Autumn is always a lovely time in most places – albeit with changes in weather which might leave some people wishing for the days of summer to return. Autumn can be a beautiful time of year, especially to get one last trip away from home in before the winter hits, and what better way to get away for a few days, or even a week, than booking a cottage somewhere.
It’s no surprise that the south of England has a number of great attractions for all types of people. With easy and quick proximity to London, the south is always a bit of a hot spot for tourists from all over the world, and it’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city for awhile, especially with all the fantastic cottage rental options in the area. For example, you can rent a cottage in the New Forest for relatively cheap, depending on the time of year and the size of the cottage, which allows you a wonderful autumnal getaway in a beautiful part of the country. The New Forest is historical as well in that it was used as prime hunting grounds for monarchs of England dating back to the middle ages, and was employed as a large, makeshift airbase for Allied troops in World War 2. Memorials can still be found dotted throughout the New Forest, amid its wandering ponies and pigs, and its thatched roof cottages and winding, country lanes.
The Surrounding Area
The area surrounding the New Forest is equally unique and provides many easy travelling opportunities to other cities and towns with a variety of sights and events. For example, a short drive from the New Forest are the cities of Bournemouth, Southampton and Salisbury – Salisbury being the location of a number of amazing historic pubs, a charter market dating back to the middle ages each Tuesday and Saturday, as well as one of the oldest professed pubs in the area – the Haunch of Venison, which boasts flooring taken from the original floor of the gothic cathedral in the 1200’s when the floor was redone. It also is home to one of the last remaining full pewter bar taps in Britain, which makes this a great stop for history buffs. Salisbury, as mentioned is home to the famed Salisbury Cathedral, which has the tallest spire in the UK.
Other great towns nearby include Yeovil, Glastonbury, Bath and Bristol, with Glastonbury hosting numerous beautiful pagan sites and the famed Glastonbury Tor, and Bath being well known for it’s ancient Roman Baths and Thermae Spa which recreates the Roman bathing splendour for relatively low prices to be enjoyed by visitors. Numerous villages are dotted throughout the New Forest alongside their own unique pubs and teahouses, with Burley being perhaps one of the quaintest of the small villages, with a number of quirky shops and restaurants and single room teahouses.
So there you have a few amazing reasons to visit and book a cottage in the New Forest. Not only is it an area rich and ripe in history and amazing sights, but it lends itself to being a location that works for both outdoor lovers, shoppers, city explorers and the like. So don’t delay – many cottages are offering great last minute deals if your holiday ends before October, so book today and come see just what a treasure the New Forest really is!