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Starboard Light

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Lymington, Hampshire Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "As already discussed."

    We had to leave the property early due to the fact the dig fell over due to the slippery floor. Also no outdoor space, and right next to a pub. Also the rugs in the bedroom were not secured by a non slip surface, and we weren't able to open the windows and the windows were dull of condensation. Sofa quite hard and uncomfortable, bed ok, and a Nice bedroom and bathroom, but the bed was quite soft for us. Sadly so disappointed in this property, not sure hoe something could be called dog friendly without any outdoor space at all, and in quite a busy road.

    Reviewed by JennyNov 2023

  • "The cottage was very nicely decorated and with everything provided for a very comfortable stay."

    The compact space is well designed and thought out with a well designed kitchen stocked with a useful set of equipment. The cottage was very clean. The location is great with easy access to lots of walking, local transport and the town a minutes walk away. The parking system worked very well. The only thing I would have appreciated was a recycling facility rather than putting everything in the bin. There was a requirement for me to call the management company to report an issue but after I had left a message I received a call back quickly.

    Reviewed by SueNov 2023

  • "Fantastic location in Lymington, 5 mins from Quay, Town centre and Doggy park walk."

    Parking card a huge benefit and is incredibly useful. Property has all that you need and is small and cosy for two.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2023

  • "We had the best time staying here - would highly recommend and definitely come back for another visit."

    It’s a fantastic location!

    Reviewed by FernAug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a very central location."

    The description on Sykes website is very accurate. Directions and tips from owner for unloading car were welcome and information pack very comprehensive with useful recommendations. The cottage was very comfortable and contained everything we needed. The car parking pass that covered other parts of the area as well as Lymington was a real bonus. The overhead fan wasn’t working when we arrived but the service company arranged for a repair. Overall, a charming and well located cottage that we happily r3commend

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2023

  • "We had a good stay in the cottage which was nicely decorated with a nautical theme and very clean."

    It was a lot smaller than we had envisaged from the photos but enough room for two. We found the sofa very uncomfortable so we spent the evenings on the quay as it was good weather. We found the need to replace items we used odd as we have never come across this before in years of renting places several times a year but it was easy to bring our own tinfoil etc and the location was great, near to all the restaurants and amenities of Lymington. We can particularly recommend the pasty shop on the High St.

    Reviewed by JillJun 2023

  • "Property would benefit from a shower cubicle rather than a bath."

    Apart from that we enjoyed our stay.

    Really pleased you enjoyed your stay and gave us full marks for cleanliness, thank you. We both enjoy a bath when we are away if time allows, with the convenience of a shower if it doesn't, so having a shower above the bath especially with its limitless supply of hot water from the combi boiler, leaves both options available to us and anyone else whilst they are staying. Sadly the bathroom isn't large enough to offer both options separately. Glad this didn't deter from your enjoyment of your stay. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2023

  • "A great place to stay for a couple with small dog."

    Would recommend having some blackout curtains for the bedroom window and a washing machine would be better than a dishwasher in my view but on the whole a very nice place to stay. Free parking pass was very much appreciated!

    Glad you enjoyed your stay! We will have a look to see if we can install a blackout blind as well as the existing wooden venetian blind, as we love having the privacy this gives the room whilst still being able to enjoy the view across the Lymington river towards the Marinas. The Washing machine / Dishwasher debate is an interesting one, we tend to take more than enough clothes with us when we go away (usually way too many!) but the last thing we want to do on holiday is the washing up. Hopefully the facilities available being detailed on Sykes, informs future guests of this, so that it isn't something they are disappointed about on their arrival. There is a laundrette just a 5 min walk away from Starboard Light in case of an emergency. The parking clock is great, especially as it covers a lot of local car parks too! Thank you for your review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2023

  • "We had a brilliant stay at Starboard light over the Christmas break, it was exactly what we needed and the location is unbeatable."

    The cottage itself is decorated gorgeously- with a very smart layout to make a small space work hard.

    Great to hear you enjoyed your stay and thought the location is unbeatable! We love that the cottage has the benefits of shops, bars, restaurants and a Saturday market on its door step as well as being a stones throw from the waterside and Marinas, not to mention the nearby New Forest too! Hopefully we will get an opportunity to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NatashaDec 2022

  • "This is a lovely little cottage in a great location."

    It is well equipped and considering the recent weather, quite warm too. The en-suite is good, the bedroom comfortable and the living/ kitchen space is ideal for a couple. The road noise is quite obvious and the access/ egress is directly on to a narrow pavement, so care is required with traffic. It will benefit from a few improvements , that we understand the owner is planning.

    We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay, it certainly is an enviable location on Captains Row in the heart of Lymington! We have now added the secondary glazing to the lounge and made a few other improvements within the cottage which we hope you will be able to experience on your next visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NeilDec 2022

  • "We had a lovely weekend break at Starboard Light, the location was perfect for access to the town centre and the decor was very nice with everything we needed for our stay."

    It was clear that a lot of thought went into the furnishing of the property. Even though parking was not available on site it was very easy to find a space in the car parks near by, using the free permit provided. It would have been nice to have chairs at the dining room table rather than stools and as it was winter some coat hooks downstairs would have been useful.

    Reviewed by JacquiDec 2022

  • "The property is lovely."

    Well appointed and clean. Coat hooks would have been useful with space being limited but everything else we needed was there.

    Really pleased that you loved our little cottage. Just sorry to hear that you didn’t find the rail and hooks in the cupboard under the stairs to hang your coats. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a great location."

    Loved the seaside decor. Bed super comfy and loved the ceiling fan.No problem parking in nearby car parks with the permit. The welcome card and champagne greatly appreciated as it was Mum's birthday.

    So pleased that you gave the bed ‘super comfy’ status. We love our ceiling fans, perfect for those balmy Summer nights, makes you feel like you are in the tropics! Hope to be able to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RachelJul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Starboard Light which is a cosy little cottage and perfect for two."

    As per the description, there is no parking at the cottage but there was a parking disc provided and plenty of nearby car parks within a two minute walk. The only comment I would make is that pulling up outside in the lane to unload the car was not an option for us. Although it's a small road, it is busy and a main through route. It's also narrow and we felt we would have caused an obstruction if we stopped there. However, the Quay car park is close by and luckily we travel light. We had a short weekend stay and didn't actually use any of the kitchen facilities in the cottage as we ate out every day. There's a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants right on the doorstep. However, the kitchen looked to be well stocked with everything you would need. The bedroom and bathroom were gorgeous and the bed was so comfy. The shower was excellent and all the furniture and decor was lovely and homely. We would definitely consider a return visit.

    Another vote for the comfy bed and excellent shower, thank you, we are really pleased that you loved your stay and hope you do indeed return soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KathrynJun 2022

  • "Cottage was everything it said it was and was everything we were looking for."

    Only minutes away from Quay, Tesco, M & S, Waitrose and Grove Gardens, which were good for dog exercising and were provided with ample dog waste bins. Only minutes away from Lymington Station and ferry to IOW. As advertised, stairs were steep, but nothing I have not seen before: they gave an 80 year old and a 70 year old no problem. Cottage had everything we needed and was spotlessly clean on arrival. We could find almost nothing that would have made our stay more enjoyable or relaxing. We will return; thank you.

    Thank you for your lovely review, it’s great to hear you had such a relaxing and enjoyable stay in our cottage and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2022

  • "The only negative issues were the lack of private parking and perhaps an outside area attached to the property."

    These were known in advance and did not detract from a very enjoyable stay, helped by the friendliness of the owner (with whom I had prior contact) and the quality of the fittings etc. Thank you.

    You are so welcome. Parking with properties in such a centrally located position in Lymington is rare but we find the proximity of the car parks and having the use of the parking clock (which can be used in over 17 car parks throughout the New Forest district) helps to make up for this. We also find that our stays there are packed with so many outdoor activities that by the time we get back to the cottage of an evening we just have enough time to refresh ourselves before heading back out on foot to one of the many local pubs / restaurants with outdoor seating and views across the town or estuary. We are really glad you had an enjoyable stay and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MalcolmMay 2022

  • "Amazingly well equipped cottage and full of character."

    Ideally placed right in the centre of Lymington. Great communication re directions and parking. I’d imagine the parking would be a challenge in high season. Sofa in the lounge was rather hard and uncomfortable. Minor issues but it is a great place to stay.

    So glad you loved our cottage and especially its location, we find it ideal to explore everything Lymington has to offer both town and coastal by foot as well as the New Forest and Isle of Wight slightly further afield by car. Luckily there is ample local parking to cope in the high season as it is a popular day visitor destination so quietens down in the evenings and the parking clock provided is great to use in all the New Forest car parks including Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst. It was a shame you didn’t find you liked the comfort of our Laura Ashley sofa but glad to hear it didn’t detract from your enjoyment of the cottage overall and found it a great place to stay. We would love to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaniceMar 2022

  • "Nice but the road is busy and noisy."

    Not the easiest re unpacking and packing the car. The bathroom needs a fan re condensation and a heated towel rail would help. The bedroom is lovely but not being able to open the bedroom window is a problem for us. The stairs are tricky. We missed any kind of a view from the lounge. On entering the property each time there is a smell of damp. We enjoyed our break and loved being in the centre of the town. Loved the decor and seaside theme throughout the cottage.

    We are really glad you enjoyed your break and being in the centre of town. It’s a shame you didn’t mention the damp smell at the time so we would have come and investigated it, as it hasn’t been apparent at all since. We did have a problem with the dishwashers drainage but that has all been sorted. Starboard Light’s charm is its central location in the heart of Lymington only a stones throw from the Quay and coastal walks as well as all the local restaurants and bars, a feature you enjoyed, it therefore doesn’t have any off road parking however we do supply a parking clock which you were free to use not only in Lymington but whilst parking in any of the New Forest car parks including those in Lyndhurst & Brockenhurst, quite a saving on parking charges, I'm sure you will agree. It does also mean the road outside gets busy at rush hour but this doesn’t impact your nights sleep in the bedroom which is away from the road with views over the estuary. The sash window is locked due to health & safety so the best way to ventilate the bedroom at night is by using the electronic wall mounted control for the ceiling velux in the room. The cottage has recently been redecorated so we are pleased you enjoyed the seaside theme, hopefully you will be able to return some time soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ValerieFeb 2022

  • "Stayed at this property for 3 nights and we had a great time."

    Loved the maritime feel and it had everything you needed for a short break. Only downside was the pillows on the bed but I guess that's to everyone's own taste! Other than that it was perfect!

    Reviewed by AndyDec 2021

  • "The cottage was well presented and well equipped."

    However, we experienced several unfortunate issues. We searched for the parking clock for ten minutes when we arrived and eventually found out that the cleaning staff had taken it with them so we had to rapidly unpack in the very narrow street and pay for overnight parking nearby. Then we had to wait in for the clock to be returned before we could go out to eat- not what you need after a long journey. When we at last retired we found that the bed had an ill fitting mattress topper on it as the mattress had certainly seen better days. This led to us giving up by Sunday morning and returning home then. Overall the cottage was clean but the windows were covered in perpetual condensation that however much was mopped up came back almost instantly. Of course this meant there was mould on the window sills. Worrying if you are an asthmatic. Perhaps this particular rent was more suited to summer visitors rather than a winter stay?

    We are really disappointed to hear your feedback and how it impacted your stay, especially given we were not made aware at the time, that we haven't had any similar previously or experienced these things ourselves. The only comments we have had regarding the bed, given everything is new, was to say they have had the best nights sleep ever whilst staying there, but we will of course now double check everything. The cleaner had forgotten to put the parking clock back but did bring it to you at 6.30 that evening, very apologetic and offered to pay for your parking. The sash windows can get condensation on them if the heating is on very high but these are cleaned every week and there was no sign of any mould in the property at all when we were there ourselves the week before last. Such a shame you felt you had to leave early when you also say that you found the cottage well presented, well equipped and clean. Hopefully you still had chance to enjoy the amazing location and all that Lymington and the New Forest has to offer before you headed back home Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnneNov 2021

  • "The property is very small but generally comfortable."

    It is in a good location in the town being close to the quay. There are no views from downstairs which makes this area dark. As the property is very small we felt that there were unnecessary decorative items reducing the floor space downstairs making manoeuvrability more difficult and giving a cramped feel.

    Reviewed by MariaAug 2021

  • "Starboard Light is a delightful place to get away for a break."

    The New Forest scenery is stunning. Lymington has plenty of good places to eat, and a long High Street full of shops, with sizeable Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets too. It is an easy ferry ride to go over to the Isle of Wight, but you need to take a car - Yarmouth is in the far (quiet) corner of the island.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "The cottage was great and will certainly use it again in the future."

    Only gripe we had was that we thought the dishwasher was a waste and a washing machine would have been more useful. As there was only the two of us and not much washing up.

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very central."

    As others have said, road noise is there, but that would be the same for any central property. Everything is included and available in the cottage to cook, clean and be comfortable. There are a lot of windows and also just Venetian blinds in the bedroom so if sensitive to light waking you up, wear a good quality eye mask. We would happily return.

    Reviewed by TamzinApr 2021

  • "The only draw back was the ants that appeared over night they seemed to be everywhere I put some talc down and that seemed to help, otherwise it was a lovely break, and the cottage was lovely, would stay again."

    Reviewed by ElizabethApr 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage, centrally located."

    We didn't need to use our car for our four day stay as there was plenty to do by foot and bike. Improved instructions for locating the main switch for the oven in the welcomed pack would be helpful. We struggled!

    Reviewed by KatharineApr 2021

  • "A very cosy cottage in a fantastic location in the centre of Lymington, close to the harbour, and to all amenities, restaurants, pubs etc."

    A lot of effort has been made to make this a comfortable place and it is well presented, fully deserving of the rating sykes gives it. Its worth noting that it is on a thoroughfare and you can hear traffic in the evenings but at night the bedroom is at the rear overlooking the harbour and is very quiet with a lovely open beamed roof area. We stayed over Christmas and had a lovely week walking on the Coast and in the New Forest. We had no problems with parking in the town and appreciated the car parking permit which covered all the car parks we needed in the region.

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2020

  • "We had a very lovely stay at Starboard light, already wanting to come back."

    It is a small place, but just perfect for two and a small dog - right next to the Lymington high-street and only minutes away from the harbor and lovely walks right on your door step. The house itself is well equipped with everything you would need, clean and very cosy & comfortable - there were no negatives. We only had small contact with the owner, via text, but super polite and welcoming, we are sure, if we needed it they would have been right there. And goes without saying - the New Forest in itself is stunning, endless beautiful places to visit!

    Reviewed by HannahOct 2020

  • "Cleanliness - two things:- 1) toilet was leaking at outlet connection to pan which they must have known about."

    2) window frame behind internal shutters was filthy and had not been cleaned for months. The staircase would be difficult for anyone unsteady on their feet as one side open to lounge and the treads were painted wood making it easy to slip.

    I'm really sorry that you had a couple of issues with the cottage during your stay. The window behind the shutters on the bathroom had indeed been missed off the cleaning checklist but has now been added. The toilet had somehow been knocked off the flush pipe during your stay, which our maintenance team has since remedied. The cottage is having a refurbishment at the end of November, during which we will review the staircase again. The painted wooden stairs do already have non slip safety strips on them and there is a handrail, but we understand the potential issue for anyone really unsteady on their feet. I will therefore ask Sykes to change the description accordingly and include a photo of the staircase so all our future guests are aware. I was glad to see that these issues didn't prevent you from enjoying your stay. It's such a little gem of a cottage, right on the 'park lane' of Lymington! Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnnOct 2020

  • "Wasn't cleaned on arrival, despite Covid assurance"

    I am really sorry that your arrival day was missed by the change over team. As you know, they were horrified by their mistake as they take their responsibility to ensure Starboard Light is a safe environment for everyone very seriously. Hopefully their immediate response with full clean whilst you explored Lymington went some way to reassuring you of that. Glad you enjoyed the rest of your stay, it is a lovely little cottage in a fantastic location! Property Owner

    Reviewed by PatrickAug 2020

  • "Just returned from a lovely week in lymington."

    The cottage lived up to our expectations clean, cosy and comfortable just perfect for the two of us plus our collie. Spent the week doing lots of walking and sampling food and drink in lymingtons many bars and restaurants.

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2020

  • "Starboard Light is a delightful and perfectly positioned holiday home for access to Lymington and the New Forest."

    Spotlessly clean and comfortable with all home amenities it was a cozy place to stay for a week away from London where I could hike my way around the New Forest.

    Reviewed by NickFeb 2020

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  • One king-size double bedroom on first floor
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Gas central heating with electric woodburning effect stove
  • Gas hob, oven, fridge,Dishwasher and TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Free nearby public parking provided
  • One well-behaved dog welcome - local park 5 minute walk away
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and shop within 0.1 miles
  • Note: the cottage has steep stairs which are not suitable for anyone with mobility issues
  • Please note: This property does not allow children. Please note the property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100.

The property

'Starboard Light’ is a quaint terraced cottage full of maritime charm.

Nestled amidst the hustle-and-bustle of the riverside market town of Lymington, just a stone’s throw from the High Street, it offers a cosy contemporary home away from home, with everything you could possibly need during your break.

Set in the old Georgian part of the town directly on Captains Row, you will be perfectly situated to make the most of Lymington’s pubs, weekly Saturday market, famous marinas, coastal walks, boutique shops, restaurants and the historic and picturesque cobbled Quay Hill and Town Quay - all of these together with the New Forest National Park and the Isle of Wight both being within easy reach, 10 minutes’ drive and a short hop on the local ferry respectively, you will have lots of options for exploring this fantastic area where coast meets Forest.

Upon entering the cottage, you will find an open-plan living area, where you can rustle up a home-cooked meal, dine in style and then curl up and unwind on the sofa, in front of the fire.

As the evening draws to a close, the stairs up from the kitchen lead to the spacious airy bedroom, with its king-size bed, crisp cotton bedding and a large sash window where in the morning you can check out the views over the rooftops to the river and neighbouring marinas - a beautiful view to wake to and watch as you have your coffee.

Adjoining the bedroom is a well-appointed bathroom, with bath tub and shower above.

‘Starboard Light’ is a wonderful retreat for a couple’s break to this part of Hampshire.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Lyndhurst 9 miles; Christchurch 12 miles; Southampton 18 miles.

The charming market town of Lymington is situated on the west bank of the Lymington River at the western end of The Solent, at the southern edge of the New Forest National Park. As well as being a favoured sailing resort, there are also regular ferry links to the Isle of Wight. The town boasts an array of interesting boutiques and craft shops, or you can treat yourselves to a meal at one of the numerous local restaurants. Lymington is surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from the heathlands and ancient woodlands of the New Forest to the coastal nature reserves which extend for 5 miles culminating in the shingle spit which is home to Hurst Castle, built in 1554 by Henry VIII. Lymington provides an excellent touring base from which to explore the New Forest, the Isle of Wight and the Hampshire coast.

Note: the cottage has steep stairs which are not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

Please note: This property does not allow children.

Please note the property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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