New Forest Accommodation

The New Forest is a vast expanse of woodland interwoven with rivers and boasting a large variety of wildlife. There are many activities to keep you busy from action packed activities and sports to bird watching and an abundance of nature trails. There is a large range of New Forest accommodation, from hotels to hostels, however self catering holiday cottages are among the most popular type of accommodation. This is because you can settle in to a home away from home for your holiday, enjoy your own privacy and do as much or as little as you choose.

Holiday Cottages New Forest

There is a holiday cottage in the New Forest to suit your idea of a holiday. Whether you are taking the children away for a week to run wild in the woods or if you are a couple looking to indulge in some quiet time tucked away in this idyllic natural setting, there is something to your specification. You can choose from cottages that are pet friendly, or cottages with a swimming pool or hot tub, from family sized rural cottages to intimate luxury town apartments, you can find your perfect holiday cottage in the New Forest.

New Forest Self Catering

When visiting the New Forest, self catering is the way to go for total freedom during your stay. There are loads of facilities nearby to cater for your every need, and plenty of activities for the whole family to join in together. Whether you are a couple looking for a quiet break, a group of friends who want to spend some quality time together or a family looking for a memorable holiday adventure in the New Forest, self catering offers the greatest options to ensure that everyone has fun.

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New Forest

The preservation and celebration of wildlife and rural culture defines this area of southern England, an oasis in-between Southampton and Bournemouth on a coastline cluttered with urban development. The New Forest stretches from the Solent strait up across much of Hampshire and encompasses perhaps the richest array of natural habitats in the south. The towns and villages dotted in and around the forest are brimming with just as much life, with markets, fairs and other events held regularly to celebrate and show off their way of life.

Places to go in The New Forest

The New Forest’s dry heaths, dense woodland, valley bogs and rivers are home to an abundance of wildlife and plants. Birds like the Dartford Warbler and Woodlark, the three native species of snake, and muntjac and sika deer all call the area home. The best way for you to explore the forest and its wildlife is by using the many miles of public paths, or the two rivers that cut through the landscape. For an even closer look at animals, you should check some of the wildlife centres in and around the forest. At the Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre, as the name suggests, you can see a wide range of birds of prey and reptiles, while Longdown Activity Farm allows you to get hands on with all sorts of cute and cuddly farm animals. Aside from the wildlife, the area has a strong and proud rural culture that simply must be experienced. The way for you to do this is to head into the towns and villages, meet the locals, sample their fare and get involved in their events.

Our Top Picks in The New Forest

We want you to enjoy the best that The New Forest has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;

New Forest Tour Bus

During the summer months the open-top bus tour is the perfect way for you to give your legs a rest and see the forest from a completely new perspective. Sit back, relax and take in the open countryside, lush woodland, scenic coastline and historic villages. You can jump off anywhere you want to explore further on foot and then catch another bus later in the day to continue the tour, all on the same ticket.

New Forest Show

The annual agricultural spectacle, also known as the Hampshire County Show, runs for three days in July and is the flagship event in the area’s busy calendar of markets, fairs and shows. You shouldn’t miss the chance to mingle with more than 100,000 visitors and celebrate traditional country pursuits, crafts, produce and entertainment. Attractions include show jumping and livestock competitions.

New Forest Wildlife Park

Perched on the edge of the New Forest, the wildlife park is a great way for you to explore the native and past-native wildlife of Britain, as well as otters and owls from around the world. You can watch otters swimming underwater, ferrets chasing their tails, harvest mice home-making, owls nesting and deer grazing. The park is one of the UK’s leading institutions in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. It is also involved in several conservation projects and breeding programmes.

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