For availability for Gins Barn please visit New Forest Escapes.
Gins sleeps 8 + 1 small bed for children and infants in cots.
The accommodation area includes everything except the Tithe Barn – shown on the plan below as the large Sitting/Dining room top left.
The barn accommodation includes;
1 super king with ensuite shower
2 doubles that have a shared bath/shower room
1 twin/super king with a family bathroom just across the hallway
There is also a large travel cot and a small bed suitable for children 3-7 years.
In the middle of the property there is a large sitting room with two large sofas to seat 4 each and a jigsaw or reading table.
The kitchen table will seat 10 and there are two wooden high chairs provided.
The barn is suitable for less mobile people too. There are two steps 8″ each step into the barn from the parking area. You can park right outside the main door. The doorways are wide enough for regular sized wheelchairs but there isn’t any specific adaptation through the house for chairs. There is a very slight step of 2″ between the hall and the sitting room which might be a problem for those in chairs.
There is a large lawned area infront of the barn that is yours to use. On the other side of the barn is a large and well planted terrace with huge potted olive trees. Both sides of the house have outdoor furniture in the ‘warm’ months.
Ground floor plan
What are the quirks here? (We like to be brutally honest)…
Gins is aimed at the top end of the rental market and may not be suitable for those with children aged 1 years to 10 years (ish) due in part to the river 80m away across the garden. The river is banked by tidal flats near Gins and DOES occasionally breach it’s banks into the garden during the winter and spring – so it is not well fenced. Please call us to talk it through if you’re worried.
The Barn may also not be suited to families with small children due to the high end nature of the interiors. But if you’re happy to control your kids, we’re happy to host you. Approximately half of our guests bring children from babes to teens.
There is more information about Gins on our New Forest Escapes website.
Inside – two of the bedrooms are double bed sized only. There aren’t any internal doors off the hallway so noisy supper parties might keep others awake – although the two further bedrooms are at the other end of the U are a long way from the kitchen so much quieter.
The walking is lovely but there aren’t many options here because there is water and nature reserves around the whole place bar the gravel track. Get around it by taking a boat taxi to Bucklers Hard and walking back (summer boat taxi only). Or drive 3 minutes to lovely walking nearby on the forest.
The big draw here is the Beaulieu River – the mouth of which is very close. The jetty is 80 metres long and there is a small pontoon at the end. You can see far out into the Solent and up the river from much of the jetty. In the warmer months, passing boat traffic is high so this is a great place (or on the benches in the garden) to sit and mull.
For those with babies, Gins is perfect because the very quiet location and there’s plenty of beautiful places for feeding and quiet mini-walks.
For older children, there is a football goal, the jetty for crabbing and fishing and the trampoline (unfenced).
There is a large lawned area in front of the barn that is yours to use. A potager to walk about in – all have wonderful views of the water and nature reserves. On the other side of the barn is a large and well planted terrace that is often out of the wind. Both sides of the house have outdoor furniture for the warmer months.
The barn has car parking for 6.
The Tithe Barn Space.
For Gins Barn guests, the Tithe Barn is NOT included in the accommodation rental.
You may be able to use the Tithe Barn during your stay but please ask when booking. During the winter months we are less inclined to rent it because it gets very cold – it takes 24 hours of wood burner heat to warm it (to a temperature where you can’t see your breath).
Charges for guests who are staying in the barn accommodation:
For groups of 8 or 12 and under;
– who wish to use it informally during their stay, for supper or lunch and it is £250.
– who wish to use it for the full duration of your stay, and have it fully clean, it will cost £500.
If you are planning to invite over 10 guests to use the space then we consider this a once off ‘event’ and charge £500 for events up to 30 people. This will need to be discussed with us at the time of booking.
The reasons for this are that the Tithe is not a specifically set up event venue, it is part of the owners house and is set up, each time, for rental rather than private use. This means moving furniture, parking issues, guests walking through the owners gardens etc.
The Tithe Barn as a private hire venue
Using the Tithe Barn room for events requires using the kitchen and a toilet in the Gins Barn accommodation and this creates a specific set of challenges because a venue hire may prevent an accommodation hire and vice versa.
If you want to rent the Tithe Barn for an event, you must also be renting the accommodation at normal advertised pricing.
For dates where the barn accommodation is not rented out, we will consider day or night events but will not prioritise these over guest rentals unless the pricing is comparable.
We are now doing weddings at Gins. Please link to our weddings micro site here for more info.