Where we are
Hampshire & The New Forest
The New Forest area is a wonderful and beautiful region in which to relax and have a beach and forest holiday. Inglewood Cottage is situated with easy access to many attractions including the New Forest National Park, the beaches of the south coast and Bournemouth, and historical places of interest in both Dorset and Hampshire.
New Milton and the surrounding area
New Milton, a busy and bustling town, is situated on the edge of The New Forest, a national park designated as an area of outstanding beauty with open countryside freely inhabited by ponies, cattle and donkeys. Within the park are the picturesque and charming towns of Lyndhurst, Lymington, Brockenhurst, Beaulieu and Burley providing shops, eateries and public houses.
There are numerous attractions in the forest that offer all types of activities for families, couples and groups. As well as the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife, there is so much more to see and do eg. horse riding, cycle hire and water sport activities are all readily available.
Palace House, Beaulieu Motor Museum
For the more adventurous, the adventure parks are always an exciting option, including Paultons Family Theme Park with Peppa Pig World, Moors Valley Country Park including an exhilarating high level tree walk, and Beaulieu Motor Museum which has go-karts for those who are wanting a faster pace.
Bournemouth town centre, a 40 minute picturesque drive, is a lively holiday destination with excellent beaches, shops and entertainment venues.
Barton on Sea beach, 5* rated, is the nearest of many local peaceful beaches, a 40 minute walk or a few minutes by car. Affording magnificent views of the Needles on the Isle of Wight, there are wonderful cliff top and beach walks, a golf course, and the popular Beachcomber Cafe with garden providing breakfasts, lunches and snacks and an ice cream parlour. The 5* rated Pebble Beach fish restaurant is also located on the clifftop, with open air dining and cosy meals for the cooler months.
Lymington, just a few miles along the coast road, is a quaint Georgian market town with a great selection of boutiques and shops, has a wonderful quay with a pub and terrace for those lazy days watching the boats go by.
Barton on Sea
Nearby Christchurch, a medieval town steeped in history, provides a quiet interlude with walks along the River Avon, a Priory Church and Castle Ruins. Modern coffee houses are interspersed with old-fashioned gift shops and a bandstand provides musical entertainment on hot sunny days. Feed the swans and wander along the banks of the Avon at your leisure!
Go crabbing on Mudeford Quay – loads of crabs to catch – lines and buckets provided at the cottage!
Keyhaven Nature reserve – walk across the salt marshes and view the varied wildlife.
Visit Lyndhurst – Alice Liddell “Alice in Wonderland”s home town, has many shops and a museum in which to while away a few hours.
For those willing to travel a little further afield into the county of Dorset there are numerous beautiful towns, for example, Wimborne Minster, Shaftesbury and Dorchester, and many family attractions such as Farmer Palmers Animal Park, Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum. The spectacular Jurassic Coast with the famous Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove provides breathtaking views and memorable days out.
Market days are in the towns are busy and bustling: Lymington – Saturday; New Milton – Wednesday; Christchurch – Monday. Buses run half hourly from Station Road/Whitefield Road and will take you easily to either Lymington or Christchurch.
Festivals and Shows include:
- May – Food Festival at Christchurch
- June – Steam Revival at Beaulieu
- July – Christchurch Music Festival
- July – Bashley Flower Show
- July – Netley Marsh Steam Rally
- July – Lymington Food Festival
- July – Hampshire and New Forest County Show at Brockenhurst
- August – Cowes Week
- August – Milford on Sea Carnival
- August – Ryde Carnival IOW
- August – Brockenhurst Carnival
- September – Dorset County Show at Dorchester
- October – Ghost Train at Exbury Gardens, Holbury nr Beaulieu
Tennis Courts within 5 minutes walk for club level players or coached sessions at Hale Gardens: www.halegardensltc.org.uk.
Tennis Courts at New Milton Recreation Ground can be advance booked: 01425 619420
Horse Riding – Lessons can be booked at Burley Villa School of Riding in Bashley, just a couple of miles away. Advance booking is advised in high season. Tel: 01425 610278. www.burleyvilla.co.uk
Golf: The nearest golf course is Barton-on-Sea Golf Club at which you can book as a visitor. Located on the cliff top at Barton, this course has stunning views. Tel: 01425 615308. www.bosgc.co.uk
Other visitor attractions in the New Forest area and the adjoining Dorset towns and countryside include:
- Beaulieu National Motor Museum
- Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu
- Marwell Zoological Park
- Bournemouth Oceanarium
- New Forest Wildlife Park
- Longdown Activity Farm Park
- Hurst Castle – Boat trip from Keyhaven to take you there – and back!
- Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary in the forest
- Splashdown Water Park, Poole,
- Day trips are available to the Isle of Wight from Lymington.
- Self drive boat trips on the River Stour at Christchurch Quay – relaxing chug down the river.
- Christchurch Priory Church
- Hengistbury Head with road train
- Swanage Steam Railway
- Sea City Museum, Southampton
Dog Friendly Pubs:
- The Housemartin – Christchurch Road, Barton on Sea
- The Plough Inn – Sway Road, Tiptoe
- The Rising Sun – Bashley Common Road, Bashley, New Milton
- Drift Inn – Beaulieu Road