A short break in Bournemouth and the New Forest
I managed to get a very tiny bit of time off in between my job switch. Only 2.5 days which is at least something! At first I was gonna take that time to just relax at home. But I got an email from Hilton letting me know my points were about to expire. So I figured it was a nice chance to use them! I did a google to try and find a good Hilton to go to and eventually settled on Bournemouth.
But I knew I didn’t just want to do Bournemouth, I went to Christchurch last year so knew it was similar – so decided to throw the New Forest in the mix too! Somewhere I’ve always wanted to go! So on a very grey Thursday morning, we jumped in the car and drove down to the New Forest.
It was a reasonable drive down – a couple of hours and we were winding our way through the rolling hills. I had my eyes peeled immediately for horses and luckily saw some straight away! We decided to stop in Blackwater arboretum as it looked like a nice spot to walk. We parked up and headed out.
The New Forest is split into the flat moors which were filled with heather and the hilly tree filled bit. It was lovely to walk in both and I’ve never seen so many wild horses! I thought they might be hard to spot but that wasn’t the case at all – they were everywhere! We then popped by Brockenhurst which is a picturesque little town in the centre of the New Forest.
We passed so many cute pubs – it really is the spot to find a cozy log fire and relax for the afternoon! We ended up stopping at The Snakecatcher and had the yummiest cheese fondue. Just what is needed on holiday!
We picked the weekend where it was SO windy, a storm was passing by so we definitely got buffeted as we stopped for a stroll in Boscombe on our way to Bournemouth. We checked in at the Hilton which was a treat – it’s very new and I loved the interior of our room. A perfect spot to base ourselves!
By this time we were ready for a good meal and an early night! Jaye gave us some fabulous Bournemouth recommendations and we walked across to Renoufs for wine and cheese. A perfect full platter of food and a wine flight is just what was needed.
On Friday we spent the morning exploring Bournemouth. We started the day with an amazing breakfast at South Coast Roast where I ate a ginormous vege breakfast. We then did a good wander through the centre of town through all of the gardens – it’s a wonderfully green city which is just what I love. We walked along the pier and watched a heap of surfers very much enjoying the wind before having a play on the 2p machines.
I really wanted to visit Durdle Door as I’ve seen so many gorgeous shots of it! So we jumped in the car and drove the 40 minutes across the coast to the national park. Now I have to say I did not wear the right shoes – changing into flats as my trainers were hurting my feet! So we had a good wander but maybe not the long hike that we would have done otherwise!
For dinner on our second night we went for Mexican at Ojo Rojo which was delish before heading for whisky at Smokin Aces. Bournemouth definitely has quite a few bars and there were a lot of people on a night out! We enjoyed our date night before heading back.
And luckily we did well with the weather as waking up on Saturday was a huge amount of rain! We decided to go to Boscanova for some breakfast before heading home – I had the most delish pancakes which certainly rounded off a great trip.
I so wish we had more time to explore the area as it is so beautiful and it was so nice to be on holiday with Paul! It’s definitely somewhere that we will head back too – nothing beats a lovely little staycation right.
Have you been to Bournemouth or the New Forest?