Bramshaw

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Historic village close to Paultons Park...

About Bramshaw

Bramshaw exudes New Forest history and countryside twee-ness with all the amenities you’ll need for your holiday. There’s a well-stocked local shop with super friendly staff and village hall that puts on a variety of events throughout the year. For a bite to eat, you’ve a choice of 2 terrific pubs in the neighbouring hamlet of Brook, a 20 minute walk or quick dash in a car. The 15th Century Green Dragon, is a gorgeous thatched pub with lovely outdoor area and ponies peering in over the hedge. The chef sources his meat from the local butcher and creates scrummy menus. The Bell at Brook is also good for familiar pub fare in hearty portions.

Bramshaw is an idyllic base to explore the forest, and has some quite spectacular scenic walks and cycle rides. Close by is Piper's Wait, the highest point in The New Forest at 125m. Stop here and admire sensational views over the woods and heathlands. The Rufus Stone is also close, at Upper Canterton. This is where the unpopular Rufus (King William II), was said to have been slain in 1100AD. He’s buried in nearby Winchester Cathedral.  

Bramshaw has its own golf club with two exceptional courses and welcomes visitors. For the little ones, Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World and dinosaur themed Lost Kingdom is just a ten-minute drive in the car. Perfect if you want shorter visits to the theme parks, with tickets valid over two days. 

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Furzey Gardens
(3 miles)

Set in the heart of the New Forest at Minstead in Hampshire, this delightful informal garden was established in 1922 and is renowned for its all year round beauty, and for being a haven of peace and tranquillity: Furzey Gardens.

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Beautiful gardens especially for young children.

August 2017


Lovely gardens - great views. Grandson thoroughly enjoyed trying to find all the fairy doors. Very enjoyable visit.

August 2017


Hamptworth Golf Club
(4 miles)

One of the finest golf courses in the south of England and having hosted major golf events, Hamptworth Golf Club is beautifully situated in the New Forest surrounded by ancient countryside.  It has five international standard croquet lawns, two tennis courts and a fully equipped gym as well as the course itself, as well as a family friendly bar and award-winning restaurant to head to afterwards.

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Bolderwood Deer Sanctury
(4 miles)

The wooden viewing platform is just a short distance from the main Bolderwood car park. Adjacent to the car park is a large flat grassy Forest lawn, perfect for kicking a football around or a game of rounders. Bolderwood is one of the most popular spots in the New Forest for spending a sunny day and the area can become a bit congested during the better weather and at holiday times. 

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The deer viewing platform enabled us to see the deer. Lovely walks and information centre very good.

August 2017


New Forest Platinum Tours
(4 miles)

If you really want to see the New Forest in style, you need New Forest Platinum Tours.  A family run business in Burley, they offer private chauffeur driven tours, day trips from Southampton and executive transportation in the New Forest for up to six passengers.  Their popular Heart of the Forest Tour for example is four hours taking in the beauty of Brockenhurst, Beaulieu and Lyndhurst with flexibility to suit you.

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Paultons Family Theme Park
(5 miles)

Paultons Family Theme Park, home to Peppa Pig World, features over 60 exciting rides and attractions and has been voted as the number 1 UK theme park for families. The Park is set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park. 

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Our two year old thought it was the best thing ever, and is still exciting about visiting Peppa Pig's house and meeting his heroes. We thought that the rest of the park was more exciting (and shorter queues.) Many of the rides closed much later than the advertised closing time - so by staying later we got more time in the park and also avoided the worst of the queues to get out.

September 2017



The Royal Oak - Fritham
(2 miles)

This pub is a destination in its own right due to its location and huge beer garden (which has a marquee in case it rains) and gorgeous views. The Royal Oak is also a favourite hang out with the New Forest ponies and donkeys who gather to graze here. The cob thatched pub dates back to the 1600’s and is part of a working farm. The menu is somewhat limited as there’s not too much cooking going on here, and only at lunchtimes. You’ll find Ploughman’s, cold cuts, quiches, sausage rolls and salads etc. all of which are really lovely – especially when taken with a pint of superb cask ale.

The Royal Oak (T: 023 8081 2606) Fritham SO43 7HJ  

 

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An excellent pub. We went for a long walk in search of their famous ploughmans and it didn't disappoint. fantastic pub. is very popular but deserving of the acclaim

January 2018


The Green Dragon - Brook
(2 miles)

This beautiful and popular thatched country pub dates back to the 15th Century, and is a favourite haunt for ponies and donkeys to gather. When it’s warm, you can sit outside with a pint of well kept cask ale in the pretty, flower filled garden. During the winter, a real log fire crackles and burns. Food here is really good, and the main menu plus daily specials, take advantage of local produce and fresh fish. Dog friendly.  

The Green Dragon (T: 023 8081 3359) Brook SO43 7HE

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After quite a bit of research online for a holiday cottage in the New Forest that has a pub nearby with vegetarian options, we stumbled across Brook and the Green Dragon. On arrival we still had some time to kill before we could get into the cottage, so we tried the Dragon for a late lunch. One look at the menu convinced me already: with not just one or two but three! vegetarian main meal choices, this was the pub for me (or rather us, but my husband eats anything, haha) and might merit more than one visit! And the food did not disappoint - far from! The Halloumi and Roasted Pepper Burger was delicious.I was resolved to go back there for dinner - and we did more than once. The staff gets extra points from us for being consistently very friendly throughout our visits. So, thank you, Dragon - we will be back!

November 2017


The Bell Inn - Brook
(2 miles)

Owned by the same family since 1782, this proud traditional pub is full of tradition and rustic charm. Inside are deep sofas, open fires and flagstone floors. Outside you’ll find a large beer garden with views across the forest. Food here is very good and includes lots of local produce and game when in season. There’s a great selection of wines and spirits and excellent real ale. Dog friendly

The Bell Inn (T: 023 8081 2214) Brook SO43 7HE

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Lovely food, friendly and serviceminded staff.

October 2017


The Lamb Inn
(2 miles)

Known for fabulous home-cooked food and selection of well-kept real ales and wine selection. The menu at The Lamb is fun, eclectic and delicious in large portions. There’s a beer garden outside and New Forest ponies are often seen grazing in front of the pub. Dog friendly.

The Lamb Inn (T: 01794 390246) Forest Road, Nomansland SP5 2BP 

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Les Mirabelles
(3 miles)

A gorgeous French Restaurant in a beautiful little village. Everything about Mirabelles is exemplary.  From the moment you step inside, to the last drop of their exceptional coffee. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, and cuisine simply wonderful. Open for lunch and dinner 

Les Mirabelles (T: 01794 390 205) Forest Edge Road, Nomansland SP5 2BN

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Barton on Sea
(14 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

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Highcliffe Beach
(14 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017


Milford on Sea
(15 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Mudeford Sandbank
(15 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

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Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!

March 2018


Lepe Beach
(17 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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