Holidaying in Hampshire’s New Forest… a personal recollection

If you’re thinking of having a holiday in the UK, the New Forest is a great place to visit and stay.

It was our first visit to the New Forest and we chose a bed and breakfast accommodation called Cottage Crest, near Fordingbridge, which is on the edge of the New Forest.

The owner of the bed and breakfast, Lupita, made us very welcome.  She showed us the annex where we would be staying which was in beautiful grounds of the main house.  The annex overlooks the Avon Valley with vast stretches of the New Forest and as we were on a hill the vista from our window was beautiful. Sometimes you can see Roe Deer and Badgers and many birds.  We had a large double bedroom, en-suite bathroom with underfloor heating and small sun room that overlooked the Forest,  a thoughtful touch of a microwave and small refrigerator in case we wanted to come back and make ourselves a lunch.

All her guests had breakfast in the main house. A beautiful old family house with antiques not at all formal but friendly and welcoming. We had a cooked  breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes etc. all served to us in a silver tureen to keep it hot.  The china was Royal Albert in a pretty rose pattern.  This big breakfast started off our day to explore the New Forest.

The New Forest is a lively working landscape which holds many secrets and makes discovering them the perfect holiday.  The main attraction of the New Forest is the wide open spaces where you can walk and appreciate the vast amounts of wildlife.  One of the many attractions are the ponies that roam free.  These are in general wild but are managed to ensure their health and wellbeing.

To see the New Forest it was essential to use the car to get to carefully sited picnic areas and parking facilities.  Driving around the lanes had to be taken with great care as you were very likely to turn a corner and find ponies in the road but more than likely there would be group of donkeys.  Donkeys have a habit of just stopping in the middle of the road for a rest just as you want to pass them, so you must always be on the alert as they have no intention of moving until they are ready. Another time we parked the car on the side of the road and watched a mother cow with her calf and what looked like a huge white bull with her.  They were quite happy sunning themselves and taking no notice of the passing traffic.

The New Forest is a genuine walker’s paradise with many dedicated walks on guided tours, but if you want to just wander off on your own you can do just that.  You can also cycle as the Forest has many miles of traffic free tracks leading you right into the heart of the Forest with very few hills to worry about.  This is an ideal way to see the Forest as it has the best of both worlds as you can see more of the Forest than walking.

There are also many other attractions for visitors.  A visit to a Wildlife Park where they rear Otters getting them ready to release in the wild is also very interesting. If you like museums there is the National Motor Museums at Beaulieu and together with the historic House you can slip back in time.

New Forest attractions are the ideal way to see more of this beautiful area but our favourite recollections are of the wide open spaces where you are free to roam and just sit to take in the all the view around you. We can’t wait to return for another relaxing holiday.

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