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…
If you stay at Mews Hill you can bring your horses to the on site stables
Special guests at Mews Hill
The paddock at Mews Hill Fordingbridge on a glorious day
The paddock at Mews Hill

Excellent stabling facilities and Paddock available

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, as well as plenty of space for parking a trailer. There is a separate tack room with saddle racks, light & power and secure locking. There is direct access from the paddock to a bridle path.Horses are welcome with Short Stay Homes

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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.

Children getting ready for a ride out on the horses
Gorgeous view on a sunny day of Mudeford from Hengistrybury Head

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. Perfect for our guests staying at Quay House and Quay Corner which is a short hop on the ferry across the river.

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 arranged a 10% discount  for our guests when pre booking and quoting Short Stay Homes. Great for our Christchurch properties Quay House and Quay Corner which are a short ferry hop across the river!


Hengistbury Head train with sailing boats and houses in the background
Stonehenge on a beautifull sunny day

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 & off-road trip in the company of experienced guides. The tours are 2 hours long & all include refreshments. Enjoy exploring 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.

Paintball South, Hampshire

Fancy some high octane 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 marshals. 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.

Paintballing Fun lots of activities to do in the South
New Forest Waterpark with kids enjoying themselves

New Forest Water 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 Criddlestyle Cottage, Mews Hill and Riverside Lodge. This aqua park is the only cable wake board park on the south coast with Kayaking and SUP.

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 for our Dorset and New Forest properties we have an Electric Mountain Bike to hire to see the local scenery, Trek Powerfly LT4 plus. Cost is £125 for a week-end or mid week break and £175 for a 7 night break (£250 damage deposit required) and also 3 junior mountain bikes at £20 per day or £50 for the week each.

You can also hire bikes at the Bicycle Centre at Sandy Balls a short walk through the woodland from Criddlestyle Cottage, Mews Hill and the Riverside Lodge and a short drive from Beck Cottage. Tel: 01425 657707, open daily from 9am – 5pm or Perkins in Fordingbridge Tel: 01425 653475.

Explore the countryside on two wheels
Rowing Machine hire available at Short Stay Homes to keep up with your fitness regime whilst away

Keep fit on holiday and hire a Concept 2 Rower from us.

Want to keep us with your fitness whilst staying with us? We can arrange for a Concept 2 Rowing Machine to be set up at the property for your arrival. £30 for a short break or week-end, £50 for a 7 night break (£50 Damage deposit required). This is available for our New Forest and Dorset properties only.

Check out our extra facilities page for this and many more extras.


Archery, Archery Combat TAG, Crossbows, Axe Throwing – Woodland Weaponry in the New Forest and Dorset

Nestled in a private section of rustic woodland you will find Insight Activities’ shooting and Axe throwing ranges, where anyone can learn the fine arts of Archery, Crossbows and Axe Throwing or even engage in some woodland Archery Tag Combat games. Everyone welcome, No previous experience required. Activities in Fordingbridge, New Forest & Tolpuddle Dorset.

Insight activities provide unique and fun activities within the New Forest, Hampshire and in Tolpuddle, Dorset. If you’re looking for one of the best things to do whilst visiting then they are ranked as the No.1 local attraction on Tripadvisor in 2016 & 2017. They offer activities for individuals, couples, families, stag and hen, birthday parties and corporate events. Visit for more details

Use your Go New Forest Discount card that is provided as part of our guests welcome pack and get 10% off!


Go New Forest 2022

Remember there are always some great discounts available when using your Go New Forest card that we supply you with in your welcome pack. Check out the activities here that you can enjoy for less.