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New Forest- Where to stay

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New Forest- Where to stay

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?

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1. Re: New Forest- Where to stay

Looking at the map of the New Forest you may consider staying in or near Lyndhurst.

However, I have a friend who lives in Ashurst nearby, and I went to visit them a while ago.

We went up to Lyndhurst near the evening rush hour and the place was almost gridlocked.

As you can see from the map it is a meeting place for many roads in the area, but because it is near the New Forest they cant or wont build a by pass.

So for that reason it gets full of traffic each morning and evening, making it a place may not want to base yourselves for a holiday.

In the South East of the Forest we went to Lepe Country Park and this was very pleasant and very near the coast (not sure what the beach was like).

Staying somewhere near there would be very pleasant.

p.s. The beach at Lepe Country Park was used to launch some of the boats and harbour parts for the D Day landings at Normandy at the end of World War 2. There is still plenty of remains of the buildings and so on on and near the beach.

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Perhaps Brockenhurst as it has a station with direct trains to London and also bicycle hire. The ponies and cattle (hairy highland varieties) roam free throughout the village (eating the flowers out of gardens).

Another option would be Lymington which also has a station which connects to Brockenhurst (and that is the only place it goes!).

Lyndhurst is very nice but always a traffic bottle neck as described above. Very bad in July and August weekends sometimes. Most people are day trippers though, so it is quieter in the evenings.

The beach at Lepe is pebbly and covered in tiny tiny shells. The currents are dangerous though so you can't swim there. Gorgeous place however!

Nice places for kids include New Forest wildlife park


Longdown farm


and Monkey world


As you can probably tell, I really liked animals as a child!

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3. Re: New Forest- Where to stay

hello - following the above posts - can you have a look at some of the other NF threads, as there's a lot of information there too, especially Brockenhurst/Lymington forums.

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4. Re: New Forest- Where to stay

Burley is a lovely village, popular with tourists and has a couple of pubs, tearooms and a few shops. You have a choice of leaving the village to go across the forest roads or in the other direction you can head back to the motorway which is handy for your potential visitors.

We often go there for a walk and some pub food.


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Hello Seattle

There are 3 very nice holiday cottage rents on Emery Down - little village just outside Lyndhurst:-

End Cottage http://www.end-cottage.co.uk/

and The Old Post Office and Clare's Cottage


All in the same lovely street, so any would do, depending on what size you want.

Walking distance to Lyndhurst (20 mins downhill). Emery Down has its own pub and there are 2 others nearby - one on the way to Lyndhurst (The Swan) and one with FAB seafood (The Oak at Bank - a nice walk through the woods).

Let me know if you come over - we live in same street and my husband is from Vancouver, WA. We are not connected to the rentals at all!

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Promoting your own property on TA is not allowed.

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8. Re: New Forest- Where to stay

Blatant or what?!

Pumismo - what did you decide?

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9. Re: New Forest- Where to stay

Did you know that the New Forest Tourist Association produce a 'WHERE TO STAY GUIDE'. Its an excellent guide and all the Hotels, Guest Houses and B&Bs that are any good are in it. See this following website, it has a database of everyones availability. http://www.thenewforest.co.uk/accommodation

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10. Re: New Forest- Where to stay

Hi often visit the new forest and we have stayed in a cottage near the market town of Romsey it is self catering or B&B and has 5 stars. great location for walking and visiting the coast new forest or salisbury. www.woodpeckers-newforest.co.uk