Outside

The cottage is surrounded by its own garden, a hedge provides privacy, and shelter comes from the tall wind shaped pine trees and a fringe of tamarisks. There is a small lawn edged with roses and a brick garden shed houses deck chairs, beach mats, buckets and spades and charcoal for the barbeque.

There is one other house just beyond the cottage. Access and parking space is shared.

During the spring of 2015 the owners  removed the thick vegetation, which screened the cottage from the sea view. A new garden composed of sea tolerant species has been planted and through it gravel paths weave along the shoreline. Now grasses and phormium wave between thrift and drifts of sea poppies and daisies. 

A large deck with a wooden wind break sits right to the high water mark which laps at the garden’s edge. There are table and chairs for enjoying the scenery. The cottage looks straight across the Solent to the isle of Wight.

At high tide the beach is barely accessible to visitors and so it becomes your own, a varied and magical tapestry of sand and stone, remnants from the old clay pipe works along the shore, wind sculpted trees, thousands of shells and birds.

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Along the beach there is walking access across mud flats and pebbles towards Tanners Lane,about ¼ mile away and the nearest public access to the sea. Windsurfers like it here.

Further along footpaths will take you across farmland and passed Pylewell Estate towards Lymington, which is 3 miles, as the crow flies.

Immediately behind the cottage is private woodland, full of bluebells in spring and beyond is the New Forest.