When you wander through the magical and mysterious New Forest in Hampshire, you feel as though you’ve been transported to a land that time has forgotten. Fallen leaves crunch beneath your feet, the earthy smell of soil fills your nostrils and birds trill from towering tree tops as you ramble past freely grazing cattle and horses, expecting to see a mythical goblin or fairy tale creature behind every corner. Just a day basking in the beauty and tranquillity of this wonderful place will only whet your appetite, and you’ll inevitably crave more time, so indulge yourself by booking cottages in the New Forest for short breaks, taking a weekend to relax, recharge and reacquaint yourself with nature.
Hideaway in a charming, cosy cottage nestled within lush British countryside, overlooking rolling green hills and tranquil rivers at the heart of the New Forest. Blow away the cobwebs by sucking in a lungful of the beautifully fresh country air on an idyllic ramble through the brambles. The New Forest offers an exhilarating range of activities to keep you entertained should you wish to leave the warm and comforting confines of your fairy tale cottage – peruse this selection of highlights and start planning you ideal countryside sojourn today.
Explore the Enchanted Forest
Ditch the smoky fumes of the car, conserve your energy and explore the New Forest on horseback. Whether you’re an experienced galloper or first time trotter, it doesn’t matter, experienced guides can follow you around as you discover rugged coastlines, dewy woodlands and glittering fields of delicate bluebells, or you can take the reins and gallop into the sunset on solo explorations. For those more comfortable on wheels, hire a bicycle to cover more of this stunning National Park in half the time, taking advantage of the many country pubs by stopping for a pint of classic English ale and a hearty stew.
For those wanting an aimless or guided wander, the New Forest is a wonderland for walkers. The forest teems with mythology and folklore, and companies offer guided walks upon which they reveal local legends and mesmerizing myths in some of the most stunning spots in the forest. Children and adults alike are guaranteed to be captivated by the fascinating stories. Keen cooks will jump at the chance to forage the forest floor for delicious delicacies including mushrooms and berries. Experienced guides will point out poisonous varieties of each before returning to camp to rustle up a delightful lunch made solely from natural ingredients.
If during your tranquil country escape you want to spoil yourself, take advantage of one of the many luxurious and decadent spas that surround the New Forest. Let firm hands massage you while you sink into a sumptuous sleep, smelling the scent of aromatherapy oils and listening to relaxing music, in the highly recommended Chewton Glen, which boasts a gorgeous coastal location and wonderfully friendly therapists.