Do you dream about an enchanting escape from the hustle and bustle of life this winter? The New Forest has endless outdoor adventures, whether it's crisp and frosty woodland walks, exploring the coast, or the National Park's chocolate-box villages. There's nothing better than coming home to a gorgeous cottage and stoking up a real fire before cosying up on the sofa.

Think firelit evenings in comfort as Jack Frost gets to work outside, prepping a twinkly and magical landscape for the morning sun. And when you're here, maybe indulge in a spot of pampering at one of the forest's spas? Visit year-round attractions or embrace the great outdoors. Take long walks alongside the famous New Forest wildlife before pausing for a long, lazy lunch and a spot of retail therapy at the many independent boutiques and shops in the towns and villages of the region.

The National Park's largest accommodation provider New Forest Cottages, have a collection of over 170 cottages, apartments, big family homes and woodland barns and cabins, many of which have open log fires and log burners – perfect for a winter break.

Some new additions to their portfolio of New Forest Cottages with an open fire or wood burner include Little Mallard, hidden down a quiet lane in the pretty village of East Boldre. The single-story holiday home makes for a cosy retreat where ponies graze outside your window, and the open forest is just a few steps from the front door. You'll see more wildlife from the comfort of a squishy armchair in front of a fire staying in the dinky little cottage called Piglets sleeps 4 in Burley. And if you're holidaying with friends and family, the beautifully converted Old Post Office in Emery Down sleeps 8 is a spacious abode with nods to its past life adorning the walls. If you're looking for New Forest Cottages, don't forget holiday homes on the coast for rambles along the seashore, fossil hunting, and sea-salty walks to blow away the cobwebs! Gather loved ones and bring them to stay at the effortlessly stylish White Lady sleeps 10 in Milford on Sea. It's only a short toddle to the beach and a quick zip in the car to heathlands and woods of the New Forest. Return home to this grand dame, and while some of your gang embark upon a game of pool in the games room, you can light the huge open log fire in preparation for a cosy evening as the temperature plummets outside.  

For the convenience of a posse of great gastro pubs and restaurants on your doorstep, stay in one of the areas towns and larger villages. Ringwood has a weekly market and wonderful places to eat. It's home to West Wing; The Manor House sleeps 6 guests for a stay in Georgian splendour with a grand piano in the lounge for good vibes and a handsome log burner to gather around for plenty of relaxation. Lymington on the New Forest's south coast is liberally sprinkled with good eating pubs and restaurants. Cottages with log burners and fires include the calm and contemporary holiday home Seas the Day, which sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms and the stylishly swish Number Fifteen sleeps 5, which is decked out for comfort whatever the weather outside.

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