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Halloween in The New Forest

Halfterm has just begun… We have put together a few spooky ideas on where to go and what to do this October in Brockenhurst and its surrounding areas. Beaulieu Beaulieu Motor Museum will have superbly spooky events going on from 22nd to 30th of October for all the family to enjoy. Click here to find out more. Spooky Halloween River Tour: Really get into the Halloween spirit this year and go down the Haunted Beaulieu River for a tour; Listen to tales about the hidden secrets of the river and see if you spot the infamous so-called ‘Gray Lady’ of the Beaulieu estate. Suitable for all ages, get dressed up as scary as you can and enjoy Halloween treats on arrival. 26th and 28th of October. Click here to your book tickets. Paultons Park Perfect for a family day out. … Continue reading

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Dressing Warm This Winter

So, you’ve made a great decision on coming to The New Forest this Autumn/Winter. If you haven’t decided yet, we can help you. There’s plenty to do in the Forest, especially at this time of year. From the week long food festival starting at the end of this month (30th October – 7th November) to the Winchester Christmas market, the German market in Southampton and the peacefulness here in Brockenhurst. Perhaps this is your first time visiting the area? and you want to go out exploring, walking and cycling? Lunch in the local eateries and dining nearby in the evenings. Well, we have this covered. Here are our top tips on what to wear in the Forest this A/W. Walking & Cycling Long sleeve tops/Turtle necks Full length trousers or jeans. Walking boots and/or trainers (you don’t want to ruin … Continue reading

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New Forest Food & Drink Festival

Write these dates in your diary! 31st October to 6th November 2016 –  Its The New Forest Food & Drink Festival! Come and stay in the New Forest this autumn. For one week only food is the topic in the area. From sizzling steaks to wine and cheeses, venison, homegrown vegetables, even new-gin and forest finds. Take a look at some of the food on offer, local produce and the people behind the scenes. Meet the local chefs who produce our wonderful food within the area, The Business owners who have established themselves as great eateries and also introduce yourself to the food from the forest. There are plenty of events to go to in the week; Markets and Chef demos on the 6th November (Brockenhurst college), The Mad Hatters afternoon tea party with Alice, at Beaulieu Hotel on Saturday … Continue reading

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Walking Festival in The Forest

Love walking? Love visiting The New Forest? Need a relaxing getaway? Its the time of year for the New Forest Walking Festival. Delve into the stunning scenic views of the forest and be led through areas of the New Forest that are almost like ‘behind the scenes’ of the National Park. All walks are expert-led by the New Forest National Park Authority. Walk the festival with family and friends, see the unseen in the historical hikes of the forest and experience the wildlife and more. Most of the walks are accessible by public transport, and many of the walks are free or discounted if you arrive by bus, train, bike or by foot. The walking festival runs from 15th to 30th October. To book your place Click here  Don’t forget that you will be needing somewhere to rest your head … Continue reading

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Planning Your Wedding?

Did you know that we can accommodate you and your wedding party in all 15 of our hotel rooms? Well if you didn’t, its time to start planning! Here in the New Forest on Sunday 13th November from 12noon to 5pm The Wedding Showcases will be held in just over 20 venues in the area. Planning couldn’t be easier, all the hotels will set up viewings of the initial wedding experience for you to view before your special day! There’s no need to book either, you can turn up and wonder round each venue to get a feel of the ambience and setting alike. All hotels that showcase the venues will go the extra mile to answer questions and help you envision what your special day will be like here in the New Forest. As for us at The Cottage … Continue reading

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Dog Walking in The New Forest

We all understand that our beloved dogs need a well deserved break as much as we do. And in the New Forest there is plenty for them, as well as you to see. At The Cottage Lodge we provide maps and walking routes for all of our guests to use throughout their stay and of course, for our dog walkers. As you may or may not know, we are a dog friendly hotel and have 3 lovely rooms that can accommodate you and your lovely companion. Brockenhurst is located in the heart of The New Forest and has plenty of spectacular scenic views for the purpose of walkers and dog walkers alike. The sunrises and sunsets every day are just stunning and so worth seeing. From a one hour walk to a whole day’s worth of greenery and good energy. … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Rio Olympics in the New Forest.

Why not join in the action and feel like an athlete; Cycle like Froome in the New Forest this summer or Sail like Ainsley in his home town of Lymington which is just 10 minutes away. Perhaps our weather isn’t quite like Rio De Janeiro but, there is no doubt, the views of the forest which are unique in their own way. The Cottage Lodge has flat screen TV’s in all of its rooms for you to relax and watch the games if the weather isn’t so ‘Brazil. Be an early bird and catch the gorgeous sunrise or venture out at peak time to see the stunning sunset in the Forest. Join us mid-week, its the prime time for relaxation and what better way to arrive at our hotel than to be welcomed by your own reserved car parking space, … Continue reading

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Walking in the New Forest National Park

We have just said goodbye to a lovely walking group. As they left this morning our merry band all said that they were spoilt for choice. Four lovely days of walking….. and they didn’t walk the same path twice. North, South, East and West, they wandered. Along the coast, through the Douglas Firs (from California), past ancient oaks (80% of Europe’s ancient oaks are in the New Forest National Park), and across beautiful open moorland with new foals and their families enjoying the sunshine. A new donkey arrived whilst they were here. Much to everyone’s delight. They dined with us at the Fallen Tree Restaurant, then strolled to the local pub to try the local ale. Their cars were parked at the front for four days, not an engine was started. What struck me about this group is just how … Continue reading

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Last few bargain rooms for next week

This rarely happens. We have a few rooms for next week and we have dropped the price.  Hurry they will go quick. £50 per room for a standard double or £80 for a four poster. Price includes reserved parking, free tea and cake, free wifi, breakfast.

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May and June special offer

Stay in a beautiful four poster bedded room at the Cottage Lodge and enjoy, free reserved parking, free cake, free wifi, and a 10% discount for your week nights…. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights (excludes bank holidays and weekends). May and June are magical months to come to the New Forest. The new foals start to arrive and the beautiful spring flowers are at their best. There is plenty to do: walking in the stunning 94,000 acre New Forest, exploring the seashore and beaches, discovering Beaulieu and its amazing museums, and shopping in nearby Winchester, or Bournemouth. Ring 01590 622296 or click here for more details    

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