Hello and a warm New Forest welcome from all of us.
We are ourselves escapees to the New Forest and so we are all clearly biased about how lovely it is here. However, we have tried to be objective with our approach and advice to help our guests as much as possible, making it easier for you to plan and relax.
Here’s a glimpse into our thinking.
What we like
Breakfast on the beach, Swallows and Amazons adventures, toasting marshmallows over the fire by the shore, the lived-in look, English eccentric style, exploring, country tracks, creativity and fun, Scrabble on the jetty, story-tellers spinning tales in forest glades, scrummy picnics…
What we don’t like
Beige and boring, characterless identikit rooms, thin mattresses, shower mould, not being supplied with free condiments, having to lay your own fire, not being able to find the matches, scrabbling around trying to find information on where to go and what to do…
What we do:
Since 2012 we have helped over 2000 groups holiday in the New Forest. We’ve had the normal: family breaks, 70th birthdays, weddings… And we’ve had the unusual: pet geese, divorce parties and film shoots. There have been a few particularly special groups whose VIP was terminally ill and came to celebrate their last family get-together. Quite a humbling and amazing experience to help with.
Our houses are simply stunningly, astonishingly amazing. Just take a look at the photos. I am so proud of our selection of bolt-holes, including hidden-away old brickworks, barns, gardeners’ cottages, landmark houses and an old smugglers’ inn.
We have also worked up ‘experience ideas’ as inspiration for activities and events during your stay. These are appropriate to each house as many are ‘at home’ suggestions or located nearby. Some are lavish. Others the price of a packet of marshmallows. You don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy the area – but you may also want to take advantage of the wealth of activities and treats in the area, including kayaking and sailing, and cosseting spas and incredible restaurants – the New Forest is a larder of foodie treats. For more original ideas ask us about Mr Bubble Man, professional storytellers, magicians and treasure hunts. We have the best contacts with amazing caterers (inside and outdoor, family supper or celebratory banquet) who can help, too.
Please read our blog – revealing more local secrets. We know which pub serves the more bizarre brews. The restaurant with the freshest fish. The perfect spot for your morning yoga and forest bathing. Everyone, whatever age, will love making memories together, creating Cheshire cat moments – when smiles linger long after the holiday has finished. That’s why we’re so thrilled to share our ideas and possibilities with you.
Here’s to your New Forest escape…
During the last 18 years Rachel has worked in tourism businesses – except for a four-year stint running her own educational marketing consultancy to support educators and parents getting active with environmental and social projects including HRH Prince Charles Rainforests Project.
She has an ongoing love affair with horses and bicycles and currently home educates her six-year-old daughter – together making the most of all the forest and coast offers.
Jane has worked in the leisure and tourism industry for 15 years. She loves to holiday and has travelled far and wide. She moved to the New Forest area ten years ago but only really discovered it after reading Rachel’s blogs and recommendations about what to do locally.
Jane focuses on the marketing and business management side, and her ability with Excel spreadsheets legendary. (Every business needs a Jane – particularly the arty, boho, creative ones like ours.)
Superwoman Jan is also based in Lymington. She is one of our property managers and is superb at juggling any number of things that need to be done, from guest liaison and house management to dinosaur control, everyday dramas and sorting personal emergencies.
Having joined us only in the middle of 2018, Sian is already learning the ropes across the business. She has helped out with cleaning, property management and is now fully entrenched in the administration side of the business.
She is always happy to help where she can and i suppose is our ‘girl friday’, picking up and making sure things get done when they need to be.