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WHAT WE LOVE...

This coaching inn has been in the same family since 1782 and retains plenty of historic charm in the pub, while also offering a bright contemporary country-chic restaurant and 28 boutique rooms. Situated in the heart of the New Forest, you can expect deer, ponies, donkeys or pigs to parade outside the windows, either on the road (which takes you to the M27 in a couple of minutes) or in the garden. If golf is your game, then you have found a great spot. There is one 18-hole golf course behind the hotel and another (the oldest in Hampshire) a little further up the road. The food coming out of the kitchen is excellent with plenty of fresh local produce.

THE DETAILS

Location

Just a 7-minute drive away are Furzey Gardens run by local charity Minstead Trust. Explore 10 acres of woodland with its own lake and dozens of enchanting fairy doors.

The Bell Inn is a few miles from Lyndhurst, surrounded by the New Forest National Park.
By car: From London, the drive is 86.5 miles (2 hours and 27 minutes). From Brighton, the drive is 75.0 miles (2 hours ands 11 minutes). From Salisbury, the drive is 14.9 miles (28 minutes).
By train: From London Waterloo, guests can take the train to Ashurst and then take a taxi to the hotel. This takes just under two hours. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

City dwellers looking to escape to the country will enjoy a stay here. We love the double-sided fireplace, which means that whatever area of the bar you choose to sit in, you benefit from the warmth of a log fire.

Service & Facilites

Service in the restaurant is particularly attentive and friendly.

  • Restaurant

  • Bar

  • Garden
  • Pets allowed
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Among the cheapest rooms available, the rooms in the eaves offer plenty of character. At the top of the house, you get to see over the rooftop of the period cottage opposite to the forest beyond. There is a gentle forest theme throughout.

Cosy, Classic, Deluxe, Superior, The Warren Suite
Facilities include: flat-screen TV, free tea and coffee, cotton bed linen, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, shower products

Food & Drink

The provenance of the ingredients is chalked up on a board, which reads like a children's story: Fluffits farm, Noah's Ark Farm and Swallowfields Farm among their local suppliers. The chilli salt squid is the best we've ever tasted.

The Bell Inn Restaurant: modern British cooking, local produce, much of it from the New Forest, seasonal menus. Food is served daily from 12 noon - 2.30pm and 6pm - 9pm. Main courses range from £13.50 to £28.50.

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