The Boat Shed - New Forest Escapes

The Boat Shed

boaty, minimalist, romantic

  • 3 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

Calling all romantics, walkers, wanderers and design lovers. Come hither. This place is for you – The Boat Shed Lymington.

Chic and cool, The Boat Shed is a mini ‘Grand Designs’ of a home. It packs a hefty architectural punch with its shingle cladding, log burner, multi-tasking living space, sleep space under the eaves and sunny, sheltered veranda. Unsurprisingly, The Boat Shed’s owners, Alice and Henning Stummel, have appeared on Channel 4’s Grand Designs with their London home, The Tin House, which was also shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year.

Whilst the area bustles with the seaside life of nautical living and small-town vibrancy this location is an oasis of calm tucked in amongst the trees. Hidden from the neighbours, this quiet and peaceful hideaway is perfect for feeling secluded whilst only being a gate away from the joys of seaside life; sea birds, tinkling boat masts and the fresh sea air.

Walk ‘not-quite-next-door’ to great food and the town, walk west to the coastal path, big skies and wild beaches.

from

£110 per night

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Here's your full run down of this place, inside and out...

Inside

Alice and Henning have rescued and repurposed The Boat Shed in a similar playful and minimalist style to their award winning property The Tin House. Alice says, “We live in a utilitarian style, pared-down, simple and functional. We only have what we need and find that the decluttering allows for more freedom in such a small space.”

Accordingly, space in The Boat Shed is used to a premium. A shipshape mini-kitchen is set into a wall of pale wood floor to ceiling cupboards, the table seats four, a comfy cabin-style sofa doubles as a generous queen-sized bed while the mezzanine space under the eaves very comfortably sleeps one and is snuggly for two (you could always ‘top and tail’).


Walk out the garden gates straight into the Royal Lymington Yacht Club dinghy yard and you'll find yourself on the coastal path. Head east past The Mayflower pub which is excellent for food, meander through the bigger boat marinas and you'll get to the cobbled town quay with cafes and more pubs, including our personal favourite cafe, Greedo. If you head West instead, you will pass The Haven Bar and Restaurant which serves fabulous food and instagram worthy cocktails. Following this path along you'll head out of town for bigger skies, wilder walks, long beaches and the occasional cafe.

Top inland destinations are easily accessible by train or car with The New Forest only a short distance away. Consider planning an adventure on the way home to maximise your time in this glorious location. Heading into the forest by train is a great day trip when you've exhausted the coastal options or fancy a change in scenery.  We suggest walking to the train station at Lymington town, taking the 9 minute train across the National Park wilds to Brockenhurst and walking to The Pig Hotel for a fancy lunch and day out walking in the forest. The Pig is well known and celebrated for its local menu, working walled gardens and country-house style.

Practicalities here: The sofa bed will not be made on arrival. We leave all the items you'll need in the cupboards and you'll have to make the bed yourselves.
Floor plan

Sleeping...

Bed 1 : Queen size sofa bed.
Bed 2 : A large single (4ft) above the bathroom, divided from the main room by simple wooden slatting.

Bathrooms...

Shower room : Toilet, small shower.

All the rest...

Kitchen : Tiny kitchen with sink, small convection oven, hob, toaster, kettle.
Mod Cons : A Roberts radio.
Connectivity : There is good 4G locally.
Phone service is reasonable for most suppliers.
Kids' Stuff : There are no cots or highchairs here but there is space to have them in the main room. Please do bring them with you.
Pets : Well behaved dogs are welcome for a small charge per stay. There is excellent dog walking on the coastal paths from here. No dogs larger than 20kgs please.

Outside

While The Boat Shed is close to the bustle of the lively and picturesque market town of Lymington, it is tucked away in a secret, secluded spot – at the end of Royal Lymington Yacht Club’s dinghy yard. It is reached through double gates and surrounded by a private garden with mature leafy trees hiding it from view. There’s a table for two on the cabin’s veranda while another table in the garden can seat up to eight if you have visitors – perfect for picnics, drinks and nibbles on summer days and warm evenings. The air is filled with the calls of seabirds and the view is full of boat masts – with the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry bumbling past in the distance.
Garden : There is a small garden around the property which has mature trees and is shady. A double gate opens directly into the dinghy boat yard storage area and the coastal path walking route is just across it.
Parking : There is off road parking for 2 medium sized cars.

Home truths

The third bed is high, 4ft wide bed and above the bathroom in the eaves. There is a floor to ceiling slatted barrier on the long side. The ladder is vertical to get to it on the short side. For two adults it would very snuggly! But teens and children may be very happy here.  Just please be aware that there is no barrier to stop them falling out on the short side.

The kitchen table seats 4. Should you have guests visiting, there is another table for eight outside.

The third bed is high, 4ft wide bed and above the bathroom in the eaves. There is a floor to ceiling slatted barrier on the long side. The ladder is vertical to get to it on the short side. For two adults it would very snuggly! But teens and children may be very happy here.  Just please be aware that there is no barrier to stop them falling out on the short side.

Accessibility

The Boatshed is perched on 1.5m high stilts. There are steps with a good handrail to get onto the front balcony and and there are no steps once inside. The door is wide enough for wheelchairs but the bathroom is very small, narrow and has no specific grab rails etc for those with challenged mobility.

You can park the car within 30 metres. The track is mainly flat, but cobbled and uneven.

Booking Information

Free and included in your booking cost are: all bedding and linen, towels for the house, kitchen essentials, any baby kit you've requested and cleaning the house after you leave. We also supply some treats to get you going for tea when you arrive. Enjoy!

Arrival & Departure

Arrive from: 5pm
Depart before: 11am

Payment Info

Deposit: 50%
Balance Due: 45 days before your stay
Security Deposit: £250

Guests that have stayed here say...

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The location...

Head to the left out the gate and you'll get to the yacht chandlery (sells nice foodie basics), excellent cafe/restaurant and cool boat yard of Yacht Haven. Walk for miles here around the coastal path and end up in the pretty and boaty hamlet of Keyhaven.

For top notch ice cream in summer, go to the booth by the salt water pool and lido (also handy for seawater swimming).

For those who want more, Lymington is a short walk away. In 8 minutes you'll be on the High Street but you'll have passed the Mayflower which we also recommend for food too.

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.

Need more info, or not quite what you’re looking for..?

Don’t worry, we’re always on-hand to help and our personalised booking process will match the right house to the right guests!

We're all locals and know the houses and Forest like the backs of our hands, so if you have any queries about the information we have provided or have any special requests for your stay, please just ask:

Call us 01590 462005

Email us hello@newforestescapes.com

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