At Tiptoe Cottage you have your own private gate that backs directly onto this secluded part of the National Park. The New Forest ponies and cattle will frequently be seen roaming behind the cottage. A short walk will take to the Rising Sun with a big children’s play area or you can walk to Sway for lunch at the Silver Hind. Cycles with tag-a-longs and baby seats can be hired from Burley for the many cycle trails close by. If you fancy a lovely cream tea, fresh cakes or brunch then the Old Station Tea Rooms is only a short drive away.
Jane, Robin and Evelyn have lived in the cottage and have many recommendations for great place to see and eat nearby. Having taught in an outdoor study centre there are many suggestions on how to get close to nature including: birdwatching, wildlife walks and nature books for all ages. Other child friendly local attractions include: Furzy Gardens for finding fairies, Longdown Farm for getting up close and feeding the animals or letting off steam in the ball pit and BIRO wooden play zone. Peppa Pig World is a popular attraction, with a fantastic range of rides for toddlers and it’s only 20 minutes away.
If you are drawn to the sea you have many choices only 20 minutes away. Mudeford is great for crabbing or lunch at The Beach Hut restaurant; remember to take the buckets, nets and spades! Lymington, a yachting haven, has a great selection of boutique shops and restaurants. After a brisk walk along the sea wall head to the child friendly Vanilla Bean Café or the Mayflower Inn, if the weather is good. Exbury Gardens offers a great day out you can immerse you in the amazing gardens with easy to navigate paths or rest little legs on the land train ride. Moor’s Valley has a plenty to do for toddler who like to explore and climb.
There are many restaurants well worth orgainising a baby sitter for Verveine (our personal favourite), Pebble beach, The Pig or great pub food at The White Buck in Burley or The Mayflower in Lymington.