After your big day, why not celebrate your union by winding down in the New Forest? Boasting stunning scenery and an abundance of nature, the idyllic landscape is located in southern England. Free yourself from the stress of the hustle and bustle and head to one of the UK’s most romantic hotspots for a tranquil getaway. Sound good? Well to entice you further, Voucherbox.co.uk has put together a list of reasons why should make New Forest your honeymoon destination.
Chewton Glen – If opulence is what you’re after then the Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa is the perfect abode to spend your days in New Forest. Staff at the hotel will have you both feeling like royalty as they wait on you hand and foot. Both old-school and modern, the venue is highly rated by past guests and its 70-room grounds play host to a lavish spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis centre and a golf course.
Ramble through the woodland – There’s no way you can spend time in New Forest without actually visiting the glades that gave the area its name. The New Forest National Park will have you falling in love with nature as you enjoy a romantic stroll through its beautiful woodlands, where you can also keep a look out for the local wildlife.
Get physical – It’s no secret that there are plenty ways to break a sweat while on honeymoon, you may also want to enjoy a few sporty activities. With so much to offer from cycle trails to horse-riding, the outdoors will have you feel re-energised and you can even get into some water sports as kayaking is a favourite pastime for visitors to enjoy.
Explore the art scene – While journeying around New Forest National Park pay a visit to the Ytene Gallery which is situated in the heart of the forest. Showcasing the best in British contemporary art, the exhibition space is home to stunning paintings as well as ceramics, sculptures, and exclusive prints. And if you’re planning to buy, the gallery also offers pieces to accommodate all budgets.
Treat your taste palette – Explore the culinary geniuses that reside in New Forest with a trip to one of the many highly-rated restaurants. Experience fine dining at its very best at the Michelin-starred Terrace at the Montagu Arms or head to the Lime Wood Hotel’s exquisite eatery, Hartnett Holder & Co for a fun meal or perhaps try tapas with a twist at Pulpo Negro.
Fall in love with vintage – Take an atmospheric tour around Beaulieu, which is not just home to the Montagu family but also home to the National Motor Museum. With lots to see from classic cars to speed racers, the museum has more than 250 vehicles on show. Not only that but at Beaulieu you can also check out the charming Abbey Church, fascinating Palace House, the beautiful grounds and serene gardens.
Go east – Just across the way from Beaulieu you’ll find the enchanted Exbury Gardens. Famed for its gorgeous flower collection, owned by the Rothschild family, its truly a tranquil environment for you to bask in the wonders of nature. The two of you can also go back in time with a 20-minute ride on steam train to explore the garden further.
Royal excursion – If either of you are history enthusiasts then a day out at the Hurst Castle is right up your street. Hop on a ferry for a lesson in English heritage to find out about the bastion built by Henry VIII which was also the fortress where Charles I was imprisoned ahead of his trial and subsequent death by execution.
Move to new heights – Known for as the place to be when the sunsets, Marine House is an art-deco establishment located on the seafront. With awe-inspiring 360 panoramic view of the Solent Coast, it’s the prime setting for a romantic rooftop evening dinner.
Sunset stroll – Take a wander along the Solent Way Walk before taking a moment to watch the sun slowing setting over Keyhaven marshes. Time will feel like it has paused as the two of you gaze at the rustic hues of the sun before the stars settle in against backdrop of the haven that is Hampshire.
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