Becoming a national park in 2005, The New Forest is one of the most recent national parks in England. With over 571 square acres to explore, there are endless mazes of cycling and walking tracks. At Crisp White Sheets we like to find all the best and unique hotels, so we have put together some of the most unusual places to stay in the New Forest.
Created in 1079 by William the Conqueror, the New Forest is an incredible ancient woodland that was used as a royal hunting ground and plays host to free roaming ponies, deer, cattle, pigs and a wealth of other wildlife. There is nothing ordinary about this magical place; even its history is a little bit special.
The forest is a sheer delight at any time of year but our favourite season to visit is autumn when the trees are ablaze with orange and russet leaves. It’s not unusual to be stopped in your tracks by forest donkeys or ponies during your outdoor adventures. And you’re not too far from the beach if want to venture out from beneath this spectacular natural canopy, where shafts of light beam down creating a beautiful vision.
Tucked away at the side of the river in the picturesque village of Beaulieu, the Montagu Arms is a 19th century country retreat where donkeys linger by the garden. Inside, beamed ceilings, fascinating antiques and old world charm welcomes you to this delightful New Forest bolthole. To add to the Montagu Arm’s character, traditional rooms and a Michelin star restaurant with Matthew Tomkinson at the helm await your presence.
Once a favourite hunting lodge of King Charles II, New Park Manor is another of the most unusual places to stay in the New Forest. Steeped in incredible history and surrounded by gorgeous scenery grazed by deer, ponies and cattle, it is hard not to fall in love with this enchanting country hotel.
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