Cottage Lodge Hotel

South East England Hampshire Brockenhurst

  • From £110 a night
  • 16 Guest Rooms
  • Contemporary Boutique Hotel

Rustic chic and home comforts in the heart of the New Forest National Park

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Located in the heart of the National Park, on the edge of the lively town of Brockenhurst, this family-run hotel couldn't be better suited to a short break in the New Forest  – a unique and quirky place to stay that feels almost as if it has been crafted out of the surrounding woodland. Not only is much of the furniture handmade using the nearby trees, the owners make a point of using mainly local suppliers, with the aim of becoming the first fully sustainable New Forest hotel. They won the New Forest's 'Sustainable Business' award in 2022, and Boutique Hotelier's 'Sustainable Achievement; award the year before, and it's a thoroughly eco-friendly property  in almost every way – although the room that was powered by its own exercise bike is sadly no more!

Despite – or perhaps because of – its eco-credentials, the hotel is comfortable and relaxed throughout, something that is most manifest in its 16 rustic-chic, individually designed guest bedrooms, each of which has good fast wifi (quite a boon in an area where phone and broadband signals tend to be erratic), TVs with Freeview and good-sized en-suite bathrooms, mostly with bath-showers combined and eco-friendly refillable toiletries; they also have tea- and coffee-making facilities and there's homemade cake on hand whenever you want it. Around half the rooms are furnished with amazing four-poster beds that look as if they crept in from the forest outside (one is carved from a single, fallen oak tree, another from a single ash, while a third is a grouping of silver birch trunks); there is also a family room with its own garden and three dog-friendly rooms at the rear of the property with their own patios.

There's an honesty bar downstairs and a breakfast room which serves a terrific, locally sourced and diverse breakfast each morning. The same room turns into the separately run 'White Tails' restaurant every evening except Sunday and Monday, serving a good-value menu of mainly crowd-pleasing classics (think soft scotch eggs or salmon cannelloni followed by lamb shank, crispy New Forest pork loin or wild mushroom stroganoff).

That's about it as far as the facilities go, and in any case everyone comes here for the forest, which bristles with expectation a few minutes' away from the hotel – thousands of acres of woods and heathland, accessible by way of multiple footpaths, off-road cycle paths and bridleways which is a joy all year round , with the famous New Forest Ponies, sheep and donkeys wandering freely all year but particularly enchanting during spring and autumn. Meanwhile there are plenty of other facilities close to hand: Brockenhurst itself is a large village with good shops, pubs and places to eat, cycle hire and – perhaps most importantly – a railway station with direct trains to London, making Cottage Lodge a highly feasible car-free possibility. More good news for the eco warriors!

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Discover, a friendly and cosy New Forest hotel, where from the moment you arrive you will find your own personalised parking space. Our lovely team will also welcome you with tea, coffee and cake on arrival in our snug.

We will check you in and explain our facilities to you and then show you your chosen room. We also have excellent wifi, so you can be as connected as you want to be or off grid if you prefer. Our lovely team are focussed on making your New Forest stay an experience to remember.

Explore, the beautiful New Forest National Park on foot or by bike. 94,000 acres of open moorland and beautiful timeless forest is accessible to you on wide tracks from past logging trails just a few minutes walk from the Cottage Lodge.

Get off grid to where animals are grazing and acres of heathland, ancient trees and forest awaits. Yet still very close to local villages and towns.

Suitable For

Accessibility: we are a pretty old Cottage so we do have some challenges for accessibility. We can host guests with light mobility issues as we have room on the ground floor with walking shower.


Open all year.


Double or twin rooms from £110 a night in low season, £140 a night in peak season, always including breakfast.

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The Owner Says

The Cottage Lodge Hotel awarded Travellers Choice 2022 “Best of the Best" winner by TripAdvisor.

Ranked No1 on TripAdvisor for Brockenhurst.


Contact Website  01590 622 296  Cottage Lodge Hotel, Sway Rd, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7SH

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  • Wifi
  • Walking
  • Car-charging points
  • Family rooms
  • Parking
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Boutique hotel
  • Remote Working

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