Located on the shore of the Solent, Milford on Sea offers the very best of seaside village life – unspoilt beaches, spectacular seascapes and a thriving local community. Life here can be as laid back or high energy as you make it, depending on whether you’re into kite surfing or cliff top strolls. Plus with Lymington just down the road, and Bournemouth and Southampton under an hour away, we’re as well connected as you’d want a hidden gem to be. With such an extraordinary backdrop and so much to do, we think that life is perfect at Milford on Sea!
A little bit of History
Once a Saxon settlement, Milford was built on sea salt production and smuggling. The salt-works declined in the 1800s opening the way for wealthy newcomers and impressive Georgian houses, of which approx. 50 remain today. The village green was the reputed site of the Battle of Milford Green, which took place between smugglers and the militia. Thankfully it is a much more peaceful spot today.
Need to know
Milford became Milford on Sea in the 1880s thanks to Colonel Cornwallis-West’s ambitious plans to turn the village into a seaside resort. A typhoid outbreak and lack of funds put paid to those plans, and preserved Milford on Sea as one of Britain’s rare coastal villages.
Local independent shops are the norm in Milford on Sea, including family run Hollands greengrocer, and Verveine fishmongers. The Butchers Shop makes award winning sausages on the premises.
For pampering head to Polyana Salon, the Retreat Beauty Salon, and Ears Barbers, as well as the Flying Vet Service for your pets. If DIY is a hobby-habit then you can get your fix at Hardware @ Milford, or your sewing requirements at Timeless Fabrics.
As for picking something beautiful for your new home, there is New Seasons Florist, Biscuit House Interior Designs (which stocks great quality homeware), Vinegar Hill Pottery or The Old Smithy furniture and gifts.