Our pick of top cottages in the New Forest for 2021


Posted by Clare Willcocks on 3rd November 2020

The New Forest is a magical place for a holiday – bursting with wonderful attractions, beautiful landscapes and fascinating wildlife, not to mention a whole host of exciting activities. Ponies roam through ancient woodland, rivers and streams gurgle their way through fairy tale glens and historic houses sit within glorious gardens.

Go village-hopping to take in characterful places such as Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst and Burley, and don’t miss the historic town of Lymington on the edge of the Solent. Choose from an abundance of restaurants and cafes for mouth watering meals and memorable coffee stops and simply enjoy the good life in this unique corner of the UK.

Our range of New Forest cottages is as diverse as the experiences on offer. Whether you’re planning a relaxing getaway for two, walking the forest trails or packing your family holiday itinerary with adventures aplenty, your dream retreat is waiting within our collection. Here are 10 of our favourite cottages to rent in the New Forest to inspire you…

1. One of the best family-friendly cottages in the New Forest: Brookley Cottage

Brockenhurst | Sleeps 6

Set in the idyllic village of Brockenhurst within a stone’s throw of the high street, this stylish cottage makes the perfect temporary home for a family looking to enjoy the activities on offer in the New Forest. A beautifully appointed lounge/kitchen/diner is the perfect place to spend time together, whether you have little ones making the most of the space for playing with toys, or older children running in and out from the garden.

Outside, the garden playhouse complete with miniature kitchen, chairs, tables and toys is sure to be a hit, while inside, the loft conversion has plenty of games and playthings to keep little ones occupied for hours.

What our guests say:

‘Lovely cottage which had been thoughtfully equipped. Our girls loved the upstairs play area and outdoor playhouse. Ideal for a family holiday in a perfect location. We had an amazing time.’  – Laura 

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2. One of the best dog-friendly cottages in the New Forest: Dukes Bath House - Beaulieu

Beaulieu | Sleeps 2 + 1 dog

As cute as a button, this quirky thatched cottage sits right beside the Beaulieu River, with dog walks right from the door. This little gem is equipped with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay with your pet, from an outdoor utility area with washing machine and tumble drier – perfect for towelling off your four-legged friend after a splash in the river – to a cosy lounge with electric wood-burner-effect fire for snuggly winter evenings in.

The charming enclosed garden with its pretty planting and garden furniture is a wonderful place to relax in the sunshine while your dog enjoys sniffing out new scents. The Duke’s former bath, which is now an unenclosed pond, lies to the side of the property, so take care if your pet is prone to taking a dip!

What our guests say:

‘Had such a lovely break in this beautifully appointed, comfortable private cottage that we have booked to stay again in 6 months’ time! Great location and base for everything the New Forest has to offer but equally good for a quiet bolthole to get away from the world - we loved it!’ - Dawn

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3. One of the best quirky cottages in the New Forest: Old Telephone Exchange

Beaulieu | Sleeps 2 + 1 dog

A gorgeous little cottage, perfect for a romantic getaway, Old Telephone Exchange nestles within the peaceful Beaulieu Estate, where ponies graze beyond the picket fence, and the lake provides an idyllic backdrop for drinks at sundown.

The former telephone exchange has been impeccably converted into an airy, studio-style cottage which is all on one level. Let nature’s harmony be the soundtrack to your evenings as you sit and enjoy the calmness of this lovely spot.

What our guests say:

‘This property in the heart of the New Forest was an absolute dream. From the moment we arrived we could not stop singing its praises - plus the visit from the ponies on our last day was magical. We cannot wait to return - thank you.’ - Jayne

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4. One of the best accessible cottages in the New Forest: Jobbers Retreat

Lymington | Sleeps 2 + 1 dog

If you’re looking for New Forest holiday cottages which offer easy accessibility, look no further than this gorgeous little hideaway close to Lymington. A single-level, studio-style cottage, the accommodation is spacious and comfortable with a large bathroom with a double shower. To access the outside, bi-fold doors open out onto level decking where you can enjoy al fresco dining in the sunshine.

There is a gravel parking area directly to the front of the cottage, and walks to suit all abilities a short drive away in the New Forest.

What our guests say:

‘Spacious studio cottage, carefully designed to give space, light and division of areas. Very well equipped and furnished. Bed extremely comfortable and all furnishings are of a high standard. The cottage was spotlessly clean and modern, yet had a cosy feel. The garden is fully enclosed and ideal for a dog to play in. The owners, who live next door are very helpful and charming without being in any way intrusive.’ - Gillian

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5. One of the best celebration cottages in the New Forest: Gilpin House

Lymington | Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs

Looking like it’s been lifted right from the pages of a glossy interior design magazine, Gilpin House has all the ingredients for a celebratory getaway with friends and family. The stunning thatched property boasts an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, summerhouse with table tennis, 5 beautiful bedrooms, a gym, trampoline and a sumptuous lounge with plenty of room for everyone to relax around the inglenook fireplace together.

Just 5 miles from the historic waterside town of Lymington and its plethora of shops and restaurants, it is perfectly situated for exploring the New Forest.

What our guests say:

‘Fantastic house, location, facilities. My family (10 people from a 6 mth old to grandparents) spent the Early May Bank Holiday weekend here and spent the entire time in relaxing and enjoying the facilities as this place has it all (even a 24hr Co-op over the road). Highly recommended, we will definitely book it again.’ – Chris

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6. One of the best hot tub cottages in the New Forest: Rockhaven

Mudeford | Sleeps 8 + 1 dog

The hot tub isn’t the only luxurious feature in this sleek, state-of-the-art property. Packed with striking design features, the bright, open-plan living space offers plenty of room for socialising, while the four bedrooms are sumptuous sanctuaries for early nights and lazy mornings.

The large enclosed garden is a lovely space to make the most of sunny days, with BBQs, games on the lawn, table tennis tournaments and relaxing in the hot tub. If it’s not outdoor weather, challenge each other to games of pool or work out in the gym.

What our guests say:

‘Rockhaven is a stunning property, with a real wow factor both inside and out. It is decorated and catered to a very high standard. The games room (pool table), table tennis and hot tub were a big hit and thoroughly enjoyed by all our party. The welcome basket of goodies was a nice thought too. We would highly recommend Rockhaven.’ – Louise

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7. One of the best cottages in the New Forest with waterside views: Beaulieu River View

Beaulieu | Sleeps 2

Set in beautiful woodland on the banks of the Beaulieu River, this peaceful cottage stands on stilts and offers guests the chance to escape from it all. There are forest walks right from the doorstep and cycling along the Solent Way. Spend summer evenings watching the birds and other riverside animals from the balcony, and winter nights snuggled up in the comfortable lounge. A great choice for a romantic escape.

What our guests say:

‘Lovely property in a beautiful location. So lovely to see the Beaulieu River and all the wildlife. The starter pack came in very handy, much appreciated. Well located for walks and visits in the New Forest.’ – Elizabeth

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8. One of the best New Forest cottages for a romantic break: Crow’s Nest Cabin

Beaulieu | Sleeps 2 + 1 dog

If you’re looking for holiday rentals in the New Forest for a romantic break, Crow’s Nest Cabin is the perfect place to hide away and enjoy each other’s company. A stilted cottage alongside the River Beaulieu, it enjoys a leafy setting and has been beautifully decorated to create a cosy woodland retreat for two.

Settle down in front of the roaring wood burner for evenings of rest and relaxation – a must when you’ve spent your days enjoying visits to the many local attractions or walking through the beautiful New Forest National Park.

What our guests say:

‘Magical and romantic - absolutely beautiful relaxing in the hot tub stargazing. Bathing outside amongst the trees is an experience but surprisingly enjoyable! Be prepared for the best night's sleep ever! Wonderful experience and very relaxing.’ – Rachel

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9. One of the best luxury cottages in the New Forest: The Saddlery

Beaulieu | Sleeps 6 + 1

If you’re looking for holiday rentals in the New Forest that are a little bit special, look no further than this exemplary 17th-century cottage. Luxuriously converted with every little detail considered, it exudes a seamless blend of traditional character and boutique design. A range cooker, roll-top bath, salubrious furnishings and wood burner are just a few of its special features.

Picture yourself sipping your evening tipple in the sunny lawned garden before retiring inside to make the most of the luxurious accommodation, relaxing in preparation for the next day’s adventures in the surrounding New Forest.

What our guests say:

‘We had a lovely week in The Saddlery with our son and his family. It was so good that I booked for a week next summer before we left! The house has character as well as being comfortable and spacious and the garden is delightful. Great little village with an excellent cafe in the garden centre. Plenty to do in the area for adults and children.’ – Judith

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10. One of the best New Forest cottages with a pool: Flanders Cottage

Hordle | Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

This beautiful thatched cottage boasts an incredible garden, complete with outdoor heated swimming pool available between April and the end of October. Take a post-breakfast dip, splash around all day long, or do a few lengths to relax the muscles after a day out in the New Forest.

While the swimming pool is undeniably the piece de resistance, the rest of this beautiful family cottage certainly doesn’t fall short. Gorgeously furnished with features such as an open log fire, AGA range cooker, luxurious bathrooms and generous bedrooms – the only problem you’ll have here is tearing yourself away to explore the local area.

What our guests say:

‘Absolutely loved this house, perfect location, and beautifully furnished. You can tell time and love went into this property and the day we came home we rebooked for next year! Already looking forward to it!’ - Ruth

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Still searching for that perfect holiday cottage in Wales? We have a fantastic collection of accommodation ranging from large celebration houses right down to charming two-person retreats, with a variety of properties including townhouses, thatched cottages, stylish apartments, glamping yurts and shepherds' huts for you to browse through.

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