FIVE ‘Trinket’ Towns and Places To Visit in Hampshire

Tourism is expected to have it’s best ever year in 2018. We want to make sure you make the most of your stay in your serviced accommodation and beyond.

Lyndhurst

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Situated as the gateway of the New Forest, Lyndhurt sits just 10 miles from Southampton city, 24 minutes by road and a short ride by rail. If quaint coffee shops, gift stores and good local food are your thing Lyndhurt is perfect.

Any time of the day is best to visit but the weekends often come alive with the sound of an Italian 12 cylinder engine bouncing off the walls. With a very well known Ferrari and Maserati dealership attracting many a drool on the window, Lyndhurt is a truly lovely afternoon or morning out.

Lymington

At just under 20 miles along New Forest roads and another short hop by rail, this cute little port is as elegant as it’s decor. A partly steep high street of various shops and pubs caters for those with a bit of money to spend. Then it’s all off to the cobbled quayside for an afternoon of crabbing on the jetty. And with plenty of pubs/restaurants serving up more local produce you just cannot go wrong with a taste of the forest.

This little town is popular in the summer with many boats mooring to enjoy the sun bounce off of the Solent. It is also a main link to Yarmouth, Isle Of Wight via the car ferry.

 Hamble-le-Rice

Not quite as big as the above Hamble-le-Rice still has plenty to offer. From a swift half in the famous Bugle pub to a stroll along the sea wall to the shore side cafe. Plenty of public jettys give you the chance jump on to the River Hamble to kayak or pull into Banana Wharf restaurant, making the most of your exclusive Discount Card!

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And if you fancy a trip on the water one of the oldest ferry services in Hampshire, the Pink Ferry, will take to Warsash to experience The Rising Sun pub. Then it is a nice sea wall walk along the river to Swanwick marina, taking in the wildlife and nature reserves of this gorgeous location.

Hayling Island

There is always plenty on offer on Hayling. Located just 21 minutes from our town houses in Port Solent it is easily accessed via the A27. From kite surfing on the beach to taking a ride on the electric sea front train. An amusement park, although slightly dated, still creates fun for the kids.

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Sir Richard Branson, kite surfing at Hayling Island and often donates money to events in the summer.

You won’t be short of fish n chips with Hayling offering a choice of well over 20! It’s pebble contented beach is a mecca for sun worshippers in the summer and perfect for those who love a sea breeze. You may even see one or two familiar faces on a surf board too…

(Note: There is only one way on and off Hayling Island, traffic can hold you up during busy periods,

especially if the barometer tips over 20 degrees!).

Lee-On-The-Solent

As part of the Gosport Peninsula, Lee is a sea front town with history. Once the home to the Royal Navy’s Hovercraft division and with (formally HMS) Daedalus airfield in situ you are not short of spotting some unusual crafts. Now the service has moved out, hangers are still present and home to the National Hovercraft museum.

Various cafes and restaurants line the strip with a decent walk along the beach, ideal for walking the dog. Sunday’s sees jet-skis and kite surfers line up their camper vans at Hill Head for a blast on the Solent. With stunning views of the Isle of Wight and a vast choice of afternoon tea shops in the high street Lee has it all!


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