It’s Britain’s most beautiful place – now stay in it
No one who lives in the New Forest village of Brockenhurst is surprised that it’s been officially declared Britain’s Most Beautiful Place to Live.
But did you know it’s also one of the UK’s top places to stay – bursting with amazing hotels, world-class spas, friendly inns and pubs?
According to Leaders Estate Agent, which judged a number of UK towns and villages, Brockenhurst has “bundles of charm and history”.
A Leaders spokesman said: “The area is home to ponies, deer, donkeys and cows – all of which are known to roam the main street. Locals have the enchanting New Forest at their fingertips, a selection of warm and inviting pubs to enjoy and beautiful views in every direction.
“The countryside around the village is spectacular and Rhinefield Road is one of the prettiest places you could find.”
The locals are justly proud of their secret places; the Watersplash Ford and ‘Brockenhurst Beach’, a swimming spot on the Lymington river. But they’re happy to share and have more than enough great places for visitors to stay.
Check in to The Pig at Brockenhurst for foodie festivals, 25-mile and kitchen-garden dining and a laid-back, country house air.
Carey’s Manor is at the centre of the village, just along from the green, and offers superb accommodation and beautiful grounds, as well as its Thai-inspired, multi-award-winning SenSpa, designed to melt your stresses away.
Balmer Lawn is another great Brockenhurst hotel – in the past it played host to King George V and Queen Mary, today it boasts excellent facilities for younger guests and it, too, has a well-regarded spa.
For the true family experience – from newborn babies upwards – New Park Manor is waiting, with its emphasis on providing healthy meals and plenty of fun for little ones, along with a well-earned break for mum and dad.
Hollands Wood campsite is the perfect retreat for both mind and body. Set among 22 hectares of beautiful oak woodland – the ideal backdrop for relaxation or an action-packed break.
Couples and cyclists will enjoy the traditional hospitality of The Cloud Hotel – and chatting to its vivacious owner, Avril Owton, about her days as a Tiller Girl and for the eco-conscious there is Cottage Lodge Hotel.
Other Brockenhurst places to stay include Rhinefield House Hotel, which is accessed via the beautiful Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, Bridge House B&B where, according to The Times newspaper: ‘the rooms are ‘immaculately kept and breakfast is excellent,’ Cosy Cottage and Daisybank cottage, Pittefaux Cottage at Carey’s Manor, B&B’s The Blacksmith’s House and Seraya, and, for those who want to get closer to nature, Long Meadow campsite.
There’s plenty to do in Brockenhurst, too, from walking and cycling – CycleExperience can get you onto two wheels – to golf at Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club and, during the summer, the annual spectacle and celebration of forest life that is the New Forest Show.
For where to stay, what to see and do in the New Forest visit www.thenewforest.co.uk
Louise Neville, Polymedia, 01329 822866
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