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Heatherdene Bed & Breakfast

Beaulieu Road Dibden Purlieu , Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 4PW, United Kingdom
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Places to visit

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu


If you are looking for a B&B near Beaulieu then Heatherdene is only 3 miles away.  Beaulieu the home of Lord Montagu.  A ticket to get into the Museum also includes Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and the ruins of the monastery.  Beaulieu run many events during the year including the autojumble  which is very popular, a large firework display in October and various specialist car days on a weekend.  For up to date information or to book a ticket online visit https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/

Exbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens

For a B&B near Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway come and stay at Heatherdene. The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This lovely garden offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquillity in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways. A 20 minute trip aboard the 12 ¼ inch gauge Steam Railway is sure to delight visitors of all ages. Treat yourself to an ice-cream or tea and cake in Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms.  To see more about Exbury go to https://www.exbury.co.uk/

Bucklers Hard

Bucklers Hard

Situated on the Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest, Bucklers Hard is an 18th century shipbuilding village where some of Nelsons ship were built.  There you can visit the Maritime Museum, see reconstructed interiors of some of the houses or stroll down the village street.

You can also take a boat trip down the Beaulieu River, pop into the Master Builders pub for lunch or visit the tearooms. To see exactly what’s on offer here visit https://www.bucklershard.co.uk/

The New Forest National Park

The New Forest National Park

A few minutes’ walk from Heatherdene B&B is the New Forest where you can walk or cycle.  Ponies, deer, cattle and sometimes pigs roam freely in the forest (and across the local roads).  During the summer an open top tour bus does regular trips around the forest on three interconnecting routes.  The bus stop for this tour is just outside our house www.thenewforesttour.info/

The Solent

The Solent

From Hythe (2 miles away) you can watch the cruise liners depart from Southampton docks down the Solent.

Hythe and Hythe Marina Village.

Hythe and Hythe Marina Village.

Hythe is a village on the edge of the Solent with a variety of shops and tearooms.  Stroll along the promenade or take a trip on the Hythe Ferry across to Southampton riding on the pier train, which can run backwards, and forwards along the 2100ft pier. It’s an electric train built years ago by the brush electrical engineering Company. In 1999 the Guinness book of records awarded it the status of the world’s oldest operating pier train. It has done 100 years of service taking people to and from the Hythe Ferry.  Hythe Marina Village was the first marina village to be built in the uk and you can walk along its promenades or sit and watch the pleasure boats leaving the lock or watch the large commercial vessels as they come and go from the port of Southampton just across the water.

There are quite a few eateries in the village to choose from for your lunch or dinner.

Local Beaches.

Local Beaches.

We have two local beaches about 7 miles away.  Lepe is a country park with car parking in the park or down by the sea.  There is a café, a new sensory park and a nature reserve as well as the beach, which is a mixture of pebble and sand.  From here, you can see the Isle of Wight and watch the yachts sailing by.

Our other beach has a completely different feel.  Calshot has a string of brightly coloured beach huts along the shoreline, the beach is also a mixture of pebble and sand.  From here you can watch the shipping, which includes the cruise liners as they sail along the Solent.  Across the water you can see the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth or if you look to the right The Isle of Wight and Cowes harbour.  At Calshot the flying boats were built and the hangers still remain and now house a centre for sporting activities https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/outdoorcentres/ourcentres/calshot

Calshot is also home to Calshot Castle, which is run by English Heritage.

Local towns and Cities within easy reach

Local towns and Cities within easy reach

Lymington, the market day is Saturday.  Shops and the quay are the main attractions. The Isle of Wight ferry runs from Lymington to Yarmouth.

Lyndhurst, known as the capital of the New Forest since William the Conqueror established it as a royal hunting ground in 1079.  Shops, tearooms and the New Forest Museum can be found here.

Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester are all worth a visit.

Other things to do

Other things to do

In our bedrooms we have folders with suggestions for days out in our region some are walks, others are local places to visit and what to see.  We have put together these days out after doing them ourselves and using our local knowledge.

 
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