Explore the New forest

Visitors are enthralled by the New Forest’s spectacular beauty and wealth of attractions. Its stunning surroundings, which range from lush woodlands to expansive heaths, are a paradise for both nature lovers and outdoor explorers. While the alluring sight of free-roaming ponies and deer lends a sense of untamed wonder, hiking and cycling paths entice travellers to find undiscovered treasures like ancient ruins and tranquil lakes. The countryside is dotted with quaint villages that provide inviting cottages, inviting pubs, and wonderful tearooms where guests may immerse themselves in the area’s rich history and gracious hospitality.

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Fordingbridge

Find your way around the inflatable obstacles at new forest water park, try your hand at axe throwing, archery and giant catapults
at insight activities or enjoy the charming medieval history that lives in this small town in the north of the New Forest. Local food
shops, a gift shop, and a couple of garden centres are available for shoppers to explore. At the nearby Alderholt Mill, visitors can
indulge in cream teas and purchase freshly-ground flour.

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Eat: Bridges Café offers a delightful selection of freshly made cakes and bakes. From the delectable Orange and Almond cake to the
timeless Spiced carrot cake, the offerings are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. At Bridges, they take pride in our rustic homemade cooking
style that shines through in all of there dishes. Whether you’re craving a hearty English breakfast or a comforting cottage pie, the menu has
something for everyone to enjoy.

Sleep: Meadow Cott is a stunning holiday home (sleeps 8) with a private garden just a short stroll from the village centre and the beach.

Explore: Discover the thrill of manoeuvring through the inflatable obstacles at the New Forest Water Park. Additionally, you can explore other exciting activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, and water-skiing. For those seeking a more relaxed experience, there is a charming clubhouse that offers a serene view of the lake.

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Beaulieu

Whether you fancy a peaceful walk along the Beaulieu river path taking in the tranquil scenery or enjoying the thrills of the high ropes course at new forest activity’s, Beaulieu is the perfect spot for a great day out.

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Eat: The Terrace restaurant draws inspiration from the breath-taking New Forest surroundings. The modern British menu showcases the best of seasonal and local ingredients, resulting in refined dishes like Cured Chalk Stream Trout with pickled cucumber, croutons, and Lyons Hill Farm Beef served with bone marrow mashed potato, garden beans, and Madeira jus.

Sleep: Windlass Cottage is a charming cottage on Captains Row (sleeps 6), just a stones-throw from the quayside and the high street with its abundance of shops and eateries.

Explore: Beaulieu is famous for being the residence of the internationally acclaimed National Motor Museum. Within the museum’s walls, over 280 vehicles are proudly displayed, showcasing iconic motor vehicles from various corners of the globe, including the illustrious Bluebird, which holds numerous records. Both permanent and temporary exhibitions are available, such as the captivating World of Top Gear, which showcases vehicles from the beloved BBC show.

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Brockenhurst

Brockenhurst is a beautiful village bursting with friendly pubs, world class spas and full of delicious places to eat. It is best known for its free-roaming ponies, donkeys, deer and cows, a selection of inviting pubs, a variety of independent shops and its stunning views. It is known for one of the most important events in the New Forest, The New Forest and Hampshire
County Show. This showcases over 600 trade stands selling a wide selection of products as well as the showground crammed with show rings, livestock and activity marquees, food stalls and trade stands.

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Eat: The Snakecatcher pub is the ultimate family-friendly destination, offering an array of amenities. With two spacious gardens and a playground to keep the kids entertained, as well as a pool table and games machines, there’s never a dull moment. The menu boasts a fantastic selection of food, including daily specials, and the drinks are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds.

Sleep: Little Hayes is a spectacular 7-bedroom, 7-bathroom holiday home for large families and friendship groups to get together and enjoy everything that Lyndhurst and the surrounding Forest has to offer.

Explore:  Why not experience the thrill of horse riding during your visit to the New Forest? You can try out the nearby Brockenhurst Riding Stables or Ford Farm Stables for an unforgettable adventure. And if you’re a golf enthusiast, why not indulge in a round of golf at the prestigious Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club?

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Burley

From art galleries and gift shops to tea rooms and a cider farm, Burley has all the amenities of a popular New Forest village. Burleys history of witchcraft is one of the notable aspects that makes burley truly a unique place to visit.

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Eat: The Queen’s Head has a rich history that goes all the way back to 1685 when it was first established as a blacksmiths. Even after 100 years, the pub has managed to preserve its original charm and features. It has always had a special bond with horses, and this connection is still evident today as wild horses and ponies can be seen freely roaming near the inn.

Sleep: Little Hayes is a spectacular 7-bedroom, 7-bathroom holiday home for large families and friendship groups to get together and enjoy everything that Lyndhurst and the surrounding Forest has to offer.

Explore: Burley offers a plethora of attractions and sightseeing activities. Explore the forest with New Forest Cycling, enjoy a delightful burley wagon ride, or embark on the New Forest Deer Safari. Additionally there are many charming shops such as The Burley fudge shop, cosy pubs, inviting cafes and scenic walks to indulge in.

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Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst is known as the “capital” of the New Forest and is a popular tourist destination due to its bustling high street with boutique shops and eateries and the picturesque scenery that envelops the town. Lyndhurst is famous for its thatched cottages, charming streets, and quaint shops. It’s also known for the New Forest Museum, which tells the story of the history, culture and wildlife of the forest, and a 14th-century church. Lyndhurst is popular among walkers and cyclists and serves as a great base for exploring the rest of the New Forest.

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Eat: We can’t resist calling in to Forage on the high street for a spot of lunch or why not try the Waterloo Arms for the full cosy country out experience!

Sleep: Little Hayes is a spectacular 7-bedroom, 7-bathroom holiday home for large families and friendship groups to get together and enjoy everything that Lyndhurst and the surrounding Forest has to offer.

Explore: Enjoy some widow shopping on the high street and then stroll out onto the open forest and take a scenic pew on Bolton’s Bench in the shade of the ancient Yew tree.

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Lymington

Lymington is a popular coastal market town located on the west bank of the Lymington River. It is known for its picturesque marina, historic architecture, and bustling Saturday market that really draws the crowds- particularly in the summer! Lymington is blessed with a host of shops, restaurants, and pubs. It is a a popular spot for sailing enthusiasts with several marinas and there are a variety of cultural events staged in the town throughout the year.

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Eat: We love the bacon sandwiches at Coffee and Drift by the Quay and dinner at The High Street Kitchen for a treat!

Sleep: Windlass Cottage is a charming cottage on Captains Row (sleeps 6), just a stones-throw from the quayside and the high street with its abundance of shops and eateries.

Explore: You simply must experience the Saturday market at Lymington with it’s artisan stalls and local produce

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