The list below gives a selection of places to visit within a 45 minute drive.


Lymington - Stroll down the high street to the cobbled quay. Plenty of specialist shops and eating places to enjoy. The Saturday morning market is a highlight of the week with traditional items and old fashioned atmosphere.

Beaulieu - most famous for its car museum, boat and car jumbles.

Bournemouth - all the fun of the seaside with its theatres and shows.

Bucklers Hard - step back in time to visit the shipwrights village and museum where some of Nelson's ships were built.

Christchurch - delightful market town with lovely Priory and riverside walks.

Hengistbury Head and Mudeford- wonderful walks and views across the sea and river.

Isle of Wight - ferries leave every 30 mins in the summer for the 30 minute trip across to Yarmouth. Go as a foot passenger and enjoy the island by bus or take your bike or car across and explore the stunning bays and beautiful scenery.
Osbourne House is a must for history and garden lovers. Visit and see why Queen Victoria loved the Isle of Wight so much.

Portsmouth -  historic dockyard to visit HMS Victory HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose museum.

Salisbury - cathedral city and with a visit to the ancient stones of Stonehenge a must.

Southampton - home of the cruise ships and the Boat Show

Winchester - cathedral and attractive shopping centre

Gardens to visit

Exbury with its wonderful show of rhododendrons and camellias in the spring.

Spinners, Apple Court and Furzey - ideal places to buy that something special for the garden.

Hillier Arboretum in Romsey, wonderful vistas throughout the seasons.

Mottisfont Abbey - with beautiful roses in June.

Compton Acres with 10acres of garden overlooking Poole Harbour.

Sticky Wicket a truly nature lovers garden.

Osbourne House

Christchurch Quay
Views across to the Needles