The picturesque town of Lymington sits on the mouth of the Lymington River on the Solent and sheltered behind the Isle of Wight. As it makes such an ideal location for yachting it might be no surprise to learn that a longer maritime life predates the social sea traffic of the town today.
Lymington is one of those rare places that everyone falls in love with! A beautiful Georgian market town, with many of its cobbled streets, homes and distinctive buildings defining much of its character. The main street, for example, leads down to a cobbled road on the Quay where you will find the Harbour Master’s office, once a bathhouse dating from 1833!
Lymington has a distinctly nautical heritage and much of this is evident as you wander round the bustling and burgeoning little port. Salt is very much in the air and between the bricks, yet just behind you the river quickly winds its way into the New Forest.
By boat the access into the Solent takes no time at all and from there you have a wide choice of wonderful places to sail. Across the Solent on the Isle of Wight sits Yarmouth, a delightful fishing, ferry and yachting port widely regarded as one of the jewels of the south coast. Further down from Yarmouth you will find peaceful Newtown River, a wonderful place to put down anchor and spend the night. Cowes, the thriving yachting centre of the Isle of Wight, is only a 2/3 hour sail away. Hurst Castle and the Beaulieu River are all within easy reach of Lymington.
Going west you can sail into Poole Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world, where you can moor up on the town quay and enjoy a night out in Poole town with its excellent choice of restaurants and bars.
Our yachts are moored at the Yacht Haven Marina, only a 10 minute walk from the town with its wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants (as well as a very colourful Saturday market). The marina is supported by the Haven Boatyard, which provides a comprehensive range of marine services, including hoist and scrubs, engine servicing or repairs, rigging specialists, chandlers and dry berthing from its nearby Haven Quay site. The marina has first class facilities with recently renovated excellent toilets and showers (opened 24 hours), overnight security patrol, fuel, and access at all stages of the tide, and much more.
The marina’s recently renovated and extended Haven Restaurant enjoys panoramic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight and serves fine food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and light refreshments. There is also the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Lymington Town Sailing Club and two excellent pubs (the Fishermans and Mayflower) only a few minutes’ walk away.
Lymington is less than half an hour’s drive from Junction 1 of the M27 taking you through the beautiful New Forest National Park. The unique beauty, buzz and character of Lymington make the journey well worthwhile.
Directions to Lymington Yacht Haven Marina.
Lymington Yacht Haven
Local Restuarants, Pubs, Yacht Clubs and Businesses
Royal Lymington Yacht Club
In a prime position overlooking the River and with far reaching views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club is only 5 minutes walk from the Yacht Haven Marina. The Club welcomes visiting sailors, sail and power, from RYA-recognised clubs. Regrettably, however, because of their limited space they can seldom offer berthing, but there is a warm welcome in the bar and the catering is ‘first class’ and extremely good value.
The Chequers Inn, Lymington
The Chequers is a regular haunt for many a famous yachtsman from this country and worldwide. Situated on the edge of Lymington’s historic salt marshes, this picturesque 16th Century pub and restaurant offers a year round warm welcome – a wood burning stove in the winter and walled garden in the summer. The blackboard a la carte menu changes with the seasons and there is always a range of interesting bar snacks along with barbeques on the front patio at weekends during the summer (weather permitting). Real ales are a speciality along with a well chosen wine list.
The Mayflower, Lymington
With views over the River, stylish Pod designed interiors, large garden and children’s play area, The Mayflower is a firm favourite. It is near the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, so only a 5 minute walk from the Yacht Haven Marina.
The Stanwell House Hotel, Lymington
Stanwell House is a privately owned three star Boutique Hotel in Lymington’s High Street. The furnishings are very vibrant with velvets and silks adorning the windows. Burnished bare boards and York stone flags create a Bohemian style. The emphasis is on friendly, unobtrusive, yet efficient service. Using a lot of local produce, the much acclaimed restaurant has achieved one AA Rosette and a Star 2 Merit for Dining and Hospitality from the RAC.
The Haven Café-Bar-Bistro, Lymington’s Yacht Haven Marina
Over the years the Haven Bar and Restaurant has become ‘the’ venue for anyone visiting Lymington whether by sea or land. Recently extended and renovated it is based in the heart of the Yacht Haven Marina. it not only boasts stunning panoramic views of the Isle of Wight and the Solent, but also has facilities to suit all occasions. Serving excellent cuisine, there is a cosy bar, an inviting ‘snug’ with open fire, as well as a restaurant and large balcony.
Force 4 Chandlery, Lymington
Opposite Berthon Marina and about 10 minutes walk from the Yacht Haven Marina in Bath Road towards the High Street, Force 4′s group of chandleries have been supplying yachtsmen since 1979. They have built up a reputation for offering quality, service and value for money.
Nick Cox Yacht Chandler, Lymington’s Yacht Haven Marina
At the entrance to the marina yard and only 2 minutes walk from the Yacht Haven Marina itself, Nick Cox Yacht Chandler have an excellent choice of marine goods in their newly built premises. Apart from general chandlery and hardware, they are also an off license and convenience store.