5 August 2010

Holiday Bargains - Lymington, New Forest

With my competitive prices and special offers a holiday in www.cogb.com/lymington is always a bargain. When you are staying in my holiday caravan you will certainly wish to visit Lymington Street Market and find yourself some bargain buys. Part of the High Street is closed every Saturday so shoppers can wander among the many stalls, selling clothes, antiques, food, jewellery and much more. And after you have visited the market just continue to the bottom of the High Street to the pretty cobbled path which leads down to the town quay. There are interesting shops, pubs and restaurants here too. There are other markets in the New Forest, at Ringwood, Highcliffe and Christchurch, but why go further afield. When you stay in my holiday caravan www.cogb.com/lymington it is only a few minutes drive into the centre of Lymington.

7 June 2010

Explore the history of the New Forest on your caravan holiday

The New Forest was created in 1079 by William 1, known as William the Conqueror, as a hunting area, primarily for deer. It became famous in August 1100 when Sir Walter Tyrell killed King William Rufas near Minstead in the New Forest in a hunting accident. A stone marks the exact spot. The ancient rural practice of commoners grazing rights has survived to this day, and ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys can still be seen roaming free in the forest. Over the years the New Forest has provided much timber for the Crown, and for the Navy. In the 18C much of Nelsons fleet was built at Bucklers Hard from New Forest timber. In nearby Beaulieu is the 13C Abbey, which was partly destroyed in the 15C. In the first and second world wars there was heavy felling of timber, much of which has been replaced by conifer plantations.
Visit Breamore House near Fordingbridge, a 1583 Elizabethan Manor House with art, furniture and tapestries, and also Breamore Country Museum. Near here is Rockbourne Roman Villa, which is over 1600 years old. Another interesting place to visit is Eling Tide Mill, which was restored in 1980 and is the only tide mill in the world still regularly producing flour. The Totton and Eling Heritage Centre is also here. Then there is Hurst Castle built by Heny VIII, which is a walk or ferry ride from Keyhaven. And just up the road from my holiday caravan, in Lymington, is the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery. Most people come to the New Forest for the scenery, beaches, walking, fishing, birdwatching and wildlife but it has so much more to offer. So enjoy your holiday in my caravan www.cogb.com/lymington

31 May 2010

What can a caravan holiday in the New Forest offer?

If you holiday in my caravan at Hurst View, near Lymington, in the New Forest you will enjoy all the comforts of home, in a lovely rural environment, with beautiful scenery and opportunities to see many different species of birds, animals and other wildlife on your doorstep. Lymington is in a perfect location for the beaches of the south coast, but is only a short drive from Lyndhurst, where the Visitor Information Centre will tell you about nearby wild life watching locations, with walks along marked trails - there are many, including a deer watch trail and a reptile trail. If you want to see many more of the different wild animals which live in Hampshire, just a couple of miles from Lyndhurst is the New Forest Otter.Owl and Wildlife Park at Longdown, Marchwood. Here you can see badgers, polecats, mink, foxes, deer, wild boar and many more European native animals. Or go to Rhinefield Ornamental drive, which starts a couple of miles out of Brockenhurst. Here you are sure to see some of the three species of deer which live wild in the New Forest, as well as spectacular old giant redwood trees. And as you drive around the New Forest dont forget to keep your eyes open for the New Forest ponies which roam free throughout the forest and heathland.
Of course there are many other things to do other than walking, fishing in the lakes and ponds or in the sea, birdwatching and wild life spotting - there is Paultons Park with its exciting rides for the children, and the stately home of Lord Montague at Beaulieu, where there is the famous motor museum. You can take boat trips from Keyhaven, Lymington and Christchurch, or even a ferry to the Isle of Wight. There is so much to do in this area that you will want to come back to my caravan, www.cogb.com/lymington for holidays time and again.

24 May 2010

Lymington - home to some of the best Pubs and Restuarants in the New Forest

My caravan has a fully fitted kitchen, but my guess is, as you are on holiday, you will sometimes want to eat out. You have plenty of choice in and around Lymington, whether you want a snack, a pub lunch or a special meal. If you want to enjoy great views as well as good food try The Mayflower, by the marina which has a large garden with Solent views, or the Ship Inn on the town quay, which has a terrace with river views and has recently been refurbished. The Angel Hotel on the High Street is a 13th century coaching inn and has a bar, restuarant and pretty patio. Whether you just want to pop in for a coffee or share a bottle of wine with a snack or full meal there are many pubs, cafes, and restuarants offering different cuisines, including Indian and Italian food. And the New Forest has many historic pubs in the pretty villages around Lymington. If you really want to splash out try The Mill at Gordleton, just 2 miles out of Lymington. This ivy clad 17th century Mill is situated on Avon water and is famous for fine dining. But my personal favourite is just a 10-15 minute walk from my holiday caravan - The Chequers. This 16th century pub and restuarant is the haunt of many famous yachtsmen, and serves good food and draught beers in the flagstoned bar, the cosy restuarant or the beautiful garden and terraces. Enjoy all this when you stay in my holiday caravan www.cogb.com/lymington

28 April 2010

Places to go on your Caravan Holiday New Forest

The surrounding countryside is very picturesque with views of the Isle of Wight. And at this time of year The beautiful gardens at Exbury are open to the Public, with walks around lakes, Japanese gardens, Azaleas, Rhodedendrons,Magnolias, and many other beautiful spring plants. Also visit the nearby village of Beaulieu with the Montague Estate and famous Motor Museum.

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