This February 14, take your Valentine to the most romantic place in Britain – The New Forest.

Bursting with breathtaking views, beautiful places to stay, great food to eat and secret spots to spend time with the one you love most, the New Forest is perfect for making those Valentine memories…

1. Grab a photo beside the road-sign in the village of Lover (Ok, it’s pronounced ‘Lowver’, but no one will tell if you don’t.) But DO watch out for traffic.

2. Shelter beneath the ancient boughs of the Knightwood Oak – at 600 years old and more than seven metres round, it’s bound to bring the blessing of longevity to your relationship

3. Take time to experience the Crystal Steam Room at SenSpa in Careys Manor Hotel. Like being under multi-coloured starry, starry skies. And the extra bonus of being beautifully warm…

4. Treat them to something a little different with an afternoon tapas & sweet treats at the beautiful Burley Manor – Vibrant & rustic dishes crafted from the very best seasonal ingredients and infused with flavours of the Mediterranean. Served with a glass of Prosecco, makes for the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day afternoon.

5. Tell them you love them at the New Forest’s highest point, Piper’s Wait, near Bramshaw, Lyndhurst. They’ll feel on top of (this part of) the world!

6. Take a drive down the beautiful Ornamental Drive, home of some of the tallest trees in the New Forest – although looking its best during the autumn season, there is just something so magical about this location all year round. Stop off a take a stroll on the Tall Trees Trail along the way - a 1.5 mile gentle walk through the trees of the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.

7. Stand atop the seven arches of the bridge spanning the River Avon at Fordingbridge.

8.Walk the 1.5 miles from Milford-on-Sea to experience the lonely beauty of Hurst Spit. The castle won’t be open but you’ll be standing so far into the Solent you’ll feel you can touch the Isle of Wight.

9. Show them how ‘deer’ they are to your heart by taking them to the platform overlooking the Deer sanctuary at Bolderwood. Sightings cannot be guaranteed, but you’ll have fun looking.

10. Enjoy an Italian influenced lunch or dinner, created and cooked by Michelin Star Chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder, at Lime Wood Hotel’s relaxed, stylish and comfortable restaurant, Hartnett Holder & Co.




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