A New Experience: Exploring The New Forest
My best friend in the whole wide world has moved to San Francisco. This is very exciting for her and very sad for me. But mainly VERY EXCITING. She is my everything, and has for so long lived a 10 minute walk away from my house. Always within reach, she is now my favourite thing about Whatsapp. At least she is always in reach on my phone. And I’m planning a visit…
For our final weekend away together in England before she LEFT ME, we went on a little adventure to the New Forest and boy did we pack stuff in. We went in her car and basically hopped around, popping in to lots of different places.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Bell Inn. Now, I want to be totally honest here. We were expecting a little tumbledown “Inn”. The type of B&B style, in the middle of nowhere, with creaky stairs and a family dog. (I didn’t check the website before hand as wanted to be surprised), and we were BLOWN AWAY. It’s absolutely beautiful (recently refurbished). It felt like a totally upmarket hotel but with an intimate B&B feel. When we walked into our room, we were SO happy.
The food was also really great and perfect comfort food. We have a three course meal and although it was very simple and classic, the flavours and taste were really brilliant. I had Lyme Bay scallops for a starter (YUM) followed by chicken schnitzel and there are some amazing side dishes to choose from. You can check out the menu here, you won’t be disappointed. Again, we were very impressed, not your normal “pub” food.
Where we went
We had brunch at Burley Manor which was a gorgeous manor in Burley, a hotel set in an 1852 baronial-style former royal manor and a 4-minute drive to Burley Golf Club. We have a tapas style lunch in a conservatory, again with the sunshine pouring in.
What we loved
– The wild horses: Um, the fact that they are horses just milling about in the road. We loved that. We stopped the car on the side of the road and just took pictures of horses for about half an hour.
– Short distances between each towns – the fact that everything is very close together. We visited The Pig and Lime Wood hotel in the space of a few hours.
– The country lanes! The fact that you can just stumble across a vineyard on the side of the road and just “pop in” for a glass of wine. We absolutely adored Setleyridge.
– Witchiness: The fact that WITCHCRAFT is a thing in the little town of Burley. A famous witch used to live there, called Sybil Leek and I’m now slightly obsessed with her.
– Coastal walks: We also went on a gorgeous coastal walk in Lymington. There’s a little harbour where you can get ice-cream, have a scone and then go for a long walk by the coast and THE VIEWS were amazing.
To visit the New Forest check out the tourism website HERE. I really really recommend a trip, it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time. If you live in London, it was only a two and a bit hour drive.
**For the sake of transparency, the hotel was covered by New Forest Tourism, but obvs you can see how epic this stay was. I’m not pushing nothing I don’t believe in. :-)**
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