"We had a wonderful time at The Bend and the weather was perfect for getting out and about, cycling & walking. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends and family and would certainly look to be returning in the not too distant future." by Sandie J from LondonRead all >
"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 BerkshireRead all >
"Many thanks for the fantastic weekend. The house was perfect." by Tim G from LondonRead all >
"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 HantsRead all >
"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 KentRead all >
"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 LondonRead all >
"We had a fantastic time at The Bend over Christmas. The accommodation was perfect for our mixed age group and everyone was very impressed with the decor and high spec of all equipment, etc. Thank you very much!" by Anne P from DorsetRead all >
"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 ZealandRead all >
"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 DorsetRead all >
"Thank you for all the arrangements for the above booking - we had a lovely time at The Bend and thought it was a really nice property." by Karen A from KentRead all >
There can be few other places in England where the ancient landscape has remained so unchanged. In 1079 when William The Conqueror named the area his ‘new hunting forest’, little could he imagine that nearly 1000 years later his ‘Nova Foresta’ would still retain its mystery and romance.
Commoners have ancient rights allowing them to keep horses, cattle and pigs in the Forest, which are allowed to roam freely, including through its villages. There are many historic places to visit within the National Park.
The New Forest is a lively, working landscape with many secrets to discover. The only way to reveal The New Forest’s hidden gems and truly appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the forest is to get out there and explore. Try to escape from the confines of the car and head out on foot, bicycle or on horseback to get a more intimate feel of the forest, its coast and villages.
The New Forest is a genuine walker’s paradise with many circular and linear routes. All year round there are guided walks where local experts will tell you about the history, geology, wildlife and folklore beneath your feet. You can even explore the forest on a ranger-led New Forest event. The New Forest is a fantastic place for cycling with miles and miles of traffic free tracks leading you right into the heart of the forest with few hills to worry about
The open heaths of The New Forest are ideal basking grounds for adders and grass snakes, and the many pools dotted around the area make ideal conditions for frogs, toads and lizards. All of these can be seen at The New Forest Reptile Centre, which also offers woodland trails.
There are dozens of events throughout the year to help you get close to nature – from Dawn Chorus Walks to Deer Watches.
Try exploring the forest at different times of year and at different times of day. The forest is most atmospheric at dusk – you also stand the best chance of seeing deer, bats and nightjars
The New Forest offers a great variety of places to eat, from classic hotel restaurants to the best of brasseries, the traditional English pub with real ales to the prettiest tea rooms with the most indulgent cream teas imaginable.
You can get a real taste of The New Forest by choosing local specialties identified by the New Forest Marque when you are dining out.
By selecting local food that is fresh and in season, you will actually be helping the forest to stay special by supporting local farmers and small businesses. More and more pubs, restaurants and accommodation providers are sourcing local ingredients.
Learn about the forest’s history and archaeology at our many museums and Heritage Centres. From stately homes such as Beaulieu to the Roman Villa at Rockbourne, The New Forest has it all.
You can visit historic villages such as Buckler’s Hard, where ships for Nelson’s fleet were built, using the mighty oaks from the forest. Another example of how man has harnessed nature is at Britain’s only surviving tidal mill, Eling Tide Mill.
There are many hidden treasures for you to discover if you know where to look. Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for Alice In Wonderland, is buried in the churchyard in Lyndhurst.
The ideal place to start your visit is The New Forest Museum Visitor Centre in Lyndhurst with its exhibition depicting the history and heritage of the forest.
Look at the sample websites provided to find out more about the New Forest and activities you can carry out.