This private apartment has been beautifully renovated, light, bright and airy yet retaining the character of an ancient building. A romantic setting for couples (sorry, no children under 14 years old), with authentic beams and spacious rooms. Accommodation comprises a large bedroom with a new Victorian style metal double bedstead dressed in white Egyptian cotton with a toile de jouy cover, a flat-screen television with free-view, sitting room with two new leather couches, flat-screen television with free-view, dining table and chairs, bathroom with new roll top bath, new walk in shower and hand basin, all towels provided, separate WC, kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, fridge, kettle, all crockery and cutlery, washing machine and drier, tea towels provided. The style is romantic, clean, fresh and simple with paintings by local artist Sue Fenn and has views over quiet country lanes. One leather sofa converts into a bed for an extra guest. Great base for exploring the New Forest National Park, Lymington and South Coast beaches
The New Forest: The New Forest, now adopted as a National Park, is an area with deep roots in English history. The famous hunting ground created by William the Conquerer in 1079 still retains much of it's medieval heritage. 'Commoners' still have various Commoning Rights such as the Common of Pasture, which allows grazing of ponies, horned cattle and donkeys, Common of Mast, the right to graze pigs during Pannage season, Common of Turbary, The right to cut turf for fuel and many other rights. The free roaming ponies, cattle and donkeys are a favourite with locals and visitors alike and add a charm to the open forest. Harder to spot are the herds of deer, however a glimpse of them in the morning mist, quietly grazing in their natural habitat is a treat worth seeking out. The New Forest towns and villages are great for shopping with many small unique shops and lively street markets. Our coast has a variety of beaches -famous long, sandy Bournemouth on the Dorset border and many quieter local 'secrets'.
New Forest Activities: Some consider the New Forest best explored on horseback and the opportunities for a gentle hack or exciting cross country ride are excellent with various equestrian yards offering different styles of riding on the forest. Walkers and cyclists are well catered for with many trails and cycle hire shops, certainly the beauty and variety of the New Forest scenery is stunning in all seasons. There are stands of ancient trees, open heathland, tracks and trails, some gentle and rolling green spaces and windswept strands of the Southern Coastline with views to the Isle of Wight. Lymington is a sailors delight with a cobbled Georgian quay, two busy yacht Marinas and both a town sailing club and Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Exbury Gardens has the most amazing display of Rhodedendrons with walks leading down to the estuary and a small guage railway, a day out in itself. Sea fishing, bird watching, paragliding, golfing, swimming, the New Forest has it all!
Local Area information: Boldre is about 1 mile from Lymington, 3 miles from Brockenhurst, 20 minutes drive from Southampton. Easy access from Southampton and Bournemouth airports. London is 90 minutes away by road and Brockenhurst has a direct rail link. Lymington has car and foot ferries to the Isle of Wight. Beaches start 4 miles away and stretch along the southern coastline, from Milford-on-Sea to Highcliffe, Christchurch, Mudeford and Bournemouth. Nice drive from Sandbanks at Poole onto the car ferry carrying you across to Studland and Corfe Castle.
During the 2012 Olympics Weymouth, which will host the Olympic sailing events, is just an hour or so away by car.
Other local attractions include Beaulieu Motor Museum, Palace House and Abbey, Bucklers Hard where tudor shipbuilding took place and Exbury Gardens and miniature steam railway.
The Red Lion, Boldre: The Red Lion, Boldre. A quintessential New Forest pub with a history running back hundreds of years. Reputedly mentioned in the Domesday Book it has developed over years from a pub, two cottages and a stables which accommodated the dray horses overnight on their journey from Strong's Brewery in Romsey. A series of cosy rooms warmed by log fires and decorated with countless authentic coppers and brasses which reflect the gleam of evening candlelight, there is a comforting relaxed atmosphere and you are assured a genuinely warm welcome. The chefs select food of quality and local provenance, home-made Steak and Ringwood Ale Pie, a signature Duo of Hampshire pork, beef Wellington using home-made Venison Pate, pan fried crab and spring onion fishcakes with a hint of fresh chilli. Local fish and shellfish appear on the Chef's Specials board. Home-made traditional puddings, well kept cask ales, a well balanced wine list and simple good service all make this a New Forest pub not to be missed.
The apartment is above the pub, self-contained and entirely private. It has been renovated to provide spacious accommodation for a romantic break in the New Forest.