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Beautifully presented throughout in a classic stylish manner, Mulberry Barn offers plenty of space and Visit Britain Five Star Gold comfort for four guests (plus two children in cots). Maintained to a very high standard by the owners, Mulberry Barn is perfectly placed in a highly desirable conservation area of the coastal village of Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire. Within easy reach of the New Forest National Park (the boundary is just a mile away), guests can enjoy the best of both worlds with the sea on the doorstep and miles of forest walks close by.
With beautiful views encapsulating Hurst Castle, the Needles and the Isle of wight in the distance, Milford-on-sea is a popular coastal village with immense traditional charm. The village has pubs and restaurants for a meal out as well as a good range of shops around its pretty village green such as a good butcher, fish monger, baker, newsagent and places for an afternoon tea or coffee - just a three minute walk from Mulberry Barn.
Spend your days enjoying woodland or embracing cliff top walks straight from the front door, or hop in the car (or jump on the bike!) and visit the forest with miles of tracks and trails where you will see an abundance of wildlife.
Millford-on-Sea's beach has a classic seaside vibe with colourful beach huts. From here you can walk along the shingle spit to Hurst Castle, a lovely walk with a passenger ferry at the other end taking you to Keyhaven with its bustling harbour, traditional 18th Century pub (the Gunn Inn) and nature reserve.
For days when you want a break from relaxing on the beach or outdoor adventures, there are plenty of attractions and great days out. The Georgian market town of Lymington is only three miles away with its lovely shops, cobbled quayside, eateries and Isle of Wight ferry. Beaulieu (home to the famous National Motor Museum and Beaulieu Abbey) is ten minutes away and from here you can walk to Buckler's Hard, steeped in maritime history. Little ones will love a day at Paulton's Park and Peppa Pig World, Longdown Activity Farm or Bournemouth Oceanarium for an underwater adventure.
The cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester are also within easy driving distance, as is Portsmouth with its historic dockyard, the popular seaside resort of Bournemouth, Poole, Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Hills.
David Danby joined Independent Cottages in June 2010
Sitting in a quiet country road (with no through traffic), Mulberry Barn is just a three minute walk from the heart of the village with its many amenities. Within just ten minutes you can be enjoying cliff top walks, or a minutes drive be in the New Forest.
The level of attention to detail shines through the whole house offering child-friendly self-catering with plenty of space to relax inside and out.
Outside: The garden is spacious and laid mainly to lawn with a south facing terrace equipped with table and chairs for enjoying the warmer months. A garage provides storage for bikes and outdoor gear and houses sun loungers, BBQ and buckets/spades/crab nets for fun on the beach. The drive is gated with secure parking for two cars.
Additional information: Plenty of toddler equipment is provided including a cot, baby bath, stair gates, high chairs, changing mats etc. Central heating throughout and included in the price. Bed linen, towels, WiFi and electricity also included, as well as a local parking permit that can be used in thirty nine local car parks.
Star Rating: 5 Star Gold
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