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Rhinefield House, New Forest

If you are looking for a special Spring escape from London, the New Forest is always a brilliant choice. It's only an hour and a half drive away for you to get to this magical kingdom of wild horses, lush forests and...seaside! It doesn't get better than that.
My boyfriend (at the time, he is my husband now) and I, have always been very keen to explore the English countryside and a couple of years ago we came across the "Handpicked" chain of boutique hotels that specialise in period properties and converted manor houses. Young and foolish at the time, we promised ourselves that we would visit each and every one of the properties eventually. Bearing in mind that some of them are pricier than others, we have managed to stay in four so far.

Rhinefield House is one of the Handpicked hotels and is lodged right in the heart of the New Forest. The house is impressive but the gardens take your breath away.

Our room was in the new extension, a corner suite with wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling windows that make you see green, literally; no, not with envy! you feel you are in a treehouse, a very comfortable and high-tech treehouse!

There is an outdoors pool, which is all you need on sunny days. There is a Spa too for the rainy days, but it's on the smaller side. If you visit you don't want to be stuck indoors, bring your wellies along and hike around the forest or take a picnic basket and head to the beach. The coastline is superb and when the tide is out, it feels like you can walk all the way to the Isle of White.

If you want to pop out for dinner, try the Pig in Brockenhurst but make sure you get there early enough to catch the sun setting amongst the trees, while you sit on the massive swing in the garden. x

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