Guide to weekend breaks in the New Forest

Weekend breaks in the New Forest

The largest tracts of unenclosed pasture land and forest in the densely populated south east of England, the New Forest covers south-west Hampshire and extends into south-east Wiltshire. The New Forest is actually extremely old, having being created as a Royal forest by William I in 1079. It became a national park in 2005 and covers an area of 566 km2.

The New Forest is home to numerous bird species, deer, snakes, squirrels and other British fauna. Visitors will also find cattle, ponies and donkeys grazing in the heartland and forest, as the inhabitants of the area have long enjoyed the right to release the animals into the park.

The New Forest’s rich flora and fauna make it a haven for nature lovers looking for a weekend break. With award-winning gardens, museums, leisure and wildlife parks to explore, there is something here for everyone. And for the more active, there are numerous trails that cater to cyclists, horse riders and walkers.

For those looking for accommodation for weekend breaks in the New Forest, there is a huge variety to choose from, ranging from 5 star luxury hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts and even renting your very own holiday cottage. You even have the option of pitching your own tent at one of the camping sites in the heart of the forest.

Examples of hotels include the Cloud Hotel, Brockenhurst, which has rooms ranging from £60 to £85 and the Passford House Hotel, Hampshire, which has rooms in the £65 to £225 range. Bed and breakfast’s include the Gablehurst with rooms costing £30 to £35 and Ashdene Guesthouse with rooms costing £35 to £45.

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