The Old Barn

Southampton, Hampshire

On an estate once owned by the Mitfords, in a sweet corner of the New Forest, clematis climbs the trellises and all you hear are the birds


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Next to the estate village’s antique petrol pumps (now disused!) is your own beautifully enclosed gateway and pristine front door. The blacksmith’s old workshop has become a wonderful, spacious bolthole for two. The owners live next door and will meet and greet or leave you a key. Downstairs is a really good-size sitting room, a stylish diner-kitchen with Smeg fridge, and a loo in the lobby; upstairs a spoiling kingsize bed, and a bathroom with piles of thick towels. The décor is crisp and modern, the wood-burner is cosy, the space is generous, the colours calm: everything works and it’s perfect for couples in search of a rural break. The New Forest is on your doorstep (spot ponies roaming the heathland) and you’re a short drive to Lepe beach. Wander around neighbouring Beaulieu, a pretty village, home of the Montagu family and Palace House. Treat yourself to a sumptuous meal at the Michelin-starred Montagu Arms or visit the gorgeous Exbury Gardens, then wander back to your own: secluded, furnished and full of trilling birds.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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 £110
Weekly price
from £380
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 2
From £1101 bed1 bedroom


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

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.