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Mare and Foal enjoying the early morning sun, New Forest
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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. Read more

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50.752113, -1.647506

A spacious and stylish self-catering holiday home located in New Milton in Hampshire on the edge of the New Forest. With a ground floor bedroom, this dog friendly rental is ideal for families and friends who like plenty of space and comfort and offers the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds with the forest and coast close by. The nearest beach is just over a mile from the cottage, and there are miles of forest tracks and trails just waiting to be explored.

Weekly guide price:
£850 to £2095

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

'Wayside'

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 1st Mar 2024 for 7 nights, £530"A great value week but get in touch regarding 3 night weekend or 4 night mid-week breaks"
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:
£505 to £895
Short breaks from £92 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

50.782863, -1.540833

Located in the New Forest National Park midway between Lymington and Brockenhurst, this spacious holiday home provides a good self-catering base for families and couples to explore the areas many attractions. Spout House Studio is a great choice for walkers and cyclists.

Weekly price:
£840 all year
Short breaks from £120 per night

4+1  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.783374, -1.611855

Fernlea is a fresh family home with space for up to five people to sleep in three bedrooms. It's in the quiet residential village of Sway, three miles from Brockenhurst and within easy reach of Lymington. It's perfect as a base for exploring the New Forest National Park as well as the Hampshire coastline. The area is rich with opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding, golf and other outdoor activities. Local attractions include Buckler's Hard, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Monkey World, Paulton's Park and Peppa Pig World. 

Weekly guide price:
£625 to £1050

5  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.749870, -1.554833

No. 51 sleeps 2 and is a great space for couples, friends or single travellers. The property is only a 10-15 minute walk away from Lymington High Street. For convenience there are shops and great selection of take away's literally on the doorstep. Having recently undergone a little refurb the place is fresh and clean and is an ideal base to explore the local area.

Weekly guide price:
£770 to £1015
Short breaks from £125 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.753237, -1.529828

Superb position: Lymington Harbour by the marinas, sailing clubs, river mouth and lifeboat station and sea. Very attractive Georgian town with bustling Saturday street market. 'Upside down' terraced cottage. Vibrant views from balcony of nautical life, the sea and Isle of Wight. Parking off-street for 1 car. 2 patio gardens with seating. Explore the New Forest and southbcoast from here. Plenty of amenities and places for a meal out on the doorstep and an abundance of attractions nearby. The Isle of Wight just a ferry trip away.

Weekly guide price:
£769 to £1350
Short breaks from £150 per night

3  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.940423, -1.784657

A picturesque thatched holiday retreat on the edge of the New Forest National Park providing a superb self-catering 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. It is just 25 mins from Peppa Pig World and 25 mins from beaches.Dogs are welcome (up to 2 in Wishing Well).  Late offers sometimes available  - see owners website for details - www.burgatefarmhouse.co.uk . ... ..  ,  ,

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £960

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.940457, -1.784668

A 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. Just 25 mins to Peppa Pig World and 25 mins from beaches.  Dogs welcome (up to 3 in Little Thatch) - secure back garden/yard area leading off from the kitchen door.  Late offers sometimes available  - see owners website for details. www.burgatefarmhouse.co.uk .. .. ..

Weekly guide price:
£525 to £740
Short breaks from £102 per night

2 + 2  |   1  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Forest Barn

Last Minute Offer:Sun, 25th Feb 2024 for 3 nights, £180"Explore the national park, coastline and villages. Price for a couple add £30 each for a 3rd/4th guest."
50.771804, -1.664480

We charge the same standard nightly price all year! But look for last minute offers. Forest barn located in a quiet rural lane in the new forest national park set in 2 acres of the hosts garden/paddock with easy car access to the beautiful forest and stunning coast. Bashley has a farm shop, village shop, tea rooms, fishing lake and 2 pubs. Self catering, central heating, unlimited hot water, open plan living/sleeping layout, garden furniture, BBQ, play area, ducks & chicken to feed. Electric gate, off road parking, bike washdown & storage.

Weekly price:
£700 all year
Short breaks from £100 per night

2-4  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.930330, -1.749293

A much loved family holiday home for over thirty years, Graylands Cottage affords a tranquil position with lovely views, nicely tucked away in the New Forest National Park with walks starting from the cottage gate. Spend your days exploring the forest by foot, pony trekking, cycling, getting out and about exploring the areas many attractions or simply sitting back in the large garden and soaking up the lovely views and wildlife.

Weekly guide price:
£788 to £1920

2-8  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.747827, -1.557528

Well equipped, this spacious Regency-style holiday home sits in a quiet part of Pennington near Lymington on the outskirts of the New Forest National Park and is well placed for enjoying everything that both the forest and coast have to offer. Fabulous walks and an abundance of attractions for day trips out.

Weekly guide price:
£455 to £950

4  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.895467, -1.776110

If you are looking to explore the New Forest and the South Coast, Hucklesbrook Farm is a good choice and offers welcoming self-catering accommodation set around a courtyard on the owner's family farm. Ideally located, the forest tracks and trails where ponies roam freely are on the doorstep. Perfect for touring, relaxing and outdoor adventures. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£790 to £1295

5+1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

50.895487, -1.776142

Hucklesbrook Farm sits within the New Forest and is home to three Four Star holiday homes. Set around a courtyard the cottages are a short drive from the South Coast. Spend your days exploring the tracks and trails of the forest, browsing the shops or relaxing by the sea. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1125

5+1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

50.895467, -1.776142

Three 4 Star holiday homes in a courtyard setting on the owner's family farm within the New Forest. Ideally located, the self-catering cottages are a short drive from the sandy beaches of the South Coast offering guests the perfect combination of outdoor adventures and relaxing days by the sea. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £1295

5+1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

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

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 stunning countryside views, the shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool (June - September), lovely walks and plenty of relaxation.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £1100
Short breaks from £90 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.938599, -1.782662

Couples and families love Grebe Cottage, which offers 4-star accommodation in 230 acres of private farmland in the north of the New Forest National Park. There is space for four people to sleep in two bedrooms, and the holiday cottage can be booked on its own or reserved with one of several other lovely cottages on Burgate Manor Farm to accommodate larger groups of family and friends. Fordingbridge's medieval arched bridge and The George pub are only a mile away, while popular New Forest attractions like Beaulieu and Moors Valley Country Park are nearby. There are miles of beautiful footpaths, cycling trails and bridleways to help you explore the New Forest and enjoy being close to nature in this incredible ancient landscape. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£456 to £1130
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

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

51.036820, -1.498988

There's nothing rustic about this well-appointed Shepherd Hut. Set in a field with gorgeous views, the holiday cottage is two modern timber and corrugated metal huts sleeping four people in two bedrooms with electricity, running water and a proper bathroom. Shepherd Hut is on the family-run Michelmersh Farm, where the owners raise dairy cows, sheep and keep horses and chickens. It's an idyllic location only a few miles from Romsey and within easy reach of the New Forest and South Downs National Parks, the Hampshire coast, Stonehenge, Winchester and Salisbury. Shepherd Hut is romantic for couples and fun for families. 

Weekly guide price:
£980 to £1120
Short breaks from £150 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.036820, -1.498988

Enjoy a farm holiday in this lovely holiday cottage on Michlemersh Manor Farm near Romsey. Foxglove Cottage sleeps four people in two double bedrooms and is welcoming and comfortable for couples or families. The farm has roots going back to 1205. The current owners raise dairy cows and sheep, and it's a great way to introduce children to the delights of country life. There are excellent footpaths and cycling routes nearby. Days out can include exploring the New Forest National Park, shopping and sightseeing in Salisbury and Winchester, visiting Stonehenge, or sunning yourself on Hampshire beaches like Milford-on-Sea. 

Weekly guide price:
£910 to £1050
Short breaks from £140 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Need more inspiration?

Popular towns in and around The New Forest:

BurleyFordingbridgeLymingtonNew Milton

Some local suggestions:

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Where to Stay in The New Forest

There are several excellent places to stay in the New Forest, all of which have something different to offer. With towns like Burley, Fordingbridge and Lymington all popular tourist spots, it is worth checking these out when looking for New Forest accommodation or somewhere to stay.

The town of Burley is favoured by those seeking wildlife in the New Forest. With wild ponies roaming freely and stunning surrounding countryside, you will find plenty to see and do here. Visit one of the 16th-century pubs for a cosy atmosphere and hearty meal after exploring the area.

You will also find lots to do in Fordingbridge, especially for those seeking to spend some time outdoors. Hiking and cycling are popular in this part of the New Forest, providing the perfect place for those looking to enjoy adventures with the whole family.

With several excellent restaurants, pubs and bars, Lymington is a lovely place to visit if you’re looking for a bustling market town in the New Forest. This is a great spot to wander through the different stalls selling fresh produce on a Saturday morning. Alongside its great atmosphere, Lymington also displays Victorian and Georgian architecture scattered around the town, providing a lovely area to explore.

The New Forest Travel Guide

Before booking your holiday cottage in The New Forest, you can find all the information you need for your trip here. For more tips, check out our complete New Forest Guide.

When to Visit The New Forest

The New Forest offers a huge landscape, meaning there is something for everyone here. Its stunning countryside and natural scenery, alongside the many quaint towns and villages, make it the ideal spot for all.

Being in the southern part of the UK means that the New Forest typically enjoys less rain and warmer temperatures. With longer daylight hours and more sunshine, summers are the perfect time to visit as this is when you can make the most of the great outdoors. Temperatures average around highs of 21 °C and lows of 13°C during summer in the New Forest. This provides a pleasant climate with a mix of sunny days and extended evenings.

Spring in the New Forest is a beautiful time to visit for those looking to make the most of the region's stunning scenery. With flowers blooming throughout the county, you will get the most out of the lush greenery during this time. There is a slight drop in temperature in spring, with average highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. It's always best to pack layers when visiting as the weather can be a little unpredictable!

Winter is a magical time to visit the New Forest. With the rolling hills and encompassing countryside covered in a light frosting, the setting here is utterly breathtaking during this time. The temperatures are rarely extreme in the New Forest and it would be unusual for it to drop below -5°C during winter. Although, it's always best to get wrapped up warm, as you head out to explore the stunning New Forest, whether that be the national park, or the many idyllic towns and villages.

What to Do in The New Forest

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. 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. From here you can jump on a ferry and take a day trip to the lovely Isle of Wight.

How to Travel to The New Forest

If you are travelling from one of the major cities in the UK, below shows an average distance to the New Forest, so you know what to expect when choosing to visit by car.

London: 82 miles

Birmingham: 146 miles

Glasgow: 432 miles

Liverpool: 242 miles

Bristol: 60 miles

Manchester: 228 miles

Leeds: 248 miles

Edinburgh: 435 miles

Newcastle: 335 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to the New Forest. Its excellent public transport links in many of its towns and villages mean you can journey by train or bus from numerous major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.

Learn More About The New Forest Region

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 county 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 the county’s oldest residents – the New Forest Ponies. The wild and pretty herds roam freely throughout the forest and uphold the tradition of open pasture that has been kept alive since the time of William the first.


The New Forest FAQs

  • What is the nicest part of the New Forest?

The New Forest is a beautiful part of the UK, surrounded by diverse landscapes and gorgeous scenery. Whether you’re looking to explore dense woodland or stroll through quaint towns, you will find it all here.

When it comes to discovering the nicest part of the New Forest, it is difficult to narrow it down to one place. Although if you’re looking for somewhere brimming with nature you will want to head to Burley. Here you will find quaint cottages, an idyllic setting and the renowned New Forest ponies as they wander through the village.

  • What is there to do in the New Forest?

Boasting an extensive national park, historic castles, lovely towns, excellent hiking routes and much more, there are plenty of things to do in the New Forest. Whether you want to spend your time relaxing in the pretty villages or would prefer to get active, there is something here for everyone.

With lots of outdoor space, the New Forest is a great place to go for a range of activities. From biking to horseback riding, you can fill your visit with lots of adventures!

  • Can you stay in the New Forest National Park?

There are several great New Forest accommodation options in and around the National Park, meaning you can visit here and get an authentic experience. With numerous towns and villages around the park, you can find your perfect rental cottage to fully immerse yourself in all that the New Forest has to offer.

It's important to remember to be respectful when visiting the New Forest. Always tidy up after yourself to ensure that the nature remains untouched and pristine for all to enjoy.

The New Forest Inspiration