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The Ploughmans Cottage is a family friendly, pet friendly holiday cottage in East End, a pretty hamlet, near Lymington in the New Forest.
This house is 2 parts stretch-limo-living and 2 parts ‘the good life’…1km from the beach… It’s designed to be a relaxing, interesting family base from which to conduct marvellous ‘Swallows and Amazons’ adventures – for the all the family.
Many guests celebrate 70th/80th birthdays and come for family escapes.
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!
Tanners beach is a must. Put the kids in the wheelbarrows and push them there down the quiet lane. The beach is wild and unspoilt and faces the Isle of Wight. You can park here too. The sand, shingle and silt beaches border the salt marshes. The birdlife is superb. Crabs are found under rocks. Dogs can be walked all year around. Track wild ponies who live here too.
In 2014 Ploughmans was No. 2 in The Times Travel supplement for Best Family Self-Catering in their Castles, Cottages and Cabins article.
Inside is colourful, eccentric, home-from-home and designed for easy-living. This also goes for our ‘Shed’ with its four-poster bed across the garden. We are especially set up for families with children under 5 and welcome dogs too. The kitchen gets all the morning sun, great for lazy, sunny breakfasts – wind back the kitchen wall doors and let the birdsong flood in.
Just across the garden, the eccentric and rustic-chic ‘Shed’ has a big draw…its bed; an ornate, white-curtained four-poster affair with not one, but two mattresses. There is a little wood-burner here, mini fridge and the living room door folds right back to let the garden in. When the sun is out open these doors for a very effective sun-trap. The Shed also has a bunk room and a shower room too.
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.
The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children. The sitting room and kitchen really only seat 7 and 8 comfortably. Bigger groups will have to do two meal sittings. In summer it’s easier because the outside table seats 8 too. Please don’t think it’s a ‘big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.
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. Older family members are also well catered for. There are only 2 steps downstairs. There are very good viewing options of grandchildren in the garden. Dens, tunnels, mini Gypsy Van (under 8s can stand in it). There are a few garden games. Crabbing kit – go to Lymington Quay – is provided for you.
70th and 80th birthdays and families with grannies and small children in tow. There is space for people who need quiet to escape in The Shed and the garden is enclosed to let kids play. The pub next door is superb for food.
The kids triple bunk bedroom has some quirks – the top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is high. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children.
The sitting room and kitchen really only seat 7 and 8 comfortably. Bigger groups will have to do two meal sittings. In summer it’s easier because the outside table seats 8 too.
Please don’t think it’s a ‘big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.
The house is suitable for less mobile folk. There are two bedrooms downstairs and a walk in shower room with some handles. But there are a few things we want to point out so you’re not surprised when you arrive.
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’
£240 per night
We love to head to Tanners Lane beach for all day adventures. It’s just 1km away. At the house there is a brazier for toasting marshmallows on. Put it and granny in the car and head to the beach to have champagne in a tin mug and watch the sunset. The beach is rarely busy. Walk right to where the trees and pony-nibbled fields meet the sea. It’s so peaceful here. We love to forage for samphire in August and September.
We love heading off to hunt down and play on the rope swings in the area. Such fun. Check our our Rope Swingers Guide to the area here.
Or how about the little kids hosting ‘tea parties’ for grannies from the Gypsy Wagon? It’s super safe at home, they can’t escape – the garden is enclosed!
|Bedroom 1 :||Kingsize bed with ensuite shower room|
|Bedroom 2 :||Kingsize bed|
|Bedroom 3 :||Single bed (upstairs)|
|Bedroom 4 :||Triple bunk beds (downstairs)|
|Bedroom 5 :||Four poster double bed (The Shed)|
|Bedroom 6 :||Bunk beds (The Shed)|
|One :||Shower room (downstairs)|
|Two :||Ensuite shower room|
|Three :||Shower room (The Shed)|
|Garden :||Large enclosed garden great for kids exploring adventures and with its own mini Gypsy caravan.|
|Kitchen :||Range cooker / SMEG Fridge Freezer / Washing machine / microwave / Dishwasher / Good selection of serving dishes and general cookery items.|
|Mod Cons :||Speakers provided, 23″ TV with Freeview TV / DVD player and good DVD selection|
|Connectivity :||WiFi (sometimes slow) and mobile signal is not good at the house - but it is by the pub!|
|Parking :||Up to 5 cars|
|Kids' Stuff :||Good selection of kids kit and toys. 2 cots. 2 highchairs. Bumbo. Toys for all ages of children. Wooden train set. Extensive fancy dress selection for ages 2-7 ish. Masses of games, jigsaws and puzzles. There is a huge selection of books and DVDs for children (and adults). There are some outdoor toys. Willow dens and our Gypsy Caravan (children of upto 7 ish can stand upright in it). The garden is enclosed and so far, no children have escaped!|
|Pets :||Horses and dogs welcome. The yard can be cleared for horses but the stables are full. Grazing can be arranged. Dogs welcome - the garden is enclosed.|
Arrive after : 3.30pm
Depart before : 10am
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