Everything you have heard is true. The New Forest, Hampshire, is the true vision of English countryside. With heather paved footpaths, wild ponies and pigs, and some of the most special restaurants and activities around. A staycation to The New Forest is filled with seeing the sights on a cycle, from Fritham to Ringwood, experiencing animals in their natural habitat and delighting in the art of a pub lunch at The Montagu Arms. Our newly refurbished property, The Coding Hut, brings nature into the interiors with hints of it’s historic past of being a WWII base for Sir Winston Churchill’s Secret Army. Keep an eye out for the wild deer, be careful during rutting season!
If you’re looking to let your hair down and your wild side out, this is just the place, all you need is your walking boots and a sense of adventure. The New Forest offers an activity holiday of dreams for those thrill seekers. Having a break away with the family? Let the children explore cycle paths like the Bramshaw Loop with their Aunty and Uncles while you and your partner take a minute for yourselves on the private beach just down from our New Forest property, The Coding Hut. Explore local art within the quintessentially English, Beaulieu Fine Arts or delight in the handmade treats of the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio. Nestled between the adventures of the National Park and the serenity of a private beach, discover the New Forest with Quince.
At the intersection of the deep woods and the deep blue sea, The Coding Hut is a secluded cabin where you can experience clean air and sunshine without compromising on creature comforts. Rustic-chic accents and alluring vintage colours are designed by Quince to connect you to a rich history of WWII intrigue, while offering all the snugness of modern times. Big windows bring the dappled green light of the forest into every room. The kitchen is ready for hungry lumberjacks, the beds made to sleep a King and, in the large landscaped garden, an enchanted adventure awaits . Perfect for families or a group of friends, The Coding Hut sleeps six guests in three stylish bedrooms, with only the sound of the wind-up gramophone and rustling forest to share your dreams.
With activities for every adventure seeker, The New Forest has so much to offer. If the only mud you want to see is in a cleansing mask, we’ve got you covered too. With such a variety of experiences, we want you to fall in love with Hampshire the same way we did. Explore the National Park, go off grid discovering beaches or curl up in front of the Quince windows and soak in the natural light from sanctuary of The Coding Hut.
We get it. Trying to find activities for every age is challenging. We’ve been there, done that, and have found our favourite places to visit that the whole family will enjoy.
Buckle up! Upon the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, is the 18th century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard. Start your day off with the peaceful chug of the Buckler’s Hard river cruise which takes you on a 30 minute trip along the privately owned river. Explore this ancient village and see the area’s local history within the Maritime Museum, or venture into the reconstructed cottage interiors of times gone by. Jam or cream first? Finish the day off in the on-sight café, Captain’s Table, and indulge in the local cream tea.
Honk Honk! The National Beaulieu Motor Museum takes you through the history of cars and motor vehicles and you may even spot some recognisable cars from the silver screen. Take a look at Mr Bean’s iconic mini, Del Boy’s reliant van, Mr.Bond’s Jaguar XKR from ‘Die Another Day’ and the flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Have your little ones oinking all the way home, Peppa Pig World is a day you will never forget. Create memories together with rides for all ages and an intriguing bird garden. The rides will spark your little ones imagination, you must try the Hot Air Balloon ride and Grandpa Pig’s Train ride. There is also an indoor soft play area for the youngest of the family. Pack a picnic and enjoy at the dining spots throughout or take the day off and eat at the park itself!
Lions and Tigers and….Meerkats! Marwell Zoo is home to a large variety of animals from rhinos, pandas, giraffes, and our favourite the red panda. The indoor tropical house is an incredibly special experience, book a behind the scenes experience and get up close to the resident tortoises and tropical birds.
Living la vida local. Longdown Activity Farm shop has a plethora of locally sourced and grown produce. From award winning cheeses and New Forest ice cream to handmade fudge and sweet treats, create your own bespoke hamper to take a little bit of the New Forest home with you. The dairy farm also offers a wonderful day out for families. Let your children immerse themselves in the Piglets Playbarn, or feel like a farmer on the ride-on tractors.
Home to acclaimed, historic artwork is Russell Cotes. This art gallery displays work from around the world, from Africa to Japan. Venture into one of the last Victorian homes built in England and soak in the culture. Appreciate the splendour of this magnificent building that is a home, an art gallery and a museum.
At Quince we know that a getaway isn’t seriously complete without the most important member of the family. No pet peeves wanted, just pure happiness and fun-filled days that your pooches will love too. We provide clean dog bowls for your four legged friends, one less thing for you to remember. There is space for two, very well behaved pups in each of our properties, just get in touch and let us know!