THE LOCAL AREA

The new forest

Heathfield Estate is set within the New Forest National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. With its country pubs, horse-riding, bike-riding and walking trails, its natural beauty and wildlife never fails to impress. Set within 15 acres, Heathfield House in Bransgore has a distinctly rural setting yet is within easy reach of both city and coast.

The New Forest National Park is one of the largest remaining forests in England. The forest was created by William I in about 1079 for the royal hunt. At that time they hunted the deer that still live in the forest. They are shy creatures but you might be lucky enough to spot one around Heathfield. Wild ponies and donkeys roam the open heath in the New Forest area. The ponies are one of our best-loved native breeds, it is their grazing that maintains the open character of the forest.

The New Forest is famous for its ancient trees. You can see beech trees that are 400 years old, oaks that are 800 years old, and even some yew trees that are said to be 1000 years old, that were here when William I and his descendants used the forest for hunting.

For activities in the area, visit The New Forest Website.

THINGS TO DO

RACHAEL, OUR ESTATE MANAGER CAN ADVISE. OR ORGANISE, ADVISE OR BOOK RESTAURANTS AND DAY TRIPS

LOCAL BEACHES

New Forest Coastline with salt marshes, sand and seabirds. Barton-on-Sea is a good safe beach in this seaside village, which has outstanding views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Milford-on-sea a shingle beach with wonderful views of the Needles and Christchurch Bay.

TOWNS & VILLAGES

Visitors to The New Forest have the choice of pretty villages in the heart of the forest or bustling seaside towns including Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Burley, Fordingbridge, Hythe, Lymington, Lyndhurst, New Milton, Ringwood and Sway.

OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES

Cycling, Boat Trips, Fishing, Fossil Hunting, Golfing, Quad Bikes, Horse Riding, Sailing, Shooting, Skiing, Walking, Hiking, Water Sports to name but a few local activities

PLACES OF INTEREST

The New Forest and surrounding areas has something for everyone including Beaulieu Abbey, Motor museum or Palace House, Bolderwood Ornamental Drive, Exbury Gardens, Hurst Castle, Lepe County Park, Longdown Dairy Farm, Monkey world, Otter and Owl Centre, Paultons Park, Raptor and Reptile Centre, Rockbourne Roman Villa and more...