East Boldre

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The lovely village of East Boldre nestled in the heart of the New Forest, is the perfect place to relax, slow down, and escape life's daily stresses.

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East Boldre is a lovely village in the heart of the New Forest. Surrounded by picturesque forest scenery, it's the perfect place to relax, slow down, and escape life's daily stresses.

Home to an excellent pub, The Turfcutters Arms, just 5 minutes from Beaulieu, with its famous motor museum, and Michelin star restaurant at the Montagu Arms, and only 10 minutes from the coast and the delightful bustling town of Lymington, you'll find it easy to do as little or as much as you like on your holiday.

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Hatchet Pond Course Fishing
(Less than a mile)

Fishing is a popular pastime in the New Forest, and at Hatchet Pond Course Fishing, open seasonally, it’s your chance to fish for Roach, Bream, Tench, Carp, Pike, Pearch, Eels and Rudd.  You can buy day or weekly tickets from £7.25 a day.  Turn up and enjoy in peace and quiet.

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Fuzzacker Guided Walks
(2 miles)

As if the name itself wasn’t intriguing enough, Fuzzacker Guided Walks are named after the local word for the Dartford Warbler which dodges around in the gorse bushes of the New Forest.  So duck, dive and explore on their guided walks around this beautiful part of the world, taking in the New Forest with the added benefit of local knowledge and a passion for the conservation of the area.

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New Forest Activities
(2 miles)

Based in the pretty village of Beaulieu, New Forest Activities are a company offering instructor led, fun filled outdoor activities suitable for all ages and abilities.Take a canoe (seats for wheelchair users available) or kayak tour along the beautiful Beaulieu River, home to rare birds and wildlife, or hire bikes for all the family to explore the 100 miles of scenic cycle routes. Try your hand at archery, swing from the trees on the centre’s exciting Ropes Courses, forage for wild food or learn about the history of the area on a guided walking tour.

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Paddle boarding was amazing, the guide/staff was excellent couldn't recommned enough. Enjoy the views and learn a new hobby

April 2017


Palace House Beaulieu
(2 miles)

Formerly the gatehouse of the medieval Beaulieu abbey, Palace House has been part of the Montagu family since 1538 and retains its spectacular medieval style.  On the banks of the Beaulieu River surrounded by the beauty of the New Forest, this historic country house is filled with historic treasures and memorabilia to discover as you wander around the house and gardens.

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Enjoyed. Staff very friendly

May 2018


Very enjoyable and interesting house.

August 2017


Beaulieu Motor Museum
(2 miles)

Voted best large visitor attraction 2013 by VisitBritain, this is much more than just a Motor Museum, as well as telling the fascinating story of motoring through the ages, it also boasts the historic Beaulieu Abbey, and charming Palace House with its glorious gardens. 

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Such a great day out! Museum is facinating and interactive. Combined with the beautiful Palace House this is a must do attraction.

September 2018


A good day out - even if you do not like cars! Our grandson particularly enjoyed the museum and the 'Top Gear' attraction. The remains of the Abbey are worth seeing and one can dress up as a monk! Our favourite attraction was the demonstration of falconry - absolutely fascinating and we learnt a great deal about the birds and the history of falconry.

August 2018


Incredible place, well worth a visit (especially if you have a car-mad kid or two!). Really good day out- we did ours the same day as one of their Special days (Alfa day) which was good.

December 2017


A great day out for all the family. We spent all day here and would visit again.

August 2017



The Turfcutters Arms
(Less than a mile)

A traditional New Forest pub with roaring fires in winter and with a large pub garden for the warmer months complete with children’s play area.  Well known locally for serving up outstanding food at reasonable prices along with a good selection of real ales and other drinks.  Dogs welcome. 

The Turfcutters Arms (T: 01590 612331) East Boldre SO42 7WL

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We ate here on our first night in the New Forest. We booked in advance but it was not too busy. The menu is typical pub food but of a good standard. The vegetarian 'Homity' pie was appreciated by one of our party. Staff were friendly. The pub is an easy walk from the cottage.

August 2018


What a gem of a pub! Lovely people, lovely food!

July 2018


A lovely 'local' with good food, great selection of ales and a friendly owner / manager and staff. They even had dog biscuits for our hound!

July 2018


A good honest pub with good cider and a good range of meals on offer.

June 2018


Excellent food a great pub and helpful staff.

March 2018


Excellent

January 2018


Great dog friendly pub. Staff / landlord were super accommodating and lovely atmosphere at weekend. Fish and chip takeaway was excellent value along with the other food on the menu.

October 2017


We had a lovely evening meal at the Turfcutters - proper home made food in a real country inn - brilliant!

August 2017


This is a lovely pub! The staff are very friendly, food is good honest pub food, with some lovely 'specials' available too. Very dog friendly!!! A must visit for anyone staying close by! Will visit again next time we're in the area.

June 2017


Great pub, friendly staff and in the heart of the New Forest. Make sure you plan a visit and enjoy the garden, food and a few drinks

April 2017


Steff's Kitchen
(2 miles)

Near the top of Beaulieu's idyllic High Street, Steff's Kitchen is attached to the bustling Fairweather's Garden Centre. A diverse selection of food, from cupcakes and good coffee to cooked breakfasts, sandwiches and salads. All produce is locally sourced, with many ingredients coming from Partick's Patch, a vegetable garden opposite the café that you can stroll around.

Steffs Kitchen (T: 01590 614951) 

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Unfortunately they had run out of scones but otherwise it is a good place for tea and cakes etc.

July 2018


Absolutely love this place. Enjoyed coffee scones and went back the next day for a lovely brunch.

June 2017


Old Bake House
(2 miles)

A lovely tea room located in the centre of Beaulieu village. Old Bakehouse serves a range of light bites, delicious cakes and great coffee. A perfect stop for a spot of lunch.

Old Bake House (T: 01590 612777) Beaulieu,SO42 7YA

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Nice cup of tea - could do with some fans or air-conditioning as rather warm

July 2018


Montagu Arms
(2 miles)

Here you’ll find both a welcoming gastro pub, Montys Inn, serving classic English favourites; and also ‘The Terrace’ restaurant, one of best fine dining restaurants in the area.  Whichever you choose the menus won’t disappoint, with the chefs making good used of the excellent fresh, local and seasonal produce. 

The Montagu Arms  (T: 01590 612324) Beaulieu  SO42 7ZL  

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A wonderful place to eat and socialise - lovely garden where we enjoyed afternoon tea. However the length of time it took to serve us was unacceptable.

April 2017


Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms
(3 miles)

Tuck into a cream tea or a delicious light lunch at this lovely tearoom. Down at Bucklers Hard there’s lots going on, so this tearoom is the perfect pit stop when exploring this fascinating, historic village.

Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms (T:01590 616203) 75 Bucklers Hard, Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu SO42 7XB 

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Had a lovely cream tea here, you get a choice of hot drinks to go with it, not stuck to just tea, you get 2 scones ( unlike other tea rooms who only give one scone) and if you ask they will warm the scones, not self service as stated by another reviewer, I would recommend this location as very good well worth a visit.

February 2018


Had a cream tea here which did not come up to the standard of a Sussex Cream Tea. The scones were not warmed up before serving and it was self service, so this was a let down.

June 2017


Lepe Beach
(6 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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Milford on Sea
(8 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
(10 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
(11 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
(14 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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