Dray Mews holiday cottages provide the ideal New Forest accommodation. Located in their own gated, secured grounds in a no-through road just off the main road and only a short walk from the village centre.
The village has good local amenities, with a number of shops including convenience store, newsagent and pubs just a couple of minutes walk from the cottages. In addition, a supermarket, chemist, hairdressers, post office, bank, bakery and greengrocers can be found in the main street, about five minutes walk away. The village also offers an excellent range of dining, ranging from formal, to light pub lunch, or cafe eating.
When you stay at Dray Mews, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the delights of Hampshire and Dorset. You don’t have to travel far for horse riding, fishing and sailing or to play golf. For water sports enthusiasts, there are lovely beaches at Milford on Sea, Christchurch and Bournemouth (where there is a ‘surf reef’).
For those of an active nature, you can head out on foot, bicycle or on horseback to get a more intimate feel of the New Forest, its coast and villages.
Cycle hire is just 400 yards away in the village (as are horse-riding stables with direct forest access) and there are miles of traffic free tracks leading you right into the heart of the forest where you’ll see ponies, cattle and wild deer freely grazing the land beneath canopies of mighty oak and beech. Alternatively take advantage of the many walks available to you or drive through the forest via the Rhinefield ornamental drive, especially in autumn when the trees are spectacular!
For golf enthusiasts, visitors are welcome at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Course or nearby Lyndhurst New Forest Golf Club. And if you are a birder, don’t miss Lymington and Keyhaven Nature Reserve managed by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
Brockenhurst is perfectly situated for those seeking to enjoy the beauty of the coastal resorts as well as the Forest. The seaside town of Milford-on-Sea is just 8 miles away, while Bournemouth and Poole are about a 45 minute drive. If it’s sailing you enjoy, the picturesque maritime town of Lymington, one of Britain’s major yachting centres is only a 10 minute drive away, where you can take the ferry across to the Isle of Wight (Lymington to Yarmouth ferry runs all year round), or a boat trip to The Needles or Hurst Castle for an enjoyable day trip.
Don’t miss the stately homes such as Beaulieu or historic villages such as Buckler’s Hard, where ships for Nelson’s fleet were built, using the sturdy oaks from the forest. The nearby gardens at Exbury (renowned for their Azaleas and Rhododendrons) are well worth a visit. If you want to explore further there’s Bournemouth, Salisbury, Portsmouth, Poole, and the unspoilt Isle of Wight (ferry runs from Lymington, just 5 miles away).
For those seeking evening entertainment, Bournemouth has a reputation as the entertainment capital of the South Coast. The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) hosts all manner of entertainment and there are countless restaurants and Bistros to choose from, serving a wide variety of different cuisines.
Southampton’s Mayflower is the largest theatre in the South and offers magical evenings with the most spectacular touring musicals – many direct from the West End – plus opera, ballet, and some of the biggest names in popular music and comedy.
However you choose to spend your holiday, you couldn’t be better located to enjoy the perfect surroundings!