Britannia House: boutique bed & breakfast in Lymington
Stylish and comfortable - Britannia House “Boutique” B&B is the perfect luxury home from home in the centre of Lymington! Built in 1870 as a Public House, Britannia House is now one of Lymington’s most prestigious guest houses. (Although few use the term “guest house” these days – “boutique” B&B says it for today!)
For many people, their first visit to Lymington is based on the recommendation of friends together with the draw of the combination of nautical atmosphere and miles of open countryside on the doorstep. Together with great restaurants and quintessentially English pubs in the surrounding villages, Lymington also offers a perfect weekend browsing treat, taking in our famous Saturday market as well as a host of lovely independent shops.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay near Lymington which is central yet quiet, smart whilst informal, cosy whilst spacious, with secure parking and with really great views too, Britannia House will tick all your boxes.
Centrally located yet tucked away
Yet many of us locals wouldn’t know it exists, because although it’s literally 2 minutes walk from the heart of Lymington, it’s also completely tucked away from the hustle and bustle, close to the station and the river in a very pleasant and quiet part of town.
Britannia House is owned and managed by Tobias Feilke and his family. After his training at the world famous Brenner's Park Hotel in Germany, Tobi went to Chewton Glen as assistant manager and fell in love with the area – and the rest is history!
Bringing years of experience at the very top of the hotel industry, he has gradually added more and more welcoming touches to Britannia House as well as managing it to the highest possible levels of service and cleanliness.
Tobias is a catering professional who does not compromise on quality and his background in five star hotels around the world is self-evident. Everything runs to order, giving you confidence and allowing you to relax and simply enjoy your stay.
Five individually themed en suite bedrooms, luxuriously appointed and all spotless
The five individual en suite bedrooms each with its own character have their own evocative names like Beaulieu, Forest and Britannia Suite. They are all beautifully decorated and furnished to a very high standard, and spotless.
Two of the bedrooms are situated in one of the architect designed properties over the road which Tobi has acquired and decorated to the same high standard as the rooms in the main building.
Beautiful light and airy, comfortably furnished first floor living room with spectacular views
The first floor living room is enormous and not at all typical for a B&B - in fact it’s worthy of a top hotel! It’s beautifully and comfortably furnished - but the best feature of all is the number of windows and the great views across the lower part of Lymington Town.
Welcoming breakfast area and 4 course breakfast
The breakfast area is tastefully fitted, bright and spotlessly clean. The combination of the adjacent open-plan aga warmed kitchen and attractive decor and the masts of yachts literally over the street, certainly enhance the appetite for the 4 course breakfast which will satisfy and set you up for the day ahead!
Included below is an excerpt from a personal review by the previous owner of lymington.com who stayed at Britannia House many times before coming to live in Lymington himself. It still conveys much of what one would like to know when booking accommodation ahead, when you don’t know the place you’re visiting, and you need to take a leap of faith!
Review of a previous visit to Britannia House by a weary traveller
“After a grotty journey down the M3 in the pouring rain and at the end of a very long week, we turned off at Junction 2 of the M27 to take the route across the Forest, at the time shrouded in sheet rain-filled darkness and wound our way into Lymington feeling somewhat miserable and pessimistic about the weekend. Turning into Mill Lane just the other side of the level crossing, we cut through towards Britannia House which we knew was located at the bottom of Station Street, and out of the gloom we could see in front of us a truly warming vision. Spotlessly elegant and brightly lit, our home for a few days stood proudly in front of us, and our hosts, conscious of our imminent arrival were standing at the front door with beaming smiles and a King's welcome. Feeling like we'd fought our way across Bodmin Moor and stumbled across Jamaica Inn, we parked the car in one of the off-road spaces and were led to a stunning room where we were pleased to say the photos on the website, had if anything understated the luxury, and the little touches like bathrobes etc. I had previously requested, were carefully arranged on the large sumptuous bed which looked especially inviting that night.
With that sense of relief you get from knowing you've picked a good one, we asked where we could go for a simple pub meal and were guided to the King's Head just down the road where a log fire and a host of Lymington locals embraced and fed us well into the evening. Numbed from the cold and rain by copious amounts of wine and laughter, we wound our way back to bed via Lymington's Quay where the glow of oil fired lamps flickered from the moored yachts and fishing boats and couples like us walked hand in hand oblivious to the wind and rain. Not long later, we were fast asleep in our new home from home, totally content and looking forward to the next couple of days.”
If you are looking for high quality accommodation in central Lymington, especially with the benefit of off-road parking, you will be hard pushed to beat Britannia House and if like us all those years ago, you are looking for somewhere to escape recession depression and enjoy the simpler things in life, then Lymington is uniquely addictive and is the perfect antidote to your stress. I should also mention that on many occasions we would also not even bother with the car and take the train down here. The train from Waterloo to Brockenhurst is only an hour and a half and the gorgeous slam-door train from there to sleepy Lymington Town Station just down the road from Britannia House is like something out of an old movie and the half hourly service chugs gently across the open forest and arrives at the door of this oasis by the water, that is Britannia House. Similarly, one stop on the train to Lymington Pier at the end of the line and you can take the Isle of Wight ferry across to Yarmouth whose charm awaits. If you are only escaping for the weekend, then this way you can eat, drink, be merry and do your bit for the environment! For those still tied to the office, then Wi-Fi facilities and even a laptop can be provided should you need it so that you can read your emails in peace in the wonderfully presented upstairs lounge.”
Summary of Facilities
- 5 luxurious double bedrooms with king size beds, all en-suite
- Ample parking spaces
- 2 minutes walking distance to Lymington Quay, shops, pubs and restaurants
- Secluded evergreen courtyard garden
- Secure bicycle parking
- Arrivals and departures at any time by prior arrangement
- Freshly cooked 4-course breakfast in cosy farmhouse kitchen
- Special diets catered for
- Activity packages, e.g. horse riding, boat chartering, picnics can be arranged
- Britannia House can be rented as a self-catering house for up to 10 people
- The AA has given Britannia House its highest 4 star rating with a gold commendation
- Britannia House offers a most welcoming base to enjoy the splendour of the New Forest and the South Coast.
Tel: +44 (0) 1590 672091