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Burley, a great base for exploring the New Forest
Burley, a great base for exploring the New Forest

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Burley

The New Forest National Park ticks every box when planning the perfect holiday. Easy to reach? Check! It’s under 100 miles from London with excellent links to the M25 and the M3 to make the journey simple. Even better, for those who don’t want to drive, the area has eight train stations and trains run directly from handy locations such as London Waterloo Station, Southampton and Weymouth. Beautiful views? Check that one off the list as well! The New Forest has ancient woodlands, charming countryside and beautiful beaches and coastline, making it an ideal year-round destination for all types of travellers. Accommodation for all sizes and budgets? Absolutely! Visitors have an enormous choice of cottages to rent, ranging from listed thatched cottages to comfortable bungalows and contemporary barn conversions.

Tucked away in amongst it all is the pretty village of Burley, where New Forest ponies roam happily and the 16th Century pub hides a less-than-savoury secret. Read on to find out why staying in Burley should be the top of your list when planning a holiday in the New Forest. Read more

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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

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.834219, -1.702211

Helmsdale is everything you could wish for in a New Forest holiday cottage. Postcard pretty, this welcoming self catering retreat is perfectly placed just a short walk from the heart of the popular village of Burley, with shops and pubs for a meal out. With miles of forest tracks and trails to explore by bike, foot or horse back and the many attractions of the forest all around, Helmsdale is a popular choice for a family holiday or time away with friends.

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1850
Short breaks from £165 per night

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.826046, -1.703977

A comfy forest retreat in a quiet position just a short stroll from the centre of the picturesque village of Burley in the New Forest National Park. Pubs and shops on the doorstep, mainline rail access and the open forest with miles of walking and cycling on the doorstep. Oakapple Cottage is perfect for a short break or longer self-catering holiday at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£1050 to £1850
Short breaks from £240 per night

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.827483, -1.706014

A stylish holiday retreat in a quiet spot, ideally located within three minutes walking distance of the centre of the popular New Forest village of Burley where ponies and cattle roam freely. Beautiful forest walks and bike rides on the doorstep as well as pubs and shops.

Weekly guide price:
£1100 to £1850
Short breaks from £240 per night

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.781238, -1.733364

Blackbirds is a detached family holiday home on the edge of the New Forest National Park. Located on a peaceful residential cul-de-sac in Bransgore, it sleeps six people in three bedrooms with a securely enclosed garden and off-street parking. The self-catering amenities are excellent, but there are three pubs and a cafe within a short walk if you'd prefer not to cook. The village also has a small supermarket with more amenities in nearby Burley and Ringwood. Blackbirds has wonderfully leafy views and is within an easy drive of the coast for days at the beach.

Weekly guide price:
£1470 to £1750
Short breaks from £210 per night

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.822170, -1.707272

With a gorgeous garden for outside relaxing and socialising, a country-style kitchen and a cosy sitting room with log burner, Gardener's Retreat is an excellent choice for a holiday with family or friends. Sitting in an idyllic position just a short stroll from the Hampshire village of Burley in the New Forest National Park, this beautifully presented self-catering cottage is perfect whether you want to explore the areas many attractions or simply relax and unwind.

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1950

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.822170, -1.707272

The New Forest National Park is the perfect family holiday destination. Not only is there a wealth of wonderful places to visit, from the Georgian market town of Lymington to the ancient Rufus Stone, but there is also a huge variety of activities to suit all ages. Keepers Cottage is only a few minutes' stroll from the centre of Burley, one of the most charming New Forest villages where there are great pubs like the Burley Inn. The holiday cottage comfortably accommodates six guests in three bedrooms and, depending on availability, can be booked together with the owner's other two properties close by to accommodate up to 14 people.

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £1950
Short breaks from £220 per night

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.744100, -1.693100

"Cottage in Dorset" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. A modern annexe, embracing tiny house principles, situated next to the owner s home is set within the beautiful village of Highcliffe and has an array of exciting places to visit such as Highcliffe Castle (1 mile) which was the summer home to...

Prices from £254 per night

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50.732383, -1.777356

"The Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. Situated conveniently close to the thriving High Street and the Harbour The Cottage, provides comfortable dog friendly accommodation for up to four people in a delightful holiday home.  Light and airy this cottage, formerly a...

Prices from £301 per night

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50.854744, -1.687747

"Kingfisher Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Hampshire. New for 2021 Set within the grounds of the owners’ home, Kingfisher Cottage is a tranquil adults’ retreat. Remote, yet easily accessible along a mile long private drive, the recently renovated semi-detached cottage is...

Prices from £431 per night

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50.933220, -1.750331

"Forest Side" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Hampshire. This unique holiday home is set in the peaceful hamlet of Godshill, which provides the perfect base for exploring the New Forest National Park. Traditionally furnished this single storey two double bedroom property offers rustic accommodation...

Prices from £217 per night

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50.734544, -1.775884

"House in Dorset" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. Tucked away the heart of bustling Christchurch, this stylish house has been lovingly presented in a contemporary style. It is the ideal base for those wanting amenities close at hand or as a touring base, as it sits within easy reach of both...

Prices from £317 per night

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50.931548, -1.783015

"Burgate House Lodge" is a 2 bed holiday Lodge sleeping up to 4 guests in Hampshire. This delightful, stylish, new lodge has been tastefully furnished to a high standard to include two bathrooms. Situated in the picturesque, tranquil grounds of Burgate House on the banks of the River Avon, it offers a perfect, secluded retreat...

Prices from £262 per night

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50.723430, -1.813790

"Mary Bowes Terrace" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. A short distance from the centre of Bournemouth, the Bournemouth suburb of Southbourne has its own sandy beach and neighbourhood amenities. Along with a Post Office, gift shops, and cafes, it's a wonderful place to find independent stores and...

Prices from £206 per night

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50.694770, -1.529130

"Brambles Cottage - Two-Bedroom Holiday Home" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Isle of Wight. The holiday home's kitchen, which has kitchenware, is available for cooking and storing food. This holiday home features a private bathroom, a private entrance and sea views. The unit offers 3 beds.Towels are not included.  Families or...

Prices from £121 per night

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50.760101, -1.534197

"7 Island Point" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Hampshire. The owners of this well-appointed second floor flat, their own holiday home, have now made it available for other holiday visitors.  Visitors enjoy a tremendous view out over the busy Lymington River with its yachts and boats. The Isle of Wight...

Prices from £301 per night

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50.758761, -1.537084

"10 Admirals Court" is a 1 bed holiday Apartment sleeping up to 2 guests in Hampshire. This newly refurbished one bedroom apartment has stunning views over the bustling Quay, the famous cobbles and Lymington River.  It is the perfect place to relax, unwind and watch the world go by from the attractive and comfortable surroundings...

Prices from £191 per night

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50.890775, -1.775774

"Kookaburra" is a 1 bed holiday Lodge sleeping up to 2 guests in Hampshire. Fordingbridge is a traditional Hampshire town on the banks of the River Avon, and offers a good mix of shops, pubs and restaurants, a small museum of local history and a display of original work by the artist Augustus John, who lived here for...

Prices from £122 per night

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50.700823, -1.515741

"Pierpont D1" is a 2 bed holiday Lodge sleeping up to 4 guests in Isle of Wight. Famed as the oldest town on the Isle of Wight, the narrow streets of Yarmouth are lined with a wealth of shops and pubs, offering all of the essentials, whilst the bustling harbour and the castle of Henry viii are both well worth a visit. Avid...

Prices from £149 per night

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50.955200, -1.758900

"Cottage in Hampshire" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Hampshire. Set in a peaceful location within the fragile landscape of the New Forest, this characterful building has an abundance of charm and was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the New Forest National Park Building Design Award 2019 for the...

Prices from £320 per night

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50.855390, -1.961690

"Moorland Lodge - Holiday Home" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Dorset. Providing a washing machine, a private entrance and heating, this holiday home includes a private bathroom. The holiday home's kitchen, which features kitchenware, is available for cooking and storing food. This holiday home provides a TV. The...

Prices from £208 per night

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50.890775, -1.775774

"Billabong" is a 1 bed holiday Lodge sleeping up to 2 guests in Hampshire. Ringwood is a historic market town placed within Hampshire, on the western fringes of the beautiful New Forest National Park. Dating back to the Anglo-Saxon times and having been mentioned in the Domesday Book, Ringwood holds much history and...

Prices from £122 per night

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50.941070, -1.784640

"Walnut Tree Cottage - One-Bedroom Holiday Home" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Hampshire. The holiday home offers a washing machine and a private entrance, as well as a private bathroom featuring a shower. The holiday home's kitchen, which features kitchenware, is available for cooking and storing food. This holiday home features...

Prices from £163 per night

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50.700900, -1.515900

"Saltbox 5 - One-Bedroom Holiday Home" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Isle of Wight. The holiday home's kitchen, which features kitchenware, is available for cooking and storing food. This holiday home has a private entrance, heating and a TV. The unit has 1 bed.

Prices from £185 per night

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50.736525, -1.663890

"Apartment in Hampshire" is a 1 bed holiday Apartment sleeping up to 2 guests in Hampshire. The property is perfectly located in popular Barton on Sea. With stunning views over the cliffs towards the Isle of Wight, this apartment is an ideal base for those looking to explore the South Coast and beyond. With Lymington just 7 miles...

Prices from £212 per night

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50.770025, -1.779306

"School House" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Hampshire. New for 2021 School House is one of three recently renovated holiday cottages in the small New Forest village of Sopley. Comfortably sleeping two guests it boasts an open plan kitchen and dining room with separate cosy...

Prices from £350 per night

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50.784400, -1.592800

"Cottage in Hampshire" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Hampshire. A beautiful annexe located in the tranquil village of Sway, this cottage is an ideal setting for a couple s escape with some wonderful attractions close by, from the sprawling walks available in the New Forest to a number of historic sites to...

Prices from £195 per night

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50.734657, -1.618266

"The Shrubbery" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in Hampshire. Perfect for couples, The Shrubbery is a unique retreat in a stunning setting on the south coast. Bask in the woodland surroundings on the timber decking or unwind in the bubbling outdoor hot tub. The Shrubbery features contemporary...

Prices from £409 per night

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50.820670, -1.572044

"Cottage in Hampshire" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in Hampshire. This welcoming cottage style house sits centrally in the bustling and historic village of Brockenhurst which lies centrally in the Heritage Area of the New Forest and Europe s largest surviving area of ancient pasture woodland. Nearby Beaulieu,...

Prices from £397 per night

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50.776655, -1.960222

"The Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 6 guests in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. The magnificent Minster church is located in the centre of the lovely market town of Wimborne Minster, which is steeped in history. You can explore and unwind in the many shops and cafes that line the charming alleys and courtyards. Two rivers...

Prices from £259 per night

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50.683330, -1.536967

"Sanctuary Cottage" is a 3 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 6 guests in Isle of Wight. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the west of the Isle of Wight, the village of Totland offers visitors local shops, pubs and spectacular, unspoiled coastal scenery. The award-winning beaches of both Totland and Colwell Bay...

Prices from £349 per night

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7 Reasons to Holiday in Burley

1. Free-Roaming Ponies - Untethered, wandering ponies and cattle was once a daily sight around many parts of the New Forest. Known as “commoning”, Burley is one of the few villages where this still happens, and it gives the area a relaxing, traditional feel that is worlds away from modern cities and suburbs.
2. A Secret Underbelly - Burley was once an important, if secret, point on a smuggling route. The Queens Head pub on The Cross started life as a blacksmith forge in 1685, later becoming a watering hole favoured by smugglers and highwaymen. As you sip your pint, think about the secret cellar beneath your feet which held a trove of weapons, money and contraband alcohol hidden and forgotten for centuries.
3. Walking, Cycling and Horse riding - The New Forest is the ideal environment for being outdoors. Burley’s location is close to favourite footpaths, cycling routes and bridleways to make it easy and enjoyable to explore. Those who need to hire a bicycle can do so from Forest Leisure Cycling in the village centre, while the nearby Burley Villa Riding School offers horse riding lessons and guided rides for all abilities. A novel way to explore is in a horse-drawn wagon, with Burley Wagon Rides being a regular sight around the area.
4. An Ancient Landscape - Crossing the border into the New Forest is immediately apparent as it is like stepping back in time. Strict rules around development protect this unique environment which includes areas of ancient woodland, pasture and health. William the Conquerer loved it so much that he decided only royalty should be allowed to hunt there, with now-extinct wild boar being the prey of choice. Now, the forest is a haven for a plethora of birds and wildlife which thrive in the beautiful environment.
5. Bound for War - The trees in the New Forest do not only look and smell amazing. Their existence also provided timber to the Royal Navy. The enormous oak woodland so close to the sea was too good for shipbuilders to ignore, and New Forest oaks were felled for the navy from the mid-1600s until the mid-1800s. The hamlet of Buckler’s Hard, around half an hour’s drive from Burley, was the focus of shipbuilding in the New Forest and the entire village is now a Maritime Museum. Remnants of the role the New Forest played in Britain’s military past are at Hurst Castle, a privately run museum with incredible views over the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Closer to home are the remains of the Iron Age fort on Castle Hill just outside of Burley.
6. Eat, Drink and Shop - The fresh air and potential for hours of exercise lead to hearty appetites which visitors to Burley will find easy to satisfy. The Burley Food Trail is a walking and cycling loop passing New Forest Cider and the Cider Pantry Tearoom, The White Buck, Burley Fudge Shop, and Caraccios Sweet Shop, as well as fantastic stores selling homewares, gifts, china and crystals.
7. New Forest Attractions - Burley is close to some of the New Forest’s most popular attractions. Within half an hour’s drive are places like Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World, the National Motor Museum, six golf courses, Lymington and the ferry to the Isle of Wight, the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary and so much more.

Once you visit the New Forest, you will understand why William the Conquerer wanted to keep it for himself. It is a beautiful example of a landscape and traditions that remain unchanged for centuries. Burley’s charm and location make it the perfect place for a self-catering holiday in the New Forest.