About This Area
Established as a royal hunting forest in 1079 by William The Conqueror, the New Forest occupies approximately 200 square miles of stunning and diverse landscapes. With dense ancient forest and over 10000 hectares of heathland, this gorgeous tourist destination offers wide open vistas, meandering rivers, historic and architecturally significant buildings, picturesque villages and over 26 miles of lesser known scenic coastline all of which are home to a wide variety of wildlife species. It is a major leisure destination popular with walkers, horse riders, cyclists and sailors. Famous for its freely roaming iconic New Forest ponies, donkeys, cattle, sheep and pigs, this magical corner of the country offers something for everyone and a lifestyle many aspire to. Each village has its unique characteristics but all enjoy the backdrop of breathtaking scenery and a welcoming and strong community spirit. Each passing season is spectacular and the healthy array of pubs, restaurants and boutique shopping ensure all year round entertainment.
Ashurst is conveniently positioned within the New Forest National Park, minutes from the open Forest with a wealth of local amenities in the village including shops, restaurants, public houses and train station with a direct line to London Waterloo. Lyndhurst is just 3 miles away with a comprehensive range of amenities available in the neighbouring town of Totton or commercial centre of Southampton. Access onto the motorway assures Ashurst as a highly convenient location for easy access to the south coast or London.
The popular village of Bartley is situated within the boundaries of the New Forest National Park offering acres of beautiful countryside to enjoy. A wide range of amenities are close at hand including Bartley junior school, village hall, shop, hairdressers and local pubs. A large superstore is located within three miles with Lyndhurst, Totton and Ashurst nearby providing further amenities. The M27 is less than 3 miles away providing fast road links to London, the South Coast and beyond. Mainline rail links can be found at either Totton or Ashurst with direct services to London Waterloo.
In addition to the majesty of the immediate New Forest countryside, the village of Bramshaw enjoys a thriving community centred around the active village hall, St Peters Church and the two country pubs in Brook which both offer delightful menus and hospitality. The Bramshaw Golf Club is the oldest in Hampshire, unusually providing two widely regarded 18 hole courses and centrally positioned in the village is the local shop, widely supported by the residents.
Bramshaw’s array of chocolate box cottages, impressive Manor Houses and farms scattered within the countryside serve to create the quintessential New Forest lifestyle for a variety of locals which is further blessed by its ideal commuter accessibility being just a short drive from junction 1 of the M27. Bramshaw offers all the perks of the stunning New Forest with the ease of access to excellent road, rail and air commutability. The name Bramshaw derives from an old English word meaning “bramble bush wood” and its heritage remains evident by the Bramble Hill Hotel which lies within the village. The village extends along the B3079 for several miles with the pretty St Peters church to the North, the hamlet of Brook to the South and Stocks Cross at its centre. The parish contains the hamlets of Brook and Fritham and features some of the best surviving lowland heath in Europe, aptly managed by the common grazing of ponies, pigs, donkeys, cattle and sheep which are ever present within the village.
The hamlet of Brook offers all the majesty of the New Forest and is immediately linked to its neighbour, Bramshaw which enjoys a thriving community centred around the active village hall, St Peters Church and the two country pubs within Brook itself which both offer delightful menus and hospitality. The Bramshaw Golf Club is the oldest in Hampshire, unusually providing two widely regarded 18 hole courses and centrally positioned in the village is the local shop, widely supported by the residents. Its array of chocolate box cottages, majestic Manor House and farms scattered within the countryside serve to create the quintessential New Forest lifestyle for a variety of locals which is further blessed by its ideal commuter accessibility being just a short drive from junction 1 of the M27.
Bramshaw offers all the perks of the stunning New Forest with the convenience of access to excellent road, rail and air commutability. The parish contains the village of Bramshaw and the hamlets of Brook and Fritham and features some of the best surviving lowland heath in Europe, aptly managed by the common grazing of ponies, pigs, donkeys, cattle and sheep which are ever present within the village.
Cadnam enjoys a number of well regarded public houses and eateries with a comprehensive range of amenities available in the nearby market town of Romsey or the village of Lyndhurst. Local schooling is available in the neighbouring villages of Copythorne and Bartley whilst the property falls within catchment for Hounsdown Secondary School. Direct rail links to Waterloo are just a short drive away at Ashurst or Totton with Southampton Airport Parkway an approximate fifteen minute drive away.
The tiny but gorgeous hamlet of Canada is situated to the south of the A36 within the village of West Wellow. It comprises approximately 100 properties, some of which line Canada Road and Plantation Road, while others nestle along the easterly edge of Canada Common enjoying stunning and open New Forest views.
Although technically part of West Wellow, Canada has an identity of its own and has always been ‘a place apart’ populated by friendly independent people still to be found among current inhabitants. The scenery within Canada Common is some of the New Forest’s finest enjoying much visiting wildlife and is popular with local dog walks and horse riders. The Rockingham Arms is one of the most popular pubs in the area and has managed to capture local enthusiasm as well as attracting a large tourist audience with find food in comfortable surroundings and a boutique shop selling interesting home items.
There are various theories why the name Canada was adopted but one suggestion is that settlers going to or returning from the dominions saw a great resemblance and the name was eventually adopted. Nonetheless it is a beautifully tranquil and neighbourly setting that also benefits from excellent accessibility to local conveniences in West Wellow but also exceptional commuter links to all major destinations.
Copythorne is in the north-eastern part of the New Forest, just south of the M27 motorway equipped with traditional village amenities. There is woodland in the south and north of the parish, and Paultons Park, an old estate with a modern theme park, is also in the parish. The mainline railway stations at Southampton Parkway and Ashurst, plus international airports at Southampton and Bournemouth, are all easily accessible making this an ideal location for the discerning commuter. The National Park is an area renowned for its educational and recreational pursuits whilst daily amenities are found in the nearby shopping centres of Lyndhurst and Romsey.
Fritham is a most picturesque village located in the heart of the northern New Forest within the parish of Bramshaw. Its stunning scenery and breath-taking views provide a tranquillity that is pleasantly complemented by its tourist free roads and excellent commuter links being just a short drive from the M27/A31 road link. Renowned for its beautiful walks, cycle paths and riding, there are few homes that come available in the hamlet, such is its allure of community spirit, excellent local pub and privacy that residents rarely move from this idyllic destination. From the 1860’s to the 1920’s, Fritham was home to the Schultze gunpowder factory which supplied three quarter of the worlds gunpowder consumption for sporting purposes. Eyeworth pond was specially created by the factory as a reservoir for the manufacturing process and now offers one of the most scenic and visited settings of the New Forest.
Fritham is also home to one of the National Park’s oldest and well served public houses. The Royal Oak is a free house with origins dating back to the 1600’s and has remained true to its heritage with low beamed ceilings, log fires and the most delightful, traditional beer garden, overlooking the open forest and was voted ‘Country Pub of the Year 2013’.
The pretty village of Hale has a thriving community, and is located in the North West of the district and forms a part boundary with the River Avon and Hampshire/Wiltshire boundary. At the centre of the village is Hatchet Green which is a conservation area. There are many useful amenities, including an excellent local school, village hall and St Mary's Church. The parish is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and has a wealth of history over centuries. The area itself offers a wonderful variety of outdoor pursuits, from horse riding, hiking, cycling and dog walking. For the commuter, there is excellent access for the M27 and surrounding major network, while the centres of Salisbury and Southampton are within a convenient driving distance.
The village of Hamptworth is a quintessential Wiltshire village set within the fringes of the New Forest National Park enjoying a revered village pub, stunning golf and country club and beautiful surrounding countryside of Langley Wood and open forest. The neighbouring village of Landford offers a well-stocked farm shop with traditional local amenities including a highly regarded primary school and Hamptworth is also within catchment of the outstanding Salisbury Grammar schools. The village has excellent commuter links with the A36 and M27 providing access to Salisbury and Southampton with a fast London rail link to London Waterloo from Salisbury and Southampton Parkway.
Landford is an attractive village and civil parish situated on the Hampshire Wiltshire border equidistant from Southampton and Salisbury enjoying New Forest National Park status. Straddling the A36 the village features a wealth of amenities, many of which are only acquainted by locals.
There is a choice of immediate public houses, a village primary school, excellent shop and Post Office providing a surprisingly diverse range of products and proximity to the stunning New Forest countryside. Its appeal has been enhanced in recent years by its excellent commuter access and its catchment to the popular Salisbury Grammar Schools which has subsequently attracted a more diverse community yet retaining its friendly and sociable atmosphere. Having been the home of our Managing Director for over 20 years, we are naturally biased when it comes to elaborating on the qualities of the village of Landford.
The picturesque Lavender Garden Café is an idyllic venue for a spot of breakfast or tea offering a unique but exquisite menu and the Royal Jaipur restaurant offers a more exotic Indian cuisine. It is home to the famous Lyburn cheese and the Forest Falcony is well regarded nationally. The parish incorporates the hamlet of Landford Wood, home to the architecturally stunning Elizabethan Manor and St Andrews Church and shares its wealth of amenities and spirit with is close neighbour, Nomansland.
The beautiful rural hamlet of Landford Wood lies within the New Forest National Park. The open New Forest is just a short distance with the village of Landford offering shops, pubs, a church and school. Commuter links are excellent via the A36 equidistant to Salisbury and Southampton (approx. 9 miles) and being within the catchment for the highly regarded Salisbury Grammar Schools.
Lover is a pretty Wiltshire hamlet on the Northern fringes of the New Forest National Park with its variety of outdoor pursuits and stunning countryside. Amenities can be found in the neighbouring village of Redlynch with its well regarded primary school, village shop, post office and public house. There is a wealth of well regarded education establishments in the area including the Salisbury grammar schools, Trafalgar in nearby Downton and Burgate in Fordingbridge all within catchment. For commuters, the A36 and M27 provide access to Salisbury and Romsey both approximately 10 miles away making this a particularly accessible location for prospective purchasers.
Lyndhurst is regarded as the capital of the New Forest and has acres of unspoilt open countryside on the doorstep, rich with flora and fauna and an abundance of outdoor pursuits and places of interest for all age groups. The pretty High Street offers a wide variety of amenities including local shops, boutiques, eateries and public houses with a local library, village hall and visitor centre. St Michaels Primary school is situated at the top of the High Street with a bus service to the well regarded Hounsdown Secondary School running daily. The M27 is only four miles to the North proving fast road links to the South Coast and London with the nearest train station at Ashurst with direct trains to London Waterloo.
Minstead is arguably one of the finest parts of the New Forest National Park, set amidst extensive and picturesque areas of woodland and heathland, a region noted for its equestrian and outdoor pursuits. Minstead remains an exceptionally popular village, home to a public house 'The Trusty Servant' and the 13th century All Saints Church. The property lies approximately 3.5 miles North of Lyndhurst and is within easy reach of both the A31 and the M27 for Ringwood (10 miles), Bournemouth/South coast (22 miles), Southampton (13 miles), or Winchester (20 miles).
Nomansland is a picturesque village on the Northern fringes of the New Forest National Park enjoying a strong community and is well known for its village green, where cricket is played throughout the summer months, a highly regarded public house, the Lamb Inn and revered Mirabelles restaurant. The local schooling is excellent, within catchment of the reputable Nomansland School and the exclusive grammar schools in Salisbury. The neighbouring village of Landford offers a post office and village store, all within walking distance and commuter access is excellent via the A36, A27 and M27.
The market town of Ringwood offers a variety of inviting bars, restaurants and shops, perfect for day to day needs and quiet nights out. It also boasts local sports centres, highly regarded schooling and for the daily commute, the A31 provides easy access to the M27 and M3.
Ringwood is the western gateway to the Beautiful New Forest National Park with is abundance of outdoor activities and is just a 25 minute drive to the golden beaches of Bournemouth. For centuries it was the New Forest’s main market town with a charter dating back to 1226. The town has a mixture of modern shops, historic inns and modern shopping facilities in the boutique Furlong centre. A wide range of eateries, a sports centre and good educational facilities contribute to Ringwood’s popularity with prospective purchasers as does it regular and well served town market.
In an idyllic setting within the New Forest National Park, Stoney Cross can be accessed either directly from the A31 or from the village of Minstead. Lyndhurst is situated four miles to the South and offers a range of amenities including a variety of pubs and restaurants, boutique shops, primary school and church. A wider range of facilities are available at the nearby town of Totton with direct rail links to London Waterloo. The A31 provides fast road links to the M27 towards London as well as to the South coast and beyond.
Winsor enjoys a number of well regarded public houses and a comprehensive range of amenities available in the nearby market town of Romsey or the village of Lyndhurst with a superstore a short drive away. Local schooling is available in the neighbouring villages of Copythorne and Bartley and falls within catchment for Hounsdown Secondary School. There is also well regarded private schooling nearby including Stroud, Hampshire Collegiate and King Edwards. Direct rail links to Waterloo are just a five minute drive away at Ashurst or Totton with Southampton Airport Parkway a fifteen minute drive away.
Woodgreen is a delightful village which lies between Breamore and Hale to the east of the River Avon. It is located due south of the city of Salisbury, accessed via the nearby A338, with its nearest town of Fordingbridge lying to the southwest. Set to the side of a forest track, the property occupies a pleasant position within this picturesque New Forest village which boasts a local pub, post office/village store, village hall, church and village green. Fordingbridge offers a range of shopping facilities and amenities as well as good schooling whilst the surrounding open forest features idyllic walks, cycle rides and other outdoor pursuits within acres of stunning countryside.
Woodfalls is an active village with a range of amenities including a public house, recreation park and village shop with Post Office. The property is ideally positioned for nearby commuter links including M27 to Southampton and A338 to Salisbury and Bournemouth, whilst also being within a short journey to the stunning New Forest National Park with its abundance of walks and cycle routes. There are a variety of educational establishments including the nearby outstanding Morgans Vale primary school which is just a two minute walk and Trafalgar secondary school, as well as being within catchment of the Salisbury Grammar Schools.
Woodlands is located within the glorious New Forest National Park which offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits and places of interest as well as many eateries. It is one of the few areas of England where the ancient landscape has remained relatively unchanged. You will still find a mass of beautiful woodlands, heathlands and even the practice of commoning is still very much an aspect of New Forest life. Locally there is a primary school, church, public house and within close distance the M27 provides fast road links to London and the south coast. The nearest mainline railway station is at Totton which is less than 3 miles away with direct links to London Waterloo.