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The Mayflower

Lymington, Hampshire

With views over the historic Lymington harbour and the verdant New Forest on its doorstep, The Mayflower is the perfect Hampshire inn for those craving a relaxing coastal retreat.

This beautiful coastal pub is rooted in all things nautical. It’s recently undergone a major renovation, bringing a contemporary twist to proceedings. Expect locally-sourced fare, with particular focus on fresh fish caught from local waters, to be enjoyed next to real log fires in winter or on the elegant outdoor terrace overlooking the Solent in summer. The six bedrooms continue the seaside vibe, with cosy coastal shades and little touches of luxury for an excellent night’s sleep after all that sea air.


  • Al fresco dining in their beautiful garden overlooking Lymington Harbour
  • Their use of locally grown and reared produce, championing British countryside fare
  • The incredible location between the south coast and the New Forest
Things to Do


Staying true to the area’s heritage, the six charming bedrooms are are awash with calming coastal tones and nods to all things nautical. Each room has its unique charms and touches of luxury, from indulgent roll-top baths to reinvigorating rainfall showers and in-room espresso machines – to wake you up after a deep sleep in between Egyptian cotton sheets.


These guys have a true passion for food – classic dishes and locally-sourced ingredients, so expect a showcase of the country’s freshest fare and a selection of fine-wines and ales, befitting a seaside watering hole. Snap up the best seats in the house on the elegant outdoor terrace which overlooks the Solent, or enjoy the private dining room – a picture perfect spot for a coastal party or gathering.


The private dining and event spaces are picture perfect for a coastal party or gathering. With a selection of indoor and outdoor options, enjoy exclusive use for a celebration or special occasion, or liven up business meetings with inspiring coastal views. The excellent food, drink and rooms to retire to means The Mayflower has it all.



Only 2 hours from London, this gorgeous Georgian port town on the south coast is renowned for its sailing and has not one but two marinas. Charter a yacht and take to the Solent to find your sea legs. 

Also try:

  • New Forest Water Park – fishing, waterskiing and wakeboarding
  • Lymington Open Sea Water Baths – family friendly swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding


The Market

Established in 1250AD, the Saturday market is still an ongoing tradition in Lymington. Over 90 stalls set up shop along the High Street so spend time perusing everything from antique silverware to fresh flowers.

Also try:

  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
  • Hurst Castle – artillery fort established by Henry VIII


The New Forest

Lymington is perfectly placed for the best of both the sea and the land, as it’s surrounded by the New Forest National Park. Head inland for rambling, pony riding and cycling among the picturesque landscape. 

Also try:

  • Isle of Wight
  • The Needles

New Forest National Park

Getting Here

Nearest train station: Lymington - 1h40min from London
Walk from station: 15min
Drive: 2h from London, 40min from Southampton, 2h15mins from Bristol, 1h45min from Swindon

The Mayflower

King's Saltern Rd, Lymington
Hampshire, SO41 3QD
01590 672160