The New Forest is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors and whereas historically it was used as a hunting ground by William the Conqueror, its focus now is on wildlife conservation. Roaming the woodlands you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the elusive and protected wild otter, deer, pigs, bison and you’ll be sure to spot wild ponies that frequent not just the countryside but also the towns and villages. With over 140 miles of pathways and gravel tracks, the New Forest is a paradise for walking whether you’re on two legs or four and for exploring by bicycle.
Your pooch is welcome at Exbury Gardens where the vast collection of colourful rhododendrons and camellias is spectacular and you can hop on board a miniature steam train for views of the largest rock garden in Europe. Meander along the river by kayak, canoe or boat to the charming town of Beaulieu, home to the famous motor museum and Palace House. Considered the capital of the New Forest, the pretty village of Lyndhurst has many dog-friendly pubs and cafes to enjoy a well-earned burger (or bone) after exploring the beautiful surroundings. Here are the top 15 dog-friendly hotels in the New Forest…
The Shepherds Hut, Bransgore – unique accommodation for you and your dog
Situated within the magnificent New Forest Country Park, this converted shepherds hut offers bijou accommodation, perfect for visitors looking to really get away from it all. Unwind and relax in this carefully crafted couples retreat with its well-equipped kitchen with solid wood work surfaces, a combined sitting and dining area with bench seats and William Morris textiles and a sumptuous sleeping area with high-quality linens. The Shepherds Hut also has its own high-quality shower room and a cosy wood burner for chilly evenings. Well behaved dogs are allowed at this pet welcoming New Forest hotel and you and your pooch can explore the stunning countryside that surrounds Bransgore.
- Prices from £110 per night.
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Burley Manor – opulent old-style charm in the heart of the New Forest
This grand manor house is set among eight acres of glorious open spaces, and offers 40 individually designed bedrooms. Completely revamped by the new owners in recent years, Burley Manor now comes with elegant rooms, a Mediterranean themed restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and an onsite Spa. A hotel which allows pets, dogs are welcome to stay with you here and they will be welcomed with their very own dog mat, a welcome bag of delicious healthy snacks and treats and special bowls to eat and drink from. Your dog is not allowed in the dining room, but they can join you in the bar or the drawing room. Eight acres of on-lead walks are right outside your door, or you can explore any of the amazing walking routes across the New Forest or on the dog-friendly beaches nearby.
- Prices from £118 per night.
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Woodlands Lodge Hotel – former hunting lodge turned upscale hotel
A country house hotel with plenty of character and oodles of charm, Woodlands Lodge Hotel is set in three acres of beautiful gardens and is located close to the town of Lyndhurst. As a former royal hunting lodge, the hotel offers bedrooms with opulent furnishings and soft leather chairs, while the AA Rosette Hunters restaurant delivers first-class cuisine. At this furry-friend friendly New Forest hotel dogs are welcome to stay in any of the 7 dog-friendly bedrooms, and can join their humans in the bar and lounge areas. A welcome pack containing a dog treat, blanket & towel will greet your furry friend on arrival. You can walk through the hotel’s grounds with your dog on a lead, or wander further afield to explore the stunning beauty of the woodlands, rolling fields and beaches of the New Forest area.
- Prices from £74 per night.
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The Mayflower – arty gastropub on the Solent Way
This gastropub offering gorgeous rooms and great food is situated close to the yachts at Lymington and the Solent Way, where you can see all the way across to the Isle Of Wight and the Needles. The Mayflowers’ arty decor has an avant-garde nautical theme, and bedrooms are comfortable and welcoming, the bar area has parquet floor and cosy open fireplaces, and there is a large terrace area for dining al fresco when the weather is nice. Your canine companion is welcome to join you here at this pet-friendly New Forest hotel in one of the bedrooms and the bar area, although you will need to notify the hotel prior to arrival. You and your best friend can enjoy long walks along the Solent Way, a 60-mile footpath that follows the coast and offers stunning views.
- Prices from £80 per night.
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Spot in the woods – Cosy, crafty accommodation at the entrance of the New Forest
With an on-site cafe, a delicatessen and a shop selling local craftwork, the Spot In The Woods is a boutique bed and breakfast and kitchen cafe located in Netley Marsh, the gateway to The New Forest. With 11 individually designed bedrooms, and a large wooden veranda overlooking secluded courtyard gardens, this idyllic accommodation is a great base from which to explore the stunning woodlands, rolling plains and beaches of the New Forest. Dogs are welcome here and there are 3 dog-friendly bedrooms to choose from, all with their own private patio areas and spacious, comfortable decor and furnishings. You and your companion can enjoy long walks through the woodland, or explore the nearby forest trails, open spaces and activities during your stay at this dog-friendly hotel in the New Forest.
- Prices from £73 per night.
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Master Builder’s House Hotel – unique accommodation that welcomes doggy visitors
Located in Buckler’s Hard in Hampshire, the Master Builder’s House Hotel offers quirky accommodation close to the Maritime Museum and the New Forest National Park. Bedrooms are cosy and beautifully appointed, while the bistro offers excellent food in the dining room overlooking the garden, and barbecue food are served outside in the summer. Offering affordable and fun accommodation, your dog will also be welcome to stay here with you at this pooch-friendly hotel in the New Forest. Dog-friendly rooms come complete with comfy dog beds, bowls and special treats and there is even a Dog Room Service menu for them to choose from. With plenty of great walks in the local area, the reception staff will be happy to provide information on the best walks, and dog-friendly attractions nearby.
- Prices from £95 per night.
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Balmer Lawn – a luxury Spa hotel in the heart of the New Forest
Re-set your inner zen at this stylish spa hotel located in the heart of the New Forest, close to the towns of Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst. The historic 1800’s Balmer Lawn has had many uses over the years, but is now a charming 4-star hotel offering traditionally styled rooms, the two AA-rosette Beresfords restaurant and the in-house Saltus luxury Spa. At the New Forest hotel perfect for dog lovers your four-legged friend is welcome to join you in one of the pet-friendly bedrooms as well as the lounge and the terrace bar and the hotel will provide dog bowls, treats and towels. Long walks and off-lead fun is available throughout the New Forest region as you explore the woodlands, open countryside and quaint English towns and villages nearby.
- Prices from £134 per night.
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The Beaulieu Hotel, Lyndhurst – a former coaching inn offering luxury accommodation in the New Forest
Nestled away at the heart of the New Forest, this former coaching inn is surrounded by beautiful open heathland and rolling countryside and is a hotel which welcomes pets. Offering first class accommodation throughout, The Beaulieu Hotel has elegant bedrooms, cosy communal areas and is next door to The Drift Inn that serves up traditional British fare in informal surroundings. Your dog will be considered very much part of the family here and the hotel has a selection of dog-friendly bedrooms. The hotel staff are on hand to offer advice on the best walks, beaches and local attractions for you and your canine companion to enjoy and the pub is also dog-friendly, where your pooch will be welcomed with a smile.
- Prices from £79 per night.
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Forest Lodge Hotel – A contemporary hotel that is pet and family friendly in the heart of the New Forest
This relaxed, country-style hotel offers first-class dining in the two AA rosette Glasshouse restaurant, comfortable, un-fussy bedrooms and an indoor pool with a separate Nordic sauna. Located just five minutes from the bustling town of Lyndhurst, the Forest Lodge Hotel offers affordable luxury in the heart of the New Forest and is a hotel which allows dogs/pets. Your doggy family members are welcome to stay with you in one of the pet-friendly bedrooms, and the hotel provides dog towels and treats in the lobby. You can both enjoy long walks through the stunning New Forest scenery, or head down to the beach for fun and frolics in the water.
- Prices from £80 per night.
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New Park Manor Hotel & Bath House Spa – a dog lovers retreat with family-friendly spa facilities
The New Forest hotel perfect for dog owners offers family-friendly, comfortable accommodation with a focus on relaxing spa facilities. With an indoor pool suitable for all ages, hot tubs, a cafe and spa for the grown-ups, New Park Manor Hotel & Bath House Spa is a great place to come together and enjoy some “me” time in the New Forest. Close the quaint village of Brockenhurst, the hotel also offers easy access to the stunning open countryside and is a short drive to some the south coast’s finest beaches. The hotel has its very own black lab called Molly who can’t wait to show your dogs to their room, and explore the amazing ground and New Forest paths with them.
- Prices from £118 per night.
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Stanwell House Hotel – A beautiful period property in the heart of Lymington
This upmarket boutique hotel which allows dogs is located in the heart of beautiful Lymington and offers plenty of period elegance throughout. Bedrooms are traditional without being chintzy, and the hotel has its very own two AA Rosette restaurant, the Burcher tapas restaurant and the Dry Dock gin parlour. Dogs are very welcome at Stanwell House Hotel and many of the Garden Rooms are dog-friendly with easy access to the gardens. For longer walks you can explore the extensive grounds, take a walk into Lymington or explore the stunning open countryside that the New Forest is so famous for.
- Prices from £99 per night.
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Moorhill House Hotel – A hidden hideaway in a stunning New Forest location
This stunning village hideaway hotel in Burley offers comfortable accommodation in an idyllic private location and is a hotel which allows dogs/pets. Just minutes from the village itself, Moorhill House Hotel has elegant bedrooms, a two AA rosette restaurant and a sumptuous lounge and terrace area for enjoying finely crafted afternoon tea. Tucked away off the beaten track, you and your four-legged friend will love the peace and quiet that this hotel offers. With doggy towels, blankets and treats available on arrival, your stay in one of the dog-friendly bedrooms will offer a total escape from the real world for a few days. You can both explore the extensive grounds, or head into the village to find dog-friendly pubs and other attractions.
- Prices from £59 per night.
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Forest Park Hotel – Renovated accommodation with a focus on family and pet-friendly holidays
Once a hunting ground for the rich and famous, this historic hotel is slowly being returned to its former glory. Complete with a bouncy castle for the kids, this family-friendly hotel offers comfortable, contemporary bedrooms, a gastro-pub style restaurant and a relaxing bar area. With walks leading deep into the heart of the new Forest starting right outside your door, Forest Park Hotel is a great place to take both the kids and your dogs on your next countryside getaway. At this dog-loving New Forest hotel your pooch can stay with you in any of the standard economy bedrooms, and are welcomed in the Forest Bar, Gardens and Lounges.
- Prices from £80 per night.
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