Keyhaven

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The tiny coastal hamlet of Keyhaven, less than a mile from Milford on Sea, is part of the Keyhaven Nature Reserve, and a haven for birdwatchers, nature lovers, walkers and cyclists.

About Keyhaven

Keyhaven is a tiny coastal hamlet, less than a mile from its bigger brother, Milford on Sea. The hamlet is part of Keyhaven Nature Reserve, which spans almost 500 acres of land overlooking the Solent with views of Hurst Castle and the Isle of Wight. There are two sailing clubs, a small sheltered harbour, a family-run boatyard and pub. The area is popular with paddle boarders, sea kayaking and canoeing, with plenty of tuition and equipment hire providers nearby. It’s also a great spot for fishing or just pootling about in your dingy. The nature reserve itself is a mecca for bird watchers and wildlife.

Visitors love the well signposted circular walks, and gravel paths surrounding the reserve which are suitable for cyclists, pushchairs and wheel chair users. Keyhaven also forms part of the Solent Way – a 60-mile coastal walk, which runs from Christchurch in the west to the other side of Portsmouth. A popular way to spend the day is to walk the long shingle spit to Hurst Castle. Originally a fortress built for Henry VIII, it has been used as a jail and been extended over the centuries.  During WWII Hurst Castle was an armoury and look out. It’s a fascinating place to visit, with great views. Hurst Castle is open most of the year (weekends only during the winter), and if you don’t fancy walking back, you can take the little ferry to Keyhaven harbour.

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Reel Easy Charters
(Less than a mile)

Bringing you sea fishing for small groups on the South Coast, Reel Easy Charters is modern sailing on the Solent from Keyhaven in Hampshire to the surrounding area including the Isle of Wight and Alderney.  Evolution 33 is their trusty steed, and with more than 35 years of experience you’re in safe hands and excellent company.

http://reeleasycharters.co.uk

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Braxton Gardens
(2 miles)

A family run business showcasing the most exquisite gardens, Braxton Gardens is close to the sea and is a chance to relax outside and take in a spot of horticulture as well as having a cup of tea in their conservatory and entirely charming tea room.  Cream tea and a stroll around the garden - isn’t that what holidays were made for?

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Hurst Castle
(2 miles)

English Heritage’s Hurst castle provides a remote escape by the sea and even glimpses of the Isle of Wight in the distance across the Solent on a clear day

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Very enjoyable visit to Hurst Castle. We had a return trip on the ferry. Lovely views to the Isle of Wight.

August 2017



More Than a Tour
(2 miles)

Founded by people who are passionate about the beauty and preservation of the New Forest and surrounding area, More Than a Tour brings you a range of all inclusive New Forest tours, designed to show you around just as they would a friend.  Walk, kayak and explore on a tailor made trip whether you’re looking for adrenaline, culture, history, or a mix of everything.

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Lymington to Keyhaven Nature Reserve
(3 miles)

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lymington to Keyhaven Nature Reserve is made up of lagoons, reeds beds, salt marshes and mud flats, supporting a number of vulnerable plants and rare species and providing rich feeding ground for a wide variety of birds.  The coastline also has great historic significance having been the biggest producer of sea salt in the country during the 18th century.

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(1)

A great, easy, level walk with masses of interesting flora and fauna particularly wading birds and insects.

October 2017




The Gun Inn
(Less than a mile)

An 18th century pub, decorated with lots of atmospheric bric-a-brac and antiquities. Whisky lovers will smile at the collection of 300 malt whiskies to sample. Soak up the summer sun in the walled garden or when it’s cold and wintery, hunker down in front of the cosy log fire. Crab is the pubs speciality alongside the usual pub favourites. Dogs welcome.

The Gun Inn (T:01590 642391) Keyhaven Rd, Keyhaven SO41 0TP

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The White Horse
(Less than a mile)

A very warm welcome awaits when you visit this historic little pub, believed to date back to 1720. Outside is a roomy beer garden with large play area children will love. Inside you’ll find lots of gnarled beams, pillars and posts, little alcoves and oodles of character. Menus are creative, fun and well executed, highlighting the regions produce and season. There’s also a specials board and very popular carvery. Dogs welcome.

The White Horse (T:01590 642360) 16 Keyhaven Road, Milford on Sea SO41 0QY 

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(1)

Lovely friendly pub but must get the menu sorted. Didn't have steak or burgers available. Did eat there and enjoyed the one and only special on the board. 4 stars.

November 2017



The Smugglers Inn
(Less than a mile)

Right in the middle of the pretty village of Milford-on Sea is the Smugglers.  Inside, decor is characterful with comfy seating and cosy log fires. In warmer months, venture outside to the large and pretty beer garden with super children’s kids play area. Menus are a varied with a collection of pub classics and a daily specials board. Portions are generous and service with a smile. Dogs welcome.

The Smugglers Inn (T:01590 644414) High Street, Milford On Sea SO41 0QE 

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(3)

Wonderful food, great desserts and very dog-friendly.

June 2017


We were made very welcome considering we didn't book and turned up during a busy period. The bar staff accommodated us by finding us a table for four and our dogs. The food was lovely and all the staff were very friendly. We came back on our third night and had the same treatment! Lovely pub!

September 2017


Great pub and good food

November 2017



Verveine Fishmarket
(Less than a mile)

With 2 AA rosettes and a recomendation in the Michelin guide, you're in for a treat at Verveine Fishmarket. This innovative seafood restaurant with it's own in-house fishmongers offer menus brimming with superb local produce, served in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.  

Verveine Fishmarket (T: 01590 642176) Milford on Sea SO41 0QE

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La Perle
(Less than a mile)

An award winning, fine dining restaurant run by Head Chef Sam Hughes, of Professional Masterchef fame.  After honing his skills in the kitchens of Kensington Palace, aswell as under Raymond Blanc and Mark Broadbent, Sam came back to his Hampshire roots and opened La Perle.  Here you can expect some exceptional food, beautifully presented with an exciting wine list to match. 

La Perle (T: 01590 643557) Milford on Sea SO41 0QD

 

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(1)

Wonderful three courses on French night.

August 2017



Milford on Sea
(3 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017



Barton on Sea
(5 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

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Highcliffe Beach
(6 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

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(1)

Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017



Mudeford Sandbank
(8 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

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Lepe Beach
(11 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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