Check the New Forest Website for info regarding activities in your area.
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary – Bolderwood Ornamental Drive – Buckers Hard Village – Exbury Gardens – Furzey Gardens – Hurst Castle – Keyhaven and Pennington Nature Reserve – Lepe County Park – Longdown Dairy Farm – Lyburn Farmhouse Cheese Makers – Monkey world – Moors Valley Country Park – New Forest Museum – New Forest Reptile Centre – New Forest Show on 24-26th July 2012 – New Forest Wildlife Park – Otter and Owl Centre – Paultons Park – Raptor and Reptile Centre – Rockbourne Roman Villa – Royden Wood Wildlife Reserve – Spinners Garden
Sailing is at the heart of the community in the New Forest. Ivy Roost Cottage is within a short drive of the Solent and of a beautiful secluded beach on Tanners Lane (2 Miles).
For children there is Salterns Lake where they can learn to sale in Oppies whilst remaining safe as the water is shallow enough for adults to wade in.
At Keyhaven bay, small boats and motor boats are available to hire from West Solent boat yard and where you can go for a day trip to Hurst Castle.
The cottage is also within a short drive of Lymington Harbour, where large yachts can be moored and chartered, and of the Isle of Wight Ferry (5 miles).
The nearby towns of Cowes and Ryde offer a host of dining and entertainment centres and are accessible by boat. If you are coming from overseas a trip to the Isle of Wight is highly recommended, with a chance to see the beauty of the island.
HMS Victory and the Mary Rose are located in the historical city of Portsmouth and make a magical day out for everyone.
There are wonderful walks from the front doorstep of Ivy Roost Cottage. The house has direct access to the forest across the road and this takes you into Gypsy Wood, Norleywood and the old forest of Furzey woods amongst many others. There are also beaches nearby such as Lepe Beach, Milford Beach and Christchurch bay as well as a beautiful Solent Way walk of 17 miles passing Royal Lymington and Lymington Sailing club and many nature reserves and bird watching areas.
Walking guides are available in the house but there are also great walks plotted out by the New Forest Park Agency and www.forestry.gov.uk.
Deer Watch Trail (0.5 miles) – Radnor Trail (3 miles) – Jubilee Trail (1 mile) – Ober Water Walk Red (1.5 miles) – Ober Water Walk Yellow (1 mile) – Knightwood Oak Stroll (0.25 miles) – Tall Trees Trail (1.5 miles) – Wilverley Wander (2 miles) – Arboretum Sensory Trail (0.5 miles) – Solent Walk (17 miles) (Lymington to Keyhaven/Hurst Castle) – Dorset Cliff walks.
Why not cycle to the local pubs, the post office or the beach close by or go farther afield on the quite, scenic routes or the many bike paths that criss-cross the Forest.
There are plenty of local lanes that are as quiet as you will find or you can venture onto the Park cycle tracks for stress free cycling. In the cottage you will find plenty of cycle path guides or go to the Forestry Commission website and download the New Forest Cycle Map.
Places to rent bicycles:
There are plenty of lovely places to go shopping in the New Forest:
Lymington town centre boasts a lively Saturday market that sells everything from clothes, antiques to New Forest local jams, cheese, sausages and fish. Make sure you get there early as it can get very busy by lunchtime. Lymington has also Waitrose and Marks and Spencers to purchase your weekly food shopping.
Beaulieu village has some lovely quaint shops including a wonderful chocolate shop that also serves one of the best selection of ice creams and an art gallery. You will also find Fairweathers garden centre that has a fabulous selection of plants and a great café- ‘Stef’s café.
Southampton – The West Quay shopping mall has a couple of large department stores including John Lewis as well as the well-known Ikea.
Portsmouth – Gun Wharf Quays is the seaside version of Bicester and is home to over 95 designer outlets and more than 30 bars and restaurants. The South Coasts premier shopping venue also boasts a 14 screen cinema and 26 lane bowling alley.
The Beaulieu Motor Museum is a fantastic day out for the whole family. It has a huge range of old and new cars with great exhibitions open all year round. See the history of the motor car, visit the James Bond exhibition ‘Bond in motion’ and gaze at the vintage ferraris. There are also beautiful gardens, historical Beaulieu Abbey and Beaulieu Palace House which complete a fantastic day.
The Portsmouth Historic Boatyard shows over 800 years of naval history with lots to see and do including the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum.
The D-Day museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944.
The Portsmouth City Museum hosts temporary exhibition galleries, which have a frequently changing parade of fascinating shows on a wide range of subjects.
There are some fantastic restaurants and pubs in the New Forest and very close to our cottage. Below is a selection of our recommended eating places that are nearby:
East End Arms, East End – The Turfcutters arms, East Boldre – The Pig, Brockenhurst – Simply Poussin, Brockenhurst – Hotel du Terravina, Netley Marsh – The Jetty, Christchurch – The Glass House, Lyndhurst – Pebble Beach, Barton on Sea – The Oak Inn, Bank – The Chequer’s Inn, Lymington – The Thatched Cottage, Brockenhurst – Verveine Fishmarket, Milford on Sea – The Mill at Gordleton, Hordle
There is Sea Angling in Lymington Quay, mackerel fishing in Keyhaven and there is the unique run at Mudeford, a narrow tidal channel running in and out Christchurch Harbour, where large numbers of both sea and fresh water feed together, giving the opportunity to fish for such species as bass, sea trout, mullet, and flounder, at the same time as roach, dace, and bream.
Bill Foster (out of Christchurch) – Puffin Cruises (Lymington Quay) – Sea Fishing Trips (Hurst Castle Ferry Pontoon, Keyhaven) – M Cottingham (Out of Keyhaven) – Ray Pitt (Out of Keyhaven) – Mudeford Quay – (From the Fish Stall) – Bill Foster (out of Christchurch)
There is clay pigeon shooting in Lyndhurst (Shavesgreen), Brockenhurst (New Forest Clay Pigeon Shooting at New Park), Emery Down and near Winchester.
The New Forest Outdoor Centre offers air rifle shooting tuition.
The house is within walking distance from two pristine outdoor tennis courts open to members only. Visitors will have full use of these facilities.
The New Forest has many golf courses available. For the amateur golfer, nearby Walhampton Golf Course is a fun 9 hole golf course for all abilities. Dibden Golf Course has two courses, one nine hole and one eighteen holes which again is suited to all abilities and has a driving range. Brockenhurst Golf Course is a beautiful 18 hole members golf course set in the heart of the new forest. We recommend calling up in advance to book a tee time.