Personalise your stay

Its your holiday…go on treat yourself!

  • Babysitters and Nanny Services in the New Forest

    Freedom Childcare, 0845 3300403 – Based in Lymington. We have had good feedback from clients using this service and they are all fully vetted and qualified.

    Sitters – An online service of babysitters and nanny, you need to create an account to get access to local sitters.

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    Caterers in the New Forest

    7th Wave Events, 07966 868475 – Michelle is exceptional at great food on a manageable scale – family dinners, romantics meals, Friends and Family BBQs on the beach.

    Ministry of Food, 01725 519403 – Professional and scalable, MOF is great for larger events like weddings and birthday celebrations.

    • The Granary Kitchen, 01590 645722 – A creative caterer, Cristian loves to cook outside, on the beach, over a fire and also holds foodie courses in Lymington.
  • Cakes makers in the New Forest

    Alice Gates, 07568 324147 – Very creative cake maker who users colour beautifully.

    Jo Smith, 07748 602045 – Makes wonderful cakes! Jo also can organise your party, theme it, run treasure hunts and more.


  • Local food, discounted and delivered in the New Forest

    Farmers Choice –  A Hampshire based foodie company who supply high quality local meat, veg and meals by a box scheme direct to your fridge or doorstep. Use discount code: NFE416 for £20 off your order.

    Supermarket Delivery – You can also book a supermarket delivery (Ocado, Tesco etc.) If you do this please ensure that it is within the timescale of your arrival so you or your guests will be there to receive the groceries. (Sorry, no supermarket delivery possible for Pitts Deep, the lane is too narrow for the vans!)

  • Fabulous wine discounted and delivery in the New Forest

    Solent Cellar, 01590 645722 – The company are a specialist, independent wine merchant based in Lymington. Owners Simon and Heather are always available for tastings and friendly advice. Simon has over 10 years of experience in the wine trade and is regarded for his good taste. They will help you chose over the phone if necessary and can deliver your wine straight to the house you’ve rented through us.

    • Solent Cellar has kindly offered our guests a 10% discount on wine. Tell them you’ve booked through New Forest Escapes and you’ll get the discount.
  • Make an entrance…

    Do you want to sort the house for a surprise party whilst also arriving at the same time as the VIP guest?

    Jo Smith, 07748 602 045 – At some of our houses we can theme and decorate the house. We suggest that guests work with Jo Smith, who can help arrange balloons, banners, themed tea parties with props and more.

    Chocolate By Miss Witt, 07855 787 638 – How about a chocolate making party? Chocolate By Miss Witt has received a Silver and a Bronze Award for two of her chocolates at the World renowned Academy of Chocolate London.

    Vintage Tea Parties, 07855 951 825 – Julia Lancaster runs a vintage crockery hire and her pieces are sure to bring elegance and charm to your event and make a lasting impression on the day. She’ll deliver the crockery to the house and pick them up afterwards.

  • Presents for the kids

    • Toucan Box

      ToucanBox offer a spectacular range of highly creative arts and craft boxes, delivered by post to your house. The boxes are bursting with all the materials your child needs to make, build and discover.

    • * All New Forest Escapes guests can get 25% off all Toucan Box craft boxes on their website using the code ESCAPE25
  • What special treats can we organise for our stay?

    If you visit the property page on our site you’ll find a short guide related to each property, sharing lovely, simple ways to enjoy yourself there. Bonfires by the beach, special walks, catching boat taxis etc. or you can simply have a browse of our blog which is full of local tips and tricks, current inspiration and our secret guest offers across the Forest.

    Mike O Leary, 07733 326 500 – Story Teller Mike O Leary is a fabulous entertainer and a professional storyman. Book him well in advance.

    Jo Smith, 07748 602 045 – Jo Smith, who makes cakes and will decorate the house for you, will also organise treasure hunts for kids.

    Blossom and Jasmine, 0845 269 5937 – For in-house spa treatments we have teamed up with the fab company – Blossom and Jasmine – they will come to you. For example, a body polish and massage for 60 minutes is £75 and 90 minutes £90 ( full body scrub and full body massage).

    Limewood Hotel, 02380287177 – Or perhaps you want to go out to a spa? The only choice we suggest is Limewood Hotel. This famous spa needs no introduction. Part of the Limewood Hotel, itself a New Forest institution, the spa is often noted in articles rating the worlds best spas. We love this place and can vouch for the bubbly, warm, peace and quiet in the various tree-view pools, the immaculate pools and the fantastic treatments.

    *We have 15% off midweek (Mon to Friday) spa treatments for our guests at Pitts Deep and Gins Barn and thoroughly recommend that you take up the offer.

  • More ideas? Here are our favourites…

    Things to do with kids:

    Lymington Sea Water Baths, 01590 678882 – They have a crazy obstacle course now. Perfect for kids, who swim, aged from 6 – 60 (summer only). There’s even a sandpit and a small set of floats for smaller children. Our guests get a free coffee or ice-cream for one parent going with children.

    Puffin Cruises, 07850 947 618 – The boat goes from Lymington Quay and takes you off for half an hour toward Hurst Castle. They also do 1 hour picnic trips, a ferry service to the Island and evening sunset trips. Staying with us means you’ll get a 10% discount off.

    Longdown Activity Farm, 023 8029 2837 – 10 mins drive toward Southampton, they usually have a good selection of baby animals. Just past here is New Forest Wildlife Park (we’ve not visited).

    Paultons Park, 023, 8081 4442 – Paultons Park and Peppa Pig world is excellent for young children but a good 45 mins drive from the southern New Forest boundary and it gets very busy at peak times.

    We prefer, the very more local options of:

    A picnic at Lepe beach. It’s pebbly and sandy. Mornings are quieter but it gets sunset in evening. You can park on the beach, or on the road nearby.

    • Saturday morning market in Lymington. From 7am – 2pm ish Lymington market.

    A gentle riverside walk. Wander for 1-2 hrs from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard alongside the Beaulieu River in the nature reserve…..just beautiful. Park in the car park at Beaulieu (post code SO42 7YD) go out on to the high street, cross the road and you’ll find a sign showing the beginning of the walk.

    – Or park at the Agamemnon boat yard at Bucklers Hard and walk upstream.

    Beaulieu, 01590 612345 – For a full day out, visit Beaulieu. There is lots to do and see including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey, World of Top Gear and a ride on the Monorail.


  • For active folk

    New Forest Activities, 01590612377 –

    A well known and respected company based in Beaulieu (office and bike hire) and Bucklers Hard (water based activities).

    *They give us a 10% discount off any activity for our guests. That’s £19.20 off a 2 hour kayak trip on the Beaulieu River for 6. Normally £192 but reduced to £172.80. (Normal price £32 per person, reduced to £28.80 )

    Calshot Activity Centre, 02380 892 077 – Walk the coastal path to Calshot Activity Centre. There is masses to do and it’s well worth the trip. The climbing centre is superb. It’s also worth walking from there along the foreshore, past the hundreds of beach huts, toward Lepe. (You can’t connect to Lepe without heading inland – there’s a bird reserve in the way). The walk is shingly, pretty and very typically British seaside-y. There is a little cafe about 1.5 hours around the coast which is a good stopping point.

    Lymington Train, Pier: SO41 5ZE, Town: Mill Lane SO41 9AZ – Take the train from Lymington Pier (or Lymington town) to Brockenhurst, change at Brock’ and go onto Beaulieu Road station for a drink at the Drift Inn and a walk (or cycle back).

    Oak Inn Pub, Bank, 02380 282350, SO43 7FD – Day walk or cycle from Brockenhurst to the tiny hamlet of Bank. Have lunch at Oak Inn pub and walk back (the same way). See no 8. on walks list.

    Horse Riding, 07503 507 324 – In Brockenhurst and better reputation for novices.

    Cyclexperience, 01590 624 808 – Hire bikes at Brockenhurst from Cyclexperience. They have bikes for all sorts including masses of kiddy-trailers, seats, trikes etc. A short cycle away there are several off road cycle routes through the forest…..traffic free, most of it is flatish on gravel tracks. Also worth considering for families with children.

    New Forest Navigation and New Forest Guided Walking, 07873 575 997 – Our guests get 15% off all courses which are great for kids looking to learn some bush craft skills. Nigel is our local navigation guru and he runs courses on map reading, compass use, night walking, backpacking and wild camping trips – learning to plan and go on your own adventures including equipment buying advice, training and expedition and wild camping training courses for one to one, couples or groups.

    Jane Monks (Nordic Walking Lymington), 01590 610089, 07752 946001 – These super active ladies will have you striding out in some of the most beautiful places in the forest. Staying with us means you’ll get a 10% discount off.

  • Blow the cobwebs away on the coast…

    Wightlink Ferry, 0333 999 7333, SO41 5TB – Ferry to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight on the Wightlink ferry from Lymington. Cook your own meat on the table at Saltys, or great new deli and café’s by the seafront. Get take-away walk out to the pier hut and watch the sailing boats.

    Exbury Gardens, 02380 891 203 – Woodland walks and world famous displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. After, head toward Exbury and walk on the coast track by the boat house that juts into the sea at Lepe.

    Hurst Castle, 01590 642344 – Walk the shingle spit and brave the wind to Hurst Castle, an ancient fort. Have coffee n cake in the tea rooms. Take the ferry o r w a l k back. There are sandy beaches revealed at half way to low tide. And good crabbing from the little bridge where the spit connects to the mainland.

    Kayaking, 01590 612377 – Take a trip on a kayak and explore the Beaulieu River with New Forest Activities. Theyalso do archery, bush craft, hiking, skills days, other water sports.

    *They give us a 10% discount off any activity for our guests. That’s £19.20 off a 2 hour kayak trip on the Beaulieu River for 6. Normally £192 but reduced to £172.80. (Normal price £32 per person, reduced to £28.80 )

  • Things to do for grown ups

    Spa Days at Limewood Hotel, 02380 287 177 – Spa at Limewood, very spoily and chi-chi. Make sure you book. Or just go for drinks. Walking from here is very good too.

    The Pig Hotel, Brockenhurst, 0345 225 9494 – Drinks, veg out, flick great picture books at The Pig, Brockenhurst or at Limewood. Hard to get a table for food so book in advance. Again, walking from here is lovely.

    Picnics – Do a serious picnic with all extra’s and watch the sunset over the island. Good at Tanners Lane Beach

    Visit Yarmouth – Day trip to the island; ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth, lots of great restaurants and walks there, visit Cowes return on the ferry to Southampton.