Oh we do like to live beside the seaside…and on the edge of a forest isn’t bad either (or the New Forest down here we should say, a large national park brimming with wild ponies, expansive heathlands, charming villages and coastal towns – like Lymington). Lymington has been a pull on yachties for years and it’s a popular spot for retirees (with over a third of the population aged 65 or over) as well as second homeowners and families drawn to the coast. If you plan on doing some sailing here in the Solent, that’s just as well, and you’ll need your own boat as the ferry link from Lymington to the Isle of Wight is often quoted as the most expensive ferry crossing in the world. Lymington’s handsome Georgian high street of top notch eateries, coffee shops, ice cream parlours and fashionable boutiques with the latest sailing clobber, runs down to the marina where you’ll see yachties abound and likely a few young families filling their buckets with crabs too.
In 2021 and 2023, the nearby village of Beaulieu was ranked by the Telegraph as the poshest in the county. With an average house price of £1,524,287, it is also the most expensive village in the UK.
Durlston Court and Walhampton are the two local prep schools in the area and you’ll not be far to Winchester for its excellent secondary schools.
“Day trips to Cowes on the Isle of Wight”
“Lymington Seafood Festival for some posh munch and a party atmosphere!”
“Soaking up the summer vibes with a beach hut rental at nearby Mudeford”. Just as well they do rentals really, we hear beach huts here can set you back a whopping £400k!