This extraordinary Beach House is positioned at the end of a long isolated track through private woodland where it sits snugged down right on the edge of a wild and varied beach. Sand, pebbles, mud flats and salt marsh framed by ancient oaks make an unbeatable tapestry, for this is where the New Forest meets The Solent.
In the eighteenth century the house was an inn “Famous for Selling Good Brandy” A clear indication that it benefitted from this wild and inaccessible stretch of coastline where smugglers gained access to the shore up the channel known as The Pitts Deep.
Although the restless sea has hugely altered the shape of the channel it is still possible to arrive at Pitts Deep by boat and a private mooring is there to use.
Nowadays coast and garden blend into one, seaside plants and gravel paths weave along the seafront and a large wooden deck provides a platform to look out over the beach, west to the Needles and Hurst Castle and east to Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Yachts race by, fishing boats wend their way, flocks of seabirds call on the sea breeze. New Forest animals are frequent visitors, ponies cows and donkeys are frequent visitors and often walk the shore line at low tide conversing happily with our guests.
The Beach house has been given a new lease of life by its new local owners. Many original features have been maintained, 1930s parquet flooring has a silvery wash, old wooden floors and walls are painted white. An eclectic mix of art adorns the walls, funky pottery nestles alongside a happy and calming blend of antique and modern furniture. Vintage East Coast American rugs, reindeer and sheep skins add warmth and texture to the floors. The old dining room and kitchen have been opened up to make one big space, equipped with all you need for modern living.
Upstairs there are five bedrooms upstairs, all with views of the sea and a family bathroom. Downstairs there is a wet room which is positioned just inside the front door for a hot hose down after a sea side adventure.
Internet connection is provided, television and a portable Bose dock enables you to play music from your iPhone.
If and when you need to escape from this natural seaside idyll and back to the twenty first century, Lymington is only 3 miles away. A bustling high street, supermarkets, boat marinas, restaurants, a ferry to the Isle of Wight and a train station.
The New Forest stretches for miles and is unmatched for trekking and biking. There are walks from the beach house which take you there, or to the East End Arms, our local pub which serves excellent drinks and delicious food.
Pitts Deep really is a place to unwind, to explore and to reconnect with traditional seaside life.