The New Forest has swiftly become one of the regions of choice for travellers looking for an enticing mix of tranquil heathland, exceptional forest trails, and idyllic villages. Yet, away from all of this, the area also boasts some of the most picture-perfect cottages in the luxury sphere. Eager to find out more, we spotlight just a couple of the properties available from New Forest Living, one of the premier curators of luxury cottages.

The Old Bakehouse

Sway, New Forest

At a Glance:

  • 4 Bedrooms, sleeps 8
  • 5-Star rated
  • Unique former Bakehouse with original character features to be admired
  • Close to many walking and cycling routes weaving through spectacular countryside

More than anything, this bakehouse provides an exceptional base to explore the wonders of Sway and the surrounding areas – perfect for enthusiastic hikers and curious souls alike. Heading indoors, there’s more to love about this property, delighting with original features and warm interiors. This cottage is sure to be a favourite for large families, with plenty of communal areas and large spaces to relax, unwind and socialise after a day spent seeing the sights.

The Saddlery

Beaulieu, New Forest

At a Glance:

  • 3 Bedrooms, sleeps 6
  • Historic 17th century cottage complete with boutique furnishings and permeated with character
  • Fantastically located for day trips to the Solent coastline

There’s much to love about The Saddlery. Putting aside its incredible location on Beaulieu Village High Street, this 17th century cottage is resplendent in decidedly ‘old-world’ charm with just the right amount of modern additions to create a truly unique property. Moreover, despite its central location, this cottage boasts plenty of outside space, perfect for a morning coffee or to while away a lazy afternoon. A classic English interior style, with just a touch of eccentricity, makes this a must-visit property.

Old Telephone Exchange

Beaulieu, New Forest

At a Glance:

  • 1 Bedroom, sleeps 2
  • Romantic getaway for two deep in the New Forest
  • Close to Michelin star restaurant, The Terrace

If you truly want to escape into the wonders of the New Forest, the Old Telephone Exchange just might be the property for you. Set up like a studio apartment, every inch of the property’s space is used to evoke an intimate, and entirely contemporary, experience away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Close to Bucklers Hard maritime museum and Michelin-star restaurant The Terrace, this cottage is ideally located on all fronts.

Laurel Bank

Sway, New Forest

  • 2 Bedrooms, sleeps 4
  • Take a visit to nearby Lymington and explore the cobbled streets, boutique shops and harbour
  • Relax in the hot tub or in front of the traditional wood burner

Laurel Bank is a quintessential English cottage steeped in charm and ambience. Again, to be expected, this property is perfectly located with easy access to ferry routes to the Isle of Wight. But that, all things considered, is just the cherry on top. In every other way, Laurel Bank aims to impress. Tastefully decorated with rustic trimmings – the vintage butcher’s block is a highlight – and warm, considerate touches, this cottage is a special place indeed.

Winnalls Wood

Godshill, New Forest

  • 4 Bedrooms, sleeps 7
  • Attractive large cottage and modern barn conversion perfect for an extended family gathering
  • Spacious and fun games room with pool table

Barn conversions are always a treat, and Winnalls Wood is certainly no exception. Indeed, large spaces abound throughout this property, making it a great choice for families and large groups of friends alike. Like many of the other properties featured on this list, Winnalls Wood is located close to a number of cycling, walking and hacking trails. Inside, the property evokes a clean, classical style with plenty to write home about. Simply wonderful.

New Forest Living offers more than 50 luxury holiday cottages to choose from in and around the New Forest, including houses in the treetops, riverside cottages and holiday homes in beautiful villages where animals roam freely. To see more of what they have on offer, see their website: