It’s never too early to show that special someone how much you care. From a sentimental stroll to a hearty candlelit meal, an action-packed adventure hand-in-hand or a romantic retreat to gorgeous venues, the New Forest is the perfect place to spend time with the one you love this Valentine’s Day.
Romantic restaurants in the New Forest
The New Forest has a host of wonderful romantic restaurants. Each providing elegant bistro experiences, charming pub dining, or a cosy country atmosphere
- The Drift Country Pub
- 1820 Pizza and Grill
- Taylor’s Bar
- Bartley Restaurant
- Burley Restaurant
Romantic activities in the New Forest
Whatever you get up to in the New Forest it will no doubt be full of magic and love:
- Embark on a romantic bike ride through the picturesque New Forest countryside. With rolling hills, lush greenery, and charming villages, the New Forest is an ideal setting for a leisurely bike adventure. Find gorgeous New Forest cycle paths here.
- If you’d prefer to follow one of the many New Forest walking trails, why not indulge in a romantic picnic beside the serene waters of Hatchet Pond? Nestled amidst the tranquil beauty of the New Forest, Hatchet Pond offers a picturesque setting for a romantic picnic. You may even spot a New Forest pony or two.
- Exbury Gardens, renowned for their stunning floral displays, provides a perfect backdrop for a romantic walk. Stroll through the manicured pathways, admire the vibrant blooms, and capture cherished moments together. Discover Exbury Gardens here
- Stroll hand-in-hand along the picturesque Beaulieu River, admiring the surrounding forest and serene waters. Take in the tranquil atmosphere, share heartfelt conversations, and create lasting memories together.
- Find a secluded spot with a panoramic view of the New Forest and watch the sun paint the sky with hues of gold, orange, and pink. Share a moment of quiet contemplation and appreciate the beauty of nature together.
- Looking for something a little more relaxing? Why not enjoy a rejuvenating wellness treatment while staying at Burley Manor and connect and unwind with your partner. Take a look at our treatments here
Romantic walks in the New Forest
- Bolton’s Bench: Perched atop a hill overlooking the picturesque village of Lyndhurst, Bolton’s Bench offers breathtaking panoramic views of the New Forest. Take a moment to relax on the bench, hold hands, and soak in the breathtaking scenery together.
- Hatchet Pond: Nestled amidst a tranquil woodland setting, Hatchet Pond is a haven of serenity. Stroll along the peaceful lakeshore, hand-in-hand, and enjoy the calming atmosphere. Take a moment to feed the ducks and swans, creating a truly memorable experience.
- Furzey Gardens: Furzey Gardens is a charming oasis of fragrant flowers, vibrant blooms, and tranquil pathways. Explore the gardens arm-in-arm, admire the colourful displays, and pause to share a romantic picnic amidst the blooms.
- Rutherwood Forest: The enchanting Rutherwood Forest is a hidden gem within the New Forest, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Stroll hand-in-hand beneath the canopy of ancient trees, admire the delicate wildflowers, and share intimate moments together.
- Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary: Immerse yourselves in the peaceful atmosphere of Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, where you can encounter free-roaming deer in their natural habitat. Stroll through the tranquil woodland paths, admire the stunning scenery, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
With its much-anticipated arrival just around the corner, we’ve put together the perfect itinerary to make your day that extra bit special. After all, it only comes around once a year.
Breathe in the fresh air and have your love letters to hand as you start the day with a pit stop at Lover Village. A picture-perfect spot in the north of the forest, rumour has it, if you post a letter in their letterbox your love will last eternally.
Then head south to Knightwood Oak, just outside of Lyndhurst, at 600 years old and more than seven metres round, the tree is bound to bring some blessings of longevity to your relationship. Now it’s time for some relationship bonding with a visit to New Forest Activities. Whether it’s kayaking, canoeing, archery or cycling, hours of fun and memories will be made here. As you begin tiring from the day’s adventures, head over to The Drift for a meal of home comforts and wholesome hot pots.
After being suitably served at The Drift, it’s time to return to your luxurious suite for the night. Choose from Bartley Lodge’s Charles Lyell Suite, Burley Manor’s Shepherd’s Hut or Beaulieu Inn’s Grand Deluxe Double for sunsets and cocktails aplenty. Not forgetting the tranquil views of New Forest Ponies, neighbouring deer and trailing lawns as you snuggle up for the evening.
As Valentine’s Day draws to a close, remember to set an alarm for your relaxing wellbeing treatment at Burley Manors treatment rooms the following morning. Choose from a selection of luxurious treatments.
We truly hope you have enjoyed your visit to the New Forest and your Valentine’s day, however you chose to spend it.