The TOP 5 Cottage Stays in New Forest
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This delightful cottage hotel is located in the heart of tranquil Brockenhurst. It's loaded with eye-catching features, from bespoke wooden furniture to cosy country furnishings. What's more, it's an eco-lodge with first-rate dining and a snug bar dating back to the 17th century!
This cosy country house is located in pretty Beaulieu, a classic New Forest village dating back to the 13th century. The hotel itself oozes 18th-century charm, boasting original brick fireplaces and fine oak flooring. Enjoy an award-winning meal overlooking the scenic gardens or head to Monty's Inn, the on-site pub.
Enjoy a luxurious stay in a former hunting lodge favoured by Charles II. This country hotel is surrounded by rich and beautiful woodland, and boasts pretty gardens and an indulgent spa. The interiors do a perfect job of marrying the hotel's history with a modern, sophisticated style.
4. The Fontmell
Escape to Shaftesbury, one of England’s most picturesque and postcard-perfect villages. The Fontmell is a charming renovated pub with country cottage furnishings and 6 warm and welcoming bedrooms. The pub itself is a must-visit, serving up local plates and ales amid the sound of a nearby babbling brook.
If you're looking for a regal stay in a classical country estate, Elmers Court is a top choice. Boasting antique interiors and cosy, modern bedrooms, this historic hotel dates back to 1820. Guests have access to a delightful seasonal restaurant and indulgent spa treatments after a day's walking in the New Forest.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Tea and coffee-making facilities
- Flatscreen TVs
- Luxury bathroom amenities
- Delicious dining
- Terraced bar
- Cosy pub
- Pretty gardens
- Swimming pool
The New Forest has much to offer throughout the year. Summer is by far the busiest and most popular time to visit. With fine weather and fun outdoor activities, accommodation prices can rise through July and August. Although colder, autumn is among the most magical periods to stay in the New Forest. The leaves turn golden and popular harvest festivals take place. These include the popular New Forest Food and Drink Fortnight. Spring, too, can be very pleasant, with wildflower meadows and fine walking conditions. While winter is generally cold and wet, the forests and pubs roar with life. Activities and attractions in the New Forest are open throughout the year, so there’s always something happening.
From quiet couples getaways to fun family adventures, the New Forest has much to offer. Our cosy country hotels and cottages make the perfect options for romantic getaways. Enjoy spectacular food in tranquil settings and toasts beneath the stars. The New Forest is bursting with daytime activities too, from horse riding through kayaking and archery. Fun family escapes like wildlife parks and zoos add to this repertoire of excellent daytime activities. While the New Forest isn’t renowned for its lively nightlife, friends are spoilt by the wealth of group excursions.
- Stone-built cottages
- Historic cottages
- Country manors
- Country inns
- Charging cables
- Guide book
- Walking maps
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Breathable walking clothes
- Pack-away towel
- Evening attire
- Sun tan lotion
There are ample ways to travel to the New Forest. The closest international airports are found in Bournemouth and Southampton, but London's airports offer convenience too. Some 89 minutes from central London, direct trains are available to Brockenhurst, Ashurst, Lymington and Totton. To explore the area at your own leisure, a car is ideal. You can travel from London via the M27 or from the west via the A31. You’ll find car rental services at most major airports, cities and towns. Coach and bus links are possible too, including the useful New Forest Explorer from Christchurch.
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The New Forest is a charming former royal forest renowned for its wild ponies, deer and genteel cottages. Well suited for fun activities, you can rent a canoe, learn to horse ride or simply cycle the park's leafy trails. In recent decades, it has become a hub for foodies with its locally-sourced restaurants. You can book a table at many of our listed hotels to experience the best in New Forest cuisine. From venison to fresh crab and from traditional sausages to wild mushrooms, it’s all about sustainable, local dining.
Despite its name, the New Forest is far from new. Proclaimed a royal preserve in 1079, it hosts a wide array of alluring historic attractions. Enjoy stunning fortifications like the 16th-century Hurst Castle or explore the 13th-century Beaulieu Abbey. To learn more about the forest's history, head to New Forest Centre. Here, you'll encounter a local labourer's cottage offering snapshots into the region's past.