Fiona Duncan, The Telegraph Travel’s hotel expert, writes…..
New Forest Home-tels
Head for a New Forest Hometel
Who needs a hotel when you can stay in an exceptional house and use the services of a chef? Two drop-dead gorgeous properties are in the New Forest near Beaulieu.
1. Ploughmans Cottage. Sleeping ten, includes a shed with a (fabulous four-poster) bed, gypsy wagon, twigs and a Gruffalo treasure trail in a magical garden. Both offer five-star luxury but also quirky, kicked-back style and imagination. Stretch-limo living mixed with The Good Life. From £900 per week.
2. Gins Barn. Fabulously furnished by owner Julian Chichester, sleeps eight and is idyllically set on Lord Montagu’s Beaulieu River with a private pontoon. From £1,100 per week.
Even better – we are on the page opposite Hotel Endsleigh, Devon – one of my favourite hotels in England.