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New Forest Accommodation - Lymington

ABOUT Lymington New Forest, Hampshire, UK.

Lymington is a port on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent, in the New Forest district of Hampshire, England. It is to the east of the South East Dorset conurbation, and faces Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight which is connected to it by a car ferry, operated by Wightlink. The town has a large tourist industry, based on proximity to the New Forest and the harbour. It is a major yachting centre with three marinas. According to the 2001 census the Lymington urban area had a population of about 14,000.

The earliest settlement in the Lymington area was around the Iron Age fort known today as Buckland Rings. The hill and ditches of this fort still remain, and an archaeological excavation of part of the Walls was carried out there in 1935. It has been dated to around the sixth century BC. There is also another supposed Iron Age site at nearby Ampress Hole. Evidence for later settlement (as opposed to occupation) however is sparse before Domesday. Lymington itself began as an Anglo-Saxon village. The Jutes arrived in what is now South West Hampshire from the Isle of Wight in the 6th century and founded a settlement called limentun. The OE word tun means a farm or hamlet whilst Limen is believed to be a corruption of a Celtic word *lemana meaning elm-tree.

The town is recorded in the Domesday book of 1086 as "Lentune". About 1200 the lord of the manor, William de Redvers created the borough of New Lymington around the present quay and High Street whilst Old Lymington comprised the rest of the parish. He gave the town its first charter and the right to hold a market. The town became a Parliamentary Borough in 1585 returning two MPs until 1832 when its electoral base was expanded. Lymington continued to return two MPs until the Second Reform Act of 1867 when its representation was reduced to one. On the passage of the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 Lymington's parliamentary representation was merged with the New Forest Division.

From the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century Lymington was famous for making salt. Saltworks comprised almost a continuous belt along the coast toward Hurst Spit.

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth century Lymington possessed a military depot that included a number of foreign troops - mostly artillery but including several militia regiments. At the time of the Napoleonic Wars the King's German Legion was based here. As well as Germans and Dutch, there were French émigrés and French regiments were raised to take part in the ill fated Quiberon bay expedition (1795), from which few returned.

From the early nineteenth century it had a thriving shipbuilding industry, particularly associated with Thomas Inman the builder of the schooner Alarm, which famously raced the American yacht America in 1851. Much of the town centre is Victorian and Georgian, with narrow cobbled streets, giving an air of quaintness. The wealth of the town at the time is represented in its architecture.

Lymington particularly promotes stories about its smuggling history; there are unproven stories that under the High Street are smugglers' tunnels that run from the old inns to the town quay.

Lymington was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. In addition to the original town, 1932 saw a major expansion of the borough, to add Milton (previously an urban district) and the parishes of Milford on Sea and Pennington, and parts of other parishes, from Lymington Rural District - this extended the borough west along the coast to the border with Christchurch.

Under the Local Government Act 1972 the borough of Lymington was abolished on April 1, 1974, becoming an unparished area in the district of New Forest, with Charter Trustees. The area was subsequently parished as the four parishes of New Milton, Lymington and Pennington, Milford-on-Sea and Hordle.

Due to changes in planning legislation, many traditional areas of the town have been redeveloped; older houses have been demolished and replaced with new blocks of flats and retirement homes. In a Channel 5 programme, Lymington received the accolade of 'best town on the coast' (in front of Sandbanks) in the UK for living, due to its beautiful scenery, strong transport links and low crime levels.

Lymington New Forest Hospital opened in 2007, replacing the earlier Lymington Hospital.

The High Street and ChurchThe high street has seen rapid change over the last few years, with an increasing presence of chain stores and coffee shop franchises. The result is that the town has many shops, catering for tourists and sailing enthusiasts alike.

Lymington has a wide range of shops and a large street market on the High Street, as well as three supermarkets: Waitrose, Tesco, and M&S Simply Food. Local campaigns have resulted in the rejection of proposals for the opening of branches of the Argos retail and in 2010 the Wetherspoon's pub chains. The story relating to the alleged "refusal" by the council to allow Argos to trade in Lymington which in turn gave rise to the "Snootiest Town" label, was later to be proved incorrect. According to Town Council Argos did not need to seek permission to open in a store that already had the benefit of retail Planning Permission (Waitrose Plc). No petition against an Argos store was ever handed to the Council and no permission to trade in the town by the Argos Group was ever needed or sought. This episode, however, was greatly exploited and somewhat embellished by the National Media.

There is a local market every Saturday, which takes place in the main High Street. The market is fairly typical for southern England, selling a selection of general household items, craft items and a selection of food produce from the local area. It now takes part in the New Forest producers markets and they are held at the Masonic hall once a month in game season.

As with the rest of the British Isles and South of England, Lymington experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. The nearest official Metoffice weather station for which online records are available is Everton , about 2 miles to the West of the town centre. Thanks to its position near the South Coast, sunshine levels are high relative to the majority of the rest of England, and severe frost unusual, with temperature the coldest recorded temperature in 43 years of records no lower than −11.1 °C (12.0 °F) (Set in January 1963). The highest locally recorded temperature was 33.5 °C (92.3 °F) in June 1976.

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List of New Forest Accommodation in Lymington

  • The Olde Barn bed and breakfast  

    AA Rated 4 Stars Bed and breakfast

    See The Olde Barn New Forest Bed and Breakfast
    The Olde Barn: Beautiful 17th Century barn surrounded by farmland.
    In close proximity to Lymington, New Forest and coastal towns
    is open to you for a most enjoyable & relaxing stay.
    Yachting, horse-riding, beaches and golf are all within easy reach

    More about this New Forest Bed and Breakfast

    Telephone: +44 (0)1590 644939


    Tel: 01590 644939

    AA Rated

    Luxurious accommodation and public areas, with a range of extra facilities and a multilingual service available. Guests are greeted at the hotel entrance. High quality menu and wine list. Awareness of each guest's needs with nothing being too much trouble. All bedrooms are en suite or have a private bathroom (from 1 January 2008). Excellent quality beds and furnishings. Breakfast includes specials/home-made items, high quality ingredients, and fresh local produce.

    Peel House Lymington, luxury bed and breakfast  

    Peel House Luxury B&B
    Peel House new forest bed and breakfast
    Elaine Harrison runs the B&B assisted by her husband Peter and would be delighted to hear from you and can assure you of a warm and friendly welcome and a very pleasant stay with us.
    Peel House B&B
    We know the area well and can provide any assistance you require to ensure a wonderful stay with us at Peel House.

    We can be contacted on:

    Telephone: 01590 610797

    Fax: 01590 610797

    Mobile: 07879 474475


    The Lilies New Forest Cottage 

    Lilies Cottage in Lymington

    The Lillie's is a luxury cottage situated in a peaceful location 3 minutes from the new forest and 2 minutes from the famous harbour and yachting marina of Lymington Quay. We are a small family run business with a warm, friendly atmosphere. The accommodation comprises of a double bedroom and a single bedroom with further sleeping area possible utilising the hidden bedded area in the large living area. A sitting room with TV and DVD , bathroom with bath and shower and a beautiful courtyard garden all for your own private use. You can pick up a network of restaurants and pubs just a short walk away. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

    Telephone: 01590 610 673   Email: Click to Email


    Bed and breakfast

    Honeysuckle House, 24 Clinton Road, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9EA

    Phone:  01590 676635     Mobile:  07949 580260


    Mrs. Paula Farrell proprietor looks forward to welcoming you to her home where she is able to offer you a lovely double room with en-suite shower room. This delightful room is on the ground floor and has colour television, tea and coffee making facilitates and for the colder days full central heating. Paula holds Food Hygiene Certificate and you can be sure of a lovely breakfast, she will cater for all diets if notice is given in advance.

    You are welcome to bring your pets with you at no extra charge.


    Bed and breakfast

    Elsburn Bed & Breakfast, 27 Ramley Road, Pennington, Lymington SO41 8HF


    Bed and breakfast

    Kingston Cottage, Lower Sandy Down, Boldre, Lymington SO41 8PP


    Bed and breakfast

    Mistle Cottage, 3 Jordans Lane, Pilley Bailey, Lymington SO41 5QW


    Bed and breakfast

    Pinecroft, Coxhill, Boldre, Lymington SO41 8PS


    Bed and breakfast

    Cherry Tree, Hundred Lane, Portmore, Lymington SO41 5RG


    Bed and breakfast

    Hideaway, Middle Common Road, Pennington, Lymington SO41 8LE


    Bed and breakfast

    Longacre Farm, Vaggs Lane, Hordle, Lymington SO41 0FP


    Bed and breakfast

    The Thatched House, Hundred Lane, Portmore, Lymington SO41 5RG


    Bed and breakfast

    Albany House, Highfield, Lymington SO419GB


    Bed and breakfast

    Oak Trees Guest House, Hundred Lane, Portmore, Lymington SO415RG


    Self Catering Cottage

    Close Cottage, Battramsley, Boldre, Lymington SO41 8PT


    Self Catering Cottage

    Fernbrake House, Coxhill, Boldre, Lymington SO41 8PS


    Self Catering Cottage

    Springfield Wing, Spring Hill, Boldre, Lymington SO41 8NG


    Lymington Hotels

    Ferrypoint House Hotel, Walhampton, Lymington

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