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Cosy modern house with countryside views and close to the sea, peaceful retreat

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Keyhaven, Near Lymington, Hampshire, England - Peaceful location, 10 minutes walk to the harbour and coastal path,

Surrounded by the neighbouring farmland, and within the New Forest National Park, this recently modernised, 3 bedroom (1 bathroom) detached house has stunning views in all directions. The beds are one double, twin singles and a pair of bunk beds (suitable for children or small adults only).

The well equipped house is on two levels with attractive front and back gardens. Keyhaven is a magnet for those who enjoy birdwatching, sailing, walking and swimming, while the New Forest provides wild ponies and acres of unspoilt countryside for picnics and walks. Local pubs and cafes abound on this stunning part of the Hampshire/Dorset coast. The Keyhaven estuary hosts wonderful birds, ferry trips to Hurst Castle, views to the Needles Isle of Wight, and coastal paths for walks and bike rides. Our garden is full of interesting plants and a trampoline for children.

Eleanor Sturdy
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
14 April, 2018

About Eleanor Sturdy

Jesmond Cottage is our family holiday home. We have been enjoying weekends and holidays in the area for many years. We live and work in London and have family in Salisbury, and Romsey. The garden is our much loved hobby, and our son enjoys the trampoline!

Eleanor Sturdy purchased this house in 2006

Why Eleanor Sturdy chose Milford on Sea

With both the sea and the New Forest close by, Keyhaven is a very special place. We have kept a sailing boat here for many years and love to come and use the house at weekends and in the school holidays. Even on busy bank holidays the lane is quiet, but there is always entertainment up the road at Milford where the village green has music, art shows and a great fish & chip shop.

What makes this house unique

The house is detached and does not have a direct next-door neighbour. It is unbelievably quiet and the lane has very little traffic. The views out over the countryside are very calming after coming down from London, and the sunsets over the back garden are usually beautiful.

Keyhaven is an interesting quiet village with amazing history - everyone is very friendly and the farm shop is superb. The big village of Milford-on-Sea up the road is a wonderful place to shop and eat, walk and swim.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an absolutely amazing week! The weather was just incredible for October (I've never had a birthday so good), we just hoped it would be dry but the sun shone all week!

Your house is fabulous, we've never rented anywhere so well stocked with crockery and extras. We pinched a bit of your ice by the way but left a bag in the freezer for you to replace it 😊

We loved your DVD collection too, we obviously have very similar tastes. Thoroughly enjoyed watching Control again and some new films too. But now we want our own home movie system, just need to buy a new house with a wall big enough for the screen as it wouldn't fit in our Georgian cottage!

We had an awesome week

Kindest regards

Oct 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Milford on Sea in Milford-on-Sea

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Family bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower and basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4-6. Double, twin and bunk-bedded rooms. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedroom 2 with twin beds, bedroom 3 with bunk-beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Outside: Front garden includes parking area for 2 cars. Back garden includes a children's trampoline tucked away, mature herb garden, wild flowers, varied flower beds and a lawn. The patio has a table and bench, with additional garden chairs and a large umbrella for fine weather use. Utility Room: Fridge-freezer, washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are included, please bring your own beach towels. The property is thoroughly cleaned before each arrival. Other: The family room, adjacent to the kitchen, has a large dining table, extensive play area and double doors out to the patio and back garden. The TV and DVD player are in the family room, but can also be placed in the sitting room or bedroom.


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Cosy modern house with countryside views and close to the sea, peaceful retreat
average rating of 4.5625 based on 18 reviews

Beautiful relaxing location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely family home, felt instantly relaxing on entering. Perfect for unwinding and chilling out and waking up to the birds singing in the mornings refreshed from a truly relaxing sleep in super comfy beds. Would highly recommend to family & friends and would book again.

We were a family of adults and stayed for a wedding at Hurst Castle. Perfect location for water sports and walking.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the house and discovered the special beauty of Keyhaven.
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Lovely Jesmond cottage , keyhaven

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property situated in countryside close to the key, unfortunately my grandchildren were poorly so couldn't go far but we had a lovely time and would stay again. We had a hiccup with the hot water which was quickly sorted by a phone call. I also managed to have my wheelchair bound mother over for a meal as there was access to the ground floor, she lives in Bournemouth and was the main reason for our visit. I would recommend this home to anyone looking for a peaceful holiday with lots of dog walks . Sandra Collins

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect house, beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house, in a perfect, sleepy location, away from it all. The house was clean and of a high standard. The house was bigger than we had expected from the photographs, which was a bonus. The kitchen was well equipped and the bathroom had a terrific power shower!! Boys loved the wind down cinema screen!!! Watched a few DVDs on our stay! We were out and about alot during our week, visited Christchurch, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Hurst Castle and the surrounding local towns. It's in a beautiful location and perfect for touring the New Forest. I would certainly recommend this house and would definitely return to it if I was in the New Forest.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well kept modern house in beautiful gardens. Well stocked with equipment.

  • 5 of 5

Great location in walking distance to local marina. Great gardens for relaxation.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect cottage in a perfect location! Superb family retreat. Highly recommend it.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is absolutely charming and lovely! It was spacious, bright and airy throughout. The garden was amazing and both myself and my child enjoyed the trampoline! There were toys for my child and lots of films to watch on the brilliant projector. The house is in a

Perfect location for all the sights of the New Forest. Would love to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great location, great house, great weather

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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New Forest National Park
Huge beautiful and unspoilt.
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
The Gun Inn, Keyhaven
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Lymington to Isle of Wight
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Barton on Sea
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Smugglers Arms, Milford on Sea
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Milford on Sea
Car: necessary


The Solent can be seen from the house, and Keyhaven Harbour is a 10 minute walk down the road. A better beach for swimming is towards Milford-on-Sea and can be reached by walking for about 20 minutes.


Nearest train station is Lymington Town, and a frequent service to Waterloo runs from Brockenhurst. The local bus service is quite limited and so having a car is recommended.


Keyhaven village pub is less than 1 mile away. The nearest shops are at Milford-on-Sea, a distance of 1.5 miles by road or 15 minutes walk across the field footpath. The beautiful town of Lymington with its shops, restaurant and marinas is 8 miles away by car. The New Forest National Park starts at Keyhaven and offers thousands of acres of unspoilt walking, wild ponies, attractive villages with shops, pubs and cafes.

Further Details:

Keyhaven Marshes are a famous bird-watching area, and site of special scientific interest. The history of the area is fascinating as Keyhaven was a major salt-producing area prior to the discovery of salt in the ground in Cheshire. The shingle spit is home to Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII, and where Charles I was imprisoned.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £5
Extra cleaning £120
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
Once a booking is accepted, we ask for a 50% advance payment and then full settlement one month prior to the start date. We have a refund policy that will be provided on request. A security deposit to cover any damage to the property or contents will be added to your invoice and then returned after the stay, subject to inspection.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. We are happy to offer short -stays and special rates for term-time and week-day bookings.

Notes on prices:
Please call the owner, Eleanor Sturdy, to discuss your requirements as shorter or longer stays may often be possible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.