Little Heron

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Bedroom details

2 Bedrooms (Sleeps 4 + cot)

Bedroom 1

1 x king

Bedroom 2

1 x king

Discover our divine dwelling, settled on the iconic Captains Row, in the heart of Lymington and just a stone's throw from the river. A historic homestay awaits, promising endless rusticity and romance throughout with period touches and a luxe interior style. This Grade II listed beauty warmly welcomes up to four lucky guests for a dream staycation, where only restful moments reside in harmony with the enchanting embrace of our stunning retreat. You'll be sure to feel comfort and calm from the moment you enter Little Heron, amidst handsome beams and characterful corners, our quintessentially English home will capture your very heart. Set in a delightful corner of the world with a plethora of beauty spots to explore, from wandering the magical trails of the New Forest to venturing along the Lymington river by boat - escape the ordinary in true Boutique style at our sumptuous sanctuary.


Step inside to uncover a swoon-worthy living space, adorned in cosy cottage style and boasting an array of remarkable antiquities to ignite curious minds. Every inch of this snug room is truly captivating, promising darling touches at each turn and pairing original features with luxurious interior details. From the rustic exposed beams and traditional ceiling feature, to a handsome inglenook fireplace with white-washed brick and wood burning stove; settle down fireside to delve into dreamy retreat moments. Stretching the full length of the cottage, this is a stunning space to gather and unwind, with a TV offering Netflix for those relaxing nights in. Take a moment of quietude in the comfort of the Nkuku velvet armchairs, we just adore the rich moss hue of their fabric, contrasted with a sustainable mango wood-frame. If you prefer to stretch out on a sofa, the handsome Chesterfield in brushed leather offers a dream spot to rest after a day of exploring. The living room leads into a library nook, a spellbinding space made for the lovers of literary greats and moments of reflection.

Due to the characterful nature of Little Heron, with charming winding stairs to the first floor, the property may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility.


The beautiful, open-plan kitchen and dining space is perfect for crafting delicious delights, well-equipped with all you could need from a dishwasher, gas hob and all-important Nespresso machine, to a unique, gas-fired steak grill with coals. For the enthusiasts among your party, there's a TV with DVD player in the kitchen, made for seeking inspiration from your beloved culinary artist and following along with favoured recipes. It's no secret that the charming country kitchen style of this space will enchant and inspire any budding chef or food-lover, with exposed brick features and calming natural hues throughout. Come together for slow brunches and feasting around the darling dining table and savour previous time with loved ones in the heart of this wonderful home.

In addition, you'll find a washer-dryer in the kitchen for your use.


Little Heron has two heavenly bedrooms to choose from.

The master bedroom is located on the first floor. This lovely space comes with a sumptuous king-sized bed from And So To, with a gorgeous Vispring mattress, a double wardrobe, drawers, and an elegant dressing table just made for pampering. With sage green tones, a dazzling wooden headboard, and gorgeous cream furniture, this oh-so-calming bedroom is a wonderful space to settle after days exploring Lymington's delights.

The darling second bedroom with a king-sized bed is tucked away on the top floor, boasting tranquil views of the beautiful Lymington River. With a freestanding hanging rail, drawers, a shoe rack, and a dressing table with a stool, this sumptuous boudoir is abundant with space for your belongings. Both beds come swathed in luxurious linens, cloud-soft bedding and opulent cushions and throws, ensuring the most blissful slumbers.

Each bedroom also comes with a Digital Roberts radio with Bluetooth connectivity, just perfect for unwinding with a soothing soundtrack before bedtime.


The opulent family bathroom painted in olive green hues and enhanced with lustrous gold detailing is based next to the master bedroom, where you will uncover a luxurious freestanding roll-top bathtub for balmy, bubble-topped soaks, as well as an elegant wash basin. In addition, there is an invigorating handheld shower above the bathtub for those refreshing wake up moments.

Outdoor space

Step outside to uncover the lovely garden space, complete with two terraces, a small putting green and beautifully bordered by fragrant flowers. Adjacent to the kitchen door, a dining table with four chairs rest next to a lovely red brick wall adorned in climbing vines, which serves as a delightful backdrop for enchanting evenings spent dining alfresco. Towards the end of the garden is another table with two chairs, which is the perfect setting for afternoon tea on sun-soaked days.


While there is no private parking at Little Heron, there is space to unload your car outside the retreat. A parking clock is provided at the retreat for parking in one of the nearby New Forest Council car parks, free of charge.

Babies and children

Babes in arms (non-mobile babies) and children over 7 years are welcome at Little Heron. A travel cot and highchair can be provided on request - please bring your own bedding if you require use of the travel cot.


Little Heron is one of our pet-free properties.

In the Area

Set in the heart of Lymington and within the New Forest, this gorgeous riverside abode is perfectly positioned to spend dreamy days wandering both countryside and coastline.

This bustling port town is home to many boutique stores, markets, and independent eateries. For those yearning for charming country pubs, Lymington has many cosy taverns, including The Ship Inn and The Kings Head Pub, which is only a stroll from your retreat. If you're in pursuit of an unforgettable fine dining experience, the bijou Magic Duck serves delicious, seasonal dishes, while The Elderflower, an award winning and Michelin commended restaurant, serves a myriad of flavours through their tasting menus, whilst The Pig in the quaint village of Brockenhurst is only a short drive away.

For exciting day trips, see the sights of Lymington while on a river boat trip, or take the ferry to the Isle of Wight. For those wishing to explore further away, the historic Beaulieu is home to The National Motor Museum. For the adventurers, the New Forest has plentiful walking and cycling routes, whilst pony trekking through this beauty spot is a magical experience.

Timeless charm awaits at our Grade II listed abode, nestled in the heart of Lymington, promising a serene escape just moments from the water's edge.

At a glance

From £843 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 + cot | 2 Bedrooms | No pets

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Baby on Board

Cottage garden

Family friendly

Pet-free property

Sandy beach nearby

Short drive to beaches

Travel cot and highchair



Walking distance to a pub

Wood Burner

Within 3 hours of London

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £40 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £38 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Little Heron:

A wonderful cottage with excellent amenities and facilities. Lovely touches around the cottage - fresh flowers, books, and a wonderful welcome hamper.

Beautifully decorated for Christmas, very comfortable and loved the log fire. The welcome box was amazing and even presents under the tree on arrival. Very relaxing stay and so close to local eateries and shops.

Owners were very helpful. The welcome pack was really nice.

Thank you Jane and Gary of Little Heron and Boutique Retreats for most incredible weekend!

We had a wonderful stay. A lovey property and such attention to detail, with the lovely touches like the pillow spray, which my seven year old daughter now won’t sleep without!

Little Heron far exceeded our expectations. Our 5th booking through Boutique Retreats, we cannot fault their selection. We loved everything about Little Heron from the location to the interior decor to the best welcome hamper of goodies, the complimentary Mermaid Gin, the snuggly Little Heron dressing gowns, the huge roll top bath and all the lovely little Bramley toiletries. The overall feel and comfort was just perfect in every way. It really felt like a luxury 'home from home' that we didn't want to leave...

Beautiful cottage which has been restored with much detail. An excellent base to explore the New Forest. Well equipped kitchen, luxurious bedding, towels, toiletries etc. i have never had a welcome pack like it in all the years I’ve been renting! Very generous and much appreciated. Enclosed, private garden for sitting in was very pleasant. No on street parking but we always found a space just a few minutes away. As well as being a great summer location, would be a very nice cozy house for a winter break too.

We really loved our stay in Little Heron. There was a very generous hamper of locally produced goods which was well received for which we thank the owners.

A really lovely, well appointed cottage close to all amenities with a very nice garden area.

Fabulous cottage, beautifully decorated and in a lovely location in the centre of Lymington. We will most definitely be back! Thanks also for the lovely treats you left us and the thoughtful present for our baby.

Lovely property and equally lovely hosts in Jane and Guy who made our stay perfect.

Fantastic house in a great location.

Little Heron is a true example of luxury, the house itself holds all the charm of its years, it's perfectly situated to enjoy all that Lymington has to offer. What stands out though is the presentation and meticulous attention to detail. The house has been furnished to an exceptionally high standard, everything is thought in terms of amenities and don't get me started on the lavish welcome basket. I would highly recommend Little Heron in everyway and look forward to returning.

We had a fantastic time a Little Heron over Christmas. The house is conveniently located and has everything you need. The welcome hamper was beyond our expectations!

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