The UK’s first marina village is still one of its finest, as we discovered…
The picturesque Hythe Marina was the first marina village to be built in the UK and remains one of its finest. Located on Southampton Water’s western shore, it offers a unique development with a 206-berth marina, as well as waterside homes, shops, restaurants, bars and a boutique hotel.
Residents and boat owners enjoy a regular ferry service which runs from Hythe to the centre of Southampton, or can easily cruise across to Ocean Village Marina – meaning owners can enjoy the tranquil setting of Hythe, or quickly be amongst the busy city of Southampton with its vast array of restaurants, cinemas, shops and bars – giving them the best of both worlds.
A really interesting marina, Hythe is unique in that is it controlled by lock gates, which are operated 24 hours a day throughout the year, giving easy access to Southampton Water and several of MDL’s other marinas situated in and around the Solent.
Cruising enthusiasts benefit from some of the most beautiful sites and waters to explore, including the Beaulieu River and the bustling town of Lymington near the New Forest. There is also freedom to explore the area of Portsmouth, which is steeped in naval history and benefits from numerous anchorages within the sheltered waters of Chichester Harbour.
Boat owners enjoy a fantastic atmosphere at Hythe Marina and throughout the year the marina plays host to a number of social occasions including BBQs, anniversary events and the annual great Hythe raft race!
MDL is not a company that stands still and over the past year it has continued to invest in its marinas to enhance its customers’ experience. The past year has seen continuing maintenance works at Hythe Village Marina and there are further works, including the refurbishment of the facilities block, taking place in 2015.
There are plenty of facilities for berth holders and visitors at Hythe marina, including toilets, showers, laundry facilities, electricity, WiFi and fresh water. There are also extensive shore-side facilities including a well-stocked chandlery, bar and restaurant.
In addition to its first-class berthing and marina services, Hythe Marina Village also benefits from a boatyard, making it a perfect location to carry out essential maintenance or repair work on your boat. The boatyards boasts a boat lift capable of lifting vessels up to 40 tons, as well as an emergency boat-lifting facility, general cranage of up to 8 tons and cradle hire for an array of boat types – all managed by the professional and highly-qualified team at MDL.
There is also storage ashore for over 160 boats, including a secure compound for small boat storage – ideal for trailer sailors, as well as a slipway with ample space for trailer and car storage.
Facilities & Services
- 206 berths
- Max LOA: 16m
- Calor gas
- Boat lifting and storage ashore
- 40 ton boat hoist
- Boat repairs
- 24-hour lock
- Regular ferry service from Hythe to Southampton
- Laundry facilities
- La Vista bar and restaurant
- Boathouse hotel, bar and restaurant
- MDL WiFi
- Fuel (petrol, diesel)
Get to know more of the marinas near you in our 18 Great British Marinas guide right here.