Britannia House is ideally located in the heart of Lymington Town and has five en suite guest bedrooms. It was originally built in 1865 as “The Britannia Commercial Hotel”, closed in 1972 and reopened as Bed & Breakfast Guest Accommodation in November 2000.
This homely B&B sits in a quiet location close to the quay with its web of cobbled streets. It’s a good base for exploring this lively small coastal town, once famed for its salt industry. Indeed, a little decorative seasoning has been sprinkled on the interiors by ‘amiable’ Tobias Feilke, an owner liked for his personal approach.
The stylish lounge has a rich gold and blue palette, plush fabrics, squashy sofas and book-lined shelves by a marble fireplace. Elsewhere, classical wallpaper is decorated with hats – naval caps or an explorer’s leather trilby – next to a suit of armour and display of pipes. The delightful bedrooms maintain an eclectic style. One has a Greek column, classical statue and artwork, a window overlooking the courtyard garden; another sports a decorative canopy over a king-size bed, black-and-gold imperial furnishings, Chinese calligraphy.
A two-storey apartment has a light-washed sitting room with leather chesterfield sofas, balcony overlooking the quay to the Isle of Wight. Breakfast, taken in a country-style kitchen with much mellow pine, has a continental buffet and an exceptional full English.