Lymington holiday cottage, New Forest

Pennington, Lymington, New Forest
From £525 - £1015 per cottage per week
We try to keep the prices simple, so that it is essentially £525 a week in winter, £630 in spring and autumn, and £1015 in high summer, Christmas and New Year. These include all heating etc., towels, egyptian cotton bedlinen, bathrobes, and a welcome hamper of local produce. We offer discounts for couples, car-free holidays, returning guests, and two-week stays
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Lymington holiday cottage, New Forest

Kings Huts is a very special place to stay. A cosy, Grade II Listed cottage with a beautiful sunny and secluded garden, on a very quiet little lane close to Lymington. The majority of bookings are by regular visitors, who come back time and again to enjoy this lovely cottage and the surrounding countryside.

The cottage was very carefully restored for its centenary in 2008, using local craftsmen and traditional materials. The six cottages known as Kings Huts are reputed to have been designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, for Mrs King of the Wainsford Estate. This one has been little altered over the intervening years, and still has original fireplaces and wainscoting, and even the original glass in most of its windows. To complement this historic ambience the windows are curtained with William Morris fabrics and much of the furniture is drawn from the Edwardian era or earlier.

The cottage is carefully looked after by Tony and Vanessa, with professional help to keep the gardens beautiful. There is private, enclosed parking for two cars, a bike shed and summerhouse, and a large and bright heated annexe with its own WC, that can be used as a hobbies or games room.

Kings Huts is in a lovely location on a quiet, single-track lane, moments from the tranquil spaces of Upper Pennington Common, where New Forest ponies graze, and which lead down to the Avon Water stream. But it is also just a 20-minute walk to Lymington, the other side of Pennington Common.

We try hard to think of things that make your stay easy. Tea, coffee, milk, bread and cake, for example, are all there ready for you to relax from the moment you arrive. An historic building is not as draught-proof as a modern house with UPVC windows, so we provide heavy bathrobes to help keep you cosy. The washing machine and dryer are in the heated annexe, so that the machinery need not disturb you in the cottage, and leaving space for a large range cooker and tall fridge in the kitchen,

The cottage really is in an ideal location. It is within the National Park boundary, but still minutes from Lymington and the coast, and the Pennington marshes nature reserve. The tranquil spaces of Upper Pennington Common are within yards of the gate.

The New Forest has a range of wonderful places to eat, many focused on the use of local produce, and our extensive guest information includes recommendations of places to buy some of this produce.
Explore the New Forest WITHOUT the car!
We’re helping to make it easier for our guests to leave their car at home, or if they have driven to us, have car free days once here, by offering alternative transport services and information into and around the New Forest National Park.

Reaching us by bus and train is simple and we can help you plan your car-free days, with many accessible key walking, cycling and horse-riding routes. You can read full details of what we can offer elsewhere on this page – or simply ask us! We’re happy to help you enjoy the New Forest car-free.

Rooms, food and facilities

The cottage provides the best of both modern comforts and the historic ambience of a Listed "Arts & Crafts" home. It is perfect for people who enjoy the ambience of a cottage with history and atmosphere, and is ideal for birdwatching or walking explorations of the local coast and Forest. The old salt pans of Pennington marshes are a well-renowned nature reserve, and the New Forest is a haven for otherwise rare species.

Given its special nature and period style Kings Huts is most suited to adults, and not recommended for children less than 12 years of age.

Upstairs are a double and a twin bedroom, with lovely views over the garden and countryside.

Downstairs the lounge and the dining room have open fires for winter nights, with coal provided. We hope that you enjoy using the kitchen, which is very well-equipped, with Fired Earth units, a large Rangemaster cooker, Dualit toaster, large fridge, and microwave. The bathroom has underfloor heating, mist-free mirror, and a heated towel rail, and a new (2012) condensing boiler provides plentiful supplies of hot water for a decent bath or shower.

A detached garage in the rear garden has been converted to provide a spacious, heated annexe. This has a WC, washing machine, tumble drier, games cupboard, sofa and large table. The annexe provides an ideal space for games or hobbies, particularly when the weather is a bit wet. We provide Ecoballs for detergent-free laundry.

Outside, the enclosed garden is a very special feature of the cottage. In addition to the lawns there is a locally-made picnic table on the patio, a little summerhouse, and (in summer) a barbecue. The large, sunny garden faces South-West and enclosed by established hedges. In the rear garden there is a herb garden, cycle shed, and parking space for two cars. All of the gardens are surrounded by substantial hedges, mainly of yew, holly and beech.

How to find us

Kings Huts is on Middle Common Road, between its junctions with Hazel Road and Upper Common Road.

Responsible tourism: Lymington holiday cottage, New Forest


Tony and Vanessa are active New Forest commoners, and love to help their guests understand the very special local environment. Every guest receives a National Park brochure on the Forest with their cottage information, and they are encouraged to try to find our ponies on the Forest! Many guests often also visit us to see the ponies when they are at home with us.

Tony and Vanessa have personallly scouted out the local footpaths to produce laminated route maps and descriptions for their guests. The cottage library is well stocked with books on the local flora, fauna and the New Forest environment, along with a pair of binoculars in order to see all of this. The library includes a broad range of books covering local history, as well as Kings Huts' place in the history of Pennington.

Information on the Lymington-Pennington Nature Reserve and the walks around the old salt pans is provided.

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Story behind the experience

Tony and Vanessa are New Forest Commoners, with ponies living wild nearby. They were inspired to buy and restore the cottage by stays in landmark Trust properties. They had searched for something close to their New Forest home, where they could combine an authentic restoration with modern creature comforts. The cottage at Kings Huts was ideal. It had been neglected over the years, but very little at all had been done to spoil it, so that it was still much as it was when it was built for workers on the local farm estate. The winter of 2007-8 was spent working on the cottage. Many of the roof timbers and tiles had to be replaced. Taking advice from the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings they worked to bring the cottage back to its former "glory". The exterior is limewashed and the interior walls and ceilings are coated with distempers and limewash. The original fireside chest that had languished in the garage as a workbench was stripped and rebuilt to return to its original home beside the dining room fireplace. Once the builders had left they could turn their attention to restoring the cottage garden, which is now professionally maintained by a local expert on changeover day. Tony and Vanessa continue to put love and attention into the cottage, constantly working to keep it in great shape. Most recently the modern greenhouse has been replaced with a lovely little summerhouse, and a crittal window in the bathroom has given way to a locally-handmade timber and stained-glass successor.

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Lymington holiday cottage, New Forest

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