Tucked down a leafy lane, the Howards happy home is full of art, porcelain, antiques and traditional furnishings. Comfy bedrooms with new digital shower rooms are in a separate wing and face south over the pretty garden. Relax in the large, light and lovely drawing room which leads outside – perfect for children and dogs on sunny days. Breakfast on the terrace in summer, or in the conservatory – a colourful spot with grandchildren’s drawings and Heather’s collection of wire/pottery chickens topping the windowsills. Tuck into a hearty continental or full English. Lymington is fun: restaurants, shops and a great Saturday market.