If you are looking for a toddler friendly holiday destination in the UK, The New Forest is a great choice. This haven of unspoilt woodland, heathland and beaches has ponies, donkeys and deer roaming free around the forest. Plus, the New Forest is the home of the one and only, Peppa Pig World, and is also a jumping off point for a day trip to the Isle of Wight. Read on to discover the best places to stay with babies and toddlers in the New Forest including cozy cottages, fab holiday park and luxury hotels.
#1. Sandy Balls Holiday Village, The New Forest
If you are looking for a baby and toddler friendly place to stay in the New Forest, check out Sandy Balls Holiday Village.
Surrounded by the Forest, ponies and woodland walks, this holiday park has loads for babies and toddlers including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, cycling, alpaca walks, bush craft school, an adventure playground and a soft play. There is also an onsite restaurant, shop and evening entertainment.
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#2. Oakdene Forest – St Leonards, Ringwood, Hampshire
Oakdene Forest is an incredible choice for somewhere to stay in the New Forest with babies and toddlers. Plus it’s just 30 mins drive to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park theme park in Southampton. There’s a Go Juniors kids’ club for 3-7 year-olds, so it’s great for older toddlers. Plus, you can look forward to family-friendly entertainment at the Oak Showbar.
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#3. Chewton Glen Hotel
Chewton Glen is a 5* country house hotel in the New Forest with an award-winning restaurant, spa, gym, outdoor pool and 130 acres of land to explore. The best thing about this luxury hotel are the Treehouses which are suspended 35 feet above ground and have forest views, hot tubs and a luxury children’s bedroom. Outside there is an outdoor play area, bug hotel and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Family dining is available all day including a Children’s menu and lounge menu. The Chewton Glen hotel is less than 1 mile from the coast and near to Peppa Pig World. Pony trekking in the New Forest is also available.
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#4. Macdonald Elmers Court Resort
Located in the market town of Lymington this magnificent 23-acre country estate is the perfect base for families with babies and toddlers wanting to explore the New Forest. The Isle of Wight ferry is just a 5 minute walk away from the resort and Peppa Pig World, Marwell Zoo and Southampton are also close by. There’s two heated 15m swimming pools – one of which is outdoor surrounded by palm trees and sunbeds. Plus there is a large lawn to run around on, views over the marina so plenty of opportunity to spot boats and a children’s play area. There is a wide variety of accommodation at Elmers Court ranging from studio apartments to 2 and 4 bedroom lodges and cottages.
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#5. New Park Manor Hotel
The New Park Manor Hotel is a luxury Spa hotel in the heart of the New Forest which is great for families with babies and toddlers. It’s surrounded by woodland and has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, Spa and complimentary Creche. Families can have some well earned down time in the cozy snug with books, board games and movies. Parents can take advantage of the video baby monitors and have an adults only meal with the peace of mind that the little ones are safe and sound. The hotel’s 25 rooms are all tastefully and individually styled with plenty of space and facilities for families with babies and toddlers.
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#6. Shorefield Country Park
Shorefield Country Park in a beautiful setting just 3 miles from the New Forest and close to the beach. The park is set in 100 acres and has an indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool, onsite Bar and Grill, daytime activity programme and play area. Shorefield is located close to Lymington which is the jumping off point for a day out on the Isle of Wight and is also 30 mins drive from Bournemouth and Poole.
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#7. Hoburne Naish Holiday Park
Hoburne Naish is a cliff top holiday park with stunning views over the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Babies and toddlers will love the indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, soft play and adventure playground. They will also have fun bopping away with Sammy Seahorse and his friends in the entertainment complex. Hoburne Naish offers a great range of lodges for all family sizes.
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#8. Kingfishers Log Cabin
Kingfisher’s is a cute log cabin situated on a small New Forest farm. It is nestled within 5 acres in which alpacas roam freely. The farm has a small flock of Hardwick sheep and lambs and children are welcome to assist with morning feeding of the sheep and alpacas. The cabin sleeps 5 and has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The beach is less than 30 mins drive away, and Peppa Pig World is just 10 mins away.
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#9. Brookley Cottage, Brockenhurst
Brookley Cottage is a 3 bedroom cottage in the New Forest town of Brockenhurst where you can see ponies and horses roaming around freely. This cottage has open plan living with a wood burner and 3 spacious bedrooms. There are enclosed gardens with a patio and a garden playhouse with a mini table and chairs, toy cooker and toy BBQ. The open forest is within 10 mins of the property, and there are plenty of walking and cycling routes close by. Bike hire is available.
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#10. Flanders Cottage
Flanders Cottage is a gorgeous 4 bedroom thatched cottage in the New Forest with a fantastic outdoor swimming pool. There is a beautifully equipped kitchen with an AGA, electric hob/oven , a large American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There is also a comfortable lounge with cosy seating and an open log fire, as well as a separate snug to curl up and relax. The best thing about this cottage is the stunning outdoor swimming pool which is open between May and September. The beach is just 4 miles away from the cottage.
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