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Esmes Tea Rooms, Brockenhurst

Located in the heart of the stunning New Forest National Park in Brockenhurst, Esmes tea room is situated in the charming Thatched Cottage Hotel, a beautiful turn-of-the-century thatched cottage that will transport you to a bygone era. They offer an incredible range of breakfast and lunch, plus a fantastic selection of cakes and bakes, as well as the most gorgeous afternoon teas!

Sleep: Windlass Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom cottage just a stones throw from the town quay in Lymington. This cosy cottage has a wood burning stove and a stunning courtyard garden- perfect for a morning coffee or cocktails in the evening!

Explore: After a delicious breakfast or a gorgeous afternoon tea at Esmes why not take in the rest of the charismatic high street of Brockenhurst or take a walk through the stunning forest and heathland of the New Forest national park and admire the famous free-roaming New Forest ponies.

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Steff’s Kitchen, Beaulieu

From a delicious breakfast to an exquisite home-cooked lunch, Steffs Kitchen is the perfect spot to stop in Beaulieu! Plus, the surroundings are wonderful whatever the weather. Cosy up in the café by the wood burner on a cold winter’s day or soak up some sunshine on the patio surrounded by wonderful plants and colour!

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Sleep: Windlass Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom cottage just a stones throw from the town quay in Lymington. This cosy cottage has a wood burning stove and a stunning courtyard garden- perfect for a morning coffee or cocktails in the evening!

Explore: After a delicious breakfast, why not spend the day at Beaulieu Motor Museum where you can explore the National Motor Museum as well as the World of Top Gear, Palace House & Gardens, Little Beaulieu, Beaulieu Abbey, The Secret Army Exhibition and unlimited rides on the monorail.

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Sparkling Wine Tasting

The UK wine industry is booming and every year Brits are drinking more English Wine. In Hampshire we are lucky enough to have a climate similar to Champagne which allows us to produce high quality sparkling wines.

You’ll enjoy four different full flutes of Sparkling Wine, all produced in Hampshire. I’ll explain the method used in production, how to identify a good wine and the flavours to expect.

Duration: 2 hours 

Book your accommodation now and add this experience to your stay when you complete online check-in. On booking this experience our concierge team will take care of everything for you. 

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Hampshire Gin Tasting

If you love a perfectly mixed gin and tonic or want to learn more about your favourite tipple why not book yourself a Hampshire Gin Tasting. Learn about this juniper based spirit with an educational and fun masterclass, perfect for any celebration!

You’ll enjoy four different double measures from local craft gin distilleries, premium tonics and recommended fresh garnish. I’ll guide you through the tasting with information about the botanicals, flavours and methods. This experience has a minimum number of 6 guests.

Book your accommodation now and add this experience to your stay when you complete online check-in. On booking this experience our concierge team will take care of everything for you. 

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Milk Chocolate Making

From her custom-built kitchen in Sway, Miss Witt offers her skills as an experienced Chocolatier and teaches small groups of adults and children how to make hand-made luxury chocolates. Parties can be held at Miss Witts chocolate Kitchen or at a location (locally) of your choice. 

Event introduction by Kerry Witt with a welcome sparkling fruit cordial. A brief demonstration of creating milk chocolate truffles. You will then work individually to make 18 milk chocolate truffles. Whilst your truffles are setting, Kerry will demonstrate how to temper chocolate. You will then be tempering your own chocolate & this will be used to finish your truffles. Using this tempered chocolate, you will also be creating chocolate mendiants decorated with a transfer print on the underside. The top will be finished with pistachios & rose petals. You will then package your truffles in beautiful boxes, and the mendiants into clear bags & sealed 

Duration: 2 hours 

Book your accommodation now and add this experience to your stay when you complete online check-in. On booking this experience our concierge team will take care of everything for you. 

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Private Chef Experience

Elevate your holiday with our exclusive Private Chef Experience. A renowned chef will come to the property and craft a tailored menu and cook a gourmet meal for your group. Enjoy an unforgettable culinary adventure in the comfort of your home-from-home. 

Book your accommodation now and add this experience to your stay when you complete online check-in. On booking this experience our concierge team will take care of everything for you. 

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The Tipsy Trail

The Tipsy Trail 

The Tipsy Trail will take place in the heart of the beautiful New Forest and afterwards at Jennifer’s country kitchen classroom. It’s a small, intimate class with an accent on fun as well as education and you will learn how to turn your hedgerow ingredients into delicious, cocktail syrups. Naturally, you’ll be making and tasting cocktails which is why we insist nobody drives home!

Book your accommodation now and add this experience to your stay when you complete online check-in. On booking this experience our concierge team will take care of everything for you. 

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Wild New Forest Guided Tour

Wild New Forest offer a wide variety of guided wildlife tours in and around the New Forest to suit all ages and abilities, including regular scheduled walks and private bespoke tours. We also offer seasonal walks, focusing on topics as diverse as bird song, bats, and fungi, and the history of the forest. As well as wildlife identification workshops and shorter walks aimed at kids and families. Duration: 1-2 hours. Location: Each walks meeting point is different, depending on the type of walk. Will send joining instructions instructions of meeting points. 

Book your accommodation now and add this experience to your stay when you complete online check-in. On booking this experience our concierge team will take care of everything for you. 

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New Forest Cycling Tour

Our leisure tour is a fun and relaxing circular ride and takes in some of the stunning parts of the New Forest. At the heart of this tour is the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive and a ride over the famous Black Water Bridge. On this tour we use Forest gravel tracks and roads. This tour starts in Brockenhurst and is possible to walk to if you are staying nearby, train station, regular Bluestar 6 bus route. We can also recommend bike hire from Brockenhurst. This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups.

Duration:  1  to 2 Hours 

Elevation gain over the total ride: 295 ft

Distance: 11.8 Miles

Types of bike: Gravel, Mountain, Hybrids and E-bikes

Terrain:  Forest gravel tracks and roads

Book your accommodation now and add this experience to your stay when you complete online check-in. On booking this experience our concierge team will take care of everything for you. 

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The Snakecatcher, Brockenhurst

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.

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Sleep: Windlass Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom cottage just a stones throw from the town quay in Lymington. This cosy cottage has a wood burning stove and a stunning courtyard garden- perfect for a morning coffee or cocktails in the evening!

Explore: After a cold beer or a hearty meal meal at The Snakecatcher why not take in the rest of the charismatic high street of Brockenhurst and it’s wide range of quaint cafes and tearooms.

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