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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


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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, the little blue boats in the Keyhaven boat harbour, and to the front 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, 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.

One dog is allowed here. The extensive coastal paths go east and west, the views are superb. The nearest beaches allow dogs all year and so does Hurst Castle. Walkies!

more about this place...

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 2 hours meander to the east will take you along pebble beaches, past marinas, bird reserves, freshwater lakes, into the town. 

In 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 it’s 2 sides. The kitchen is smaller and the view is directly toward the Needles.

Upstairs the style carries on. The bathrooms are big and sparkle. The bedrooms are all lovely. The two biggest are at the front with the views, the twin looks over the terrace garden at the back. Downstairs is the children’s bunk room.


Curious families will be hard pushed to choose where to go first. Adults will love great seaside walking to good restaurants and the numerous places for quiet relaxing. Families with kids will love the little sandy beach nearby (walk there in a 10 minutes), wandering through the next-door boat yard, the sounds of boat masts tinkling in the wind whilst they read in the sunsets that warm the house on summer nights. Little children will love coming home to build their beach-found treasures into jewellery and pirate accessories. 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.

A walk to Hurst Castle is blustery and has great 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 great crabbing down the lane on the Hurst Castle footbridge. In the house we provide 1 travel cot and 1 high chair. All bedrooms are suitable for  travel cots.

Keyhaven and it’s 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. Great people watching here in summer. Families with very small, or slightly older children (who are safe enough to explore the coastal tracks, cycle on the bridle tracks and trails to Lymington).

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 brutally honest)…

The cottage was the Post Office and therefore is in the village centre. The little lane to the front and side is tiny, and looks bigger in the pictures. It’s not even a two-way road really and the only medium sized traffic on it are boats going to the boat yard.

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.

The cottage is family friendly but please be aware that there isn’t a play room and if it’s rainy, the downstairs areas of the house will feel small if you have 8 people there.  This house is for outdoor loving people who want to get out come rain or shine. The front garden is very small, big enough  and enclosed, so small children can wander about freely, but definitely not big enough for riding bikes, or ball games. The terrace at the back is bigger but it’s still a terrace. Anyone with kids who are wanting freedom is best to walk to Hurst Castle beach where you can go as wild as you like, make sandcastles and generally romp about.


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’


£220 per night

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.

all the Essential details...


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


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 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 has some 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 : 1 dog by request please.
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Arrival & Departure

Arrive after : 3.30pm

Depart before : 10am

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

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

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 guest, Christmas 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 Old Post Office

5 Coastguard Cottages, Milford on Sea, Lymington SO41 0TP, UK

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.