• Festivities in the Forest

    Autumn and early Winter are a great time to enjoy a visit to the New Forest. The bracken has turned a rusty hue and the leaves are starting to fall. The wild ponies that roam freely here are preparing themselves for the Winter ahead by sprouting thick shaggy coats to protect them from the elements.

    My thoughts are turning to Christmas preparations and I'm determined to make the most of our excellent local Christmas makets this year. Winchester (pictured below), is always a great place to start with an ice rink and lots of stalls many of which are manned by local craftsmen like our potter friend Dave Rogers from Milford-on-Sea (see: www.vinegarhillpottery.co.uk).

    The quintissentially English city of Salisbury is another great place to visit at Christmas and is reached by a 45-minute drive through some of the most beautiful areas of the New Forest. The stunning Cathedral holds some great free carol concerts as well as 'Darkness to Light' services. These services commence in complete darkeness and end with the lighting of around 1,300 candles.

    Closer to home,Palace House in Beaulieu will be dressed for a Victorian Christmas (www.beaulieu.co.uk) and our home town of Lymington will soon be lighting up it's picturesque Georgian High Street.

    Here at Bridge Farm our animal stocks for the Winter are down to our New Forest pony Star and our usual collection of chickens; this year's pigs are now in the freezer and the sheep have moved to other nearby fields for the next couple of months. They should be back in the Spring, just after lambing.

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  • Spring Sunshine

    Lambs and ewes enjoying the spring sunshine at Bridge Farm.

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  • Spot & Uno

    Our two new piglets Spot and Uno have now settled in to life at Bridge Farm. They have been having a great time rooting though the earth of their enclosure and racing each other up and down squealing very loudly!

    This weekend we have four ewes and their lambs arriving at Bridge Farm.

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  • Piglets

    We have just reserved two piglets to arrive at Easter. They are British Saddlebacks, derived from Wessex Saddlebacks which were once the native pig of the New Forest. Sadly this breed was amalgamated with the Essex Saddleback in the 1960s.

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  • January Snow

    Thankfully all the snow has now melted but it did look lovely...

    If you want to visit in Winter we're still available for Christmas 2013!

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Retaining the best of its agricultural character, The Old Stables now offer a high standard of self-catering accommodation in a peaceful rural setting. The cottage overlooks the Avon Water valley, a haven for birds and wildlife where deer, buzzards, woodpeckers and herons are seen almost daily.

Guests are welcome to picnic in the meadow field,bordered by the meandering Avon Water, or try their hand at fishing.

The Old Stables sleeps 4 people with a ground floor double bedroom and adjacent shower room, and a twin bedroom in the old hayloft above.

The kitchen provides a dishwasher, oven, microwave, fridge and freezer. It connects with the living and dining area, which has a flatscreen freeview television, DVD player, i-pod dock and Wi-fi. There is a second smaller television in the master bedroom. To the rear of the property there is a small, enclosed courtyard garden with a table and a barbeque.

The Roche family live in the main farmhouse and are on hand if you would like any information about the local area, and are happy to introduce visitors to their chickens and pigs.

The Georgian market town of Lymington is a 5-minute drive away and has numerous shops and restaurants and a thriving Saturday market. Within 10 minutes walk there is also an excellent bar and restaurant, The Mill at Gordleton, with a beautiful riverside garden.
For those with small children, there is a travel cot and Phil & Ted’s double buggy and babysitting can usually be arranged with prior notice.

The cottage has two parking spaces and sailors can be provided with somewhere to park a dinghy and trailer on request. Lockable storage is also available for bikes.

Linen and towels are provided but guests are asked to bring their own beach towels and baby bedding for the travel cot.

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2014 Prices

Low Season £450 per week

Mid Season £550-725 per week

Peak Season £850

Short breaks available for
two nights or more except
during June, July and August
and the main school holidays.

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