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5 New Year breaks in the New Forest holiday cottages

5 New Year breaks in the New Forest

Raucous parties and late nights may have been the recipe for New Year’s Eve at one time, but now it’s all about spending quality time with your nearest and dearest. But that’s okay - we can’t think of a more special way to bring in the new year. That doesn’t mean to say you have to stay home, though! Why not mix it up and do something different? A new year break in the New Forest is a great opportunity to spend the time as a family or maybe just the two of you and your canine.

A family-friendly new year break

It’s a busy time of year, and with children and extended families, it sometimes isn’t possible to see everyone you love the most. Why not book a break with those members of the family you won’t get to see and spend new year with them instead? On the flip side, if Christmas was full of visitors, presents and multiple roast dinners, why not enjoy quality time just you and your immediate family unit. Either way, your new year break in the New Forest can be all about family. Choose a large house where you have loads of space to spread out and socialise as well as a big lounge for cosying up on the sofa to watch new year celebrations around the world.

There’s plenty for families to do in the New Forest too, from fun activities to the best family attractions.

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Romantic New Year breaks

By the time new year comes around, you might be craving some peace, and that’s something we promise you will find in the New Forest. You may find you walk for miles without seeing another soul other than a few New Forest ponies grazing peacefully, and if you’re lucky, a deer may even jump across your path. By the time you return to your cosy cottage, you’ll be ready to snuggle up on the sofa to watch a film or count down to midnight! We can’t think of a more romantic way to bring in the new year as a couple. Check out these beautiful winter walks and romantic locations in the New Forest for ideas on where to go and what to see during your new year break.

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New Year near the beach

End the year and begin a new one with a breath of fresh sea air. The National Park borders the Hampshire coast, so it’s easy to enjoy the best of both worlds. Explore the beaches and coastal spots such as Hengistbury Head, Highcliffe, Boscombe, Calshot and Lepe and the coastal towns of Milford-on-Sea, New Milton and Lymington. Explore the stunning coastal castles and sea forts waiting to be discovered along this beautiful stretch of coast. At the stroke of midnight, you might even spot fireworks across the Solent in Portsmouth or on the Isle of Wight.

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A hot tub holiday

Add a little extra luxury to your New Year break in the New Forest with a hot tub. Not only is it a great way to see in the New Year, but it’s the ultimate treat when you stay away from home. Slip amongst the bubbles on a cold night and feel nothing but relaxed. It’s the perfect place to reflect on the last 12 months and make plans and resolutions for the new year ahead. Once you have bubbled enough, you can cosy up in front of the fire to play games, enjoy nibbles, and of course, prepare to countdown to the stroke of midnight.

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Large cottages for big groups

Why not spend new year with a group of friends? Hire a large cottage in the New Forest with plenty of space for adults to mingle and reflect on the last year and for children to run around and play. If you don’t fancy cooking, there are plenty of places in the New Forest that can cater for big groups on special occasions. Dine out in the best restaurants in the New Forest or bundle into cosy county pubs after long walks. No children with you? Our guide to the New Forest for adults will keep you busy!

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Inspired to spend New Year in the New Forest? Start planning your unforgettable break, whether you are spending it with the whole family, a group of friends or just you and your loved one. 

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