Exploring our patch
Unearth the heart of the ancient New Forest
You’re right in the heart of it at THE PIG, and within a short drive (or bicycle ride!) you’ll find stately homes, picturesque seaside towns and villages, wild horses and sailing. Being situated in the heart of the New Forest means there's plenty of the ancient woodland to explore on foot or bike, but there's still plenty to get up to at ours!
Wander through our flourishing kitchen gardens or kick back and relax over a glass (or two!), or why not even savour some al fresco dining courtesy of the wood-fired oven in the courtyard.
A gentle stroll down the gravel and brick path leads to further surprises tucked away in our garden! You’ll find our smoke house, kitchen garden, greenhouse, fruit cages and wild flower meadow orchard, as well as chickens and a paddock with our five very active pigs quaffing and troughing to their heart's content!
At THE PIG, we have plenty of bikes available to hire, speak to our team at reception to book, what better way explore the New Forest than on a bike! Be sure to look out for wildlife, there are plenty of ponies, cows, pigs and deer in the New Forest to spot. Another great place to discover local wildlife is Bolderwood deer sanctuary situated in the heart of the New Forest, it is free to park your car and go off the explore the great sites of the New Forest. Bolderwood is one of the best places to see deer as they have a purpose-built platform which overlooks a large meadow. New Forest Activities are based in Beaulieu and there really is something for everyone. They offer canoeing, kayaking, sea kayaking, archery, ropes courses, Battlefield live digital combat and Bushcraft. Take to the trees at Go Ape Tree Top experience or if you have little ones to entertain Paulton’s Park home of Peppa Pig world is only 11 miles from THE PIG.
In Lymington, Goldalls pick your own strawberries is great fun and the farm shop sells amazing fresh Jam! Opposite is the New Forest Adventure Golf, there is no need to book simply turn up and play the 18 holes. Nestled in the New Forest is Furzy Gardens a great place for kids to explore dozens of fairy doors, they also have a play area, tea rooms and beautiful gardens to explore. To really get away from it all, Blackwater trail in the New Forest has some of the oldest trees in the New Forest with oak trees around 500 years old. Take in the beauty of the forest with an easy walk through the woodland.
Adventures on the South Coast
We love being by the sea and there is plenty to get up to by the coast. For those looking for a thrill Solent Rib Charter offer rib rides from Southampton. There is lots to see on the Solent waters including, historic forts, the Needles, the Isle of Wight and the naval dockyards in Portsmouth. For a day trip, why not hop on the ferry over to the Isle of Wight? There are lots of beautiful sandy beaches, great places for food including The Hut at Cowell Bay (it’s usually busy so best to book ahead!), places to visit such as The Needles, Robin Hill and Osborne House.
In Lymington, formerly famous for salt making in the 19th Century, they have beautiful sea water baths with a 200-meter inflatable assault course which really is fun for everyone and paddle boards for hire. To discover the beauty of the coast, take a trip to Keyhaven to explore the salt marshes, this conservation area is great for long walks and spotting local wildlife.
For the Foodies
Just down the road from us at THE PIG, is our sister hotel Lime Wood, and the relaxed Italian restaurant is headed up by chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder. Angela and Luke, together with their team, create simple and classic Italian dishes with a respectful nod to the seasons. Hartnett and Holder’s food comes with the much loved Italian approach to eating - where sharing and provenance is everything. If you fancy improving you cooking skills, why not try a cookery class at Angela and Luke’s purpose-built cookery school at Lime Wood- HH&Co Backstage, with their cookery school chef Iain. There are so many different classes to choose from and at the end of the class you get to sit down family style and tuck into your creations!
If you are in the mood for seafood, Verveine is a much-loved seafood restaurant located in Milford on Sea, serving up fresh seafood in their quirky location at the back of a fishmongers! If you are looking for somewhere to stop for a drink and a snack, The Haven in Lymington is set in the heart of the marina making it the gorgeous spot for a drink with a view. For a fine dining experience, The Elderflower in Lymington is a great place to enjoy great food and wine. The restaurant’s grade 2 listed building is full of character along the cobbled Quay Street in Lymington.
Based locally in Totton is Sunnyfields Farm Shop, spend the day pottering around the shop browsing through fresh, local and high-quality produce. For some seriously good vegan/vegetarian food Offbeet is based at Sunnyfields farm and was ranked in The Times Top 30 Vegan and Veggie restaurants in the UK. The East End Arms, in Lymington is a cosy traditional pub that prides itself on serving local food and having something for everyone! Hambledon Vineyard is based locally, for wine lovers, why not spend the day having a tour of their beautiful vineyards, of course with a bit of wine tasting, it would be rude not to!
Get your waders on
The gentle art of fly fishing was born on the chalk streams of southern England.
With our enviable location, we’re nestled in the heart of England's premier fly fishing counties between the valleys of the world-famous River Test and the River Avon.