Looking for a short break in the New Forest? Discover a place of outstanding natural beauty and an unspoilt coastline. Unique historic and cultural heritage combine with quaint villages forming one of the newest national parks in the UK. Now you can make your next short break even more special by staying on a luxury boat in one of the area’s marinas.
The History of the New Forest
The New Forest was ‘created’ in 1079 as a hunting area by William the Conqueror. Later, in 2005 the area was classified as a National Park in recognition of the destination’s many qualities. Within the National Park boundary lie some of the most special landscapes in the UK.
The New Forest offers visitors a slice of tranquility at the heart of the busy south coast cities of Southampton, Winchester and Bournemouth. Travelling to the new forest by car is made simple due to the access of the M27 motorway. Cadnam is the biggest gateway into the New Forest from the east, linking the M27 with the M3 and London.
The New Forest has a major railway line running through it with several stations across the area including Brockenhurst. For those escaping the city it benefits from half hourly trains direct to London Waterloo. The journey takes about an hour and a half, making a short break from the capital very easy. For further details on rail travel visit http://www.southwesttrains.co.uk/
Top 5 reasons for a short break in the New Forest
- Your chance to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty: the sights, sounds and smells of ancient woodland and unspoilt coastline
- Uncover a unique archaeological, historic and cultural heritage, from royal hunting ground to ship-building
- A Sense of openness: fresh air, open spaces for recreation with miles of cycling and walking routes
- See the iconic New Forest Pony together with donkeys, pigs and cattle roaming free
- A unique selection of towns and villages filled with boutique shops and artisan foods and produce
Where to stay in the New Forest
The New Forest has a comprehensive choice of places to stay, from 5 star hotels, cosy bed and breakfasts and self catering holiday cottages. There’s something to suit all tastes, styles and budgets. Now, there’s a new way to stay for a short break in the New Forest with Beds on Board. Look beyond the more traditional types of accommodation and stay on a boat. With prices from as little as £50 per person, staying on a boat is an affordable option and certainly one that compares to staying in hotels or B&B’s.
Beds on Board offers guests the opportunity to stay on a boat instead of a hotel. Enjoy all the destination has to offer with the added advantage of experiencing a luxury yacht or motorboat. The 3 principle marinas in The New Forest are Buckler’s Hard on the picturesque Beaulieu River, Berthon Marina and The Yacht Haven marina both located in the bustling market town of Lymington.