The Hay Barn at Gambledown

new forest, hampshire
3 bedroom - 3 bath
(4 reviews)
Travel dates:
£310 - £425 per night (GBP)
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Perks for the Parents

This idyllic barn conversion is well located for exploring Hampshire, Wiltshire and beyond, and is a few miles from the beautiful New Forest. Families can enjoy the countryside with walks on farm tracks nearby, and forest and moorland routes beside New Forest ponies a short drive away. Introduce the kids to the locals: chickens in the chicken coop, lambs and sheep in the field, and pigs, cattle and ponies nearby. Pretty towns and villages to visit nearby include Winchester, Salisbury and Southampton, with Stonehenge an easy drive away, and National Trust homes including the wonderful Mottisfont in the area.

Why Kids Love it

Children of all ages love the farm: there are plenty of animals to see, farm walks on the footpaths and lovely green fields. Collecting eggs from the chickens is a highlight. A shared large games area under cover in one of the barns give space to play, and there is also a large communal garden with a climbing dome, and a football pitch on one of the fields. There are plenty of children’s books and a large open plan family room to relax in. A high chair, travel crib (bring your own linen), and changing mat are provided along with a bamboo toddler mug and plate set for younger guests. The hosts run a wood fired pizza night on Tuesday & Saturday nights; barn guests are welcome to join for £10 per head.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 3 nights in October, December and at weekends, 4 nights at all other times. There is a stair gates for stairs. The backyard is fenced off but young children should be watched while outside - the farmyard has a tractor and other farm vehicles, and there is a side passage where children can walk around to the communal garden in the front. Note that there are some shared areas in and around the property, as the farm hosts glamping tents a few fields away. The football pitch in the field is shared between the holiday cottage and glamping guests. Note that guests must bring their own linen for the travel crib. There is a bath and a non-slip bath mat. The property can be booked with The Cart Shed next door for larger groups. A communal area will be available from 2019 between the 2 barns for hosting large suppers and lunches.

About the Location

The residence is just outside Romsey in Hampshire, 20 minutes by car from Salisbury, and well located for visiting Stonehenge, Winchester and Southampton. Located near to Broadlands Estate, home of Lord Mountbatten, the property is 7 miles from Romsey, which has great independent shops, and restaurants and pubs. The host can advise on which of the great local pubs you should visit. The New Forest is a short drive away. London is 1 hour away by train into Winchester. Southampton is great for a rainy day with the West Quay, Maritime Museum, and a luxury cinema complex to entertain families. The nearest airport is in Southampton, 15 minutes’ drive away, with Heathrow just over an hour away. Car rental is essential; there is onsite parking.

Accommodation Details

This 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom converted barn is set over 2 floors. Ground floor, a large open plan living, dining space and kitchen. At one of the barn there is a bedroom with 1 set of bunk bed and 2 single beds, which can also be made up as a kingsize bed. Opposite this room there is a bathroom with a shower. At the other end of the barn, there's a kingsize bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Upstairs there's a further bedroom with 2 twin beds (which can be made up as a kingsize bed). There is a private garden with a barbecue and a large communal garden, leading to a farm with footpaths.

Style Notes

Light and bright. This converted hay barn has been fully modernized with clean lines and a palette of grey, blue and green throughout. The original beams are exposed in a nod to its rustic past, while a double height ceiling in the living room gives an added sense of space. The kitchen has a large island work surface, ideal for family meals with little helpers. The stair and doors are all oak, and the oak dining table in the kitchen is fresh, with a bench and beautifully turned chairs.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 bunk bed
4 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Gambledown F.
Member since January 18, 2018
We live in the UK on a farm but love exploring cities and Europe for mini breaks from our busy lives.

4 reviews

Margaret B.
Visited in October 2022
Despite rather inclement weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our short break at the barn. The accommodation was well presented with plenty of room and a simple clean line decor. The staff were very welcoming and the honesty shop covered all those little things you forgot!! The children enjoyed visiting the animals and generally having a muddy old time on the local walks.
Rebecca E.
Visited in December 2021
We had an amazing time at the Hay Barn! There's plenty of room for 2 families to share - the social space is big and there's lots of outdoor space too, where chickens are roaming free (much to the delight of our kids)! The house is directly in front of a large farm shed which houses cattle and a large covered play area with ride-ons, basketball hoop etc - great entertainment for kids of all ages and you can spend hours here without having to go out for days out. We visited in December but I imagine it's even better in summer! The hosts also provided a delicious breakfast hamper and you can order supermarket deliveries too. We found a lovely Thai restaurant 10 mins away, visited a sandy beach with a playground 25 mins away, and there are lots of cozy country pubs in the area. It's just a few minutes drive into the New Forest protected area and our kids loved seeing the wild donkeys and ponies walking around in the street!
aliza b.
Visited in September 2021
We had a fantastic stay at Gambledown. The house was perfect for our needs and was such a treat to be able to order meals just to be heated versus having to cook for the family over the weekend. Our 3 year old loved walking around the farm and seeing the animals and we were a close drive from a few fun parks and activities for kids. Staff was lovely and helpful. Highly recommend and likely to stay again!
Anna H.
Visited in July 2020
We had an idyllic stay at Gambledown. Our daughters loved collecting fresh eggs every morning and the area was absolutely perfect for quiet days or exploring the nearby attractions. The house itself was immaculate and perfectly set up. The girls loved their bedroom and we loved having a quiet hideaway. We would absolutely return and recommend Gambledown to anyone looking for a place to relax and enjoy the countryside.

New Forest, Hampshire

Wild ponies and Peppa Pig

Known for its wild ponies, heathlands and forest trails, the New Forest is a family-friendly area of southern England perfect for a countryside break. Spot old cars and ancient gardens at Beaulieu, explore by horseback or spend sunny days at sandy beaches nearby. Paultons Park, a theme park encompassing Peppa Pig Land, is also just a short drive away.