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    Kirsty, my wife, and I have owned boats for 10 years. We bought the beautiful Zen Dog in 2015 and have enjoyed lots of trips and short holidays on her. We moved her to Lymington for the 2017 season and welcomed lots of BedsonBoard guests who stayed on her in her beautiful new berth overlooking the Isle of Wight. We're experienced hosts with a holiday cottage business in Cornwall. This has given us the experience to provide the little extra features and touches that make all the difference to guests.

    Review as an Owner

    Well kept luxury boat

    jun 2017

    We had a very enjoyable stay on Zen Dog, good facilities and really good and clear information pack. Very clean and well maintained. We had never stayed on a boat before so this was a new experience for us which we thoroughly enjoyed although imagine in the recent heat, sleeping would have been a decided issue. If you're slightly claustrophobic this isn't for you either. Great 5* shower/toilet facilities nearby and Haven restaurant in the marina very good.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Sarah

    Zen Dog - lymington Fabulous

    jun 2017

    Upon arrival, everything was as explained on the incredibly helpful welcome email and video. Very useful indeed. The boat was spotlessly clean... The finishing touch being the bottle of fizz, water and milk left in the fridge. We enjoyed our stay so much, we drank the fizz and a left a new bottle for the owner. Thank you.
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    Mellisa

    Birthday Surprise

    may 2017

    I booked the weekend as a birthday surprise for my husband and group was myself, my husband and our 8 year old daughter. It was absolutely fantastic. My husband was very surprised and my daughter just loved it. Very simple "check-in" process and a fabulous boat. Spotlessly clean, incredibly comfortable and the height of luxury. We will definitely return and will recommend to our friends.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Sarah

    Fantastic stay

    jun 2017

    We had a wonderful stay on Zen Dog which was very comfortable, well kitted out and very clean. It's a beautiful boat. We just wish we'd been able to stay a few more nights. We would definitely recommend it.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    JOANNE

    5 stars for Zen Dog!

    jul 2017

    Just returned from a brilliant night staying on Zen Dog in Lymington. The boat is beautiful and very comfortable. Owners provided lots of information in advance so key pick up and drop off went very smoothly. The relaxed approach of the owner and added touches of fizz in the fridge really set a nice tone, Would highly recommend!
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Jane

    BEST BIRTHDAY EVER !

    jul 2017

    A lovely boat and such attention to detail .Thanks for the bubbles in the fridge really nice touch.Marina restaurant was excellent , they took really good care of us.Thanks to all..
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    Liz

    Excellent

    may 2017

    This was our first experience of boating, we wanted to try something completed different from staying in a hotel. It turned out to be the most amazing time for three nights, staying on Zendog. From the moment we booked through Beds on Board, to climbing on board, everything ran very smoothly. Beds on Board were very informative and their website was easy to follow, right through from booking, payment, follow up emails and offering help if required. Zendog is a beautiful boat, with everything you need for your stay. Mike and Kirsty have thought of everything to make your stay enjoyable, with a complimentary bottle of Prosecco, tea and coffee, up to date and easy to use T.V's, very informative guest information folder and a video from Mike talking you through everything you need to know. The beds are extremely comfortable, and the very gentle rocking gives you a very pleasant nights sleep. The facilities at Lymington Yacht Haven are brilliant, with excellent 5* showers facilities and a lovely place to have a meal. There is plenty to do in Lymington, it's a wonderful place to visit. All in all, I would highly recommend it and we very much look forward to coming back again. To top it all off, we had the most incredible weather and could have easily stayed on longer. Thanks Mike and Kirsty, and thanks Beds on Board.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Gill

    Amazing!

    jun 2017

    Absolutely faultless! What a fabulous evening on ZenDog. The boat is beautiful & in absolutely impeccable condition. Mike was a fantastic host and gave us all the information we could possibly need, even how to turn the boat heating on, from our phones remotely! We honestly can't wait to stay again and would love to consider ourselves regular customers in the future. Thanks, Mr & Mrs Coley
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Hannah

    Zen Dog March 2017

    mar 2017

    Communincation from beds on board and Mike the owner was excellent and the information provided about the boat was detailed and very helpful. We (family of 5 - youngest is 5 months and in a cot) stayed for one night and had a great time. The kids loved being on a boat and Zen Dog was very comfortable (and surprisingly roomy). The beds were a good size and very comfy. Mike was a great host providing plenty of drinking water, tea, coffee and "Zen Dog" baseball caps for the children. Would definitely stay again and recommend a stay on Zen Dog.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    David

    Zen Dog - Fantastic Weekend

    apr 2017

    From the initial contact, to the information video from Mike, communication was excellent. The boat and the facilities are exceptional and very well maintained. We thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous weekend. Sitting on the aft deck in the sun having a cold drink cannot be beaten..... We will definitely be back.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Mike

    Luxurious boat stay at Zen Dog

    may 2017

    Our stay has been sooooo lovely and accommodating ! Zen dog is nothing but luxurious!!! Every detail of the boat has been ensured to perfection from the facilities to its overall cleanliness. we couldn't possibilly recommend Zen Dog enough!! We have already started to plan our next stay and also recommended to our friends and family. It truly is a unique experience even if we didn't get the chance to charter. thank you so much to Mike for the very informative video about zen dog and the information book, we really did not find any difficulties settling in and using the facilities! We cannot wait to come back again!!!! We Love Zen Dog !!!!!
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Maria

    Great 2 nights stay onboard Zen Dog

    apr 2017

    Very enjoyable 2 nights stay. Boat in excellent condition and very well prepared. Great comms from owner. Will stay again. Many thanks.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Andy

    Zen Dog = Bliss

    apr 2017

    Our weekend away on the Zen Dog can only be described as perfect. The location was stunning and facilities outstanding. The staff on the Marina were very helpful & video and file provided by Mike made things easy and straightforward. The boat itself was a real luxury! With everything we needed. Comfortable beds & lounge areas. We loved our stay. There are plenty of places to visit locally, fantastic food at the local pubs & a great bar at the yacht Haven itself! Thank you for a wonderful stay.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Ian

    Immaculate boat

    jul 2017

    Thanks Mike for a lovely stay. Zen Dog is the cleanest and smartest boat I've stayed on. Plenty of space for a family of 4. The 5* showers are amongst the best on the Solent and the food / atmosphere at the Haven restaurant is great. We'll be back.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Jean-Pierre

    Fabulous

    oct 2017

    This was our first stay on a boat, and we were a little apprehensive about taking our 2 little ones (almost 3 & almost 5 yrs). We didn't need to be. It was fantastic. Zen Dog has everything you could need for a night (or more) away. The girls LOVED their twin beds in the rear cabin (and that they got to watch TV in bed!) The Haven Restaurant serves a fantastic lunch (you might want to book a table - it was really busy on a Saturday afternoon) and the Marina staff were excellent. Already planning a return trip (maybe without the kids so we can enjoy a lie-in!)
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Bruce

    Fabulous

    jan 2018

    A lovely, clean, comfy and warm boat. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and really appreciate the restaurant recommendations too which were also just as fabulous. Many thanks :)
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    ALEX

    Fantastic stay

    jan 2018

    I booked this for a colleague and his son as they were visiting from Australia. Even in mid winter they were very warm and comfortable onboard Zendog. Mikes handover system is very easy to use. Great stay.
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    Jason, Lymington

    Family weekend break

    jun 2018

    Myself , my partner and our 4 year son stayed for 2 nights on Zen Dog - on what was a gloriously sunny weekend. This was out first time staying on a boat and will most certainly will be an experience we will be repeating ! Repeating on Zen Dog as it was clean, comfortable , cosy and located in a fantastic location to enable us to travel around the local area. The facilities were perfect for what we needed with decent size fridge and plenty of areas to sit and relax. The beds were exceptionally comfortable and gave us the best nights sleep we have had for as long as we can remember. The instructions with regards to everything you needed to know were very clear and easy to understand. Mike sent us a welcome message and was on hand to help when the sun roof got snagged a little at 10pm on the first night ( this was easy remedied and needed one of us to just pull the sun roof along manually as had slipped off its track - nothing to worry about at all) . Lymington Marina had great shower facilities and the Haven Restaurant was worth a visit for breakfast but turn up early if nice weather as was very busy! All in all amazing stay , great service , very relaxing and a trip with a difference - and we will most certainly be back to Zen Dog in the future. Thanks Steve, Katy and Oliver
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Stephen

    Excellent

    jul 2018

    Wonderful stay on zen Dog had everything we could want and more . Would highly recommend staying on it and mike was a great host . Can’t wait to stay again . Charlotte
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    Charlotte

    Weekend away

    jan 2018

    Booked zen dog as we thought it would be a bit different to staying in a hotel , very pleased we did , zen dog has everything you could ask for , lovely accommodation. The yacht haven has superb amenities, Lymington Town is always enjoyable , high street market on the Saturday overall would thoroughly recommend.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Colin

    Birthday Surprise

    jun 2018

    I managed to keep the stay on Zen Dog for my Wife, Brother & Sister in Law a secret for six months. The secret even continued during the trip down on the day by Mikes helpful sat nav instructions to avoid regular traffic jams putting a stop to their detective work. I had studied Mike's very helpful instructions including the excellent video, so the arrival and getting settled on board was easier than booking into a hotel and much more fun. We were all experienced boaters and it immediately brought back very fond memories to us all, although experience with boats is completely unnecessary with Mike's input. I can only repeat remarks made by people who have stayed on Zen Dog before me, that the professional touches and cleanliness of the boat can not be improved upon. Lymington is a superb destination for a holiday stay with excellent restaurants and the Saturday market has interesting stalls. The New Forest is on the doorstep. Zen Dog is the icing on the cake. John
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    JOHN

    A fun weekend.

    mar 2018

    A great marina and a great boat. The restaurant and bar are welcoming and good quality. The marina toilets and showers are superb. Zen Dog is modern, warm, dry and very comfortable. We had 2 great nights sleep on very comfy beds. We thouroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Thanks Mike.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Mark

    Lymington Yacht Haven Weekend

    jan 2018

    Fabulous choice and a fabulous owner to deal with. Zen Dog is the perfect choice for a group of 4 (2 double beds) We will definitely be back again soon
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Samantha

    Exactly as described - just perfect

    apr 2018

    We had a wonderful weekend as a group of three on board Zen Dog. The lead up to the trip was perfectly managed by Mike and everything he described in pre boarding information was as it was when we arrived. Zen Dog is perfectly equipped with all the amenities you might need. We had a wonderful weekend and will be back for more trips; we will also recommend to anyone who will listen!
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Meg

    Brilliant Weekend!

    jan 2018

    Wow, where do I start? The booking process, communication, description of facilities on and off board - everything was just perfect! My husband and I have been Alphabet Dating every month (if you're unsure of what that is, Google it - we'd highly recommend it!) and January was our "Y" date. What better way than to spend it on a YACHT with friends! Everything on Zen Dog was super clean and tidy, the beds were really comfortable and it literally has everything you could ever need. The "5* shower facilities" were exactly that, everyone around the marina were just so friendly and we felt safe having never stayed on the boat before. We are definitely going to book again for another in the summer; what a fab (affordable) luxurious weekend away! Thanks so much Zen Dog, see you soon! :-)
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Jenna

    Return stay

    aug 2017

    Great stay on a lovely boat - always beautifully presented and very comfortable. Excellent pre-stay communication.
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    Suzanne

    Fantastic stay, strongly recommend it!

    jul 2018

    We booked two nights to enjoy the luxury boat and harbour sightseeing with parents and 18 months old daughter. Prior to our arrival, we have received welcome messages and detailed instruction from both owner and Beds on Board as to how to use the facilities on the boat. We found that very useful and reassuring of our stay without worrying too much. On our arrival, the receptionist was friendly and check in went smoothly. The Zen Dog was well presented, clean and very well organised. In particular the beds were comfy, firm but not too soft. The lounge was spatial and perfect for sun bath. Although the cot was not provided but the kitchen hall way was just enough space for us to set up our daughter’s cot bed. There was on site shower facilities to use, it was 4- 5 star grade, very clean and user friendly. The only thing that we found quite unusual was that we required to strip all the beddings before we check out. Overall, we all had a great time, definitely recommend it and may come back again.
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    Yaqi

    Couldn’t have been any better a perfect trip!

    jun 2018

    We had an absolutely amazing time staying on Zen Dog. Would highly recommend for both the accommodation and the charter experience. The owner is lovely & extremely helpful, always happy to suggest options that give you that extra special feeling, and fast at responding to queries throughout the booking process. Zen Dog is a fantastic boat with great features and situated in very relaxing surroundings, beautifully looked after and everything you could need on board available. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience, & will definitely book again thank you soooooo much xxx
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Joanna

    Excellent trip!

    jul 2018

    Mike couldn’t have have been a more helpful and generous host. The boat and accommodation are beautiful and the facilities were great too. We would definitely consider a return visit.
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    Jon

    Unique and enjoyable stay on Zen Dog

    aug 2018

    We stayed on Zen Dog for two nights in August 18.What a fantastic experience for the whole family, especially our ten year old son. The motor yatch is well equipped and very clean. Sitting on the comfy sofas, on the top deck in the sunshine watching the boats go by was very relaxing. Good WiFi connection and access to family films on board. Some lovely pub meals available nearby or stock the generous sized fridge from the local supermarket and eat on board. A walk in the nature reserve next to the marina, with excellent views over to the Isle of Wight is also recommended. I’d definitely recommend this boat stay to others.
    Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

    Helen

    Zen Dog

    jun 2018

    A beautiful boat which sleeps 4 people comfortably in a lovely Marina with a great bar and restaurant. Everything was beautifully clean and the video and instructions were excellent. Mike the owner is easily accessible and nothing is too much trouble. We will definitely recommend this to our friends.
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    Michael

    Zen Dog - excellent stay, again

    jun 2018

    Hi. Just to say, that as with our stay last year, Zen Dog, Beds on Board and Mike the owner were all excellent again. The Boat was clean and very well presented. Our family of 2 adults and 10 and 12 year old daughters thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing and pleasant stay. Thank you.
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    Mellisa

    Fantastic experience

    may 2018

    We booked our stay through beds on board and were very fortunate to enjoy superb bank holiday weather. Mike the owner was extremely helpful and any questions or queries we had were answered without delay. The boat is fabulous! Well equipped, spotlessly clean and maintained to an extremely high standard. This is the first time we have stayed on a boat and we didn't really know what to expect. We slept really well. The beds were surprisingly comfortable . The newly refurbished showering facilities were exceptional and very clean. We enjoyed a lovely meal in the onsite restaurant overlooking the marina. However locally there are many others to choose from. If your looking for something a bit different in a beautiful location then this ticks all the boxes! We would have no hesitation to recommend this to all our friends and can't wait to revisit .
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    Shaun

    Weekend away for my 40th Birthday

    mar 2018

    Fantastic Boat and owner. Nothing was to much trouble and Mike was available on the phone at a moments notice if required. You will not be disappointed with Zen Dog! I will be booking again soon :)
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    Simon

    Another lovely stay on Zen Dog

    jul 2018

    Thank you Mike for having us once again. Zen Dog really is the cleanest and best sorted boat I've been on. Plenty of room for four and palatial for just two. Hope to be back soon
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    Jean-Pierre

    Simply amazing!

    apr 2018

    Booked the Zen Dog as a surprise for my Husband's 50th birthday, along with two friends. What can I say than simply amazing, it was better than I imagined and more. The owner Mike is brilliant. He remained in contact with me throughout our stay to ensure everything went well (even though he was on his own holiday!) The boat has everything you need for a comfortable stay and the little added touches really made it. The guide and YouTube video make your stay effortless, as this is not your usual break away. But we soon got to grips with "living on a boat". The marina and Lymington is absolutely beautiful and we had many a fun few hours shopping, drinking and walking (when the weather was dry but this didn't dampen our stay in anyway). I would recommend to stay on Zen Dog to anyone, it was perfect
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    Katye

    Lovely stay onboard Zen Dog!

    jul 2018

    Zen Dog is an amazing boat. Very well maintained, comfortable and surprisingly spacious. We were especially thankful for the air conditioning! Mike provided so much great information about the boat and the local area, which was very helpful. The Marina itself is lovely and The Haven restaurant does nice breakfasts. Our only regret was that we weren't able to stay longer on this occasion!
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    preeya

    Great boat, great host, great location

    jun 2018

    Lovely experience from start to finish. Boat very clean and every detail seemed to be covered by the owner. Fantastic joining instructions which really helped and Mike clearly cares well for the boat and also ensures guests have everything they need. Also very comfy beds - never slept so well on a boat! The marina facilities are 5 star. Lovely location with lots to do on the doorstep. Also no issue for youngsters, my 7 year old loved it! Will use again. Thanks for a great stay Mike.
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