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5 Church Hill
Milford on Sea
SO41 0QH

Why move to Milford on Sea?

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!

Some things we love about Milford on Sea

Get your fish and chips "to go" and take a stroll past our famous promenade of brightly coloured beach huts.

The New Forest is a short drive from the village. Grab your bike or walking boots and enjoy the unique landscape and wild life of the New Forest national park.

Hurst Castle is a fascinating piece of history. Built by Henry VIII, it imprisoned Charles I and was even used during the Second World War. If you don't feel like the 1.5 mile walk from the village, catch the ferry from Keyhaven Harbour to the castle, which is open from April to October.

Cut down on your food miles and catch your own supper. Try a mackerel sea-fishing trip from Keyhaven Harbour, or take it easy and cast your rods along Hurst Spit.

Milford on Sea is a birdwatchers paradise. Boasting saltmarshes and mudflats at Keyhaven, and nearby Pennington Marshes Wildlife Reserve where you can spot birds of international importance. Our favourite local hide can be found overlooking Sturt Pond, tucked away between the Marine Café at the end of Milford Beach and the beginning of Hurst Spit.

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.


By Train:

Nearby stations are served by South West Trains. The nearest main line stations are New Milton and Lymington, both 4 miles away with connections to the London to Weymouth line. Alternatively you can travel direct to London Waterloo in under two hours by taking the train from Brockenhurst - 8 miles from Milford on Sea. In the opposite direction you can travel to Weymouth in 90 minutes. Other main stops include Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton Central, Southampton Parkway, Eastleigh, Winchester, Basingstoke, Woking and Clapham Junction.

By Bus:

There are frequent bus services to and from the surrounding villages and towns serviced by the Wilts and Dorset Buses. Blue Star Buses cover surrounding villages, Lymington, Southampton, Bournemouth and Christchurch.

By Bike:

The sea front is great for cyclists and the nearby New Forest, offering ample and clearly signed cycle routes, of varying lengths and difficulty. Bikes can be hired at Country Lanes Cycle Hire, Brockenhurst. Call 01590 622627.


There are numerous local taxi services including fully metered and wheelchair friendly Milford Taxis. Call 01425 612211 or 07733 318619. There are also other local services available from nearby villages too.


Bournemouth airport is 45 minutes away, and Southampton airport can be reached in an hour.

Assisted transport:

The voluntary group Milford on Sea Community Care Group assists local people with transport to medical and dental appointments. Call 01590 641700. “We Run Errands” is a local husband and wife team who fulfil errands or small tasks for those in need. Call 01590 676525 or 07590 606874.

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