New Forest

17 October 2021 - 20 October 2021

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Spend a lovely few days in Hampshire’s beautiful and historic New Forest, preserved since 1079 by William the Conqueror for his new hunting ground. Enjoy some glorious driving through its pretty woodlands, open heath and along the lovely Solent coastline. The New Forest has much to see with its little villages and towns in countryside that is home to free-roaming horses, deer, donkeys, cattle and pigs, and other wildlife.

Stay in a charming country house hotel in Beaulieu, just near the famed National Motor Museum. Three-course dinners, with wine, are included each evening. The tour will also include visits to other Hampshire attractions, including country houses, stunning gardens, and the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum. as well as enjoying the open heaths and woodland areas of the Forest.

“We really enjoyed the weekend and loved the area. Thank you!” J&D.P., Bedfordshire

Highlights of the New Forest

  • Explore the New Forest, created in the 11th century as a hunting area for William the Conqueror
  • Spend time exploring the fabulous National Motor Museum and the lovely Beaulieu Palace
  • Stroll around the delightful Exbury Gardens, renowned for their expert planting and National Plant Collections.
  • Visit Bucklers Hard, an 18th-century shipbuilding village for Nelson’s Navy
  • Wander around the ancient seaport and colourful coastal town of Lymington, with its rich maritime history
  • Discover the Roman Villa at Rockbourne, itself a very pretty village with numerous thatched cottages
  • Visit Breamore House, a superb Elizabethan manor house, with a fascinating Countryside Museum

 

Route map
Price: from £695 per person, sharing
Garden Suite: £SOLD OUT
Hotel Suite: £850 per person
Superior: £SOLD OUT
Standard Room: £695 per person ONE ROOM REMAINING
* Based on two people sharing a double/twin room
Single Occupancy of Standard Room: £1,050


Starts: 17 October 2021
Duration: 3 nights / 2 days driving
Mileage: 113 miles

What's Included?

  • Carefully created tour to encompass the best of the New Forest National Park
  • Three nights fabulous hotel accommodation
  • Full English breakfast each morning
  • Excellent three-course meal each evening with wine (half bottle per person)
  • Entry to Beaulieu Motor Museum
  • Tour book: route directions, maps, information on everything to do, see and visit each day
  • Rally plate
  • Tour Guides: Sarah Dowding & colleague – to ensure the tour goes smoothly. (We shall be staying nearby, not in the hotel)

 

Itinerary

May be subject to change.

Day 1: 17 October 2021

Drive deep into the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire to the beautiful country house hotel for a three-night stay. If you have time today, before check-in, it’s an ideal time to visit Exbury Gardens, just a couple of miles away.

There will be welcome drinks followed by a fabulous three-course dinner in the private dining room.

Day 2: 18 October 2021 56 miles

After a delicious breakfast, drive through the beautiful village of Beaulieu, home to the National Motor Museum. Enjoy a tour of the cars, palace, and grounds (or if you wish to spend more time here then the day of departure is ideal). Continue across the open heathland to Lyndhurst in the heart of the New Forest. The scenic drives include woodland and expansive heath with visits to Furzey Gardens, the village of Burley and also the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum. Head back along the south coast to the charming town of Lymington then on to the unique village of Buckler’s Hard, on the banks of the Beaulieu River, and discover its distinguished shipbuilding history. Finally, explore the 200-acre grounds of the captivating Exbury Gardens. They are renowned for their beautiful autumn colours with the vibrant red and orange of fiery acers and National Plant Collection of nyssa trees, amidst a vibrant backdrop of dogwoods and majestic oak trees. Return to the hotel for dinner.

 

Day 3: 19 October 2021 60 miles

Head to Brockenhurst and discover the Ornamental Drive past Rhinefield House and onto Linwood and Mockbeggar. Drive north on small, out-of-the-way lanes to Fordingbridge. Visit the Roman Villa at Rockbourne and then onto Breamore House. This fascinating Elizabethan Manor also has an excellent countryside museum. This part of the Forest is always pretty quiet and secluded. Drive back across the Forest of one of our favourite roads for a final, farewell dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation

Escape to this quiet corner of The New Forest and to the unique welcome of an outstanding and elegant country house hotel with its timeless English garden. The hotel dates back to 1742 and has a cosy, homely and welcoming character. Luxurious bedrooms are individually and stylishly decorated with flair. Indulge in stylish dishes at the award-winning restaurant which showcases the rich larder of the Forest, coast and country and ingredients are free-range and organic where possible. There is also a more informal brasserie offering home-cooked classic dishes and award-winning real ales. The friendly staff offer excellent customer care and personal service.

 

Requirements

The New Forest Tour is open to any classic, vintage or sports car. However, the most important requirement is that you take pleasure in motoring through fabulous scenery, deserving of the vehicles we love, relish character hotels and enjoy the company of like-minded travellers. There is no need for early departures or late arrivals at the hotel. Just a wonderful few days for you to relax and enjoy wonderful driving, excellent food, delightful scenery, and a beautiful hotel.

Bespoke Fitted Luggage

Make packing for your next tour simple and easy. Classic Travelling Luggage offers bespoke fitted cases for a large range of classic and sports cars. Joining one of our accompanied Group Tours entitles you to a 10% discount.

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