Joining the perimeter of the port city of Southampton to the outskirts of premier UK beach resort Bournemouth, the New Forest is an expanse of magical woodland and green open spaces close to the south coast. Home to deer, ponies and plenty of wildlife, it has a wealth of excellent walks, cycles and treks. And there are many family-friendly indoor attractions to explore, such as the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu and Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World. The New Forest incorporates a number of pretty towns and villages, as well as plenty of highly regarded destination hotels.
Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa
It’s one of the best-known spa hotels in the country, attracting celebrities and well-heeled guests seeking serenity. But there’s much more to this country house hotel. Hands-on foodies can build on existing culinary skills with a course at the kitchen school, nature lovers can explore the New Forest or take a trip to the sea, while family-friendly treehouse apartments complete with hot tubs make for an unusual and memorable school holiday getaway. And of course, you mustn’t miss some of the most exquisite body and facial treatments in the UK. If you’re short on time or passing through the area, spa day packages are also available.
Careys Manor & SenSpa
Nestled between the New Forest and the Solent, Careys Manor & SenSpa is the perfect escape for a pampered getaway in the countryside. Located in Brockenhurst, the stunning manor house offers 18th century grandeur with traditional charm. Home to the world class SenSpa, and three restaurants including modern British brasserie Cambium, traditional French bistro Le Blaireau, and authentic Thai eatery The Zen Garden, Careys Manor & SenSpa is the ultimate destination to relax and rejuvenate.
The Montagu Arms
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the New Forest in Beaulieu, Grade II listed hotel The Montagu Arms offers a chic and stylish escape. With its elegant bedrooms and suites, three AA Rosette Terrace Restaurant led by new Head Chef Matthew Whitfield (previously of Eleven Madison Park), and stunning grounds and gardens; it’s the perfect getaway for those looking for a luxury, gastronomic experience.
Lime Wood Hotel
Travel to the picturesque surroundings of the New Forest, and this stately home – once a 13th-century hunting lodge – in the pretty little town of Lyndhurst. The Herb House Spa has an indoor and outdoor connected pool, sun deck with forest views, Matt Roberts’ Gym and Raw & Cured café. Hartnett, Holder & Co is the deeply stylish, on-trend dining room, plus there’s The Courtyard Bar with an alfresco terrace. It’s a more intimate option with 32 rooms and two cottages (one of which treats its inhabitants to a four‑poster bed, private terrace overlooking the countryside and a roll‑top bath). Lime Wood is child and pet-friendly.