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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

The Huntsman is a fantastic example of how to regenerate an old-fashioned pub; the revamped bar oozes an almost urban style, with metalwork booths and reclaimed parquet flooring.

The thirteen rooms – all different – keep to the contemporary vibe with statement mirrors, bold wallpapers and small hits of green – on the furnishings, in paintings, as plants – to maintain a subtle forest theme.

Loved by both locals and tourists, in summer, the garden is warmed by fire-pits in the evening, while diners tuck into pizzas, steaks and good veggie options.

The Huntsman is ideally situated on the outskirts of Brockenhurst, right in the heart of the Forest. The village is the forest’s central hub – the perfect base to visit nearby attractions, or for exploring by bike, on horseback and on foot.

For those looking for a cosy, homely stay in the Forest, there’s no better option.

Surrounding area

The Huntsman is located on the Lymington Road, one of the main routes through the forest, and flanked by unremarkable residential houses and a small row of shops.

The road does tend to get busy with traffic, but it’s easy to walk from the door of the pub into the forest, which instantly transports you to a more peaceful, rural world.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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National Motor Museum

Beaulieu, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[8.3 miles]

A world-famous motoring museum, boasting the biggest collection of vintage and contemporary cars in the country, alongside iconic vehicles from film and TV.

Best for ages: 4+ | £26

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Setley Ridge Vineyard

Setley Ridge Vineyard

Brockenhurst, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[1.7 miles]

Just outside Brockenhurst, Setley has been producing white, red and rose wine for twenty years, and offers pre-bookable tours and tastings.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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New Forest Reptile Centre

New Forest Reptile Centre

Lyndhurst, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[5.7 miles]

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Best for ages: 4+ | £5

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Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary

Lyndhurst, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[8.7 miles]

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Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park

Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom (UK)[8.9 miles]

Specialising in species that are native to the UK, the park is home to otters, badgers, bison and polecats, as well as ten different owl species, with regular feeding sessions that guarantee sightings.

Best for ages: 4+ | £14

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