New Forest National Park, No.1 in Europe

Fantastic news alert!! The New Forest National Park has been ranked the No.1 top travel destination in Europe and the 10th best in world for outdoor enthusiasts in the Traveller’s choice awards for 2022.

Recognising the New Forest National Park as a “best of the best “winner at Tripadvisor’s annual awards, which honours traveller’s favourite destinations worldwide based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings. The New Forest was described as “welcoming” and praised for its “scenic views, wide trails and ancient woodlands”.

Add this praise to our own success as no.1 on Tripadvisor for the local area, and “best of the best” within the National park, and you have an award winning travel combination.

So what does the New Forest offer?

Welcome to the timeless New Forest, a place of tranquillity, natural beauty and free roaming animals. Discover the country’s best kept secret, newly confirmed as a No.1. travel destination. Come stay a while and see what all the fuss is about.

The New Forest offers a plethora of options to enjoy from stunning woodland walks and epic cycle routes to pristine natural coastline and blue flag beaches for water sports. Quaint villages offer fantastic local produce and first class restaurants. Larger towns home to museums and stately homes. Easy to see why it’s been picked as an award winning travel destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Plan your trip and make the most of the fantastic area or plan little and relax. Embrace the timelessness of life as its always been, out amongst the heather with the ponies and the changing seasons.

What makes the New Forest National Park No.1?

From the moment you pass over the cattle grids, you know you are somewhere special. There’s a gentler pace of life here in the New Forest National park. The traffic slows to allow animals to cross and you may find yourselves following the herds as they meander along the way.

The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. Covering an area of 566 square kilometres and made up of vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys. Today deer, ponies and cattle continue to roam free in its ancient heaths and woodland. Clear rivers and shady groves provide tranquillity and a car-free haven.

The Forestry Commission manage and maintain over 100 miles of tracks to provide a safe cycling network, balancing the needs of recreation and conservation. Safe cycling is available all year round, and you will never feel like the tracks are overcrowded.

Make Cottage Lodge Hotel your New Forest home away from home

We are extremely fortunate to be based in such a stunning part of the world and are consciously making choices to protect and nurture where we live. Our type of tourism is eco responsible and inspired by the place we call home.

We aim to bring the New Forest inside; some of our rooms feature hand crafted beds and furniture from fallen trees. We avidly support our local community and use local produce throughout our hotel; including handmade and organic, refillable guest toiletries and food and drink items supplied from our local businesses. This cuts our carbon footprint and ensures we choose to always look for a more sustainable option.

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