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Ploughmans Cottage

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at a Glance...

  • 6 adults + 2 kids + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 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 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 this cottage was No. 2 in The Times Travel supplement for Best Family Self-Catering in their Castles, Cottages and Cabins article.

more about this place...

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.

Don’t miss ‘Swallows and Amazons’ days out along the shore, wild games of hide and seek at Hurst Castle, gentle walks with prams down by the Beaulieu River.  Love water parks? The Saltwater Pools in Lymington are unmissable for families in the summer. Dog owners, read our dog walk guide here.

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.

Just across the garden, the eccentric and rustic-chic ‘Shed’ that sleeps 4. IF you want to rent this also, please look at the Ploughmans and Pig Shed listing.

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.


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.

Best for…

70th and 80th birthdays and families with grannies and small children in tow. 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 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’


£150 per night

what makes this special...

We love to head to the beach for all day adventures. Check our blog for masses of ideas. At this house there is a brazier in the garden 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.

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!

all the Essential details...


Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed with ensuite shower room
Bedroom 2 : Kingsize bed
Bedroom 3 : Single bed (upstairs)
Bedroom 4 : Triple bunk beds (downstairs)


One : Shower room (downstairs)
Two : Ensuite shower room

All the rest...

Garden : Large enclosed garden great for kids exploring adventures and it has a 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) but plays Netflix most of the time. The mobile signal is not good at the house - but it is by the pub!
Parking : Up to 3 cars
Kids' Stuff : Good selection of kids kit and toys. 2 cots. 2 highchairs. Bumbo. Toys for all ages of children. Wooden train set. Good fancy dress for ages 2-7 ish. Masses of games, jigsaws and puzzles, books and a large selection of kids (and adults) DVDs. 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. Yard can be cleared for horses. Grazing can be arranged. Dogs welcome - the garden is enclosed. Dogs are allowed on the nearby beach all year around but please keep them near - there are nesting birds on the salt marshes in spring and summer.
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Arrival & Departure

Arrive after : 3.30pm

Depart before : 10am

good to know...

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

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

“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

A wonderful 4 night stay at Ploughman's Cottage. Plenty of space for running around for our busy 3 year old and plenty of comfort for our 6 month old including high chairs and toys etc. Great location, near to a lovely secluded beach and what more could you ask with a lovely pub next door. Would definitely stay again and absolutely recommend.

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Jenna from Carmarthen, March 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.