Sowley

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The little village of Sowley, close to the historic port town of Lymington and the dramatic Solent coast, is the perfect place to relax and recharge on fresh air, country walks and starry nights.

About Sowley

More a designated area than a village. Sowley is utterly beautiful and very special. The two focal points are Sowley Pond (slightly inland) and Sowley Marsh which is on the shores of the Solent.

Sowley Pond is one of the New Forests’ favourite stops for picnics. It's also a great spot to sit and while away the hours. Watch bright beautiful dragonflies, birds and the New Forest ponies and donkeys who come to the pond to drink and graze. There are countless walks and trails in the surrounding open forest. Sowley Marsh is where the New Forest meets the Solent. The marshes are a mecca for bird watching, and there are wonderful views over to the Isle of Wight. The busy Georgian market town of Lymington is just over 3 miles away. Here, you’ll find a vast array of shops, restaurants, eateries and supermarkets. For a lovely meal and great pub, it's only a half hour walk to The East End Arms.

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Walhampton Golf Course
(3 miles)

A nine hole golf course in a tranquil New Forest setting, Walhampton Golf Course is an informal environment with a friendly clubhouse.  The accessible links course welcomes all ages and abilities to take part on the course with green fees starting at £12.50 for visitors.

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Lymington Sea Water Baths
(3 miles)

A vital summer attraction in this famous town, the Lymington Sea Water Baths have been welcoming visitors since 1833.  These days the options are a little more varied with water sports including kayaking, paddle boarding, aqua jousting, zorbing and children’s splash pools all available.  There is a cafe on site, all necessary facilities and entry prices depend on the activities you want to take part in.

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Hurst Point Yacht Charters
(3 miles)

Offering you a coastal experience from Lymington and Hamble, Hurst Point Yacht Charters give you a five star service on the Solent, navigating the marinas and quays and taking you to beautiful bays or creeks such as Newtown and Wootten - perfect for dropping anchor and sipping cocktails in the sun.

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Escape Yachting
(3 miles)

Offering you a chance to explore the Solent like never before, Escape Yachting is a luxurious opportunity to get out on the water on charters, day trips, corporate events and group getaways run by an experienced team who pay careful attention to detail.

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Hermit Charters
(3 miles)

On a skippered Luxury Flybridge Motor Boat, Hermit Charters gives you the opportunity to take a small party of friends on a luxury experience on the water without breaking the bank.  For families or private parties, it’s a delightful way to head out fishing to catch bass, plaice, black bream or needles cod, or simply to enjoy the view from the water.  You can even take the family dog on board!

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East End Arms
(Less than a mile)

A really friendly pub bought by John Illsley, bass guitarist of Dire Straits in 1990. It’s still very much a local pub to pop in for a drink with the villagers. The pub wins well deserved rave reviews for its superb food, well-kept ales, wines and lovely staff.

East End Arms (T: 01590 626223) Main Road, East End, SO41 5SY 

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Friendly pub, always busy. Not so good if you have a dog - they are welcome but space is limited. Luckily we had good weather & sat in the garden. The food was excellent & staff friendly.

June 2017


Always excellent choice and calibre of food each time we have visited.

July 2017


Great lunchtime treat with reasonable kids menu and lovely grown up food. Home made ice cream went down very well too.

November 2017


The Turfcutters Arms
(3 miles)

A traditional New Forest pub with roaring fires in winter and with a large pub garden for the warmer months complete with children’s play area.  Well known locally for serving up outstanding food at reasonable prices along with a good selection of real ales and other drinks.  Dogs welcome. 

The Turfcutters Arms (T: 01590 612331) East Boldre SO42 7WL

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Great pub, friendly staff and in the heart of the New Forest. Make sure you plan a visit and enjoy the garden, food and a few drinks

April 2017


This is a lovely pub! The staff are very friendly, food is good honest pub food, with some lovely 'specials' available too. Very dog friendly!!! A must visit for anyone staying close by! Will visit again next time we're in the area.

June 2017


We had a lovely evening meal at the Turfcutters - proper home made food in a real country inn - brilliant!

August 2017


Great dog friendly pub. Staff / landlord were super accommodating and lovely atmosphere at weekend. Fish and chip takeaway was excellent value along with the other food on the menu.

October 2017


Excellent

January 2018


Excellent food a great pub and helpful staff.

March 2018


A good honest pub with good cider and a good range of meals on offer.

June 2018


The Ferryman
(3 miles)

The Ferryman is a stylish country pub situated on the far side of Lymington's harbour, on the edge of the New Forest, with a good choice of well-priced food served from either a fixed priced lunchtime menu or a la carte. Vegetarians will be glad to hear there’s also a menu just for them. Dogs welcome.

The Ferryman (T: 01590 672517) Lymington SO41 5SB

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A lovely bar and a welcomed stop for refreshments following our IOW ferry trip.

April 2017


Do not go there if you have to be somewhere else to bewithin the hour as the service was very very slow (and that was on a quiet day). However, all off the staff were very friendly, and very helpful.

June 2018


Walhampton Arms
(3 miles)

A big, bright and spacious free house serving a good selection of well-kept real ales, wines and spirits. A popular haunt for the locals, who gather for the notorious daily carvery.  There’s a main menu with all the usual dishes, or pick from the Specials Board which showcases local produce.

Walhampton Arms (T: 01590 673113) Walhampton Hill, Lymington SO41 5RE 

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Very friendly staff. Child friendly. Large portions. Serve food all day. Have high chairs.

December 2017


Haven Bar & Restaurant
(3 miles)

Overlooking the marina with panoramic views, plenty of seating and a sunny outdoor terrace, this is a great spot to enjoy a meal, a few drinks or just a coffee and watch the boats go by.  Food served daily from 9am. 

The Haven Bar & Restaurant (T: 01590 679971) Lymington SO41 3QD

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We had a small salmon platter, really tasty and… our little dog was also welcome on the terrace and even inside. Friendly staff and fantastic views. Great!

July 2018


Lepe Beach
(6 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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Milford on Sea
(7 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Barton on Sea
(9 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

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Highcliffe Beach
(11 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017


Mudeford Sandbank
(13 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

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Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!

March 2018

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