The Old Barn

Exbury, Hampshire

Former blacksmith’s workshop in a chocolate-box corner of the New Forest, where clematis climbs the trellis and all you hear are the birds


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

On an estate with real pedigree – it was once owned by the Mitfords – and perfect for two; a quiet, very spacious, bolthole a short drive from beaches and river walks. The owners next door will leave the essentials, a basket of logs and a decent bottle of wine. There’s a sofa for each of you or snuggle up together for films in front of the fire.It’s outdoorsy here between forest and beach: sailing on the river, spotting ponies roaming the heathland, space for muddy boots and bicycles. The garden is secluded, furnished and full of trilling birds, take out books and board games for evenings al fresco.It’s just over two miles to Lepe Beach or the Royal Oak pub at Hilltop, and Exbury Gardens is a walk away – take a detour via Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms and back along the river for views of Buckler’s Hard.

The Old Barn - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Having forest walks and also wonderful beaches
  • The setting, in the most charming village
  • The feeling of space
Living room at The Old Barn in Hampshire with French windows, squishy sofas and a real wood burner

You should know

  • No children or pets
  • It’s not for those who want excitement on the doorstep


  • 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 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
We are only minutes away from the Montagu Arms, with its Michelin restaurant and brasserie.


Nightly price
from £67
Weekly price
from £470
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 2
From £671 bed1 bedroom


We had a fabulous week staying at the Old Barn in Exbury. This is a superb cottage, just right for a couple, great kitchen/diner, sitting room and bedroom, very tastefully appointed and clean, the garden was delightful. It was our first stay in the New Forest and the location is an excellent base for exploring, cycling and walking, there is so much to do. Particularly recommend Lepe Country Park, Exbury Gardens, Bucklers Hard/Beaulieu, Keyhaven/Lymington and the Rhinefield area, but lots more besides.

Jo, Birmingham

Very spacious accommodation in a beautiful spot in the New Forest. Clean and well equipped. Easy cycle ride to Lepe Country Park from the barn. Blackfield a short drive convenient for groceries.

Betty, Walsall

We had a great stay at the old Barn . Located in a quite corner of the new forest near to the coast and Exbury Gardens . There is ample space in the property for two people with its own secluded garden . There is every you need for a relaxing self catering stay home from home .

Gaye, London

Immaculate, airy and well equipped cottage in very quiet village. There are lovely New Forest walks not too far away and Exbury Gardens just up the road. Highly recommended.

Jackie, London

Our week of self-catering at The Old Barn in Exbury was an excellent experience. Not least, the communication with Kate, the pin advance of our stay, helped us to plan our visits to The Montague Arms, Exbury Gardens and Beaulieu Motor Museum before our arrival. We also booked a Click & Collect from Bursledon Tescos’s in Southampton to collect the evening of our arrival. It was important for us, as over-70s folk, to reduce our contact with the public and by doing all this in advance we relaxed. The spaciousness of the property surpassed our expectations and to the private garden was a bonus.

Janet, Solihull

Really enjoyed our stay at the Old Barn. It's beautifully done, and a lot more spacious than would be expected for a one bed place. Very well equipped kitchen. Super comfy bed, and sofas. Altogether very relaxing place for a break.

billie, Woking

The Old Barn is a lovely place to stay. The accommodation is spacious, well furnished and equipped and in a lovely location. There was plenty of information about the cottage and the area and a good supply of books and videos. It was very handy having Mr Eddy's so close by to nip out for a coffee, or lunch. We would certainly use The Old Barn if we visit the area again

Philip, Worcester

Very clean, comfortable, well-equipped and welcoming cottage in a peaceful location. Plenty to do in the area, and very convenient to be able to walk to the beautiful Exbury Gardens. A walk along the lanes eventually leads to the sea and a visit to the cafe overlooking the coast. A good base for visiting the New Forest area.

Hilary, Sutton Coldfield

I am reluctant to give a positive review of this wonderful find. Everyone will want to stay and the secret will be out......... ! It is a perfect bolthole for two with lots of space and a lovely big kitchen so that proper meals can be made on those days when just too lazy to venture out and search for good eating places. That said, there are countless restaurants around but we only stayed 4 nights and wanted to rest rather than drive. Upstairs bedroom was very spacious, and all in all a precious treasure in the box of delights that Sawdays showcases.

Jane, Rye

Loved our stay at The Old Barn, everything there that you could need. Very comfortable, decorated to a high standard and a lovely quiet location. Highly recommended.

Alfie & Trish, Canterbury

Fantastic location - beach within easy walking distance and short drive to explore the New Forest heathland. Very comfortable, quiet accommodation which was brilliant for a post Christmas break. Plenty of sites to visit and splendid for easy walking.

Fiona, Woking

Amazing little find, very cozy cottage with a large kitchen/diner which is very well equipped, a welcoming lounge with log burner (logs supplied) & upstairs a lovely double bedroom with luxury bedding & large bathroom. Kate & Red have decorated the cottage to a very high standard, just my kind of style which made me feel even more at home. Lots of DVD's, games & books available. We stayed during a cold snowy February but it didn't stop us getting out & about, there is a circular walk that goes past the cottage & Exbury gardens & Beaulieu are close by. Kate & Red always at hand if needed.

Gill & Andy, Orpington

The Old Barn is comfortable, spacious and peaceful. A great location for a lovely holiday.

Kathy, Suffolk

A delightful place to stay - spacious, stylish and comfortable.


The Old Barn is tranquil and idyllic, the perfect get away. We look forward to coming back in 2016


A lovely cottage with everything you could ask for.


We had a lovely long weekend at the Old Barn. The house was perfect and very clean. Kate and her husband were very helpful and friendly and provided great recommendations for the area. Definitely recommended and we would stay here again.


We had a really lovely weekend and only wish we could have stayed longer. The Old Barn is one of the nicest and most comfortable cottages we've been to . It was good to find everything we needed e.g. lights, sockets and mirrors in the right places, comfortable sofas and bed, kitchen equipment.etc. I hope we'll stay with you again. There's certainly plenty we'd like to do in the area - never did make it to Bucklers Hard which was our intention.


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The neighbourhood

Traditional Exbury is one of the New Forest’s prettiest villages, surrounded by saltmarshes and creeks with a soundtrack of church bells, birdsong and the occasional clip clop of hooves. The nearest shops are in Blackfield (two miles) but it’s Beaulieu (four miles) you’ll fall in love with; the village is home to the Montagu Arms, the Motor Museum, grand and gothic Palace House and a river for boating and unhurried strolls. The Isle of Wight is a short ferry ride for a day out. The Pig at Brockenhurst (eight miles) is a great pick for a special supper, or it’s just a bit further to Limewood.

Local points of interest from Kate Johnson

  • Exbury Gardens-a spectacular 200-acre garden, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs. Paths meander down to the Beaulieu river and there is a small steam railway if you prefer to view by train
  • Historic Beaulieu is the next village. Visit the famous Motor Museum, Palace House (home of Lord Montagu) and the ruined Cistercian Abbey. Browse the lovely art gallery. Treat yourselves at the Michelin starred Montagu Arms or enjoy tea & cake at café.
  • Bustling Lymington with its waterfront and marinas is a short drive away. There are plenty of shops and galleries to browse and cafes & pubs to linger in.
  • Visit the Isle of Wight. The passenger or car ferry goes from Lymington to Yarmouth. There are great walks, pubs, seafood restaurants, Osborne House - Queen Victoria's retreat and plenty of sailing to watch.
  • Walk or cycle through the fabulous heathland of the New Forest on one of the many paths. See the ponies, cows, deer and even pigs that roam free. Many of the walks take in one of the lovely pubs.
  • Visit the beach. Lepe with stunning views to the Isle of Wight, and D-Day remains is a 5 minute drive; Calshot with pretty beach huts is a 10 minute drive.


Kate Johnson

While Red Johnson is busy running his successful beer company, Kate has her hands full with two small children, the cottage to run and being Commercial Director of Cowes Week. They’ll leave a key for you to let yourself in but are on hand if you need them. They came to Exbury for the peace and quiet and space to keep a boat on the Beaulieu River – any chance they get, they’re off around the Solent or across to the Isle of Wight.