Beaulieu Motor Museum Hampshire

In the beautiful nearby village of Beaulieu, you can discover the award winning Beaulieu Motor Museum, featuring a stunning collection of prized motorised vehicles housed within a fabulous display. Entrance to Beaulieu includes not only the motor museum, but also access to Beaulieu Abbey, where you can step back in time to where the monks roamed the cloisters 800 years ago. On the Beaulieu estate you can also visit the grand Palace House, the home of the Montagu family. Here, friendly, informative and costumed guides are on hand to give you a flavour of what life was like in Victorian times. You can wander through original bedrooms, family rooms and even the kitchen, including the colourful Victorian Kitchen Garden. History of the Beaulieu estate Visitors have been exploring the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey since 1912. In 1952, Edward, Lord Montagu opened Palace … Continue reading

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Autumn New Forest Escapes

Book your autumn New Forest escapes. View the spectacular beauty of changing colours and nature at its finest in the National park. What’s the forest like? The New Forest is a lowland national park which means no large mountains. So expect to find beautiful scenery and wide trails through ancient woodland and heath. It’s a welcoming landscape with lots of villages, good visitor facilities and excellent rail and road links. The New Forest has been welcoming visitors since the early nineteenth century. Steeped in legends and history and yet timeless to visitors as you can walk in landscapes unchanged by modernity. Experience the heart of the New Forest by exploring the old hunting forest of the Norman kings. The New Forest is an all year round destination, which offers many different experiences to visitors throughout the year. What can I … Continue reading

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Safety & Wellbeing

CARING FOR ALL & PROTECTING OUR SMALL BUSINESS Our number 1 priority is the safety of you our guests and our wonderful team! We kindly ask that all guests are courteous and respect other guests and our team. BEFORE ARRIVAL We respectfully ask that if you are feeling unwell, please do not travel to us, let us reschedule your booking. FACE COVERINGS. It is no longer obligatory, but we will respect all guests and team who would like to continue to wear them circulating inside the hotel. HAND SANITISER. Please continue to use hand sanitiser provided in the entrance/exits each time when you enter the hotel. HOUSEKEEPING. Your room will be carefully sanitised and cleaned prior to your arrival. During your stay we will service your rooms, straightening beds, emptying bins and tidying.  If you would prefer that your room … Continue reading

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New Forest bedroom, Rhinefield

Relax in the Rhinefield Bedroom in the heart of the New Forest. This first floor bedroom at Cottage Lodge is full of character with lovely, locally-sourced wood surfaces, a tactile and romantic room. Luxuriate in the four-poster bed, which was specially made from a single Ash tree by New Forest designer and artisan Rob Dyer. It looks beautiful and smells amazing, much like the place it is named after, Rhinefield. Where is Rhinefield? Rhinefield is an area of the New Forest near to Brockenhurst. It is famed for it’s beauty and here you’ll find an ornamental drive that was planted in 1859 by John E Nelson, head nurseryman of the New Forest. He was also responsible for planting the gardens of Rhinefield house which are set in an arboretum. From your bedroom get inspired to go off exploring around Rhinefield, … Continue reading

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New Forest bedroom, Wilverley

Unwind in this large, individually-designed ground floor four-poster bedroom with small west-facing patio garden. The Wilverley bedroom is one of our most romantic hotel rooms. And it is named after a beautiful part of the forest nearby. The amazing four-poster bed in the Wilverley bedroom is made from locally-sourced New Forest oak and sycamore. It was created by local designer and artisan Robert Dyer. Walking at Wilverley At Wilverley just 3 miles from Cottage Lodge Hotel there is a beautiful gravel circuit. It can be enjoyed year round within the inclosure where an abundance of ornamental and young and old trees blend with trees destined for logging. This area is perfect for all ages and is particularly popular with families and cyclists. On Wilverley plain it is common to see New forest ponies, cattle and deer and is a fantastic … Continue reading

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New Forest bedroom, Brusher Mills

This room is named after a Brockenhurst local character named Brusher Mills. A.K.A The Snake catcher. Don’t worry we certainly don’t include snakes with your room! Unwind in this characterful room with furniture including open-fronted wardrobe and table made from Ash. Plus a hand-made four-poster bed created from Silver Birch and Oak. A truly New Forest experience. All the furniture is hand-crafted by New Forest designer and artisan Rob Dyer. This rear-facing room gets the afternoon sun and is perfect for a romantic getaway. Who was Brusher Mills? Named Henry and known as Harry, Brusher Mills grew up in the village of Emery Down. He worked as a labourer. In his forties he moved into an old charcoal burner’s hut in woodlands near Sporelake Lawn (near Brockenhurst, and took up catching snakes for a living) Armed with a forked stick … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bird Conservation New Forest

Later this spring, Forestry England and the New Forest National Park Authority will launch their annual campaign to support the ground nesting bird season here in the New Forest. The campaign which starts on the 1st of March aims to raise awareness of the critical importance of this habitat to many rare ground nesting birds, and highlight how the public can play their part in supporting them during this time aiding bird conservation in the New Forest. Ground nesting bird conservation in the New Forest Ground nesting birds such as the lapwing, nightjar and curlew at risk of completely disappearing from the UK as their numbers dwindle due to loss of habitat and disturbance. The New Forest is one of the last places in the UK where these birds can still be found and helping them to breed successfully is … Continue reading

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The New Forest Code

We are passionate about the New Forest and supporting the local communities and authorities in their protection of this unique and beautiful area. At the Cottage Lodge we are committed to its conservation and encouraging eco friendly visitors following the New Forest Code. We pride ourselves on our local knowledge and as ambassadors for the New Forest we are keen to do our part and educate visitors in the New Forest Code. We make time to chat about the National Park with our guests, friends and followers. It’s easy to do when we have so much beauty to talk about, whether it be a lovely place to walk or cycle, or even an activity such as horse riding or geocaching We encourage all we speak to to do their bit and be New Forest friendly. Be New Forest Friendly We … Continue reading

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Winter walks New Forest National Park

Wrap yourselves up warm with layers and put on your boots or wellies, it’s time to explore the New Forest this winter. Embrace the crisp frosty mornings as you enjoy some beautiful winter walks. There’s stunning scenery to warm your soul, as you wander amongst free roaming ponies and deer grazing on the New Forest. Plan your walks to enjoy not only forest nature, but also the welcoming cafes, pubs and shops of the quaint New Forest towns. Perfect for a pit stop of great coffee, food or local beer, and even an opportunity to buy a lovely memento of your stay. Find your New Forest Walk Our favourite walk from Cottage Lodge is to WHITEFIELD MOOR, DURATION: 2 HOURS During the winter months, Whitefield Moor in Brockenhurst transforms into a magical winter wonderland. There are two routes to choose … Continue reading

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