Visiting the New Forest’s amazing villages

The New Forest is packed with amazing attractions to keep visitors entertained, whether you are on a day trip or spending longer in the region. The National Park covers an impressive 571 sq km and is home to many picturesque villages and towns which make wonderful places to visit.

Exbury and Lepe are two of the most popular villages in the area. The first is famous for the incredible Exbury Gardens, designed by banker Lionel Nathan de Rothschild in the 1920s. The gardens are open to the public for the majority of the year and feature plants from all around the world, as well as a popular steam railway.

Lepe is located a short distance away on the coast of the Solent. The area is home to a Country Park which features a stunning beach, pine covered cliffs and meadows of wild flowers. There are great views from the shore and the cliff too. The area played an important role in D-Day, being a secret manufacturing site and a location for embarkation of troops. Many signs of the invasion can still be seen in the town.

Ringwood, just outside of the park, is another fantastic destination and has a long history in the beer industry. The location of the town made it a paradise for brewers. The River Avon offered a supply of crystal clear water and nearby fields produced quality malted barley. In olde England the market town was renowned for having the highest number of pubs per capita. Ringwood Brewery still makes amazing beers to this day. Visitors can take a tour and sample all kinds of products.

If you are planning a visit to the area, you should also ensure you choose the right base for your stay. Harvest House Bed and Breakfast is within touching distance of the New Forest. The location is fantastic if you are planning to visit Exbury, Lepe, Ringwood or all three. When you’re looking for your perfect bed and breakfast in Lymington, make us your first choice.