There is nothing quite like watching the seasons change in the New Forest. Throughout spring and summer, the trees are strikingly green and covered in blossoms, before turning a million shades of gold in the autumn. In winter, the ancient firs look cosy next to the bare branches of the oak, beech and yew trees, and the whole place projects a magical feeling, despite the cold.
A trip to the New Forest is something to look forward to, no matter when you are planning to visit. And that trip becomes even more special when you are staying in a woodland cottage with a private pool.
Cottages with pools in the New Forest are a wonderful alternative to the spa resorts which populate the area. After all, where else can you enjoy a solo swim on a summer’s day, or watch the stars at night while you dip your toes in the water?
A holiday cottage with a pool is also a great way to maximise your time in the area, as you can travel off the beaten track to see another side of the New Forest. If you are staying towards the easterly end of the forest, make sure you pay a visit to the New Forest Wildlife Park, which houses wolves, lynxes and otters, as well as many other animals which were once indigenous to Hampshire and Dorset.
In the more rural areas, you may even be able to spot the distinctive New Forest Ponies from the comfort of your own cottage with a swimming pool, but look out for the elusive adder, which is native to the area – they aren’t poisonous but that doesn’t mean they can’t give you a fright!
Towards the south, there are many places where you can walk directly from the forest to the beach in just a few steps, then travel along the coast visiting old fashioned fishing villages and working ports along the way.
When you are staying in your own private cottage retreat, you can afford to really get to know your surroundings and simply watch time pass by in the beauty of England’s most celebrated forest.
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