"We had an excellent week at The Bend. It is a wonderful place to stay - great facilities, clean, spacious and very relaxing. The internet connection was an added bonus - much faster than we have here in Devon! An excellent property and one we wouldn't fail to recommend!" by Rosemary P from Devon

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"A wonderful house that made for a well placed base to explore the New Forest. Thank you for sharing your house." by Sandra S from London

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"We were extremely pleased with the house and garden and hope to organise another visit - maybe next year. The garden and all the toys provided were appreciated by all." by Roselle B from Berkshire

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"A fantastic home for a family reunion, brilliant for the children to roam and play, wonderful for the adults to relax. Thank you!" by The Webbs from New Zealand

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"Thank you again. We had such a lovely break. We will be back!" by Briony M from London

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"Thank you for a wonderful stay in your lovely house during the weekend 23/24 January. All of the girls loved the house and we could have stayed there a lot longer!" by Lisa D from London

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"Wonderful accommodation for our mixed age group (3 - 95). We've had a lovely time together over Christmas - a rare treat to fit everyone under one roof. Thanks. The Bend has been beautifully modernised and equipped - congratulations!" by AP from Dorset

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"We all had a great weekend thank you, and the weather was particularly warm which helped. Everyone had a great time and really loved the house, thank you." by John T from Kent

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"We had a wonderful time thank you. The house is splendid and there was lots provided in the welcome pack." by Anonymous

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"All of my family thought that The Bend was an excellent house for a holiday and beautifully presented. We really enjoyed ourselves." by Matt B from Hants

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There are many cycle routes in the New forest for all abilities.
Cycles can be hired from the following centres;

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Fishing in the New Forest is quite restricted and is only available at Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet. You will need a forestry Commission fishing permit along with a valid rod license.
Fortunately this part of Hampshire is renowned for its fishing and it does have some excellent private lakes and fisheries available both in and around the forest area stocking a whole range of freshwater species including Roach, Rudd, Tench, Pike and Dace for example.
Of course not all fishing is restricted to the fresh water variety so if you want to add a bit of diversity to your fishing experience you could try your hand at sea fishing available from Lymington Quay.


There is the unique Run at Mudeford, a narrow tidal channel running in and out Christchurch Harbour, where large numbers of both sea and fresh water feed together, giving the opportunity to fish for such species as bass, sea trout, mullet, and flounder, at the same time as roach, dace, and bream. Again, contact Davis Tackle for more details and advice.
Sea fishing is of course a major attraction for fishermen. You can fish from the beach, and there are several companies and individuals offering fishing trips by boat in the area, including

  • Mudeford Quay. (From the Fish Stall)
  • Bill Foster (out of Christchurch)
  • Puffin Cruises (Lymington Quay
  • Sea Fishing Trips (Hurst Castle Ferry Pontoon, Keyhaven )
  • M Cottingham (out of Keyhaven)
  • Ray Pitt (out of Keyhaven)

Private Lakes

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The soft cliffs to the East of the village are famous for their fossils from the Eocene period (40 million years ago). The area is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) which means that they are protected by law, and you cannot actually dig for them. Don’t be deterred though, they are easy to find laying on the surface, as they get eroded from the soft cliffs by rain and sea. There are many web sites with information on this subject, for example,

  • Dr Ian West’s superb pages.
  • This is the UK Fossils Info (Hampshire) website.
  • There is also a wealth of information on the site owned by a regular visitor from Germany, the Dykes Family.

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There are several golf courses in the area, including Highcliffe Castle Golf Club

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Ringwood: Matchams Leisure Park. Tel: 01425 473305

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There are many riding schools in the New Forest including.

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  • Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre Broadway, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 4EN Tel: 01202 425173
  • Christchurch Sailing Centre for Dingy sailing lessons 37 Foxwood Avenue, Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 3JZ Open from March to November E-Mail: christchurchsailingcentre@nascr.netq Tel: (+44) 1202 471494
  • Christchurch Yachting Sailing Courses and Cruises

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  • Off-road adventure with clay pigeon shooting and archery thrown into the mix.
  • Ample facilities for clay shooting, and a range of activities from Game Shooting to Go-Karting.
  • The estate has an in-house shoot that employs three full-time gamekeepers and up to forty people on shoot days.
  • Voted one of the best shooting schools in the country, Purbeck offers a wide range of activities in a variety of locations. Deer stalking is available
  • Purbeck Shooting School 1 Wyllon Place, Wool, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HR. Ground: Puddletown Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 7NT Tel: 01929 405101 E-mail: info@shooting.uk.com For information on game days please contact Graham Brown 07976 931341

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It’s true! The Christchurch Ski Centre is Britain’s Number 1. They also have an Alpine Adventure Park, and much more besides.

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If you want to go for a walk or cycle directly from the house try walking to Gus Common. Turn right out of the house along Croft Rd., pass Chisel Lane and Lyndhurst Rd on your left and stay on the road which turns gently to the right. Then take the next left, Waterditch Rd, which goes up a gentle hill and then down through a small brook crossing the road. Shortly afterwards turn left and follow the lane round until you come to a bridle path. Keep going straight until you come to a gate at the entrance of Gus common. Enter and enjoy roaming round.

There are so many beautiful walks for all abilities in the NEW FOREST.
Guide books are in the house and the following web site in useful.

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  • New Forest Water Park is set in 55 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside where there are 2 lakes for watersports.
  • Windsurfing and kite surfing Spot On Water Tel: 01425 272509
  • Lessons based in Christchurch bay. All levels and groups catered for including children and large groups

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  • Beaulieu Abbey
  • Beaulieu Motor meuseum
  • Beaulieu Palace House
  • Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
  • Bolderwood Ornamental Drive
  • Buckers Hard Village
  • Exbury Gardens
  • Furzey Gardens
  • Hurst Castle
  • Lepe County Park
  • Longdown Dairy Farm
  • Monkey world
  • Moors Valley country Park
  • New Forest Museum
  • Otter and Owl Centre
  • Paultons Park
  • Raptor and Reptile Centre
  • Rockbourne Roman Villa