Rural retreats in the New Forest

Nestled in the heart of Hampshire, you’ll find one of England’s most spectacular and unspoilt National Parks, the New Forest. Made up of vast heathlands, deep forests and magnificent walking trails, it’s one of the best spots in the UK in which to find rural retreats. Hugely popular with those seeking endless opportunities for outdoor activities, it offers something to suit every kind of tourist. Those interested in history will also love learning about the park’s past: established by William the Conquerer as a royal hunting ground for deer, today wild ponies, cattle and pigs - as well as several wild deer species - still roam its fields and pastures. Whatever your interests in visiting the New Forest, consider booking private accommodation with HomeAway Holiday Rentals. We have dozens of cottages in the New Forest, spanning a number of the area’s quaint towns and villages. You could stay in Lymington, New Milton or Fordingbridge: wherever you decide to call home for the holiday, you’ll be able to relax and rejuvenate in no time. So why wait? Simply read on for a rundown of our favourite New Forest retreats.

  • Rural retreats in the New Forest, retreats in Milford on Sea

    When staying in the pretty town of Milford on Sea, why not spend some time exploring the northern section of the forest? Encompassing less woodland and more open heathland, it’s quieter than the south yet boasts a number of important historic sites. One not to be missed is the Rufus Stone, which marks the spot where William II, son of William the Conquerer, was killed. Shot by an arrow fired by Walter Tyrell in 1100, the stone stands as a poignant reminder of the King. With an excellent network of walking and cycling trails surrounding, it’s definitely worth a visit during your stay.

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  • Rural retreats in the New Forest, retreats in New Milton

    New Milton is a great base when looking to explore the southern section of the forest, where bird watching and horse-riding are particularly popular activities. You can spend hours simply enjoying the beautiful, unspoilt landscapes, stopping by a stream for a picnic on a sunny day. If you do want to explore further afield, however, take a trip to Buckler’s Hard, an 18th century village next to the River Beaulieu. An important ship building settlement during the Napoleonic wars, it produced warships like Nelson’s Agamemnon, the story of which is told in the Maritime Museum.

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  • Rural retreats in the New Forest, retreats in Lymington

    When staying in Lymington, you simply have to go wildlife watching in the New Forest. The semi-wild ponies can be found grazing across the park, and while you’re advised not to feed them, they’re wonderful to watch. If you want to explore further, however, you could visit the nearby town of Christchurch and spend a day strolling along the beach, or if you fancy a day trip, take the ferry across the Solent and visit the pretty port of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. As well as enjoying a spot of sailing, fishing or paddle boating, you can enjoy water-sports such as jet skiing off the coast.

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  • Rural retreats in the New Forest, retreats in Dibden Purlieu

    When staying in the charming village of Dibden Purlieu, you’ll find dozens of outdoor activities to choose from. You could try something new, like clay pigeon shooting, or bring your clubs along and spend your days playing golf. When staying in Dibden Purlieu, make sure to take a trip to Beaulieu Village, a lovely settlement along the River Beaulieu. Just a couple of miles away from your private holiday rental, it boasts a number of exciting attractions. Boasting a beautiful old Abbey and a magnificent palace, as well as the National Motor Museum, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon.

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  • Rural retreats in the New Forest, retreats in Fordingbridge

    Fordingbridge is a great spot when you want to enjoy fishing on rural retreats: backed by the Hampshire Avon and the River Allen, it’s the ideal choice when looking to catch carp, roach and trout, some of which can reach up to 28 pounds! Of course, those looking to enjoy a peaceful walk will also find spectacular places to do so: the Exbury Gardens are unmissable, famed for rhododendrons and azaleas. Fordingbridge is also home to the Three Lions restaurant, run by Michelin-starred chef Mike Wormersley. After a day’s walking or fishing, what could be better than a gourmet meal?

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