Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa is situated in the attractive village of Brockenhurst. Meaning “badgers home” in Celtic, Brockenhurst is one of the largest villages in the New Forest National Park and is home to many ponies, donkeys, cows and humans!
When entering the village you’ll be greeted by the local wildlife grazing on the open heathlands or taking a stroll along the pavements, this is a particularly idyllic sight in the spring when the foals arrive. The high street is home to little shops, pubs, tea rooms and restaurants and the village is surrounded by open land with plenty of picnic areas for you to enjoy a day in the forest. There are also some great cycle routes, suitable for all abilities, for you to explore the forest by bike.
Thanks to the village’s inter-city rail service, the beach and larger towns are easily accessible by train. In fact, the drive out of the village into the surrounding areas is worth experiencing just to see the New Forest in all its glory.
There’s so many things to do and see while visiting the New Forest and here’s a couple of suggestions whilst you’re staying with us:
- The Georgian market town of Lymington is just 10 minutes down the road by car and train. Take a stroll through the high street down to the quay and enjoy a cold drink in one of the pubs along the waterfront.
- The city of Southampton is a 25 minute drive away. The city is full of history and culture and there’s always something exciting going on.
- Take a drive on the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive, it’s stunning all year round.
- If you’re visiting in July you must attend the New Forest Show. A traditional agricultural show held at the end of the month, it’s a popular event for locals and visitors alike.
- If you’re a golf fan, Brockenhurst Golf Club is just up the road from the hotel and we organise a great golf break package.
- The historical village of Beaulieu is also just a 10 minute drive away. The village is home to the famous Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey Palace House and of course, our sister hotel The Montagu Arms. Take a walk round the beautiful palace gardens and then dine in our Michelin Star Terrace Restaurant.
- If you’re interested in seeing the forest by horse there are many stables in the area with direct forest access and for riders of all abilities. Just ask our Concierge for more information.
- Depending on the time of year, Pannage is active in Brockenhurst. Domestic pigs are released into the forest to eat all the acorns and chestnuts that have fallen as these are poisonous to the ponies and cattle. Seeing Pannage makes a great photo so make sure you have your camera ready!