We’ve just got back from a short break to the New Forest where we were lucky enough to stay in a beautiful hotel called The White Buck.
If you’ve never been to the New Forest before, I honestly can’t recommend it enough. It’s perfect for families, for couples or if you just fancied a quiet breakaway.
I have been to the New Forest quite a few times now and each time I fall a little bit more in love with it. If you haven’t heard of the New Forest before, it’s a huge national park in the UK which is home to one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in Southern England.
The thing that is most magical about is the wildlife. Even on a short drive through the New Forest, you are guaranteed to see wild horses roaming free, cows and even deer.
Although I’ve been to the New Forest with Evie before, she was so young she doesn’t remember ever going. So it was really lovely to take that first turning off into the New Forest and hear her squeals of excitement when she started to see the wild horses at literally every single turn.
The White Buck
We were very kindly gifted a stay at The White Buck, which can be found in the very heart of the New Forest. We arrived at The White Buck on a Sunday afternoon and got to enjoy two nights and three days in the area.
Even the journey to The White Buck was magical. There were horses wild horses lining the route right up to the hotel gates and when we arrived in the car park, there were also pet horses tied up on a designated spot outside, from where people had ridden over for lunch and a drink in the beer garden.
How lovely is that? A sign that you are very much in the countryside.
Arriving at the pub/hotel itself is a truly wonderful experience. It is grand, homely and very beautiful to look at.
The White Buck is actually a Fuller’s Beautiful Bedrooms hotel, but there is nothing ‘chain-like’ about it at all. Fuller’s actually have several hotels in prime locations across the south of England and each hotel has been cleverly designed to be unique, inspiring and individual.
Fuller’s have made sure that each hotel has been finished to such a consistently high standard and The White Buck is certainly no exception. At the same time they have made sure that each hotel they have truly reflects the location its in and the history of the area and I have to say, The White Buck has definitely been beautiful curated.
There is such a home-from-home atmosphere to it and interior of the hotel is honestly just stunning. It’s been decorated to completely match the countryside setting it’s in and there is a real historic and country feel to both the furnishings and decor.
The drive into the hotel made us so excited for our stay and upon our arrival we were greeted by reception and were were instantly made to feel special and relaxed.
The receptionist gave us some fresh milk for our room, booked us in for dinner that evening, helped us with our luggage and showed us straight up to our family suite.
The White Buck has twenty beautiful bedrooms. Each one comes complete with the finest Egyptian cotton bedding, super fast wifi and lots of little ‘in-room’ treats such as Nespresso coffee, Teapigs Tea and Cole and Lewis bathing products.
We were also so grateful to find a complimentary Fuller’s beer and glass of wine in our room on arrival. Perfect as a treat after a long journey to the hotel. Even better, this gets topped up on each day of your stay.
We were appointed one of the beautiful family suites and we were so surprised by how spacious it was, even with a super king bed for us inside it, a single bed for Evie and a travel cot.
Alongside our beds there was also plenty of storage space, a comfy seating area and a huge family bathroom complete with a roll top bath and a walk in rainfall shower.
We definitely made the most of bath time that’s for sure. The littles enjoyed having a pre-bed splash and after they had gone to bed we both took it in turns to have long soaks before snuggling up in the fluffy, comfy robes that were provided.
It honestly felt like we had a little spa in our room!
During our stay we spent a lot of time in the hotel and its adjoining pub. We aren’t really ‘pub goers’ but The White Buck feels so cosy and Fuller’s have made all the spaces feel really homely. The pub really really like it’s the heart of The White Buck.
We especially loved the large beer garden. We were lucky enough to get to enjoy three days of glorious sunshine during our stay, so we really made the most of the garden and spent lots of time sipping crisp, cool premium ‘Fullers’ drinks while Evie played in the adjoining play park, spotted wildlife and made daisy chains.
But even on a rainy day, The White Buck is the place to be. We could really see ourselves spending time here in Winter too as inside there are plenty of cosy corners and comfy seating areas to take advantage of.
Another thing we really loved about The White Buck was how relaxed the staff were. They were really friendly and accommodating but not overbearing, which made us feel really at home straight away. We felt really welcomed and even during busier periods, we never felt rushed or like we needed to be ‘off the table’, which as a family with little ones was so appreciated.
The Food & Drink
Excitingly we got to sample breakfast twice during our stay and if you are a foodie you will love it here as The White Buck offer freshly cooked, really high quality food from the Fuller’s kitchen.
Breakfast is served during 8 and 10 in the morning, which is usually a little late for us but, it was actually nice to experience some slow mornings for a change with our little ones.
When you arrive downstairs in the morning there is a continental breakfast all laid up and ready for you to choose from.
The main table is laid out with fruits, yoghurts, pastries and cereals, plus much, much more. You can also help yourself to toast and fresh juices.
Alongside the continental breakfast there is is also a cooked breakfast menu to order from and breakfast, for all guests, is included in the cost of your stay.
On the first morning Evie ordered porridge with honey and berries, Aitan had eggs benedict with smoked salmon and I had poached eggs with avocado.
On the second morning Evie enjoyed some pancakes with maple syrup and banana, Aitan had a full english and I was the boring one who couldn’t resist ordering my favourite eggs with avocado again.
The breakfasts were really filling and the atmosphere at breakfast time was very relaxed which was so lovely.
We also experienced dinner twice during our stay. Honestly, we were wowed by the choices on the dinner menu. Every meal sounded so delicious and we found it so hard to settle on just one thing.
We are big foodies so we were so excited to see such an amazing menu.
Each night we found it so hard not to indulge in three courses, as even the starters and the desserts looked incredible.
Even though dinner wasn’t included in the stay, we cannot recommend stopping off to eat here enough.
The White Buck is honestly situated in the most beautiful part of the New Forest. Not only that, but it’s also really central to so many family friendly activities.
Nearby you will find the famous Beaulieu Motor Museum, Draytons Manor (which is home to Peppa Pig World, plenty of farm days out, market towns, cycle trails and so much more.
If you are bike enthusiasts or love a good family bike ride, there is a bike hire shop in the neighbouring town of Burley who also give you so much information about the surrounding trails, most of which are super family friendly.
There are so many reasons to stay at The White Buck and the location is definitely a big reason.
Although we would usually try ‘all’ of the activities, in the last week we just moved house, so after the hecticness of that we decided to keep our break really low key and made the most of the scenic peaceful area by going on lots of long walks to spot wildlife.
This is another thing I love about the New Forest. You can really create your own experience here. If you are the adventurous type, there are endless amounts of activities for you to try out; including shooting, fly fishing and mountain biking.
But, if you fancy more of a peaceful holiday you can really soak up the countryside and enjoy the tranquil, quiet spaces that are all around you.
Picnic In The New Forest
On one of the days we decided to put together a picnic using local produce found at a farm shop. We headed into the local market town to stock up on food and then we dipped back into the heart of the New Forest and we went off to find a picnic spot where we could enjoy lunch as we watched the wild horses.
We were recommended to go to either Wilverley Enclosure or Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary by the hotel. The first spot you are pretty much guaranteed to spot wild horses and in the second spot you will see both deer and horses.
We opted for the first as it was closer to us, but both are apparently a great spot for a picnic or a barbecue as the both have designated picnic benches and barbecue areas set up for the public to use.
The Wilverley enclosure is really close to The White Buck and when we arrived in the car park we were instantly met with 100’s of wild horses, most of which were shading by the woodland area, but lots of them were roaming the open field beside the cars.
It was such a lovely experience! We spotted quite a few other families also getting pictures with the horses and enjoying lunch and we found the whole enclosure to be super family friendly and relaxing.
We set up our picnic just inside the woodland area and both Evie and Aitan enjoyed building a big den out of sticks after our lunch. I have to admit, it was incredibly lovely to just not be busy for a moment and to get to enjoy the most peaceful, beautiful surroundings with my family.
A Lovely Stay In The New Forest
This certainly won’t be our last time in the New Forest or at The White Buck.
Overall we had a lovely stay in the New Forest and we really enjoyed The White Buck. There are so many reasons to stay there; not only is it family friendly, but it’s perfectly located, it is perfect to visit all year around, the food is amazing, there are plenty of activities around it and quite simply, it’s just such a beautiful place!
You can find out more about The White Buck by visiting their website here.
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