On our doorstep
Open your window and take in a breath of fresh air – New Park Manor is right in the middle of one of Britain’s most coveted National Parks. As soon as you strike out from the grounds, the huge sky-scapes, wooded glades and sandy heathland stretch out before you – all the way to the coast, a mere seven miles away.
When your children ask, ‘Why is it called the New Forest?’ here’s the answer: 1,100 years ago, in the days of William the Conqueror, the words ‘Nova Foresta’ meant ‘new hunting ground’. So there you have it. Obviously, the area is neither new nor particularly forested. It’s still home to plenty of free-roaming deer, wild ponies and other livestock – drive carefully along the roads, as the animals are very carefree about where they wander.
The New Forest is particularly popular for cycling and walking – it’s covered in a network of fairly level trails, tracks and footpaths that are ideal for family rambles, or more serious hikes and off-road adventures. Our helpful staff will advise you on the best routes for you and your little ones, and guide you towards the nearest places to hire bikes.
New Park Manor is a few miles south of Lyndhurst – a perennially popular tourist location with quaint shops, galleries, restaurants and traditional pubs. A few miles in the other direction is the similarly-sized village of Brockenhurst – which is on the main train line to London. Eleven miles to the East is the bustling port city of Southampton.
Whether your children are budding car enthusiasts, adventurous thrill seekers or into amazing animals, there are plenty of attractions that will fascinate the whole family. The New Forest Reptile Centre is a place to spot rare smooth snakes, sand lizards and other scaly, cold-blooded creatures. The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has something for everyone, from rides on ancient double decker buses to a bangs-and-whistles Top Gear exhibition and an elevated monorail that gives you a bird’s eye view of the grounds. Calshott Activity Centre offers indoor climbing, watersports and a dry ski slope, while toddlers will adore Peppa Pig World.
For the bucket-and-spade (and boogie board) brigade, there are plenty of beaches nearby. The shingly beaches at Lepe and Milford-on-Sea have cafés, playparks for little ones, and toilets. Sandier beaches can be found at Barton-on-Sea, Highcliffe (which has a great bike / walking trail along the wooded cliff-top) and further west.
For more information about local attractions, please click here. Once you’re here, you can rely on our friendly staff to help you out with great ideas and insider knowledge.