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Whilst visiting the beautiful New Forest, take time to explore the local area and neighbouring cities and villages.

Bustling cities, historical architecture, quaint villages and beautiful coastlines await you, we have put together a few recommendations that we know our guests will enjoy, whether you are travelling by car or train. Enjoy your stay at Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.



Once the capital city of England, Winchester is one of the most beautiful cities and offers a unique heritage including a magnificent cathedral, the great hall and Arthur’s round table as well as a vast array of shops, pubs and restaurants. This stunning city also played a part in literary history, inspiring Jane Austen, who lived in nearby Chawton, to write such classic novels as Sense and Sensibility and Emma. Just a 35 minute drive from Careys Manor Hotel, Winchester is a must on your visit to the South.

Southampton Wiki

Southampton ­

A vibrant and modern city just a 25 minute drive away from Careys Manor Hotel, Southampton offers excellent shopping, dining and night life as well as an impressive cultural offering of art galleries, music venues and museums.

A favourite cruise terminal, our guests are able to begin their holiday early and spend some time relaxing in the heart of the New Forest prior and post cruise for an ultimate break.



The waterfront city offers lots of activities for all of the family, including the historical dockyard which houses the HMS Victory and a Mary Rose museum, reef aquarium, Spinnaker tower and award winning Gunwharf Quays offering over 20 cosmopolitan bars, designer outlet shopping, nightclubs, a multiplex cinema and bowling approximately a 42 minute drive from Careys Manor Hotel.

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight ­

Known as the 'Garden Isle' the Isle of Wight attracts visitors with its award winning beaches and beautiful coastline, with over half the Island designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Isle of Wight is a great place to visit whilst enjoying your New Forest holidays at Careys Manor Hotel, accessable by car ferry from Lymington or Southampton or on foot via Hovercraft from Southsea to Ryde.



Lymington, just 10 minutes from Careys Manor, is a bustling, colourful town and popular sailing resort. Its Georgian High Street hosts a street-market every Saturday morning, the busiest time for the town, boasting a range of stalls selling everything from local fine foods to craftwork and antiques. When weariness sets in, there are many parks, pubs, cafés and restaurants in and around the town and its two marinas or simply head back and retire to SenSpa for a treatment and to use its award winning spa facilities.



A quaint and beautiful village to discover on your visit to the New Forest with plenty of forest walks and ancient woodland to explore. Be sure to visit the National Motor Museum, a guaranteed great day out whether you visit the museum, with over 250 vehicles from every motoring era or the 13th Century Palace House to view the many splendid and varied family treasures, portraits, photographs and memorabilia of the Montagu family. All just 12 minutes away from Careys Manor Hotel.

New Forest

New Forest National Park

Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa is lucky enough to be located in the heart of the beautiful New Forest National Park which covers twenty-five scenic acres of ancient woodland. A wander in our Park will reveal a wonderful range of wildlife - in natural surroundings. Here we have 3 species of otter; European wolf, 12 species of owls, badgers, foxes and deer. Other mammals to be seen are polecats, mink, pine martens and highly endangered Scottish wildcat, lynx, wallaby and wild boar. 

Hurst Castle

Milford-On-Sea & Hurst Castle

Milford-On-Sea is a quaint seaside village just 18 minutes from Careys Manor Hotel, host to Hurst Castle, built in 1544 by Henry VIII as a coastal fortress, is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea and is just three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight. Take a scenic walk along the spit to access the castle, with uninterrupted views of the Solent, Isle of Wight and English Channel or take a small ferry along the picturesque Keyhaven river to reach the castle. 

Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum

Just 12 minutes from Careys Manor, step back in time at the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard. Discover the history behind the 18th century shipbuilding village, once home to ships built for Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar. Visit the Maritime Museum which tells the story of this unique village and enjoy a stroll along the pathways beside Beaulieu River, or join the River Cruise taking you on a tranquil journey, revealing the abundant wildlife that inhabits its riverbanks.

Exbury GardensExbury Gardens

Just 20 minutes from Careys Manor, discover the spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs, is an earthly paradise offering a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquility in summer and a splendid show with the changing leaves in the autumn. Escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways by foot, or hop on the train or a chauffeur driven buggy for a 20 minute tour of the Gardens.

Click Here to hear about the current flowering conditions at Exbury 12 minutes away

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