Simple, stylish seaside cottage

Keyhaven  |  Sleeps 4 grownups + 2 babies  |  Solent views

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Keyhaven and it’s marshes are named ‘cû hæfen’ in Old English and used to be the harbour where cows and sheep were shipped to and from the Isle of Wight. Now this pretty hamlet is still a time-zone behind the rest of the world. Not much moves quickly here, except passing flights of birds settling for the evening on the tidal marshes.

Our Coastguard Cottage is part of a charming terrace of five small cream and red brick houses that were used by the coastguard during the Victorian and Edwardian periods until about the mid 20th century. The house has recently been carefully restored and decorated, with bespoke shabby-chic furniture complementing the clean lines of the fresh interior. It is a wonderful place for a romantic break or a small family escape.

There is exceptional coastal walking to be done from here. Hurst Spit is a must. The coastal path to Lymington is delightful and to the East you have miles of pebbly beaches at Milford on Sea. Further East, a short 10 minute drive are sandy beaches in Highcliffe.