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The Boat Shed

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at a Glance...

  • 3
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Close to Coast
  • Family Friendly
  • Dog Friendly

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.

more about this place...

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.

Families/Extra guests

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

what makes this special...

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. 


all the Essential details...


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.

All the rest...

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.
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Arrival & Departure

Arrive after : 3.30pm

Depart before : 10am

good to know...

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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don't just take our word for it...

Read real reviews from guests that have stayed with us at The Boat Shed

Thank you for organising our stay at short notice. We had a lovely couple of days and loved the boathouse. Highly recommended. A snug little den to rest between beautiful long walks. All in all it’s a wonderful place to stay. Many thanks Andy

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Andy. January 2019

Fabulous, stylish, secluded accommodation in Lymington, a delightful town on the edge of the New Forest. Sunday lunch at the pub a few doors down is not to be missed. All in all a great trip, expertly hosted. Thank you for accommodating us at The Boat Shed, we had a fab time and would re-book another visit in a heart beat. In fact we will when we get the opportunity!

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Richard. December 2018

We had a great short break at the Boat Shed. An excellent location for walking & just a short stroll into town. The 'Hut' is ideal for a couple. A little cosy at bed time for 2 children on the mezzanine but the living area is plenty big enough, well designed & the log burner ideal on a crisp Autumn evening. I would definitely recommend the Hut for a short stay any time of year. Whether you enjoyed sailing, walking or just as a retreat.

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Kirsty and Family. November 2018

What a great little find. My 9 year old daughter and I have just returned from a 2 night stay at the boat shed. It was perfect for us. We found it in sparkling clean condition and the bathroom is surprisingly spacious for such a compact space. The kitchen had everything you need, even a proper oven, microwave which feels much more than it mentions in the description. The wood burning stove is perfect for the autumn evenings and heated the whole of the boat shed very efficiently. Outside, there are delightful lights that run around the bat shed and though the trees that make it feel very special. The boat shed is in a truly super location. You're a stones throw the Solent where you can admire the yachts and take in all the boating activity around you, get an ice cream or go to the children's park.

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Jane and Daughter. October 2018

Dear Robyn and Rachel. I just wanted to say thank you for being so last minute and flexible, allowing Flynn and myself to stay at the Boatshed. It was a bit of a dream come true, in away as we have watched so many of the "tiny houses" series and always wondered if we could experience the down sizing. It felt like luxury withe very comfortable beds and lining plus we loved the thick fluffy towel - it felt wrong to even use the floor mat as a mat! We loved the way you could escape out the double gates at the back. As the weather was mixed over our couple of days, and we returned back to base a couple of times like drowned rats we were grateful to be able to light the log burner - would love to do a winter retreat here as log burner kicks out some heat! (I know you did warn us).

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Steve and son. August 2018

We had a fab holiday at the BoatShed. A perfect little hideaway for a peaceful break. The BoatShed is set down a beautiful leafy lane in the heart of Lymington. A very cosy little accommodation with all you need for your stay. Well equipped kitchen area with basic items provided ,plus a welcome bottle of wine. Cosy large sofa bed. Small bathroom, but a great shower. Outside has a lovely little terrace. Very private and a great view of all the boats. The location is perfect. All the good restaurants and coffee bars are within walking distance. Also the Keyhaven nature reserve is a beautiful walk, with an abundance of Wildlife. We will definitely return to the BoatShed and recommend it for a lovely little peaceful break.

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Tina, Craig & Buddy (the dog) July 2018

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What a beautiful and cleverly designed space. The pictures do not do it justice. It was much more spacious than we were expecting and the garden area is also a lovely size. We could see the sun rise through the windows in the morning and it is in such a great location for walks and short drives to explore other parts of the New Forest. Great pubs nearby and it was lovely being so close to the sea.

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The Major Family including Alfie the dog. October 2018

The Boat Shed

9 King's Saltern Rd, Lymington SO41 3QF, UK

the location...

Lymington is often in The Times ‘Top 10 places to live in the UK’.  Obviously we are totally biased and agree. It is marvellous. The quality of life here is very good. The town is surrounded by National Park to the north, coastal otherwise. There is a good mix of industry (boats) and retail. Less obvious is the connection to the rural workings of the National Park itself.

The community here is very diverse in it’s interests and the town really does make sure that everyone is catered to…it is always busy with something going on from the Saturday market to St Barbe Museum, with multiple play parks and of course cafe and restaurants galore. And if you manage to get through all that, then you could always jump on the ferry to the Isle of Wight – just a short 30 minute journey across the Solent.