About the New Forest

More than nine centuries ago William the Conqueror demanded that the area we now know as the New Forest was set aside as a place to hunt deer, calling it his 'new' hunting forest. The forest was granted national park status in 2006, and is as fiercely protected now as when William was alive.

It stretches from the southern coast across the county of Hampshire, covering more than 90,000 acres. It is made up of vast heathlands of heather and gorse, ancient woods, meandering streams and pretty villages, and is probably best known for its freely wandering animals – having to dodge a pony on a pavement is not an unusual experience when shopping in some of the New Forest villages. Ponies, cattle, donkeys, sheep and pigs owned by commoners are allowed to graze in the forest; without them the landscape would look very different.

Once you are in the forest you may feel that you are miles from anywhere, but it's actually within easy reach of Southampton, Bournemouth and Winchester, and is just 90 minutes drive from London. There are airports at both Southampton and Bournemouth, the villages are served by numerous railway stations and with a 40 mph speed limit on forest roads it is a pleasant place for cyclists too. Our famous national park really is accessible to everyone.

Whilst in the New Forest you are never far away from one of our hotels. To learn more about the location of each of our hotels follow the links below.

Bartley Lodge Hotel Forest Lodge Hotel
Beaulieu Hotel Moorhill Lodge Hotel
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What is the Book Direct Price Promise?

Quite simply it means that if you book on line direct with any of the hotels in the New Forest displaying this logo, you will get the best rate available anywhere on the web – guaranteed!

All you need to do is make your booking via the Hotel’s own website and you will receive the following benefits:

  • Best Rate available anywhere on the web – guaranteed!
  • Bed and Breakfast rate – only available when you book direct.
  • A ‘Brand New Forest Card’ worth £5, offering you many exclusive discounts locally; only available to cardholders.

This is a New Forest initiative and only the following hotels who display the logo have signed up to provide these guarantees: Balmer Lawn Hotel, Bartley Lodge Hotel, Beaulieu Hotel, Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa, Cottage Lodge, Montagu Arms, BEST WESTERN Forest Lodge Hotel, Moorhill House Hotel and Hotel Terravina,

In the unlikely event that we have “slipped up” and you do find a lower rate on line then the following terms apply
  • All valid claims will have their rate price matched and receive a complimentary upgrade (subject to availability).
  • Any claims must be made through the hotel reservation’s team within 48 hours of booking
  • The lower price must be bookable on a Third Party website (excluding the NFTA website*) and still be available when checked
  • The lower price must be for
    • The same property and room type
    • The same arrival/departure dates and length of stay
    • The same conditions (meal plan, cancellation and booking policy etc.)
  • Bookings made within 48 hours of arrival are not eligible for this offer
  • The hotels standard T’s and C’s will still apply
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