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Escape to Luxury Self-Catering in the New Forest: Heathfield Estate

Experience the luxury and tranquility of Heathfield Estate, nestled within the heart of the New Forest National Park. Our beautifully renovated cottages, Magnolia Cottage and Heathfield Coach House, offer a perfect blend of historic charm and modern comfort.

Wake up to the sound of birdsong and immerse yourself in the beauty of this 200-year-old private estate. Whether seeking a romantic getaway, family vacation, or special celebration, Heathfield Estate provides the ideal setting.

Enjoy the best of both worlds: tranquil seclusion amidst the forest and easy access to the beach, just a 10-minute drive away. Unwind in our luxurious self-catering cottages featuring high-speed Wi-Fi for a truly unique escape. Conveniently located only 2 hours from London by car or train, make Heathfield Estate your perfect base for exploring the New Forest.

Book your dream New Forest escape at Heathfield Estate and experience the countryside like never before.

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Sunset at Heathfield Estate, New Forest, Hampshire

Discover the epitome of luxury self-catering in the New Forest at Heathfield Estate. Nestled within 14 acres of lush grounds, our exclusive cottage rentals, including the 4-bedroom Heathfield Coach House and the 2-bedroom Magnolia Cottage, promise an unforgettable stay for 2-12 guests. See photos here and here is a list of videos to watch:

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Heathfield Coach House: A Blend of Luxury and History

Heathfield Coach House, a marvel of architectural beauty, offers a luxurious retreat for up to 8 guests. This 4-bedroom residence, adorned with period features, high ceilings, and a cozy wood burner, is the perfect blend of comfort and elegance. The Coach House's history as the estate's original coach and horse shelter adds a unique charm, with its cobbled forecourt and arched wooden doors setting the scene for a memorable stay. The spacious sitting room, with its exposed beams and woodburning stove, invites relaxation and social gatherings, while the large kitchen dining room is fully equipped for your culinary adventures. The property boasts three private garden areas, including a covered terrace and a walled garden, offering serene spots to unwind and enjoy the estate's beauty.

Magnolia Cottage: Cozy Luxury in the Heart of Nature

For those seeking a more intimate setting, Magnolia Cottage is a beautifully furnished 2-bedroom luxury cottage that accommodates four guests. Its open-plan ground floor, featuring a well-equipped kitchen, dining area, and comfortable sitting room, opens up to two terraces, perfect for enjoying the sun or watching it set. Magnolia Cottage is an idyllic choice for a romantic getaway or a small group of friends looking for a luxury self-catering experience in the New Forest.

A Commitment to Sustainability and Luxury

Heathfield Estate is dedicated to providing a luxurious yet eco-friendly stay. With solar panels, well water harvesting, and biomass heating, we generate much of our own electricity, heat, and water. Guests are welcomed with a complimentary local food hamper and have access to recycling facilities. We encourage exploring the New Forest's natural beauty by foot, bike, or horse, with secure storage available for bicycles.

Heathfield Estate; A Grand History

Over the years there have been very few owners of the Estate; everyone who lived here tended to stay. The most notable owner was Lady Bingham, wife of Major-General Sir George Ridout Bingham (who served as the commanding military officer on St. Helena from 1815 until 1819 during Napoleon Bonaparte’s initial incarceration on the island). In April 1876, Queen Victoria’s eldest granddaughter, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, came to stay at Heathfield House. The estate was also home to airmen during the Second World War whilst a military aerodrome was set up at Holmsley to the west of the estate. One of these airmen eventually bought the estate when the war was over. Heathfield also housed war heroes – carrier pigeons. These birds went on to save many lives during the war, some even winning the coveted Dickin award! You can view more details on the history of the estate here. Heathfield House, the grand manor residence, is the private abode of the owners.

Explore the New Forest and Beyond

Located just a few miles from picturesque villages and market towns like Burley (3.8 miles), Christchurch (6.4 miles), Lyndhurst (9 miles), Brockenhurst (7.3 miles), Beaulieu (13 miles) Lymington (11 miles), New Milton (5.3 miles), Ringwood (8.3 miles) and Avon Beach (6.2 miles), Heathfield Estate is your gateway to the New Forest's outdoor adventures with its country pubs, biking trails, horse riding, hiking, walking and fishing, or head towards the sea and beaches, boasting 7 miles of blue flag beaches and coastal walks. Witness nature at its finest, with ponies, cows, and abundant wildlife, creating a serene environment. The calls of birds and other sounds of nature can help people recover much more quickly from stressful situations, compared with the noise of urban living.

THE GROUNDS

Nestled within 14 acres of picturesque grounds, this 200 year old estate is yours to explore. Surrounded by extensive and secluded parklands, Heathfield Estate is a timeless place for everyone to get close to nature and revive their senses. Enjoy a long walk on the grounds, relax in the Estate's Hot Tub, have an afternoon picnic in the woodland, play a game of croquet on the lawn or sip cocktails on the terrace and watch the glorious sunset.

Stunning sunset over the lake on Heathfield Estate in the New Forest.

Top Things to Do in the New Forest 

Nestled in the heart of the enchanting New Forest, Heathfield estate is the perfect gateway to a world of adventure and delight. With endless possibilities for local activities, you can tailor your stay to every whim and fancy, from adrenaline-pumping pursuits to serene moments of relaxation. 

Embrace the Thrilling Outdoors: 

  • Channel your inner Robin Hood: Embark on a thrilling archery session in the heart of the forest, mastering the art of precision aiming and hitting the bullseye. 
  • Laser Quest for the Whole Family: Blast your way through laser tag battles, strategizing with your team and dodging beams of light in this exciting, laser-filled adventure
  • Find Inner Peace with Yoga or Pilates: Unwind and reconnect with your inner self through gentle yoga or Pilates sessions, amidst the calming embrace of the forest. 
  • Indulge in Pampering: Rejuvenate mind and body with a luxurious spa treatment. The Limewood Hotel Spa's renowned Sarah Chapman facial is a must-try, while the Chewton Glen Hotel Spa boasts stunning indoor and outdoor facilities to melt away all your stress. 
  • Cycling: The New Forest is a beautiful place to cycle, with over 100 miles of car-free cycle trails and a multitude of options for cyclists, whether you prefer to ride mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, electric bikes, gravel bikes, or road bikes
  • Fishing: The New Forest offers a captivating blend of diverse environments, abundant species, and historical charm, making it a paradise for anglers of all levels. From tranquil freshwater lakes teeming with carp and bream to the vibrant coastline buzzing with sea bass and mackerel, the options cater to every preference. Picturesque rivers like the Avon wind through idyllic landscapes, offering coarse and trout fishing, while historic piers like Lymington provide a unique atmosphere for sea angling. Whether you're seeking a peaceful escape amidst nature or a thrilling battle with a powerful catch, the New Forest's rich tapestry of waters promises an unforgettable fishing experience.

Savor Culinary Delights: 

  • The Pig: Experience a farm-to-table feast for the senses at The Pig, where delicious dishes crafted with fresh, local ingredients await. Stroll through their charming walled garden, the source of much of their culinary magic. 
  • Noisy Lobster: With the glistening sea as your backdrop, indulge in a bounty of fresh seafood at Noisy Lobster. Whether you're craving plump mussels or succulent lobster, this beachfront restaurant guarantees a memorable dining experience.

Embrace the Beauty of Nature: 

  • Avon Beach: A stone's throw from your cottage, Avon Beach offers golden sands, gentle waves, and the delightful Noisy Lobster right at hand. Grab a takeaway feast and indulge in ice cream cones while soaking up the sun. 
  • Studland Beach: National Trust-owned and breathtakingly beautiful, Studland Beach promises miles of pristine coastline and panoramic views. Don't miss the iconic Old Harry Rocks while you're there. 

Step Back in Time:

      • Highcliffe Castle: A majestic Grade I listed mansion perched on the clifftop, Highcliffe Castle whispers tales of grandeur and bygone eras. Explore its opulent interiors and wander through its landscaped gardens for a glimpse into aristocratic life. 
      • Beaulieu Palace House: Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Montagu family at Beaulieu Palace House, dating back to 1538. Discover period rooms, fascinating exhibits, and the impressive Montagu Motor Museum, housing automotive treasures from centuries past. 

      This is just a taste of the countless possibilities that await you near your luxury holiday cottage. With its vibrant mix of outdoor adventures, culinary delights, and historical treasures, the New Forest promises an unforgettable escape for every visitor. 

      Plan your Perfect New Forest Adventure: 

      Don't forget to check out our Local Activities List for even more inspiration, complete with a handy map detailing all our favorite farm shops, restaurants, and attractions. We're here to help you make the most of your stay, so let us know what interests you and we'll be happy to curate the perfect itinerary just for you. So, pack your bags, unleash your adventurous spirit, and get ready to discover the magic of the New Forest – from your luxurious haven on the edge of paradise. 

          Heathfield House, Manor House on Heathfield Estate in the New Forest

          A Unique Place to Stay

          Heathfield Estate is a unique venue with luxury accommodation, with every amenity you and your guests need to unwind and reconnect, have fun, and celebrate special occasions together. Enjoy a champagne brunch on the terrace, activities on the grounds, or even host a themed event! Key features:

          • 4 bed coach house
          • 2 bed cottage
          • quiet location
          • 10 minutes from the Beach (nearest is Avon Beach)
          • estate hot tub available to use
          • formal garden
          • in the middle of the forest
          • ponies and cows roaming nearby (10-15 minute walk)
          • lots of animal roaming our estate including: deer, cats (Pickle, our estate cat, and cats from the farm next door), squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes, rabbits and many different types of birds who sing throughout the day
          • our own lake
          • 14 acres to wander
          • 10-20 minutes drive to local supermarkets, farm shops, amazing restaurants and other shopping

          Blog:

          This page has links to various content pieces on topics ranging from the New Forest to local things to do to deciding which accommodation is best for you and your group to more about our estate and our luxury cottages:

          Unwind in Opulent Bliss - Discover the Ultimate New Forest Luxury Self-Catering Experience

          Ultimate Guide - Finding The Perfect Accommodation In The New Forest

          Escape to Tranquility - Discover the Best Self-Catering Cottages in the Enchanting New Forest

          Discover the Hidden Gems - Unraveling the Best Accommodation Options in the Breathtaking New Forest

          Top Things to do in Burley - a quaint village nestled in the New Forest in Hampshire, that is steeped in history and surrounded by an enchanting natural landscape.

          Top 10 Things to do for families in the New Forest - Imagine mornings greeted by birdsong, evenings spent huddled around a crackling fire, and days filled with adventures in ancient woodlands and sun-dappled meadows.

          Top Things to do in Lymington - Renowned for its maritime heritage, picturesque harbor, and proximity to stunning natural beauty, Lymington offers a plethora of experiences for every type of traveler.