2, Coastguard Cottages, Keyhaven

Holiday home in Keyhaven, Hampshire, UK

A lovely self-catering cottage situated by Keyhaven harbour, at the mouth of the River Avon and just moments from the water’s edge. The air is fresh and the area peaceful and picturesque, with boats moored along the quayside and unrivalled views across the marshes towards the Isle of Wight.

Sunset from Keyhaven
Sunset from Keyhaven

Keyhaven is in a Conservation Area and is part of the New Forest District Council. Coastguard Cottages are situated on the edge of the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve and designated bird sanctuary.

The accommodation is tasteful and comfortable and the local area offers a wide of activities. 2, Coastguard Cottages 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 couple or a small family to stay.

A brief history

New Forest, near Keyhaven self-catering holiday home, Hampshire, UK
Close to New Forest

The hamlet of Keyhaven was once known as ‘cû hæfen’ in Old English, the harbour where cows and sheep were shipped to and from the Isle of Wight. The area has a history of salt making dating back to the Saxons. The industry fluctuated and finally declined in the early 19th century. Today it is a wonderful area for sailing, walking, cycling and enjoying the abundant bird life. Within easy access of the sea it is also a perfect base for a trip into the wide expanses New Forest National Park, which is a short distance away.