Last weekend I decided to explore the region of Hampshire, south England, more exactly The New Forest, as it is an area I have not been before and heard beautiful things about it.
It has quick access from London and is just about 2 hours journey by car.
We started at Lymington, a beautiful Georgian market town and ended at Beaulieu, the picturesque small village home of The British National Motor Museum.
First stop: Lymington
Lymington is surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. It has two marinas and it is renown as a sailing resort. On saturday you will find the old market in the High Street, dated from the 13th century. It has also good independent boutiques which make Lymington an interesting place to go for shopping.
We literally walked around the centre and the marina for just an hour as we wanted to explore Beaulieu and The New Forest.
It takes 15 minutes by car from Lymington to Beaulieu passing through the Bucklers Hard which we decided not to see as we prefer to walk around the nature.
Second stop: Beaulieu
Beaulieu, from the French meaning "beautiful place" makes honor to the village. When I saw it at first glance from the road the image kept retained in my retina. No words could describe the beauty of the place I was visiting that day. The only thing I would like to remark is that I did not enjoy the cars parked in the street as that ruined the scene.
You will find in this little village beautiful cafes, vintage shops, an art gallery, a boutique hotel, museums, palaces and much more.
If you would like to stay in the peaceful environment of Beaulieu there is a little boutique hotel, "The Montagu Arms" (www), with magnificent views over the river or palace, which combines comfort and sophistication with the typical English charm character.
At the art gallery the artist of the month was Gary Walton; if you go to Beaulieu I would recommend a visit there.
When you leave Beaulieu and you start walking around the area you are in the New Forest. You will have the chance to see beautiful landscapes and wild animals, such as wild ponies, horses, donkeys and cows among many others.
Welcome to a land of hidden cottages, rivers, ponds, wild animals, palaces, beautiful treasures... it is worth a visit!
ps: I missed the visit to The British Motor Museum, The Palace and the Abbey. If you go with more time I would recommend to give it a go. Click here for more info.