From the Romans through to the present day, New Park has been an integral part of the New Forest. Tucked away within the National Park, New Park Manor is a uniquely placed bolthole for families.
Fit for a king
New Park dates back to the time of William the Conqueror, who made the forest a royal hunting reserve in 1070. Its name comes from ‘Nova Foresta’, meaning ‘new hunting ground’.
By the first half of the 17th century, the manor house was owned by Sir George Cary, a staunch royalist and Catholic. Cary was a landowner with many estates, but suffered badly during the Civil War, losing most of his property. With New Park somehow still in his grasp, he retreated here with his new wife Elizabeth.
With the restoration of both King Charles II and Sir George’s fortunes, the latter moved to Torre Abbey, leaving the manor to become the king’s favourite hunting lodge. During this time, Charles II’s mistress Nell Gwynn was also in residence, presumably creating an additional attraction.
Many original features found in the manor date back to this time, including fireplaces, a coat of arms, and acorn and oak-leaf patterned doors. A sense of history, combined with modern comfort, pervades throughout, including the Rufus lounge, complete with log fire and oak panelling.
Throughout its history, the manor has remained a principal residence in the New Forest. It was used by the Lord Warden of the Forest (later the Duke of Bedford) in the 17th century, by the Commissioners of Woods and Forests in 1815, and later by the Deputy Surveyor of the New Forest.
Luxury Family Hotels
As a Luxury Family Hotel, New Park Manor promises family friendly holidays that tick all the boxes. Get out and explore the New Forest National Park from a luxurious base, or simply relax and marvel at your surroundings. Take some me-time, sink down in a hot tub, and watch the deer and ponies walk past. Or go on adventures as a family; including, of course, your faithful canine companion.
If you’re feeling active, we’ve got everything you need to enjoy the New Forest. Pick up a walking guide from our information station, or hire bikes and venture further afield. After a busy day, return for a delicious meal cooked with locally sourced ingredients. Choose between family dining and a quiet meal for two while the kids are taken care of. But be warned: like royalty before you, you may never want to leave.