Stay in the New Forest
Much of the New Forest is made up of endless open heathland. In spring and autumn it is spectacular – a purple carpet of heather speckled with vibrant yellow splashes of gorse. In off-peak seasons visitors will find quieter roads, a good choice of accommodation – the New Forest boasts four of the top 200 hotels in the country – locally produced good food and a forest all their own. In the scattered woodlands there are magnificent ancient trees, crystal clear streams and sunny glades filled with flowers and butterflies. Where the forest meets the sea you can relax on the beaches and enjoy magnificent scenery.
Whether you are walking, cycling or horse-riding, you can discover your own quiet haven where the only sounds are those of nature – the haunting cries of the curlew and lapwing, or the mellow tune of the woodlark. The New Forest National Park was set up in 2005 to help preserve the unique landscape that has been shaped over hundreds of years by grazing New Forest ponies, cattle and pigs which all roam free across the New Forest. The New Forest National Park is situated mostly southwest Hampshire, stretching from east of the Avon Valley to Southampton Water and from the Solent coast to the edge of the Wiltshire chalk downs.
There is a broad range of accommodation in the New Forest. You may want a hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast, hostel, camp site, spa resort, self catering cottage or a holiday park. Simply select your chosen accommodation to view more details.
There is plenty for visitors to the New Forest to enjoy, with majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline to discover. The New Forest is ideal for pony trekking, walking and cycling breaks.
Brockenhurst, lies in a Heritage Area in the Hampshire part of the New Forest. The New Forest, often known as William the Conqueror’s Forest, is Europe’s largest surviving area of ancient pasture woodland and all around are wild ponies, deer and cows roaming at will. The North and South Weirs streams join and as one flow through Brockenhurst and the Weirs stream meets the river formed by the Blackwater and Ober Water to become the Lymington River.
The village of Lyndhurst lies close to Southampton and contains the villages of Bramshaw, Denny Lodge and Minstead. Lyndhurst literally means "the lime wood". Among its treasures are the Queen’s House and the Verderer’s Court; the parish church with its fresco by Lord Leighton and fine stained glass windows; the little church at Emery Down and the charming almshouses. The "Old Park" of Lyndhurst is where the Parkhill Hotel now stands.
Lymington in Hampshire is a lovely Georgian market town situated on the southern edge of the New Forest and at the western end of the Solent. The town is a world renowned sailing resort with two large marinas: Berthon and Haven and close by is an open-air seawater bath that was built in 1833. Lymington has a number of interesting independent shops including some designer boutiques. On Saturday a market is held in the High Street.
For your stay in the New Forest, you may want a hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast, hostel, camp site, spa resort, self catering cottage or a holiday park – simply select your chosen accommodation to view more details.
There are many exciting events happening in the New Forest, Dorset through the year and the New Forest, Dorset offers several world class visitor attractions not to be missed.