Cottage Lodge, Brockenhurst, New Forest
Step into a magical forest of exquisite tables, four-poster beds and benches handmade from birch, beech and sycamore trees by local craftsmen at this boutique hotel. Owners Maurizio and Francesca Redaelli are turning the property into the first sustainable hotel in the New Forest - and they have just received the Boutique Hotelier Best Sustainable Achievement award in recognition of their efforts. Solar-generated electricity is used to launder towels, kettles are low energy and fragrant toiletries and much of the food and drink is produced locally. The ambience of this characterful beamed property is homely, the rooms are contemporary and cosy and the staff efficient and friendly. Dog-friendly rooms at the rear of the property have their own patio.
Your expert reviewer
We love renting a bicycle and exploring the forest with its huge Redwood trees, trickling streams and ponies grazing peacefully.
The hotel is located in the heart of the New Forest, in the town of Brockenhurst, within easy reach of shops, pubs and restaurants.
By car: the hotel is 2 hours from London and Bristol. Free parking is available on-site.
By train: London Waterloo to Brockenhurst takes around 1 hour 40 mins. The hotel is 1o-minute walk from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel is perfect for couples, walkers, cyclists and dog owners who will have miles of forest to explore quite literally on their doorstep. We love the quirky four-poster beds - some with silver-birch gnarled branches - handmade from forest wood by local craftsmen.
Service & Facilities
We love being greeted with a designated parking spot plus tea and yummy cake (made locally of course) on our arrival.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs welcome to stay with you for a fee.
The dog-friendly Rufus Stone with stylishly stencilled black trees and birds on white walls, fabulous rain shower and opening onto the garden. We love walking out from our room into the small, peaceful garden where an abundance of mint perfumes the air.
Small Double, Classic Double, Double with Balcony/Terrace, Superior Double, Junior Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, New Forest Aromatics toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, Smart TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We love the award-winning sparkling rose brut wine from Marlings Vineyard in nearby Sway - a wonderfully refreshing summer tipple. The homemade dark chocolate fudge brownie with chocolate sauce is rich and indulgent too.
White Tails: seasonal menus, local produce, modern British dishes. Open Tuesday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £15.
Rooms available from £144 per night
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