Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson - Queen of Office Operations

Sarah grew up in the New Forest and rode ponies here for her childhood fun. She couldn’t keep away as an adult and has returned to be a local again. Sarah works for us part time in the office, focusing on enquiries, bookings and office admin.

She lives in Lymington with her husband and their 4 year old boy. When not working she commonly found testing out new walks and coffee shops – ask her about the where to eat and the best coffee locations! You can be sure that the information you get will be up to date and well tested.

Helping us go-green...

How do NFE’s social & environmental goals align with you & your job role?

A large part of my role is to chat through the homes and locations with guests before they book. This is a great chance to encourage a more environmentally friendly stay; so from talking about energy efficiencies in the homes themselves, to pointing customers to our eco blogs, I am able to suggest ways to cut carbon, shop local, and generally look after the New Forest during their stay. As questions or niggles arise during escapes, I will also report back to hosts and make sure that we are working together on ways to move forward for greener future stays.

Q&A...

How long have you been local in the area?

I’m a local girl and have the best childhood memories of riding my pony in the New Forest. I lived in London for 6 years but then moved back to Lymington to start my family. I now have a little boy who is in school and we spend all our family time exploring the forest. It means I get to help guests with properly tested and up to date local knowledge so that they don’t have to learn the hard way.

Where is your favourite place to go for friends/family in the forest?

For family walks, we head to Longslade Bottom. It’s an open heathland valley bordered by thick beech and oak forest. We stop to build dens, climb trees and spot all kinds of the wildlife.

For a coastal treat, we head to The Haven at Lymington Yachthaven. It attracts all sorts and is great for people watching. After we’ve finished we walk around the sea wall in Lymington. The boats are so pretty, the wall gives you great views over the marinas and it’s flat so good for kids and prams.

Where is your favourite place to eat in the forest? Top 3 please.

Greedo – Lymington

Red Lion – Milford

Noisy Lobster – Mudeford beach!

Which places do you like to avoid?

Lymington has a historic market every Saturday through the year so the high street becomes pedestrianised for the day. It’s well supported and has a huge variety of local producers. It’s great – but don’t even try to drive through, or park near it.

Which is your favourite beach in summer and also in winter?

Mudeford beach in summer, we avoid the beach in winter (it can be too windy for little ones!) so tend to stick to the forest then. Much more fun splashing in muddy puddles!

The best local event..?

Smoked and uncut at The Pig Hotel in Brockenhurst! It’s a family festival, buzzing celebration of food and music hidden away in the New Forest.

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