Luxury New Forest Lodges for an authentic woodland break holiday cottages

Luxury New Forest Lodges for an authentic woodland break

Sarah P 18 August 2020

Are you looking for a holiday that takes you deep into the New Forest for an authentic woodland experience? Escape the real world and divulge in a much-needed break in one of our luxury New Forest lodges in rural locations, beside rivers, overlooking lakes and on private farms. Situated just a few hours outside of London, the New Forest is a desirable location for a short break, as well as a week-long holiday with the family and your canine too!

However long you plan to stay, and whether you’re travelling as a couple or with the kids too, our New Forest lodges and cabins offer unique and memorable woodland breaks in the heart of the beautiful New Forest National Park. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites to inspire your next visit.



Crow’s Nest Cabin, Beaulieu

  • Best for: couples and dog owners
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Dog-friendly: 1 pup welcome

Why we love it:

Built on stilts, this enchanting escape sets you among the trees in a leafy position beside the Beaulieu River. It’s the kind of place you can really relax away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and if you choose not to, you barely have to see another soul during your stay. Beautifully decorated and equipped with plenty of home comforts, you’ll be sure to fall in love with this stunning New Forest lodge in no time at all. From here you’ll be well-located to enjoy some of the New Forest’s most popular attractions in Beaulieu such as Buckler’s Hard, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey. You could even consider a day trip from Lymington to the Isle of Wight.

Read our guide to Beaulieu.

Why guests love it:

The crow’s nest cabin was like a home from home, everything you needed was supplied. The location was excellent, great for relaxing and also for exploring either on foot or by car. The welcome hamper was a nice touch. Would recommend to friends and family.”Elaine



Treetops, Beaulieu 

  • Best for: families
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Dog-friendly: none

Why we love it:

As the name suggests, this stunning New Forest lodge perches on stilts among the trees in a peaceful woodland alongside the River Beaulieu, in a little-known spot called Baileys Hard on the Beaulieu Estate. This treetop New Forest lodge is perfect for families who are seeking an escape that is close to nature, where you can spot birds on the river, catch a glimpse of deer on morning cycle rides, and listen to nothing but the silence of gentle woodland walks. While you can enjoy the peace and quiet of this rural location, the attraction of Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum and the Georgian market town of Lymington are both only a few miles away. 

Why guests love it:

"Really lovely property in a really peaceful, relaxing spot. We loved having river walks right from our front door and the location is perfect for so many days out. We stayed with our two year old and it was very child friendly - the owners were incredibly helpful before we arrived and gave loads of really helpful local knowledge (including where to find the nearest playground - pretty important for us!). Thanks for a great holiday, we'd love to stay again." - Claire



Kingfishers, West Wellow

  • Best for: Families
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Dog-friendly: none

Why we love it:

This charming holiday lodge in the New Forest is the ideal answer for family holidays that offer something for everyone. Little ones will love meeting the alpacas that live on site and getting involved with the morning feed on the farm. There is also a play barn with games and toys that will keep little ones entertained for hours. When you do choose to venture away from the lodge, the market town of Romsey and the popular attraction of Peppa Pig World are both within easy reach.

Why guests love it:

“The cottage is perfect for a family holiday. It is cosy and very well equipped, with thoughtful touches, like plastic plates, cups etc for the children. It is set in a secluded spot, which is very peaceful. Children will love the Alpacas, and the friendly cat, who visits every day! There is a barn with toys and games for all to play! There is a shop which sells everything in less than a 2-minute drive, and Peppa Pig World is only 10 minutes by car. A lovely location, and very friendly owners! – Juliet



Riverside Retreat, Beaulieu 

  • Best for: couples and small families
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Dog-friendly: none

Why we love it:

Perfect for nature lovers and bird watchers this stylish New Forest lodge is in a peaceful location on the banks of the River Beaulieu, just a 20-minute stroll from the village itself. You’ll feel miles away from the demands of your busy life, offering the perfect chance to switch off and rejuvenate among the New Forest trees and wildlife. Ideally located for several outdoor pursuits, you can enjoy everything from gentle coastal walks along the Solent Way from Lymington, kayaking on the River Beaulieu and day trips to Bucklers Hard or Beaulieu Motor Museum and Estate.

Discover a wealth of New Forest activities in our guide.

Why guests love it:

“A very relaxing cabin. Stylish and up to date interior. Amazing views. You cannot help but relax. Loved going for walks and feeding the birds. Our little girl loved the books, the bath and watching the squirrels. The large TV amazed her as well. The host was very helpful throughout the stay. Fingers crossed we will be back soon.” – Kelly


Beaulieu River View, Beaulieu 

  • Best for: couples
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Dog-friendly: none

Why we love it:

This former yachtsman’s cabin will take you away from it all and into the New Forest countryside. Perfect for minimoons and romantic escapes, you’ll find this luxury New Forest lodge on the water’s edge with miles of open countryside right on your doorstep. The lodge itself offers a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere with a balcony among the trees so that you can truly experience the magic of its woodland location. Located right on the banks of the River Beaulieu, you’re likely to spot wildlife such as treecreepers and deer. This waterside location is perfect for those who enjoy outdoor adventures. Why not hire kayaks and paddle down the river to the Solent?

Uncover the most romantic spots in the New Forest.

Why guests love it:

“Beaulieu River View is idyllically situated on the tidal River Beaulieu. It is ideal for watching wildlife on the river and in the surrounding countryside. We spotted egrets and other wading birds, a kingfisher - and deer on our walks to the local pubs. The cottage is extremely well equipped and is decorated and furnished in a bright, clean, modern style. I suggest that "wellies" are an essential, certainly in autumn or winter, to make the most of the location.” – John



Old Telephone Exchange

  • Best for: couples and dogs
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Dog-friendy: 1 pup welcome

Why we love it:

This unique New Forest lodge in an exclusive location on the Beaulieu Estate. Open-plan and spacious, it is a wonderful choice for couples and their canine, offering dog-friendly accommodation with a wealth of walking opportunities on the doorstep. Overlooking a pretty lake and surrounded by countryside, al fresco dining delivers up a real treat at this quirky cabin.  As well as the bonus of complimentary passes to Bucklers Hard, a stay at Old Telephone Exchange also includes 10% discount at New Forest Activities, 10% off food and drinks at the Master Builders Pub in Bucklers Hard, and a Beaulieu save card valid for the length of their stay. You will also receive special discount offers in over 35 businesses including 10% off local shops in the village of Beaulieu and surrounds!

Why guests love it:

“Myself, my fiancé and our dog all had a lovely time and didn't want to leave, the old telephone exchange is in a peaceful and beautiful location. The accommodation had parking, was very comfortable and welcoming, warm and had everything we could need. We all hope to return here soon. In addition, thank you for the lovely hamper.” – David



The Retreat – Avon, Christchurch

  • Best for: couples, dog owners and friends
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Dog-friendly: 2 pups welcome

Why we love it:

This quirky New Forest lodge with a hot tub offers, as the name suggests, a real retreat from everyday life. Complete with lots of unique features and stand-out details, this quirky cabin has been raised up on stilts and decorated with a woodland theme. You’ll find plenty of wooden details combined with natural greenery and atmospheric artwork. The sunken hot tub on the covered decking definitely steals the show though, complete with seating areas, candles, and a string of fairy lights. Doesn’t it sound and look magical? 



Book a luxury New Forest lodge

Are you inspired to book one of our holiday lodges in the New Forest? Choose from the list above or view our full collection of cottages in the New Forest for plenty more choice. 

Once you’ve booked, start planning your break with some of our handy guides to the New Forest, such as how to spend a New Forest short break, the best walks, cycling in the New Forest and a guide to where to eat out.


Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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