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NEW PARK MANOR Personally Recommended by Pat Richardson

I find the New Forest utterly magical, so a hotel in the very midst of it, which this one is, makes me feel more a part of that magic. The addition of the Forest Wing and the state-of-the-art Bath House Spa mean that New Park Manor has more to offer, to more guests, but the original red-brick Manor – which, alone, comprised the hotel when I first came with my then-young family - is still at the heart of this wonderfully escapist hotel.

Its beautifully proportioned rooms, whether decorated traditionally or with a contemporary twist – and both are happily married together here – have a warmly welcoming, at-home ambience, but New Park Manor’s very special appeal lies in its surroundings. And those surroundings hold it in a close embrace, for the New Forest runs right up to the edge of the gardens, bringing foxes, squirrels, deer, wild boar, New Forest ponies and a wealth of birdlife into view. And at night, it seems, bringing the stars much closer.

I love a hotel that gives me a sense of arrival, and this is certainly one which does. The turn-off to New Park Manor - between Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst - draws you half a mile away from the A337, and a million miles away from the ‘outside world’. The sound of traffic fades, and by the time you have reached the hotel at the end of the drive, you’ll hear only birdsong.

You may choose, as we did, not to use your car again until the day you leave, and instead walk or cycle into the Forest to absorb its timeless beauty. If you do, you will be richly rewarded. Combined with leisurely breakfasts on the terrace, afternoon teas on the lawn and fine dining in the evening, a spa session or two to relax or revitalise, and maybe a hot-tub soak under the stars, it could be your dream getaway.

As I said earlier, I love a hotel with a sense of arrival: but where this hotel is concerned, I never much liked departing. I don’t think you will either.

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