Staying with us this autumn, or just planning a day out in the New Forest? Then we’ve got the top 5 attractions which we completely recommend.
- Exbury Gardens – Exbury Garden’s features a striking 20 miles of pathways, three woods and a multitude of ponds, there are surprises lying around every corner! Take a trip there this autumn and see the trees in a spectacular array of reds, oranges and yellows. Get there before November 6th and witness their Nerine Exhibition, presenting a stunning collection of sparkling Nerine sarniensis or ‘Jewel Lilies’ which were first developed at Exbury in the 1920s and 1930s. Dogs are also welcome at Exbury just like in all our hotels, so you don’t ever have to leave your furry friend behind.
- New Forest Cider – Fancy a little tipple? Then adventure into Burley, a pretty village in the New Forest and look for the cider barrel by the post office. Delve into trying the unpasteurised, real cider, straight from the barrels as well as bottled ciders including their very own hand-crafted Bouche and their very popular Champagne method cider. So go on, let the cider flow!
- St. Barbe Museum & art Gallery – Located in the heart of the beautiful, historic coastal market town of Lymington, St Barbe is a dynamic museum and highly regarded gallery. The museum features historical collections as well as an extensive photographic archive of the local area. So, if you fancy a day of history and beautiful artwork, then this is the perfect attraction for you. Afterwards, you can walk into the charming town and take a wonder around the popular independent stores, then take a leisurely stroll down the cobbles to the very enchanting Lymington quay and enjoy some tasty fish and chips.
- Buckler’s Hard – Whatever the weather there is always something to do at Buckler’s Hard. If the sun is shining and you’ve wrapped up warm then follow the woodland trail and discover the history of the local timber, or take the tranquil 30 minute cruise (only available until the end of October). If the weather isn’t so pleasant then take a look around their Maritime Museum, Shipwrights Cottage or St Marys Chapel and discover all the history of the village and its inhabitants.
- Ringwood Brewery – If you’re a lover of real ales then take a one and a half hour tour around Ringwood Brewery with a complimentary drink, and taste the malted barleys, have a sniff of the hops, and see the fermentations bubbling away in their TunRoom. Afterwards indulge in their Brewery store where you can purchase goodies from t-shirts to bottles of ale or even a firkin which holds an astonishing 72 pints!
After all the autumnal fun retreat back to us and get cosy by one of our fires, and re-energise before joining us for dinner in one of our award-winning restaurants to finish off the day perfectly.