Activities and Things To Do In New Forest

Heathfield is the perfect place to relax on holiday, but if you can tear yourself away from the log fires, the cinema room and grounds, there is plenty to do. The New Forest National Park is on your doorstep, with some of England’s most beautiful and historic countryside easily accessible by foot or in the car. Local villages harbor traditional English pubs with thatched roofs and excellent food, while Brockenhurst has a Michelin starred restaurant. Visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, a must for any car fanatic, or explore the world of sailing at Buckler’s Hard. Try your hand at wind-surfing, sailing or just spend the day relaxing on an unspoilt beach along the Dorset coast. Our Estate Manager can advise  you about booking or organise activities, restaurants and day trips.

Water Sports

Try something new or brush up your skills with a qualified instructor at one of the many sailing schools and water sports activity centres along the Dorset coast • Charter a boat and experience the British coast from the sea • Learn to sail  • Wind-surf • Water-ski • Jet-ski.

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Horse Riding

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, you can enjoy a lesson or a hack in the New Forest with one of the local riding schools near Heathfield. Riding through some of England’s most ancient woodland, some of which was planted in the time of William the Conqueror, is an experience never to be forgotten.

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Cycling & Hiking

Bring your own bicycle to Heathfield or hire one from a nearby town. If you enjoy mountain biking, there are plenty of forest trails to explore, and if roads are more your thing, you can find exhilarating routes to race along. Hikers have 143 miles of track to walk along through the New Forest, with something for all abilities and preferences.

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Outdoor Activities

Connect with the great outdoors and enjoy a day’s archery • Clay pigeon shooting • High ropes •  or more in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest National Park. Our Estate Manager can advise about how to arrange for some on-site activities, or help you to book local outdoor activities at a selection of local providers.

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Spa Days

A holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without a little pampering. Our Estate Manager can recommend local beauty and hair salons or she can advise on how to arrange for therapists to visit you at Heathfield. Relax in the tranquil surroundings of Heathfield House and enjoy a spa treatment in the luxury of your own holiday home.

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Explore the Coast

Dorset and Hampshire are both well-known for their historic ties with sailing, ship-building and seafaring. Visit Buckler’s Hard for a unique insight into ship-building throughout the ages. Enjoy old-fashioned seaside entertainment in Bournemouth or Poole, and travel westwards along the coast to explore the ancient Jurassic Coast.

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Dining Out

The area around Heathfield is host to a number of high quality restaurants, ranging from traditional village pubs to Michelin starred dining. Different styles of cuisine are available in all the surrounding area.

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The New Forest

Heathfield is located in the New Forest National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.  The National Park is made up of ancient woodland and heaths, where wild ponies and horses, deer and other wildlife live in peace and tranquility. You can explore the New Forest on foot, by bike or on horseback, choosing which route you wish to follow and how far you wish to go.  Our Estate Manager will be happy to help you to plan your walks or arrange bike hire or hacks on horseback.

Local Attractions

There are many other local attractions to keep you busy during your stay at Heathfield • Nearby towns such as Lymington have interesting independent shops that you won’t find elsewhere • The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is a must for any car fanatic, and Buckler’s Hard is a fascinating insight into Britain’s ship-building heritage • There are a number of local houses of historic interest and gardens to visit, as well as boat trips and yacht charters on the coast • Heathfield country house provides an excellent base for exploring the New Forest and the beauty of some of Dorset and Hampshire’s most undiscovered countryside.