THE NEEDLES ISLE OF WIGHT LUXURY BOAT TRIP
LUNCH at THE GEORGE HOTEL YARMOUTH ISLE OF WIGHT
Menu created by the Isle of Wight's Michelin starred chef Robert Thompson
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SALAMANDER OF LYMINGTON
with The Salamander Sailing Adventure
THE SALAMANDER NEEDLES ISLE OF WIGHT LUXURY BOAT TRIP including LUNCH at the 17th Century GEORGE HOTEL, YARMOUTH, ISLE OF WIGHT
The best way to see the famous Needles on the Isle of Wight with The Salamander Needles Isle of Wight Luxury Boat Trip
A full-day cruise exploring the western end of the Isle of Wight as far as the iconic Needles, passing 3 of the island's western bays, Colwell Bay, Totland Bay and Alum Bay on the way.
Your Salamander Needles Isle of Wight Boat Trip includes a welcoming champagne breakfast on board Salamander of Lymington, a sumptuous 3-course à la carte lunch ashore at the 17th century George Hotel in Yarmouth and afternoon tea back on board Salamander, your private yacht for the day, on your return passage to Lymington.
The Needles form the dramatic eastern end of the Jurassic ridge of chalk which once upon a time joined what is now the Isle of Wight with Old Harry Rocks in Dorset 12.5 nautical miles away. This chalk ridge has now completely eroded away and what remains now lies submerged below Christchurch Bay.
Robert Thompson has returned to The George Hotel as Executive Chef. Robert Thompson, who in 2007 the youngest British chef to be awarded a Michelin star in his own right.
The George Hotel was originally built in 1670 for Admiral Sir Robert Holmes, the Governor of the Isle of Wight, who decided not to live in his official residence, Carisbrooke Castle, but to transfer the seat of power to Yarmouth. His reason for moving was to be close to the sea. One of the pre-requisites of his Governorship was that he was entitled to keep two-thirds of the value of any ship and her cargo that he was able to capture in the Isle of Wight waters. Over the next 20 years, he conducted a very thriving business, tantamount to piracy.
The architectural style of The George Hotel owes much to Sir Christopher Wren and the classical form that was becoming popular towards the end of the 17th century. The principle features of the original house still remain, including the four abreast staircase which is one of the finest on the Isle of Wight.
Salamander of Lymington - your luxury 58 foot yacht for the day
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.
The Georgian Town of Lymington from onboard Salamander
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.
Departure Details for The Salamander Needles Isle of Wight Boat Trip
The Salamander Needles Isle of Wight 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, passing both Hurst Lighthouse and Hurst Castle, Colwell Bay, Totland Bay and Alum Bay, and the world-famous and iconic Needles, before stopping in Yarmouth for lunch and returning to Lymington at approximately 16.00.
Times may vary slightly as this Adventure is tide and weather dependant.
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.
What's included in the price for a Salamander Needles Isle of Wight 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 Yarmouth Harbour
Sumptuous 3-course lunch** ashore at the 17th century George Hotel, Yarmouth, with a spectacular view of the Solent. Party menu prepared by Executive Chef Robert Thompson, who was the youngest British chef to be awarded a Michelin star in his own right.
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
*Based upon a minimum of 4 guests
**Drinks with the meal at the George Hotel are not included in the package cost and will be payable directly to the hotel.
Solid teak interior - warm pilot house with great all round visibility
TESTIMONIAL - WHAT DO THE SALAMANDER SAILING ADVENTURE GUESTS SAY ?
“Wow! What a wonderful day!”
"We joined Chris and Sue, our hosts, on the magnificent Salamander at Lymington. After a breakfast of bacon rolls, fruit, juice and coffee we set sail for the Isle of Wight and the Needles.
Conditions were excellent, and we were able to travel under sail for most of the trip. Sitting on the deck was really relaxing with superb views over the Solent. From the Needles we sailed on to Yarmouth and berthed in the very busy and pretty harbour.
Following complimentary champagne, we made the short walk to the lovely George Hotel for a very enjoyable lunch in the terrace restaurant with its superb views.
After a walk around the lovely town of Yarmouth, we returned to the Salamander for our return trip to Lymington, and were blessed with equally good weather on this leg of our journey.
Once berthed in Lymington we enjoyed tea and cakes and conversation with Chris, Sue and Sally.
Our hosts were excellent and great company throughout the day. We could not fault the experience in any way and are planning to repeat it in the future with family guests."
Sheilaawade, Hythe, United Kingdom - TripAdvisor Review