Solent House



Pet Friendly Holiday Rental House in Lymington – Solent House

Location, location, location. If you want a family house near the town and almost-on-the-quay, then this is for you. The smartest of Lymingtons’ marina’s are a stone’s through from this family house. You’ll find it on a lovely tree lined street a 3 minute walk from the cobbled streets of the ‘Old Town’, once a smugglers paradise. 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.

At the end of the road is a great children’s park with bandstand, to the east, Berthon marina is 2 mins walk and the Force 4 Chandlery is 3 mins, To the west, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club is 3 minutes. Just past the Harbour Commissions office is a fantastic pub, The Mayflower, and even better for families; the Lymington Salt Water Pools (with 110 metre floating assault course, zorbs and paddle boards) is 4 minutes walk. The best crabbing, ice-creams and fish and chips, are to be had on the Lymington Old Town quay.


Priced from £700 – £1100 for 2 night midweeks, £850-£1300 for weekends and £1100-£2300 for weekly stays.

For more info’ click the Check Availability tab or use the date search function on our homepage. 

8+ 2 babies in travel cots
+ (2 kids on blow up mattresses if you’re really desperate!)

Personally Visited

2 large bedrooms with king size beds, both ensuite (yes really). 1  twin with two singles and ensuite , one room with a full size bunk beds that has a family bathroom (what)

Babies and children welcome. Stairgate, high chair, baby mat and toys are provided.

Special stuff
You’re so close to all the best stuff along the coast here.
The Mayflower pub is excellent. There is a superb fish shop 3 mins walk away. Ciao Belli Italian deli do the best coffee/lunch in town – 3 mins.
The shops – all the smartest shops are this end of town: Quba, Henri LLoyd (our guests get 15% off),
Lymington has a thriving and very popular Saturday market for which the road is closed for most of the day. It takes up almost the entire high street and is a foodie heaven – cakes, cheeses, breads, deli bits and bobs, meat, pies, drinks, some furniture, some plant stalls and mostly food. Go early – it gets very busy.
The terrace and kitchen are south facing – a fab spot for sun bathing and eating out in the warmer months.

Parking here
Space for 4 cars off-street parking.

Most popular bookings…
Are families wanting a seaside holiday, families with teenagers, yachties wanting a land-base for family in tow, birthday parties (70th’s etc)

Yes, quiet dogs only please.

Mod Cons
 32″ Smart TV, digital radio, Free WiFi, Mobile Signal: mostly good.

Arrivals & Departures
Arrival day is from 3.30pm on any day except Sunday. Departure is at 10am

About this place



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 an large African boat full of them in the kitchen.

The kitchen table seats 10.

You’ll also find a TV room with woodburner.

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. Bathrooms won’t disappoint but aren’t brand new. 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 house style is eclectic and there are bits that the owners have picked up on their travels, including the most comprehensive collection of well-thumbed Lonely Planet Guides we’ve ever seen.

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 days exploring.

Enjoying yourself here

There are good restaurants within 10-15 mins walk (our favourite is Yacht Haven) and the numerous places for quiet relaxing.

Families will be hard pushed to choose where to go first. Crabbing, the Salt Water Pools, the lovely coastal walk (great for prams, balance bikes and dog walking).Little children will love coming home to build their beach-found treasures into jewellery and pirate accessories (we provide pens, cardboard and glue).


Days Out

Going west are 4 miles of coastal nature reserve ending at the beautiful and rugged Hurst Spit and Hurst Castle (now a ruin – great for hide and seek and picnics). This coastline has great walks on mainly hard surfacing with views to the Isle of Wight Needles. Going east and north you soon access the National Park which is the smallest in the UK and full of wild and beautiful places to escape into. The bluebells here in the deciduous forests are a must – see in April and May.  The short hop on the local ferry (terminal is walking distance) to the Isle of Wight which has its own sandy beaches (also walking distance). Limewood Hotel has a top spa, or you can get a home-visit masseur to pop in. 

For more information about celebrations for golden oldies read our blog here. 

For children, we have posts about Catching Unicorns – great for little girls birthday parties. Orbeach treasure hunts. Or my favourite, Swallows and Amazons days out on nearby beaches (with important preparation including watching Ray Mears series on TV for lots of Sunday evenings before your stay).

For adults, try to fit in your break with Rock and Roam event dates. Theatrical suppers, foraging based drinks parties, Stargazing sailing suppers from a yacht in the Solent.

For really special days out we suggest guests consider a day on Salamander (the yacht pictured below).

Lymington rose to wealth and prominence in the 18th century as a salt mining centre. You can still see evidence of the salt flats as you walk along the local coastal paths, and it is from these that Lymington exported salt across the world. Another main industry however around the same time was smuggling, and it is said that there is still evidence of underground tunnels running under local shops.  The courtyard at the Angel hotel, only a few metres away from the property was a stage coach station and frequently used by the smugglers.

For relaxing

Look at our blog for offers on Limewood Spa. 15% off for mid-week treatments for our lovely guests.

Or we’ve set up a partnership with My Personal Sanctuary, who’ll come and spoil you rotten at your home from home.

We are very happy to introduce our new partners, My Personal Sanctuary – a luxurious, relaxing and truly indulgent visiting spa service available across all our homes. Their highly experienced handpicked therapists will ensure you receive a luxury spa experience from the moment they arrive.

They have a comprehensive range of treatments and pamper packages to treat you from head to toe (using only the very best organic products). If you’d like them to tailor a treatment to suit you or your timings just let them know.

We couldn’t think of a better way to relax and add a touch of decadence to your stay with us.

Explore the full menu of treatments and pamper packages here.

For Foodies

You really are spoilt for choice for pubs and restaurants in Lymington and the surrounding area. Within walking distance is Egan’s, which was originally the town police station, Seafood at Stanwells Hotel, Lanes, Elderflower, and the Yacht Haven to name but a few. There are an abundance of local pubs too.

Further afield (and you can get here by train and a 15 minute walk) is The Pig in Brockenhurst and Limewood Hotel – both extremely well regarded. Book early. If you do go to The Pig, the walking from here is excellent (as are their teas and coffees if you can’t book in for a meal). 

Salamander. A wonderful option for day time adventures on the water from Lymington

Salamander Yacht collage
The Salamander yacht which leaves from the Berthon marina in Lymington.

Day trips to Yarmouth beach on the Lymington Ferry. Walk there 15 minutes. Or, much more fun, get the train (yes really!). The track is on a bridge across the water and you get to see the Lymington town foreshore as you chug along to the Ferry port. It’s also probably 15 minutes by the time you’ve walked to the station and then ridden the train for 4 minutes.

Lymington Ferry day trip to Yarmouth town beach
Day trip pictures. Visit Yarmouth beach for a great day out with kids. No car needed. Top left: Yarmouth beach (10 mins walk from Yarmouth ferry terminal). All other pictures are from the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry in July 2015.



Booking Information

Booking Information

Important information fireworks and noise at the cottage:

Fireworks or any kind of floating lantern are absolutely not allowed on the property – ever – they often cause damage to the wild animals in the National Park when they land.

What is included?

Your quoted rate is for the private use of the property for the agreed number of guests.

We provide: utilities; all bedding, tea towels and towels; handsoap; toilet rolls, dishwashing tablets, laundry powder, matches. In the kitchen; salt and pepper, olive oil, a selection of teas and instant coffees.

We supply a selection of baby equipment including 1 travel cot, 1 high chair, some toys. 

What you need to bring? 

Please bring whatever your baby sleeps IN and ON, eg, sheets, Grobag, blanket – bring a flat sheet is best so it will definitely fit on the cot mattress.

Please also bring your own beach towels and additional kitchen and bathroom items you may use, eg, cling film, silver foil, hair conditioner, shower gel, etc


Parking here is private and you can fit 4 cars. There is undercover parking for bikes here too. 

Extra Services

Please let us know if you require additional services such as catering, childminding or housekeeping and we will happily put you in touch with excellent local providers.

Breakages Deposits

Breakages – We have a £500 damages deposit, except for the months when the pool is used when it increases to £1000. We only release the Joining Instructions for the property after we have arranged the breakages deposit with you.

If you have paid using a credit or debit card, we will hold these details securely on our system and use this account for holding your breakages deposit. (No transaction occurs; similar to a hotel, it is simply held against your debit/credit card until we are happy the house is checked over – usually 3 days). If you do not want us to use this account for your breakages deposit, then please let us know, we can also take breakages deposits by BACS transfer.

The deposit will then be returned to you as soon as we can, (max 7 days) do remember that we are not a hotel and that in quiet times, it may be a few days before the cottage is checked.

If we do need to charge you for a breakage, we will send you pictures of the problem, discuss it with you, and then you can choose whether to pay by card or by BACS.

Guest responsibilities

We fully expect you to take advantage of all that the house has to offer, and with that comes certain responsibilities. These are set out in the information pack provided in the cottage and in our terms and conditions. You and your party should take the time to read these documents.

Please pay particular attention to health and safety requirements, waste and recycling management, care and consideration of the property and its neighbours, and actions required prior to check out. You won’t find any of these too onerous.

Extra charges you can expect when you stay at Eat me Drink me Cottage: 

Extra cleaning fees – where they become applicable;

The main clean inside the cottage is covered in your rental fee. However where the cottage has been left particularly messily; toys/books/DVDs spread around, washing up to do etc we will take a charge from the breakages deposit. Usually this is £20-£40.


Inside the house is no smoking, outside we ask you dispose of your cigarette buts responsibly. 

Train Stations
Brockenhurst is 15 mins away to the north.
Lymington Town Station is 5 mins walk away, or 30 seconds drive.
Southampton is 30 minutes to the east.

Lymington Taxis 01590 688888
All Ports Taxis 01590 679 792

Info please. Steps, hand rails, stair rails etc.

Accessibility for days out
There are masses of things to do with the less mobile.

Definitely go to Exbury Gardens and Beaulieu Motor Museums (there are mobility scooters and trains).

Definitely take the ferry as a foot passenger to Yarmouth from Lymington and go for lunch at The George or a tea shop. On the rocks ….BYO , choose your steak or sea food and cook your own on a lava rock.

Back on the mainland, Fairweathers Garden Centre and Cafe in Beaulieu is good value and all flat.

The short walk around Bucklers Hard is nice as are their tea rooms. If you are bringing a mobility vehicle for walks the area has very few hills and the roads fairly quiet.

If you go for wanders via the car, you can drive onto the closest beach to the house at Tanners Lane (treat your group to a champagne picnic or get a takeaway and eat it there). Or venture a little further and use the many hard-core tracks that traverse the National Park, again, most of which is flat or nearly flat.

Check Availability

To get a quote for your holiday, please click here and follow instructions to generate a price and book.

Most of our system is set for pricing for 2/3/4 nights midweek, 2/3 nights for weekends and 7 days. 

If you want a start date or length of break that are not quoted please contact us