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Chic family house near beaches and Lymington, Old Post Office, Keyhaven

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4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
2 nights minimum
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Old Post Office, New Forest Escapes Sleek, chic, a parcel of seaside loveliness, with fabulous boaty views on two sides; to the Isle of Wight and the chalk white Needles in the distance, and to the hundreds of little blue dinghys in the Keyhaven boat yards. In summer the lane in front is popular for cyclists and walkers passing by. The house is perfect for people watching 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. 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...Old Post Office, New Forest Escapes Sleek, chic, a parcel of seaside loveliness, with fabulous boaty views on two sides; to the Isle of Wight and the chalk white Needles in the distance, and to the hundreds of little blue dinghys in the Keyhaven boat yards. In summer the lane in front is popular for cyclists and walkers passing by. The house is perfect for people watching 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. 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 (we provide pens, cardboard and glue). Keyhaven and it’s marshes are named ‘cû hæfen’ in Old English and the 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. What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)… The cottage is right on a small and narrow lane. It’s not a two-way road, no large traffic is meant to travel on it and it’s very small and windy in places. It looks bigger in the pictures of the front of the house because it’s a passing place, the rest of the lane is so small it’s impossible for cars to pass next to each other without pulling into a driveway. Opposite the house there’s an entrance to the sailing club. Most of the noise that you’ll hear in the house is from the boat masts and wires clinking in the wind, or chatter from walkers and cyclists passing by. Further up the lane (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. There’s a little table and deckchairs out in the front garden, so you can sit and watch the kids and sunbathe. The pub that is close by is a quiet place. Staying here you must walk in the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve. Keyhaven forms part of the coastal zone of the New Forest National Park and The Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes Reserve is a beautiful area of coastline characterised by mudflats and salt marshes and is of international importance. It’s renowned for the large numbers of breeding, feeding and roosting birds that it supports throughout the year. The area is grazed by New Forest ponies and cattle. Hurst Castle Spit and Museum is just the most lovely walk. Almost always blustery but the views are superb when you get there and the Castle has a little cafe. More
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Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2016
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Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Golf Course Is On Site Or Within 15 Mins Walk
Private Yard
TV
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
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Fishing Nearby
Central Heating
Water Views
Dishwasher
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Waterfront
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
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The National Park is very beautiful in it’s foresty interior and along it’s quiet coast. In our blog we have ideas for adventure and birthday walks; tracking unicorns, treasure hunts on the beach, best places to bonfire, bluebell picnic locations etc.  Further afield; Beaulieu Palace, Church and museums, Beaulieu village is lovely too as is the walk from Bucklers Hard there and back), Exbury Gardens, Lymington markets on Saturdays, the sea wall paths, the Lym’ Lido with it’s water assault courses (summer only). Walking in the forest is superb, especially the old forest – you can track the most ancient trees via GPS on your phone. Local beaches are very lovely, very quiet and very British (some mud, some sand) and very much home to cows, donkeys and ponies who love to roll in the san...
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