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The easiest and best way to see the Beaulieu River and to get to the Master Builder’s in Buckler's Hard is with The Salamander Sailing Adventure Beaulieu River Luxury Boat Trip Call or Text 07798 524111
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Follow in the footsteps of CHANNEL 5's SUSAN CALMAN's GRAND DAY OUT filmed onboard SALAMANDER sailing in the SOLENT and THE BEAULIEU RIVER 

Lunch at the quirky luxury 18th Century MASTER BUILDER'S HOTEL, BUCKLER'S HARD, BEAULIEU 
Picnic created by multi award-winning and Michelin recommended chef ANDREW DU BOURG of THE ELDERFLOWER RESTAURANT and star of BBC 2's "Remarkable Places to Eat"

The best way to see the Beaulieu River with The Salamander Beaulieu River Luxury Boat Trip


A full-day cruise exploring the upper reaches of the Beaulieu River, as far as Buckler’s Hard, originally named ‘Montagu Town’ by John, 2nd Duke of Montagu.


Your Salamander Beaulieu River Boat Trip includes a welcoming champagne breakfast on board Salamander of Lymington, stopping for lunch ashore in the Riverview Restaurant or the Yachtsman's Bar at the 18th century Master Builder’s Hotel in Buckler's Hard, famed for its Quirky Luxury on the picturesque bank of the Beaulieu River and afternoon tea back on board Salamander, your private yacht for the day, on your return passage to Lymington.


Peaceful and sheltered, the Beaulieu River offers tranquillity and picturesque displays of natural beauty. Its undeveloped banks play host to an exceptional variety of flora and fauna, where woodland gives way to tidal saltmarsh. Marking the south eastern edge of the Beaulieu Estate, the Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned estuaries in the world.


The river and its environs form part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which offers habitat for many resident and migrant wildfowl and waders – some 200 species in all.

Departure Details for a Salamander Beaulieu River Boat Trip


The Salamander Beaulieu River Boat Trip will normally depart Berthon Lymington Marina at 10.00, viewing Lymington Town Quay, Lymington River, the Solent with views across to Yarmouth and the Isle of Wight, before entering the Beaulieu River itself, stopping in Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu for lunch and returning to Lymington at approximately 16.00.


Times may vary slightly as this Adventure is tide and weather dependant to enter the Beaulieu River.


Bespoke arrangements can also be made to meet guests in Lymington, Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River, Southampton, the Hamble, Portsmouth and Gosport in Hampshire, Cowes and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight and Poole in Dorset. 


Departure times can be agreed to suit guest’s wishes. 

Lymington, Yarmouth, Cowes, Hamble, Southampton, Portsmouth and Poole are well served by trains and ferries making overland connections for boarding and disembarking Salamander very easy.

Lymington, The New Forest and the Isle of Wight are unique destination venues for some amazing scenery, with luxurious boutique hotels and excellent fine dining providing the perfect backdrop to combine with some wonderful sailing on board Salamander, a traditional yacht with a classically designed teak interior.  

Transfers from hotels can be arranged.


Buckler’s Hard developed into a hive of shipbuilding activity in the late 1700s. With New Forest oak on the doorstep, it was ideally situated for such a task. The cottages that line the unusually wide street – where logs and planks were once piled – housed tradesmen and labourers. Shipbuilding here went into decline shortly after the Napoleonic wars, but the village has remained unspoilt by the passage of time. In the Maritime Museum you can discover the fascinating story of the village, its residents and the ships they built, including Nelson’s favourite warship HMS Agamemnon.


Many fine old naval ships were built at Buckler’s Hard. In fact you can still see the old grassy ‘slips’ just below the Master Builder's Hotel. The hotel buildings had been the residence of the shipbuilder Mr Henry Adams.

The easiest and best way get to and see the Beaulieu River and the Master Builder’s Hotel in Buckler's Hard Beaulieu is to sail there with The Salamander Sailing Adventure Beaulieu River Luxury Boat Trip Call or Text 07798 524111

A perfect day out – Salamander under full sail ready to take you where the wind blows

Your cruise will be on board the luxury 58 foot ocean-going sailing yacht Salamander of Lymington, which has successfully circumnavigated the world with the current skipper. You will be able to try your hand under supervision, if you wish, or you can sit back and luxuriate in the warmth of the teak pilot house saloon with great wrap round windows. Salamander is heated and perfectly suited for year round use, both sailing and cruising under motor.

A great way to see Lymington Town Quay in the New Forest Hampshire on the south coast is from on board an exclusive charter with The Salamander Sailing Adventure Beaulieu River Luxury Boat Trip Call or Text 07798 524111

Salamander’s home port of Lymington in Hampshire - Town Quay with colourful fishing boats and sailing yachts moored alongside

Lymington, where Salamander is normally based, is well worth a visit on foot, a charming Georgian town with cobbled streets, with many hotels, banks, pubs, restaurants and independent shops, lying between the New Forest and the Solent, the most famous stretch of sheltered water in the world of sailing, the venue of so many world class events, and just around the corner from the Beaulieu River, Cowes, Yarmouth, The National Trust Reserve at Newtown River, Portsmouth, Southampton, and last but not least the world famous and iconic Needles on the Isle of Wight.

What's included in the price for a Salamander Beaulieu River Boat Trip?


  • Full-day cruise on Salamander for up to 12 guests.

  • A professional crew of 3, probably the highest crew to guest ratio on the south coast, usually including the round the world owner skipper with tales to tell, so you may relax or take part ... it's up to you.

  • Full dedicated steward service on board serving a champagne breakfast to include a glass of bucks fizz, a bacon roll, Danish bites and tea or coffee.


  • Harbour fees for Buckler's Hard Marina

  • Picnic Lunch Option available for eating on the grass or on board Salamander


  • Afternoon tea including a selection of scones and cakes on board Salamander of Lymington


  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee are available throughout the day on board Salamander of Lymington


  • Parking adjacent to Salamander in Berthon Lymington Marina, Bath Road, Lymington, SO41 3YL


*Lunch at the Master Builder's Hotel is not included and will be payable directly to the hotel.



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A warm and comfortable way to see the Beaulieu River at all times of the year with The Salamander Sailing Adventure Beaulieu River Boat Trip with lunch at The Master Builder’s Hotel Buckler’s Hard Beaulieu Hampshire Call or Text 07798 524111

Solid teak interior - warm pilot house with great all round visibility



“Wonderful Birthday Celebration!”

"Beautiful trip up Beaulieu River with lunch at the Master Builder for my husband's birthday.


Our party included our 18 month old grandson who was welcomed aboard and we all had a great time. The hosts were excellent and nothing was too much trouble.


The highlight for us was the provision of a surprise and superb dairy free birthday cake with champagne.


Would strongly recommend."

Jeremy D - TripAdvisor Review

The Salamander Sailing Adventure receives 5 Star Tripadvisor Reviews for Beaulieu River Boat Trips from Lymington Yarmouth and Cowes Isle of Wight
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