The New Forest

The New Forest is probably one of THE most dog friendly areas in the country.  Home to the largest remaining wildwoods in Western Europe. Famous for its abundant wildlife set in 220 square miles of wooded copses and acre upon acre of heathland where dogs can romp and play – not forgetting 40 miles of coastland to explore as well. Dogs and their owners love the New Forest. In addition to places to walk, there are endless pubs and eateries where you and your pooches are most welcome. Water bowls and doggie treats from the bar are familiar sights.

Where to stay:

Try Walnut Barn sleeps 4, Hale

This former lambing barn is set on the edge of a walnut orchard on a working farm in the wild, rural ‘Northern commons’ of the New Forest National Park which is managed by the National Trust. Expect free-roaming ponies, donkeys, cattle and deer on your doorstep and a suntrap lawned garden frequented by lots of woodland wildlife.  The single story, dog -friendly barn is open plan with 2 bedrooms (king and twin beds), a smart TV and wi-fi if you want it. There’s a fire pit in the garden that doubles up as a barbeque which is great to huddle around in the evenings for a spot of star gazing and planning the next day’s adventures which would likely include a visit to the UK’s #1 family theme park Paultons – home of Peppa Pig World and the Jurassic Kingdom, 11 miles away. There are beautiful walks, bike routes, swimming at Blashford lakes and a bevy of attractions to visit within a half hour drive.

7 nights cost from £627 www.newforestcottages.co.uk call 01590 679 655.

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