Special Boaty Celebrations

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Over the last 4 years, we’ve hosted nearly one hundred 70th, 80th and big anniversary celebrations. With that in mind we’ve teamed up with Chris and Sue who run Salamander Sailing Adventure who are experts in spoiling people rotten for important family parties.

So for guests who are planning a one-off super-duper celebration for a one-off super-duper person, we think we’ve got a cracking option for you.

How about a day trip on 58 ft of the lovely yacht Salamander?

Celebtaion on Salamander

Up to 12 people can escape for the day to secret and watery places unknown and undiscovered by most visitors.

You can expect to need a budget of about £250 – £350 per person, fully catered, for the day (9am to 5pm).

Salamander usually starts from Berthon Marina in Lymington but she can also pick up guests from our property Gins Barn at their private jetty.

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Chris and Sue who run the 58ft (very big) yacht Salamander from the (very posh) Berthon boat yards in Lymington will, by special arrangement, host-you-with-the-most and help you celebrate in style.

Salamander is a mighty lass. She’s roomy in the bottom and tall in the headroom department, rather like a kind teachers floating imagniorium; all wooden, shiny and set up for discovery on the inside whilst outside she’s gleaming white and silver on the outside.

Chris and Sue are themselves are great fun and professional hosts – of the best sort. They are adept at hosting groups of mixed ages (we experienced it ourselves) and we are very pleased to be referring guests to them and their wise, entertaining and generally good hands.

Celebrating on board

Most of our groups who are celebrating are coming for 60th, 70th and 80th VIP celebrations. So we’ve put together an accessibility guide here (link) for you to gauge whether your group can board the boat and be mobile enough on board to enjoy the day.

Most importantly, you can be sure, as I am, that you’ll be fantastically looked after, made to feel a million dollars and have a great host to facilitate a good flow of interesting chatter about what’s going on around you, under you, over you and out of the windows. Guests are welcome to ‘help’ and children and keen (and/or first time) “sailors”are welcome and will be given tasks suitable to their concentration span and interests!

You’re welcome to bring your own cake, presents and treats on board. We can provide a cake for you but it won’t be a Bake Off Star Bake, rather a Mary Berry’s good classic. Boats aren’t generally known for their baking kitchens… Although Sue does a great line in canapes and Chris is a dab champagne waiter.

We will work with you to finalise a menu and timings to suit your guests day. Perhaps you are arranging a suprise – we’ll certainly work alongside your plans. Or you could choose to stop at some of the lovely waterside restaurants and pubs in the area. Including The Master Builders in Bucklers Hard or The George in Yarmouth.

Salamander has a warm pilot house with all round visibility – important if the weather is slightly inclement. It’s the best place to people, bird and boat watch and up to 12 guests can sit very comfortably around the table. We said 12 people before because you can sit 12, but the dining is split between 8 in the main deck and 4 in the smaller saloon downstairs.

For more information please link here (to the Salamander Accom page)

Your hosts

Chris and Sue are great too. Chris (very tall), Sue (not so tall) manouvre around their lady with ease – and so they should – they sailed around the world in her fairly recently.

They are consumate hosts. They know when to chat and be interested, how to listen and when to leave you alone – critical for a days adventure and relaxing. Sue was a lawyer and Chris was an architect but they threw it all in and bought an American RV van and drove it from Norway to Greece, whereupon they spied a boat and learnt to sail, and after quite a few miles in all of the worlds oceans, here they are now, ready for you to board ship…

For more information please visit Salamander Sailing Adventure’s own website. 

Where to go?

There are many lovely destinations to sail to with the Salamander Sailing Adventure including pretty Yarmouth, quiet and idyllic Newtown Creek, the Beaulieu River and Buckler’s Hard all in the sheltered western Solent between the ancient forest. Or go slightly further across the Solent to the picturesque Isle of Wight and it’s dramatic white cliffs by The Needles. You can see the famous Needles close up, circumnavigate the Isle of Wight, make sail for the Jurassic south coast in Dorset visiting Poole, Studland Bay, Worbarrow Bay and Weymouth, or in a little over 10 hours with your passport to hand you can cross the channel to France in your own luxurious ocean-going yacht.

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