THE AREA (TWIXT SEA AND FOREST)
A pretty seaside village set along the Jurassic coastline (a world heritage site) and just minutes from the New Forest National Park. The village centre has good shops and quality restaurants/pubs. A beautiful sandy beach with bistro, toilets and car park. Village and beach are all within 1 mile of the cottage.
There are 3 golf courses all within close proximity and sea fishing can be booked locally.
Highcliffe Castle built in the 1830’s is open to the public. Explore the house, surrounding park and woodland. Steps lead down to beach with stunning views of the Isle of Wight and ‘Needles’.
Local fishing boats can be watched arriving in neighbouring Mudeford Quay with its lobster pots, fisherman cottages and old tavern. Take a short ferry ride to Mudeford sandbanks and Hengistbury Head. The area has a diversity of wildlife and is protected as a site of special scientific interest. A ferry also goes across the harbour to historicChristchurch which is a delightful and very pretty market town, dominated by the historic eleventh century Priory and Quay.
The New Forest covers 92,000 acres and is famous for its spectacular scenery, wildlife, free roaming ponies, cattle and pigs. Cycling, walking and horse riding can all be freely enjoyed between picnic and pub refreshment pit stops.
Burley is famous for its witches, smuggling and dragons. The unusual shops are worth a visit. Will you see the local donkeys?
Lymington is a cosmopolitan town built on the edge of the solent waters. The Cobbled street of the old town and quay/marina lead to a High Street where shopping is a pleasure. There is a popular Saturday market. The Isle of Wight is only a stones throw across the Solent and can be easily reached by either foot or car. A ferry leaves Lymington regularly throughout the day.
The picturesque village of Beaulieu plays host to the National Motor Museum and Palace House. This neighbours Bucklers Hard and the Nelson shipyard museum. Exbury Gardens boasts 200 acres of grounds that change with the seasons providing breathtaking visual splendour all year round. Do not miss the fabulous rhododendrons and steam railway.
Longdown Activity Farm is fun for all ages with hands on activities everyday. Indoor/outdoor play areas.
Bournemouth is only a 25 minute drive away and home to the some of the most exceptional sandy beaches includingStudlandand Sandbanks. Southampton also a 25 minute drive away has a great 4 storey shopping mall. Portsmouth is a 45 minutes drive away with an interesting selection of attractions - great views from the Spinnaker Tower, Gun Wharf quays shopping outlet and the historic dockyard area having the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.
If visiting the forest, sightseeing or shopping are not for you then perhaps the extensive sailing facilities in and around our area will be of interest.
“One thing is for sure – there is plenty
to do for young and old alike. Your only trouble will be
fitting it all in” …….
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