Eastern New Forest
The best of the east...
This area of the New Forest National Park runs parallel to Southampton Water, the tidal estuary of deep water that allows the ocean liners, cargo ships, yachts and marine traffic to access Southampton.
The National Park here is flat, heathy and the coast in particular is hugely exclusive, with large country estates such as Exbury and Beaulieu, coastal forts and beaches at Calshot and Lepe, and pretty villages.
Southampton town, and it’s suburbs at Totton, with the oil refinery, at Cadland, are the busier areas. However the National Park boundaries and green belt are well enforced and it’s very easy to get into rural areas.
The best of rural and coastal living
Visitors must head to Beaulieu Palace, Gardens, Abbey and Motor Museum. There are 200 acres of fabulous and beautiful exploring at Exbury Gardens, trips to the heart (and best of) Southampton are best via the Hythe ferry, passing ocean liners on the way.
We love Beaulieu village with it’s chocolatier, great cafe’s, and top-rated high tea at Monty’s. Or head to the beaches at Lepe and Calshot for miles of beach huts, wild swimming and great views.