The Old Barn

Exbury, Hampshire
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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.

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We think you'll love

  • Having forest walks and also wonderful beaches
  • The setting, in the most charming village
  • The feeling of space
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You should know

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


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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 May - October.
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 thoroughly enjoyed our short break at the Old Barn, Exbury. The cottage was very spacious, quiet and comfortable. The beautiful strolls through Exbury Gardens and along the river together with the embracing sea breeze and shell collecting as we walked along the Solent shore at Lepe Beach, made for a very relaxing break.


Finding somewhere for an out-of-season getaway isn’t that easy. The Old Barn gave us tranquility, lashings of space, quality furnishings and interesting pictures. Outside the clouds didn’t move so nor did we, apart from a stroll around the village. We needed peace; we needed quiet - we read our books, wrote letters (!) watched a DVD and a bit of TV. We left feeling healed and relaxed. Another successful Sawdays choice.

John, Dorking

Very quiet location,excellent property with everything you need, comfy bed , will definitely be returning.perfect for that cosy break.highly recommend

Paul, Chalfont St Peter

Most enjoyable visit. Accommodation in Old Barn was first class.

David, Caterham

I booked the Old Barn for 2 weeks in July. I went on my own, to relax and explore that part of the New Forest. The property is as beautiful as in the pictures, but bigger than it seems. Great spaces to relax, to read, or watch a movie. Kate is very kind and helpful and there is plenty of information if you didn't prepare. The Old Barn is a 5 minutes walk from the beautiful Exbury Gardens, 40 minutes from Lepe beach and plenty of footpaths to explore. Beulieu is not far and offers great choices for food and shopping. I can't wait to get back! Thank you

Flavia, London

We had a fabulous week in The Old Barn which offers a comfortably spacious & beautifully secluded place in which to completely relax & unwind. Everything you would need had been thoughtfully provided for by Kate & Red in this immaculate property. We loved The Old Barn & Exbury, a quiet hidden gem of a place, perfectly placed to explore The New Forest & all it has to offer. We really hope to return!

Janet, Cheshire

The cottage is clean, tastefully decorated and well appointed. The garden is quiet and lovely with interesting bird life. The cottage is ideally located for visiting tourist sites and long walks.

Barbara, Bury St Edmunds

The Old Barn is a very comfortable place to stay with high standards of furnishing and facilities. The location is very convenient to reaching both the sea and different areas of the New Forest. In particular Exbury Gardens in the village are well worth a visit. Overall we had a lovely relaxing holiday.

Penny, Brighton

A comfortable cottage in a great location.

Koula, Brighton

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

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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.