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Enjoy the natural beauty of the splendid New Forest from the comfort of the charming Cottage Lodge, a lovely bed and breakfast (all rooms en suite) in Brockenhurst, within easy walking distance of country pubs, shops, bike hire & the railway station.

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Rooms: 12 doubles
Price:

£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends

Meals: Locally sourced breakfast. 3 pubs and 7 restaurants within 1/4 mile
Open: Year round (except Christmas)
Address: Cottage Lodge, Sway Road, Brockenhurst New Forest National Park, New Forest National Park Hampshire, SO42 7SH
Tel: 01590 622296
 
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Cottage Lodge, The New Forest, England

Cottage Lodge is a delightful five star B&B set in the heart of the New Forest National Park village of Brockenhurst. From the front door it's an easy walk to pubs, restaurants, open forest, cycle hire, and the railway station (which has almost 100 stopping trains per day taking passengers across the country, as well as to local attractions such as Winchester, Salisbury, Bournmouth and Lymington - where you can catch the ferry to the Isle of Wight).

Cottage Lodge started life as a hotel, so all the rooms are set up in hotel-style with en-suites, in-room safes, beverage trays, TVs etc. However, it is now a family run, five star bed and breakfast offering service from 8am - 8pm each day. Guests are welcome to check in at any time during this 12 hour window. Additionally, guests arriving by train are welcome to leave luggage with us both on the day of arrival and the day of departure.

We have a strong focus on home made items and local produce so you will find plenty of home made cake and local milk. There is a small beamed Snug Bar in the original part of the house which dates from 1590, which is stocked with local produce such as Horseradish Vodka and is operated on an honesty bar system.

The Gillies restaurant is where our locally sourced breakfast is served, and we try and fit as many local or home made items on the menu as possible.

If you arrive by train there is plenty to do. Pubs and restaurants are just a short walk away, as is cycle hire: you can hire a bike and cycle through the forest on 192 km of off-road, safe, wide, logging trails that meander through the beautiful countryside. Alternatively, you can walk from the Cottage Lodge and be in the forest in minutes. There you can spend a happy day exploring the countryside, playing Pooh Sticks on the streams and watching the ponies, donkeys, cattle and sometimes pigs that wander freely around the 94,000 acre National Park.

We focus very clearly on reducing our impact on the environment and have won a number of awards and commendations for our efforts. We are also always looking for ways to improve so if you have any suggestions we would be delighted to hear from you.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you to our warm and friendly B&B set in the heart of this lovely National Park village.

Reviewed by Richard Hammond

'Cottage Lodge is a cosy, smart B&B that deserves its AA-rated status as a luxury B&B. Christina is a ball of energy and fully committed to helping to reduce the impact of your stay on the environment and supporting local producers.'

Read Richard's full review of Cottage Lodge


How does Cottage Lodge minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?

Awarded Gold by the GTBS, Cottage Lodge purchases all energy from renewable sources, as well as using an energy efficient boiler to heat the water, using low impact light bulbs and insulating the cottage to a very high standard. Three eco-rooms were added in 2011, built from local Douglas Fir and offering wood burning stoves, four poster beds (made from a locally felled beech) and a pedal-powered LED TV. Water consumption is monitored every week, with dual flushes or hippos in the toilets, airrated shower heads, control valves on the taps and collected rainwater being used to water the plants.

In terms of waste management, Cottage Lodge has eliminated portion packs, returning unwanted packaging back to the farmers, and returning bottles to manufacturers. The breakfast menu is made up of 75% fresh, organic produce, while the local bar is stocked with locally-sourced goodies and there is home made cake available for guests. As Brockenhurst has recently been added to the Sustrans National Cycle Network, guests can arrive by bike, as well as by train, helping guests have as little impact as possible on the natural biodiversity within the New Forest National Park.

Top eco features at Cottage Lodge

 
  • 75% of waste is composted or recycled

  • Buys products with minimal packaging & returns it to be used again

  • Food is cooked to order to minimise waste

  • Focused on local producers and suppliers

  • Soap & some crockery made by local Brockenhust people

  • Awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme

 

Location

Cottage Lodge, The New Forest, England
Nearest train station: Brockenhurst

Directions from station:
Exit the train station and turn left. At the Forester's Pub turn left down Brookley Road and go past the Thatched Cottage Restaurant. When you get to the cross roads in the centre of the village at Lloyds bank turn left again. We are 60 meters on the right just past the war memorial on Sway Road. (The total distance is less than 400m.)

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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