Inspiration Wednesday – New Forest
Our #InspirationWednesday is the New Forest, in South East England. Well known for the beautiful wild ponies which roam the area, the New Forest is a tranquil and relaxing area to explore or in which to reside.
A gorgeous area of nature, tea rooms and even coastline, the New Forest is a popular tourist destination and an easy spot to escape to from the several big towns and cities nearby – Bournemouth to the left and Southampton to the right. One of the largest remaining tracks of unenclosed pasture land in the South East of England, the New Forest spreads from Hampshire, into Wiltshire and into Dorset.
With a history dating back to the Bronze Age, if you’re exploring the area, you may well find some ancient monuments, including nearby Stonehenge. The area is also home to some chocolate-box villages, such as Lyndhurst and Lymington and if you’re up for something a bit different, drop into the Ringwood Brewery, New Forest Wildlife Park, Beaulieu National Motor Museum or Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway.
5 facts about New Forest:
- The New Forest was created as a royal forest by William I in about 1079 for the royal hunt, mainly of deer.
- The area is home to 3000 New Forest ponies!
- You can get a hop on-hop off bus tour around the area to explore the coast and spot some wildlife.
- Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, nursing heroine Florence Nightingale and Alice Hargreaves, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, are all buried in the New Forest.
- The New Forest was designated a national park in 2005.
3 properties in New Forest:
This three bed in Ringwood is a gorgeous home, close to local schools and amenities. The front room catches the light perfectly in the morning, the layout of the house is open and bright, and it has been decorated to a high standard throughout. The garden is perfect for those summer parties too!
Straight off a Christmas card, this gorgeous Bartley home and equestrian facility are something special! Not just a snug cottage, brimming with original features, it also has 5 acres of land, including 3 paddocks, a manage, 4 stables, oak barn, hay store, tack room and the double garage has planning permission for a two bedroom annexe.
This incredible, 11 bedroom country house sits with stunning sea views! With five reception rooms, 11 bedrooms, a separate two bed cottage and almost 10 acres of land, you could be the king or queen of your very own castle. There’s also a study and cinema and the most beautiful gardens we’ve ever seen!!