Calling all romantics, walkers, wanderers and design lovers. Come hither. This place is for you.
Perched in perfect, peaceful privacy at the end one of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club dinghy yard, this tiny home packs some design punch. It is owned by Alice and Henning Stummel, whose London home ‘The Tin House’ was in Season 4 of Grand Designs, the RIBA House of the Year. Their ‘rescued boat shed’ has been repurposed with the same playful and minimalist style.
Whilst the areas bustles with boat-y life and small town vibrancy, this spot doesn’t. Stay here for peace and quiet. The trees shield you from neighbours and the view full of boat masts, sea birds and the Lymington ferry bumbling past in the distance. Open the garden gates out the front for a short-cut into the boat yard and coastal path. The Sea Water Baths in the Lymington Lido are just in front of you.
Walk ‘not-quite-next-door’ to great food and the town, walk west to big skies and wild beaches.
Whilst perfect for couples, those with kids in tow need to be aware that the single bed here is mezzanine and high up with a vertical ladder.
You’re welcome to bring your own boat for sailing. Access for dinghies and Optimists is through the garden to get to the public slipway next to the Royal Lymington Yacht club which is available for guests. The house doesn’t come with a berth, so your boat will have to be kept on the driveway. A small RIB will have to be driven around to the slipway. Or hire a RIB or boat locally.
Owner 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”.
The space here is used to a premium with the kitchen area set into a wall of cupboards. Even the bed here is multi-use. You’ll find a very smart Queen sized sofa-bed for your evenings rest, with everything you need for it, smartly folded and ready to go.
Walk out of your private access into the Royal Lymington Yacht Club dinghy yard, out along the coastal path. Head east past The Mayflower pub (excellent for food), meander through the bigger boat marina’s and you’ll get to the cobbled town quay with cafes and more pubs, then 1 minute further to our favourite Greedo cafe. Go West and pass Yachthaven bar and cafe (very good), then out of town for bigger skies, wilder walks, long beaches and the occasional cafe.
Had enough of the coast? Want a day inland? Leaving and need a plan for the way home? How about heading off by train for a smart lunch and day out walking in the forest, 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. Well known and celebrated for it’s local menu, working walled gardens and country-house style.
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 8 outside.
…Two kids can sleep top to tail but there is no barrier by the vertical steps. We suggest this is best for
The Boatshed is perched on 1.5m high stilts. There is a ramp for access and there are no steps. The door is wide enough for wheelchairs. The bathroom is 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 flat but cobbled and not even.
£90 per night
We love not washing up! Eat out for nearly every meal! Head east past The Mayflower pub (excellent for food), meander through the bigger boat marina’s and you’ll get to the cobbled town quay with cafes and more pubs, then 1 minute further to our favourite Greedo cafe. Go West and pass Yachthaven bar and cafe (very good), then out of town for bigger skies, wilder walks, long beaches and the occasional cafe.
The walking from here is superb.
We love Hurst Castle (boat out, walk back) to blow any cobwebs away. There is a great cafe there too. Or head along the coastal path through Milford on Sea beach out toward the golden sands of Highcliffe and plenty of cafe options along the way. There is a good bus service to get you home again. Read our blog about the walk here.
|Bed 1 :||Queen size sofa bed.|
|Bed 2 :||A large single (4ft) above the bathroom, divided from the main room by simple wooden slatting.|
|Shower room :||Toilet, small shower.|
|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.|
|Kitchen :||Tiny kitchen with sink, hob, toaster, kettle.|
|Mod Cons :||Not much! A Roberts radio.
|Connectivity :||There is good 4g locally.
Phone service is reasonable for most suppliers.
|Parking :||There is off road parking for 2 medium sized cars.|
|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.
Other pets, please ask.
Arrive after : 3.30pm
Depart before : 10am
Pub - The Mayflower is excellent and serves food (check times with them) - 2 min walk.
Shop - Lymington High Street - 4 min walk or, on the coastal path, a small chandlery with basic supplies is 3 mins at Lymington Yacht Haven.
Lymington High Street - 4/5 min walk.
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