When it comes to staying away, what’s your hotel style? Do you rate the deep peace of a digital detox, the chance to pamper yourself in a top-notch spa, or are you looking for a gourmet blow-out?
Maybe you’re hoping to share your space with a few celebs, bring your pet pooch, or hunker down in the chicest B&B?
Whatever and whenever you decide to visit, the New Forest has the place for you!
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Fancy a family break? Look no further than the beautiful Macdonald Elmers Court at Lymington, or New Park Manor and Balmer Lawn at Brockenhurst. All have spacious grounds, pools, and New Park Manor, a former King Charles II hunting lodge, has extensive facilities for children including film nights, a complimentary creche and a special tea themed around Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
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If you’re looking for solid, 5* luxury it has to be the Chewton Glen near New Milton. The hotel was built in the Edwardian era and has world-class dining, top-notch wines, an exclusive spa, and peaceful gardens to wander through, as well as its own, 9-hole golf course. It’s also been the favoured haunt of many a celeb which is unsurprising, given the privacy and exclusivity it affords, especially if you decide to stay in one of their stunning treehouses.
Some of Britain’s best boutique hotels are in the New Forest, too. Book Lime Wood near Lyndhurst for the chance to relax in its exquisite Herb House spa – and maybe spot a few of the celebs known to frequent its stylish dining room and bar.
Nearby, The Pig is ideal if long, romantic walks punctuated by great food and giant sofas beside roaring fires, or the chance to snooze or sip a champagne in impeccable gardens is your idea of bliss.
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If spas are your thing, you won’t want to miss SenSpa, the Thai-inspired, super-luxe retreat attached to the elegant beauty of Careys Manor Hotel, which is also in Brockenhurst.
Seafood lover? The Master Builder’s Hotel at Buckler’s Hard is a great choice for lunches and dinners, as well as romantic stays and so is the Montagu Arms at Beaulieu. The hotel is perfectly-situated for a stroll along the historic Beaulieu River and the garden is one of the nicest in the New Forest, along with an excellent wine list.
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For charming stay in a stylish hotel, Spot in the Woods is the ideal place to book. The Crown Manor House Hotel puts you in the centre of the New Forest’s ‘capital’, Lyndhurst, with plenty of luxe boutiques to browse and great places for walking and drinking.
The Old Mill at Gordleton has a boutique hotel ambience and if you’re trying to cut your environmental footprint, Cottage Lodge in Brockenhurst is a must-stay. Ranked in the top 15 by TripAdvisor in value for money, it really lives its eco-friendly values. Don’t forget too, to check out Forest Park Hotel and Thatched Cottage Hotel in the same village.
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Stay by the sea at the lovely South Lawn Hotel, located in the wonderful village of Milford on Sea.
Our brilliant B&Bs are also a perfect place to stay to really get to know the New Forest.
From family homes to lovely old farmhouses or cosy thatched cottages, there is a huge range of New Forest Bed & Breakfasts available for you to choose from.
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Try Bridge House near Brockenhurst, a Georgian property which has its own, two-acre forest. Kingswood Cottage is a picturesque cottage located in a quiet area just a few steps away from ancient woodland walks, Twin Oaks is great for quick access to two town restaurants and private has parking, or take your pick from Lyndhurst’s slew of beautiful B&Bs, including the AA four-star rated Rufus House.
Whether it’s a small B&B, a larger guest house, an inn or a farmhouse, you will experience service, facilities and cuisine of the highest standards.
To make the most of your visit, tap into the local knowledge – your hosts will know all the best places to walk, visit and shop and can tip you off about great places for dinner, too.
*To read more about these places and many more, visit thenewforest.co.uk/accommodation