Pilley

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Pilley is a relaxed, tranquil village with a good selection of shops, free-roaming ponies, cattle and donkeys, and one of the New Forest's best pubs.

About Pilley

Pilley is a relaxed and tranquil village with a well-stocked shop, Post Office, church, village hall and one of the New Forests’ best pubs. The village is frequented by New Forest ponies, cattle and donkeys who take a detour from the surrounding open forest to wander down the village lanes. Nearby is Royden Woods, a nature reserve with paths and tracks to cycle or walk to Brockenhurst. For more shops, the busy Georgian Marine town of Lymington is just 3 miles away.

Pilley is home to the oldest pub in the New Forest, The Fleur de Lys, which has served drinks since 1096. Pop in, and you’ll find a list of previous landlords since 1498 proudly displayed by the entrance. This chocolate box, picture perfect thatched pub is as exceptionally historic and traditional inside, as it is out. Vast inglenook fire places crack and fizzle in the colder months and during warm sunny months, a lovely beer garden beckons you outside. Service is fast and friendly and the food holds an outstanding reputation.   

Other notable attractions in the village include the stunning woodland garden at ‘Spinners’. Here, you can see unusual and rare plants, and enjoy a tea and coffee in the quirky visitors ‘Cabin’.  If you love soft fluffy, funky sheep then look at New Forest Mohair. They have a herd of beautiful Angora Goats and produce a gorgeous range of lustrous scarves, socks, yarns, silks, hats and fleeces.

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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


Walhampton Golf Course
(2 miles)

A nine hole golf course in a tranquil New Forest setting, Walhampton Golf Course is an informal environment with a friendly clubhouse.  The accessible links course welcomes all ages and abilities to take part on the course with green fees starting at £12.50 for visitors.

http://www.walhamptongolf.org.uk

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Puffin Cruises
(2 miles)

Puffin Cruises in Lymington is a fun and exciting way to explore this part of the world and see its natural beauty from the water, whether you’re merely enjoying the ferry service, taking a 30 minute river cruise or opting for an hour long picnic or sunset cruise - there’s something for every mood.  Trips run daily from the town’s historic quay, weather permitting!

http://www.puffincruiseslymington.com/#box1

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St Barbe Museum
(2 miles)

St Barbe Museum explores the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast. The hands-on displays provide a fascinating journey of discovery for all ages, charting Lymington’s development as a market town and port and looking at the smugglers and boat builders who have used the Solent shore. The art galleries host an exclusive programme of exhibitions that regularly works on loan from national and regional collections.

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Lymington Sea Water Baths
(3 miles)

A vital summer attraction in this famous town, the Lymington Sea Water Baths have been welcoming visitors since 1833.  These days the options are a little more varied with water sports including kayaking, paddle boarding, aqua jousting, zorbing and children’s splash pools all available.  There is a cafe on site, all necessary facilities and entry prices depend on the activities you want to take part in.

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The Fleur de Lys
(Less than a mile)

This pub is thought to be the oldest pub in the New Forest, and it is believed to have been serving drinks since the 11th century! Today it makes for a cosy spot to refuel when enjoying some of the beautiful walks around the picturesque village of Pilley, in the heart of the New Forest.

The Fleur de Lys (T: 01590 672158) Lymington SO41 5QG

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Fantastic food, cosy interior and friendly staff - we went there on 3 occasions during our week's stay

January 2018


Monkey House
(Less than a mile)

A relaxed, informal atmosphere welcomes you at The Monkey House. The Bistro style, bright airy interior still retains lots character with beamed ceilings, wooden floors and open fireplaces. There’s also outdoor seating. Food here is good too, the menu mixing classic pub dishes, seasonal specials and superb range of puddings. There’s live music every Sunday night.

The Monkey House, (T: 01590 676754) 167 Southampton Road, Lymington SO41 9HA 

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Loved this place. It's friendly and efficient and the food was really really good. You can even take the dog!

September 2017


Walhampton Arms
(Less than a mile)

A big, bright and spacious free house serving a good selection of well-kept real ales, wines and spirits. A popular haunt for the locals, who gather for the notorious daily carvery.  There’s a main menu with all the usual dishes, or pick from the Specials Board which showcases local produce.

Walhampton Arms (T: 01590 673113) Walhampton Hill, Lymington SO41 5RE 

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Very friendly staff. Child friendly. Large portions. Serve food all day. Have high chairs.

December 2017


The Red Lion - Boldre
(2 miles)

Low beams, horse brasses and a crackling log fire can be found in this 15th century gem! Outside is a large and spacious beer garden, just perfect to sip on a pint of delicious local ale, larger or wine. Menus change according to season, and daily specials boards highlight local game, vegetables and seafood. Dog friendly.

The Red Lion, (T: 01590 673177)  Boldre SO41 8NE  

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One of the nicest pubs in the New Forest. Had a fantastic meal with wonderful beer, all set in a wonderful cosy atmosphere. Will definitely be back next year.

September 2017


Very friendly. Food was excellent, sorry to have missed Friday Pie night, hopefully it will still be on when we return

October 2017


The Ferryman
(2 miles)

The Ferryman is a stylish country pub situated on the far side of Lymington's harbour, on the edge of the New Forest, with a good choice of well-priced food served from either a fixed priced lunchtime menu or a la carte. Vegetarians will be glad to hear there’s also a menu just for them. Dogs welcome.

The Ferryman (T: 01590 672517) Lymington SO41 5SB

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A lovely bar and a welcomed stop for refreshments following our IOW ferry trip.

April 2017


Milford on Sea
(6 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
(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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Lepe Beach
(8 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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Highcliffe Beach
(9 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
(11 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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