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Things to do in the New Forest, from the Bed And Breakfast 

There are scores of things to enjoy right on our very doorstep. Among them are: 

Wildlife Watching

The New Forest is abundant in wildlife and the Thatched Cottage is at the heart of true natural beauty.  On this page are just a few examples of wildlife that have been seen minutes from our doorstep.

There are also many other activities you can enjoy during your stay. They include:

A Red Deer stag in the New Forest Natioal Park, Located a few minutes walk fromour Bed and Breakfast

Wild Red deer have been seen from the window of the cottage visit in the autumn months to hear them roaring during the rutting season.


Ford Farm Riding Stables

Burley Road, Brockenhurst.

Tel. 01590 623 035

Brockenhurst Riding Stables

Warren Farm, Balmer Lawn Road.

Tel. 01590624747

Burley Villa School of Riding,

Bashley Common Road, New Milton.

Tel. 01425 610278

A King Fish wich was spotted a few minutes walk from the thatched cottage bed and breakfast


The New Forest covers about 150 square miles of beautifulunspoilt moorlands and forests for you to explore. When you walk out of our front door you literally walking out onto the open Forest. We can offer guidance on short or long walks.

New Forest Drift

Every summer and autumn, the free-roaming ponies are rounded up as part of the Forest's livestock annual management. The spectacle is unique. This video was filmed in September 2021, outside the front door of our Cottage.

Cycle Experience Cycle Hire

Downside Car Park, Brockenhurst Railway Station

Tel. 01590 624 808

Museums and popular sights

Beaulieu Palace Abbey and Motor Museum

Tel. 01590 612 345​


Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

Bashley Cross Rd, New Milton

Tel. O1425 620 777

New Forest Heritage Centre & Museum

Main Car Park, Lyndhurst

Tel. 02380 283 444


Brockenhurst Donkey Walks

Tel 07721 068579

New Forest Wildlife Park

Deerleap Lane, Ashurst

Tel 02380 292 408


New Forest Reptile Centre

(A35) Bournemouth Road, Lyndhurst

Tel 0300 067 4601

Kingfishers have been spotted a few minutes' walk from the Thatched Cottage

Badgers have been spotted integarden of the thatchd cottage bed and breakfast.

Badgers  have been spotted in the garden of our Cottage

Early morning on southweirs in the New Forest National Park

Early morning in South Weirs

The Autumn Pannage Season in the New Forest national park pigs are allowed out onto the open forest

Autumn pannage season: pigs are allowed out onto the open Forest


Furzey Gardens

School Lane, Minstead, Lyndhurst

Tel 02380 812 464

Exbury Gardens

Exbury, Southampton

Tel 02380 891 203


Rosie Lea House

Lymington Road, Brockenhurst

Tel 01590 622 908


Rosie Lea’s Tea House and Bakery

76 Brookley Road, Brockenhurst 

Tel 01590 622 797

Terrace Café Bar & Bistro

58 Brookley Road, Brockenhurst 

Tel 01590 624 625


The Kitchen at Setley Ridge

Lymington Road, Brockenhurst

Tel 01590 622839

Pubs and Restaurants

The Foresters Arms

10 Brookley Road, Brockenhurst, SO42 7RR

Tel 01590 623 397

The Snakecatcher

Lyndhurst Rd, Brockenhurst

Tel 01590 622.348


The Huntsman of Brockenhurst

Lyndhurst Rd, Brockenhurst

Tel 01590 622 225


Dynasty Indian Cuisine

57-59 Brookley Road,


Tel. 01590 624 087

Britannia Thai

Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst

Tel 01590 622 459

Albero Italian Pizza Restaurant

Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst

Tel 01590 624 266

The Pig

Beaulieu Road, Balmer Lawn, Brockenhurst

Tel 01590 622 354

Thatched Cottage Gin Bar

Brookley Road, Brockenhurst

Tel 01590 622 005

The Sett Wine Bar

17 Lyndhurst Road, SO42 7RL

Tel: 01590 624 056

Enzee Italian Restaurant

Station Approach, SO42 7RL

Tel 01590 624 056

Whitetails Restaurant

Cottage Lodge Hotel, Sway Road, SO42 7SH

Tel 01590 622 296

Annual Attractions

New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Southampton Boat Show

New Forest Marathon

New Forest Endurance Ride

The Boxing Day Point-to-Point

Useful Links:

New Forest Commoners Defence Association


The New Forest Verderers​


New Forest Equine Directory


New ForestNational Park Authority


Most of the photographs on this site have been taken by Matt Roseveare, Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

Picturesque view and image of the Thatched Cottage, North Weirs, Brockenhurst, in the snow

Winter scene at the Thatched Cottage

Picture of three people and dogs, walking though the forest enclosures in the New Forest National Park

Walking in the Inclosures, fenced off to allow young trees to grow

Picture of two dogs enjoying the new forest national park just outside our dog friendly bed and breakfast


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