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Mare and Foal enjoying the early morning sun, New Forest
Mare and Foal enjoying the early morning sun, New Forest

Holiday Cottages in the New Forest

Originally the deer hunting area of William the first 1079, the somewhat misnamed 'New Forest' is anything but new. A very protected national park, the New Forest is a spectacular and vast area for walking, cycling and horse riding. The open pastures that have been preserved since the area was created provide not only a real sense of freedom but also some of the most contented animals, both wild and somewhat domestic, in the UK. Read more

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50.771308, -1.528575

Little Home Farm is a fabulous New Forest holiday home, half a mile from Lymington with fantastic views towards the Lymington River. It sleeps six people in three superb ensuite bedrooms and is ideal for families and friends. Walking, cycling, golf, sailing, and kayaking are readily accessible, while local attractions include Hurst Castle, Milford-on-Sea beach, and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. The welcoming cottage has recently been refurbished to a very high standard and features an enclosed garden with a seven-person hot tub. It's available for bookings all year round and is child-and-pet friendly. 

Weekly guide price:
£2000 to £2500
Short breaks from £350 per night

6  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.027522, -1.592932

Little Owls is as sweet as its name and a lovely choice for families, friends and couples who want to explore the many attractions of both Hampshire and Wiltshire. Nestling in a peaceful position in the picturesque Test Valley, guests can enjoy with stunning countryside views, the shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool in the warmer months, lovely walks and plenty of relaxation.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £1000
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.027522, -1.592932

A delightful holiday cottage in the picturesque Test Valley ideally placed on the borders of Hampshire and Wiltshire just ten minutes drive from the New Forest. A peaceful location with stunning countryside views. Presented to a high standard with an outdoor (shared) pool, this is a perfect place for a family holiday.

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £1400
Short breaks from £155 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.924165, -1.560380

Chocolate box pretty, this delightful thatched holiday cottage sits in the Hampshire village of Winsor in the New Forest National Park. Oozing character features beautifully blended with modern conveniences, Thimble Cottage is just a mile from the open forest with fantastic walks and miles of cycling to enjoy.

Weekly guide price:
£1200 to £1600
Short breaks from £180 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 6 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.940423, -1.784657

A picturesque thatched holiday retreat on the edge of the New Forest National Park providing a superb base for exploring the forest, and also the many attractions of the area including Winchester, the South Coast and Stonehenge. The county town of Fordingbridge with a good choice of shops and eateries is just half a mile away.

Weekly guide price:
£520 to £895

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.940457, -1.784668

A very pretty thatched self catering holiday cottage on the edge of the New Forest, providing very comfortable holiday accommodation and an ideal base for touring the area being just a few miles from world famous Stonehenge, Bournemouth and beaches. Just half a mile from Fordingbridge with a good choice of amenities close by.

Weekly guide price:
£440 to £695

2+2  |   1  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.934822, -1.756890

Comfortable self-catering annexe set in an idyllic location within the New Forest National Park close to Fordingbridge in Hampshire. A peaceful, secluded retreat which is ideal for exploring the areas many attractions with direct access to forest walks from the front door. A peaceful haven with two pubs in walking distance and plenty of opportunity for cycling, horse riding, fishing and walking locally.

Weekly guide price:
£385 to £595

3  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.752382, -1.530523

The Boat Shed has been designed to pack a considerable amount into a compact area while still feeling spacious and welcoming. The ground floor provides studio-style accommodation with a sofa that opens into the main bed, and a clever kitchen is hidden away behind smooth cupboard doors. It's a fantastic retreat for couples or individuals but has a 4ft-wide mezzanine bed to sleep an extra person or two children who don't mind sharing. The Boat Shed is steps away from Lymington Royal Yacht Club and the fantastic Mayflower pub, and only a short walk from the historic town centre and Solent Way footpath. 

Weekly guide price:
£1084 to £1511
Short breaks from £155 per night

3  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.915687, -1.747871

Valley View is a large, elegant house with an adjacent annexe, sleeping 10 people in six bedrooms with a layout that suits extended families and friends. Built to make the most of the peaceful location in Frogham, every room has a fantastic view of the forest, valley and countryside. It's incredibly peaceful and the sort of place you can happily park the car and forget about it for the duration of your stay, walking and cycling through an ancient landscape, past wild grazing ponies and donkeys, and following tracks that lead to amazing sights. Fordingbridge is less than three miles away, with Ringwood not much further.

Weekly guide price:
£2205 to £3920
Short breaks from £315 per night

10  |   6  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.726124, -1.605625

Beau Soleil is on a quiet street just back from the beach at Milford-on-Sea. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms and is a fantastic holiday home for families, being barely a three-minute walk from the sand and around 15 minutes from shops, cafes, pubs and other amenities. With the gorgeous Hampshire coast on the doorstep and the beautiful New Forest within a few miles, guests at Beau Soleil have an endless choice of walking, cycling, horse-riding, swimming, sailing and a host of other activities. The house has a sheltered south-facing terraced garden and off-street parking.

Weekly guide price:
£1314 to £2340
Short breaks from £93 per night

5+1  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.769362, -1.488132

Why pick somewhere ordinary when your family can enjoy the gorgeous surroundings of The Ploughmans Cottage and Pig Shed? These two buildings have been beautifully furnished to suit up to eight people plus a few extra kids who want a New Forest holiday with a difference. The layout is ideal for extended and multi-generational families, close to a gastropub and within walking distance of a quiet beach. The owners have decorated with a designer's flair and attention to detail and a parent's practicality, making it fun and welcoming for children and adults. Lymington is three miles away, and Beaulieu is also within easy reach. 

Weekly price:
£2731 all year
Short breaks from £390 per night

8+4  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.814154, -1.578196

Escaping to the country has never been easier! Brockwell is a lovely red brick cottage in the heart of the New Forest National Park, within walking distance of Brockenhurst's shops, pubs, cafes and train station. With its free-roaming ponies and relaxed atmosphere, Brockenhurst is a friendly village with great amenities that are close to many favourite New Forest sights and attractions. The cottage can sleep up to six adults plus a baby and is ideal for families and friends.

Weekly guide price:
£1200 to £2400
Short breaks from £250 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.776203, -1.491752

Thatched Hat Cottage is in the New Forest hamlet of Norley Wood, where ponies, donkeys and cattle graze beside quiet lanes and views that roll over the heath towards the Solent and the Isle of Wight. It has everything you could want from a New Forest cottage including a well-tended garden full of colourful flowers, a log burner, an Aga and, as the name implies, a roof thatched by a local thatcher. There is space for up to six people to sleep in three bedrooms, one of which is downstairs, so it's ideal for families and friends. Lymington and Brockenhurst are both within a 10-minute drive, and there's an excellent pub a mile away.

Weekly guide price:
£1500 to £2500
Short breaks from £400 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.721386, -1.567600

The sleepy hamlet of Keyhaven is part of the Keyhaven Nature Reserve. Surrounded by mudflats, salt marshes and the Solent, it is a haven not only for birds and wildlife but also for those who need a peaceful escape from busy lives. Although it feels remote and sleepy, the location is great for exploring the New Forest National Park, day-trips to the Isle of Wight, sailing, kayaking, strolling along sections of the Solent Way Walk, and cycling. With room for four guests in two bedrooms and fantastic waterfront views, Coastguards Cottage is excellent for couples and families.

Weekly guide price:
£800 to £1250
Short breaks from £270 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.755492, -1.573806

The Hampshire coast is the place to be if you are arranging a family gathering or celebrating a special occasion with friends. With a level of style and attention to detail you would expect to see in a glossy magazine, Slate Cottage sleeps ten guests in the utmost comfort with plenty of space for everyone to relax and enjoy time together. Designed with families in mind, and more of a house than a cottage, this delightful holiday home is approximately twenty five minutes by foot to the popular market town of Lymington and a great base for enjoying the coast, the New Forest or simply relaxing with those nearest and dearest to you.

Weekly guide price:
£1600 to £3900
Short breaks from £500 per night

8+2  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.758750, -1.545482

Perfectly placed in the heart of the Georgian market town of Lymington on the edge of the New Forest National Park, Number Two offers the best of both worlds with the coast on the doorstep and miles of forest tracks and trails within easy reach. Whether you want to simply relax by the water or explore the beautiful national park and its many attractions, this family-friendly holiday home is an excellent choice.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £1600
Short breaks from £230 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.726987, -1.589630

Perfectly placed in the coastal village of Milford-on-Sea, this stylish luxury 5 Star Gold holiday home offers the chance to enjoy all of Hampshire's best bits. The beach is just a short stroll away and the New Forest National Park is only a minute by car. Whether you want to enjoy forest walks, bike rides, relax on the beach or explore Hampshire's many attractions, Mulberry Barn is an excellent choice. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£995 to £1925
Short breaks from £200 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star Gold

50.929426, -1.761578

A modern stylish Four Star Gold self-contained annex in the Hampshire village of Godshill within the New Forest National Park. Close to Fordingbridge, Wayside is an ideal place for enjoying all the forest has to offer including fabulous walking, cycling and horse riding. Family swimming passes for the pools at the nearby Sandy Balls leisure centre are provided. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£415 to £795

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

50.823808, -1.573723

A delightful Victorian holiday cottage in an enviable position overlooking Waters Green, right in the heart of the New Forest National Park in Brockenhurst with shops, pubs and restaurants a short stroll away. Ringwood Terrace affords a picturesque setting where ponies graze freely with direct forest access straight from the front door.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £1500
Short breaks from £125 per night

6+2  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.822170, -1.707272

Perfectly located, this stylish barn is a popular 'bolt-hole' for couples and enjoys a peaceful position just a short stroll from the very heart of Burley and its shops and pubs. Being based right in the heart of the New Forest National Park allows you to explore the many attractions of the area, get active in the great outdoors or simply relax and unwind. This delightful holiday cottage is perfect for a weekend away or longer holiday.

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1295
Short breaks from £150 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 5 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Need more inspiration?

Popular towns in and around The New Forest:

BurleyFordingbridgeLymington

Some local suggestions:

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Cottage Holidays in the New Forest

Being a national park, the New Forest is a highly protected area, with proud locals who will happily tell you about the rich and fascinating history the area boasts. There are plenty of historical sites for those interested in tracing the steps of significant figures from the past, such as the Rufus Stone Memorial, which marks the spot where William's son is said to have died.

Though the locals will tell you all about the place, the best way to experience the New Forest is by getting out and seeing it. You can do this on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. Take a guided tour of the area or grab a map and go it alone.

Some locals that you are guaranteed to encounter are some of the New Forest's oldest residents – the New Forest Ponies. These wild and pretty ponies roam freely throughout the forest and uphold the tradition of open pasture that has been kept alive since the time of William the first.

When you're all walked out, there are plenty of other attractions to entertain, such as the beautiful Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, which offers over 200 acres of expertly manicured grounds. You can admire the sights on foot or from the comfort of a quaint steam railway – another step back into history. Beaulieu also combines pretty gardens and man-made machines with the National Motor Museum – a must see for motoring enthusiasts with an interest in some very old classics!

For the kids, there are plenty of family days out including wildlife and nature attractions. Lovers of all things nautical should not miss a trip to Buckler's Hard or the pretty coastal town of Lymington where you can jump on a ferry and take a day trip to the Isle of Wight, just one of our wet weather recommendations.

The New Forest is a unique and fascinating area, with a wealth of history, stunning forests and intriguing tradition. Read more about things to do in the New Forest.