What a fantastic photo of how accessible the New Forest can be in the snow... then you are welcome to light the wood burner in Garden Bench and relax a little .... did you know we came out and cleared the snow on the driveways for all our guests!

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Bob Mc Lellan

In the New Forest today.

i spotted this today - a light weight foldable electric wheelchair, what a great idea - I would love to know if anyone has tried this chair out.

Spring Flowers in and around the New Forest ... come and enjoy the sunshine, - accessible self catering are taking bookings now...
A few more frosty morning photos ... we love exploring this time of year and then coming back to sit beside the log burner in Garden Bench for a Hot Chocolate. A perfect winter get away! ©
A frosty morning in Pennington .. just a short walk from the cottages and you can discover Pennington common - within the National Park, and open forest heathland.
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Christine Ballard
· January 30, 2017
Had a lovely long weekend - facilities were excellent - warm cosy cottage will definitely book again

Fantastic offer for families this year heading to the New Forest Show - this is a great event, lots of things to see and do, and electric buggys can be hired at the showground!

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New Forest and Hampshire County Show

New for 2018: KIDS GO FREE

All children 0-15yrs can enter the Show this year for FREE with a paying adult or Senior! Tickets are on sale NOW!

Don't Miss out ----->

Great news - Highcliffe Castle reopens this Saturday, a lovely location on the cliff top and a great place to enjoy a coffee - we can recommend the walk from there through the nature reserve all the way to Christchurch Harbour - and the whole walk is accessible!

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Highcliffe Castle added 3 new photos.

This Saturday we re-open the castle doors and we cannot wait to welcome you back, you will see some changes to the interior heritage interpretation and the main... one from the HLF works is the extension of the gift shop which has tripled in size!

The remaining HLF works will be continuing until Spring 2019 but we will be open 7 days a week with a packed events calendar and lots on offer, come and drop by for a visit with entry at £2.50 and guided tours priced at £5.95 Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. The Castle Kitchen​ is also open from 10am daily offering a delicious selection of delights!

Keep up to date with any changes on the castle website

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Amazing to think it was only last week that the New Forest was covered in snow... now we are busy welcoming spring with news that the gardens are opening and the spring bulbs are blossoming - we can't wait to share it with you.

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Diary Date - Spring Fair if you are coming to stay around the 17th of March at

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Our Bench is delighted to be one of the open gardens in Pennington next month.

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At Our Bench we have a range of specialist equipment that is available during your stay, which can be popped into the holiday cottage to save you bringing essential equipment from home.

To enquire or book a holiday visit -

Ideal for guests - we love visiting St Barbe's - have you been during your stay with us?

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St Barbe Museum + Art Gallery

Mother's Day Special Offer! Treat your Mum to a cultural delight - explore the museum and visit our popular Open Exhibition AND then enjoy a hot drink and a cak...e in The Old School Café for only £12 for 2 people (extra guests £6) No booking necessary. Offer from Sunday 11th - Saturday 17th March. #mothersday #specialoffer

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Snow's gone.

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New Forest Wildlife Images added 4 new photos.

" The thaw is complete! "
Donkey, Pheasant, Tawny Owl and Buzzard

Who would have thought that 4C would feel warm? It did though after the freezing temperatures... of the past week, relief! To begin the day, there was still much snow and slush about, where it was compacted it was still slippy, so it was not worth me trying to get out with the camera for fear of losing traction somewhere and getting stranded. The main roads were clear, but the little lanes and side roads were only being used either by foot or 4x4's. By midday, it was thawed enough for roads to be used, shame really because it had been so quiet, no cars and communities were coming together to help each other, shame it takes a bit of snow to do this. Rain set in and the thaw became complete during the afternoon. I had so wanted to get some awesome images of wildlife in the snow, but only those with legs could do it, wheels and snow do not mix! Sigh.
So these images are from this time last year. What a difference. All taken along my favourite lanes in the Forest.Roll on Spring.
Enjoy your Sunday and hope that those with snow soon get their thaw also, 2 days was enough for me!

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Sad to report Lymington Market has been cancelled tomorrow.

Lymington Charter Market

Due to the severe weather, treacherous travelling conditions and after discussions with the NFDC waste team, it has been decided to cancel the market tomorrow....

I trust that everyone can appreciate the rationale behind this action and look forward to seeing you all at the Market the following week. - C Godfrey Town Clerk

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The current weather accross the UK is a great reminder of why you should take out holiday insurance and we recommend that all our guests do.…/holiday-cancellation-insur…/

Many holidaymakers have canceled their cottage holidays due to the UK weather, but who is liable for the financial loss – the cottage owner or holidaymaker?

A lovely local pub if you are coming to stay.

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The White Hart, Pennington

The White Hart Specials, food from great local suppliers