This former brickhouse dating from 1790 is now a grand home with marvellous family portraits and sublime furniture, yet has a comfy, homely feel. Kids will love the huge garden and the two single rooms that have stairs up to a raised bed.
Christoph provides an organic box from the excellent local farm shop with bacon, eggs, milk, butter and cake plus a bottle of wine, and food delivery can be arranged along with catering. You can cook together in the kitchen, or use the barbecue – there’s a big dining out area in the garden, as well as a trampoline and a yurt.
You’re surrounded by wild ponies and cattle, and deer often visit the garden. The river has a mooring with a ladder – ideal for swimmers – and a footpath to the historic and beautiful Buckler’s Hard, with its maritime museum and lovely pub/restaurant The Master Builder (30 minutes). The pretty town of Beaulieu is a 15-20 minute walk or five minutes’ drive.