With views over the historic Lymington Harbour, and the New Forest on its doorstep, this is the perfect Hampshire base for those in need of a relaxing retreat by the sea. The inn, which is named after the original radio beacon ship responsible for sending the very first radio signal to the Isle of Wight, boasts superb dining rooms with coastal views. Expect locally sourced fare, with particular focus on fresh fish caught in local waters, to be enjoyed next to real log fires in winter or on the elegant outdoor terrace overlooking the Solent in summer. Although the focus is on fish, the meat and vegetarian options aren’t to be ignored. To start, perhaps try the pressed Keralan chicken, followed by the lobster, crayfish, Lymington crab and spinach lasagne – a delicious, well-presented dish. Whatever time of year you visit, heavenly dishes similar to this will be on the menu.
The six nautical-themed bedrooms continue the seaside vibe, with unique features such as a Victorian-style roll-top baths in four of the rooms, and little touches of luxury to ensure an excellent night’s sleep after all that fresh sea air and you can bring your dog too. Only two hours’ drive from London, this gorgeous Georgian port town is renowned for its sailing clubs and boasts two marinas. Charter a yacht and take to the Solent, or catch a ferry to explore the Isle of Wight. Visit the ancient woodlands and heathlands of the New Forest for walking, cycling and horse riding adventures, or stay in town and follow the sea wall on foot or by bike.