Lymington is best known as a mecca for all things nautical being located on the Lymington River which feeds into the infamous sailing waters of The Solent. This stretch of water between the Isle of Wight and the South Coast plays host to many yachting occasions such as Cowes Week and Round the Island race as well as being the perfect boating playground for ribs, sailing boats and closer to the shore paddle boards, canoes and body boards are the order of the day.

History and Must-See’s

Lymington was well-known back in the early 19th century for having a thriving ship-building industry and was also a major salt-producing area on the marshland area of the Lymington river. Remnants of both these industries can be seen with the marinas and boatyards along the water’s edge which offer moorings, yacht chartering, chandlery outlets etc and the marshlands which are an outstanding area of natural beauty.

The views along the sea wall which runs from the Royal Lymington Yacht club all the way to Keyhaven offer the most amazing 360-degree views of the Solent to your left and the marshlands which have protected bird sanctuary status to your right. Not to be missed. If you walk all the way to Keyhaven, you can treat yourself to a well-deserved drink and something delicious to eat at the Gun pub.

Lymington has a wonderful selection of bars, pubs and restaurants and is a fantastic location for sampling local seafood and accompanying fine wines.
The Haven is a local favourite and offers a wonderful combination of a chilled atmosphere with deliciously good food and lovely service. You can sit in the main restaurant and watch the comings and goings of boats in the yacht haven just below.

Our property, Needles View, is just a short walk from the Yacht Haven and the protected nature reserve just opposite the house. The house is tastefully decorated, sleeps 10 and has a hot tub in the garden – plus dogs are welcome.

The Highstreet

The Highstreet boasts a bustling Saturday market with local produce, delis, butchers, and fishmongers, as well as crafts and textiles. The Highstreet itself has an impressive collection of local independent stores with plenty of quaint coffee shops dotted down the main street to rehydrate en route!

Some Highstreet favourite eateries include Eat! Pizza which serves delicious homemade – you guessed it – pizzas! The Magic Duck, right at the top of the high street is another must-visit as the food and reviews are exceptional. The Highstreet kitchen is halfway down and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in a wonderfully sophisticated venue.
To have all these lovely options right on your doorstep, check out Silverton Cottage, just tucked behind the hustle and bustle of the centre of town but within a few minutes walking distance to the main street and a few minutes more to the marinas. This property sleeps 6 and is a gorgeous escape from the real world.

The Quays

At the bottom of the Highstreet, the cobbled pedestrian path leads down onto Lymington Quay – with another charming collection of bars, restaurants and seaside gift shops. Here you can sit and watch the world go by, with local fishermen coming in with their catch and boats pottering up and down the river.

If there are just a few of you and you’re looking for a cosy cottage, then Ivy Cottage at the top of the main street is an excellent choice. With 1 double and 1 twin room, the cottage is a perfect base for exploring lovely Lymington and the surrounding area.