Minstead

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Minstead is a quaint, little village, with a picture postcard village green, and a peaceful place to relax, unwind and enjoy the stunning rural setting.

About Minstead

Minstead is an attractive little village, focussed around a picture postcard village green. A perfect base for those who want to experience a traditional village. Surrounded by open forest, fields and walks, visitors often see ponies, donkeys and sometimes the odd pig dawdling along the roads and lanes. The pace of life here maybe serene and tranquil, but you’ll find villagers put on a lovely calendar of events throughout the year - most of which are held in the large Village Hall.

For an excellent meal, something to drink (a fine selection of ales) and popular events calendar, try the Trusty Servant Inn. It’s an outstanding pub on the edge of the village green, with a large sunny beer garden. When the weather turns crisp and chilly you can snuggle up around cosy log fires. 

Minstead has a substantial and quite exceptional ‘Village Shop and Tea Room’. Visitors can buy all they’ll need for their holiday from the shop, which stocks everything from newspapers, maps and gifts to local produce, fruit, veg, baked goods, meat, dairy and drinks. More shops and a supermarket can be found in Lyndhurst – a couple of miles away.

There are some well-known attractions in the village as well. The first being the grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes who is buried in 13th Century All Saints Church. It’s an interesting little church and worth popping in. Minstead is also home to the Minstead Study Centre. The centres primary use is for residential children’s experiences, but they also have a calendar of events throughout the year, open to visitors. These include willow workshops, gardening skills, cooking demos, quiz nights and singing. Furzey Gardens should be on your list of places to visit anytime of the year. First planted in 1922, the gardens are now a mature 10 acres of informal and enchanting woodland gardens, featuring plants from around the world. There’s also a gallery, gift and coffee shop.

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Furzey Gardens
(Less than a mile)

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



New Forest Golf Club
(3 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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New Forest Platinum Tours
(3 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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The Woods Cyclery
(3 miles)

Offering accessory and cycle hire, The Woods Cyclery allows you to explore the New Forest and all its cycle paths, getting to know the natural beauty of Lyndhurst.  They offer a wide range of bikes from brands including Giant, GT Marin or Scott, for all ages and abilities as well as offering repairs and servicing.

https://www.thewoodscyclery.co.uk

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New Forest Centre
(3 miles)

Telling you everything you need to know about the beauty spot that is the New Forest National Park, the New Forest Centre brings you the New Forest Museum, gift shops, walks and cycle rides and guides to the area’s magnificent wildlife.  

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Very interesting and informative.

August 2017




The Trusty Servant
(Less than a mile)

Overlooking the village green in this quintessential New Forest village, The Trusty Servant is a great place to stop for a bite to eat whilst exploring the area.  Family and dog friendly, with plenty of seating both inside by the fire or outside in the huge rear garden, you’ll find a good selection of pub favourites on the menu accompanied by a range of local beers at the pump. 

The Trusty Servant (T: 023 8081 2137) Lyndhurst SO43 7FY

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we were there on sunday lunch. food was terreble en way to much gravy on the plate

June 2017



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



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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Milford on Sea
(11 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



Barton on Sea
(12 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
(13 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



Lepe Beach
(14 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
(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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