My wife and I have just returned from a very welcome and very comfortable weekend in The New Forest. Beccy had bought a 2 night weekend away from Boots for my 2011 Christmas present and we decided to take the break during the last weekend in November at The Forest Park Hotel. First impressions were very good, the Hotel in a nice size and is situated on the outskirts of Brockenhurst. The Hotel has a lovely big back garden which would be perfect for weddings and there are stables situated immediately next to the Hotel if you wish to ride.
On entrance to the hotel we were greeted with a roaring fire and a lovely smiling receptionist who welcomed us. Check in was smooth. We were allocated to Room 11 which was on the first floor. Our room was large and suitably furnished. The bathroom was good sized with shower in the bath. The bits which were amusing in a negative sense is the loo seat looked as if it had been fitted by an irish navvy after a sale of guinness...... lets just say it was on the lean, and the arm chair in the room was tired and grubby, but we aimed just to use the Hotel as a place to sleep. The bed was comfy, the shower worked well and we were happy with our surroundings.
Our deal was room only so we didn't take breakfast, however we did use the bar and noticed that a large number of locals used the bar and it had a lovely friendly feel to it (and the beer was kept well!!).
The service of the staff was really good, the public areas well decorated and well looked after. The rest of the hotel looked in need of a face lift and a general tidy up, but honestly the feel of the hotel is that of a comfy old shoe, you could easily stay in there for a while.
Last comment the staff are fantastic, and made us feel very welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An independently owned hotel, which is perfectly located within the heart of the New Forest and only a very short stroll from Brockenhurst Village. Built originally in the late 19th century to serve as a vicarage, our sprawling mock tudor hotel is being retouched with a tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional style to complement the impressive building and its outstanding location.The New Forest is a haven for walkers and cyclists, many of whom manage glimpses of fast-vanishing deer, wild ponies and wandering cattle or catch the soft sounds of the elusive New Forest cicada.We offer guests an English countryside getaway with helpful and considerate service, tranquil gardens, exquisite locally sourced food, including a truly great Sunday Lunch, combined with a real sense of relaxation. We would be delighted to welcome you to our hotel in the New Forest where our animal friendly staff will ensure your 'best friend' is treated as well as you are. With excellent links to the A35, the Forest Park Hotel is the perfect location for a romantic retreat, leisure activity, corporate event or business travel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forest Park Brockenhurst
- Hotel Forest Park
- Forest Park Hotel Brockenhurst, New Forest National Park