at a Glance...
- 3 Guests
- 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.
Chic and cool, The Boat Shed is a mini ‘Grand Designs’ of a home. It packs a hefty architectural punch with its shingle cladding, log burner, multi-tasking living space, sleep space under the eaves and sunny, sheltered veranda. Unsurprisingly, The Boat Shed’s owners, Alice and Henning Stummel, have appeared on Channel 4’s Grand Designs with their London home, The Tin House, which was also shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year.
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.
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Alice and Henning have rescued and repurposed The Boat Shed in a similar playful and minimalist style. 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.”
Accordingly, space in The Boat Shed is used to a premium. A shipshape mini-kitchen is set into a wall of pale wood floor to ceiling cupboards, the table seats four, a comfy cabin-style sofa doubles as a generous queen-sized bed while the mezzanine space under the eaves very comfortably sleeps one and is snuggly for two (you could always ‘top and tail’).
While The Boat Shed is close to the bustle of the lively and picturesque market town of Lymington, it is tucked away in a secret, secluded spot – at the end of Royal Lymington Yacht Club’s dinghy yard. It is reached through double gates and surrounded by a private garden with mature leafy trees hiding it from view. There’s a table for two on the cabin’s veranda while another table in the garden can seat up to eight if you have visitors – perfect for picnics, drinks and nibbles on summer days and warm evenings. The air is filled with the calls of seabirds and the view is full of boat masts – with the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry bumbling past in the distance.
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.
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 marinas 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 its local menu, working walled gardens and country-house style.
The sofa bed will not be made on arrival. We leave all the items you’ll need in the cupboards and you’ll have to make the bed yourselves.
The Mayflower Pub is almost next door and does very good food at all meal times.
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
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 mainly flat, but cobbled and not even.
£86 - 140 per night