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Destination guide

Enjoy pastoral adventures in New Forest holiday lettings

The New Forest is among the largest remaining undeveloped, natural forests in Southern England. As early as the time of William the Conqueror, it was declared a royal forest, and it is featured in the ‘Domesday Book’. The New Forest offers hiking and biking trails, animal watching, bird-watching and access to many local attractions that are fun for the entire family. Holiday lettings in this area are the gateway to an unforgettable couple’s excursion, family adventure or individual holiday, with memories that are certain to last a lifetime.

History

Discover heritage locations near New Forest villa rentals

Not far from New Forest villa rentals are a number of interesting and exciting historic and heritage sites to visit. The New Forest Heritage Centre Museum offers you a look into the history of the park with displays and family activities. The Canadian War Memorial is a historic landmark along the roadside that commemorates the Canadian forces that were stationed here before D-Day. The Knightwood Oak is a famed oak tree that is over 500 years old and is still growing. Calshot Castle was built by Henry VIII and has since been used as both a Royal Navy and RAF base.

Things to do

Lyndhurst has oodles for families

Lyndhurst holiday rentals aren't just for hikers and nature lovers. They are also primed for families who want to enjoy the wholesome delights of the New Forest area. Head for Paultons Park in Ower village. Whirling rides, like the speedy Cobra, and looping roller coasters, like the Flight of the Pterosaur, are sure to get the heart beating faster there. Meanwhile, down in Beaulieu, there's the National Motor Museum. That's for lovers of F1 or vintage cars, or just a great place to enjoy a picnic and a stroll around haunting Beaulieu Abbey.

Activities

Explorations around Lyndhurst

There are so many ways to enjoy a location in the midst of the New Forest National Park. Many simply slip on the walking boots and join the trails that wiggle away right from the doorstep of Lyndhurst holiday rentals. Some will go on guided nature tours to spot rare birds on the mudflats by the shore. Others will wait for the Walking Festival in October, which sees expert ecologists leading groups through the woods. And then there are those who rumble up on the motorbike and hit the country roads, perhaps dropping into the petrolhead mecca of Beaulieu National Motor Museum along the way.

Weather

Lyndhurst is best when the sun's a-shining

With so many outdoors attractions on the roster of the New Forest – from theme parks to historic country homes to heathland nature trails – it would be a real shame to spend your days cooped up indoors. That's probably why most travellers look to book their cottages and lodges for the spring or summer months – any time between May and August is most likely to be dry and warm. Autumn breaks can also be good, with mild weather and beautiful days for hiking in September.

Natural features

Lyndhurst is nestled in nature

Lyndhurst is surrounded on all sides by the New Forest National Park. Covering a mega 219 square miles of southern England, it's certainly a great swathe of countryside. And it packs in plenty, too. Everything – from wetlands to heaths, farm fields to old-growth oak woods – extends across the Hampshire hinterland here, all connected by narrow driving lanes and miles of hiking trails. Wildlife spotting can mean encounters with deer or ponies, rare frogs or barn owls, not to mention seabirds in the saltmarshes that line the Solent.

How to get there

Transport to and around Lyndhurst

The nearest airport is in Southampton (SOU), located 11.8 mi (19.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), which is 12.4 mi (19.9 km) away.

Restaurants and bars

Where to eat and local cuisine near New Forest holiday homes

If you’re into fine dining, there is a great foodie scene emerging near New Forest just steps from holiday homes. There are over 2,500 species of wild mushroom that form the core of many local dishes that must be experienced to be believed. The area of Brockenhurst has a number of farm-to-table restaurants. Lyndhurst also has a range of great eateries staffed by award-winning chefs who rely on locally sourced ingredients. Beaulieu features high-class, upscale restaurants, and you can enjoy cream tea along the 7-mile South Food Trail in the forest itself.

Essential info

What to know about New Forest and Lyndhurst

The area near New Forest holiday cottages has a long history dating to the early medieval period. It is still considered a royal forest and is managed by the Forestry Commission. The forest also gives its name to a local district and the national park of which it forms the core. There are three larger and a number of smaller villages dominating the area, offering access to many modern amenities such as good dining, shopping and outdoor adventures. New Forest is a good place to view local wildlife including deer, squirrels, European otters and other animals.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly fun near your New Forest holiday rental

Many family-fun activities are available near your New Forest holiday rental. The Deer Sanctuary of Bolderwood offers picnic grounds and the chance to see red deer in the area. Buckler’s Hard is a hamlet along the Beaulieu River banks and is a historic location built by John Montagu, second Duke of Montagu. You can take the kids to see the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, an agricultural event that attracts over 100,000 people for fun, food and play every year. The open-top New Forest Tour bus lets you see all the excitement and fun the forest has to offer.

Good for couples

Romantic excursions near New Forest holiday cottages

Romantic adventures are plentiful near New Forest holiday cottages. Many couples stop for a roadside photo at the sign announcing the village of Lover. Burley Manor is a scenic locale that dates to 1852 and features gorgeous and colourful garden surroundings, a red-deer sanctuary and fine dining. Piper’s Wait is the highest point in the New Forest, with majestic views of lush greenery all around. You can take a ride among the towering trees of Ornamental Drive, which are especially beautiful in autumn when the leaves turn stunning shades of red and yellow.

How many holiday rentals are available around Lyndhurst?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 584 holiday lettings around Lyndhurst. From 284 cabins to 284 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Lyndhurst?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Lyndhurst. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • New Forest Golf Club: 1,647 holiday lettings
  • New Forest Museum: 1,664 holiday lettings
  • Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary: 1,628 holiday lettings
  • Furzey Gardens: 1,546 holiday lettings
  • Rufus Stone: 1,512 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Lyndhurst listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Lyndhurst?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 284 Cabins in Lyndhurst. Our other popular types of Lyndhurst holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 284 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 113 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 116 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Lyndhurst?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 63 holiday homes with pool available in Lyndhurst. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.