Holiday Cottages New Forest
The New Forest is one of England’s true natural gems, offering unique access to freely-roaming wildlife, beautiful gardens and woodland, family activities galore and a plentiful supply of inspirational holiday cottages. Nestling into a self-catering holiday cottage in The New Forest is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with its beguiling charms, with nature literally right on your doorstep.
Easily reached by motorway and well-maintained roads, The New Forest offers an accessible retreat for visitors from around the UK but it won’t take long until you lose yourself in its natural tranquility which will make you feel a million miles away from urban life. Charming villages such as Burley, Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst offer all the creature comforts you may crave for a day trip or can provide a beautiful base for your New Forest cottage holiday, while the woodland, parks and fields flourish with flora and fauna whatever the season.
The New Forest is famed for its wild ponies, thousands of them in fact, which have roamed the land freely for nearly 2,000 years. While they are a wonder to behold, remember to stick to the forest rules designed to keep them safe and flourishing, so no feeding them, take care in your cars and admire them from a safe distance – these are still wild animals after all. The ponies may take all the glory, but you’ll also be able to admire cattle grazing freely throughout the forest, deer, bats, various reptiles and a patchwork of plants, trees and flowers. To capture the forest in all its glory, staying in New Forest holiday cottages gives you the opportunity to admire its natural beauty from dawn until dusk and beyond.
For an active break, walkers of all abilities are catered for through a variety of walking routes, horse riding is one of the most charming ways to explore the forest, cyclists will revel in the varied landscapes, while watersports enthusiasts or complete beginners can dive into kayaking, canoe trips or sailing experiences on the River Beaulieu or the coastal waters of The Solent.
The New Forest is not just a feast for your eyes, but there are plenty of flavours to savour too – perfect for stocking up for a feast back at your self-catering cottage. Farm shops, delicatessens, butchers and village stores offer no end of fresh, local produce including forest-reared meats, speciality cheeses and organic fruit and vegetables. For real holiday indulgence, chocolate lovers will love the handmade treats at the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio in Brockenhurst, locally grown and bottled wine from Setley Ridge Vineyard in Setley will provide the perfect accompaniment to dinner, while Ringwood Brewery offers intriguing behind-the-scenes tours and the chance to sup on some fully-flavoured ales brewed right in the heart of the forest.
The New Forest offers new experiences every single day no matter how many times you’ve visited. Look forward to discovering one of England’s most beautiful destinations by booking your New Forest holiday cottage today.