Number Two is a stylish yet family-friendly town house ideally located in the heart of the attractive Georgian coastal town of Lymington in Hampshire on the edge of the New Forest National Park. A hop, skip and jump from the high street with a great selection of shops, and three minutes from the pretty cobbled quayside with its boutiques, everything is close at hand including a great choice of places for a meal out.
The house is smart, modern and tucked in behind the high street in a private gated development which doesn't allow cars near the house - great for kids to play safely along the terraced paths. Inside the house is light, airy and colourful. Beautifully presented throughout, a stylish kitchen splashed with red colour, sitting room with giant caligraphy clock, bedrooms with library wallpapers and plenty of toys for kids are just some of the thoughtful extra touches. The huge bedroom on the top floor with a sleeping tent is sure to be a hit with the kids!
Lymington is bustling at any time of the year with fishing boats and yachts coming and going, having wide appeal to tourists and sailors alike. Many an hour can be spent watching the antics on the water and this stretch of coastline offers plenty of lovely walks with a wonderful seascape that stretches as far as the Needles. To the west of the town is the Lymington and Keyhaven Nature Reserve which is home to a vast array of birdlife, supporting a number of rare plants. Catch the ferry to Yarmouth and spend the day on the Isle of Wight with glorious sandy beaches, or head into the Forest and explore the many miles of trails by foot, car or horse back.
Foodies will be in their element with a great choice of eating establishments both on the doorstep and throughout the local area. You can stroll from the front door and enjoy a seafood supper at Stanwells Hotel or Egans which was once the old police station, as well as the Yacht Haven, Lanes, and Elderflower. Or hop in the car and drive to The Pig in Brockenhurst or the Limewood Hotel with its wonderful spa (perfect for those who want some pampering) on the way to Lyndhurst.
For those who enjoy sailing, a day trip on Salamander yacht is a thrilling experience. Fifty eight foot of pure luxury, there is no finer way of exploring the Solent and she is available to charter locally (just a short stroll from Number Two!). And when you're tired of the water, there are plenty of nearby attractions including Exbury Gardens (simply stunning in spring bloom), Beaulieu National Motor Museum (with nearby Bucklers Hard), pony trekking through the forest, picturesque thatched villages to visit and heather-clad heathland where ponies and cattle graze.
Robyn Hedges joined Independent Cottages in July 2012
Spread out across three levels, this mews style town house comprises:
Outside: To the front of Number Two is a small terraced courtyard where you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine or BBQ during the warmer months. A car port provides parking for one car (please note this is narrow so may not be suitable for large vehicles), with the option to reserve an additional parking space by arrangement. There is also a car park just yards away.
Additional information: Children are welcome but the property does not really lend itself well to dogs. A cot can be provided. Short breaks available. Strictly no smoking inside. Prices include heating, linen, electricity and towels.
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Weekend rates are approx 60% of the main price. Low occupancy rates offered.