Known locally as “the gateway to the New Forest” is the riverside town of Fordingbridge. Named after its seven-arched medieval bridge that gracefully spans the River Avon, and its upstream ford, this once prosperous industrial town is also romanticised as a former smugglers’ hotbed - the infamous Captain Diamond, ‘King of Smugglers’, a past face who often frequented the town’s hostelries. Walk along the tranquil riverbanks, draped with weeping willows, and past the bronze statue of artist, Augustus John (one of the town’s most famous former residents), to discover the town’s shops, pubs and restaurants. You might hear the distant shouts at Fordingbridge Rugby Football Club, one of Hampshire’s most respected amateur rugby teams. Enjoy a picnic by the water and take in the gorgeous scenery before a leisurely game of boules; one of the townsfolk’s most popular pastimes. Here, you’ll also find various natural havens and public gardens, winding cycleways, and also Rockbourne Roman Villa; a fascinating archaeological glimpse into the area’s past.
The vastly spacious, 5 bedroom chalet bungalow, Mews Hill (sleeps 11) offers comfortable, versatile, family and dog-friendly accommodation just one mile from Fordingbridge - perfect for family get-togethers or holidays with friends.
Meanwhile, the 2 bedroom chalet, Riverside Lodge (sleeps 4) offers cosy, dog-friendly accommodation in a simply stunning position on the banks of the River Avon - ideal for a couple, or two couples holidaying together.