Autumn in the New Forest

Fri 12 October 2012

Autumn in the New Forest

Autumn is a magical time to visit the New Forest, with the trees slowly changing from the lush greens of summer to the oranges and gold’s the season is known for. Ancient beech and oak trees provide the most vivid reds and oranges, while the paler yellow ash leaves and the evergreen holly and yew provide the contrast.

We’ll be lighting our log fires and suggest taking an early morning walk as the mist hangs low in the forest clearings and the deer are easier to spot. With 150 miles of picturesque landscape to explore, you can continue your exploration of the forest on one of the car-free trails with a bike or go for a horse ride with one of the many riding stables.   

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway will be holding a Festival of Autumn Colour from October 1 - November 4 with special autumn trails to show the best of its colour with fiery maples, dogwoods and deciduous azaleas and reflections of their beautiful lakeside colours.

From around the third week in September, pigs are allowed out in the New Forest for ‘pannage’. Commoners let their pigs loose on the forest to hoover up fallen acorns which are poisonous to ponies and cattle.

During the October half term there are lots of spooky Halloween events from a Ghost train at Exbury to pumpkin carving at The New Forest Centre as well as lots of Ghosts and Ghoul activities at Beaulieu to keep the kids (young and old) amused - Not for the faint hearted!

There are so many New Forest leisure breaks for you to enjoy this autumn, from overnight stays, 2 to 4 night short breaks to 5 to 7 night holiday breaks. Our breaks all include dinner* in our award-winning restaurants and comfortable bedrooms and cooked to order New Forest breakfasts.

Our rates improve the longer you stay. To check availability, prices and to book online please use ‘Book a Hotel Room’ at the top of the page. All breaks booked online receive a complimentary room upgrade*. Alternatively give one of our team a call now on 0800 44 44 41.

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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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