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Special tips for Green Fingers and walkers

Do you have green fingers or do you find yourself wooing over the Chelsea Flower Show? Whether you are a keen gardener or not you couldn’t come to a better part of the country than The New Forest to experience all nature has to offer. Our favourite spot is situated between Brockenhurst and the A35 road. Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, a narrow road lined with a mixture of large rhododendrons, azaleas and some very very tall trees. Even though it is best seen in late May / early June with the rhododendrons and azaleas in flower, the road is very popular throughout the year and attracts a large number of visitors. This area is the inspiration of our Rhinefield room, with a four-poster bed, which was specially made from a single Ash tree. The forest puts on an amazing display all year … Continue reading

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20 Activities to do in April in the New Forest

There are activities and ideas for everybody in April Families & outdoor activities Battlefield LIVE Moors Valley, Outdoor laser tag, Beaulieu. Children 8+, £25pp. (+) Cyclexperience Bike Hire, Brockenhurst (+) Family Adventure Day: bikes and boat in Beaulieu. £25pp. (+) Family Canoeing in Beaulieu. £27 adults, £15 children. (+) Christopher Robin, Film (+) Outdoor activities The New Forest Spring Sportive, Cycling ride, from 30 miles, £31 (+) Archery in Beaulieu. £24 adults, £13 children. (+) Bushcraft, Beaulieu. £60 adults, £25 children (+) Woodland Adventure Day: Bushcraft, Archery, Woodland Low Ropes Challenges , High Ropes Adventure. Children 8+. £60 adults, £25 children. (+) Canoe and Kayaking Tours, Beaulieu. Children 10+. From £45 (+) Fuzzacker Guided Walks (+) The Horse Raft, Burley. £15 (+) Drinks Paddle to the pub, £27 per adult, Beaulieu (+) ‘A Taste of the Southern Rhone’, presented by … Continue reading

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Awarded Top Travellers’ Choice 2019 Winner by TripAdvisor

Cottage Lodge Hotel is in the top 15 in the 25 ranking for best quality for money hotels in UK by TripAdvisor, and the only one in the New Forest. This is an outstanding recognition for us as it values our effort in creating the best experience and providing the best quality possible for our guests. What is the Travellers’ Choice Awards? The Travellers’ Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can bestow. These annual awards are the only travel industry awards based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers around the world. They reflect “the best of the best” for service, quality, and customer satisfaction. Last year, more than 7,000 properties received recognition. Categories are international and regional, and include top hotels, small hotels, family, romance, luxury, B&Bs and inns. 7,000 may seem like a large number of … Continue reading

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Awarded for 4th time

We have been awarded by Good Hotel Award with the highly revered Good Hotel Award – Gold Seal for 2019. The Good Hotel Award was founded in 2014 on independence, integrity and formed with one overriding ambition to synergise awards throughout the industry. This Gold Seal is the highest accolade bestowed by the Good Hotel Awards and is reserved to those achieving the award for three consecutive years or more, in the case of Cottage Lodge Hotel, we’ve been awarded 4 consecutive times. In order to be awarded, hotels must maintain the same exceptional standards that gained them initial entry into the awards over a three year period. Truly making this achievement the marque of distinction. We are very proud to say that our hotel have demonstrated exceptional levels of room quality, service and value when compared to industry benchmarks … Continue reading

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The Guardian recommendation for walkers

The Guardian have published an article titled “20 of the best UK hotels, B&Bs and campsites for walkers” and we are very proud to see that Cottage Lodge is in the top 3! An extract from the article says: “Christina Simons, owner of this cosy hotel near Brockenhurst in the New Forest, has created several self-guided walking routes direct from the front door, most including a good pub pit-stop. The lodge has 16 rooms, two of which are dog-friendly, and much of the furniture is made by a local sculptor from fallen New Forest trees. Walks To Lyndhurst via Standing Hat woods (7 miles), looking out for deer; walk or get the bus back. Catch a train from Brockenhurst to coastal Lymington for a 3-mile walk through Keyhaven marshes, a good place to see migrating birds. ” The New Forest is … Continue reading

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