By Evie Kennedy | Monday, 31 July 2023
Nestled between verdant woodland and a secluded private beach, The Coding Hut is a hidden gem in the Hampshire countryside. Having received some authentically Quince TLC, The Coding Hut is back and ready for visitors. Over the past eight months we have revived, refreshed and reinvigorated this historic property to reflect the colours surrounding us in nature mixed with the classically Quince touch of style and comfort.
With a long history woven throughout its rich tapestry, The Coding Hut has had many faces over the years. Once a hideout for Sir Winston Churchill’s secret army in WWII, this property is adorned with hints and whispers of its combat past. As you approach the property up the private driveway, there is space for up to four parked cars with facilities to charge your electric vehicle. Situated just a short drive from Lymington town, and a local shop for essentials just three miles away in East Boldre, The Coding Hut is perfectly located for those looking for a country escape, yet close enough to the local water hole and shops. We always wanted to tap into the New Forest, and to find The Coding Hut that is just a 10 minute drive to the heart of New Forest National Park yet just a short stroll to a secluded beach, we knew this one was special.
With such mesmerizing exteriors and surroundings, we knew we had to make the interiors reflect the same sense of magic.
Having been built in the 1880s, The Coding Hut has gone through many transformations. Being a part of the Quince family for a few years, we felt it was time for a design overhaul. The property originally had four rooms which we have now adapted into five, meaning there is more space for guests to spend time within the property. With this in mind we have also extended the kitchen and breakfast room area to create a larger kitchen and sitting room, which is now a spacious and light space, perfect for relaxing and hosting.
With two double bedrooms, fitted with king-sized beds and a bedroom adorned with bunk beds, The Coding Hut is ideal for a multi-generational family stay or for a getaway with friends. There is one double bedroom with an en-suite and a large family bathroom for other guests to share. The impressive kitchen has been fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows really helping to bring the outside in. With the kitchen and dining area overlooking the breathtaking garden, feel the sun on your face while soaking up the surrounding nature. Leading on from the kitchen is the cosy sitting room where you can stretch out. Enjoy the two reception rooms as a whole, or roll closed the barn-style doors and create your own secluded nook, complete with a log burner.
There are many quirky pieces that adorn the walls, ledges and furniture of the property that truly reflects the history of the house. Usually, Quince founder, Sarah Wood, would discover a treasure that she then designs the interiors around, however, The Coding Hut had such an extensive history that it would be a shame not to use this. Sarah has said ‘I wanted to mix the green-ness of the wooded landscape with the amazing WWII history along with its original design as a woodman’s cottage.’ You can see this inspiration throughout with a warm country atmosphere and a palette of muted pinks, honey hues, ambers, browns and greens.
‘The biggest surprise for us during this renovation was that the garden is much larger than we had originally thought.’
Once we started landscaping we came to the realisation that there was space for two separate dining areas and the bath house and so we created these zones. The garden feels quiet and remote, yet safe and joyful. Each of our properties are dog friendly and so our gardens are just that as well. Ensuring our garden is enclosed and perfect for a frisbee throw is what sets us apart from the rest of the market, we think of these little touches.
Each window looks out to the large garden that is surrounded by flora and trees and gives an almost treehouse feel to the property. Once you venture outside there is plenty of space to lounge in the sun, sit and read a book, play with the family, or entertain. With lots of trees, an outdoor kitchen and our signature bathhouse, this is the perfect place.
Surrounded by the New Forest national park, The Coding Hut is typical of the area. With wildlife such as wild ponies, pigs, deer and cattle everywhere, you may even spot a friendly little visitor every now and then, but be sure not to feed them!
Favourite walk? Trek the Tall Trees Trail through the protected forest of The Blackwater Arboretum. Complete this 1.5 mile loop with your children and watch as they gaze in awe at the surrounding trees from many different countries. Although make sure your children have enough energy, this is not a pushchair friendly walk.
Favourite restaurant? Throughout the New Forest, freshness and quality is key. The Drift in Brockenhurst is no exception. Insisting on ‘picked-that-morning’ vegetables and free range meat, happy hen eggs and freshly caught fish, the menus follow the seasons and give even the fussiest of eaters something to enjoy.
Favourite family friendly activity? The National Beaulieu Motor Museum. It takes you through the history of cars and motor vehicles and you may even spot some recognisable cars from the silver screen. Take a look at Mr Bean’s iconic mini, Del Boy’s reliant van, Mr.Bond’s Jaguar XKR from ‘Die Another Day’ and the flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Take a look at The Coding Hut for yourself and experience a stay in nature.