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Discover New England, in Old Hampshire, in the New Forest
By: Balmer Lawn Hotel
Although called the New Forest, is it in fact over 900 years old, and is so called when it became William the Conqueror's 'new' hunting ground. There are many different tree species to be found in the New Forest ranging from the common English oak, ash and beech to more exotic species such as Wellingtonia, sweet chestnut and Japanese cedar.
The New Forest also contains many lovely old trees that are reaching 200-300 years in age, and most are concentrated in the ancient and ornamental woodlands, although some can also be found within the enclosures. The trees were not planted, but have grown naturally and, whilst man has influenced their numbers through selective felling (many oaks were cut for shipbuilding)
The ideal place to stay is the iconic, four-star, Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst which has a special 3 nights for the price of 2 offer available until late October for stays between Sundays and Thursdays.
There are great walks to be enjoyed and the New Forest has more off-road cycle paths than anywhere else in the UK. The hotel is also very dog friendly, so the family pet can also enjoy a break.
Other things to do nearby include canoeing on the Beaulieu River with New Forest Activities, and if the weather turns bad, head for the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
The offer costs from £175 pp, (two sharing a room) on a B&B basis. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, fitness gym and Saltus Spa, and there is plenty of space across the restaurant, lounge bar and dining areas, plus the recently opened and hugely popular and dog friendly Lodge Kitchen & Bar – an innovation in safe indoor/outdoor dining!
Call 01590 421 040 (www.balmerlawnhotel.com).
To learn more about where to spot the foliage visit www.thenewforest.co.uk.
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR