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

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

A bucolic drive through the New Forest (use a proper map) 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. Best of all you get a massive beamed living space for reading (find plenty of books) and relaxing. Sofas are large and squishy, logs for the wood-burner are on the house, and the whole place oozes good taste and generosity.

The kitchen has a big table for convivial meals, and you can stock up in Bucklers Hard, an historic fully restored 18th-century village on the riverbank. You’ll also find pubs and restaurants there along with an interesting Maritime museum and a ferry to Yarmouth. Head off for watery fun with views over the Beaulieu river in one direction and across the Solent to the Isle of Wight in the other – sit on the jetty for a good mull, perhaps with a book, while yachts drift by through marshes full of birdlife. Don’t forget to bring binoculars if you are interested in birdwatching.

Return to a large lawn for picnics, a potager to walk about in and a terrace round the other side to escape any wind – all with more dreamy views.

Gins Barn - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Crabbing from the jetty
  • Watching all the boats float past
  • Not feeling cramped in the big light space
Gins Barn - Gallery

You should know

  • It's not good for non-swimming children with the river across the garden
  • For serious walks you need to drive inland to the forest
  • There are no walls off the hallway so some bedrooms will be noisier if others are staying up late


  • 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


Lovely space perfect when weather good which it was. Sailing club next door was a plus.


A fabulous place with great views overlooking the harbour. Very clean, great size rooms, the comfiest beds after a long day of walking! The town is a short walk away with a lovely little wine bar called ‘The Cave’ and other pubs, restaurants and shops.


We had a fantastic short stay at the cottage. We found it beautifully clean and decorated with everything you would need for your stay. The master bedroom on the top floor is a great spot for parents, so quiet and secluded with peaceful views of the water.

Shana and family

We had a fantastic short stay at the cottage. We found it beautifully clean and decorated with everything you would need for your stay. The master bedroom on the top floor is a great spot for parents, so quiet and secluded with peaceful views of the water.

Shana and family

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

Come to revel in the truly peaceful setting. The barn is set on the edge of the North Solent Nature Reserve with 820 acres of lakes, heathland and marshes bordering the Beaulieu river. It's a dream for birdwatchers with lapwings and avocets in spring. It's also a sailor's paradise with the coast just half a mile away from the house. The nearest place to shop or eat out is Bucklers Hard, a short walk - and The Master Builder’s House is a fine hotel for a meal.

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.