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The Sanctuary | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Lymington, New Forest

The Sanctuary

Keyhaven, Lymington, Hampshire, UK

Hugging the southern borders of the New Forest, an idyllic rustic milieu between Lymington and Keyhaven provides the setting for this luxury cottage retreat in Hampshire. On top of the Sanctuary's chic utilitarian living space, this pocket-sized private health farm comes complete with a Jacuzzi hot tub, fire pit and his'n'hers cruiser bikes for pedalling around the countryside. Here is a utopian bubble you'll never want to burst.


The Sanctuary marries New Forest country cottage style with upstate New York cabin culture to offer a unique self-catering couples’ retreat in rural Hampshire. Welcoming two guests and two dogs, take a morning to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Lymington's traditional Georgian Saturday street market, hop on the ferry for a day trip to the Isle of Wight, or stay closer to home with a cycle to the beach at Milford on Sea or Keyhaven’s natural harbour. Upon return, pick up some goodies from the nearby farm shop and soak up the romantic ambience of the fairy-light festooned garden.


In keeping with its former use as an art studio-come-workshop, this inspired bolthole oozes industrial style. Lofty beamed ceilings hang with exposed element lighting, softened by washed linens and natural textures. Morning or night, both bath and bedtime are guaranteed to be a chic affair at The Sanctuary. Nestled within reclaimed red brick and petrol blue painted walls, the bedroom’s super king-size four-poster bed is a masterpiece of hand-crafted metalwork. Next door in the bathroom, a zinc copper tub sits on monochrome Bert and May tiles and features an overhead rainfall shower.


Throw open the huge bi-fold doors and enjoy a pot of coffee under the pergola before a spot of barefoot yoga on the lawn - Freda in the village offers private tuition for those who would like some extra guidance. Throughout the day, local pheasants provide entertainment in the tranquil garden, only rivalled by the sight of shy deer playing in the stream behind the shady oak tree. Both a summer paradise and romantic winter retreat, the Sanctuary’s warm outdoor shower, fire pit and Jacuzzi hot tub offer couples the chance to while away afternoons in the privacy of this al fresco living space whatever the weather.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,695 per week, £1,295 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne double bedroom with super-king-size bed, one bathroom with zinc-copper bath and overhead shower.
  • FeaturesJacuzzi hot tub, Kadai fire pit and cruiser bikes
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms are welcome; one cot and one wooden highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere´s ample parking for three cars on the driveway. The utilitarian-style kitchen has an oven, induction hob, Nespresso Artisan coffee machine, dishwasher and fridge-freezer, with a washer dryer in the laundry room. Ducks and chickens can be spotted by the stream; for the safety of your dog please exercise due diligence as the garden is not fully enclosed.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, Sonos speaker, two Samsung 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs, two Nest digital thermostats, iPad, WiFi internet, fire pit, Weber charcoal barbecue, bikes, croquet set, linen, towels, fluffy bathrobes, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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The suntrap garden is complete with a firepit
Luxury self-catering accommodation in Milford On Sea, New Forest
From al fresco dining to reclining, the outdoor space is a real haven

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At the mouth of the Lymington River in the heart of Hampshire, this colourful coastal town has shops, a market, cafés and scenery, but the real watchword here is most certainly ´maritime´.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Sanctuary is located between Lymington and Keyhaven in Hampshire on the south coast of England, close to the New Forest National Park.
  • By Car Just over two hours from London by car.
  • By Train The best train route from London is the one and a half hour line from Waterloo to Brockenhurst, followed by a 10-15 minute taxi ride to the cottage.
  • By Air Southampton Airport is an hour drive away from The Sanctuary. 

From the owner

“The peace and tranquillity our New Forest home offers is hard to beat. The playful pheasants and occasional early morning deer by the stream help provide the ultimate escape from the everyday. Lymore Valley has been in our hearts for over 15 years and our ´bubble´ is ready to indulge our guests!”

From the owner

You could not be better placed to find both New Forest comforts and the freshness of the stunning Solent than at our lovely coastal sanctuary.

The cottage was originally an old workshop and art studio, which we have recently renovated into the property you see today. The reclaimed bricks give a nod to the very local Lymore Brick Company and add a unique flavour to the interiors.

In the garden, we are sure you will find pheasants in abundance and the occasional, shy deer too. Relax in the hot tub and explore the surrounds at your leisure; we are lucky to have plenty to see and do nearby.

Above all, there’s one thing we absolutely demand of all our guests: to have a really good time!

The Chamberlain Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Lymington with an insider’s perspective.

Explore The New Forest
To Do

Explore The New Forest

Once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror, the New Forest became a national park in 2005. It covers a mammoth 566 square kilometres, including one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pastureland and heathland.

Coast Life 
To Do

Coast Life 

Adrenaline junkies and water babies will be in their element on holiday here. Whether a fan of mountain biking, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking or sun-bathing, there’s plenty of activities for every type of sporting enthusiast.

La Perle, Milford on Sea
To Eat

La Perle, Milford on Sea

La Perle, owned and run by Head Chef Sam, is a super little award-winning restaurant in the village. Many local ingredients used and always fresh and tasty!  Try out their lobster nights on Wednesdays and steak nights on Thursdays.

Flora and Fauna 
To See

Flora and Fauna 

There are so many opportunities for wildlife spotting nearby, whether you visit the acres of woodland and open heath in the nearby New Forest, Keyhaven Marshes or simply bird and deer-watch from the comfort of The Sanctuary.

Guest Testimonials

This has been a wonderful week for us. The Sanctuary is beautiful and being blessed with a week of sunshine meant we were able to enjoy it to the fullest. Thank you so much for the hamper of goodies and fridge of treats, we enjoyed them all. We both feel relaxed and refreshed and looking forward to our next stay already!

We have had the most amazing week here at The Sanctuary and loved every minute of it. You have created a truly magical hideaway, with every comfort and luxurious detail which has been very much appreciated and made our Golden Celebration very special. Thank you for the wonderful hamper and the bubbly and all the gorgeous goodies in the fridge. We have loved the hot tub, listening to the owls and pheasants in the garden and many wonderful walks.

A beautiful way to welcome September and the perfect spot to recharge our batteries. Thank you for the welcome hamper, such a comfortable bed and every possible need catered for in this truly luxurious cottage. We enjoyed Keyhaven and everything it has to offer: a lovely walk to the small harbour, across the ´spit´ to the castle and the little ferry back. The Cliffhanger beach walk has stunning views, not to mention the best bowl of mussels at the cafe! Do take a drive to see the beach huts further along the coast, and a must-do treat, dinner at Verveine - fabulous!

Our 4th consecutive year at The Sanctuary and it never fails to disappoint! We can both totally decompress and unwind as soon as we arrive. Thank you for creating this haven and we look forward to our next stay!

Thank you for the most incredible stay, it has been the perfect place to enjoy our mini-moon! From the delicious hamper to every design detail that makes The Sanctuary feel so homely and relaxing. We are sad to leave this beautiful, tranquil place but we hope to come back again. Thank you so much. Ralph the black lab puppy had the best time too!

Thank you for a truly amazing stay at The Sanctuary. Although we never actually met the owner, we feel we know them somehow. The Sanctuary is kind, clever, resourceful, tasteful and quietly sophisticated. The area is wonderful too and with all the turmoil in the world, The Sanctuary was exactly what we needed.

What a fabulous escape you have created here! We have loved every minute and every gorgeous detail. We came for our anniversary and it has been a truly magical stay and we´ve created wonderful memories. We just wish we would stay for longer! The decor, hot tub and Christmas decorations were all perfect! Thank you so much!

Wow! What an amazing place you have created. It has been a wonderful experience staying at The Sanctuary for our honeymoon; we couldn´t have asked for anything better. We have enjoyed walks along the beach, cooking in the fabulously equipped kitchen and dinner at Vervire - which was amazing. The hot tub is such a treat! Thank you for the hamper full of local delights, it was much appreciated, including the fizz too! We cannot wait to return.

Well, what a sanctuary this is, and just what we needed. Beautiful location, the most amazing living space, the whole experience has been food for the soul and a change of scene; from you know what! Walking to the beach to watch the sunset, sitting in the hot tub gazing at the stars; you are surrounded by beauty. We have already booked to come back next year, the 2021 calendar is getting booked up, so we could not miss doing this again! We are sad to leave, but happy to look forward to our next trip.

Thank you so very much for creating this wonderful place that we have been able to enjoy these past four days. This is now our 10th Unique Homestays holiday and by far, all have been fantastic. The attention to detail is amazing and the quality of everything does not feel like a ´rental´. The testimonials were glowing, so we had high expectations and they were surpassed at The Sanctuary. Best welcome hamper ever, and from the moment we arrived, we felt relaxed. We will be forever grateful for these few days here; for one small moment, the craziness of the world we are living in was a distant memory.

Wow, what can we say about this amazing place? From the moment we arrived and saw the hamper with fizz, we knew would be having the most fantastic honeymoon! The setting is just beautiful. Everything about The Sanctuary is perfect! Thank you so much, we hope to return one day!

Thank you for another wonderful stay, we were here for New Years 2017 and it was wonderful to be back. We settled right back in and had the most restful break. While the familiarity made this perfect home extra cosy, we still cannot get over how beautifully and thoughtfully designed it all is - you have a real gift. Thank you for the thoughtful touches for our dog, she loved them. We very much look forward to visiting again!

I am at a loss for words. You have created a nirvana here. The hamper on arrival was simply wonderful and the lemon drizzle cake put a big smile on our faces. From the dreamy cosy bedroom to the well-appointed kitchen and all the little touches in between mean we will never forget our time here. Days out were brilliant but both of us couldn’t wait to get back. We played board games and embraced the serenity of The Sanctuary. From fish and chips by the seaside to Prosecco by the fire, thank you both from the bottom of our hearts. We will return in the summer!

What an absolute dream. You’ve thought of everything we could ever need. We’ve had the most relaxing stay and would 100% recommend The Sanctuary to anyone who wants to relax and leave all their cares at home. The hot tub is lovely, but the bath was the perfect way to relax after a day in the forest. There was not one moment where we needed something and it wasn´t there - even when we needed a zip lock bag to take the pumpkin and squash soup home that we made after we went and picked our own at the pumpkin patch! We’ve had the best time!

The Sanctuary is something else! All the little touches and creature comforts really do make this place extra special. There has clearly been a great deal of time and hard work that has gone into the stylish design, resulting in something quite stunning. The bath is to die for, the bed is like sleeping on clouds! Even though the weather was not on our side for most of the week, we still managed to make full use of the outside space and enjoyed the hot tub and sat around the firepit! This really has been unforgettable. Thank you for making our anniversary such a treat!

The last four days have made for the most perfect minimoon! We drove here so tired and The Sanctuary was the most perfect place to relax with one another. The property certainly has the wow factor and you have thought of every last detail. The weather has been awful but we really haven´t minded as it´s given us a chance to sit in front of the fire playing backgammon - the games you supply are a great added bonus! This trip has been the perfect start to our married life and one we´ll never forget. Thanks so much for a lovely stay.

We could not have asked for anything better than The Sanctuary, as soon as we walked through the front door it felt like a home from home. You truly have thought of everything both inside and out. The hamper you left was a lovely thought. We´ve been very lucky with the weather and the location is amazing - five minutes from the beach! We made full use of the hot tub in the evenings, as well as the log burner to warm up on a cold night. Our only regret is that we aren´t staying for longer. We will definitely be coming back! Thank you ever so much.

This is our second stay here at The Sanctuary and, as you know, we absolutely love it here. This is our little piece of paradise. We have had the most wonderful week; long walks, gorgeous restaurants and beautiful weather. We will definitely be back.

What a fantastic secluded place to celebrate me reaching my 50th! You seem to have combined all the very best elements from all the properties we have stayed in over the years and combined them with beautiful design and the best quality... the hot tub, bikes, outdoor shower, fire pit etc! Thanks also so much for the most generous welcome hamper we have ever had! We loved walking and cycling and Keyhaven marshes and Lymington. Dinner at La Perle was lovely... and soaking in the hot tub! Of course we would love to come back one day!!

Thank you for sharing your lovely place with us. What a wonderful, relaxing weekend. It really was just the best weekend we could have had! Love the decor, the deck and the gardens. Our dogs are huge fans also! If only we could have stayed longer!

What an amazing place you have created. The attention to detail and your incredible taste are up there in the most incredible places we have ever stayed. Thank you so much, we will be back. I´m going to miss the calmness and the sheets!

Thank you so much for the most amazing stay for our honeymoon. The Sanctuary is the perfect place to come for luxury and relaxation! We absolutely love the design and decor, lots of thought has gone into it which is why this place is so amazing. Thank you also for the hamper on arrival, we thoroughly enjoyed the local produce. We would recommend for anyone to come here, it has been just perfect!

This weekend was everything we hoped it would be, an absolute Sanctuary! The space is beautiful and the attention to detail is what makes it! We loved cycling down to the beach via Mr. Pinks and eating our chips on the front. We even had a fantastic roast at the Oak Inn and found a great spot at the Ocean Reef to people watch. The unexpectedly beautiful weather (15 degrees in Feb) meant we could enjoy the house to its full and it definitely has house goals! Thank you for the lovely hamper this will be a stay we won´t be forgetting any time soon!

This is an amazing place. My wife brought me here as a complete surprise for my 30th birthday. The subtle touches in this place are incredible. You´ve got everything just perfect! What impressed me the most is the design and attention to detail, combined with the latest technology (heating, choice of TV, hot tub)- it means we have our own space to relax in a cottage style, and quaint environment yet we can still enjoy modern day comforts! It´s been amazing. We applaud what you´ve achieved here! We´ve never met you, but are extremely grateful!

The perfect accommodation and location for some luxury rest and relaxation! Very lucky to have gorgeous autumn sunshine to get out and enjoy long walks, including a visit to Hurst Castle, the beach and coast path to Barton on Sea, and in the opposite direction to Lymington. It was wonderful to come back to such comfortable surroundings after each long day out; The Sanctuary is really wonderful and definitely worth future visits. Thank you for the lovely welcome packs - both for the humans and the dog!

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