This week I decided on a spontaneous trip to the New Forest. William and I go to the New Forest Show every year and I thought this year we’d make more of a trip of it. I booked Brickworth Farmhouse near the village of Whiteparish on the edge of the New Forest. You can book via Booking.com which I did, or direct with the owners on their website.
This year has been a real mission to find family friendly places, and my list of places not wanting kids now far outweighs my list of places who will welcome children. But Brickworth is most definitely family friendly.
The farmhouse is easily situated up a short driveway off the main A36 and within easy reach for touring both the New Forest but also the Salisbury area. As soon as I drove in the driveway I knew I would love it here. As I turned the bend on the gravel driveway I said ‘wow’. A beautiful old farmhouse, built around 1725, there are four rooms which happily welcome families and dogs as well as a self-catering cottage in the grounds just opposite the main farmhouse. Apparently this was the farmhouse for a much larger estate, which at one time was in the Nelson family (Of Admiral Lord Nelson fame).
We stayed in the Garden Room which was beautiful, gorgeous and enormous. A deluxe, king sized room with views over the rear gardens and with a lovely en suite shower and bathroom. William announced this was his new house, so I guess he liked it. It was lovely watching the sun go down over the garden and we woke to the smell of fresh bread and bacon.
It was beautifully decorated in a contemporary but traditional style, with wardrobe, dressing table, chest of drawers and long mirror (Brilliant as there’s never a long mirror in rooms) as well as two chairs and a coffee table. A lovely well thought out refreshment tray with teas and coffee, water and biscuits and complimentary toiletries in the bathroom, tv with a good range of channels and wifi.
Other rooms include a family room which is en suite and two doubles which share a bathroom.
The lovely owner, Sharon, could not have been nicer or more welcoming. You feel like you’re a guest in her home, rather than staying in just another B & B and I love this personal touch. I much prefer to stay someone warm and homely, rather than feeling like I’m a border shut into a room. I happily left my door open in the evening.
There are breakfast sheets to complete and leave downstairs by 9pm for the following day. Breakfast is served in a lovely cosy old farmhouse room and there is a lovely supply of fresh local produce, as well as homemade gooseberry jam. You can help yourself to tea and coffee, toast, yogurts and jams. There’s also freshly cut lavender for sale from the garden and a lovely big bunch of this on the fireplace in our bedroom.
There’s a conservatory with board games that you can relax in, ducks and chickens to chat too and some lovely donkeys and horses down the lane to talk to. This was a lovely peaceful place to stay for a couple of days and would be great for families and couples for a short getaway, a romantic escape or a longer visit. I shall definitely return here and look forward to perhaps staying in the self catering cottage next time! I would thoroughly recommend Brickworth Farmhouse for anyone wanting to stay in this area.
If you’re looking for somewhere to have dinner, there are a number of pubs nearby and I only tried one, but it was beautiful and the food fantastic. Visit the Rockingham Arms in Wellow. It took about 15 minutes from the B & B and there was a wonderful choice of food. It can get busy so if you go later in the week you may want to book, but we went on a Tuesday and got a table for the two of us around 7.30pm quite easily.
For more information visit www.rockinghamarms.co.uk