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The picturesque hamlet of Brook with its traditional cottages and stunning rural landscape is perfectly positioned to enjoy all that the New Forest has to offer.

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The picturesque hamlet of Brook with its traditional cottages and stunning rural landscape, just a mile from the M27, is perfectly positioned to enjoy all that the New Forest has to offer.

Ponies, donkeys, sheep and pigs roam freely through the hamlet which is also home to two well-regarded pubs offering cosy log fires in winter and flower-filled beer gardens in summer, from where you can watch the animals wander by. With acres of unspoilt woodland and bridleways to explore on foot, bike or horseback from your doorstep - Brook is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the slower pace of forest life.

The popular village of Lyndhurst, where you'll find the New Forest Museum, is just 8 minutes away in the car, whilst the little ones would be excited to visit the neighbouring, award-winning Paulton's Park (and Peppa Pig World!). The South coast is just a 30 minute drive away. The historic coastal town of Lymington with its wide array of interesting shops and eateries, pretty cobbled streets, and bustling Quay makes for a great day trip.

A holiday cottage in Brook offers the ideal base for families, friends, or couples to make the most of their New Forest holiday.

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Furzey Gardens
(2 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


Paultons Family Theme Park
(4 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


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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New Forest Golf Club
(4 miles)

The second oldest golf club in Hampshire, New Forest Golf Club on the outskirts of Lyndhurst is renowned for its beauty and the excellence of the course.  A relatively flat and easy walking par 69, it is a warm and welcoming environment with New Forest ponies and cattle roaming freely for good measure - so just keep an eye out where you hit that ball!

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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



The Green Dragon - Brook
(Less than a mile)

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
(Less than a mile)

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


Sir John Barleycorn
(2 miles)

A very large and spacious thatched building dating back to the 12th century with conservatory and beer garden. Inside you’ll find a mix of heavy beams and rustic yet comfortable styling, a log fire and plenty of seating. The food here is good, with a varied menu and great selection of drinks including traditional cask ale and wines from around the world.

Sir John Barleycorn (T: 023 8081 2236) Old Romsey Road, Cadnam SO40 2NP 

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The White Heart - Cadnam
(2 miles)

A pretty pub both inside and out. During the summer, sit outside in the large beer garden that has a great children’s play area, including life size tractor. Food at The White Heart is delicious, and well above the usual pub fare, served in big, hearty portions. Expect all the classics plus a few exotic dishes. Indoors, there’s a large fireplace and log burner for chilly days. Dogs welcome.

The White Heart (T: 02380 812 277) Old Romsey Road, Cadnam SO40 2NP

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The Coach and Horses
(3 miles)

An unassuming country pub. Inside it’s cosy, yet quite big with a large open log fire to keep you warm in the winter. In the warmer months, venture outside to the spacious beer garden and separate children’s play area.  The well-priced menu features all the usual’s you’d expect to find, plus daily specials.

The Coach and Horses (T: 02380 813120) 11 Southampton Road, Cadnam SO40 2NF

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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


Lepe Beach
(16 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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Mudeford Sandbank
(16 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

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