Minstead is a small village, set in the heart of the New Forest, nearby the 'Capital' of the New Forest, Lyndhurst. You'll find free-roaming donkeys and ponies wandering down the small country roads here.
Minstead is referred to in the Domesday Book as Mintestede (Mint place) because of the mint that grew wild here. There are variations to this name, such as Mintstead and Minesteed. Minstead is also associated with the history of William II, who was struck by an arrow and killed in the New Forest, the location is thought to have been just North of Minstead.
However, Minstead village is usually most famous for being the burial place of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was the creator of Sherlock Holmes, in the local All Saints Church.
The village is centred around The Village Green, which over the years has been used for many activities and now is a lovely place to relax and enjoy the wonderful surroundings of this pretty village.
Things to do in Minstead
There is plenty to do in the lovely village of Minstead. The main attraction is Furzey Gardens. This stunning 10-acre woodland garden is full of beautiful flora and fauna, as well as dozens of fairy doors, a lake with a duck house, play area and much more. There is also a wonderful thatched tearoom on site, which serves cakes, light snacks and drinks.
Visit the local community shop. Minstead Community Shop is located by The Village Green, where you can buy lots of amazing local produce, essential items and also enjoy takeout of a hot or cold drink, slice of cake or a sausage roll!
Next door to Minstead Community Shop is the local pub, The Trusty Servant Inn, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and delicious homemade meal, either cosying up by the fireplace or in their beautiful garden.
Events in Minstead
Minstead have many annual events in their calendar, including Minstead Village Fete, Minstead Flower Show, plus their very jolly Christmas Carols.
Places to stay in Minstead
Minstead is an ideal location for a peaceful getaway to the forest with some wonderful places to stay.
The Trusty Servant Inn is a great place to stay, central to the village, with delightful rooms. Plus they're dog friendly!
Furzey House is a stunning thatched cottage located in the iydillic setting of Furzey Gardens, sleeping up to 10 guests.
Where to eat and drink in Minstead
For a mouth-watering home-cooked meal, The Trusty Servant is the perfect place for lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack.
Furzey Gardens Tea Rooms serves delightful cream teas, sandwiches and cakes, plus hot and cold drinks too. All to be enjoyed in a beautiful setting.
There's plenty of places to eat and drink in Minstead!
Getting to Minstead
If coming by car, Minstead is a short drive off the M27 and the A337.