The charming village of Hordle lies on the southern fringes of the New Forest, close to the sparkling shores of the Solent.
The name Hordle derives from ‘hoard hill’ - ‘hordhyll’ in Old English - which means ‘treasure hill’, an origin that continues to excite local metal detectorists, no doubt spurred on by the unearthing of a 4th Century Roman coin in one of the villager’s back gardens.
Hordle plays host to one of Hampshire’s most beautiful ornamental gardens, Apple Court Garden & Nursery; a ‘plant lover’s paradise’ created more than thirty years ago in the abandoned walled kitchen garden of Yeatton House. This leafy corner of Hampshire is beloved for its scenic walks and picnic spots, none more so than the community woodland on Golden Hill, maintained by the parish since the 1920s. The family run fisheries at Hordle Lakes is the perfect haunt for anglers; a collection of seven spring fed lakes where you can while away the hours in the dappled shade of a hornbeam waiting for the carp to nibble.
Not far from the centre of the village stands the delightful mock Tudor façade of the Three Bells inn, a lovely place to stop for a generous pub lunch. The village is also served by a small parade of shops on Stopples Lane, ideal for those last-minute conveniences. Danestream Farm Shop on Sway Road, run by traditional master butchers, and Naked Jam on Silver Street, producers of award-winning jams and conserves, are bound to tickle your taste buds if you’re a lover of artisan foods and homegrown delicacies. There’s also a post office, takeaway, pharmacy and petrol station.
Hordle boasts a busy diary of events, which includes its highly imaginative scarecrow competition, various arts and crafts exhibitions and its ever-popular summer fair. The village also has a long list of clubs, everything from péntaque and cricket to gardening and Tai Chi.
Be enticed by our growing list of Hordle holiday cottages set in the heart of the New Forest.
A carp fishery set in 11 acres with seven individual spring fed lakes, Course Fishing at Hordle Lakes is a chance for all ages and abilities to enjoy a day of fishing. With plenty of parking a short walk from the activity, fish for Bream, Tench, Perch, Rudd, Chub and Roach with huge bags being taken all year round.
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Good selection of healthy plants for sale.
as guests of Apple court house the gardens were available for us to browse- however, one day we found out someone had opened the gats and entered the gardens for themselves arguing that they had driven from Devon. Wrong time of year to get the advantage of the beauty but could visualise the attraction
Barton on Sea Golf Club was founded in 1897 and is situated on a cliff top between Highcliffe and Milford-on-Sea. It has 27 holes and an elegant clubhouse so you can enjoy your round, take in the views and then head in for a pint or Sunday lunch. Members are welcome to bring guests and green fees start at £40.
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Welcoming beginners, intermediate riders and seasoned pros, Burley Villa School of Riding in the heart of the New Forest gives you the chance to go horse riding across these ancient lands and take in its abundant natural beauty. Pony trails, Kids Brush n Ride activities, Western saddle riding lessons or simply a trot observing the wildlife - it’s the New Forest at its finest.
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Super day out. They are great at selecting the right horse for your ability, even if you are a bit nervous.
Taking the title as the home for the world’s most beautiful motorcycles, the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum is the brainchild of motorcycling legend Sammy Miller - 11 time British Champion, and winner of over 1400 events and counting - this is a living museum with almost every motorcycle in full running order. Perfect for petrol heads!
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Brilliant, very interesting. Nice cafe serving delicious food.
Fantastic and interesting visit. Great place to go on a day when the weather isn’t so good. Bit expensive but worth it.
A welcoming village pub with large garden and children's play area, serving a good selection of home-cooked pub food including a dedicated pizza menu and childrens options. Quiz nights on Wednesdays and traditional Sunday Roasts pull in a crowd.
The Plough (T: 01425 610185) Tiptoe SO41 6FQ
Frequented this establishment more than others. Good service and good down to earth menu available. Good vegetarian options available. Also love the breakfasts offered. Far better then any other establishments attended in the area.
An attractive country pub, popular with locals and visitors who enjoy the friendly atmosphere and great food. The menu offers plenty of variation; dishes from the grill, pub classics and a daily specials board. The pub’s signature dish ‘Beer Can Chicken’ is well worth a try! Sunday carvery is hugely popular with locals, so booking is advised. There’s a small garden with play area that’ll keep children happy.
The Royal Oak (T: 01590 718104) Downton, SO41 0LA
A smart and stylish riverside restaurant surrounded by beautiful ‘Art Gardens’ full of stunning flowers, sculptures and art exhibits. Take a stroll through the gardens then sit down and enjoy a menu brimming with beautifully presented seasonal local produce, along with dedicated gluten free, vegetarian and children’s menus.
Gordleton Mill (T: 01590 682219) Lymington SO41 6DJ
Really nice place, gardens are good fun with the kids and something different that's free... meal was really nice, servers really friendly, although we did have to chase a couple of things, thoroughly enjoyable lunch
We recently enjoyed Sunday lunch at The Mill with friends. Despite arriving early we were made to feel very welcome choosing to be taken to our table on arrival of the whole group. The food was amazing and of ample portion size - the roast beef in particular melted in the mouth. There was a good choice of desserts - the cheesecake and also the crème brulee can be recommended. The live music added ambience to the experience without infringing on the conversation. The staff were polite, friendly and attentive. We would have no hesitation in recommending The Mill and would certainly return when holidaying in the area in the future.
Located in the heart of Sway, this impressive Edwardian mansion is home to a lovely restaurant serving local, seasonal dishes. The restaurant has been refurbished with style and attention to period detail, and there's a pretty, spacious garden where you can dine al fresco during sunnier months. The Manor serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as cream teas, cakes and an impressive afternoon tea. As well as a great selection of beers, wines and soft drink, The Manor also serves a classic cocktail menu, perfect for summer sundowners and after-dinner treats. Open for lunch Wednesday - Sunday from 12.30 - 14.30 and dinner Monday - Sunday 18.30 - 21.00. Reservations essential for Afternoon Tea, served Wedsnesday - Sunday from 15.00 - 16.30.
The Manor at Sway, Sway, Nr Lymington, SO41 6BA (T: 01590 682754)
A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.
Super walk, nice and easy and great place for a meal or tea and cake by the car park.
A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.
Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.
Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc
Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.
great walking area, small cafe-the needles, children climbing play park- crashing waves over stoned beach
Love Milford on Sea so old fashioned hasn't changed much since I use go as a child in the 1960/70s
Due to my husband breaking his leg we hired a mobility scooter for our holiday. It was a joy to ride along the front at Milford. Wonderful views of The Needles and lots of benches along the way too. Great access from the car parks. Would be great if the short path from Milford to Keyhaven could be the same good surface. We felt the rough stones would be too hard to ride on.
A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.
Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck
This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.
Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!
Boscombe is a popular family beach with plenty of sand, and a small pier with extensive facilities including a children’s play area, several seafront shops and cafés, crazy golf, plenty of parking and a safe traffic free area perfect for cycling and scooters.