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OVERVIEW

A delightful B&B in the heart of the New Forest, close to pretty Brockenhurst. Rooms have luxurious touches and plenty of character, breakfasts are locally sourced and delicious, and there are superb walks straight from the door. Children are made welcome, and the hosts couldn't be more obliging.


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Alexandra Richards
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Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.

OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Daisybank lies at the heart of the enchanting New Forest. Set back off a busy main road, it's surprisingly peaceful and an easy walk to unspoilt woodland and heathland. It's a ten-minute walk from Brockenhurst, which has trains to London in 90 minutes.

By car: 1 hout 45 minutes from Oxford, 2 hours from London and 3 hours from Birmingham. Free parking on-site.

By train: London Waterloo to Brockenhurst takes 1 hour 30 minutes. It's a 20-minute walk (or 4-minute taxi) to the hotel. Book trains to Brockenhurst.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Built in 1901, the house is in the Arts and Crafts style with high ceilings and large windows. It's thoughtfully decorated with the feel of a boutique hotel. Every piece of furniture and accessory has been carefully chosen, from the unbelievably comfortable beds to the cushions handmade locally from recycled material.

THE FACILITIES

The attraction here is exploring the forest and getting close to nature, rather than on-site entertainment. Electric-car drivers will be pleased to know charging points are available. The owners, Cheryl and Ciaran Maher, are extremely welcoming and having lived in the house for over 30 years their local knowledge is invaluable.

  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Board games
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Choose from characterful rooms in the main house, stylish modern suites in the garden, or a shepherd's hut (summer only). Rooms have a boutique feel and feature sumptuous beds. Works by local artists in each room give a sense of place.

Room types: Solent Suite, Courtyard Suite, Burdock Suite, Shepherd's Hut, Marryat Suite, Daisy Suite, Brightiff Suite, Dandelion Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, mini-fridge, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The breakfasts are exceptional, showcasing local produce lovingly prepared in the AGA. The menu isn't huge but caters for a variety of tastes. Choose from a traditional English or Irish breakfast, or the vegan version, or keep it healthy with options like kefir, kimchi, kombucha and homemade granola.

Breakfast: a feast of locally sourced produce, served daily between 8:30-9:30am in the breakfast room or in-room.

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