We are planning a trip for summer 2013 for our family (including 2 kids who will be 3 and 4.5). We thought the New Forest would be a good place to rent a house for ~10 nights. We have family in Oxford, Cornwall, and Dorset and thought they could come visit and we could also take a day trip or two to London.
What areas of the New Forest would be best? I'm not that familiar. We will have a car so requirements are: within 15-20 min drive to train, within 20 minute walk of village (or at least a pub!!), lots o' ponies, and close to things for kids to do (beach, etc)? Any suggestions?