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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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
|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)|
|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.|
Arrive after : 3.30pm
Depart before : 10am
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