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Milford on Sea is a delightful seaside village which provides a superb base from which to enjoy your holiday. The focal point of the village is the Green and High Street with its selection of interesting independent shops, local pubs and variety of restaurants. Within close reach is the sea with clean, safe beaches from which to swim and miles of shoreline offering ample walking, picnicking and cycling for all the family. There is plenty of parking.

The neighbouring hamlet of Keyhaven is an ideal place for safe, fun sailing whether within the confines of the Keyhaven River, exploring the maze of inlets and creeks, or in the open water of the Solent – home of the famous Cowes regatta.

During the summer there are numerous boat excursions that will take you to explore the coastline of the Isle of Wight, view the Needles, or all day fishing for cod, bass and mackerel.

The Gunn Inn, Keyhaven
Boats at Keyhaven

Catch a ferry to discover King Henry VIII’s Hurst Castle, where Oliver Cromwell imprisoned King Charles I prior to his trial.

Also from Keyhaven you can join the Solent-Way – a 60-mile coastal walk past bustling harbours and secluded marshland – or, for the less energetic, lunch at The Gun Inn is a perfect place to discuss the walk you should have done.

Milford on Sea is just a short drive from the New Forest, with more than a hundred square miles of historic English countryside, all completely open to visitors.  Horse riding can be booked easily or bicycles hired; and there are excellent local golf courses. Places to visit include Palace House and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Buckler’s Hard (Nelson’s boat yard) and dozens more with activities to suit every age group, whatever the weather.

The Georgian town and seaport of Lymington lies four miles to the east of Milford. Here you can browse its varied antique shops, galleries and chandleries, or visit the Saturday market, which sells everything from olives and oysters to teapots and table cloths.

From Lymington you can catch a ferry to the Isle of Wight (half hour trip) and investigate the picturesque cobbled town of Yarmouth on foot; or you can take the car and explore the island more widely.

Slightly further afield, but still within easy reach, is Calshot Castle and beside it, the Calshot Activities Centre – one of the largest outdoor adventure centres in Britain. There is also the two hundred acres of Exbury Gardens, home of the Rothschild family and famous for its rhododendrons, azaleas and the steam train, which follows a one and a quarter mile loop, providing a more relaxing way to see the gardens. 

The major resort of Bournemouth is fourteen miles to the west with its excellent theatres. And beyond lies Hardy’s Dorset. To the North (forty minutes by car) is the cathedral city of Salisbury including Wilton House and Stonehenge; and the great seaports of Southampton and Portsmouth – excellent shopping and sightseeing - lie to the east.
Whether you choose to stay and enjoy the immediate locality or tour slightly further afield, you are assured of a peaceful and memorable holiday.

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