Eat, Drink, Sleep: Top South Coast picks by Sunseeker Southampton

Next to divulge their Eat, Drink, Sleep secrets are Sunseeker Southampton, with 3 top recommendations for where to wine, dine and slumber on the South Coast (especially by boat!)

EAT: The Hut, Colewell Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9NP.

Whilst the 2014 UK summer season has drawn to a close, we are already looking ahead to 2015 for the new #SunseekerSeason… Opening again in April 2015, the popular and unique seasonal restaurant The Hut at Colewell Bay comes highly recommended by our team – particularly by boat!

EAT: The Hut, Colewell Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9NP
EAT: The Hut, Colewell Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9NP

Take the short trip from either Yarmouth or Lymington to Colewell Bay on the Isle of Wight. Upon anchoring you will be met by one of the restaurant’s tenders, before being taxied ashore. The interior of this restaurant is a quintessentially English ‘shabby-chic’ beach hut, with white washed walls and props to match.

EAT: The Hut, Colewell Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9NP
EAT: The Hut, Colewell Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9NP

On an English Spring or Summer’s evening, the only place you would want to be sitting is outside on the stunning terrace, which enjoys a relaxed yet stylish feel. With the waves breaking on the shore just a few feet away, The Hut’s unique positioning is its key selling point. Once the rosé is on ice, it’s time to take a look at the menu…

EAT: The Hut, Colewell Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9NP
EAT: The Hut, Colewell Bay, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9NP

The Hut is passionate about serving high quality, seasonal and locally sourced food and for us it was the ‘Fruit de la Mer’ which caught our visitor’s attention. After watching the sun set over the bay, the tender will taxi you the short trip back to your boat, where you can enjoy the evening’s final sundowners. Book ahead to April 2015 to avoid disappointment.

Visit http://www.thehutcolwell.co.uk for more information.

DRINK: The Jolly Sailor, Land’s End Road, Old Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8DN.

Once the waterside setting for 80s hit TV series Howard’s Way, this 100+ year old public house is located just a stone’s skim over the water from the Sunseeker Southampton office.

DRINK: The Jolly Sailor, Land's End Road, Old Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8DN
DRINK: The Jolly Sailor, Land’s End Road, Old Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8DN

Accessible via its very own floating pontoon (check tides in advance as it does dry out at low tide), The Jolly Sailor is a wonderful place to take in the Upper Hamble river views over a pint of local ale. Should you have worked up an appetite from making the short trip across the river in your tender from Swanwick Marina, “The Jolly Sailor” serves some jolly good gastro pub food.

More information is available at http://jollysailoroldbursledon.co.uk.

SLEEP: Lime Wood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ.

Lime Wood is a boutique country house hotel with a difference! Set in the heart of the New Forest in Hampshire, this stunning weekend getaway is only a 90 minute drive from London (or significantly less if you choose to take advantage of the hotel’s helipad!)

SLEEP: Limewood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ
SLEEP: Lime Wood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ

With sumptuous rooms available within the main house or a choice of your very own Coach House or Garden Lodge – complete with log fire – this hotel guarantees rustic charm in abundance.

SLEEP: Limewood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ
SLEEP: Lime Wood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ

With such beautiful surroundings, Lime Wood is more than just about the rooms. Having been awarded ‘Runner-up’ in the International Mr & Mrs Smith Best Spa Hotel category, the Lime Wood Spa sets a standard which surpasses any other spas in the area. From a forest view sauna to a steaming outdoor hot pool, you can achieve ultimate relaxation within these calm, natural surroundings.

SLEEP: Limewood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ
SLEEP: Lime Wood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ

When day turns to night the focus turns to the culinary delights on offer. In the kitchen, the Michelin starred Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s own Luke Holder create locally sourced English dishes with a “respectful nod to Italian culinary ideologies”. For the real foodies there is the offer of the kitchen table to watch these Masters at work.

SLEEP: Limewood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ
SLEEP: Lime Wood, Beaulieu Rd, Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ

If in the morning you are looking for a spot of activity to evade the guilt of last night’s feast, then the complimentary Hunter wellies will be a welcome sight in the hall, allowing you to explore the beautiful woodland walks which surround the grounds of this idyllic country weekend bolt hole.

For further information and bookings, please visit http://www.limewoodhotel.co.uk

If you’d like further details on any of the above recommendations from Sunseeker Southampton, please contact:-

Sunseeker Southampton | Swanwick Marina | Bridge Road | Swanwick | Southampton | SO31 1ZL | +44 (0) 1489 579 824 | info@sunseekersouthampton.com | http://www.sunseekersouthampton.com

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