When you find yourself with just a couple of days or nights to enjoy a quick getaway, making the most of your time becomes crucial. In the enchanting New Forest, an endless list of places to stay awaits for a memorable short getaway, ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to cosy glamping pods.

Start your journey by securing accommodation. Relax in the ultimate home-from-home at Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington, where comfort meets luxurious elegance. Fancy a little pampering? Consider Balmer Lawn Hotel or Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa in Brockenhurst, or Macdonald Elmers Court in Lymington, all equipped with excellent spa facilities and inviting pools to complement their delectable menus. Plus, get ready for New Park Manor’s amazing refurbishments in the hotel and spa. Book your stay for when this lovely family-friendly hotel reopens.

Elmers CourtImage - Macdonald Elmers Court

For a touch of opulence, the Chewton Glen Hotel in New Milton, with its treehouses, elegant décor and stunning gardens, promises a weekend of unparalleled luxury.

Foodies can indulge in an unbelievable culinary experience at Lime Wood in Lyndhurst or The Pig at Brockenhurst, known for their excellent dishes crafted with local produce. While those seeking a remarkable wine list can explore the Montagu Arms at Beaulieu, perfectly situated for a leisurely stroll along the historic Beaulieu River.

For a central New Forest experience, Forest Park Hotel and Thatched Cottage Hotel, both located in Brockenhurst are excellent choices, or consider minimising your environmental footprint with a stay at the cosy Cottage Lodge. There's also a wide array of delightful inns and B&Bs, offering everything from family homes to charming old farmhouses and thatched cottages.

Image - Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa

If independence is more your style, opt for a self catering break. Whether it's a quaint annex or multi-story home, there New Forest has something for everyone. Embrace country living and witness free-roaming ponies and donkeys, or experience life in a period cottage with wonky beams and a roaring fire, or even an apartment by the sea. 

For a unique experience, explore holiday parks like Sandy Balls, Green Hill Farm, or Shorefield, offering pools and a variety of activities from archery to alpaca walking. Alternatively, discover the charm of glamping with options like pods, shepherd's huts, yurts, or return to basics with camping beneath the stars.

Once your accommodation is sorted, it's time to plan your activities. Take advantage of the New Forest's extensive network of walking tracks and pathways, covering over 140 miles. Cyclists can explore these routes as well by bringing their bikes or renting from local companies. Use our interactive online walking and cycling maps to help you get around!

Calshot Activities Centre
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For water enthusiasts, consider trying kayaking with New Forest Activities, sailing at Calshot Activities Centre, or stand-up paddleboarding on the sea. Culture enthusiasts will appreciate Lymington’s St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery and Lyndhurst’s New Forest Heritage Centre, both showcasing local history and curated exhibitions.

If you're a petrolhead, enjoy a day looking around the amazing collection of motor vehicles at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu and Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum in New Milton.

Families with children can visit Longdown Activity Farm for baby animals and fun activities or New Forest Wildlife Park for even more incredible animals. Have the best day ever at Paultons Park, home to Peppa Pig World and over 70 rides and attractions.

New Forest Wildlife Park
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Make your weekend a gastronomic adventure by exploring the best breakfast spots, such as Hockey’s Farm or Steff’s Kitchen, and treat yourself to a sumptuous afternoon tea, The Montagu Arms offers an award-winning extravaganza. The New Forest boasts numerous country pubs, including The Filly Inn, and charming restaurants for lunch and dinner as well, such as Colin Nash Restaurant in Hinton.

image - The Montagu Arms

For additional inspiration for your weekend getaway, check out thenewforest.co.uk.