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Cozy & stylish railway cottage near the New ForestLaunching July 2021, 'Stag' is a stylish and bright railway cottage that offers comfortable accommodation and everything you would need for a relaxing getaway. Carefully designed 2 bedroom cottage is a perfect base for shopping, eating out, exploring the New Forest and the local beaches. Located in the centre of Ringwood, close to Bournemouth and Salisbury and a host of nearby attractions, our space is great for a stay-cation, as a work-from-home alternative, or for families.
Pretty Victorian cottage: Lyndhurst The New ForestLaunching in July 2021, Bluebell Cottage is situated in a peaceful location just a short walk from the village of Lyndhurst in the heart of The New Forest. Lyndhurst is a vibrant and busy village with several cafes, pubs, restaurants and independent shops. There is even a very high end car showroom if you're looking for a Ferrari! After the bustle of the village you can just sit back and relax in the cottage garden with your favourite tipple or cosy up by the woodburner in winter.
The Old Dairy - Self contained accommodationLocated 400m from the River Hamble in the quite village of Warsash in Hampshire. Perfect if you are studying at the Maritime College or wanting to enjoy a relaxing time near the water. The Old Diary is one of the last remaining buildings from the Warsash Estate built in 1914, now sensitively restored. Private entrance and off road parking allows 24/7 easy access. You will be welcomed with a complimentary welcome basket that contains continental breakfast supplies.
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Hampshire is known for its love of all things nautical. Its southern coastline, which looks across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, is home to the busy port cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, whose history has encompassed everything from ancient fishing fleets to industrial dockyards, and famed naval endeavours to prestigious yacht racing. Across the estuary west of Southampton lies the New Forest National Park, which is, contrary to its name, one of England’s most ancient woodlands, having been a hunting ground for William the Conqueror nearly 1,000 years ago. With market towns and quaint villages, not to mention the cathedral city of Winchester, Hampshire maintains an air of gentility to match the natural beauty that spills across its chalk downs and river valleys.
Hampshire’s own Southampton International Airport (SOU) offers flights to a number of European and UK destinations, but you can reach the county in just over 30 minutes of driving from London’s biggest airport, Heathrow (LHR). Gatwick (LGW) is also nearby. Major train lines connect Hampshire with the rest of the country, and it’s easy to get around the region by rail. Coaches operate widely while bus services can get you around more locally, including within the New Forest. Taxis and rideshares are available in all but the smallest villages. And if you’re thinking of going car-free, there are plenty of cycling and walking paths to enjoy.
May to September is a busy time on the coast, with many regattas and festivals to enjoy. The Southampton International Boat Show, the United Kingdom’s largest watersports festival, takes place in September, while the Solent attracts sailors and yachts from across the globe for its international racing for Cowes Week in August. The New Forest is popular in summer, though like the coast it can be just as delightful in the spring and the autumn. No matter when you choose to visit, know that the weather can be unpredictable in typical British fashion, and rain is a part of life here. Other notable events include the Farnborough International Airshow and the annual Army Show in the military town of Aldershot, both in July, and there’s also a Regency Week Festival in Alton and Chawton in June.
This small coastal town at the base of the New Forest has a long history that dates back to the Saxons, one that fills its narrow streets with period buildings and character. Lymington has two marinas and a rich sailing heritage, and you can swim in the open-air seawater baths built by the Georgians. Its marshy coastline, a nature reserve, offers lovely walks and views.
On the southern outskirts of Winchester, this chalk hill is worth the climb for the stunning views it offers over the city and its cathedral spires and the surrounding Itchen Valley. Approximately 100 steps take you to the summit, where you can still see the earthwork outlines of an Iron Age fort, and the surrounding downland is often covered in butterflies.
Once an important coach stop on the route from Portsmouth to London, this typical Hampshire market town still hosts regular markets and has a thriving arts scene. It’s surrounded by the scenic South Downs, with Queen Elizabeth Country Park just a short drive south, and picturesque villages in easy reach.