Situated at the southern edge of the New Forest, between Southampton and Bournemouth, and at the western end of the Solent, Lymington is a beautiful Georgian market town with a population of approx. 14,500. The town is world renowned as a centre for sailing with two large marinas and two prestigious yacht clubs positioned along the short length of the Lymington River.
The offices of Grabau International can be found just off the town’s historic high street, the origins of which date back to the 13th century and very close to the cobblestone pedestrianised street leading down to the Town Quay, a place where in bygone days was a busy commercial port exporting salt to Newfoundland, importing coal for the local salt industry, rum from the West Indies and timber from Norway to fuel the thriving local shipbuilding industry. The Quay now acts as a base for a small commercial fishing industry and approx. 100 berths for visiting yachtsmen.
Surrounding Lymington is the outstanding natural beauty of the New Forest. Covering an area of about 145 square miles of ancient woodlands and heathlands, the New Forest is one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land in the south east of England. Now a National Park, the New Forest is steeped in history from Anglo-Saxon times through to the Norman conquests and the adoption of the forest for royal hunts and then later then source of timber for the Royal Navy where ships for Nelson’s fleet were built at Buckler’s Hard on the nearby Beaulieu River.
Heading west out of Lymington are four miles of coastal nature reserve ending at Hurst Spit which forms the entrance to the Western Solent with the Needles on the opposite island shore with Christchurch Bay and the English Channel beyond. Some aerial footage of this stunning area of Scientific Special Interest can be seen in one of recent news posts here.
Whilst perhaps not as large as the bustling Hamble River which lies a few miles to the east, Lymington has become a firm favourite with visiting yachtsmen from all over the world. With deep-water access at all states of the tide, plentiful visitors berths and excellent boatyard facilities, the yachting aspects are easily dealt with, leaving yachtsmen to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. With direct rail links to London via nearby Brockenhurst (served by a branch line from Lymington), good road access to the UK’s motorway network and two international airports within close proximity, Lymington is never too far from anywhere.
At Grabau International we feel extremely privileged to call this stunning part of the world our home. Whilst working with the most fascinating and beautiful yachts in the world is one thing, but to do so from such a fascinating and beautiful part of the world is something else again.
If you are a visiting yachtsman planning a visit to Lymington this summer and would like to discuss your future yachting plans, please do contact us or give us a call.
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