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Wild ponies can't drag me away from the New Forest

Famous for its wild ponies and quintessential English villages, the New Forest is the ideal base for your next British adventure. The former royal hunting ground of King William I is now a national park and attracts a real mix of nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who like a nice cream tea. Book a New Forest vacation rental in a central village like Beaulieu, and visit the National Motor Museum, go kayaking down the Beaulieu River, or explore life in an old British shipyard at Buckler's Hard, a former shipbuilding center turned living museum.

Things to do

Beaulieu is the ace of spades for motorheads

Beaulieu is another popular attraction in the New Forest. This picturesque estate is owned by the Montagu family. Over the last half century, it's become a magnet for petrolheads, thanks to the National Motor Museum, a vast collection of vintage cars, including several featured in the James Bond movies. The estate is also home to Buckler's Hard, an 18th-century shipbuilding site which is now a living museum. It was famously the birthplace of many British navy ships that fought in the Napoleonic Wars. It has a fascinating maritime museum and a modern marina.


If it's not Brockenhurst, then don't fix it

The New Forest is a highlight of a visit to England's south coast. The quaint village of Brockenhurst, one of its most popular destinations, is strewn with tea shops, gift shops, and boutiques, plus a host of country pubs, of course, with the obligatory New Forest pony trotting by. The national park attracts active crowds who come for horseback riding, kayaking on the river, or hiking through its extensive woodlands. If that sounds a little too energetic, you'll also have nature parks and museums to explore, or you can just relax over a nice cream tea.


To see roots, shoots, and leaves, visit in fall

The New Forest is a year-round attraction. Of course, the best weather is kept for the summer, when the temperatures can reach 70 or 80 degrees, however, this is when the best New Forest vacation rentals get booked up in advance. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are equally popular, but it's cooler and there's an increased chance of rain, so pack wet weather gear. The New Forest in winter is particularly pretty, and while the temperatures can often drop to below freezing, snow is a welcome sight, but never guaranteed.

Natural features

Run, Forest, run—or just walk along the hiking trails

The New Forest national park is a sprawling ancient woodland in Hampshire, in South East England. Famous as the home of the New Forest ponies, which roam wild throughout the woods. Although the area is scattered with pretty chocolate box villages, it's all about the hiking trails. There are some 140 miles of trails and footpaths throughout the park, many of which are easy to trek. On the edge of the forest, near the town of Lyndhurst, is the New Forest Wildlife Park, where you can meet otters, red deer, and gray wolves.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around New Forest

Fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.7 mi (18.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Southampton (SOU), which is 12.2 mi (19.6 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Brockenhurst Station, Brockenhurst Beaulieu Road Station and Southampton Ashurst New Forest Station are the main stations in the area.

Can I find a vacation rental around New Forest District?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,017 vacation rentals near New Forest District. From 651 Cabins to 651 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New Forest District for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to New Forest District?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New Forest District:

  • Sandbanks: 33 vacation rentals
  • Gunwharf Quays: 69 vacation rentals
  • Bournemouth City Centre: 137 vacation rentals
  • Southsea: 128 vacation rentals
  • Freshwater Bay: 33 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to New Forest District?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in New Forest District. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • New Forest Wildlife Park: 1,796 vacation rentals
  • Peppa Pig World: 1,384 vacation rentals
  • Paultons Family Theme Park: 1,378 vacation rentals
  • Beaulieu Abbey: 2,441 vacation rentals
  • Hurst Castle: 2,448 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New Forest District listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in New Forest District?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 651 Cabins in New Forest District. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in New Forest District include:

  • Cottages: 651 rentals available
  • Barns: 49 rentals available
  • Chalets: 16 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in New Forest District?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 197 vacation rentals with pool available in New Forest District. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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