New Forest bedroom, Standing Hat

The Standing Hat is a popular walking route in Brockenhurst and the name for one our most popular rooms featuring a hand crafted 4 poster bed by artisan designer Robert Dyer.

Why is it called the Standing Hat?

Your four-poster room, the Standing Hat – which means small tree-topped hill – is named after a delightful place in the New Forest on the edge of Brockenhurst.

In the New Forest, according to Heywood Sumner writing in 1923, ‘tree clumps, eminent because of their growth, or because they stand on knolls, are called Hats.’

About this special room

Treat yourself to a stay in this front-facing romantic ground floor four-poster bedroom. The room is constructed from local Douglas Fir and has wooden flooring.

Your king-sized four-poster bed is made by the designer and artisan Rob Dyer from a beech tree felled in Brockenhurst village. This is one of the most sensual rooms you will find at our New Forest hotel.

Eco-chic, environmentally-friendly and sustainable

Stay guilt-free. The sustainable eco-chic Standing Hat bedroom has water heated by environmentally-friendly solar panels and electricity produced by photovoltaic cells in the daytime.

Fancy walking the Standing Hat route?

This is a lovely walk, through Forestry Commission managed inclosures, that offers a great opportunity to spend a few leisurely hours in the enclosed woodlands. Walking in the Forest just can’t be beaten. We especially love it Spring – Autumn when you can enjoy the sight of newly born foals and vibrant autumnal colours.

From the hotel walk towards Balmer Lawn and enjoy as the wildlife and wonderful scenery envelope you on this easy walk.

The Standing Hat Walk

The Standing Hat Circular Walk is approximately 3 miles (5km)

  • 1. Leave the Cottage Lodge Hotel turn left and walk towards the crossroads. When you reach them go straight ahead and towards the main road..
  • 2. Turn left on the main road and then right at the Balmer Lawn Hotel.
  • 3. Turn right up the Balmer Lawn Road keeping the hotel on your left.
  • 4. Bear left at the cycle way-marker post ‘31’ (Beaulieu/Lyndhurst) and continue up the gravel track to the “Standing Hat” Forestry Commission car park. Keep left at the fork towards the car park up a slight incline.
  • 5. From Standing Hat car park enter Pignal inclosure by five-barred gate
  • 6. Take left hand north easterly gravel track.
  • 7. Take third right hand track and proceed in an Easterly direction.
  • 8. Turn right at junction and walk along gravel track crossing over the cross track to the Inclosure boundary. Keep within inclosure.
  • 9. Take sharp right hand track south-westerly, and walk back to Standing Hat car park crossing Etherise Gutter.

The “nitty gritty”

This walk should take you around an hour and a half and cover approximately 5kms. You will have definitely earned a “pit stop” on the way back in Brockenhurst for some refreshment!

It’s suitable to walk in all seasons, but we advise you to dress appropriately and take drinks especially water in warmer weather

We advise all our guests to take a map and a charged phone on any walk to
help you avoid getting lost. Maps are available from reception or visit for more information.

Welly boots can be bought from Streets Ironmongers in Brockenhurst village, if you need some!!

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