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Luxury in the New Forest & the Isle of Wight

Luxury in the New Forest & the Isle of Wight

Touring the historic &scenic New Forest with a visit to the Isle of Wight


Touring the historic &scenic New Forest with a visit to the Isle of Wight

The New Forest

The New Forest is one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in Southern England, covering southwest Hampshire and southeast Wiltshire.

It was proclaimed a royal forest by William the Conqueror, featuring in the Domesday Book. Pre-existing rights of common pasture are still recognised today, being enforced by official verderers. In the 18th century, The New Forest became a source of timber for the Royal Navy. It remains a habitat for many rare birds and mammals and deer, ponies and cattle continue to roam free in its ancient heaths and woodland.


Lyndhurst is a large village in the New Forest National Park. Serving as the administrative capital of the New Forest, it is a popular tourist attraction, with many independent shops, art galleries, cafés, museums, pubs and hotels. The name derives from an Old English name, comprising the words lind (lime tree) and hyrst (wooded hill).

The village is known as "Capital of the New Forest" and houses the New Forest District Council. The first mention of Lyndhurst was in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name 'Linhest'. The Court of Verderers sits in the Queens House in Lyndhurst. The church of St. Michael and All Angels was built in the 1860's and remains a major landmark in the area. Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is buried here.

The village is surrounded by the open heathland of the New Forest, containing a complex of woodland, heathland and acid grassland, shrub and valley bog, supporting a richness and diversity of wildlife. 


Beaulieu, one of the South of England's top day visitor attractions, is set in the heart of the New Forest, the UK's newest National Park. Beaulieu is a guaranteed great day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, home of the Montagu family, and historic Beaulieu Abbey

View over 250 vehicles from every motoring era from some of the earliest examples of motoring to legendary World Land Speed Record Breakers including Bluebird, 'TV Star' cars such as Del Boy's Reliant Regal and rare oddities like a giant orange on wheels

Gardens to enjoy include the fragrant Victorian Flower Garden, the informal Wilderness Garden, dating back to the 1770s, the Victorian Kitchen Garden and Mill Pond Walk.

Learn about the Special Operations Executive (SOE) which trained secret agents at the Beaulieu 'Finishing School' during WWll. A film, audio recollections and artefacts combine to tell this amazing story.



Salisbury is known as 'The city in the Countryside' and this magnificent medieval has it all: historic streets and alleyways, charming half-timbered buildings, traditional English eating houses and characterful shopping streets, not to mention a superb range of attractions, including the UK's finest medieval cathedral .

Salisbury Cathedral offers one superlative after another, from the tallest spire in Britain and Europe's oldest working clock to the world's best-preserved Magna Carta. It stands in the largest medieval close in Britain, where you will also find award-winning museums and a superb National Trust property.


Burley is located towards the western edge of the New Forest, 5 miles south-east of Ringwood. The village is fairly scattered, and apart from the village centre, there is Burley Street to the north; Bisterne Close to the east; and the Mill Lawn area to the north-east. Burley has a post office, newsagents, butcher’s shop, and village stores, as well as tea rooms, antique shops, art galleries and gift shops. The village still practices the old tradition of commoning, allowing animals to graze on the open Forest, and ponies and cattle roam freely around the village. Burley has a long connection with witches; in the late 1950s, Sybil Leek, a self-styled white witch, lived in the village and she could be seen walking around Burley with her pet jackdaw on her shoulder before she moved to America. Some of the gift shops in Burley now sell witch-related gifts and ornaments. Burley Fire Station is thought to be the only fire station in the country with a cattle grid at the entrance.


Osborne House

In 1845 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House and its 1000 acres. Osborne House was a retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. They greatly enjoyed the Isle of Wight, far from the pressures of court life at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Queen Victoria, after Albert died, spent most of her time at Osborne House and she died there in 1901. The longest reigning English monarch (1837 to 1901) she has now been overtaken by Queen Elizabeth II (1952 to the present day) . Since her death little has changed at Osborne and many of the royal couple's possessions, photographs and paintings are still there.


Best known as the world's premier yachting centre, Cowes is the Island's main port with a natural harbour at the mouth of the Medina river. Yachtsmen from all over the world participate in the season's prestigious sailing events, of which the best known is Cowes Week held annually at the beginning of August. Browse the many independent shops & boutiques and treat yourself to lunch or just tea & cake in one of the many cafes, pubs & restaurants in the town.


Bucklers Hard & Maritime Museum

On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the unspoilt haven of Buckler’s Hard which remains untouched by the passage of time.

During the Second World War, Buckler’s Hard became a motor torpedo base and, further downstream, sections of the Mulberry harbours were constructed in the old oyster beds in preparation for the D-Day landings.

In the post-war years, visitors quickly returned to the river and in 1963 the Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum was opened in what had been the New Inn, ‘to serve as a memorial to those men of Buckler’s Hard who built men-of-war’.

Today, Buckler’s Hard is still a ‘living’ village and many of the people who live and work here are engaged in recreation and tourism. Meanwhile, measures are taken to ensure that this remarkable village remains an area of natural beauty for future generations to enjoy. The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned river beds and estuaries in the world under the custodianship of the Montagu family for over four centuries and is now a picturesque and unspoilt yacht haven offering permanent and short term berths and moorings in its marina.

Exbury Gardens

Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920s, the Gardens are a stunning vision of his inspiration, offering 200-acres of natural beauty & horticultural variety,

world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs. The Gardens are still Rothschild family owned and managed, with three generations of the family at the helm.

Experience the sights and sounds of a working narrow-gauge steam railway at Exbury! Witness the turnstile in action and marvel at the attention to detail on the replica train station before boarding the train.

Departing from Exbury Central Station, the train meanders through the Summer Lane Garden (not accessible by foot) before skirting past the Rock Garden, travelling through the tunnel and then stopping off at Exbury North to refuel. The return journey includes a circle of Dragonfly Pond, where passengers can watch out for wildlife, before heading back to Exbury Central.


Sunday 19th July

We depart Cumbria in the morning for the journey south to our hotel, the Beaulieu, situated in the stunning New Forest. Dinner in the hotel.


Monday 20th July

Full day within the New Forest calling at Lyndhurst, known as the capital of the New Forest since the times of William the Conqueror. Lyndhurst offers a wide range of shops, tea rooms, old world pubs and cafes. We then have an included visit to Beaulieu National Motor Museum, where over 250 vintage vehicles are exhibited depicting the story of motoring in the UK and motor racing internationally. There is also the Victorian splendour of Palace House to enjoy as well as the tranquil ruins of the 12th century Cistercian Beaulieu Abbey and the estate's beautiful grounds and gardens. An afternoon cream tea is included at Beaulieu. Dinner in the hotel.

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Tuesday 21st July

This morning we visit Salisbury with time to explore this medieval city's historic streets and alleyways, half-timbered buildings and magnificent cathedral, boasting the tallest spire in the UK. We return via Burley famous for its connection to witchcraft and the ponies that roam freely around this lovely New Forest village. Dinner in the hotel.

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Wednesday 22nd July

Following breakfast we travel to the historic port town of Lymington, where we join the ferry to the Isle of Wight, We have a visit to Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s much loved palatial seaside home, followed by some time at leisure in Cowes. Situated at the mouth of the River Medina and overlooking the Solent, it is home to the oldest and biggest sailing regatta in the world, stroll through the vibrant town and enjoy the many independent shops and waterfront cafes. We then join the return ferry to the mainland and dinner in the hotel.

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Thursday 23rd July

Today we head south to the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, where we visit Buckler's Hard, once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar were built, now Buckler's Hard is a tranquil haven, discover the history of the village in the Maritime Museum, take a step inside a historic shipwright's cottage and enjoy a cruise on the Beaulieu River. In the afternoon we head to Exbury Gardens, a spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs. We include a journey on the estates 12 ¼ inch gauge steam railway. Dinner at the hotel.

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Friday 24th July

We leave the New Forest for the return journey home to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Beaulieu Hotel

This former coaching inn is set in the heart of the New Forest and has wonderful views of wild heathland.

Each room includes a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and en-suite bath or shower room with complimentary Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, hairdryer, iron & ironing board

The bar and lounge offers cosy seating areas for guests to relax in. During the day, the property serves afternoon tea, and at night, guests can enjoy pre and post dinner drinks along with a selection of light snacks.

The Drift Inn, is just a step away from the hotel and is where you’ll find breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay, all made from the best local and seasonal ingredients. Our menus feature all the great pub classics – plus a few delicious surprises - and our breakfasts will keep you going for hours.

Close to the village of Beaulieu and in the New Forest National Park, guests can also enjoy leisurely afternoon strolls where there is a chance to meet some of the famous New Forest ponies.




Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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