Brockenhurst

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Surrounded by ancient woods and heathland, and also offering a vast array of shops and eateries on your doorstep, the vibrant village of Brockenhurst is a wonderful place to base your New Forest holiday.

About Brockenhurst

If you want a car free break, Brockenhurst is one of the best places to stay in the New Forest. It has a railway station in the heart of the village and branch line to the Georgian marine town of Lymington. London is just a 90 minute trip – perfect for a bolt hole weekend away.

Brockenhurst is in the centre of the New Forest. It’s a large, traditional English village displaying thatched cottages, quaint little lanes and gorgeous chocolate box picture perfect scenery. It’s a hotspot for visitors and locals to gather. It’s one of the largest villages in the area, yet its managed to preserve its countryside appeal and homely charm without the trappings of commercialism.  The vibe in the village is a gentle pace of life akin to how a generation lived fifty years ago. There’s no huge superstore, instead you will find a large selection of shops selling everything you’ll need for a holiday including grocer, butcher, baker, village post office and chemist as well as an array of interesting shops selling beautiful gifts, books and hobby crafts.

The most famous residents of the village are the free roaming New Forest ponies, cattle and donkeys. They are often seen around the village, at garden gates and in the high street peeping in to the shops in the hope of a carrot or two. Visitors love the novelty of shopping alongside four legged friends.

There are lots of great photo opportunities in and around the village. Head to the ford, known as ‘The Watersplash’ at the bottom of the high street.  You’ll often come across ponies and donkeys stopping off for a drink on their way to graze on the open forest which surrounds the village.

During warmer months’ visitors can head to a pretty picnic spot at Balmer Lawn. There’s lots of grass to lay out on as well as a shingle beach with shallow water overlooking the Lymington River – a great family spot!

It’s worth taking a look at the oldest church in the New Forest - St. Nicholas Parish Church which dates back to AD737. The church yard is just as fascinating. You’ll see an enormous Yew Tree to the left of the south entrance porch, that’s estimated to be over 1,000 years old. This is also a great spot to see a thick carpet of bluebells in the spring. Not far from the high street is the village hall which has a busy calendar of events throughout the year for locals and visitors to enjoy.

If you fancy some horseback riding, Brockenhurst Riding Stables based at the New Forest Activity Centre just outside the village have a great reputation. To hire bikes pop into Cyclexperience at the railway station, they have a large choice of bikes, electric bikes, tandems, tag-a-longs and children’s seats. There are lots of trails, routes and tracks from the village for bikes rides or walkers wanting anything from a short stroll to a daylong hike out in to the forest – pack a picnic and off you go.  

Brockenhurst also has a wonderful collection of coffee shops and cafes. Try Rosie Lea's Tea House & Bakery and The Buttery. There are super friendly pubs and restaurant’s serving great food, our favourites include The Snakecatcher, The Foresters Arms, Bistro 26 and a great Indian restaurant called Dynasty. There’s also a good fish and chip shop and Chinese take away.

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The New Forest Tours
(Less than a mile)

The best way to explore the New Forest?  On a double decker bus of course!  New Forest Bus Tours give you an (almost) bird’s eye view of this spectacular part of the world, pottering through towns, villages and around its famed National Park, with all the planning done for you.  Make sure you’re selfie ready and simply pick your tour!

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Very enjoyable ride on the red route. Lovely views of the New Forest. We stopped at a couple of locations and had a meal in Fordingbridge. Ride on top gets a bit breezy taking a coat or jumper is a good idea.

August 2017


Cyclexperience
(Less than a mile)

An established family business in Brockenhurst, Cyclexperience has bicycles and electric bikes available to buy for all levels and skill sets, with hire centres nearby.  They also host a number of competitive mountain bike events and off road adventure races both locally and nationally for more competitive cyclists, not to mention workshops at their stores to keep your bike in good health. 

http://www.cyclex.co.uk

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Fab value, excellent map, comfy bike, easy access to Balmer Lawn, fab day for us two inexperienced cyclistsb

November 2017


Ford Farm Stables
(Less than a mile)

On the outskirts of Brockenhurst, Ford Farm Stables is in the heart of the New Forest, surrounded by acres of heath and woodland but still within 10 minutes walk of the local railway station which serves Southampton, Bournemouth and London Waterloo.  The riding stables caters to both novice and experienced riders and hosts children’s clubs and special days during the holidays as well.

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Brockenhurst Golf Club
(Less than a mile)

An 18-hole golf course in the village of Brockenhurst, surrounded by the New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst Golf Club is blessed with an abundance of wildlife and beautiful landscapes.  Designed by Harry Colt, it is within easy reach of Southampton and Bournemouth, has a welcomeing bar and restaurant, is ideal for families, and green fees start at £40.

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Roydon Wood Wildlife Reserve
(2 miles)

A patchwork of ancient woodland brimming with pastures, ponds, heaths and the Lymington River, Roydon Wood Wildlife Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife and from flora and fauna to tawny owls.  The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust manage the nature reserves and its ideal territory for walking with the dog and enjoying this beautiful environment.

http://www.hiwwt.org.uk/reserves/roydon-woods

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Absolutely great for peaceful walking.

October 2017



Buttery Tea Rooms - Brockenhurst
(Less than a mile)

A friendly tea room with plenty of seating in the centre of Brockenhurst village, famous for its extensive range of homemade cakes along with breakfasts, light lunches and cream teas.

The Buttery Tearoom (T: 01590 622958) Brockenhurst SO42 7RB

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Good coffee and cake. Very busy so have to pick your visit carefully!

August 2018


Excellent air conditioning on a very hot day!

July 2018


Had a really nice breakfast here, it was well cooked and delivered piping hot by really nice staff.

May 2018


Great place to grab a bite to eat. Friendly - fast service - fair prices.

November 2017


Fantastic breakfast

June 2017


Enjoyd coffee and cake

June 2017


Rosie Lea's Tea House
(Less than a mile)

Lovely tearooms on Brockenhurst High Street, serving delicious homemade cakes beautifully presented on vintage china. You can sit outside and watch the cars splashing through the ford – they provide blankets and hot water bottles when it's cold – or at one of cosy tables inside. Dogs welcome.

Rosie Lea's (T: 01590 622797) Brockenhurst SO42 7RA

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Fantastic tearoom ,really friendly staff. Cakes are wonderful ,meals are good aswell and all excellent valu. Tuely dogfriendly. Highly recommend this spot

February 2018


Lovely tearoom, we were able to sit outside with our dog as it was a sunny December day but we were invited to sit inside if we wanted to. We both had pannis which were very nice and came with crisps in a vintage teacup and a side salad.

December 2017


Really good tea and cakes with gluten free options as well!

September 2017


A real taste of old fashioned tea room chic. Great tea, lovely surroundings and if you're lucky enough to grab a seat outside and the weather is good, you can watch the world and its animals walk past while cars plunge through the ford.

June 2017


Escape Gin Bar
(Less than a mile)

If you’re a gin lover, you will love this quaint bar nestled in the centre of Brockenhurst within the Thatched Cottage Hotel. Try a range of gins from their extensive list, including some excellent cocktails.

Escape Gin Bar (T: 01590 622005) 16 Brookley Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RR 

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Britannia Thai
(Less than a mile)

Britannia Thai serves their dishes cooked fresh and to order. Their highly-experienced chefs have sourced traditional recipes and ingredients from all over Thailand, to ensure you receive only the best authentic Thai taste.

Britannia Thai (T: 01590 622459) 26 Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RL 

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We ate twice during the week at Britannia Thai. The food was excellent and the service was prompt and friendly.

October 2018


Called on a Saturday evening and they managed to squeeze me and my husband in at short notice. The food was excellent. Very tasty and reasonably priced. Staff were attentive and friendly. Would definitely recommend.

June 2017


The Snakecatcher
(Less than a mile)

In the heart of the New Forest this traditional pub serves a good selection of fine, local ales along with great food including gourmet burgers, steaks and several children’s options.

The Snakecatcher (T: 01590 622348) Brockenhurst SO42 7RL

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Excellent. Good service, good food reasonably priced.

July 2018


Lovely pub, the food was extremely nice and the service was warm and friendly, very welcoming.

February 2018


Sadly looking tired and in need of a makeover We did not eat , but heard people on table next to us complaining, there food looked average at best and certainly didn’t inspire us to eat

February 2018


Very good meal on 23rd December.

December 2017


Self cooked steaks on hot stones. Cook it just how you like it. I loved it. Been before - will certainly go again.

November 2017


Good food and good service. Music was a bit loud for us.

June 2017


Possibly the greatest steak meal I have ever had. If you haven't tried the hot stone method of being served your steak dont miss it.

June 2017


Milford on Sea
(7 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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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


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


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

June 2017


Barton on Sea
(7 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
(8 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


Mudeford Sandbank
(10 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
(10 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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