Telegraph names Lymington as the best seaside resort town in the UK!

Telegraph names Lymington as the best seaside resort town in the UK!

Well, obviously we knew that already so can be predictably smug…

For those interested here’s the article link; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/2079950/Lymington-named-best-seaside-resort-town-ahead-of-Sandbanks.html

and some of the bits from it below:

The elegant Hampshire sailing resort of Lymington – two marinas, two sailing clubs, and cobbled streets – has been identified as Britain’s most desirable coastal town.

Sandbanks, the exclusive Dorset peninsula stretching out into Poole harbour, came second, while Heswall, on the Wirral, Merseyside, was third.

The study, using government statistics, measured house prices and lifestyle factors including school league tables, the crime rate, local employment, amenities and transport links. Weather statistics including hours of sunshine and temperatures were also taken into account, along with the quality of the waterfront.

A three bedroom family house in Lymington, on the western end of the Solent, costs an average of £350,000.

The town, population 14,500, has a number of independent shops, including designer boutiques, and is home to the Olympic yachtsmen Ben Ainsley and Nick Rogers. Two years ago, plans by Argos to open up a store in the town provoked protests from residents.

The weather is generally better than in nearby Bournemouth as the town is sheltered by the Isle of Wight.  Andrew Rimmer, clerk for Lymington and Pennington town council… said: “It is like stepping back in time. It might not suit youngsters as a place to live but everyone who comes here says how wonderful it is. “House prices are still affordable but with anywhere on the south coast, it is difficult for first time buyers to get on the ladder.

Don Mackenzie, spokesman for the Lymington Residents Society, said: “Lymington is Britain’s little secret paradise.