Sports and recreation

Why not make the most of your stay and try out something a little  different.
We have arranged some great discounts and recommendations for our guests so read on…..

Excellent stabling facilities available for our guests staying at Criddlestyle Cottage, Mews Hill or the Riverside Lodge

This is a great opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful countryside in the New Forest with your own horses, so why not bring them on holiday with you! We have a 2 acre paddock with newly erected wooden stabling ideal for 2 horses or ponies. There is also plenty of space for parking a trailer. There is a separate tack room with saddle racks, light and power and secure locking.

  • Available on a diy basis for £75 per horse per week or £50 per horse for a short break when booked in conjunction with Mews Hill, Criddlestyle Cottage or the Riverside Lodge.
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Remember there are always some great discounts available when using your Brand New Forest card that we supply you with in your welcome pack. Check out the activities here that you can enjoy for less.

Arniss Equestrian – Near Fordingbridge

Horse riding lessons and hacks

If you do not have any horses to bring then why not pop up the road from our Fordingbridge properties where Arniss Equestrian offer riding lessons and hacks.

  • Family owned business that caters for all riders of age and abilities.
  • Facilities include 2 all-weather arenas 20m x 40m; 20m x 60m, jumping arenas and direct forest hacking.
  • Only a 15 minute walk from Mews Hill, Criddlestyle Cottage and the Riverside Lodge.

New Forest Sports Car Hire

If you don’t fancy horse riding but feel the need for speed,  treat yourself and your partner to a unique gift and experience the New Forest in a classic sports car for the weekend.

We have negotiated a 10% discount off web prices for our guests but you must pre book and quote Short Stay Homes at the time of booking.


Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre

Ever fancied learning to sail, paddleboard, wind-surf, row or even powerboat, then why not visit the Hengistbury Outdoor Education Centre. It is a fun safe environment to learn a new outdoor sport in an amazing setting. Birthday parties are catered for or team building events and we have arragned a 10% discount  for our guests when pre booking and quoting Short Stay Homes.


Shore Sports, Christchurch

As an altetrnative to the Outdoor Centre at Hengistbury Head, Shore Sports also offer lessons in kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding and sailing, all within the stunning Christchurch Harbour. Learn to kayak, windsurf, paddleboard or sail. There is 10% discount available for our guests when taking 2 day courses when pre-booking with Nick on 07867 575280

Paintball South, Hampshire

Fancy some high ocatane fun, then why not try out the ultimate paintball experience in Hampshire. Set within 50 acres of woodland with expert supervision on hand from fully trained marshalls. Great for birthdays, team building, stag and hen parties. When pre-booking by phone and quoting Short Stay Homes there is even a  £5 discount off the published online packages for our guests.


Salisbury Plains Safaris

Salisbury Plain Sarafis

4×4 or Horseback tours around Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain Safaris offer a view of the dramatic landscapes, military and Neolithic history and picturesque villages surrounding, Stonehenge and the Plain.

With their Land Rover Defender you will enjoy an on and off road trip in the company of experienced guides, the tours are 2 hours long and all include refreshments, photography opportunities, unique plants, animals and visits to places around Salisbury and Stonehenge that your average tour bus just cannot reach. In the company of their fully qualified and licensed drivers, you are sure to have a blast. if you join Salisbury Plains Safaris.

A horse back tour includes the same great hospitality but a half day experience, including briefings, a short warm up and assessment/lesson then a 2 hour hack out onto north west Europe’s largest chalk grassland.

Short Stay Homes guests benefit from a 10% discount, contact them directly and say that you are staying at one of Short Stay Homes properties.

Cycling in the New Forest

Why not take advantage of the beautiful scenery and bring your bikes. All our properties have bike sheds !

If you are unable to bring your own bikes you would be able to rent some at the Bicycle Centre at Sandy Balls Tel: 01425 657707, open daily from 9am – 5pm or Perkins in Fordingbridge Tel: 01425 653475.


New Forest Water Sport Park

If you don’t mind getting a bit wet, we can heartily recommend the New Forest Water Park which is fantastic fun for all the family and only a 5 minute drive from our Fordingbridge properties. This aqua park is the only cable wake board park on the south coast with Kayaking and SUP.