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Pony near Hampton Ridge
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New Forest holiday cottages - an introduction

Swan Green, Lyndhurst
Swan Green, near Lyndhurst

New Forest holiday cottages and other types of self catering accommodation are widely available within the National Park area. Certainly, those seeking self catering cottages will be spoilt for choice in Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst, and will also find cottages to rent in many of the smaller villages and outlying areas.

New Forest holiday cottages located close to main roads and in village centres might appeal to visitors who appreciate ease of access and a base close to local pubs, shops and restaurants; whilst those who seek a break something quieter might prefer to be a little more off-the-beaten-track.

Holiday cottages offer freedom for guests to come and go much as they please and often provide facilities that particularly appeal to walkers and dog owners.

Costs vary, often to reflect location, the facilities available and the time of year, although there is inevitably a certain amount of commonality.

Good advice, then, is to undertake at least a little research before booking.

Those offering cottage holidays almost invariably provide a welcoming atmosphere, and usually excellent value for money.  In fact, many New Forest self catering holidays are so popular that visitors return year-after-year. Remember, then, to avoid disappointment by booking well in advance, particularly during the summer months.

New Forest Living offer a wide choice of self-catering holiday cottages in and around the New Forest, each hand-picked for their comfort and excellent location
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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley