Brockenhurst is the perfect postcard village, with its attractive old buildings set within the boundaries of the New Forest, Europe’s largest surviving ancient pasture woodland where wild horses, deer, cows and even donkeys roam free. We find the best deals on Brockenhurst Hotels, and tell you how to get the most out of your trip to Brockenhurst in the new Forest.
Brockenhurst Hotels and Accommodation
The best way to enjoy your trip to the new Forest is to stay at one of the characterful, unique Brockenhurst hotels inside the nature park. If you’re looking for a charming little individual lodge then look no further than the award-winning Cottage Lodge, located close to the town centre and with its cosy traditional décor and rooms in (from £75 per night).
While if you’d rather treat yourself to a bit more luxury then why not enjoyed a little pampering at one of the two spa hotels in Brockenhurst. New Park Hotel is operated by the excellent Von Essen group of luxury country hotels, and Carey’s Manor provides you with four-star luxury with its sumptuous rooms, pool complex and Zen garden restaurant (from £139 per night).
Things to do in Brockenhurst
Visitors to Brockenhurst really go for one thing, and that is of course the amazing New Forest Park that surrounds the stop you are driving through you would be sure to see many wild animals, but to fully experience the magic you should get out on foot and enjoy the contrast of dense woodland and open heathland.
The new Forest is relatively flat which makes it pleasant for people of all fitness levels to enjoy walking or cycling, and when you’ve worked up an appetite you can treat yourself to a cream tea or a tasty lunch.
In addition to the splendour of the forest though, you are only a few miles away from the sea at Hythe. You can watch some of the world’s longest cruise-liners sailing into Southampton docks, and even take a ferry ride into Southampton itself from the end of the Hythe Pier.
Where to eat
If you’re looking to enjoyed the best British food than the award-winning Le Poussin at a Whitley Bridge or its sister in the centre of Brockenhurst, Simply Poussin , worth a visit. If you want something a bit simpler and more affordable than there are many good pubs in the area, and any off the friendly locals will be happy to recommend their favourite.
Alternatively, why not try Brookley’s Bistro and Wine Bar which is a great place to enjoy a taste of France all day long, serving coffee and pastries in the morning, light lunches and romantic evening dinners.
When to go
The new Forest is delightful at all times of the year on with its landscape looking dramatic in all seasons. Of course most visitors will enjoy the area most during the war months but it can become very crowded in the peak summer, which spoils the tranquillity, so spring and autumn are ideal. At the same time you can also visit the other lovely towns in the New Forest such as Lymington and Lyndhurst.