Despite its name, the New Forest is one of the oldest unspoiled wooded areas in England. It was new to William the Conqueror, who proclaimed it royal for his own purposes, and included it in the Domesday Book. The New Forest National Park has been in existence since 2005, and as such is protected from development. The Park covers a large part of south west Hampshire, and a corner of south east Wiltshire. Hot Tub Glamping in the New Forest is a spectacular way to take a mini break.
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St Leonards, Ringwood / Sleeps 4
This accommodation enjoys both the New Forest and Castleman Trailway being on their doorstep. All of the accommodations found at this retreat are also pet friendly and ideal for short weekends.
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Micheldever, Nr Winchester / Sleeps 2
Surrounded by towering beech trees, this as close to nature as you'll get. With an abundance of wildlife and vast trails to explore by foot or bike.
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Wootton Bridge, Nr Cowes / Sleeps 2
Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat is an award-winning holiday park. The spa is partnered with Aromatherapy Associates London, who have more than 30 years' experience.
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The Forest has long been a magnet for nature lovers, having some of the UK's oldest living native trees, and playing host to a huge range of wildlife. This makes it an ideal location for family holidays, which it has been for many decades. Over recent years, activity holidays and excursions have caught up with people's desire for peace and quiet, and the National Park has also incorporated this push. Glamping is absolutely ideally suited to the New Forest, and there are several sites throughout the National Park designed for just that purpose.
There are sites throughout the length of the New Forest, from Lymington in the south west to Whiteparish in the north. As the forest has many small clearings, individual treehouses, glamping lodges or safari tents are usually more suitable than full scale glampsites. For many people, this adds to the fun of being alone in the Forest. If you want to really go off-grid, you can; although many glampers prefer to have an electricity supply and internet connectivity.
Being situated in the far south of England, the New Forest has one of the more benign climates in the British Isles, making it a popular glamping destination for most of the year.
Many of the larger camping and caravanning holiday centers are located to the south and west of the New Forest. This part of the National Park borders east Dorset, with Bournemouth to the south, and is served by the A31 and A338, which are important local tourist routes. The Hampshire towns of Fordingbridge, Ringwood and Bransgore sit on the edge of the New Forest at this western edge. Consequently, over the years, visitors have headed for these areas, as being handy for both the New Forest and the English Riviera.
The south west of the National Park is home to the New Forest Caravan and Motorhome Club Centenary Site. Although not a glampsite, this is a very popular, members only destination with state of the art facilities. Nearby are more traditional camping areas, including the New Forest Campsite, Setthorns Campsite and Holmsley Campsite. These have all the facilities glampers require, including clean toilets, showers, hot running water and even a local bakery. There are many cycle routes in this part of the New Forest, making it an ideal place to take the kids.
Further north, beyond the A31 and nearer the town of Fordingbridge, are more earthy glampsites, with more of a back to nature feel about them. Harry's Field and Tom's Field in particular are just that; fields. They have been set aside to house glampers in whatever type of lodge they like best, from yurts to eco pods, for families, couples and even singles. Harry's Field is also helpfully located right next to a local pub, adding to the laid back feel of this part of the western edge of the New Forest.
To the south west of Harry's Field is Monkey Island Camping, a site specially designed for families with children and dogs. Monkey Island is very much a low impact glampsite, focusing on the natural environment and sustainable tourism. This also has the added bonus of making the whole holiday remarkably cheap for a family with pets.
To the south of the A31 and in the area around Brockenhurst lies the very heart of the New Forest. Brockenhurst is a New Forest Village, in every sense of the word, and is the central point for a number of glampsites in the depths of the National Park. These include the Aldridge Hill, Long Meadow, Hollands Wood and Roundhill Campsites, as well as New Park Farm to the north. These sites are mainly well away from any roads, and have their own self-contained facilities, including showers and toilets. Families love these glampsites as they can let their kids roam free and explore the surrounding countryside.
New Forest ponies roam free through the woods, and are allowed to do so by law. Meeting these ponies is a unique way for kids to learn about nature, and how to treat animals which are by no means pets. Ponies can be seen walking through local villages, and traffic has to slow down or stop to give them right of way. Seeing another side of life like this can really broaden a child's mind, not to mention some adults.
This large central area of the New Forest is also laced by natural waterways. Many of these end up in the Lymington River, which drains the forest into the Solent, and is one of the cleanest rivers in the country. Along the way, its tributaries play host to many species of wildlife, especially birds and small mammals. The wildlife in the New Forest is unique in many ways, as it manages to survive as it has for thousands of years, without human intervention. The honey buzzard is found only in this part of the UK.
To the east of Roundhill is the Beaulieu Estate, at the head of the river of the same name. This estate and part of the Forest provides a huge range of activities for families on glamping holidays. There are a number of enclosures; areas of the Forest set aside as walking routes free from any local traffic. Beaulieu is also home to an abandoned airfield, which was used in World War II. This is just one of the many hidden treasures you may stumble upon when glamping in the New Forest.
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