The New Forest is renowned for its natural beauty - discover roaming horses, cattle and donkeys on the moors and heathland, explore idyllic beaches and cliff tops and search through ancient forests and glades. A fantastic holiday or weekend destination that can be enjoyed by all ages, and there's a huge selection of accomodation to suit all types of visits and budgets.
Exbury's 100 year heritage has given our staff - some of whom were born and bred in Exbury village - insider knowledge on the the best spots to stay whilst visiting the New Forest. Below are some of our staff's top accomodation picks.
For further information on accomodation in the New Forest please visit thenewforest website.
Located on the Exbury Estate, Little Exbury is the perfect accompanyment to your visit to Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Owned and managed by members of the Rothschild family, Little Exbury offers a tranquil retreat with spectacular views of the Bealieu River from the comfort of the newly refurbished interior.
Check out their website for more information, photographs and how to book.
Located in Lord Montague's Beaulieu Estate just across the river from Exbury, The Master Builder's is a chic luxury hotel set in Georgian architecture. Their recently refurbished rooms were designed by award-winning interior designer Christine Boswell, and they offer both casual and formal dining overlooking the Beaulieu River. What more could you want? Well, staying at The Master Builder's also entitles you to a discount on entrance fees to Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway.
For more information visit the Hillbrooke Hotels website.
For that authentic New Forest camping experience look no further than Roundhill. Located between Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Beaulieu, Roundhill has basic facilities (toilets, showers and babychanging) whilst retaining the off-the-grid feel that some of us aspire to during a camping holiday. This site may not have electricity but it makes up for it in location and atmosphere!
Call 024 7642 3008 to book.
The picturesque cottage-feel of Dale Farm Guest House is the perfect place to unwind after a long day exploring the New Forest. Situated just 20 minutes drive from Southampton's bustling city centre, Dale Farm offers the tranquility of the New Forest whilst remaining easily accessible by car and public transport.
To find out more visit Dale Farm's website.
Shorefield Country Park is set in 100 acres and provides a wide range of self catering accommodation, from caravans and chalets, houses and cottages or even luxury lodges with hot tubs where you can retreat and unwind after a day of exploring. Just 800 metres from the beach at Milford-on-Sea, and a stone’s throw from the New Forest National Park, you’re never far from a scenic walk or picnic spot.
With a range of on-site facilities, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained during your stay too, from indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fully-equipped gym, luxury sauna, steam room and a nightly entertainment programme – all of which is included in the cost of your holiday.
Find out more about all six of Shorefield Holidays’ parks or to book your break by visiting www.shorefield.co.uk.