Love your home from home comforts when you go away? If you enjoy being able to do your own thing, with meals at the time you’d like, the flexibility to cook for yourselves or eat out then a self-catering break might just be the ideal choice for you.

Here in the New Forest, we have plenty of options for self catering accommodation. Fancy a swish apartment with some amazing views? Or perhaps a cosy cottage? Or for something a little different, opt for self-catering options at some of our holiday parks.

Let’s take a look at some of the different choices we have and help you plan your 2023 getaway…

Traditional cottages oozing in charm

If you are looking for that chocolate box ideal cottage, then you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy a peaceful countryside getaway with walks a plenty, often with the New Forest National Park right on your doorstep.

With views across the Hampshire Avon and fishing rights to add, Undercastle Cottage, is one such option. This 5* Gold award-winning New Forest cottage comes with a thatched roof, beautiful beamed ceilings and a toasty log fire.

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Stay in former wheat and cattle barns which have been lovingly restored at Little Home Farm, Lymington. This holiday home sleeps 6 and has a private garden with hot tub.

Set in the grounds of Furzey Gardens, Furzey House is full of character with a stunning exterior and added touches like a pool table.

Take a look at all of our self catering options to find out more.

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Great for all the family

You’ll find some of our self catering options are ideal for family or multi-generational breaks. Look out for some of our larger properties that have enough bedrooms for your needs and perhaps have added extras that add to your holiday experience.

There are over 180 handpicked properties by New Forest Cottages across the whole of the New Forest, with stunning cottages and rural escapes, to apartments and seaside stays.

New Forest Escapes has over 40 holiday homes dotted across the New Forest and some of which include heated swimming pools or hot tubs that all the family can enjoy.

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Just 5 minutes’ drive away from family favourite Paulton’s Park (with Peppa Pig World), Bluebell Copse Cottage sleeps 6 plus babies/toddlers in travel cots. Guests staying at the cottage can make use of the garden games, ample walks nearby and the cottage’s own hot tub.

Staying on a holiday park is another great option for self-catering breaks. Not only can you enjoy having access to a variety of activities on site, you still have the flexibility to do your own thing. Take a look at some of the lodges at Green Hill Farm Holiday Village or the luxury treehouse accommodation at Shorefield Country Park to give you some ideas.

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Perfect for couples – romantic getaways

The New Forest is a fantastic destination for couples looking for a relaxing getaway. Make the most of our beautiful landscape and take romantic walks together. Visit our coastline, dine out at cosy pubs or candlelit restaurants.

Use some of our self catering options as your ideal base for your romantic break.

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St Mary's Garden Cottage is a secluded, period cottage in the tranquil village of Lover, near Salisbury. Peace and quiet is complimented by walks and cycle rides directly to the forest from your doorstep.

With an abundance of old-world charm, the two self-catering units within Alderholt Mill, near Fordingbridge, make for a charming stay.

With underfloor heating, access to a swimming pool (open May-end of September) and its own private patio, Forest Palms is a luxury studio for two.

Take a look at all of our self catering options for more information.

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Dog-friendly breaks

A lot of our self catering properties allow you to bring your four-legged friend along too. So, enjoy some stunning dog walks using one of our cottages or apartments as your base. Some of our dog-friendly options include:

Graylands Cottage, Fordingbridge

Inglewood Cottage, New Milton

Pinewood Cottage, Lyndhurst

Search our self catering accommodation to find other dog-friendly places to stay.

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Booking your self-catering break

Of course, we’ve not been able to mention all of our fantastic self catering accommodation locations in the New Forest, so make sure you take a look through our listings to find your ideal 2023 break. Many of our self-catering units can be booked for either week-long stays or short breaks.

Look out for special offers, particularly outside of the summer months and do check back as these can change.

There is so much to see and do in and around the New Forest, you will be sure to find plenty going on. Take a look at our ideas and inspirations pages for some great days out, amazing walks and much more.

We look forward to seeing you in 2023!