As you may know, me and my family were lucky enough to go down to the New Forest for a week this summer. I have already briefly mentioned the trip in my previous post but I thought I’d do a more in depth post on what we got up to and a few favourite places we ate at…
After the long journey down there on the Saturday, we arrived at our hotel (we stayed at The Balmer Lawn in Brockenhurst) and were greeted with some horses in the field nearby which was such a nice surprise as I didn’t realise they would be that close! Throughout the week we ended up seeing quite a few animals along with the horses that were wandering around and along the roadside (including a close encounter with a cow). Sometimes donkeys would be wandering the streets too which was surreal.
The first full day, we took the dog on a walk in the morning and had a look around the village of Brockenhurst itself and stopped for some lunch at The Buttery cafe which we returned to again in the week. Although the village was small, it was nice to have a look around and there was plenty of places for an ice cream! On Monday we decided to go a bit further and explore Lyndhurst which a larger village and capital of the New Forest. There were lots of independent shops and charity shops to have a mooch around and dog friendly cafes. We had lunch in Peggy May’s cafe which was such a lovely cafe which we also returned to on the Thursday where we met up with family from Somerset which was nice. The only downside was the amount of wasps there seemed to be about everywhere! We also couldn’t resist a look at the Ferrari and Maserati dealership in the village which was an absolute dreammm to look at all the cars, if only!!
On Tuesday we drove to the New Forest Adventure Golf in Lymington that accepts dogs and had a game of mini golf which was fun. We stopped off after at Pallet’s Tea and Coffee House for a cuppa. The people were so friendly and their cakes were delish too. We may have even popped back the next day for another slice of their chocolate digestive cake.
Wednesday was definitely my favourite day of the holiday going to Lepe Beach which was such a beautiful place and had gorgeous views across to the Isle of Wight. Although we must have picked the windiest day, we managed to have a walk along and also learnt a bit about the history too which was interesting. You can still see a lot of evidence of D-Day which is incredible to see but quite moving. On the afternoon, we visited Lymington which was such a cute port town. After having a look around we had a bite to eat at ‘Lounges Of Lymington‘ which was such a cosy cafe.
On our last day, we had a look around a garden centre nearby then headed to Buckler’s Hard which has gorgeous Georgian cottages leading down to the river. You can actually have a look in a few that aren’t being used which was interesting. You can also go on a river tour but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the bad weather that was picking up so we looked around the museum instead. There was even a wedding going on which must have been lovely. You do have to pay to get in though and the cafe doesn’t accept dogs which is a shame. I suppose it goes towards the up keeping but it’s a shame that something natural and was once free has become commercialised.
I hope you are having a lovely summer!