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