturesque with tiny redbrick houses, tiny shops, a chocolaterie, several good cafes, an excellent garden centre and learning garden make up the tiny High Street.