Fishing on our stretch of the Hampshire Avon

A great article by one of our guests who stayed in the Riverside Lodge and opted for the extra fishing in the adjoining woodlands. This fishing is available for our Riverside Lodge, Mews Hill and Criddlestyle Cottage and can be booked in advance for £75 per person per week or £35 per person for a weekend.

Fishing on the Hampshire Avon by Sean Simms

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Fishing on the Hampshire Avon by Sean Simms

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Jessica VW Camper Van

We have some exciting news – Jessica  VW Camper Van

When you stay in one of our New Forest properties, Criddlestyle CottageMews Hill,  Forest Drove Cottage and Beck CottageYou have the option of booking additional accommodation in our wonderful VW Campervan called ‘Jessica’. A  VW Camper T2 – 1600 manual van. It has a double bed and roof hammocks it can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children under 12.


It has a table so you can sit and enjoy a drink before you go to bed.

We will provide you with all the linen and bedding for an exciting night in Jessica.

It has all the enjoyment of camping –  but the luxury of using the property and its facilities.

If your group has more guests than the property accepts, then you can hire Jessica for some extra accommodation. It will be parked next to the property, so the guests can use the main property and then Jessica for sleeping in.

It is a very traditional vintage VW Camper Van, with lots of character in a lovely blue colour.

For more information on Jessica VW Camper Van and details of how to book please contact us on 01425 517311 or email us on

Please note that children are not to be left to sleep in the camper van unsupervised and booking is subject to availability.



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Its Official the 2nd Best place to walk your dog is in The New Forest

Its official the 2nd best place to walk you dog is in the New Forest. It has been described as the largest unenclosed area of land in the south.

Now the New Forest, famous for its stunning scenery and wide open spaces, has a new title because its the second most popular dog walking zone in the UK.

The  Forest is preparing to stage Dogstival, billed by the organisers as the best day out a dog could wish for.

Dogstival | A Family friendly dog festival

Chris Packham is hosting the the two-day festival at Pylewell Park, near Lymington, on May 18-19 and it includes dog show acts from across the country, plus talks by experts and a pets’ pampering zone.

The Forest’s popularity as a dog walking area has been revealed, by Trusted Housesitters. The pet and house-sitting organisation says it analysed – nearly 12,000 social media posts about dog walking in the UK over the past year.

A Trusted House sitters spokesman said: “We looked on social media, to see which locations people were posting about the most when walking their dog. And a massive 11,894 posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook were counted and the results are in.”

“It offers one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in southern England,” said the spokesman.

“Awash with wild ponies, deer and beautiful trees, it’s an incredible place to explore with your dog.

“The Forest is also steeped in history. It was proclaimed a royal forest by William the Conqueror and featured in the Domesday Book. Nowadays, it provides the perfect escape for animal lovers.”

The New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) estimates that as many as 25,000 dogs are walked in district every day.
An NPA spokesman said: “Dog walking is very popular and it’s a great way to enjoy the fresh air and exercise and local dog walkers are among the most passionate supporters of the national park.

“However, with animals, sensitive wildlife and rare plants, special care is necessary when walking in the Forest.”

If you are coming to the New Forest why not book one of our lovely dog friendly properties


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Great Places, Great Food, Great Prices

Great Places, Great Food, Great Prices

Great-place-great-food-great-prices at a selection of local pubs and restaurants near to our properties offering great discounts to all of our guests

We have been busy negotiating lots of great deal for our guests when they come and stay with us.

We have selected some local pubs and restaurant all near to our properties that do amazing food and offer our guests some great discount.

The Bat & Bat at Breamore

They offer our guests 10% off the total food bill

The Bat and Ball Braemore

The Surma Valley is a local Indian Restaurant in Fordingbridge

They offer our guests 10% Off the total food bill

Surma Valley

La Lambretta is an Italian Restaurant in Fordingbridge

They offer our guests 10% off the total food bill

La Lambretta Italian restaurant


The Alice Lisle at Ringwood is in the heart of the New Forest

They offer our guests 15% off the Total food bill

Alice LIsle in the New Forest

If our guest wish to dine at any of these place they must pre book say they are staying st a Short Stay Homes Property .They all accept large group bookings. We can also arrange a 14 seater mini bus to transport to the pubs.

You can read more about these place on our website


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Fordingbridge Fudge Goes Recycleable


Fordingbridge Fudge are pleased to announce – that all of our bagged fudge, is now packaged in fully compostable and biodegradable bags, using NatureFlex film.

This is made from renewable wood pulp. We hope this small change will go someway to reducing the plastic waste, that makes its way to the landfill site every year.

We put a bag of Fordingbridge Fudge in to all of our welcome hampers in each of our properties for you to enjoy.

Based in the Northern gateway of the New Forest, we have been producing our incredible home made traditional fudge since 2012. Using milk and butter from Mitchems Farm, whose herd of Guernsey cows graze less than a mile from the Fordingbridge Fudge HQ, helps us to create the moreish melt in the mouth texture our customers love.

This shows how are welcome hampers look:





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Sky Trak Golf Simulator

Stay with us at Mews Hill in Fordingbridge and we can set up the Sky Trak Golf Simulator in the games room for you to use during your stay.

SkyTrak is a camera-based launch monitor that captures high-speed images of the ball immediately after impact. The images captured are used to measure parameters necessary to render shot shape and carry distance.

It goes where you go. Practice and play rain or shine, 365 days a year, in the comfort of your home — even in limited space. Place a ball on a hitting mat or level ground and swing away.

Sky Trak enables you to input a series of desired variables and environmental factors such as weather and course conditions. This helps simulate real world golf and provides more accurate shot analysis.

It accurately captures, displays and contrasts your ball flight data. Key measurement parameters include: ball speed, launch angle, side spin, back spin, side angle and more.

We can have this set up ready for when you arrive at Mews Hill. The cost would be £100 for a week-end or mid week break and £150 for a 7 night break. (£250 deposit is required)


Take on your friends or beat your personal best with fun, skill-building games and challenges.


With embedded Wi-Fi, use Sky Trak from anywhere. Connect to a mobile device and let it fly.


Sky Trak uses high-speed cameras and sophisticated algorithms to calculate the ball’s flight path and distance.
Golf Simulator
For more information on this system
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Something new and exciting to offer our guests

We have something new and exciting to offer our guests – Stay with us and you can hire this amazing electric mountain bike, and see the amazing sights of the New Forest.

Powerfly LT 4 is an electric mountain bike with long travel, front and rear suspension for especially technical terrain. It’s made for real-deal mountain bikers, who get rowdy on rugged trails with 150 mm of travel, a 160 mm fork, mid-fat 27.5+ tyres, a powerful Bosch motor that helps you sustain speeds of up to 15.5 mph and a durable trail bike spec.

Why you’ll love it

  1. Longer travel suspension and 27.5+ mid-fat tyres, they are the perfect combination for traction, stability and capability on rough trails
  2. For e-MTB, full suspension is a game-changer: it soaks up rugged terrain, so you can ride the Bosch pedal-assist system to its full potential
  3. It rides like a mountain bike because it is one: it has the same frame and suspension tech that we’ve refined in our decades-long trail heritage
  4. The long-range battery is secure while you ride and easy to remove for charging in any household electrical socket

Key Features

  • Alpha Platinum Aluminium Frame
  • SR Suntour Aion 35 Fork
  • RockShox Deluxe RL Rear Shock
  • Shimano Deore 10 Speed Drivetrain
  • Tektro HD-M745 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance 27.5 x 2.80˝ Tyres
  • Bosch Performance CX 500 Wh Downtube Electric Bike System

The New Forest has some many place you can ride a bike, on and off road.

Stay with us and you could hire the one that we have

The cost of hire is £125 for a week-end or Mid-week break, £175 for a 7 night break. (We would also require a £250 security deposit)

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Go New Forest 2019 now out!

As part of our welcome pack for our guests in Hampshire and Dorset we supply a Go New Forest discount card which usually costs £10. (Plesae see advantages of booking with Short Stay Homes here . This card can be used to get discounts on many varied attractions, restaurants and businesses in the New Forest. For the full list of participators in the scheme please go to the website below:

Go New Forest Discount card 2019

Each year more and more businesses sign up so it is always worth keeping an eye on their website and having a look before coming to stay so you can plan your stay and spend less. Short Stay Homes not only providing the perfect property for you but the perfect stay.

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Certificates of Excellence!

A wonderful envelope through the post today delivering our certificates of excellence from Trip Advisor for 3 of our properties, the Riverside Lodge, Riverview and Criddlestyle Cottage and one extra for our manager Caroline.

Thank you Trip Advisor and thank you to all our guests who have given us such a great star rating! Read the reviews on these properties and others on our Reviews page

Read more about these Certificates of Excellence by visiting


Secluded heaven at the Riverside Lodge

Criddlestyle Cottage a great family venue

Certificate of Excellence

Great Customer Service!

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Wildlife in the Woodland Copse.

To encourage wildlife in the Mews Hill  woodland copse, we have installed some bird boxes, a ladybird hibernation house, a bee nesting box  (which is also good for insects) and some winter roosting nests in the trees for birds. We hope this will be of benefit to not only the wildlife but for the guests that use the copse.

Read more about making your garden a friendlier place for birds at the RSPB, great article below:

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