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Old Post Office

Sleek and chic, the Old Post Office is a corner house 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 in the distance.

The house is square and stout. Just as a reliable institution such as the Post Office likes to be considered. It is a landmark in the tiny village. The owners have been very clever with the recent renovation and people who love their seaside delivered with panache will love it here. The owners are involved with super-yachts and their taste is evident. It’s styled along the lines of cool, calm and collected. Tones are muted. There’s 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 will be hard pushed to choose where to wander first; the blue boat yard, the lane to crabbing and beaches, the village with good foodie options. Hurst Castle is a must for views, the little ferry ride, the sandy beach that is revealed as the tide goes out.

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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.

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.

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, 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 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 1 travel cot and 1 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.

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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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Owner and house rules.

- We only accept mixed generational family groups here.

- The total number of adult beds are 8 with 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 2 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. One dog is 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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Walk (or push prams), along the very quiet road, for 15 mins to Hurst Spit and you’ll find a bridge for crabbing, a stream for paddling in, amazing views of the island. On the Western side fo the spit, at low tide there’s a perfect and small sandy beach. Don’t swim here tho’ please. On the Eastern side of the spit the water is gentle and it’s a pebbly beach.

Kids too small to walk to the castle? Go by boat and take the short trip out to Hurst Castle. The boat leaves from Keyhaven.

For older children the Hurst Castle walk is blustery and has great views of The Needles and the castle take some beating for hide and seek games. There’s a little cafe there too. There’s great kids crabbing down the lane on the Hurst Castle footbridge.

For escapists, don’t miss a top reading spot: take your book and walk out to Hurst Castle. Find a spot out of the wind and boat watch and read in the peace and quiet out there.

Further away the beach at Milford on Sea is a 25 minute walk and is lovely. If you’re going up there without kids then make sure you’ve got a visit to Verveine Fish market Restaurant booked in in advance – superb.

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.

Another nice walk is from the house to Hurst Castle Spit and then walk along the spit towards Milford on Sea and have breakfast / lunch / tea / morning coffee or Ice creams at the ‘RAFT ROCKS’ Bistro / Café / Bar at Marine House, Hurst Road on the water front. www.theraftrocks.com And walking back go via Sturt Pond at the families of swans and signets that gather there.

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. 

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

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. For 7 years 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 with 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. One dog is 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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Listing Address

Old Post Office
Saltgrass Lane, Keyhaven
Milford on Sea
Hampshire
New Forest
SO41 0TP
01590 462005
Website

Listing Details

Can Leave Dog Unattended

Yes


Exercise Area

No


Wheel Chair Access

No


Owner Has A Dog

No


Limit On Dog Size

Medium


No. Of Dogs Allowed

1


Charge For Dogs

Yes


Miscellaneous Notes

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.25kg approx


Enclosed Garden

Yes


Bedrooms

4


Bathrooms

3


Sleeps

8


Welcome Pack

No


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