Zen Dog - Lymington based 4 berth, 2 cabin Motor Yacht, 100% 5-Star Reviews

Lymington Yacht Haven, United Kingdom

  • 4 Guests
  • Entire boat
  • 17 Reviews


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  • Max 4 people , 2 Cabins

    1 double bed / 2 single beds

    Min 1 night / Max 14 nights
    Check in 3 p.m. / Check out 11 a.m.


    Stay on a boat in Lymington, United Kingdom.

    Zen Dog, named after our daughters' favourite poem, is a very modern, immaculate, well appointed and thoroughly beautiful Prestige Motor Yacht, berthed in Lymington's beautiful and tranquil Yacht Haven (the "marina of the year") overlooking the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

    She is perfectly equipped for a short stay or holiday with a difference. She's what's known as a "coded charter boat" which means she is inspected annually for safety and is fully insured for guests.

    Our prices quoted here are for your sole use of the whole boat - providing accommodation for up to four people in 2 decent cabins and with full use of the Marina's facilities.
    She stays securely and safely tied up in her berth for the duration of your stay but If you want to get out on the water, she's available for half and full day charter trips at extra cost with a professional skipper and crew. So, you can combine a pleasure cruise and a luxury break or just stay on board and enjoy Zen Dog, Lymington and the New Forest.

    We think the little details make all the difference.

    Zen Dog is obsessively and meticulously cleaned by our wonderful caretaker before each booking. As you can see from the photos, we don't leave any personal items, clutter or junk on board because we want you to feel that she is "all yours" for the duration of your holiday.

    Top quality freshly laundered John Lewis bedding and towels for all guests are included.

    We even produce an excellent PDF Visitors Guide and a YouTube video to explain everything.


    Zen Dog sleeps 4 in two decent cabins.

    The Master cabin has a king sized double bed, a walk in wardrobe and en-suite access to the WC/Wet Room.

    The second cabin has two single beds that can slide together to create a 2nd double bed (make sure you tell us you want the 2nd double bed when you book because, as standard, we make up the two singles).

    Both cabins have standing room, hanging space, Smart HD TVs, 240 volt power sockets and central heating outlets. We provide freshly laundered and very good quality John Lewis bedding for all beds and John Lewis towels for all guests.

    The lower saloon has a comfortable U shaped seating area - easily capable of accommodating 4 guests around a height adjustable table. There's a 32" smart HD TV, and a central heating outlet.

    The galley kitchen area has a large sink, worktops, storage cupboards, a very generous fridge (by boat standards) with very small freezer/ice making tray and a microwave. There's an electric kettle, a Dolce Gusto coffee machine and a toaster. There's cutlery and good quality unbreakable crockery and drinking glasses (because it can get rough when out at sea!) but no pots or pans and the gas hob has been disconnected and cannot be used for insurance reasons. Who would want to cook on holiday when Lymington has such great restaurants?

    The wet room features an electric flush WC, a sink set into a vanity unit with a large mirror and a counter top for cosmetics and bathroom products. A curtain can divide the room in two - wet and dry - the shower head then attaches to a fitting on the wall and guests can have very good, fairly powerful hot showers. We still prefer to use the Yacht Haven's amazing 5-star showers when we stay on board, though.

    Upstairs in the cockpit, Zen Dog's cockpit roof retracts electrically to open the whole top deck up to the sun. There are 2 large seating areas - both with tables. The rear (stern) seating area has roll up canvas camper covers and the table can be lowered and a special cushion added to create a fantastic sun pad to top up your tan. There's also a double sun bed on the front deck (take care up there!).

    Boats can be damp and cold. Not Zen Dog! She has powerful warm air central heating with SMS remote control and a dehumidifier so she's always snug, dry and warm when guests arrive. In summer, there's even a powerful portable air conditioner stored in the main bedroom's wardrobe that is capable of cooling the whole boat.

    Zen Dog is supplied with top quality John Lewis bedding and towels for each guest.


    If you are not used to boats, there's nothing to worry about. Zen Dog is your "home from home"

    There's Central Heating, hot water, a portable air conditioner, a decent shower, an electric flush toilet, a big 32" HD smart TV in the saloon, HD smart TVs in each cabin, decent marina WiFi, Funky blue LED cockpit lighting, a Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine, electric kettle, toaster and a microwave.

    Zen Dog has domestic style 240 volt mains power to sockets in the cabins, saloon and galley area. There is no usable hob and no cooking facilities.

    We supply a PDF "Visitors Guide" and there's a YouTube video to explain how everything works. It is all very easy and straightforward.


    Zen Dog's home marina is Lymington Yacht Haven - one of the best marinas in the country. It has 5-star showers, a launderette, a shop and the excellent Haven Bar and Restaurant. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There's lots of free parking and excellent 24/7 staff and security to help with any problems

    The Area

    Lymington is a beautiful up-market Georgian town on the edge of the New Forest, famous for the ponies that roam freely. The walking and cycling opportunities are unmatched - with excellent walks along the water's edge from the marina itself. The town has great shopping and eating - many of the big chains are here but the real delight is the number of independent businesses. There's a car and pedestrian ferry to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight and Southampton and Bournemouth are in easy reach - Lymington has a train station.

    What's special about this boat

    The sunsets, the tranquillity, Zen Dog's inventory of equipment, cleanliness and home comforts. Lymington's restaurants (amongst them The Haven's own restaurant and bar takes some beating).

    Lymington Yacht Haven

    King's Saltern Road

    About the marina/waterway Lymington Yacht Haven is the UK Marina of the Year. it is situated 15 minutes walk from Lymington's great individual shops and award winning restaurants. The Marina has truly 5-star showers and toilets plus a launderette, a small shop and the excellent highly rated Haven Bar and Restaurant. There's free parking and free marina wifi. There are stunning walks from the marina - either past the open air swimming pool and yacht clubs to Lymington Quay or along a gravel water's edge path to Keyhaven.

    • Kitchen
    • WiFi
    • Aircon
    • Smoking allowed
    • CO2 alarm
    • Smoke alarm
    • Laundry
    • Freezer
    • Fridge
    • iPod Dock
    • CD Player/Radio
    • DVD Player
    • TV
    • Heating
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Welcome pack
    • Bedding/Towels
    • Walk-on access
    • Electricity 24/7
    • Crew on board
    • Food and drink included
    • Hot tub
    • BBQ
    • Disabled access
    • Additional Cot Hire
    • Dog friendly
    • Kid friendly
    • Free car parking
    • Bar/Restaurant
    • Concierge
    • Walking distance to town
    • Shops
    • WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Shower
    • Toilet
    • Swimming Pool
    • Disabled access
    • BBQ

    Overall Rating:

    Zen Dog March 2017

    March 30, 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.


    Oct. 9, 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!)

    Well kept luxury boat

    June 25, 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.

    Birthday Surprise

    May 14, 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.

    Fantastic stay

    June 4, 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.

    Immaculate boat

    July 30, 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.

    Return stay

    Aug. 25, 2017

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

    Zen Dog = Bliss

    April 10, 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.


    5 stars for Zen Dog!

    July 2, 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 - Fantastic Weekend

    April 30, 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.


    July 7, 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..


    Zen Dog - lymington Fabulous

    June 4, 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.

    Great 2 nights stay onboard Zen Dog

    April 16, 2017

    Very enjoyable 2 nights stay. Boat in excellent condition and very well prepared. Great comms from owner. Will stay again. Many thanks.

    Luxurious boat stay at Zen Dog

    May 7, 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 !!!!!


    May 25, 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.


    June 4, 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


    Jan. 11, 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 :)