Keyhaven is said to derive from “Cyhaefen” the Saxon term for a point of disembarkation to and from the Isle of Wight for animals bound for market. It is believed to have been a port from as early as 1206. Keyhaven is a distinctive hamlet with a tidal harbour beloved by yachtsmen, anglers, birdwatchers and artists drawn by the play of light and colour on the marshes and gleaming channels. The two sailing clubs are a short distance away as is The Gunn Inn. Keyhaven is about three miles from Lymington which offers a good selection of local shops and restaurants. Southampton and Bournemouth airports offer both national and international flights. Lymington also has a railway station with branch line to Brockenhurst where you can catch a train to London Waterloo (approx. 90 minutes).


Started in 1912 Build finished in 1919

Builder sold it to the Loewis family until Tim bought it in 1999

Completely roof re-tiled, re-wired and re-plumbed, new kitchen and bathrooms, windows double glazed bronzed casements all in keeping with the original windows. New guttering to original standard and design. Attic all insulated and boarded. Garage rebuilt with new skin and timber facing, toilet facilities, new hand made tiled roof and re-wired. 

Planning permission granted for a double extension adjoining the master bedroom and Sitting Room. Footings completed so that the permission perpetuity. 

In total the owners have spent £330,000 in total as they were not planning to ever sell

Kitchen has a new herringbone parquet floor, hand built to an exacting standard by a ship builder, hand painted in light and dark grey, comprehensive range of base level storage units and drawers, extensive solid oak work surfaces, original fitted dresser with higher glass display, integrated fridge, dishwasher, space for a large table, Stoves induction range cooker with extractor fan above, spacious room enjoys casement doors leading out to the sun terrace and a free standing wood burner. A door leads to what was originally the servants working and living quarters with back stairs leading to a first floor bedroom, quarry tiled floor, gardeners W.C., utility room with space and plumbing  for washing machine and dishwasher, butler sink, boiler room, boot room and a recently installed bathroom with large walk in shower, freestanding bath, whb set in vanity unit and W.C. This area of the accommodation lends itself to being a self contained wing should one be needed.

Sitting Room with an original marble surround and slate hearth open fireplace, bay/turret front aspect window and casement doors leading to the rear terrace. 

Dining Room panelled walls to picture rail with a square front aspect bay window, original oak open fireplace

Master bed with original open fireplace with cast iron surround and tiled inset and hearth. Built in wooden wardrobes, turret bay window.

3 further large double bedrooms all with built in wardrobes and the 5th bedroom accessed from the back staircase or an interconnecting door from bed 4. Which has an original fireplace. 

Shower Room 

Nestling in to a large corner plot of approximately 4 acres, Keyhaven Lodge occupies an enviable position within a few hundred yards of the waterfront and the popular walks along the Seabank to the East and Hurst Castle to the West. The private gardens surrounding the property are beautifully maintained with secluded patio areas, sun drenched courtyards and pristine lawns. A refurbished tennis court lies hidden behind the walled garden with a wooded copse separating the lawns from the 2 acres of pasture land which wrap around the North end eastern boundaries, complete with shepherds hut and a small wooded copse which leads down to the banks of the River Avon. 

The long gravel driveway runs the length of the plot shielded from the house by fencing which leads to a triple garage, gabled to the North side and used for log storage. The garaging is divided in to two car garages and one office space with cloakroom.

Living in Milford on Sea

Milford on Sea is currently a property hot spot. It is one of the last remaining seaside villages in Hampshire and is delightfully picturesque with a proper village green at its centre. This green is often the focus for popular village events such as maypole dancing and the annual food festival and is fringed by a range of independents (including antiques shops, butcher’s, chemists and greengrocer’s). Recently Milford has developed something of a reputation as a foodie destination with its collection of tea rooms, bistros, wine bar, fish and chips and specialist fish restaurant, plus more.

This is a vibrant village with a friendly and lively community, and appeals to both young families (the primary school has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted) and older couples looking for somewhere on the coast to relax. The old-fashioned seafront stretches from Hurst spit and Keyhaven nature reserve in the east towards Christchurch Harbour to the west, and enjoys lovely views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the Needles.

A good mix of properties includes striking contemporary seafront homes and cliff top apartments with big sea views, quaint terraced old fishermen’s cottages and some substantial 1920s and 1930s Ravenscroft arts and crafts influenced homes in and around Barnes Lane.


Lymington, Keyhaven, Hampshire

  • Bedrooms Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms Bathrooms: 2
  • Receptions Living Rooms: 3

An extremely rare opportunity to acquire this magnificent example of an Edwardian, Arts and Crafts property built in 1919, sitting in delightful plot of approx. 4 acres. This beautiful family home of five bedrooms and three reception rooms has been sympathetically restored and renovated to exacting standards with the aim of retaining as much of the original charm and features as possible.  The harbour at Keyhaven offers access to the popular waters of the Solent making it a perfect haven for small yachts and dinghies.  The village is situated within walking distance of Milford on Sea and a few miles of the Georgeian market town of Lymington with its river, marinas and yacht clubs, as well as the station with branch line to Brockenhurst with mainline services to London Waterloo (90 minutes). Energy Efficiency Rating: E

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