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About Us


Welcome from all of us. Whilst we are clearly biased about how lovely it is here, we have tried at all times to be objective with our thinking and advice, so you can plan and relax. Our brand is many things to many people. We defined our brand like this: 

Here is what we like:

… relaxed hosts with a sense of humour, exploring, breakfast on the beach, dirt roads, the lived-in look, creativity, crazy lights, outdoor Scrabble on the jetty, Swallows and Amazons adventures, cooking marshmallows by the sea, private picnics, story-tellers spinning tales in forest glades, bluebell spas…

And what we don’t like

… leather sofas, doilys, beige bedrooms, identikit, boring or beige decor, not being supplied with free condiments, having to lay your own fire, not being able to find the matches, rubbish sound systems, shower mould, thin mattresses, miserable pricing.

Since 2012 we have helped over 2000 groups holiday in the New Forest. We’ve had the normal; family breaks, 70th birthdays, weddings, and we’ve had the unusual, like pet geese, divorce parties and film shoots. There have been a few particularly special groups whose VIP was terminally ill, and came to celebrate their last family get-together. Quite a humbling and amazing experience to help with.

Our houses are amazing. The photographs speak for themselves. I am so proud of our current selection which continues to grow. From hidden-away brick factories in the Forest to an old smugglers inn, gardeners cottages and landmark houses.

We have worked up ‘experience ideas’ as inspiration for events during your stay – these are per house as many are ‘at home’ or very nearby. Some are expensive. Some are the cost of a packet of marshmallows. We don’t believe that you need to spend a fortune to enjoy the area – but you do need to be prepared. For more original ideas ask us about Mr Bubble-man, professional storytellers, magicians and treasure hunts. We have amazing catering staff (inside and outdoor) who can help too.

Please do read our blog to find out more ideas….we know which pub serves the more bizarre brews to the restaurant with the freshest fish, the best spot for your morning yoga and forest bathing – all ages will love making the memories together. I know I have, which is why I’m so thrilled to now share those adventures and possibilities with you.

Here’s to your New Forest escape…


Our team

  • Rachel Parsons

    During the last 18 years Rachel has worked in and on tourism businesses internationally. That is except for a 4 year stint running her own educational marketing consultancy to support educators and parents to get active with environmental and social projects including HRH Prince Charles Rainforests Project.

    She has an ongoing love affair with horses and bicycles and currently home educates her daughter who is 6.

  • Robyn Hedges

    Robyn grew up in the Cotswolds, then did the ‘London thing’ gaining 20+ years’ experience in event management and hotel sales. She travelled extensively all over the world and now lives in Lymington with her husband and 2 children.

    Robyn is an expert at multi-tasking and making sure everyone is looked after and her main focus with us is developing weddings and corporate business. She has flair, style and energy abounding and is superb at spotting an opportunity for helping out. She has a great love of horses, cooking and interior design.


  • Jan Caldwell

    Superwoman Jan is based in Lymington and is one of our property managers. She can juggle any number of dramas and all things that need to be done; guest liason, house management, dinosaur control and sorting emergencies. Jan’s been with us for over 4 years, so gets the long service and long suffering award for her amazing contribution.

    Grace Austin

    Mum of 6 (!), Grace works for us part time looking after two properties on the eastern side of the forest. Grace lives in Blackfield and is on hand to help.

  • Jane Wilkinson

    Jane has worked in the leisure and tourism industry for 15 years – she loves holidays (who doesn’t!) and has lived and travelled far and wide.  She moved to the New Forest Area ten years ago but only really discovered it after reading many of Rachel’s blogs and listening to Robyn’s recommendations of what to do locally.

    Jane focuses on the marketing and business management side of New Forest Escapes – her planning is her focus and her excel spreadsheets legendary.

New Forest Escapes, Brinkley, Middle Road, Lymington, SO41 6FX.

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