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How To Enjoy The New Forest In The Summer

The New Forest is at the centre of it all, and what could be better than getting away for a long weekend without a marathon drive or the fuss of flights. The New Forest is the ideal spot for a ‘staycation’ and here’s how you can enjoy the summer your way…

If weekends away or a last-minute dining break are calling to you from your busy day-to-day why spend precious free time travelling when you can jump in the car or hop on a train and find yourself in the New Forest in no time. Our New Forest hotel’s proximity to the beautiful south coast invites you for long beach walks and water-based antics, whilst the ancient woodland welcomes you to wander among the trees, picnic with the ponies or spot the elegant deer that roam freely.

Surrounding our Hampshire hotel there’s an abundance of quintessential villages and pretty towns with oldie worlde pubs and independent shops to explore too. From our very own village of Brockenhurst, a hub for beautiful forest walks, and the ‘beautiful place’ that is Beaulieu, home to the renowned National Motor Museum, to the old port town of Lymington and its quaint cobbled quay offering trips to the Isle of Wight, or the village of Burley, bursting with charm, boutique shops and a cycle haven at the centre of the National Park.

Our 18th century home away from home makes a great base to balance the best of an action-packed season with a relaxed summer break away.

But, if once you’re here you don’t want to go anywhere, you don’t have to. For those looking for a relaxed approach to summer days, our luxury Thai spa SenSpa is just steps away from your room; with the fragrance of essential oils guaranteed to lure you in, if the promising warmth of the hydrotherapy suite doesn’t.

Throw on your dressing gown and head to the spa for soothing sessions and unparalleled treatments that promise to melt away the tension gathered by busy life. The spa offers an array of summer treatments including scrubs, massages, and anti-stress experiences to rejuvenate and brighten the soul, or completely relax and renew the mind. So, bring that book you’ve been meaning to read and take some all-important time out for you.

When it is time to leave the spa, step out into our country garden for fresh air and a gentle wander; perhaps a visit to our new, well-placed alfresco bar and eatery ‘The Neigh Bar’ for summer time grazing and cocktails on the lawn – eating is an activity is it not!

There’s no shame in seeking weekend break of ultimate relaxation and nourishing cuisine. Wake up to a New Forest breakfast, sip an espresso and read the paper from our very own little corner of France, then dine in Thailand, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our three on-site restaurants, all so different and offering their own dash of something special.

Now, our beautiful National Park does entice with miles of trail to explore, so for those eager to hop from bike to beach and back again, look no further than our country hotel for dinner, bed and breakfast and ultimately your base of operations while you fulfil an action-packed schedule. Our restaurants will be here to refuel you after your days of kayaking, coasteering, hiking and biking, and your room – a comfy, quiet space for your most peaceful night’s sleep and essential restoration. You could even pop down for a relaxing evening swim or book in those tired muscles for a massage if it’s required.

Not sure where to paddle or splash? No problem, New Forest Activities have your back no matter whether you’re looking for kayaking or canoeing adventures, sea safaris, sunset tours or pub paddles… Whilst on land, they deliver a host of fun activities from archery and ropes courses to an immersive woodland adventure packed with bushcraft, survival and wilderness skills.

For cycle hire from the hotel, simply walk from our doors to Cycle Experience in our village of Brockenhurst where you can hire bikes and helmets, book one of their cycle tours with a local guide or hit the single-tracks on mountain bikes – there’s something for all ages and experience levels.

Now you know how to enjoy the New Forest in the summer your way, be it from the comfort of our spa, from the table of our French Bistro or from a mountain bike in the woods, because it’s time to rejuvenate, re-connect and restore mind, body and soul and the New Forest is the place to do it.


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