New Forest Landmarks
The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. It covers a huge area of 566 square kilometres and is made up of unspoilt woodland, heathland, and river valleys. Deer, ponies, and cattle roam freely. The New Forest really does provide you with tranquillity.
There are plenty of opportunities of things to see and do within The New Forest, we have listed our top 5 Landmarks for you to add onto your to-do-list whilst on your self catering holiday.
Set in its own beautiful parkland, surrounding farms and fields, the magnificence of the house has changed little over the past 400 years. Breamore house was completed in 1583 and looks today as much as it would have done to its original owners.
The village has a much older history and is recorded in the doomsday book. However, there were settlements in what is now the parish boundary long before 1066. Today there are several seventeenth- and eighteenth-century cottages remaining in the village.
The spectacular Elizabethan Manor House overlooks the Avon Valley on the edge of the New Forest. On your visit here you can enjoy seeing a wide variety of paintings as well as tapestries, porcelain, 17th century needle work and a rare James 1 carpet. There are also fine examples of period furniture in the house.
Breamore House and Museum
You really will enjoy a full day out here exploring the history of this estate, there is so much to see and do. Be sure to pack a picnic blanket and rustle up a delicious lunch to take with you, find a spot within the picturesque grounds to sit and really take it all in.
Why not walk of that lunch by taking a walk up to the famous Breamore Mizmaze. One of the eight surviving historic turf mazes.
On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the unspoilt haven of Buckler’s Hard, which remains untouched by the passage of time.
Once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelsons fleet at Trafalgar were built, Bucklers Hard is now a tranquil haven, perfect for a peaceful escape of day to day life.
You can enjoy a gentle stroll through their very own Apple Orchard, the fruit is picked each autumn and used with apples from other orchards on the Beaulieu Estate to make Beaulieu Apple Juice.
There is so much to do here for the day that you really will be spoilt for choice, why not use this helpful itinerary which has been created to ensure you really do get the most out of your visit.
Beer has been brewed in Ringwood for centuries, ever since medieval man mixed the water from the River Avon along with the malted barley harvested from the fertile fields of Hampshire.
The market town was a magnet for thirsty merchants and dusty drovers who needed to wet their palette before they got down to the nitty gritty of bargaining and bartering. Many of deals were sealed over a draught and a noggin, in one of the many taverns, inn and ale houses which gave Ringwood one of the highest population of pubs per head in England.
Ringwood Brewery was founded by Peter Austin in 1978 initially brewing Best Bitter and Fortyniner, and then the Brewer timeline just keeps evolving from there. You can find out all the History behind this popular Brewery and what exciting things they have planned for the future by attending one of their tours there are plenty of public transport options locally should you wish to take advantage of trying the ales.
Hatchet Pond is the largest area of fresh water in the New Forest, located just outside the picturesque village of Beaulieu. This is a full access location whether that be by car, on foot or by enjoying a New Forest cycle ride.
There is an easy walk from the car park of up to 3 km. You can walk along the edge of the pond on a good grass or gravel surface. It is not possible to go all around the lake with wheels, as it is very boggy at the southern end, and there are also small streams to cross, if you are taking your bike you might want to secure this in the car park before going on your walk.
The pond can also be fully enjoyed without leaving your car if you fancied just sitting and taking it all in with a flask of tea.The area is lovely to sit and have a family picnic or even to just appreciate the view. Add this location to your daily itinerary when exploring the New Forest landmarks.
Beaulieu Palace House
Palace House, once the gatehouse of the medieval Beaulieu Abbey, has been the Montagu family home since 1538. Remodelled and extended during the 1800’s set in an idyllic New Forest setting, overlooking the picturesque Beaulieu River millpond its is now a fine example of a Victorian country house.
Did you know that palace house was one of the first historic houses that was open to the public? Palace House was also used as one of the primary locations in The Honourable Rebel, a feature film based on Elizabeth Montagu’s life. You will be sure to find out more interesting facts like this and delve into the history when taking a tour around this historic home.
A helpful itinerary has been structured for you to make the most out of your visit to not only the Palace House but the fantastic Beaulieu Estate which offers a wide variety of fun filled activities for all ages. Be sure to pack a picnic and take your pick out of many of the lovely grassy spots to sit and enjoy your lunch or use one of the many picnic benches in Beaulieu’s picturesque parkland. There is also undercover areas for all weather alfresco dining. If you would rather leave the picnic at home then treat yourselves in the onsite restaurant, they even have a cake shop for the sweet tooth lovers!