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Slate Cottage

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at a Glance...

  • 11 + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Forest Retreat
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly


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Looking for a big family house? Open Forest, wild(ish) coast and mid-century cool? Then Slate Cottage is a chic bolthole between Forest and coast that has been renovated and refurbished with super chilled group holidays in mind.

The accommodation is set with 2 bedrooms on the ground floor and 2 upstairs, plus the snug/playroom can be transformed into another bedroom using the sofa bed – which makes this property extremely versatile for multi generation families or family friends.

Celebratory meals are usually a big part of family get togethers. But often rental houses have small dining tables. Not so here. Central in the house is the dining room. It’s big and the table seats 12 easily. Come morning tho’ you’ll all be around the kitchen table there too. It also seats 8.

more about this place...

Inspired by an artist’s studio, this individual, architect-designed property of whitewashed brick, slate and glass was built in the 1960s. The owners have styled an interior that is all about the mid-century look, while the accommodation has been arranged to be adaptable; to suit multi-generational family groups or a couple of families taking time out together.

Reception spaces are inviting and sociable. These include a central dining hall with vintage drinks trolley, 1960s’ haberdashery unit and an immense refectory-sized table that can seat 12 comfortably. It is perfect for celebratory meals, which in our experience are usually a big part of family get-togethers. There’s a bright, light, airy kitchen with another generously proportioned table. This one is recycled from a school science lab bench and seats eight easily – ideal for relaxing over breakfast, mid-morning coffee with pastries, and brunch.

Off the dining hall, a glass corridor leads to what was originally the site of the old artist’s studio – now a family room or snug, even an extra bedroom if required, with garden views, vaulted ceiling and wood-burning stove.

For the perfect entertaining space, the first-floor sitting room runs the length of the house and features high ceiling, full height windows facing south and west, and a roof terrace among the tree tops where you can sip a glass of wine or G&T while the sun goes down. Perfection. Come winter, this relaxing room is indulgently cosy: light the wood-burning stove and snuggle onto a low sofa in a room with exposed brickwork, painted panelling, reindeer hides strewn across oak boards and quirky details such as a bike saddle upcycled as a table light.

Versatile bedroom accommodation can meet the needs of most families with two large bedrooms on the first floor, two more good-sized bedrooms on the ground floor and the family room with sofa bed. Plus there are three sparkling bathrooms – one with freestanding tub.

The Style

Slate Cottage mixes up comfort and luxury with practicality and eclectic elements. It starts in the big entrance hall (great for muddy dogs and muddier kids) with utilitarian wire racking for boots and bits and bobs alongside a cactus displayed in a birdcage. It continues with statement pieces of furniture, sourced from Parisian flea markets and local vintage emporiums, against an uncluttered colour palette of greys and white.

Bedrooms are calm retreats for grown-ups. Beds are topped with cosseting throws and oversized textured cushions and schemes are quietly glamorous – greys with highlights of silver and wood. Kids’ rooms include a hideaway of a bedroom with fun bunks, fluffy feathery lampshade and whacky wigwam for let’s play make-believe, plus a playroom with old-fashioned toys.

The Gardens

The enclosed lawned gardens with mature trees back onto a paddock where local residents, Shetland ponies Barney Buttons and Scooby Doo, like to say hello. There’s an open outlook, plenty of space to play and a proper swing hanging from a high branch. There’s also the possibility of spotting deer and a real sense of living the country life and being in touch with nature.


With a separate playroom, masses of toys and books, and an enclosed large garden area, with swing, there is plenty to keep kids busy. For teens, try the Saltwater baths in summer -situated in Lymington – for the floating 110 metre assault course, paddle boards and zorbs. All bonkers and great fun. There are 2 high chairs, 2 travel cots and a top and bottom stairgate.

Best for…

Families with people to spoil – especially good for VIP birthdays and multi generation family groups due to the downstairs living accommodation.


There is a kingsize bedroom, and a children’s bedroom downstairs with two bathrooms – 1 shower (there is a step in to the shower) and one with a bath.

The playroom has a wall mounted TV, so if the stairs to sitting room are not possible, guests can watch TV downstairs.

There’s one step in to the house at the front door, access possible at the rear through the french doors (step in to) to the playroom or to the front of the kitchen (one step up). The ground floor is all one level except that there are two steps down to access the playroom.

There is a handrail on the stairs – part of the wooden structure of the stairs on the right hand side. 

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’


£280 per night

what makes this special...

This is a house for the ultra sociable, perfect for family get-togethers throughout the year including traditional winter celebrations – board games around the dining table, watching films in the family room and sitting round log fires with hot chocolates.

Location is spot on: down a country lane between Forest and coast and close to Lymington. You’re on the spot for fabulous sea wall walks, long walks to Hurst Castle to blow away your cobwebs and forage for samphire. Foodie’s will find treats in most directions. Read more on our foodie blog here.  

There’s a play park within five minutes’ walk and an indoor pool within 10 minutes. A further ten minutes’ walk takes you into Lymington which has a Waitrose, quality independent shops and Saturday market. At the far end of Lymington’s High Street, cobbled Quay Hill leads to the quay (great spot for crabbing) and open-air seawater pool with inflatable obstacle course for splashing good fun. Read more about the Seawater Baths and other local water parks on our blog here. 

all the Essential details...


Bedroom 1 : Kingsize bed (firm mattress) and ensuite shower room
Bedroom 2 : Super king or Twin room (medium mattresses)
Bedroom 3 : Kingsize bed on ground floor (medium mattress)
Bedroom 4 : Bunk beds with truckle bed on ground floor (medium mattresses)
Bedroom 5 : Snug/playroom has an excellent sofa bed. We can remove toys if you'd like.


One : Downstairs shower room
Two : Downstairs family bathroom with roll top bath
Three : Ensuite shower room (Bed 1)

All the rest...

Garden : Good sized garden that leads onto the paddocks at the rear of the property, it is enclosed but the gate itself needs to be shut to stop kids and dogs wandering.
Kitchen : Double oven / Gas hob / Fridge freezer / Coffee machine & Cafetiere / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble dryer
Mod Cons : Two Smart TV's / BT Freeview / Bose sound system
Connectivity : Free WiFi is reasonable speed (for a rural area!) and mobile signal is ok here for most providers
Parking : Up to 4 cars
Kids' Stuff : 2 travel cots and 2 high chairs are provided. There is a good selection of toys here. Most are in the playroom and suit children from 1-6. Next door to the playroom there is another smaller playroom with an old school desk in it. There are masses of lovely reading books too. The garden is enclosed but Houdini's will escape - the front gate must be kept closed to stop kids going onto the lane. There is a full enclosed little garden off the kitchen for toddler garden play.
Pets : Dogs are welcome and there is a large dog crate we can put in the house if you'd like.
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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 Slate Cottage

We had a lovely time at the cottage, it is very large, well equipped and spacious. We had three generations together and this cottage was ideal. The grandkids really enjoyed the forest and heathland.

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Mills Family, August 2018

We had an amazing 5 day break in Slate Cottage in May. The cottage was very well equipped for kids of all ages and spent loads of time outside playing croquet and swingball. The kids playroom was perfect for the smaller kids and we all loved having the resident ponies (Barney Buttons and Scooby Doo) in the paddock behind the garden. Great location as well and easy to get to all the main villages and into the Forest. A perfect UK holiday.

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Groombridge family, June 2018

We had such a fab time at Slate Cottage. Family-friendly, fifties-chic all rolled into one with a huge lounge space and log-burner, a dining table where all 11 of us could sit down easily and a play-room equipped with adorable vintage children's toys. Plus ponies (or were they unicorns?) at the end of the garden. When can we come back?

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Von Guineau family, April 2018

“This property was perfect for our short family break. It made a perfect base to go out and explore the New Forest during the day and then to relax in the evening. We were 6 adults, 4 children and 1 infant and the property catered for everyones needs. The kids loved the playroom and seeing the horses in the backgarden. Having the main living room upstairs meant the adults got some peace away from the kids. The host had a card and cake for us at check in which was a nice touch. The property had everything imaginable and of very high quality. The kitchen was well equiped but the only comment is that there was no microwave, which was not a big deal but would have been handy. I would definately book here again!”

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Danah, May 2018, stayed via Airbnb.

For a wonderful review by Mary Maryon, editor of Hampshire's Muddy Stilettos blog, link here to this article she wrote in March 2018. "Looking for a special, take-a-deep breath space—all Mad Men elegance, oodles of space for kids & a mahoosive dining table? Welcome to Slate Cottage...One foot in the forest, the other by the sea: a quick hop from the M27 and Brockenhurst’s mainline station. Even the drive there is a joy, children will squeal at the ponies grazing fence-free and we’re only minutes from yachtie Lymington, one of the UK’s Top Ten places to live. We are, in short, slappety-band, New Forest central in all its wooded, wild-pony glory. Oh and sorry did someone say food? You’ll find the original (and *ahem* some would argue best) Pig just down the road, plus Angela Hartnett’s Hartnett Holder & Co at Lime Wood and a slew of fab local pubs..." Visit our blog to read more.

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Mary Maryon, editor of Hampshire's Muddy Stilettos blog

We loved the quiet of this location, whilst only being moments away from Lymington and Milford on sea - its ideal. All the family enjoyed the really spacious house - there were so many living areas that we never felt on top of each other and has a superb week. Grandparents were very pleased with the lovely downstairs bedroom and bathrooms :-)

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Jackie, Oxford, Feb 2018

Slate Cottage

115 Wainsford Rd, Lymington SO41 8LB, 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.