Pitts Deep Cottage

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  • ... a 'wow' location ...

  • ... with amazing Isle of Wight views...

  • a wild and peaceful place...

Pitts Deep Cottage

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at a Glance...

  • 6 Adults + 3 kids
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Luxury
  • Family Friendly

Welcome to Pitts Deep Cottage – This extraordinary beach cottage is positioned at the end of a long isolated track through private woodland where it sits snugged down right on the edge of a wild and varied beach

Staying here now is a first class treat. The house is produced like a boutique hotel. Nothing is missed out. It’s hard to describe arriving here without using too many superlatives but everyone, without exception, is absolutely delighted. Romantics will love the broad views; passing yachts, local fishermen, migrating birds as well as the wild ponies, donkeys and cattle who roam the National Park and beach.

The house has been featured in Hampshire Life, noted in The Times, The London Evening Standard and The Guardian.

Pitts Deep really is a place to unwind, to explore and to reconnect with a slower life beside the sea.

more about this place...

The views here are unmatched for this stretch of coastline. Sand, pebbles, mud flats and salt marsh are framed by ancient oaks to make an unbeatable tapestry and views. The house lies where the New Forest meets The Solent.In the eighteenth century the house was an inn “Famous for Selling Good Brandy” A clear indication that it benefitted from this wild and inaccessible stretch of coastline where smugglers gained access to the shore up the channel known as The Pitts Deep.

Special mention must be made of the migratory birds here who enjoy the mosaic of habitats here. Read more about the Solent birds here.

The Beach house has been given a new lease of life by its new local owners.  Many original features have been maintained, 1930s parquet flooring has a silvery wash, old wooden floors and walls are painted white. An eclectic mix of art adorns the walls, funky pottery nestles alongside a happy and calming blend of antique and modern furniture. Vintage East Coast American rugs, reindeer and sheep skins add warmth and texture to the floors. The old dining room and kitchen have been opened up to make one big space, equipped with all you need for modern living.

The kitchen and dining room is open plan and very efficiently laid out. The white marble topped work-space has a window looking straight out to sea and there is masses of cooking equipment for family meals, including good quality condiments. The kitchen table seats 6 comfortably. (It’s 181cm length x 83cm wide).

In the sitting room you’ll find big squidgy sofas, heaps of cushions, books, games, a television, warm rugs, good lighting and a wood burning stove.

The cottage also has a brick and glass conservatory which, given our rather changeable British weather, come wind, rain or shine you can sit and look out to the garden.  The room is set up for wind-free beach living.

Upstairs all the bedrooms have some kind of beach view. There are two good-sized bedrooms and the views from both are lovely. You can easily see the sea from both beds. The bunk room is suitable for adults and older teenagers as well as children. The third double is tight but it makes up for it with the view down the beach. There is also a single room, styled with a child in mind. It’s a full size single bed so an adult would also be comfortable here.

Nowadays coast and garden blend into one, seaside plants and gravel paths weave along the seafront and a large wooden deck provides a platform to look out over the beach, west to the Needles and Hurst Castle and east to Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Yachts race by, fishing boats wend their way, flocks of seabirds call on the sea breeze. New Forest ponies cows and donkeys are frequent visitors and often walk the shore line at low tide conversing happily with our guests.

Family

Children are welcome but the house is not specifically set up for small children; we can’t fit stairgates and the garden fencing on the seaside is minimal. 2 bedrooms are suitable for travel cots.

Best for…

The guests who’ve most loved it here have been happy to enjoy this wild coast in all weathers, to feel nature wash over them, watch the birds and boats, waves and winds come and go.

What are the quirks here? 

We think the house best fits 6 adults and balance children, but you can fit 9 adults. The kitchen table is built for 6 on chairs. One of the double bedrooms upstairs is tight. The fridge is an under-counter fridge. You can’t store food for a week in it. The pantry is small under the stairs. Hot water – the house is 300 years old. The tank isn’t huge so you will have to wait a short period of time between full baths. Supermarket delivery trucks can’t get down the track to the house. Use Click and Collect services or bring shopping with you.

Practicalities

The cottage is accessed from a ¼ mile long private track.  The beach in front of the cottage is yours to use.  All the surrounding coastline/beaches are private to the high water mark.  Areas below the high water mark are accessible to walkers. The cottage is very close to the sea, but is well built and cosy.  Sometimes the Solent experiences very stormy weather, more likely during the winter.  Someone from the team is always on hand for any eventuality.

Accessibility

The garden is not enclosed. Some of the flagstone paths can be slippery in winter. For older family members the stairs are wooden and steeper than the average. There is a rope support for the stairs but not a hand rail.

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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£330 - 600 per night

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed, wonderful views eastward. Travel cots will fit.
Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed, views east through the tamarind tree. The most spacious room. Travel cots will fit.
Bedroom 3 : Double bed in this snug room, which looks west towards the Needles.
Bedroom 4 : Bunk beds, full size single mattresses in a room which feels like a boat cabin. Own wash basin.
Bedroom 5 : Single bed, lots of books, charming little window, next to bedroom 1 and perfect for a child.

Bathrooms...

One : Wet room with shower and downstairs loo
Two : Family bathroom

All the rest...

Garden : Coast and garden blend into one, seaside plants and gravel paths weave along the seafront and a large wooden deck provides a platform to look out over the beach with plenty of seating for all to enjoy. Charcoal BBQ.
Kitchen : Oven / Hob / Fridge (small) / Freezer (small) / Microwave / Dishwasher / Washing machine
Mod Cons : Bose speakers / 23″ TV
Connectivity : Wifi can be slow and mobile signal is reasonable but can be patchy in the house / good on the driveway
Parking : Up to 3 cars
Pets : Quiet dogs by request at £40 per dog per stay - the garden is not enclosed and they can access the beach (leads are needed there according to National Park rules). There are free range chickens next door, migratory and game birds all around. Plus please bring a dog bed.
Kids' Stuff : You will need to bring your own cot / high chair as this house is not set up for babies. Also the stairs are steep. There are some bucket and spade items here usually.
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Arrival & Departure

Monday or Friday changeover day except peak periods, then just Friday. Min. 3 night stay or price equivalent.

Arrive after : 4pm

Depart before : 10am

Essential Info

Free and included in your booking cost are: all bedding and linen, towels for the house, kitchen essentials, any baby kit you've requested and cleaning the house after you leave. We also supply a welcome pack with some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!

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 £500.

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:

Call us

+44 (0) 1590 462005

Email

hello@newforestescapes.com

what makes this special...

Pitts Deep really is a place to unwind, to explore and to reconnect with traditional seaside life.

Bonfire here and get our favourite caterer in for locally-caught fish stew, cooked on the beach in front of you.  There are walks from the beach house which take you to the forest, to the East End Arms, our local pub which serves excellent drinks and delicious food. We can help you organise storytellers, a chef to cook outside if you want to add a little extra specialness.

Walk to the East End Arms – 20 mins walk away for a very good lunch.

Limewood Spa, for a smart treat, is excellent and well worth the spend. It’s one of the owners favourite places to escape.

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

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

A wonderful week. Loved it. Beautiful setting, happy hours on the beach. We'll be back.

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Cathy & familyDecember 2019

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You have a very special place here - we especially loved the thoughtful décor, the comfortable beds and the fantastic collection of children's books (not to mention the location and the beach!).

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Jane and familyNovember 2019

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Pitts Deep Cottage is one of the most gorgeous places and locations I have EVER stayed in. So stylishly and artistically furnished than it felt like a well-loved home, not simply a holiday let. The views of the sea from the windows and deck are spectacular. The special touches of logs for the fire-pit, sourdough bread and cake on arrival were so welcome. The owners went out of their way to provide an old dvd player so we could watch a movie. Honestly the place is so lovely, we didn't want to leave. The properties at New Forest Escapes all seem to have a special quality about them.

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Sara & FriendsOctober 2019

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We're a family of five and stayed here w/c 15 July 2019, a lovely sunny week. What an amazing location, right on the beach. Very peaceful. The deck looking out over the Solent is a pretty special place for an evening drink. We took a sailing dinghy (Phantom) and you can sail right from the cottage. We did some exploring on the Isle of Wight (don't miss lunch at The Hut) and kayaking around the bay at Keyhaven. All in all, highly recommended. Our first trip with NFE and we will be back!

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TomSeptember 2019

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What a wonderful place - from home to home! What a scorcher we had; this is Barbados-by-Sea. Every respect of it is a joy. The sea, moving skies and scenes - 283 photos later and I still haven't captured the beauties of that seashore view! Paintings to follow. If you owned this, I question how you would ever leave to go anywhere! Brilliant! Thank you so much!

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August 2019

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Bewitched by the magical setting at this cottage. It was the most perfect place with the deck and the beach for all the little kids. Great fun, crabbing, BBQ's, treasure hunts at low tide, walks, swimming - ponies, cattle and donkeys. Storms and high winds - we had it all. Thank you for making this special place available for delighted 4 year olds and their equally happy parents! We made lifetime memories - the sail on The Beaulieu will live long in the memory. Thanks again!

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Sarah & familyAugust 2019

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Thank you for sharing this magical spot. We have swam in the sea in brilliant sunshine, and cosied up indoors in 50 mph winds and driving rain. We feel very lucky to have stayed here, and take away happy memories. Thank you.

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Lisa, Sean, Helen, Hugo & GeorgeJuly 2019

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WOW! x 10000000!!! We had a PERFECT break WE loved every minute - pure heaven in every form! May this cottage continue to be a blessing in everyone's life and thank you for sharing this "gem" with us! We will most definitely be back.

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Smit familyJune 2019

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It was my 40th birthday present to come here and nothing could have been more perfect. The space on the beach, the open air, the wildlife watching the passing ebb and flow of motion and stillness outside the house. The house is beautiful and offered pretty much everything we could ask for. Beautiful thoughtful décor, comfy to rest, a lovely bright and well appointed kitchen.

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June 2019

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A really happy and fun few days at the lovely Pitts Deep. A really special decking spot - we spent most of our time eating in the sun there! Thank you Susanne, Jennifer & Team.

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Sandy June 2019

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Had a wonderful relaxing weekend. The cottage is a real gem on the South Coast. It's fantastic that so many families are able to share its treasures. We really appreciated the attention to detail that made our stay so easy. You have thought of everything. We will be back. Thank you.

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Mark and BevJune 2019

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Thank you for the most smashing weeks stay. It couldn't have been more magical - the perfect British seaside hol on our trip back this year. Your home is idyllic and everything so artfully and thoughtfully chosen. We hope to return soon! All our love.

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Suzannah, James and Alfie June 2019

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Thank you for a wonderful stay at Pitts Deep Cottage. A wonderful week in a stunning location. Thank you!

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Peter & Michelle May Bank Holiday 2019

A peaceful escape in the glorious sunshine. Absolutely idyllic!! We didn't stray far from the deck. Kids enjoyed the beach - even the mud - in fact that was probably the highlight and crabbing off the dock. The house location felt very special and we felt very lucky to be there.

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The Spencers & WestwellsEaster 2019

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We've had a lovely stay - especially for Isla's 8th birthday! All very special - even a full moon. Everything has been thought of. Thank you.

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The McKehniesApril 2019

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Absolutely loved Pitts Deep Cottage. We had an amazing holiday and will definitely be back. The cottage is wonderfully tucked away and in a beautiful setting. It was kitted out with everything you would need. Lovely to make use of the BBQ and toast marshmallows over a fire on the beach.

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Gilpin family.

We had a superb weekend celebrating some big birthdays at Pitts Deep Cottage, the most wonderful place! The cottage is gorgeous and so comfortable and the location is unbeatable. Can't rate it highly enough and can't wait to return.

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Phillips familyJune 2018

Pitts Deep - What a find. We didn't leave for the whole of our stay. At one point we ran out of milk but no one wanted to go to civilisation so we braved it and built a sandcastle village instead. Two of the bedrooms upstairs a bit small for our noisy kids - but that's the only non perfect thing. Even tho' it was late October the wind wasn't as bad as we thought it was and for two days we only wore jumpers outside. Truly magnificent and thanks to everyone who runs the mighty ship Pitts Deep!

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Andrew from DevonFebruary 2018

The house is beautifully styled and has a really welcoming and relaxing feel. That combined with it's stunning location means you can't help but enjoy your stay. We had gorgeous weather and spent the whole time sitting on the deck or walking along the beach. Just perfect! Would highly recommend it!

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Guest from OxfordAugust 2017

The house is beautifully styled and has a really welcoming and relaxing feel. That combined with its stunning location means you can't help but enjoy your stay. We had gorgeous weather & spent the whole time sitting on the deck or walking along the beach. Just perfect! Would highly recommend it!!

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D HunterMarch 2017

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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 its 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.

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Pitts Deep Cottage
from £330 - 600 per night

Lymington, Hampshire

at a Glance...

  • 6 Adults + 3 kids
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Luxury
  • Family Friendly

This extraordinary beach cottage is positioned at the end of a long isolated track through private woodland where it sits snugged down right on the edge of a wild and varied beach. Sand, pebbles, mud flats and salt marsh are framed by ancient oaks to make an unbeatable tapestry and views. It lies where the New Forest meets The Solent.

In the eighteenth century the house was an inn “Famous for Selling Good Brandy” a clear indication that it benefitted from this wild and inaccessible stretch of coastline where smugglers gained access to the shore up the channel known as The Pitts Deep.

Staying here now is a first class treat. It’s produced like a boutique hotel and nothing is missed out. It’s hard to describe arriving here without using too many superlatives, but everyone, without exception, is absolutely delighted. Romantics will love the broad views; passing yachts, local fishermen, migrating birds as well as the wild ponies, donkeys and cattle who roam the National Park.

The house has been featured most recently in the Observer article ‘The Best UK Coastal Cottages’ in November 2019. It has also been in Hampshire Life, noted in The Times and The London Evening Standard. Our favourite tourism brand Sawdays journalists loved it. Read more here. 

Pitts Deep really is a place to unwind, to explore and to reconnect with a slower life beside the sea.

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed, wonderful views eastward. Travel cots will fit.
Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed, views east through the tamarind tree. The most spacious room. Travel cots will fit.
Bedroom 3 : Double bed in this snug room, which looks west towards the Needles.
Bedroom 4 : Bunk beds, full size single mattresses in a room which feels like a boat cabin. Own wash basin.
Bedroom 5 : Single bed, lots of books, charming little window, next to bedroom 1 and perfect for a child.

Bathrooms...

One : Wet room with shower and downstairs loo
Two : Family bathroom

All the rest...

Garden : Coast and garden blend into one, seaside plants and gravel paths weave along the seafront and a large wooden deck provides a platform to look out over the beach with plenty of seating for all to enjoy. Charcoal BBQ.
Kitchen : Oven / Hob / Fridge (small) / Freezer (small) / Microwave / Dishwasher / Washing machine
Mod Cons : Bose speakers / 23″ TV
Connectivity : Wifi can be slow and mobile signal is reasonable but can be patchy in the house / good on the driveway
Parking : Up to 3 cars
Pets : Quiet dogs by request at £40 per dog per stay - the garden is not enclosed and they can access the beach (leads are needed there according to National Park rules). There are free range chickens next door, migratory and game birds all around. Plus please bring a dog bed.
Kids' Stuff : You will need to bring your own cot / high chair as this house is not set up for babies. Also the stairs are steep. There are some bucket and spade items here usually.

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