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Sleep@Sea Turnstone

England / Calshot, Hampshire
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A vintage 1970s sailing yacht, furnished in retro style and moored at the end of a coastal spit, for a floating stay that's rich in adventure and blissful reconnection.
 
If you're going to Sleep@Sea, choosing the right location and atmosphere is vital.   
 
Ideally, you'd find an idyllic space on a historic coastline, with an abundance of wildlife, sightseeing opportunities, and thrilling adventure in every direction.
 
All this is exactly what you can expect from Sleep@Sea Turnstone, an off-grid vintage yacht moored in the New Forest, on the shores of the Solent.   
 
Nestled alongside Calshot Activity Centre, you can indulge in a thrilling range of activities just moments away, while the picturesque Calshot Castle and artillery fort, built by Henry VIII, are within easy strolling distance.
 
As if that wasn't quite enough, just on the other side of the spit is a salt marsh nature reserve, which is perfect for birdwatchers.
 
Once you've reached the private pontoon on which Sleep@Sea is moored, you may feel as though you've entered a 1970s time capsule. Resembling a quirky floating caravan, the cosy onboard accommodation is ideal for two adults - or up to four, if you get on really well!   
 
There's a comfy L-shaped sofa to relax on, with colourful throws and soft cushions, and a cheerful galley that features patterned tiles, a double cooking plate, and a collection of retro saucepans.   
 
Though if you don't feel like cooking, why not ask the friendly owners about hiring a private chef, or food-to-boat catering services, instead? The activity centre also boasts a friendly café that's more than willing to deliver to your boat.
 
This is off-grid, back-to-basics living, so your seafaring retreat is free of distracting Wi-Fi, and there are also no traditional bath or shower facilities on board (why not bathe in the sea for a refreshing natural soak, instead?)   
 
Yet you'll find that each of those basics have been carefully thought about, for bundles of simple comfort - warm bedding, a kettle, an onboard loo, and a supply of cold running water.   
 
There's also a hearty porridge breakfast hamper, generous stocks of tea and coffee, and a coolbox pre-loaded with ice blocks, so you can chill that wine immediately!
 
Enjoy a glass over a lively game of Scrabble or cards - both provided - or use the binoculars to spot the comings and goings of the local bird-and-sea life.   
 
Of course, you could always exert some energy by arranging a high-octane bouldering or snowboarding session, or perhaps exploring the coastline at your leisure via kayak. How ever you choose to spend your holiday time (even if it's just stretching out on the glorious beach!), it's sure to be memorable.

Things to note
 
Check in from 2pm - 4pm, check out by 11am. Minimum 3 night stay. Due to proximity to the water, non-swimmers and young children are not encouraged to stay. Please pack as you would for a traditional camping holiday - light and smart, and with plenty of warm clothes! There is no Wi-Fi on the boat.

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Region: Calshot, Hampshire
Cost (from): £90 per night
Sleeps: 2-4
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 1826

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Vintage sailing yacht (27ft long, 9ft wide), sleeps 2-4 guests.  L-shaped sofa, cushions, throws, galley with porridge breakfast hamper, tea, coffee, milk, kettle, cool box, crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, double cooking plate, cold running water for cooking/washing, 5 litre bottle of drinking water, solar-powered 12v battery, loo, selection of games, binoculars, deckchairs on pon toon, sleeping cabins with bedding and pillows, handtowels, free parking pass.
 
Local Activities
 
Watersports, adventure activities, wild swimming, birdwatching, castles, historic sites, local pubs
At a glance

At a glance

  • A vintage, off-grid 1970s sailing yacht, privately moored on a pontoon in the New Forest, on the shores of the Solent.
  • Perfectly positioned alongside Calshot Activity Centre, this is an ideal break for adventurers, nature watchers, and those who just want to disconnect from everyday life in the loveliest way possible!
  • Suitable for 2-4 guests, the yacht is furnished in retro style, with basic kitchen facilities and an onboard loo (please note there is no hot water, nor a traditional bathroom - full shower facilities are available just a few steps away in The Hangar at the activity centre.)
  • A porridge breakfast is provided, and you can ask the owners about catering services if you don't feel like cooking - there is a café at the activity centre that will deliver meals to your boat.
  • Sleeping spaces include a compact double forepeak cabin and two ‘aft' single cupboard cabins.
  • Indulge in adventure at the activity centre, including velodrome cycling, bouldering and snowboarding sessions, or explore nearby Calshot Castle and the artillery fort, built by Henry VIII.
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