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New Forest Tour 2023 Launch

New Forest Tour launched this Summer!

The New Forest Tour has returned this Summer and will be running between 1st July and 17th September 2023, where you can enjoy some of the wonderful views of the New Forest National Park, including wondering ponies and horses, magical landscapes and quintessential villages.

Three routes will be provided this year, and these can be found here.
You will be able to hope on and off wherever you like, catching the next tour bus or switching between routes all on the same ticket! Audio commentary will be provided, offering an insight in to the people, places and animals of the New Forest, bringing the tour to life.

You can also take in a walking or bicycle tour and dogs are welcome!

Tickets are available to purchase online or from the bus driver, with prices starting at £11 for children, £16.50 for concessions and £19.50 for adults. These can be purchased from the MoreBus website.

3 Open-top busses, red, green and blue, for the three routes of the New Forest Tour

New Forest Tours will have three routes available: Red, Green and Blue. The map of these routes can be found here. If you would like to see the timetable for each route, these can be found here.

Beck Cottage with Shepherds Hut

New Forest is a fantastic location for a short family break, whether an excuse to get together or it is time to celebrate a special occasion, check out our New Forest accommodation here.


New Forest has many things to see and do and we are sure you will find something for yourself or your group. The New Forest Wildlife Park is one of those attractions, you can find more information on the wildlife park here.

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A Treat for Hampshire Cottage Guests

Pannage Extension a real treat for our Holiday Cottage Guests

These fantastic pigs are actual life savers!  Each year for around 60 days they are released onto the forest to devour their favorite food – the acorn.

Acorns are poisonous to many other species that roam the forest so the pigs do an extremely important job in recycling them.  2020 has been a particularly abundant year for them too, hence their 60 day roam has been extended until the 21st of December.

Pig spotting in the New Forest for our Hampshire cottage guests
Spotty pig roaming the New Forest eating acorns
Looking for acorns the pink pannage pigs in the forest

Local New Forest Pork

All those lovely acorns, chestnuts and beech masts eaten while roaming the forest make the pannage pigs meat taste just fantastic.  The local, award winning, family run farm shop can deliver while you are staying with us at our cottages or you can even order from back home to remind you of your stay with us in Hampshire.

You can also stock up on a host of local foods and drinks from cheese, ice cream and garlic to milk, juice and cider.

See the selection of local produce from the Hockeys Farm Website

Local New Forest pork offered from Hockeys farm shop
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Bournemouth is Award Winning for Family Friendly Holidays

Bournemouth family friendly location for self catering holidaysThe British public have made their choice and decided that the UK’s most family friendly seaside destination in 2020 is Bournemouth. The vote was organised by vacation rental company HomeAway.

The Dorset town was commended by voters for its “clean, sandy beaches” and “friendly and vibrant” feel.

This is great news, our holiday cottages are within easy reach of many of the local beaches that are along the same stretch of coastline.  If you are staying with us then take a look at the huge variety of beaches that you can visit, all within walking distance of each other.

Highcliffe Castle Beach – Quiet no prom or walkway

Avon Beach – Fish and Chips, Ice Cream, Toilets – There is a little ferry you can take to connect to Mudeford below…

Mudeford – Sand Beach with cafe and Toilets

Hengistbury Head – Pebble Beach with Toilets and Cafe by the car park not on the beach

Southborne Beach – Sand Beach and cafe

Avon beach is a great day out when staying at a New Forest Cottage

Avon beach on a sunny day

Boscombe Beach – Sand Beach with pier, Urban reef restaurant perfect for pizza. Toilets

Bournemouth Beach – Sand Beach with Pier and lots of food outlets, toilets, amusements

Durley Chine Beach – Sand beach with Harvester Restaurant and Durley Inn pub.  Toilets.

Middle Chine Beach – Sand beach

Alum Chine Beach – Sandy beach with Italian seafront restaurant

Branksome Beach – Food, Beach shop, Gardens

Canford Cliffs Beach – Very nice restaurants on the cliff tops

Sandbanks Beach – Sandy Beach and the most famous for its Celebrities who live there.  Toilets, Cafe and Ice Cream. Trampolines for children. Rich Steins Restaurant.

You can walk all the way along the promenade from Sandbanks to Southbourne – it is a glorious walk of around 7 miles. Ideal for children to scoot or roller skate. Cycling is permitted all year accept in July and August between 10 am and 6 pm. Parts are allocated as dog friendly too.

Book your next family friendly holiday in Hampshire, Dorset or the New Forest and enjoy all the local beaches… see our special offers page for a great last minute deal….

Short Stay Homes great offers and last minute holidays in the New Forest Devon and Dorset

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