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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 couples' 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 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 rose.


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 £1,450 per week, £1,150 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: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms 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 startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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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 property 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

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!!

Please can we stay forever? This place is wonderful and tranquil and has been the perfect setting for our mini-moon; a complete bubble of joy and relaxation! We loved the bikes, hot tub and the garden. Milford is so quaint- we loved buying new crockery in the fab charity shops! We also loved The Mill at Gordleton and Champagne (more Champagne!) in The Cave. We´ll be back for our first anniversary.

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!

We have had a wonderful four days at The Sanctuary! Spent yesterday on The Isle of Wight, which is a beautiful island. The Sanctuary is a peaceful haven, tranquil and extremely well equipped. We´re leaving here with heavy hearts but dreaming of returning very soon.

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!

We have had a lovely few days at The Sanctuary. This is a marvellous retreat, with very comfortable furniture and everything we could possibly need. We made good use of the hot tub and the bicycles. The warm weather really helped! We have been on several lovely walks in the New Forest, but also just relaxed here. Thank you for making this all possible.

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!

What an amazing week it has been! This beautiful and luxurious place has certainly made our honeymoon fantastic and memorable. The views and the sounds of nature have been pleasing and a beautiful change from our ´normal´ setting; it certainly has been the perfect sanctuary! Thank you also for the lovely bottle of bubbles- they went down a treat and certainly helped to celebrate becoming Mr&Mrs. An incredible week; we certainly hope to come back again in the not-so-distant future.

We came here for a short break away from work and life in general! We chose The Sanctuary in the hope that we would be content staying in and making the most of what The Sanctuary had to offer and we certainly have! Short walks into town and to the beach with our dog, board games in front of the fire and a drink by the fire pit. A perfect place to stay. We´re sad to leave and can´t wait to come back. Excellent hosts and a beautiful unique stay, thank you!

Our second stay at The Sanctuary and it was as perfect as our first. The weather was horrific and it didn´t matter in the slightest, it just gave us a great excuse to enjoy the cottage even more. We can´t wait for our next visit. Thank you so much.

Thank you for letting us enjoy your wonderful creation. The Sanctuary really is that! So many thoughtful and beautiful details all set in a fabulous tranquil part of the country. Our welcome hamper was a lovely basket of treats and the outdoor shower and hot tub was just brilliant. Thanks also to the yoga teacher for our great session that I would definitely recommend. We will be sharing this place with our friends as a must stay haven!

We were in desperate need for a quiet and peaceful escape from the city and this delivered in so many ways than expected. A really fantastic please and so well designed. We shall be stealing some ideas for our new house! Thank you so much for all of the little touches too. We will definitely be coming again next year. Thank you and best wishes!

The property was incredible, we both fell in love as soon as we arrived. It was absolutely perfect! From the unbelievably comfortable bed to the enormous garden and sofa, I could have stayed forever. Facilities wise, I´ve never thought twice about a toaster or kettle but the ones at the sanctuary were amazing!

We can honestly say that this has been the most relaxed two weeks ever! We have felt very lucky not only for the wonderful weather but staying in such a beautiful place. The food at Verveine was sublime and the jetty is worth a visit. Yoga on the deck was fantastic as was watching all the garden wildlife. Thanks to the owners for sharing such a special place.

As well as being blessed with beautiful weather, we felt extremely lucky to spend it in such a wonderful environment. We explored the local area, but were desperate to return to our spectacular Sanctuary; a week didn´t feel long enough. Yourselves and your family should feel really proud of what you have achieved. Thank you again for such a memorable holiday.

What an amazing little place! It was absolutely perfect for two very tired newlyweds! The place is truly idyllic and our beloved dog Kenny adored the big garden and the amazing coastline around. We could not have wished for a better honeymoon so a huge thank you!

What a lovely place you have here. It is so relaxing and welcoming. We love what you have done, we just do not want to leave and definitely do hope to return! We enjoyed a lovely relaxing long weekend and we even popped over to the Isle of Wight for the day! We have been blessed with glorious weather which enabled us to enjoy the lovely outdoor space of The Sanctuary as well!

The Sanctuary was everything we hoped it would be; a beautiful property in an amazing location. The welcome hamper and card on arrival was such a lovely personal touch. We´ve enjoyed all the amenities, particularly the hot tub! Our dog has particularly enjoyed watching (chasing) the pheasants!

My stay the The Sanctuary has been more then just a short getaway. As soon as you pull into the driveway you know this place is special. Thank you for your attention to detail, it has been life changing.

As soon as we walked through the door we knew our stay would be extra special. We came for a well earned, early break and although we did one ´sight seeing´ day, we could have stayed in The Sanctuary all week. What an area of natural beauty this is. We will never forget our stay!

Wow, where do we start? This place is just amazing! You have made it a dream to stay and we wish we could stay forever. So much detail has gone into this, from the hamper to the hand written note, and the even the layout of everything from the cutlery to the kindling. We felt very relaxed and took full advantage of the hot tub and the fire. We have explored the coastline and we have met and befriended many horses, ponies and donkeys to count. We were even lucky enough to see a heard of stags and deer in their natural habitat! The champagne was an added treat and such a lovely touch. Thank you once again.

Just wow! This place you have created is so lovely, everything has been thought of. The hamper and the fridge goodies were a very nice touch and the dogs loved their goodies (I too loved the dog beds and bowls - another lovely touch). My husband loved it here for his surprise birthday present! The hot tub was great on the cold evenings and the bed was just so comfy, I wanted to take it home! To top it all off the area is fantastic. Thanks so much for a lovely little break. Keep doing what you´re doing, we will hopefully be back one day!

Thank you for creating such a gorgeous hideaway retreat! Most of the superlatives have been used in the previous comments but we endorse all of them. The weather has been very mixed, it poured with rain all day on Valentine´s Day but we had the most amazing meal in Lymington. The sun came out on Thursday and we had a great walk to the castle followed by a fish and chip lunch at Barton-on-Sea. We have enjoyed the hot tub and wood burner very much. The hamper and fizz was much appreciated and enjoyed. Now we have to go back to reality.

Wow! This property was everything we hoped it would be and more. We have loved every minute of our stay- most of which seemed to be in the hot tub! We feel so well rested which was our aim. Thanks so much for the hamper and all the extra detail you have put into The Sanctuary. Looking forward to our next visit.

Wow! The Sanctuary is the perfect name for this fabulous property. The attention to detail is amazing, the standard of everything is second to none. The location is great for walks and the recommendations were the best. Looking forward to staying here again, thanks for everything.

Thank you for creating such an amazing space and sharing it with us. It has been the most perfect beginning to our married life. The Sanctuary is presented beautifully with everything you would need and more. We have had an amazing time and look forward to (hopefully) coming back in the future. Thank you for an amazing honeymoon.

What can we say that hasn´t already been said! The place is stunning and so beautiful, with every attention to every detail, it is beyond compare. The addition of the Christmas tree made me smile so much as I thought we may be too early for it! We cannot congratulate you enough on what you have created, it is just a little piece of heaven. Thank you so much.

Congratulations on creating a fabulous place. We got engaged here and it was so magical. The property is amazing and we have loved every minute of being here! The archery lesson we had up the road was truly great and and we drew... so obviously we match! Thanks for a great stay.

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!

You´ve created a wonderful space! And what a great place to spend my 40th birthday. We had everything we needed and more. You´ve catered for all needs... including blue skies and sun! We´ll definitely be back.

Thank you so much for an amazing few days enjoying your stunning sanctuary! You really have thought of everything and it´s the prefect place to relax and unwind. We were even blessed with gorgeous winter sun to enjoy the hot tub and outdoor fire. Mr Pinks fish and chip shop, and dinner at The Pig were highlights! We´ll be back.

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!

Amazing place to spend the weekend. Attention to detail is fantastic. Wonderful walks, great location and some really lovely people at all the restaurants we tried, especially The Raft. Best nights sleep for ages in such a beautiful bed. Will be back for sure, many thanks.

From the picnic at the bottom of the garden to dinner al fresco in front of the log burner, this place was the perfect spot to watch the sunset and it was beautiful! We came on our honeymoon expecting a quiet hideaway and got so much more. The glorious hot tub and all the small little details that you have put into place really make this place a sanctuary.

We chose The Sanctuary for a short mini-moon, and it did not disappoint! The setting, layout and attention to detail make it such a fun place to wake up in and to come back to. The bikes are such a brilliant addition, we loved them! I recommend the ride from Keyhaven to Lymington followed by a pint at the Gun Inn on the return. What you have created in The Sanctuary is second to none and we will be insisting that our family all visit here too.

What a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of London life! We have fallen in love with The Sanctuary and now feel thoroughly relaxed and rejuvenated. Congratulations on creating such a stylish luxurious place. We will be sure to tell our friends and family about it and we will definitely be returning in the future.

Thank you both so much for a wonderful few days of rest and relaxation away from London. The Sanctuary is utterly delightful and we have thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Bike rides down to the butcher to get meat for the barbecue, walks along the sea front, evenings by the fire pit, it has all been really lovely and exactly what we were looking for. We are both already planning when we can visit next. You have a though of everything here so thank you so much for the stay.

We´re dining in La Perle to celebrate our last evening of what has been a wonderful week away. It has been so special staying at a beautiful and luxurious cottage with our dogs too! We will be telling all our friends to book the Sanctuary for a special occasion when we get back.

Thank you for a wonderful week! What a magical place you have created! We have never stayed anywhere so stylishly designed and generously presented. There is everything you need and such thoughtful extras including brilliant magazines, great cook books and beautiful flowers. The sun has shone for us all week, but if it had not we´d have loved to sit by the log burner and look at the rain though the window. It was our first holiday away with our baby. Thank you for helping it be so brilliant. P.S. the bed is like sleeping on clouds!

We would like to thank you for creating this beautiful space! We have thoroughly enjoyed every second of our time here and feel so rested and ready to take on the world. I chose this place because I wanted something special that we would cherish and remember, it has been all that and more. Wish you every success and happiness. P.S. she said yes!

What a beautiful setting! My partner threw a beautiful surprise and I am glad that she chose The Sanctuary. It really does live up to the hype! You have a beautiful place and everything is just perfect for an intimate getaway! We will be sure to visit again in the near future. This place will always be at the top of our list. See you soon!

The Sanctuary, what a perfect description. Attention to detail here is second to none, no expense has been spared. A beautiful area, we would recommend cycling from here to Lymington. A soak in the hot tub after was much appreciated. Mr Pinks fish and chips were so yummy, especially eaten on the sea front. A big thank you both for making our stay such a special one, we would love to return!


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