The Old Barn

Exbury, Hampshire
Self-catering


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

Bed

1 bed

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

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.

Living room at The Old Barn in Hampshire with French windows, squishy sofas and a real wood burner

We think you'll love

  • Having forest walks and also wonderful beaches
  • The setting, in the most charming village
  • The feeling of space
View of the spacious open-plan kitchen and dining room at The Old Barn in Exbury, Hampshire with pastel blue units

Home truths

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

Essentials

  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
We are only minutes away from the Montagu Arms, with its Michelin restaurant and brasserie.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £110
Weekly price
from £380
Damage deposit
100
1 Cottage for 2
From £1101 bed1 bedroom

Reviews

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.

Mrs

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

Mrs

A lovely cottage with everything you could ask for.

Miss

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.

Molly

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.

Jan

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Location

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.

Introducing

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.