Fishing in the New Forest

People fishing on the River Test in the New Forest, Hampshire



Calling all angling enthusiasts! Do you dream of hauling in a whopper while surrounded by the idyllic charm of the New Forest? Imagine casting your line in crystal-clear waters, breathing in crisp country air, and returning to a luxurious cottage with a crackling fireplace and a warm welcome. This dream can become reality with a New Forest family vacation rental, offering the perfect blend of fishing adventure and luxurious comfort.

Why Choose a Luxury Cottage Rental for Your Fishing Break?

Beyond the thrill of the catch, a luxury cottage rental elevates your entire fishing experience. Imagine:

  • Spacious havens: Properties like Heathfield Coach House (sleeping 8) and Magnolia Cottage (sleeping 4) provide ample space for families or groups, ensuring everyone has room to unwind after a day on the water.
  • Private gardens: Enjoy post-fishing barbecues or simply relax in your own verdant haven, soaking in the tranquility of the New Forest.
  • Top-notch amenities: From fully equipped kitchens to cozy fireplace and bubbling hot tub, luxury cottages offer the comforts of home with a touch of indulgence.
  • Convenient location: Base yourself near prime fishing spots, allowing you to maximize your angling time and explore various locations during your stay.

Unveiling the Perfect Escape: Heathfield Coach House and Magnolia Cottage

Nestled amidst the picturesque New Forest, Heathfield Estate boasts two exceptional cottages catering to different needs:

  • Heathfield Coach House: This grand 4-bedroom cottage sleeps 8 comfortably, featuring a spacious living area, a stunning garden with a hot tub, and easy access to fishing hotspots like Beaulieu River and Lymington Pier. It's ideal for families or groups seeking a luxurious escape with ample space for relaxation and post-fishing gatherings.
  • Magnolia Cottage: This charming 2-bedroom cottage is perfect for couples or smaller families, offering a cozy retreat with a private garden and close proximity to fishing spots like Blashford Lakes and the River Avon. Enjoy intimate evenings by the fireplace after a day spent exploring the tranquil waters.

Ready to cast your line? Here are the 10 top fishing spots in or near the New Forest to fuel your excitement:

Beaulieu River: Renowned for its coarse and sea fishing, offering perch, eels, flounder, and sea bass. Enjoy stunning scenery and boat trips.

Lymington Pier: Perfect for sea fishing, with mackerel, bass, and pollock waiting to be caught. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the historic pier.

Broadlands Lake: This is a 26 acre fishery fed from the chalk stream rivers of the famous river Test. It has a variety of fish, including carp, tench, bream, and pike. It is also disabled friendly and has a cafe on site.

Bisterne Estate (River Avon): The famous Bisterne Fishery is a renowned stretch of the Hampshire Avon that produces huge coarse fish and salmon year after year.

Hurst Castle Spit: Ideal for beach fishing, with a chance to catch bass, mullet, and flounder. Explore miles of unspoiled coastline and enjoy panoramic views of the Solent.

Mopley Pond: This small pond is stocked with a variety of fish, including carp, tench, and roach. It's a great option for beginners and families.

Orchard Lakes: This complex of five lakes offers a variety of fishing options, from coarse fishing to fly fishing. There are also lakes for beginners and children.

Moors Lake: This lake is stocked with a variety of fish, including roach, rudd, tench, perch, and dace. It's a popular spot for both coarse and fly fishing.

Lepe Beach: This beach is a great spot for sea fishing, with a chance to catch bass, mackerel, and flounder. There are also plenty of rock pools to explore.

Calshot Activities Centre: This center offers sea fishing trips and equipment rentals, making it a convenient option for both experienced and novice anglers. Target species include bass, mackerel, and pollock.