The New Forest is a spectacular region which extends northwards from The Solent. Within its boundaries is tranquil woodland, beautiful heathland and scenic river valleys which provide no end of walking trails and charming villages to visit. The National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife including the iconic wild ponies, deer, cattle and more.
The area has its own quality mark for local produce, the New Forest Marque, so keep an eye out when you’re shopping. Foodies will enjoy the endless choice of restaurants, cafés and eateries which keep visitors’ appetites at bay with an array of mouth-watering dishes and treats.
The New Forest also benefits from an attractive coastline, which in turn boasts its own wildlife and places of interest. The tidal estuary of Southampton Water harbours many delights for nature enthusiasts. Eling and Bury Marshes are good places for bird watching and Eling Tide Mill is a notable heritage attraction. The North Solent Nature Reserve is home to a plethora of wildlife, displaying a variety of different habitats including woodland, heathland, freshwater and saltwater pools. If it’s beaches you’re after, head for Lepe, Barton-on-Sea, Milford-on-Sea or Calshot.
Besides its natural allure, the New Forest also boasts a number of entertaining family attractions, including Pepper Pig World, The National Motor Museum, New Forest Wildlife Park and the 18th century ship-building village of Buckler’s Hard.
The New Forest is a great destination for a group holiday, with so much to see and do. Browse our collection of large cottages in the New Forest and find the perfect base for your getaway.