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The Old Post Office

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  • a stylish retreat

  • fabulous coastal walks

The Old Post Office

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at a Glance...

  • 8 + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

The Old Post Office is a stylish seaside holiday home in Keyhaven near Milford on Sea.

Sleek and chic, the Old Post Office is surrounded on two sides by seaside views. To the left sit the little blue boats in the Keyhaven boat harbour, and sweeping across the front are spectacular views of the bird-filled salt marshes of the Solent. The WWII fort Hurst Castle is a walk away and the chalky Isle of Wight Needles are two miles away across the sea.

The style is cool, calm and muted. There are lots of sea greens, royal blues, cream and stripes abound, but nothing competes with the pretty view, which is with you in almost every room.

Foodies are spoilt here with good options in every direction. You can walk to all of them.

This house is dog friendly for a single dog and the extensive coastal paths stretch out around you with superb views. The nearest beaches allow dogs all year and so does Hurst Castle.

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A parcel of seaside loveliness, this house is great for anyone who likes to be out and about. You are on the coastal walk trail here and two hours meander to the east will take you along pebble beaches, past marinas, bird reserves, freshwater lakes and into the town. 

In the summer the lane in front is popular for cyclists and walkers passing by. It’s a short walk to vast pebbly beaches, with secret sandy bits that are revealed as the tide retreats. The house is a stone’s throw from smarty-pants Lymington, and even closer to the quirky, foodie little village of Milford on Sea.

The house is beautifully presented for guests. We said sleek and chic and we’ll say it again. If you like matching and considered design, then this is the place for you. It’s our least eccentrically presented property and everyone who stays here loves it.

Downstairs the sitting room is the biggest place for being social. It used to be the Post Office shop and serving counter and is on the corner of the building with coastal views on both sides. The kitchen is smaller and the view is directly toward the Needles.

Upstairs the style carries on. The bathrooms are big and sparkling. The bedrooms are all lovely. The two biggest are at the front with the coastal views, the twin overlooks the terrace garden at the back. Downstairs there is a good sized children’s room with a bunk bed suitable for adults if you don’t mind sharing.

Family

Curious families will be hard pushed to choose where to go first. Adults will love great seaside walks to discover the multitude of fabulous restaurants and places for quiet relaxation.

Families with kids will love the little sandy beach just a 10 minute walk away, and wandering through the next-door boat yard with the sounds of boat masts tinkling in the wind. Little children will love coming home to build their beach-found treasures into jewellery and pirate accessories. Whilst adults can spend some quality time recuperating in the tranquil sunsets that warm the house on summer nights.

For those with teens, this is one of our best houses because the cycling from here is so safe to Lymington on the back tracks, and the Lymington Salt Water pools which is only 20 minutes away, has a floating 110 metre assault course which is completely brilliant and utterly mad.

A blustery walk to Hurst Castle provides you with stunning views of The Needles and the castle takes some beating for hide and seek games. There’s a little café there too. Keyhaven is also a great area for kayaking and paddle boarding – great fun for all ages. For younger kids there is crabbing down the lane on the Hurst Castle footbridge. In the house we provide one travel cot and one high chair. All bedrooms are suitable for travel cots.

Keyhaven and its marshes are named ‘cû hæfen’ in Old English and is a harbour where cows and sheep were shipped to and from the Isle of Wight. Now this pretty hamlet is still a time-zone behind the rest of the world. Not much moves quickly here, except passing flights of birds settling for the evening on the tidal marshes.

Best for…

Anyone wanting to escape but still be part of village action.
People watching in the summer.
Families with children of all ages, especially with the numerous trails and tracks surrounding this property.

The dog walking from here is superb. The coastal path and beaches are great for dogs. Read more on our blog here.

If you need an extra 4 beds, then look at out our property just a few doors down – Coastguards Cottage which sleeps 4.

 

What are the quirks here? (We like to be honest)…

The cottage is within the centre of the village on a very narrow lane.

When you walk to the beach, (toward Hurst Castle) there is car parking for walkers, this is flooded by the tide twice a day, you can still walk by on a raised footpath.

This house is for outdoor loving people who want to get out come rain or shine.  The front garden is enclosed and perfectly formed for small children to wander about freely. If you have older children wanting freedom then Hurst Castle beach is the place to go. Here you have all the space to go wild, make sandcastles and generally romp about.

Accessibility

The access to the cottage is flat and there are a few small steps in the little courtyard garden. There is a downstairs bedroom here which has bunks in it and a shower opposite.

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’

from

£220 per night

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 : Double bed, facing south towards the water. Travel cot.
Bedroom 2 : Double bed, overlooking the water
Bedroom 3 : Twin room overlooking the private courtyard garden
Bedroom 4 : Bunk beds, on the ground floor

Bathrooms...

One : Downstairs shower room
Two : Family bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower
Three : Shower room

All the rest...

Garden : Pretty and private paved courtyard garden for al fresco dining
Kitchen : Aga / Electric Hob / Fridge Freezer/ Microwave / Coffee machine /Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble Dryer
There is also a charcoal BBQ here.
Mod Cons : Bose speaker system, Smart TV, BT Freeview
Connectivity : Free WiFi and mobile signal is ok
Parking : Two spaces, public car park nearby for extra cars (pay & display)
Kids' Stuff : The house is child friendly with toys and books for children. There is 1 cot and 1 highchair. Both front and back garden areas are enclosed. There is a little swing on the gazebo in the terrace garden.
Pets : One dog by request. Max 20kgs. At £40 per stay.
There is fantastic walking along the coastal path from here. The beaches accept dogs all year around too.
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Arrival & Departure

Arrive after : 3.30pm

Depart before : 10am

Essential Info

Free and included in your booking cost are: all bedding and linen, towels for the house, kitchen essentials, any baby kit you've requested and cleaning the house after you leave. We also supply a welcome pack with some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!

Payment Info

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking, with the remaining balance due 8 weeks before your stay. A security deposit is also due before your arrival for this house of £500.

good to know...

We're all locals so if you have any queries about the information we have provided or have any special requests for your stay, please just ask!

Call us

+44 (0) 1590 462005

Email

hello@newforestescapes.com

what makes this special...

The special factor here is upped by the awesome view. This picture is the same view from the house and the Needles on the Isle of Wight are clearly visible from both front bedrooms, the kitchen and the sitting room.

The bigger local beaches are a 5 – 10 mins walk along the coastal path. There is a tiny beach in Keyhaven harbour (30 seconds from the front door) for very small children, you the access to the water couldn’t be better for paddle boarding/kayaking.

Read our blog here to: Discover Hurst Castle and the walk back – a must from this house!

Got kids? Love water parks? The Saltwater Pools in Lymington are unmissable for families in the summer.

The bird life is excellent here too.

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

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office at Keyhaven is a delightful place to stay. The beds were comfortable, rooms well furnished and aga comforting on a cool morning. The walks to Lymington and Hurst Castle beside the sea are lovely, with great views of the Needles, boats and birds. Milford on Sea has a great range of shops and restaurants.

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AnnabellSeptember 2019

Great stay in old post office. Fantastic location, beautifully furnished, very comfortable, plenty of crockery and kitchen equipment.

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JuditJune 2019

Fantastic house, everything you needed, great location, great hosts. If you’re looking for a place to stay in the New Forest have a look here. The team at New Forest Escapes are great - we will be back!

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Lauren & FamilyFebruary 2019

This place is absolutely perfect and a must if you are looking to stay in the area. It has a really warm and cosy kitchen and the most comfortable beds and linen you can imagine. It’s well positioned for walks and I would certainly recommend and go back. Very cool place and super comfy!

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Georgina and familyChristmas 2018

We stayed here over Xmas and had a lovely time. The house was made festive for us, decorated with Xmas lights etc, and there was a lovely but too tempting basket of goodies. It was comfortable and warm and the Aga cooked Xmas dinner beautifully. Location is fantastic for beach walks although the weather kept these shorter than we hoped. Great communication from the managers. Good tips about local eateries etc and good information about the area. Easy access. All in all a great experience and we'd like to return when it's a little warmer!

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Steve, Airbnb guestChristmas 2017

What a magical location with Hurst spit and Keyhaven and just a few more minutes away the lovely village of Milford on Sea. We loved kayaking to the fort, picnicing on the beach and crabbing from the quay and the old wooden bridge - marvellous. We would definitely recommend this holiday home in Milford on Sea for families who love the outdoors.

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Jon & Becks, Cambridge

the location...

Sleepy, small and very boaty, Keyhaven was a port in 1206 and is now a fishing hamlet. Bird reserves surround the coast here and the Isle of Wight and Hurst Castle spit and fortress dominate the view across the Solent.

Keyhaven is fronted by the the Keyhaven Marshes, a low lying area of wetland grasses. It’s an important bird reserve and across this you can clearly see the Isle of Wight Needles. If you walk up on the coastal path here you can watch fabulous sunsets from several park benches built just for the job.

The hamlet lies at one end of an extraordinary shingle bank, Hurst Spit. The mile long shingle bar reaches out to the south dividing the turbulent Solent waters and creating a calm lagoon on the eastern side.

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The Old Post Office
from £220 per night

Keyhaven, Hampshire

at a Glance...

  • 8 + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

 

 

 

The Old Post Office is a seaside and pet friendly holiday home in Keyhaven near Milford on Sea.

Sleek and chic, the Old Post Office is surrounded on two sides by seaside-y views. To the left sit the little blue boats in the Keyhaven boat harbour and sweeping across the front are the bird-filled salt marshes of the Solent. The WWII fort Hurst Castle, and the chalky Isle of Wight Needles are two miles away across the sea.

The style is cool, calm and muted. There are lots of sea greens, royal blues, cream and stripes abound, nothing competes with the pretty view, which is with you in almost every room.

Curious families with small children will love the boat yard, crabbing and beaches, the ferry trip to Hurst Castle for hide and seek, history, views and the café. Best of all is the sandy beach that is revealed as the tide goes out. For those with teens, this is one of our best houses because the cycling from here is so safe to Lymington on the back tracks, and the Lymington Salt Water pools (20 mins away) with a floating 110 metre assault course is completely brilliant and mad.

Foodies are spoilt here with good options in every direction. You can walk to all of them.

One dog is allowed here. The coastal paths go east and west, the nearest beaches allow dogs and so does Hurst Castle.

all the Essential details...

Sleeping...

Bedroom 1 : Double bed, facing south towards the water. Travel cot.
Bedroom 2 : Double bed, overlooking the water
Bedroom 3 : Twin room overlooking the private courtyard garden
Bedroom 4 : Bunk beds, on the ground floor

Bathrooms...

One : Downstairs shower room
Two : Family bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower
Three : Shower room

All the rest...

Garden : Pretty and private paved courtyard garden for al fresco dining
Kitchen : Aga / Electric Hob / Fridge Freezer/ Microwave / Coffee machine /Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble Dryer
There is also a charcoal BBQ here.
Mod Cons : Bose speaker system, Smart TV, BT Freeview
Connectivity : Free WiFi and mobile signal is ok
Parking : Two spaces, public car park nearby for extra cars (pay & display)
Kids' Stuff : The house is child friendly with toys and books for children. There is 1 cot and 1 highchair. Both front and back garden areas are enclosed. There is a little swing on the gazebo in the terrace garden.
Pets : One dog by request. Max 20kgs. At £40 per stay.
There is fantastic walking along the coastal path from here. The beaches accept dogs all year around too.

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