28. 8 on ground floor.
Bar (local gins), lounge, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, meeting rooms, garden (tables and seating, boules, giant Connect 4 and chess), patio, parking.
‘Subtle’ in public areas.
All ages welcomed.
Allowed in some bedrooms, bar, not in dining room.
Per room B&B single from £79, double £99–£179, D,B&B £109–£229. À la carte £32.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Wild horses and donkeys nose around on the road outside this 18th-century coaching inn, in a quiet hamlet within the New Forest. The red-brick building has been in owner Robert Crosthwaite Eyre’s family since 1782; today, updated in modern rustic style, it is ‘great for a relaxed weekend away’. The flagstoned bar has an inglenook fireplace and cosy corners with comfy sofas. ‘Simply, but nicely, decorated bedrooms’ vary in size and character; some may have a lounge area, beams or a sloping ceiling. (Some, too, may have road noise when the windows are open.) Eat in the bar – find a table by the large windows overlooking ‘nice flowerbeds’ – or in the farmhouse-style dining room. Served by ‘friendly staff’, pub classics and ‘more gourmet dishes’ use ingredients from local suppliers and wild food foraged from the forest. Ideal for golfers, who come for the two 18-hole courses next door including the oldest course in Hampshire.