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Solent House

Lymington, Hampshire

  • 8 + 2 babies
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

Location, location, location. If you want a family house near the town and almost-on-the-quay, then this is for you.  You’ll find it on a lovely tree-lined street a 5 minute walk from the cobbled streets of the ‘Old Town’, once a smugglers paradise. Don’t worry – the house isn’t owned by rogues and contraband specialists, but Peter and Georgie are travel-addicts and their wanderings are evident in the eclectic and colourful styling inside this bright and roomy house.

This house is ideal for family holidays and you really couldn’t get a better location for a quiet setting in the heart of Lymington, but right on the doorstep of all the fun. In all seasons the coastal walking is superb. Winter will have you in some lovely pubs afterwards, and in summer the best crabbing, ice-creams and fish and chips, are to be had on the Lymington Old Town Quay. Don’t miss the Saltwater Pools for floating assault course and general madness for teens (and other nutters).

The house has been well designed for guests. Downstairs is bright and roomy. The L shaped kitchen / living room area is mostly open plan and in summer we’d suggest you open up the terrace doors and breakfast on the terrace. There is a smart blue Aga, and a gas stove with masses of serving dishes and ‘bitsa’ to host dinner parties if needed. If you like board games, jigsaws and puzzles, there is a large African boat full of them in the kitchen.

The kitchen table seats 10. You’ll also find a TV room with wood burner.

Bedrooms are all generously sized. Two are huge. The one on the top floor is particularly big and has a juliet balcony that faces the neighbours leafy gardens and sea. And every bedroom has its own bathroom.

The smart garden deck has smarter garden furniture and is a sun trap in the afternoons. Kids will love playing in the enclosed garden which has a fun treehouse (or surely pirate) platform and slide – both of these are pretty rustic. We can put a ladder-stop up for very small children if required. The terrace and garden are south facing and get wonderful evening sun that also fills the kitchen. It’s the perfect spot for evening meals after a day of exploring.


Babies and children welcome. Stairgate, high chair, baby mat and toys are provided. The garden is enclosed and there is a tree platform and slide in the garden. No ball games here please. There are neighbours on all sides.

Best for…

Families wanting a seaside holiday, especially those with teenagers – Saltwater Pools is a must; floating assault course, zorbs, paddleboards etc. Yachties wanting a land-base for family in tow will appreciate the location near marinas. Current return guests come for birthday parties (70ths etc) and it’s a good base for those visiting Lymington for weddings.


There are few steps downstairs but no downstairs bedrooms here. There are good stair rails.

So if you are organising a group with less mobile people then read our ideas (and tested excursions) here in our blog ‘Holidaying with less mobile folk? Here’s where to go, what to do!’

And if you are organising a celebration for those in their 60’s + please visit our blog post ‘Four easy ideas for memorable 60th, 70th & 80th birthdays’

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What makes this special...

At the end of the road is a great children’s park with bandstand, where over the summer many a local event is held, the food festival being the highlight, so join in and enjoy!

To the east, Berthon marina is 2 mins walk where we recommend The Shipyard restaurant ,that funnily enough specialises in seafood that is provided on site by ‘The Fish Market’ –  the local fishmongers. To the east and a short walk past the Saltwater baths (with 110 metre floating assault course, zorbs and paddleboards) is The Haven which does good food whilst you enjoy simply spectacular views across the Solent.

The beach pictured, is Yarmouth Beach on the Isle of Wight. It’s well worth a day trip and you don’t need a car to walk to the beach.

all theEssential details...


  • Bedroom 1 : Double with ensuite shower and bath (half size)
  • Bedroom 2 : Twin room
  • Bedroom 3 : Bunk beds with ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom 4 : Double (low level) on the 2nd floor with ensuite shower room
  • Floor plan :


  • One : Downstairs WC
  • Two : Ensuite to Bedroom 1
  • Three : Ensuite to Bedroom 3
  • Four : Ensuite to Bedroom 4

All the rest...

  • Garden : Is a good size, enclosed with table to seat 8, wicker sofa for relaxing and kids slide/climbing frame
  • Kitchen : Aga plus a gas stove and electric oven/ Fridge Freezer / Microwave / Dishwasher / Washing machine / Tumble Dryer / Plus masses of serving dishes and ‘bits’ to host dinner parties if needed
  • Mod Cons : 32" Digital TV, Digital radio
  • Keeping Connected : Free WiFi and mobile signal is mainly good
  • Parking : Off street parking for up to 5 cars
  • Garden : Quiet dogs only please
  • Arrival & Departure : Arrival day is from 3.30pm and departures by 10am

What we love

Lymington is bustling market town and is a popular destination due to its proximity to the New Forest, the coastal waters of The Solent and the Ferry to the Isle of Wight – only a short 40 minute crossing. It is a great location for a holiday destination with plenty to do for all ages and interests.  Find out more from our Blog. 


Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’.  Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in it’s interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.

top picksTo do whilst you're here...

  • Lymington Sea Water Baths
    Lymington Sea Water Baths

    Open over the summer months, this place is an eccentric joy. The water is cold, so hire a wetsuit or brave it. You can swim or go mad on the 110 metres floating obstacle course (bit like Top Gear on water) – perfect for teens. There is also a smaller splash pool and sand pit for little kids. Good changing room options and fabulous ice cream too. Charges are very reasonable.

    Remember, New Forest Escapees receive one free coffee for each group from the kiosk too!

    For opening time and entry charges visit www.lymingtonseawaterbaths.org.uk

  • Hurst Castle
    Hurst Castle

    Jump on the ferry or take a brisk stroll on the 1.5 mile long shingle spit to the famous Hurst Castle where a £1 million renovation is currently taking place to keep it ship shape.

    This place is just the best for hide and seek. The view from the top is superb to the Isle of Wight. Anyone who likes history will love it here. Charles I was imprisoned here. The cafe is excellent. Read our blog for more info on Jason Crane, 3rd generation born here at Hurst. There is a small entry fee. Boat trips are about a fiver for a return trip.

    For holiday events for kids of all ages so check out their website at www.hurstcastle.co.uk

  • Beaulieu & The Motor Museum
    Beaulieu & The Motor Museum

    A great family day out including the World of Top Gear, Palace and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and more! Rates 4.5 out of 5 after approx 5000 reviews – so we reckon its worth a mention.

    If you don’t pay for entry, still go and visit the village. There are a few good independent shops, cream tea at The Montagu Arms (very good), good garden centre and cafe at Steph’s Kitchen, opposite is an excellent learning garden which is also well worth a look.

    To find out more visit www.beaulieu.co.uk

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Solent House

Lymington, Hampshire

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