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New Forest – enjoy the beauty of nature, whatever the season

The New Forest in the south east of England has stunning natural scenery made up of heath, forest and pasture lands. A national park since 2005, this beautiful area remains unspoiled as some 90% is owned by the British Crown Estate and is looked after by the Forestry Commission. Ancient legal rights mean that residents on the land – people who are known as commoners, and who own the remaining 10 % of land - can allow their animals into the forest to graze and feed. The continuation of this ancient practice helps keep the forest well-maintained and under control naturally, without much human interference. Perhaps the most famous of the grazing animals found in the New Forest are its eponymous ponies. Visitors can enjoy seeing the wild New Forest ponies, of which there are more than 3,000, roaming free through the forest and across the open pastures.

Events all year round

There are activities to join in with throughout the year in the New Forest. During July, for example, there is an agricultural show lasting three days in Brockenhurst called the New Forest and Hampshire County Show. At this family-friendly event, local farmers proudly display their best farm animals while the judges award prizes to the best looking, and there is a whole host of farm produce on offer too. On a related note, there are weekly markets in the towns throughout the New Forest and a monthly farmers market at Ringwood. For petrol heads, meetings for car enthusiasts take place regularly at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, with events for different makes of vehicle and different types of vehicle. In September runners can take part in the New Forest Marathon, a scenic route across a variety of terrains through the stunning New Forest National Park. If you do want to visit the New Forest for a specific event, make sure you book your hotel in good time before they get booked up in what is a busy and popular part of the UK.

Get out into nature

Walkers and hikers are well catered for by the New Forest as there are more than 140 miles of trails to explore. There are trails suitable for all abilities and ages, so there is sure to be something that will be good for you and your level of fitness. Walkers are able to plan their own route, or alternatively you could follow one of the planned walks. Planned walks are routes laid out to give you the best chance of enjoying the local wildlife as you walk, and they also give you the chance to explore the towns and villages of the area. Some planned walks also conveniently finish at a pub! As well as walking there are other ways you can see the New Forest, including through horse riding and cycling. If you would like to take your own bike you can, as there are hotels who are part of the Cyclists Welcome Scheme, but if you do not there are plenty of places you can hire one. If golf is for you, the golf hotels in the New Forest have golf courses that are surrounded by stunning natural scenery.

Charming local shops

The New Forest offers you the chance to stray away from the high street and buy something different that you may not find at home. There are many small shops throughout the towns across the New Forest that offer their own products, including artisan jewellery, crafts and clothing. For food, visit one of the many farm shops in this rural part of the world where as well as fresh produce you will find products from local suppliers, such as jams and chutneys. There are markets you can visit too to get your hands on fresh local produce. Lymington Charter market – which takes place every Saturday in Lymington – is centuries old, and you are sure to pick up some indulgent treats to take back to your hotel or take home as gifts. Other popular markets in the New Forest area include Hythe Market, which takes place every Tuesday, and New Milton Street Market and Ringwood Town Market, both of which take place on Tuesdays.

Price range

from ‎€42to ‎€749

Top hotels

    Hotel Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel and Resort Lymington

    Located in a stately 19th century manor house, surrounded by 23 acres of gardens, the elegant Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel and Resort overlooks Queen Mary lawn and the Lymington River. Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel and Resort features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym and spa. Adjacent the main manor house, the bedrooms are a peaceful retreat in the heart of the New Forest countryside featuring large comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, luxury private bathrooms, Freeview flat screen TVs, tea and coffee facilities, free mineral water, hairdryer, toiletries, trouser press and iron and ironing board. For a delightful dinner, the Waterford Restaurant within the manor house offers stellar views of the Solent Coast. For less formal dining, guests enjoy the Scottish Steak Club, Tudor Bar or Manor House Afternoon Teas. The posh hotel is a 5-minute drive to the towns of Southampton and Bournemouth and less than 30 minutes from the M27. more

    Hotel Premier Inn Lymington (New Forest, Hordle) hotel Lymington

    Located in Hordle Village at the edge of the New Forest National Park, the Premier Inn Lymington New Forest Hordle features a variety of affordable rooms and an on-site eatery. Bedrooms offer en-suite bathrooms facilities, air-conditioning and amenities such as flat-screen TVs with Freeview and work desks. Basic toiletries and tea and coffee making facilities are provided in each room. The Premier Inn Lymington New Forest Hordle offers free and premium (paid) Wi-Fi options. Free parking and 24-hour reception services are among the other facilities. The Three Bells Brewers Fayre serves breakfast at extra cost. Alternative dining choices in the area include the Haven and the House Martin restaurants. The hotel lies three miles from the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, eight miles from the Saxon Square Shopping Centre and 12 miles from Buckler’s Hard. Attractions such as Hurst Castle and National Trust - The Needles are accessible via ferry. more

    Hotel Stanwell House Lymington

    Stanwell House boutique hotel in Lymington is well-situated between Bournemouth and Southampton and ten minutes from Bournemouth Airport. Rooms feature en-suites with bath and shower, flat screen TV, direct dial phone, coffee maker (room specific), complimentary toiletries and bottled water and 24-hour room service. The non-smoking, pet-friendly hotel also features a 24-hour front desk, private garden, babysitting services, conference and wedding facilities, free Wi-Fi throughout and free private parking. With several designer-eateries and a bar on the property, guests are spoilt for choice and surroundings. The property is well-situated to provide easy access to surrounding areas, close to Lymington Quay and the hotel’s private yacht as well as Hurst Castle and Lymington Sea Water Baths. more

    Hotel The Mill At Gordleton Lymington

    Cond Nast Johansens Award Winner. Never have I been anywhere where excellence comes so naturally a customer commented. We are a small privately owned restaurant with rooms. We have 7 lovely bedrooms and a really good restaurant serving delicious homemade food. We try not to be pretentious preferring instead to be informal and friendly but we are still totally committed to quality and service. Please see our Restaurant page for more information and sample menus. I suppose the best part of all is the river and rambling gardens home to a family of Ducks. Salmon Trout and Perch are abundant in the river and you are more than welcome to fish. We have a visiting Heron most mornings and if you are lucky you might even spot a Kingfisher We are a five minute drive from the beautiful New Forest and just a couple of miles from the charming Georgian sailing town of Lymington. The Mill is an ideal base for a break or holiday in the New Forest area with a wide range of activities and interests within easy reach including horse riding in the forest or sailing in the Solent please see the 'New Forest' page for more details. more

    Hotel Angel Inn and Blue Pig Lymington

    Located within a 13th-century building in the Georgian market town of Lymington, The Angel Inn and Blue Pig offers boutique accommodation in a charming pub setting. It is within minutes of the New Forest National Park. A welcome hamper, overflowing with treats such as homemade shortbread and gourmet coffee, is included in each guest room. Further amenities include flat-screen TV, premium linen, and tea and coffee making facilities. The ensuite bathroom has a modern shower and complimentary toiletries. Guests may unwind with a drink in the on-site bar or soak up the sun on the outdoor patio. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Breakfast is continental and complimentary. Hot and cold food choices are then available from late morning until late evening. The Angel Inn and Blue Pig lies near the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery. Just a short ferry trip across the water lies the Isle of Wight. more

    Hotel Hotel Passford House Lymington

    Situated in New Forest in Hampshire and surrounded by 10 acres of grounds, Hotel Passford House boasts 50 en-suite rooms, a restaurant, bar/lounge together with a fully-equipped fitness centre and conference facilities. Free on-site parking is also available. The rooms feature flat-screen TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, phones, trouser presses, complimentary toiletries and free Wi-Fi. Guests at Hotel Passford House can take a stroll through the hotel’s extensive private gardens or take advantage of the leisure facilities and go for a swim in one of the two on-site pools. Seasonal dishes made from local ingredients are on offer at the restaurant as well as cooked breakfasts and cream teas. Light snacks and an extensive drinks list are available at the bar. The New Forest Wildlife Park and Exbury Gardens are in close proximity to the hotel. Hurst Castle is 9.7 miles away. more