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Forestkeepers | Luxury Self-Catering House | The New Forest


Fordingbridge, New Forest, Hampshire, UK

A guardian of the New Forest for over 100 years, this luxury self-catering home is an adventurous retreat for families where imaginations will soar. A bespoke treehouse, zipwire and outdoor swimming pool await discovery within the grounds, while a garden gate leads straight into the National Park, begging for wild swimming and picnics in woodland glades. Forestkeepers will ingrain in childhood memories for a lifetime.


Trundle over a cattle grid, wend up the drive beneath ancient trees, arrive at Forestkeepers and feel the pressures of life lift from your shoulders. All around, nature takes centre stage and while birds serenade from the canopy and butterflies dwindle on flowerheads, a ripple of excitement will tremble through the little adventurers in the group; the promise of garden delights begging for cannonballs and elaborate reenactments of dungeons and dragons. A self-catering home designed entirely around family enjoyment, ensuring peace or excitement for every generation.


Suspended ferns, organic hues and subtle botanical prints fuse together to create an elegant interior which seamlessly blends with the outside world. The country kitchen, all terracotta tiles and red brick arches, is the true heart of the home; busy breakfasts with towering plates of toast and thick raspberry jam, fresh scones and sumptuous roast dinners all carry delicious aromas through the house, tempting little hands to slip over the counter to discover leftover treats. On cool winter evenings, gather blankets and popcorn for a vintage family movie marathon in the cinema snug.


Created with fantasy and adventure in mind, children are sure to rush out the door to the garden before the grownups have stirred enough to even boil the kettle. A treehouse wrapped around an enormous fir tree and its adjoining 30 metre zipwire is sure to capture attention for riotous giggling and outlandish games, while the swimming pool invites underwater swimming contests and rubber rings. Surrounded by the majesty of the New Forest National Park, the garden's loaded flowerbeds are packed with colour throughout the year and dinner tables hide in pretty, secluded courtyards.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests (+ 4 children)
    From £3,250 per week, £1,995 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are four bedrooms on the first floor; one with super king-size bed and en suite bathroom with bath and overhead shower, one with super-king zip-and-link bed with en suite shower room, one with king-size bed and one quad with two bunk beds. There is also a family bathroom with bath and walk-in shower on this floor, along with a separate WC on the ground floor. In the annex is one further suite, with king-size bed and wet room.
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  • FeaturesSwimming pool (heated May to mid-October), treehouse, zipwire, trampoline, football goals, netball hoop, games room with air hockey and arcade machine, cinema room
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per stay
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4.30pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for up to three cars in the garage port and further parking for up to four on the paddock behind the garage. The country-style kitchen includes an Aga, large fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher and coffee machine. The annex kitchen includes an electric oven and hob, undercounter fridge and coffee machine. There is a separate utility room with a washing machine, tumble dryer and separate WC on the ground floor.
  • Homestay includesLuxury hamper of local goodies, Ultrafast broadband, Magimix espresso machine, Sonos speakers, LG Smart TV with Sky and Netflix, Xbox and games, DVD player, gas barbecue, iPad, luxury bed linen and towels, recipe books...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • RestrictionsFireworks are not permitted in the grounds
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Forestkeepers is settled in the New Forest National Park
The breakfast room is a bright living space which lets the outside in

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The New Forest

Abundant wildlife, woodland trails galore and a picturesque coastline rich with salt marshes, chocolate box towns and smuggling tales; the New Forest National Park encompasses the very best of England in just 566 stunning squared kilometres.

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The New Forest

Getting there

  • On the Map Forestkeepers sits within the New Forest National Park, just two miles east of Fordingbridge.
  • By Car The property is just over two hours down the M3 and M27 from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Salisbury, 13 miles away.
  • By Air International airports can be found at Bristol and Gatwick, both around 2 hours' drive away.

From the owner

“Forestkeepers is the most amazing family home and we love it dearly; it is an honour to be able to share its unique location and seclusion.”

From the owner

Built around the 1930s, the foundations of a much older residence are evidenced at the end of the back garden, where one of the New Forest Agisters used to live.

The New Forest played an important part in both the First and Second World Wars. During the Second World War, not only was the New Forest home to rapidly constructed airfields and an experimental bombing range, it was also the temporary home to thousands of allied troops, together with all types of military hardware and radar equipment, under the cover of the forest's oak and beech trees. Our house was apparently used as a school during this period and perhaps you can imagine some of the rooms as small classrooms - although it would be hard not to be distracted by the cacophonous bird noise from the surrounding trees!

There is a fantastic walk/cycle trail that leads from Frogham to Fritham (stop for lunch at the amazing Royal Oak pub). It is a remote area of open heathland where rare birds nest and ponies graze undisturbed but you'll see plenty of evidence of the Ashley Walk bombing range and this important part of the history of the New Forest. 


Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in The New Forest with an insider’s perspective.

The Stables Tea Room, Hyde
To Eat

The Stables Tea Room, Hyde

Forgo the mess of family breakfasts at home and skip down the road for a hearty brunch at The Stables. With a veranda for al fresco coffee sipping and cake devouring no matter the weather, it also serves as the perfect pitstop adventure.

Hengistbury Head
To Do

Hengistbury Head

Jutting out into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford, this ancient monument is fit to burst with white sands, pastel-hued beach huts and stunning walks with views out to the horizon.

The Foresters Arms, Frogham
To Eat

The Foresters Arms, Frogham

Good food, great ale and a wine list to complement the locally sourced menu, and this inn within walking distance of Forestkeepers is sure to be a favourite for Sunday roasts and evening drinks in the sun.

The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
To See

The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

On the regular circuit for London´s West End shows, the Mayflower Theatre is the largest across England´s south coast. An absolute must for musical lovers.

Guest Testimonials

Forestkeepers is a magical place! The outside space leads directly onto the footpaths and the house is just beautiful. It´s so comfortable and spacious; we loved the cinema room and we definitely want to return!

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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