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Destination guide

Culture and history near New Forest District holiday lettings

There was once a time when English kings hunted among the beech and oak woods of the New Forest. These days, it's the province of hikers, bikers and wildlife lovers who come to wander in one of England's youngest national parks. The natural draws are truly gorgeous. There are heathlands trodden by wild ponies and ancient redwoods and oaks with more than 500 candles on their birthday cake. You can visit hearty inns and alehouses to sip homemade ciders, or wander hamlets of thatched-roofed cottages. And New Forest District holiday rentals mean trips to Beaulieu, the home of the petrol-headed National Motor Museum.

History

Historic sites near New Forest District holiday homes

New Forest District has an array of historic sites to explore during your trip. Holiday homes can be found near places like Hurst Castle, the fortress of Henry VIII with gun armaments, a lighthouse exhibition and a cafe, and Exbury Gardens a historic woodland garden with an abundance of colourful blooms and steam train rides. Another highlight is the Highcliffe Castle, a Gothic revival mansion with restored exteriors, gardens and a tea room.

Things to do

Attractions near New Forest District holiday lettings

You might just be able to hear the purring of F1 engines and the rumble of vintage open-top cars as you approach the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. Housed in the grounds of a mansion bearing the regal name of the Montagu family, it's certainly set to impress. Everything from Grand Prix legends to old-school Vespa scooters make the exhibition a fine choice for lovers of pistons and speed, while handsome Beaulieu Abbey and Victorian re-enactments in the nearby family home mean there's also something for the history buffs.

Activities

Things to do near New Forest District holiday homes

New Forest District holiday rentals promise an escape to the country on England's South Coast. Quaint towns like Brockenhurst will try to detain you with their cosy tearooms and boutique craft stores. If you can resist their allure for a moment and break into the national park, things take a turn for the wild. Kayaking down tree-lined rivers, pony rides across blustery heathland, hiking through mossy woods – it's all on the menu. For the little ones, petting farms and miniature zoos offer encounters with lambs and piglets and more.

Day trips

Day trips from New Forest District holiday rentals

New Forest District serves as an ideal base camp to explore the wonders of Hampshire. Holiday homes are just a short distance from intriguing locations like Highclere Castle, a Victorian country house and setting for 'Downton Abbey', with lavish rooms and grounds, and the Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World, an adventure park with a water kingdom and animal feedings. You’ll also enjoy the Winchester Cathedral, a history-rich medieval Anglican cathedral with a Norman crypt holding modern sculptures.

Weather

Climate during your stay in New Forest District holiday homes

This beautiful land of meadows, fields and woods impresses no matter the season. Most travellers will come with their walking boots during the summer, with months like June, July and August seeing the hottest weather and plenty of great kayaking and walking conditions. The autumn can be really gorgeous, particularly when the trees change colour in September, October and November. Others will look for cosy New Forest District holiday rentals in wintertime between December and March – the possibility of snow on the branches can be hard to resist.

Natural features

From heaths to ancient oaks in New Forest District

The New Forest National Park is the piece de resistance of the New Forest District. It covers a vast swathe of the South Coast countryside, clocking up 219 square miles of woodland and heath, meadow and rolling downs. As many as 140 miles of marked hiking trails wind through the quaint villages and into the reserve, crossing babbling rivers and passing pockets of alder trees, ancient oaks and grasslands. Animals to spot include the famous New Forest pony, wild deer, muntjac and birds like the Dartford warbler and woodlark.

How to get there

Transport options to and around New Forest

Fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.7 mi (18.8 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Southampton (SOU), which is 12.2 mi (19.6 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Brockenhurst Station, Brockenhurst Beaulieu Road Station and Southampton Ashurst New Forest Station are the main stations in the area.

How many holiday rentals are available around New Forest District?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,862 holiday lettings around New Forest District. From 862 cabins to 862 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 is the best area to stay when travelling to New Forest District?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in New Forest District:

  • Southsea: 136 holiday homes
  • Bournemouth City Centre: 140 holiday homes
  • Gunwharf Quays: 56 holiday homes
  • Buckland: 15 holiday homes
  • Portsmouth City Centre: 91 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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

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

  • Mudeford Quay: 1,700 holiday lettings
  • Peppa Pig World: 1,260 holiday lettings
  • Swanage Beach: 1,302 holiday lettings
  • Boscombe Pier: 1,598 holiday lettings
  • Alum Chine Beach: 1,605 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around New Forest District 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 New Forest District?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 862 Cabins in New Forest District. Our other popular types of New Forest District holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 862 self catering accommodations
  • Barns: 32 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 370 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in New Forest District?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 190 holiday homes with pool available in New Forest District. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.