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New forest : weekend break.
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Myself and mrsboy are looking into stayng in or around the new forest in February for a long weekend for our anniversary.

Never been before, any tips on where to stay or where to go and visit?

We are planning on taking the bikes, but I can't see her wanting to ride every day.

(associated prison talk will be ignored....)

ta
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#2
"BMJBOY" Wrote:Myself and mrsboy are looking into stayng in or around the new forest in February for a long weekend for our anniversary.

Never been before, any tips on where to stay or where to go and visit?

We are planning on taking the bikes, but I can't see her wanting to ride every day.

(associated prison talk will be ignored....)

ta

Never been myself mate, but me and the Mrs were thinking about it a couple of years ago for our summer holiday, but ended up going to Greece instead.

Let us know how you get on and whats its like....
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#3
Things are looking up, just seen a hotel mrsboy is
looking to book, got a funky twin bath/jacuzzi type thingamee... Sweet!

The last place we stayed in had a twin disco shower/sauna!

Sightseeng might not be high on the agenda methinks....
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#4
"BMJBOY" Wrote:Things are looking up, just seen a hotel mrsboy is
looking to book, got a funky twin bath/jacuzzi type thingamee... Sweet!

The last place we stayed in had a twin disco shower/sauna!

Sightseeng might not be high on the agenda methinks....

If you want somewhere romantic to take Mrs BMJBoy, try this:-

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Very nice at Christmas, they have log fire, been to these lodges 3 times and they are like a 10Star hotel (if that existed), no corners cut, pure luxury.

However, the 3 Bedroom lodges are the best ones, i haven't tried the smaller ones but they look a little naff and are on the other side of the river.

They sleep about 9 people, and that works out cheap if you are all full paying adults and you split the cost...
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#5
I did a long weekend camping there before somewhere, bbq's excellent although it rained most of the time! You can ride most places so we would just drive along, see a good looking path then get the bikes off the rack and ride, riding through rivers was fun. If you camp just dont leave any food or rubbish out, I was woken by a pony in my tent porch in the middle of the night and they are stubborn things!
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#6
I've been there loads, I went there last summer, it's lovely. For hotels try the Balmer Lawn at Brockenhurst, probably very expensive but very nice too. I have always camped though, Hollands Wood is a good site next to Balmer Lawn and within walking distance of Brockenhurst. If the weather is tosh Southampton is not far away and Christchurch is lovely just south/west of the forest. Romsey Rapids is a swimming pool not far away with a slide and wave machine if that floats your boat. Behind the Balmer Lawn hotel is a very nice piece of forest to ride in, pretty huge tho so take a map/ garmin thingy or at least some Kendall Mintcake.

http://balmerlawnhotel.rtrk.co.uk/?scid=...680:164117

http://www.sandy-balls.co.uk/

Try Sandy Balls - more fun than it sounds (and it sounds bloody marvellous, but I have been banned from many a golf club)
Keep it foolish...
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&quot;alkali&quot; Wrote:I've been there loads, I went there last summer, it's lovely. For hotels try the Balmer Lawn at Brockenhurst, probably very expensive but very nice too. I have always camped though, Hollands Wood is a good site next to Balmer Lawn and within walking distance of Brockenhurst. If the weather is tosh Southampton is not far away and Christchurch is lovely just south/west of the forest. Romsey Rapids is a swimming pool not far away with a slide and wave machine if that floats your boat. Behind the Balmer Lawn hotel is a very nice piece of forest to ride in, pretty huge tho so take a map/ garmin thingy or at least some Kendall Mintcake.

http://balmerlawnhotel.rtrk.co.uk/?scid=...680:164117

http://www.sandy-balls.co.uk/

Try Sandy Balls - more fun than it sounds (and it sounds bloody marvellous, but I have been banned from many a golf club)

Sandy Balls is brilliant... not the level of luxury you are after, Ben, but a good location.
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#8
&quot;MudMonkey&quot; Wrote:Sandy Balls is brilliant... not the level of luxury you are after, Ben, but a good location.

+1, Nan has a caravan there where we go and stay every now and again, Dorset and southampton arent far away. They have a bike shop on site that sells MTB trail maps. Pretty flat riding though
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#9
The lodges at Sandy Balls sounds OK to me.... in the forest and stuff - nice.

I'll take a proper look later - Im just back from a meeting and am fired up about something......
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#10
Sandy Balls is ok but.... be aware that if you take the van you will have to leave it at the gate as they won't allow you to park it by your pitch or cabin....   I was very upset by this and am no longer welcome at Sandy Balls....
Mei securis turpe meus vox<br />            
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