Top 5 Things to Look for in a New Forest BnB

The New Forest is a vast land of forest, pastureland, and heathland in southern England, and covers both the southwest Hampshire as well as the southeast Wiltshire. King William I declared it as the royal forest, and it was once his hunting ground. In 2005, it was turned into a national park. This place is a tourist and nature lover’s paradise with shady groves and rivers. Spread over 566 square Kms this place is known for its outdoor activities like spotting wild pony and deer, paddle boarding, horse riding, and hiking. This is a perfect place if you love to explore the countryside.

New Forest Ponies roaming freely

New Forest Ponies roaming freely

I first fell in love with The New Forest when my parents used to take me and my brother there for day trips that were filled with fun and adventure.

There are so many things to do in the New Forest so if you decide to stay there for your next break, here are the top 5 things you should keep in mind when you book a BnB in the New Forest.


Since you are on a holiday, it makes sense to book a BnB which is away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. But it shouldn’t be too off the way that it gets difficult to reach there. There are many excellent BnBs in the New Forest, and Little Hayes is perfectly located to cater to your needs. It’s on the A337 and is just off A35 in Lyndhurst, which is right in the heart of the New Forest. It’s easy to find Little Hayes if you’re traveling in via any of the main routes, and everything is within easy reach.

Entertainment and Activities

Another important thing to look for when choosing your BnB in the New Forest is access to various activities. There are a lot of things that you can do and places that you can visit when you are in the New Forest. Fancy a round of Golf? The New Forest Golf Club is nearby. Want to take a walk in the open heathland, then you got it! Would like to chat with people? The Lyndhurst Community Centre is right down the road from Little Hayes.

Trip Planning advice or tips

BnB owners at the New Forest are mostly locals who have grown up here. You can get great tips about the main attractions to see and places to visit when you are in the New Forest. If you stay at the Little Hayes, you even get to use the Go New Forest discount card for free. You get up to 25% discount on a wide range of local services and goods in Lyndhurst and the New Forest.

Online reviews

Though most of the BnBs in the New Forest are family run and have excellent owners. It is always good to check the online reviews of the BnBs on, TripAdvisor, etc. You can get a lot of information especially regarding the cleanliness of the rooms and how comfortable the beds and mattresses are, how good the cooking is, etc.

Additional Information

You should also make sure that the BnBs cater to your specific needs like, are dogs and other pets allowed? Would they allow breakfast in the room? What are the breakfast timings? Do they prepare vegan breakfasts?

The New Forest is a place you would want to visit again and again. It is serene, beautiful and you will feel like a home away from home. So, when are you planning your visit the New Forest? Don’t forget to mention our 10% “Little Hayes” discount on phone bookings by calling 023 8028 3816.

New Forest Towns and Villages

Bed and Breakfast in the New Forest is very easy to find as there are so many small towns and villages where it can be found. Each town or village has its own unique character, and they all share the charm and personality of the New Forest. There are busy market towns, coastal fishing villages, remote villages and everything in between.

Here’s a nice artilce that explains a little about each of the New Forest Towns and Villages: The previous link no longer works, so here’s some information about New Forest Towns and Villages from our site.

If you’d like to visit the New Forest at any time of year, we can offer you a relaxing stay in a New Forest Bed and Breakfast in Lyndhurst. Come on own to the New Forest, its beautiful any time of year.

James Bond, Top Gear and others at Beaulieu

For all car lovers out there, Beaulieu Motor Museum in the New Forest is really a must see.

All year round they have some of the most important cars from the past 100 years, including Bluebird (the car in which Donald Campbell broke the land speed record in 1964), Damon Hill’s Williams-Renault, Del Boy’s Reliant Robin, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, and many more.

On top of that they are currently showing “World of Top Gear” exhibition for fans of the BBC2 show. This exhibition features almost all of the cars featured in the show’s many challenges including the Reliant Rocket, home-made stretch Limos, the ski-jumping Olympic Mini, and amphibious cars. More info about World of Top Gear on Beaulieu web site.

If that’s not enough, they are also running the Jame Bond Experience, featuring the famous Lotus submarine car, Aston Martin Volante from The Living Daylights, and the Jaguar XKR Roadster used in Die Another Day. More info about James Bond Experience.

New Forest National Park Web Cam

If you’ve never been to the New Forest National Park before, or would just like to catch up on its most famous inhabitants – the New Forest Ponies – then you might be interested in the live Web Cam on which they can be clearly seen. The link to the web cam can be found at

The one drawback is that often the ponies and donkeys are in the distance so might appear very small, but i loved watching this and will probably spend more time in the future gazing at the wildlife, especially if i cant get outside for any reason! Hope you enjoy it.

If you want to see a live Goshawk nest, try this:

Residents Welcome ‘New’ Park Plan

It seems that the New Forest National Park Authority is listening to New Forest residents. They had previously proposed some rather daft changes and hopefully they now see the error of their ways! Here is some more information about this on the BBC web site:

Residents welcome 'new' park plan via Google Alerts – "new forest" by BBC News on 9/3/09

BBC News

By Eleanor Williams
Campaigners and residents have welcomed plans by the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) to revise its much criticised draft

New species of fungus found on the New Forest

The new forest is a haven for all manner of wildlife including some of the worlds rarest flora, fanua and fungi. only this month another new species has been discovered!

New species of fungus found on the *New Forest* – Care2 News Network by Cher C. on 9/1/09
The New Forest has confounded conservationists once again by yielding up a species hitherto unknown to science. But even as the new type of 'tooth fungus' was being discovered on the Forestry Commission estate, near Lyndhurst,
Care2 News Network Posted via email from littlehayesguesthouse’s posterous

Cycling in the New Forest

Cycling in the New Forest is a fantastic way to explore the hidden delights of the New Forest. Its the best way to get off the beaten track and see the real New Forest.

There are over 100 miles of approved, way-marked family cycle routes across the Crown Lands of the New Forest, that are suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities. These follow well-defined, surfaced tracks and include Forest Trails and routes through open countryside. Why not take a ride down to the coast, for some stunning scenery? Whichever route you take, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for a while to enjoy a refreshing cold beer, or a traditional English Cream Tea.

New Forest Cycling Routes

An excellent guide to New Forest Cycle Routes is available at the Forestry Commission Web Site.

It is very important while Cycling in the New Forest to ensure that you adhere to the New Forest Cycling Code, which is also available from the Forestry Commission Web Site.

New Forest Cycle Hire

If you’re thinking of coming for a cycling holiday in the New Forest, or would just like to hire a bike for a short time, you might be interested to hear about a brand new Cycle Hire service in the New Forest.

Trax Hire is a bike hire company with a difference – they deliver the bike to you! Not only that, you also get the following free of charge:

  • Free Cycle Helmet Hire
  • Free Bicycle Puncture Repair Kit
  • Free Bike Tools
  • Free Bicycle Pump
  • Free Bike Lock
  • Free Wet Weather Gear (lets hope you don’t need it!)
  • Free Maps and Suggested Routes

If push bikes aren’t your thing and you prefer to leave the hard work to an engine, you could try Bugad Classic Bike Hire and cruise around the Forest in style.

What are you waiting for? The weather is going to be great this year! What better way to get some exercise in the fresh air and take in some breathtaking scenery, than cycling in the New Forest?

Top 7 New Forest Pubs

The New Forest has a wide range of pubs and restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. Whether you just need to stop and have a drink or would like to share a great meal to remember, the New Forest has a pub to take care of your needs. We’ve lived in the area all of our lives, and these are some of our most favourite pubs in the New Forest.

The Waterloo Arms

Probably our favourite pub (and not just because it’s within walking distance!), the Waterloo Arms is a traditional 17th Century Inn with a traditional thatched roof. Mike and Michelle are great hosts and are sure to offer all customers a warm welcome. They have a a wide range of country ales and a delicious home-cooked menu that that includes fresh seafood, game and daily specials. All guests at at Little Hayes receive a 10% discount too!

The Oak Inn

The Oak Inn is probably the New Forest’s best kept secret, which is still just over a mile from Lyndhurst Village centre. It’s another 17th century building which was once a cider house before eventually evolving into the Oak Inn know today. It has a real traditional country pub atmosphere with bare board floors, beamed ceilings and wooden tables and chairs, and a wood burning stove to help keep you warm and cosy during those long winter nights

The Oak Inn is a real drinkers’ pub which favours locally produced ales, so its a great place to sample traditional New Forest beers. Alongside the ales is a very high-quality, award winning menu.

The High Corner Inn

The High Corner Inn is a real hidden treasure of the New Forest. Situated in the very heart of the New Forest, you’ll need a car (or some strong walking boots and lots of willpower!) to get there but its worth it for the journey alone. Along the way is some of the most spectacular scenery the Forest has to offer. They also offer a range of traditonal pub fayre and some more recognised beers and wines.

The Hobler Inn

The Hobler Inn has the feel of a trendy wine bar while still retaining the character of a country pub. With low ceilings and lots of small nooks and crannies, it has a more private, intimate ambience ensuring you can enjoy the fantastic food on offer.

Beaulieu Road Inn

Set in beautiful open countryside and yet easily accessible from the Beaulieu Road Railway Station, the Beaulieu Road Inn has a warm homely feel inside and a quiet, peaceful garden outside. They also have a simple, delicious menu and a range of local ales. The Beaulieu Road Inn is a great place to begin or end a walk in the New Forest.

Sir Walter Tyrrell

The Sir Walter Tyrrell has spectacular views of the New Forest and is located within 200 yards of Rufus Stone, which marks the spot where King William II was shot and killed with an arrow in 1100AD.Although the building was built in the 1930s, it has a very rustic feel. Decent food and a wide range of drinks, but the location is the real draw here.

The Trusty Servant

Good food and another wide selection of local ales and popular drinks is offered in a quiet, comfortable setting. The picturesque New Forest village of Minstead is the quintessential English country setting and is well worth a visit.

Top 10 things to see and do in the New Forest

There are so many things to see and do in the New Forest and as most people only visit for a short period of time, we thought we’d share a list of our favourite activities, things to see, and places to visit in the New Forest.

We have included a wide range of activities in the list, so there should be something for all ages and abilities.

National Motor Museum at Beaulieu

Set in one of the most stunning villages, and featuring the world famous national Motor Museum, palace house home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins, Beaulieu really does have something for all the family.

Exbury gardens

Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920’s, Exbury is home to the world famous woodland gardens with its steam railway, offering 200-acres of natural beauty & horticultural variety.

Lepe Country Park

Lepe is a popular coastal country park in the New Forest National Park with stunning views across the Solent. With over a mile of beach, cliff top walks, grassy areas for picnics and games, and a children’s’ playground it’s a great place for a family day out.

Longdown Activity Farm

Fun on the farm for all ages whatever the weather, with hands-on activities every day – small animal handling, bottle-feeding calves and kids, duck feeding. Also includes a tearoom, and newly-opened farm shop.

Setley Ridge Vineyard

Setley Ridge Vineyard is a family run business that tries to balance the art of winemaking with a sense of fun. Taste some of the delicious wines on offer, and maybe treat yourself to a bottle or three! Group tours, corporate events and wedding functions amongst the vines are available.

Paulton’s Park

Paulton’s Park is a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price. From thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages in a garden setting.

Moor’s Valley Country Park

Enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the New Forest, experience a ride on an authentic narrow-gauge steam train, enjoy a round of golf on an excellent course, or even go on a high wire adventure swinging through the tree tops! Moor’s Valley Country Park offers another great day out for all the family.

New Forest Tour

Enjoy wonderful coast and forest scenery from an open top bus, hop on and off where you want and even take your bike with you. The tour and connects to the forest’s off road cycle and walks network as well as many other attractions and places of interest.
The tour calls at Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst (with its rail connections), Lymington (with its ferry to the Isle of Wight), Exbury, and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
Hop on and off all day long with the day ticket!

New Forest Cider

Sample some traditional New Forest farmhouse ciders straight from the barrels in the cowshed!

Hanger Farm Arts Centre

With an exhilarating array of entertainment and regular exhibitions of artwork from some of the finest international artists Hanger Farm is a cultural delight.

Hidden Britain New Forest Tours

Enjoy a guided walk in the New Forest or travel in comfort in a people carrier with a driver guide. These tours are the ideal way to find the hidden delights of the New Forest.

So that concludes our top ten list of activities and things to see & do in the New Forest. Ok, so we know that’s 11 really, but who doesnt enjoy getting more than they were expecting! 🙂

If you have visited the New Forest lately and we have missed out on one of your favourite places, feel free to contact us and let us know. We’ll try to include it in another list (and give you the credit of course!).