Excellent connections and new homes choice give Lymington appeal to commuters
Steeped in history dating back to the Iron Age and famed for its Georgian architecture, Lymington is one of England’s finest coastal towns. Voted best town on the coast by Channel 5 and in the top 10 of the Daily Telegraph’s poll of most desirable places to live, Lymington is popular destination for the sailing set which are out in force during the summer regattas. Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie is a local resident.
As well as having the benefit of excellent sailing facilities including two large marinas, a number of chandleries and moorings on the river, there are a wide range of shops and boutiques. Every Saturday there is a Charter Market which runs the entire length of the High Street. The cobbled Quay’s Hill has fresh seafood restaurants and designer boutiques. There is also a Grade II listed open-air salt water pool.
South of the High Street between town and coast, there are streets of old sea-captain-type Georgian townhouses and leafy lanes of Regency houses, mid-century family homes and architect-designed contemporary builds featuring expanses of glass. North of the High Street, pretty terraced cottages and some enclaves of more modern homes are found.
Situated on the edge of the New Forest, between Southampton and Bournemouth, Lymington is just two hours by road to London. A ferry regularly criss-crosses The Solent to the Isle of Wight.
Lymington Junior and Pennington C of E Junior are popular schools and for secondaries Priestlands School in Lymington, is "outstanding"; Applemore College in Dibden Purlieu is "good". Private schools include Walhampton which offers weekly boarding and Durlston Court.
Lymington’s train line links to the village of Brockenhurst (approximately 15 minutes) which meets the fast mainline link to London (Waterloo 90 minutes approximately). Miles of open forest suitable for riding and walking can be accessed at Bull Hill, Pilley or the nearby hamlets of Norleywood and East End. Many of England's most famous coastal towns and cities are within an hour's drive including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Witterings.
A monthly season ticket to London costs £647.50 from Lymington Pier (£6,744 annually) with the fastest journey time between Lymington Pier and Paddington 2 hr 1 minute. Trains to Waterloo take 2hr 5 minutes (£566.80 monthly, £5,904 annually); Reading takes 1hr 18 minutes (£461.20 monthly, £4,804 annually).
Lymington has superb road and rail connections to the rest of the UK. By road, London is reached via the nearby M27 and M3 with onward connections via the M25 to the national road network. Bournemouth and Southampton airports are both within an hour by road.
Here’s a round-up of great new homes for sale in and around Lymington:
Coppice Gate (McCarthy & Stone) - With 36 luxury one- and two- bedroom apartments for the over 60s, this development at Dibden Purlieu been carefully designed to meet the needs of residents, with an emergency call system and 24-hour on-site assistance. A club lounge and beautiful landscaped gardens are included. Prices from £265,000. Find out more about Coppice Gate from McCarthy & Stone
Lymington Shores (Redrow Homes) - An exclusive collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, plus luxurious penthouses and four- and five-bedroom detached villas on the banks of Lymington River. Lymington Shores mixes contemporary style with a touch of traditional charm. Prices begin from £329,950 for a two-bedroom apartment. Find out more about Lymington Shores from Redrow Homes
Priory Lodge (Churchill Retirement Living) – This beautiful retirement development of 44 one- and two- bedroom retirement apartments is located in the pretty market town of Christchurch. There’s a winning combination of design and safety in both the kitchen and bathroom designed to give buyers convenience and peace of mind. Priced from £246,950. Find out more about Priory Lodge from Churchill Retirement Living
Broad Lane (Michael Burton Homes) - An individual, contemporary family house constructed by the local builders, situated close to the High Street, river and marinas. Comprising a sitting and dining room as well as a kitchen/family room opening on to the garden, and study/fourth bedroom on the ground floor. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and two shower rooms, one ensuite. Priced at £850,000. For details visit www.johndwood.co.uk ; 01590 540115
Avenue Road (Hayward Fox) - A select group of just seven spacious and carefully designed townhouses with an excellent standard of finish providing contemporary living principally with south facing gardens and open fronted garaging situated within a short level walk of the High Street and town centre. Prices from £540,000. For further details www.haywardfox.co.uk ; 01590 675424