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Gins Barn

A very glorious slice of up-river, down-town chic, Gins Barn is tucked in tight where the Beaulieu River joins the Solent. The farm is so close to the sea, it’s a sailing landmark. To the south is a private conservation wetland reserve, deep in clouds of chattering migratory birdlife and fields of wild ponies.

Gins Barn is a luxury holiday home from home at the end of the Beaulieu River. You can also celebrate marriages here. Or just go crabbing off the jetty - which is great fun in warmer months.

A very glorious slice of up-river, down-town chic, opens its doors for up to 8 people who want to stop the world and get off.  The relaxed, luxury, quirky style is seamless throughout this place which is owned by internationally respected furniture designer Julian Chichester.

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During COVID-19 we are not accepting any bookings online. Once the lockdown is lifted then we will accept guests to stay. If you want to book for a period out of lockdown, you need to contact us at New Forest Escapes please. Thanks. Rachel and the team.

Gins Barn is a luxury holiday home at the end of the Beaulieu River. Boasting incredible views and spacious gardens it is a fantastic hideaway location. Gins is a place of great beauty and serenity that has been described by guests as probably the best self-catering house they’ve ever stayed in. It is luxurious, stylish and spacious. Breathe in, calm down and relax.

A glorious slice of up-river, down-town chic, Gins Barn opens its doors for up to 8 people who want to stop the world and get off for a breather. The relaxed, luxury, quirky style is seamless throughout this place which is owned by internationally respected furniture designer Julian Chichester.

The Beaulieu River is only 80m away over the gardens and is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and has been in the ownership of the Montagu family for over 400 years.

The farm is so close to the sea, it’s a sailing landmark. To the south is a private conservation wetland reserve, deep in clouds of chattering migratory birdlife and fields of wild ponies – all silhouetted at champagne-o’clock under big-sky sunsets and towering storms from the English Channel.

This property is also unique in the fact that you can celebrate weddings here.

Sawdays say this about Gins

“A bucolic drive through the New Forest brings you to the water’s edge, the yacht club and Gins Barn, ancient and magnificently beamed. Step inside for chunky oak floors warmed by enormous woollen rugs, a big modern kitchen with all the stuff you need. Serious art, lovely lighting, great sound system and two fat wood-burners belting out the heat at this super place for families or friends.” Read more on Sawdays here. Inspected and Selected by Sawday's - a Special Place

About the barn

The accommodation area includes everything in the floor plan below except the adjoining Tithe Barn.

This property is indeed an amazing place to escape. Hidden a long way down a private lane, Gins Barn comprises of a grouping of old farm buildings converted into luxury accommodation set around sheltered, sun trap courtyard gardens which were once the stable yard.

Gins is owned by creatives Holly and Julian (an internationally respected furniture designer), hence the up-town chic along with those down-river views.

There is gallery-style art on the walls, an impressive sound system, statement lighting (check out Julian’s Bacco chandeliers) and antiques mixed with modern designer pieces. The accommodation feels deeply comforting with chunky exposed beams, oak boards warmed by big rugs and soft, muted colour schemes. Guests can curl up on the sumptuously squishy sofas in front of the log burner in the sitting room, and sleep comes easily in bedrooms full of country charm with iron-frame beds, wool blankets and linenfold wardrobes.

Furniture can come and go here, but for the last 6 years, the contemporary farmhouse kitchen features 6 of Julian’s bobbin carver chairs. They fit beautifully round a table that seats up to eight. On warm days doors can be thrown open onto the sheltered courtyard garden for alfresco dining. The kitchen is also really well kitted-out with everything you need if you are catering for a big family celebration, including a serious cooker and huge double-fronted fridge/freezer.

This is a super place for families and friends to come together, it is also all on one level so brilliant for all generations. Gins comfortably sleeps eight adults plus small children. Yet there is space enough, with the generously sized kitchen and sitting room, for guests not to feel on top of each other.

There is a long jetty with a small pontoon at the end. You can see far out into the Solent and stunning views up the river. In the warmer months, passing boat traffic is high, so this is a great place to sit and mull. It’s also a fabulous place to go crabbing.

Family

Babies and children are welcome here. The sitting room is big and the kitchen is a generous size for family meals. If you need more space there is the massive Tithe Barn sitting/dining room that is available to rent. Please read more about this below.

There are chickens and ducks that live here in an electric fenced area and do sometimes roam free.

Just so you know, the owners and caretaker live onsite next door to this property and may be around.

The Gins Tithe Barn.

Please note, the Tithe Barn sitting room is NOT included in the accommodation rental.

Thought to date from the 1700s, the Tithe Barn is a vast space that’s all soaring height, beams, colour and character with grand piano, humongous rugs over reclaimed oak boards, a large wood burner and sofas and chairs piled with cushions and throws.

If you would like to use the Tithe Barn for anything during your stay, or as a venue hire, please ask us for pricing and check with us for availability when booking.

Read more about the Tithe Barn area here.

Weddings

We hosted our first big wedding celebration, with a giant marquee on the lawns, in May 2016. Look at our blog here.

And visit our weddings page here.

Gins is best for…

Big family celebrations with the whole family in tow.

Plus with The Tithe Barn adjoining to seat 30, you can invite more for lunch/supper for your VIP’s big day.

Accessibility

The barn is suitable for less mobile people too. There are two steps 8? each step into the barn from the parking area. You can park right outside the main door. The doorways are wide enough for regular sized wheelchairs but there isn’t any specific adaptation through the house for chairs. There is a very slight step of 2? between the hall and the sitting room which will be a small bump for those in chairs.

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

Gins is aimed at the top end of the rental market and may not be suitable for those with children aged 1 years to 10 years (ish) due in part to the river 80m away across the garden. The river is banked by tidal flats near Gins and DOES occasionally breach it’s banks into the garden during the winter and spring – so it is not well fenced. Please call us to talk it through if you’re worried.

The Barn may also not be suited to families with small children due to the high end nature of the interiors. But if you’re happy to control your kids, we’re happy to host you. Approximately half of our guests bring children from babes to teens.

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Garden : A well planted, terrace courtyard with plenty of outdoor seating and a BBQ. The garden at the front of the house has the families grass tennis court to the front. The tennis court is new and not for guests use at this time. The broader lawns open out to the surrounding nature reserve and river.

Kitchen : Range gas oven / large Fridge Freezer / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Microwave / Nespresso coffee machine

Mod Cons : 30" TV, DVD player, good music system and speakers throughout

Connectivity : Free Wifi and mobile signal is good

Parking : Up to 6 cars

Kids' Stuff : There are two highchairs and two cots, one large cot suitable up to three years and a travel cot. There is a selection of books and DVDs for children.

There are chickens here and sometimes love to roam free. We ask that guests and dogs stay away from the chicken's electric fenced area.

Whilst there is a gate onto the jetty, there is only 1 wire (hip-height) hand hold on the long jetty - please stay with children at all times. The water is deep.

Pets : Two medium-sized dogs (up to 20kgs) are welcome at £40 per dog, per stay. However, we do kindly ask that the dogs are kept on leads whilst outside due to the surrounding nature reserve and wile game birds.

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What makes this special...

So many favourites here!

The crabbing here off the jetty is great fun and, in our recent test, very very successful. It’s great fun for all ages. You can pick samphire here from August to November – delicious.

We love to take a boat taxi upriver for easy drinks or meals at The Master Builders. It’s a short trip, and in warm months, the taxi runs from Bucklers Hard. So non-boaters can go by car and meet you there.

Quite a few groups have arranged vintage tea parties for 70th birthdays in the Tithe Barn – we can organise a pianist, story-teller or foodie options. Just ask us.

The migrating birds come in to roost here in Autumn. Starlings murmurate here in the big skies over the Solent. It’s wild, peaceful and unspoilt.

Take a boat taxi up-river for drinks or eats at The Master Builder’s, Bucklers Hard (guests receive 10% off their food bill). Or try out the Royal Southampton Yacht club next door.

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Days Out

For those with teenagers and older children the private pontoon gives you the opportunity to use the river and sea to its greatest benefit; crabbing, secret picnics, kayaking and sunbathing.

Gins is within the National Park. It’s foresty interior is a short drive away. Walking in the forest is superb, especially the old forest – you can track the most ancient trees via GPS on your phone.

Near to Gins is Beaulieu Palace, Church and museums, Beaulieu village is lovely too as is the walk from Bucklers Hard there and back), Exbury Gardens.

Further afield are the Lymington markets on Saturdays, the sea wall paths, the Lym’ Lido with it’s water assault courses (summer only).

Special days and celebrations

Our most popular bookings here are family celebrations – 70th and 80th birthdays with the whole family in tow. Plus with The Tithe Barn adjoining to seat 30, you can invite more for lunch for your VIP’s big day.

For celebrations, we recommend catching a boat taxi from the jetty to the Bucklers Hard pub and museum and either walking or boating back again. The pub is well regarded and the view from there boaty, calm and idyllic. Or we can arrange catering, story-tellers for you ‘at home’.

For foodies The Pig in Brockenhurst and Limewood Hotel – both extremely well regarded. Book early for any of these 3 places. The Yacht Haven has some lovely tables with marina views and the food has got better and better. Again, book early.

Next door to Gins is the Royal Southampton Yacht Club. Its rather like a smart pub/restaurant that is all about boats! It’s takes 1 minute to walk there from the barn front door and has the most lovely view across and up and down the river. They are open for food and drinks at weekends all year and in the off peak season then at weekends only. Do book in advance if you can.

The New Forest area is 2 hours drive south of London. The city of Southampton is to the East, and Bournemouth is to the West but there are no major built up areas between. The New Forest is 300km square of beautiful forest and heathlands. It is coastal and The Solent is part of the English Channel. The small and agricultural Isle of Wight is part of the view from the beaches and coast to the south. The New Forest area is mainly flat with some rolling hills in the northern area.

Walking and cycling here is particularly excellent. Tracks are well marked, have a good hard surface and you can detour to pass pubs and cafes in good distances for breaks. Horse riding is also excellent, bring your own or there are several good stables who offer forest rides or training. Dog walking here is lovely and dogs are welcome everywhere (including the coast) but should be on leads in spring and summer in heath areas for the migrating birds.

Access is very good on the motorways M3 and M27. Train access is good and 1.hr 50mins to the sleepy Brockenhurst village which is central in the National Park.

The area is sensitively managed by the National Park and Forestry Commission. There are over 4000 wild ponies, donkeys and cattle who live uncontained here and you will meet them on the roads and lanes. So travel carefully. There is a 40 mile and hour limit here for good reason.

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.

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 sandy bits. Its great to track them….Gruffalo-style!

Tanners Lane beach, our nearest at 3/4 mile from the cottage, faces the Isle of Wight and its a perfect spot for catching the last rays of evening sun for champagne or a takeaway pizza/curry. You can park at Tanners too. There are no rocks for rock-pooling but there is good mud to scratch about it, a stream and some great trees for climbing.

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.

Brockenhurst village is in the centre of the New Forest. It is a pretty and sleepy spot. Come for the slow life. the local bakery has been there since 1963, The Sett cafe is great, The Pig Hotel - is superb for local and slow food. Walking and cycling from here is particularly excellent.

Burley area is a great eccentric spot. The golf course is an unfenced course so ponies and cattle can walk on the greens. It is well drained and well mown so the course is relatively undamaged and the animals are part of the fun of it. The village is busy and has a great local store.

East End, Pilley villages. Very slow, very sleepy... three great pubs. Fabulous walking and beach access.

Lymington. Busy, bustling, the centre of shopping and tourism. Well worth a visit to the weekly Saturday morning markets. Great coastal walking on The Solent Way which has amazing views. Lovely cafe's and restaurants. More vintage and pre-loved shops popping up - furniture and designer clothing. Waitrose and Tesco's supermarket. The waterpark at the old Lido is cheap, creative and amazing for kids in summer.

Keyhaven village - extremely quiet.... no ponies and cattle here, you're out of the cattle grid zone. The coastal path is a lovely walk - head to Lymington off road in an hour. Walk to Hurst Castle along the spit, or take the boat is a must. Forage for samphire in late summer. Wild swim in some areas.

Milford on Sea village is busy and full of good independent shops and some great foodie places. Hollands the independent supermarket is brilliant. The coast here is a secret to many. The beach is miles long, sandy at low tide and good for wild swimming, dogs and sandcastles. It's rarely busy.



Hi I'm Rachel Parsons, founder of New Forest Escapes. Since 2012 we have been offering New Forest cottages and holiday houses. Big, small, luxury, eccentric, seaside and forest… We offer stays from 2 nights to 2 weeks or longer stays up to 6 months.

In 2011, with a 6 month old baby, I started with one holiday cottage. After 3 years friends kept asking me to help out. Now we have over 20 houses and are looking for more. The team has grown from just me (thank goodness) and we have 4 part time mums in the office which is just outside Lymington.

We are proud of the care we take of people. We're all locals. Our experience and knowledge of the area and the houses is excellent - we are in them often checking and primping things. We love to share the best local spots and help people make happy memories of this lovely area.

Predictable as it sounds, it's important to slow down and smell the flowers and our mission is to inspire moments of happiness in everything we do. Also to make things as simple and easy for everyone we communicate with. We don't always get that right, but we do try!

Here's a glimpse into our thinking: we like (and have blogged extensively on how to do...) Breakfast on the beach, Swallows and Amazons adventures, toasting marshmallows over the fire by the shore, the lived-in look, English eccentric style, exploring, country tracks, creativity and fun, Scrabble on the jetty, story-tellers spinning tales in forest glades, scrummy picnics…

What we don't like, Beige and boring, characterless identikit rooms, thin mattresses, shower mould, no free condiments, having to lay your own fire, not being able to find the matches, scrabbling around trying to find information on where to go and what to do…

Who is our customer and how do we help them?

Since 2012 we have helped over 2000 groups holiday in the New Forest. We've had the normal: family breaks, 70th birthdays, weddings… And we've had the unusual: pet geese, divorce parties and film shoots. There have been a few particularly special groups whose VIP was terminally ill and came to celebrate their last family get-together. Quite a humbling and amazing experience to help with.



Going that extra bit…We know how important and tricky it is to get 'the magic bits' into a break. To help we've worked up some 'experience ideas' for inspiration. We know which pub serves the more bizarre brews. The restaurant with the freshest fish. The perfect spot for your morning yoga and forest bathing. Everyone, whatever age, will love making memories together. Read more in our blog here.

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Owner and house rules.

- We only accept mixed generational family groups here.

- The total number of adult beds are 8, 1 small bed for a child upto 8, and 2 babies in cots allowed.

- We do not accept any stag or hen groups OR any single sex, single generation groups.

- Changeover days here are strictly Mondays and Fridays throughout the year, except where there is a Bank Holiday on a Monday and in that week we will force a Friday to Friday booking. For UK holiday dates such as Easter Day, Christmas Day or New Years Day we will only take a weeks booking and changeovers will have to be at least 2 days before the peak holiday date such as  Easter Day, Christmas Day or New Years Day.

- We allow up to 4 day visitors here.

- Parties are not allowed here.

- The neighbours here are accepting of holiday guests but please respect neighbourly hours when using the garden. Two dogs are welcome here, there is a surcharge of £40 for a dog per stay. If you breach these rules, or we think you may intend to breach these rules then we will cancel your booking within 48 hours of your booking.

So please do not waste our time by booking if this is not the right place for you. We would rather you book the right place first time, than us both have the hassle or reorgansing after you've booked. Thanks. Sarah and the team at New Forest Escapes. 


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Gins Ln
New Forest
Hampshire
New Forest
SO42 7XG
01590 462005
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Listing Details

Last Minute Availability

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Can Leave Dog Unattended

No


Exercise Area

No


Wheel Chair Access

No


Owner Has A Dog

No


Limit On Dog Size

Two medium-sized dogs (up to 20kgs) are welcome at £40 per dog, per stay. However, we do kindly ask that the dogs are kept on leads whilst outside due to the surrounding nature reserve and wile game birds.


No. Of Dogs Allowed

2


Charge For Dogs

Yes


Enclosed Garden

No


Bedrooms

4


Bathrooms

3


Sleeps

8


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