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Pig Shed at Ploughmans

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at a Glance...

  • 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

The Pig Shed is a family friendly, pet friendly holiday cottage in East End, a pretty hamlet, near Lymington in the New Forest.

This rustic shed is filled with lovely things. Central to the space is a giant, beautifully presented four-poster bed.

Next door, the gastro pub The East End Arms is perfect for special family meals, or those who need to escape to ‘walk the dog’ and have time out with the papers!

Walk to the beach in 1km. It’s sand, shingle and silt for the salt marshes, attracts thousands of migrating birds through the year. It is a wonderful place for some quiet time. The views to the island are magical and on a peaceful day there is no better place to be. Dogs are welcome here too.

In 2014 Ploughmans and the Pig Shed (together) was No. 2 in The Times Travel supplement for Best Family Self-Catering in their Castles, Cottages and Cabins article.

more about this place...

We love the ‘Shed’, rustic and eccentric, with its four-poster bed across the garden. It’s a peaceful and quiet spot. With the pub next door, you won’t need to cook. You can even book in for breakfast.

The space is all about the bed. It’s an ornate, white-curtained four-poster affair with not one, but two mattresses. Fairy lights hang up for you. The wood burner will warm your toes. Giant over-size armchairs are ready to scoop you up for some book reading action. This is your time out zone.

Need extra beds? Stay here and you’ll get a bunk bed in the little bedroom. There is a shower room dressed in scaffold boards.

Want to sun bathe. Then open the bifold doors for a very effective sun-trap.

The kitchen is basic. There is no sink (do your dishes in the bathroom or leave them for us when you leave). There is a little wood-burner here for warming plates on top. A fridge and freezer, toaster, kettle and a great pub next door, or Lymington is 3 miles away with some great foodie places for you.

Outside the garden has been designed for children under 9s, with dens, several twigloos, tunnels, outdoor toys but it’s our glorious mini gypsy caravan which is the show-stopper for cuteness. Drag and drop it around the garden. Position it by the big kitchen window if you want to be able to read your Sunday paper in peace. For those who want to bring horses, there are also two stables with concrete standing and a gravel yard.


Children are especially welcome. The garden has been designed for toddlers to explore and play. It is fully enclosed. There is a marshmallow brazier for kids to use – or take to the beach. Two cots and highchairs are available. Kids will love dens, tunnels, mini Gypsy Van (under 8s can stand in it). There are a few garden games.

Best for…

Couples or families with small kids wanting to enjoy the countryside.

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

If we have guests staying in the main house also, then you’ll need to be sensitive about how you use the garden. Otherwise the  house and shed spaces are totally separate.


£90 per night

what makes this special...

The Shed is 3 miles from Lymington. And 12 minutes drive to The Pig Hotel. That means that you can stay here and eat out every meal and still have a fabulous romantic (and fairly budget) weekend with no washing up. Surely life doesn’t get much better than this?

If you have little children with you the Shed comes with a bag of kit for fancy dress and some toys. So you might get a tiny bit of a lie in…

We love walking from here to the beach at Tanners Lane. You can walk to Lymington along the coast and country lanes from here in about an hour.


all the Essential details...


Bedroom 1 : Four poster double bed.
Bedroom 2 : Bunk beds. Shower room ensuite.


Shower room : Shower room (The Shed)

All the rest...

Garden : Sharing the large enclosed garden great for kids exploring adventures and with its own mini Gypsy caravan.
Kitchen : Hot plate, toaster, kettle, fridge and freezer. V basic set up. Washing up is in the bathroom sink. Think - glamping in a fabulous shed.
Mod Cons : Smart TV connected to internet for online channels.
Connectivity : WiFi (sometimes slow but still plays Netflix) and mobile signal is not good at the house - but it is by the pub!
Parking : Up to 2 cars
Kids' Stuff : Cot, highchair. Large bag of fancy dress for 3-8 year olds. Large selection of books, toys, DVD's in the house are available to borrow. Just ask on arrival.
Pets : Horses and dogs welcome. Yard can be cleared for horses. Grazing can be arranged. Dogs welcome - the garden is enclosed.
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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 Pig Shed at Ploughmans

“We were three families with young kids (5 kids under 4) and we had a lovely time. The outdoor spaces are great for young kids and the location near enough to London not to be a chore and with a raft of local activities - the 3 year olds went on a 1 hour hack at nearby stables and we all went to the beach one day too, plus seeing the ponies of the New Forest (not so easy to see from the car seats though).”

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Julia and family, stayed June 2018

We had a weekend family party, small children through to birthday boy who was 70. Everyone had such a good time, the house is so welcoming and comfortable. Keeping small children happy is key to everyone else being able to relax so finding a hoard of toys is a good start. A large and random collection of crockery and glassware also suggests that a slight accident isn't going to destroy the matching set! We spent most of our waking hours in the house in the kitchen diner, round the table chatting, eating and enjoying the view through the huge window into the garden. We really enjoyed the quiet surroundings, and the East End Arms next door was a bonus for our celebratory meal. We would all like to go back.

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Budgen family, May 2017

The Ploughmans Cottage

Lymington Rd, East End, Lymington SO41 5SY, UK

the location...

Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’.  Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in it’s interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.