Gins Barn

Beaulieu, Hampshire

Serious art, lovely lighting, great sound system and a fat wood-burner belting out the heat at this super place for families or friends


9 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


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, and smart bedrooms (one definitely bigger) with puffy goose down, crisp white cotton and good antiques. Best of all you get a massive beamed living space for reading (find plenty of books) and relaxing. Sofas are large and squishy, colours are delightfully restful, a wood-burner belts out the heat (logs on the house) and the whole place oozes good taste and generosity. Owners Julian, a designer, and Holly, a film-maker, are charming and live next door in the farmhouse. They are passionate about their patch and leave you lovely things in the fridge. Art is taken seriously and the walls are things of great beauty; a hearty sound system is a distinct bonus, and Julian’s lights and furniture are fab. Come by boat if you prefer, pootle to Buckler’s Hard, take the ferry to Yarmouth. Lovely.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3.30pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Pets by arrangement. Please see website for availability.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £400
Weekly price
from £1200
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Barn for 8
From £4009 beds4 bedrooms


Gins Barn is wonderful - probably the best self-catering house we have ever stayed in. The location is stunning and the house is so well appointed - the art work is amazing. The attention to detail is just fantastic - with a kitchen that has everything, including all the basic store cupboard items. The bedrooms and bathrooms are well thought out and the lounge area is very comfortable. Everyone we dealt with from making the arrangements, the handy man on the day to the owners were great. My only issue is going to be the high benchmark this has set and will we ever stay anywhere as good again.

Karen, Bath

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rachel Parsons

  • Gins is a sailing landmark on the The Beaulieu River. You can catch a boat taxi from the pontoon up to Bucklers Hard. It takes 20 minutes and costs £20. Have lunch at The Master Builders (also Sawdays) and as our guests get 10% off your food bill.
  • In Bucklers Hard there is a small maritime museum to explain the areas history, plus a little coffee shop. You can walk from here to Beaulieu in about an hour alongside the river in the nature reserve on boardwalks and tracks away from the roads.
  • Don't feel like cooking? The Royal Solent Yacht Club is next door and does good grub, and you can send the kids crabbing from here too. After that, go exploring with Percy, resident dog. Or pick up eggs from the stylish hens that roam the gardens.
  • To the land-side of Gins is the North Solent Nature Reserve which is known for its flocks of migrating birdlife. There are hides to watch from and you can walk out along the sea defences to look at The Isle of Wight and the bird reserve - big sky views!
  • There is a park bench on the jetty there for much of the year and it's just the BEST place to go and read a book, practice yoga or sun bathe.
  • There are fabulous places to eat nearby - The Pig in Brockenhurst and Limewood, plus masses of cafes and relaxed places for walkers and families. The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu has won awards for its cream teas - great walking from there.