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Woodlands Lodge

A Historic New Forest Hotel

Whether you prefer to walk, run or cycle, journey just a short distance through our New Forest hotel gardens and you’ll find yourself completely immersed in the beauty and splendour of Hampshire’s National Park.

Our country house hotel enjoys a unique location in The New Forest. Set within 3 acres of colourful private gardens, and surrounded on all sides by dog friendly forest trails, ideal for our furry four-legged guests.

Yet despite our unspoilt surroundings and tranquil location, Woodlands Lodge is easily accessible by car. Southampton city centre is a 15-minute drive away and we’re based just 10 minutes from the M27 motorway. Connecting us with London, the midlands and the wider South coast.

So if you’re searching for a New Forest hotel that offers a true taste of country life, just a stone’s throw from civilisation. Look no further than Woodlands Lodge Hotel.

We are also incredibly dog friendly!
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Our New Forest hotel

A brief history

Woodlands Lodge enjoys a rich and varied history over several centuries in The New Forest. Originally built in 1550 as a domestic dwelling the house underwent extensive rebuilding in 1770. After which time it was reputedly owned by the Duchy of Westminster who used the building as a Royal Hunting Lodge.

The lodge was officially converted into a country house hotel in the 1950’s and later underwent further renovations in the 1990’s. In keeping with its historic heritage and New Forest location, Woodlands Lodge Hotel has been sympathetically redesigned to offer the utmost comfort and convenience. While simultaneously retaining the essence, charm and character of a quintessential English country house hotel.

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History of

The New Forest

The New Forest was established in 1079 by William I, otherwise known as William the Conqueror. Originally created as a hunting area for deer, The New Forest is today unique in that it continues to retain many of the historic practices granted by the crown to the people at that time.

Foremost of these practices is the pasturing of ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys in the open forest by locals. As a visitor to the New Forest you’ll undoubtedly witness this tradition first hand. Ponies often wander into the paddock at the back of Woodlands Lodge Hotel and throughout The New Forest you’re certain to come across grazing wildlife on your travels.

The forest itself is undeniably beautiful, but it’s not natural in the sense of being untouched by man. Since the reign of William I, The New Forest has been moulded by the whims of monarchs over 900 years. At one time relied upon as a significant source of timber during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Today The New Forest is an outstanding area of natural beauty and designated National Park. With approximately 144 square miles of unspoilt heath and sprawling woodland to explore.

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