at a Glance...
- 6-8 + 4 kids + 2 babies
- 5 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- Close to Coast
- Family Friendly
- Dog Friendly
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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 big birthdays and come for family escapes here.
A gypsy caravan, tea-cup stools and clouds in the dining room… Welcome to the wonderful
whimsical world of Ploughman’s. The style here is smart, theatrical and definitely quirky. The owner (who wanted to work in theatre costume) often ‘dresses’ the house and it’s a fun and whimsical place to be.
The house and garden design has been focused on families particularly those with small children. Dens, the mini gypsy caravan, masses of toys, fancy dress and more. Parents will love being able to see most of the garden from the kitchen, which will allow them to read the paper inside, and watch playing outside.
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.
In March 2019 Ploughmans was in the Sunday Times Travel Section as Best for Families in ‘Britain’s 50 best holiday houses’. See it here.
In 2014 Ploughmans main house 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.
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Inside is colourful, eccentric, home-from-home and designed for easy-living.
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.
The sitting room seats 7 comfortably. The Smart TV here is tucked into the corner for those that don’t want it, and would rather play board games (there are lots) by the wood burner.
All the bedrooms will fit travel cots in them. We have 3 in the house for guests.
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.
What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…
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. We can block both off if you’d like.
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.
Big 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 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.
- The kitchen floor is split level, only 6″ but it may not suit some.
- The downstairs bedrooms have access to a shower room and not a bath room, that is upstairs. There are no hand-rails on the stairs.
- The house is entered via a porch which has a step up of 10″ and another step of 10″ into the boot room. There are smaller steps by the front door access. The doors in the house are NOT wide enough for wheelchairs. (Gins Barn is).
- The downstairs shower room has a walk-in shower with a small 3″ lip into the shower itself.
So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with the less mobile folk’
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