The New Forest Has Me Now

OH. MY. GOD…

Burley Village, Hampshire was everything I dreamed it would be and more…

Quaint and full of tea rooms, ponies, character, quirky shops and miles of beautiful countryside!

B-E-A-UTIFUL!

If I were a village, I would like to be Burley Village.

But for now, I’ll just take a little visit!

I honestly cannot do it justice with my words. So here’s a load of pictures instead!

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The village itself is only small and I think most people would maybe just visit for a day or so…but not me, I don’t care that you CAN do it in a day…I didn’t want to.

I wanted to completely soak up every last bit of it.

Every nook and cranny, every scone, every free roaming pony. ALL OF IT!

And that we did!

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We drove right through the village in search of our hotel…

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We saw many’a pony on the way, which was so bazaar yet lovely

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In fact, I can confirm that coming across a free roaming pony never gets boring,

We squealed “PONIES” without fail the whole 3 days we were there and we were genuinely just as full of joy EVERY TIME!

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I was a little over excited when we arrived and didn’t manage to get any photos of the hotel front…just a couple of the grounds.

But we stayed at the Moorhill House Hotel which really was an “Idyllic Hideaway”

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It was about a 20 minute walk back down the road to where it was all “happening” or if we carried on walking through the car park it backed straight on to miles and miles of stunning and peaceful heathland.

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However on our first day we parked the car, checked in early (thank you very much) and headed right back down the road we came from for something to eat after our morning at Stonehenge!

We’d well and truly smashed our daily step goal (of 10,000) and were more than ready for some well earned lunch!

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Our lunch spot of choice was The Old Farmhouse Restaurant and Tea Rooms where we enjoyed our first scone of the trip 🙂

A “Savoury Tea” to be precise- complete with a big ole cheese scone, cheese, apple slices and spiced apple chutney.

Washed down with a cuppa of course.

Heaven!

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 Satisfied and having put a small part of our worlds to right (because we were too busy singing along to The Beautiful South in the car to talk)…we skipped off to explore all of the CUTE AF shops!

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Our favourite shop of them all ‘A Coven of Witches’
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A little bit of history on this delightful Wiccan village

We couldn’t get enough of all the goodies that filled the shops, we were a couple of happy wannabe witches!

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Moon Gazey Hares (a symbol I have grown rather fond of)

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Toot like this brings me such joy! How cute?! Retro love!

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I couldn’t resist bagging 200g to bring home for Miya! PS Marmite fudge is weirdly wonderful too!

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Adorable cottages were everywhere!

Future goals!

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A cute little cottage randomly plonked in the middle of two shops in the middle of the village!
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More Moon Gazey Hares!

After my magical sausage roll for breakfast and a comfort lunch we went back to our hotel for dinner, where I had a chicken dish with veggies to get some HEALTH in me!

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Day 2

After our breakfast buffet we set off to our favourite shop and had a physic reading!

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A quick stop in Burley-Licious for a lemonade before our reading!
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I’ve never done anything like this and I’m not sure exactly what I think towards it all BUT I left feeling very hopefully with a little extra zing in my step 🙂

Then we popped into Burley Stores for a smoothie and set off on a big old walk to explore the countryside…

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After a good few hours we’d flew past our step goal, admired so much beautifulness in the sunshine, Danielle learnt that she should have brought a pair of trainers with her and finally we arrived back at The Cider Pantry!

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Where we tried their famous Cider Fruit Scones!

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Bloody lovely!

While here I did an Instagram poll asking which order people put their Jam/Cream on!

I’m a jam THEN cream kinda gal- always have been always will be…

What about you? I love finding out who’s Devon and who’s Cornish! Comment below and lets be havin’ ya!

With achey feet we headed back to our hotel for a chill and a few games of sh*t head before dinner!

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Once again I was craving a balanced meal HOWEVER the restaurant was closed due to a private event. SO…we went to the bar for some pub grub which I wasn’t too mad about because I’m OBSESSED with fish and chips at the moment! Source of protein, carbs and some greens- job done!

Monday morning came and sadly it was time it check out…

We parked in the village to buy a few last minute presents then set off on the road again…

Third stop- Lyndhurst!

Welcomed by more PONIES!

We made our way to the beautiful high street!

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IMG_20181011_212753Spoilt for choice, we chose to stop at The Lyndhurst Tea House for some lunch.

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Matcha & Lavender Latte

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Once the home of Alice Hargreaves, the little girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, we were surprised not to see more Alice memorabilia, however they did have a tea room and a couple of bits in the visitor centre.

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Alice’s grave can be found at St Michael and All Angels Church

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Lyndhurst was bursting with cutesy shops!

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I call the cactus’s
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You can say that again!

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(Closed on a Monday)
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We popped into the Information Centre and “Museum”

 & THEN…jumped BACK into the car and made our way to the LAST stop of the trip!

Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum!

A quick Rose Lemonade stop (the best rose lemonade of my life! I’ve never even heard of this brand before but they have nailed it!) at the tea room…

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£7.50 entry each and we’re in!

Starting with the Maritime Museum and Bucklers Hard Story…

We had a little wander around the stunning Buckler’s Hard Village and took in the last of sunshine…

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& finished BACK at the tea room for one last refreshment and a bite to eat before hitting the road!

Driving out of the New Forest was so beautiful, we were just in total awe of it all. It’s so peaceful, you almost feel guilty driving through it all with the car!

Having ticked off a huge bucket list item, eaten/drank our way through the whole of Burley Village and managing to fit those two charming little destinations in on our last day, we were smitten with life and drove back in the sunshine (again) singing along to The Beautiful South allllllll the way home.

New Forest SUCCESS!

I’ll be back!

(if you missed the first part of our trip to Stonehenge and would like to check it out CLICK HERE)

 

Thank you so much for reading, have a lovely weekend!

X

 

 

 

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