|Just to sit looking out of the window or sitting in the garden restores the soul!
There are so many species of bird (one visitor counted approaching 100 different types). Deer come to graze in the field below and for 5 years we have regularly been visited by a family of badgers.
You can wander from our door into the forest along dozens of easy paths or walk hard and hardly see anyone for miles even in the height of summer. You can walk through fields with lovely hedgerows; or up onto the forest hilltop with its spectacular views among the gorse and heath; or into the woods of Pitts Wood Inclosure. Country pubs await you at the end of four, three, one and a half and half a mile walks, or somewhat further by road.
Half a mile down the lane is a brook, an ideal spot for picnics and for the children to paddle and build dams.
While you can go by car, we enjoy walking on the path across the fields to the nearby shop at Sandyballs to buy forgotten extra food items or the daily paper (15 mins each way)
|The Arniss Riding stables, which cater for all standards including beginners, are 10 minutes walk across field paths or 5 minutes by car.
|The Hampshire Avon is only 2 miles away. Permits can be obtained for fishing on the river and on lakes.|
|Nearby is Godshill Pottery and historic Breamore House www.breamorehouse.com and all the attractions of Salisbury including Stonehenge www.stonehenge.co.uk
Water skiing on the lakes near South Gorley is only 7 miles away www.newforestwaterpark.co.uk
|Less than 6 miles away is the Hampshire Wildlife Trust site and a Waterskiing lake both enroute to Ringwood|
|Highcliffe Castle with its attractive beach is only half an hourís drive away, and Bournemouth and Christchurch only 10 minutes more.
|Beaulieu with Lord Montaguís world famous motor museum www.beaulieu.co.uk and Bucklers Hard www.bucklershard.co.uk with its maritime museum are easily reached.|
|A day trip to the Isle of Wight is fun, by car to Lymington and then by ferry www.wightlink.co.uk to Yarmouth with its historic village and castle atmosphere.
|Winchester isnít far away, nor is Romsey with Broadlands Ė the home of the late Lord Mountbatten Ė which is open to the public www.broadlandsestates.co.uk|
|There are also locals restaurants ranging from the Haute Cuisine of the Three Lions to the Indian Restaurant in Fordingbridge or the excellent snacks at the High Corner Inn buried in the heart of the forest along a one mile gravel road.
The Fighting Cocks pub ½ mile down the lane serves reasonably priced meals and is a lovely walk if you don't want to drive. More challenging is the 4 mile walk east through Pitts Wood to the Royal Oak at Fritham with its real ales. On a summer's evening we enjoy the one mile plus walk (south) to the Forester's Arms in Frogham
|For those of you who like theme parks there is one within 15 miles|
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