The Cottage

With 5 comfortable bedrooms, a funky Shed with a (four poster) bed, pretty gardens, ready-made dens for kids, log fires, funky kitchen with giant Smeg fridge, WIFI, 5 mins from the beach, this is a wonderful place for a holiday…

The basics….

Sleeps 10 in total + babies.
Please don’t think we’re ‘a big party house’, we only accept mixed groups with children and older guests as we are in a village setting and need to be careful of noise for neighbours.

  • Family house for 6/8 + kids
  • Next door to gastro pub
  • Renovated as an ‘eco house’
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • 3/4 acre whimsical gardens
  • 3 mins from the beach
  • Dog and horse friendly
  • Two ‘twigloo’ dens & lots of outdoor toys
  • Especially set up for families + mixed generational groups
  • Lots of kit for babies + small children
  • Free WIFI
  • Vegetable potager with ‘help yourself’ system
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • Coco caravan –  our eccentric green lady for kids
  • Mini gypsy-caravan for under 9’s
  • 2 Woodburners (and free wood)

Ground Floor

Out from the kitchenthe kitchenSitting Room

Entrance porch – with hot/cold outdoor sink.

Boot room –  ideal for wellies, pushchairs, wet dogs etc.

Kitchen / dining room –  Belling range oven & grill, microwave, dishwasher, SMEG American fridge freezer, toaster, kettle. The dining area in the kitchen has a wall of folding  doors to kitchen terrace, dining table with chairs to seat 8 and a small verandah that sits another 4. This area gets all the morning sun, great for lazy, sunny breakfasts.

Sitting room – A snug square room with bay window, wood burner,  TV, DVD, books, games etc. Big blue corner sofa which seats 7 plus 2 on armchairs.

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Bedroom 2 – This bedroom is downstairs.  The bed that can be split into twin single beds or made up as a Super King.

Bedroom 3 – This bedroom is opposite the downstairs shower room. This room is put together as a kids room, including plenty of toys, beanbags, books etc.
With built in triple bunk-beds this room sleeps 3. The top ‘bunk’ is a mattress on the mezzanine of the second floor. It is reached by a staircase ladder and is as high as the ceiling so this bed will not be suitable for your group if you have young children but probably will be where they’ll want to sleep! There is a wooden railing to help stop people falling from the platform but it is not fool-proof! There is no stair-gate for this stairs but a screw-on “stair slide” that will stop toddlers from climbing. The second bunk is also higher than normal – so not suitable for small children.

Upstairs

Double Room - The Ploughman's CottageThe shed bedThe Trees Bedroom

Bedroom 1 – (reached via stairs – no hand rail) and ensuite bathroom.
The room has two big windows and is full of light both morning and afternoon. It has a super king bed and comfortable sitting chair, perfect for reading bed-time stories or feeding babies.

The ensuite has a bath, with shower above.

Bedroom 2 – Built as a babies room, just across the staircase – it has a built in platform bed 6″ off the floor – for small people learning to sleep in beds. It is designed for parents who want their small people to stay close but not too close or as an extra single room for large groups. A travel cot (provided) will easily fit in the room too.

‘The Shed’

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We think The Shed is the coolest place to stay here at Ploughmans. The main draw is the bed; a sturdy and ornate, white-curtained four-poster affair. The main living/bedroom space is approx’ 7 x 10m, the little bunk room ensuite is 4 x 4m.  There is a little wood-burner for heating plus radiators. The door folds right back to let the garden in. During the summer this side of the garden is the place to sit and soak into the afternoon sunshine. It gets quite hot in the summer and its not a windy place so you can bake here quite nicely!

There is a shower room with toilet here too.

We rehabilitated The Shed from some very ancient falling down (yes, you guessed it) sheds and we insulated it to extremely high standards. Less brilliant but great for the environment was our idea to reuse the old crickle windows and this means that the old windows can get wet with condensation. This doesn’t seem to reduce with the heat inside and although we loved recycling the old windows we do regret it a bit now. If you have any ideas about how to solve the ‘watery winter views’, please email us! Don’t let it put you off though as it really is the nicest room here as it’s very romantic, private and quiet.

The Shed also has a twin room with built in bunks but we do not let this out often as we don’t think the house can fully accommodate comfortably 12 guests.

‘The Garden’

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We love gardening and hope you can enjoy some of the fruits (literally) of our labour. There is masses for kids to explore. In particular the garden is set up for under 9s, with dens, twigloos, outdoor toys and two wonderful caravans. They might love our wonderful ‘Coco the Caravan’, (our teenagers do, they make a beeline for it and flop), but its our glorious mini gypsy caravan which is the show-stopper for cuteness. Drag and drop it around the garden. Position it by the big kitchen window if you want to be able to read your Sunday paper in peace, bring an old blanket if you want them to take up day-time residence in the twigloo.

Short (and exceptionally bad) film of the garden around the cottage…

The kitchen terrace has a table for 8, a small level lawn in front of big kitchen window, the main large ‘twigloo’, behind that, and further down the garden more grass and woodland trees. There is a vegetable potager and you can help yourself.

We also have two caravans; Coco – donated by neighbours and now a kids den for crayoning on walls and escaping for adventures. There is no electric, plumbing, heating etc in Coco and tho’ very comfortable, she is not a bedroom. Then there’s the mini Gypsy van – petite and colourful, its the perfect prop for taking cute photos.

Wisteria covers much of the front of the cottage. Around it is planted drought tolerant; verbena, sedums, stipa tenuissima, bamboo and perennials. We have masses of daffodils which are the first to flower in the year, followed by carpets of forget-me-nots on the graveled areas, then the tulips come out. By the end of May the wisteria and clematis are out in full bloom and the ferns should be unfurling in the shadowy areas of the house. Usually in June the two willow ‘twigloos’ are fully covered and the veg patch is producing lots of food. By July the strawberries and salad is in full swing and in August and into Autumn the fruit trees are producing more than you’ll be able to eat. Autumn sees the salivas flowering again and the cosmos should be out until October. This is the best time for fruit and the pears and apples are amazing. In winter the garden structure is evident with the hoops of the veg-tunnels, the lovely box hedging and the tall the grasses.

There are also two stables with concrete standing and a gravel yard.

‘Babies and children at Ploughmans’

We have an 18, 17 and 3 year old ourselves and have left as much kiddy-kit as we need when we stay. The furniture is robust, we have sofas with washable covers and the carpets have rugs in high-use areas.

Kit provided;

  • 2 high chairs
  • 2 travel cots
  • baby changer
  • baby bouncer
  • Bumbo
  • baby toys
  • stair gates
  • masses and masses of toys for boys and girls of most ages; big, small Lego, Playmobil, cards, board games, crayons, art stuff, jigsaws, tractor stuff, car mat etc etc.
  • squillions of bedtime reading books
  • more DVD’s than you can poke a stick at…

The Gypsy Caravan is lovely and most 9 year olds can stand upright in it. There are two willow dens. One a half circle under our beloved pear tree, the other a ‘twigloo’, the main part stands tall for adults and the ‘bedroom’ via a tunnel.

There is a recycled gas bottle brazier for first adventures in campfire cooking – roasted marshmallows top of the list.

The stables are a useful dry play area when its wet. There are ride-on tractors, some digger and tip truck toys, skipping ropes, balls, old tennis rackets etc.

Coco the Caravan is a kids area too and they’re welcome to make it their own; invite adults for ‘tea’, add more chalk and crayon to the walls, escape to read on their own etc.

Please note that if you have a toddler or ‘crawler’ then the kitchen has a split level floor to the dining area – only 6″ but please be aware.

Stairgates are left up at all times. Fireguards are available for winter.

We do not provide linen for the baby cots at the cottage since most people prefer to bring their own anyway.

On the ‘Things to Do’ page there is a large section of information on great places to take kids. Highlights are; beach, great local parks, good baby pool at the local swimming pool, local petting farm, local small zoo, Peppa Pig world theme park.

‘Golden Oldies (or not so Golden or not so Old) at Ploughmans’

The house is suitable for older folk as there are two bedrooms downstairs, but there are a few things we want to point out so you’re not surprised when you arrive.

The kitchen floor is split level, only 6″ but it may not suit some.
The downstairs bedrooms have access to a shower room and not a bath room, that is upstairs. There are no hand-rails on the stairs.
The house is entered via a porch which has a step up of 10″ and another step of 10″ into the boot room. There are smaller steps by the front door access. The doors in the house are NOT wide enough for wheelchairs. (Gins Barn is).
The downstairs shower room has a walk-in shower with a small 3″ lip into the shower itself. There aren’t grab rails in the shower.

There are masses of things to do with Grannies and Grampas. Definitely go to Exbury Gardens and Beaulieu Motor Museums (there are mobility scooters and trains for those who are less mobile). Definitely take the ferry as a foot passenger to Yarmouth from Lymington and go for lunch at The George or a tea shop. Back on the mainland, Fairweathers Garden Centre and Cafe in Beaulieu is good value and all flat. The short walk around Bucklers Hard is nice as are their tea rooms. If you are bringing a mobility vehicle for walks the area has very few hills and the roads fairly quiet.

If you go for wanders via the car, you can drive onto the closest beach to the house at Tanners Lane (treat your group to a champagne picnic or get a takeaway and eat it there). Or venture a little further and use the many hard-core tracks that traverse the National Park, again, most of which is flat or nearly flat.

‘Catering at Ploughmans’

Because of the location of the house we fully recommend people to walk next-door and eat at the East End Arms Pub. If you don’t want to eat there, sometimes they are happy for you to bring your food back with you as ‘Room Service”. The pub is also a Sawdays ‘Special Place’ and frequently booked up in advance – make sure you do too if you want to gaurantee eating there or eating from there!

We also have several excellent local caterers who can fully cater dinners at the house (& clear up), or just prepare delicious meals & for you to pop in the oven.
Please let me know if you’re interested & I’ll supply their contact details.

In addition Lymington has a fantastic traditional local butcher, veg shop, delis & fishmongers.