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This private apartment has been beautifully renovated, light, bright and airy yet retaining the character of an ancient building. A romantic setting for couples, 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.
Alan and I worked together for many years in hotels around the country before bringing up our family and eventually buying this lovely old pub, which we had admired since we visited it when we first moved to the New Forest. Our children are grown up and so we were able to devote ourselves to the Red Lion.
Richard West purchased this apartment in 2006
This pub has such a lovely atmosphere. It is cosy and the very walls seem to welcome you when you arrive. We converted the first floor into a letting apartment as we know that, like ourselves, many people love to stay in an authentic old pub.
The apartment is completely private and although we do not provide breakfast our guests tell us it is a treat to relax over dinner and a bottle of wine knowing that they can just slip away upstairs whenever they like. The pub downstairs is full of genuine antiques and artefacts, fascinating to explore the different rooms, each with its own character. You are our only resident guests and so are very important VIPs to us as we love to show off our pub and this beautiful area!
We had a lovely stay, the apartment was the nicest property we have rented and the people very welcoming and helpful. We ate in the pub - the food was excellent, the service very good, we wished we could have eaten there every evening! This was the perfect place for a peaceful getaway, we will be back.
We loved the Red Lion. The flat above the pub was well equipped, comfortable bed, immaculate bathroom and well equipped kitchen. The only slight disadvantage, and the reason for only four stars is the intermittent nature of the Internet reception, not the fault of the staff but rather the location.
All of the staff in the pub were more than helpful and friendly and the excellence of the menu meant that all our resolutions to do more of our own cooking were forgotten as we ate downstairs on several occasions.
The proximity to Lymington allowed us to visit there easily and also go to the Isle of Wight. Other local attractions such as Beaulieu are a must to go to.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thanks Natasha and Richard for your hospitality.
The accommodation, the setting, the food, the people... it was all spot-on. The team works really hard to make sure everyone has a great experience and enjoys their warm hospitality. It's a special place and we can't wait to go again.
PS: Home-made puddings to die for!
We had an excellent few days, the accomodation was top quality and the food in the pub was was top notch, thanks for looking after us.
Heather, Anthony, Adam and Daniel
The Red Lion stands in the ancient New Forest village of Boldre with it's Saxon church and within the New Forest National Park with free roaming ponies, pigs and donkeys. Close to Lymington with it's famous yachting marina. Lymington is a pretty Georgian town with a lively Saturday Market and ferries to the Isle of Wight from the cobbled quay. Easy access to the lovely southern beaches of Milford-on-Sea, Highcliffe, Christchurch and Poole. A little further is Weymouth (home of 2012 Olympic sailing events) and in the other direction the home of the Royal Navy at the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth where you can visit HMS Victory and the NEW Mary Rose museum. Very local attractions include Beaulieu Palace, Abbey and National Motor Museum, Exbury Gardens with it's small gauge steam railway and lovely arboretum. Horse riding, walking, cycling and sailing are all popular New Forest activities in all weather and for a little retail therapy Southampton's West Quay shopping centre. Above a 15th century traditional New Forest pub well known for it's food, winners of Marstons 'Southern Food Pub of the Year' and members of the New Forest Marque which ensures fresh local produce is used, a quintessential New Forest pub with log fires and a genuinely warm welcome. Only an hour from Winchester and 90 minutes from central London yet firmly within the New Forest where medieval traditions still survive and can be explored at the New Forest Visitor Centre in Lyndhurst. The local villages are fascinating; Burley with it's history of dragons and witches where you can take a horse drawn wagon ride into the forest, Brockenhurst which has a rail link to London and the excellent Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club (yes, spelled differently), Keyhaven which has salt marsh walks to spot sea birds, lovely breezy walks beside the sea along the spit to Hurst Castle and views of the needles and the Isle of Wight, Beaulieu, which has not only the Palace House, a member of the Treasure Houses of England consortium, and the National Motor Museum (currently housing the James Bond car collection) but sits beside the lovely tidal Beaulieu River and leads on to Bucklers Hard, a Tudor boat building village with a museum of it's own. The Red Lion is in a quiet spot yet only a short walk onto the open forest or into bustling Lymington and a short drive from the New Forest beaches. A country area with shady lanes, beautiful churches and wildlife in abundance, with walks right from the door.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
A deposit by remote credit card payment or cheque is required to secure reservation. No reservation is confirmed before a deposit has been received. Prices are for two guests and includes all linen and towels. Extra guest will be charged at £20 per night up to three nights, this then reduces to £60 per stay for a week stay. The rental conditions strictly prohibit smoking in the property.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.