Thatched Holiday Cottage in Hampshire

New Forest Holiday Cottages

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With wildlife at every turn, acres of unspoilt ancient woodland, and miles of walking and bike trails dotted with tasty eateries to sample, the New Forest makes for a perfect English country break.

In spring and summer, there are gardens (and even beaches) to explore. In autumn, go in search of roaming pigs during pannage and be surrounded by canopies of warm forest tones before cosy pubs light their fires to welcome you throughout the winter.

The cottages that adorn the charming villages of the New Forest are part of the identity of this special part of England – and you can stay in one of your very own, giving you an authentic New Forest experience and a cosy home from home for your holiday.

Thatchby Cottage Brockenhurst

Cottages in Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst

Steeped in royal history, Lyndhurst was once the natural capital of the New Forest when William the Conqueror established his hunting grounds here.  Today, Lyndhurst is a central and attractive town (with plentiful tearooms, shops and eateries) from which to discover the National Park.  For further encounters with wildlife, nearby Longdown Activity Farm is sure to be a hit with the little ones. 

Brockenhurst provides a great base for keen cyclists – criss-crossed with bicycle trails and with several rental shops and a mainline railway station in the town. The original establishment of The Pig – a collection of uber-cool country hotels – is nearby and makes for memorable lunch or dinner.

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Clobb Copse Cottage, Beaulieu

Cottages in Beaulieu, Lymington and Milford-on-Sea

Home to Britain’s National Motor Museum, the chocolate box village of Beaulieu lies in a gorgeous riverside setting where you can visit the historical shipbuilding village of Bucklers Hard and, for the intrepid, New Forest Activities runs canoeing adventures along the Beaulieu River.

The pretty coastal town of Lymington is famed for its sailing and is the perfect launch point from which to enjoy the water.  The town’s marinas are backed with Georgian streets filled with pubs, shops and restaurants.  It is also home to the oldest open air sea water baths in the UK.

For breath-taking cliff top walks and great beaches, base yourself in the traditional village of Milford-on-Sea, from where you can also visit nearby Hurst Castle.

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Undercastle Cottage, Fordingbridge

Cottages in Fordingbridge and north New Forest

On the banks of the River Avon, Fordingbridge is recognisable from The Great Bridge with its seven graceful arches spanning the river.  The town is the perfect base to explore the north of the New Forest.

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Oaktree Cottage, Burley

Cottages in Ringwood, Burley and west New Forest

To the west of the New Forest, Ringwood is an easily accessible town and a great base for exploring the whole of the National Park. Kids and grown-ups alike will revel in the outdoor activities of the Moors Valley Country Park.

Known for its links to witchcraft, Burley is a pretty New Forest village where you can explore the area’s magical roots and browse the shops to find witchcraft trinkets.

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Whiteshoot Farm Swimming Pool

Cottages in the New Forest with Swimming Pools

For the ultimate in holiday luxury, and to make your stay even more memorable, why not splash out on a holiday cottage with its very own swimming pool for you and your family or friends to enjoy together.

On the outskirts of Brockenhurst Thatchby Oak is a picture-perfect thatched cottage that can sleep up to 12.  In the summer months the heated outdoor swimming pool, makes this holiday cottage an extra special getaway.

The stunning thatched barn conversion at Whiteshoot Farm in Lover to the north of the New Forest has the wow factor with its high-vaulted ceilings. It sleeps six guests who have use of their own heated outdoor pool in the summer as well as a zip wire and lake.

Old Farm Cottage in Pilley near Lymington is set in a beautiful location in the heart of the New Forest, with a heated pool to enjoy in the summer, surrounded by a beautifully kept garden which includes your very own children’s play area.

More inspiration for the New Forest

Beyond the beautiful towns, villages, countryside and woodland, there are endless attractions to visit and activities to enjoy in the New Forest and beyond.

No visit to the New Forest would be complete without a walk or bike ride through its ancient woodland, or try horse riding for a true back to nature experience.

For children, discover a world of rides at Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, make a splash at the New Forest Water Park or have a wildlife encounter at the New Forest Wildlife Park, Longdown Activity Farm or Liberty’s Owl and Reptile Centre.

See the beautiful blooms at Exbury Gardens with its world-famous collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, seek out the fairy doors at Furzey Gardens, or pick your own produce at the Cat and Fiddle Farm Shop.

Discover the beaches of Hampshire, backed by the beautiful New Forest, from Lepe Country Park to Highcliffe, Milford-on-Sea and Barton-on-Sea.

Aside from the wonderful holiday cottages available, there is a fantastic variety of other accommodation in the New Forest, from Camping and Glamping, to welcoming Bed and Breakfasts and Luxury, Country and Spa Hotels.

Getting to Hampshire

Hampshire is very accessible, see below for the average journey times by car:

Travel times to Hampshire

Getting Around Hampshire

Hampshire has an excellent road network linking our villages, towns, cities, attractions and places to stay.

Hampshire road map