Christmas Week in the New Forest-Arrival & Visiting Beautiful Beaulieu

Three days before Christmas, me and my family drove to the New Forest where we spent the week in a cosy lodge.

Car selfie.

After three hours of driving, we’d arrived! We stayed in a spacious three bedroom, two bathroom lodge that you could easily live in.

My bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

We unpacked, relaxed and in the evening walked to the on-site panto, which was Dick Whittington.

A glass of mulled wine whilst watching panto.

After watching the show, which was pretty funny with lots of adult humour, we took a slow stroll back.

Pretty lights on the way back to our lodge.

Once we got back, we watched TV, ate some yummy doughnuts and then it was time for bed.

Day 2

The next morning I woke up bright and breezy as my partner was driving down to stay with us for a few days. He couldn’t stay the whole week due to work but we was happy he could spend Christmas at the lodge.

Once he’d arrived and unpacked, we headed out for the day, just the two of us.

Donkeys along the road.

Driving through Lyndhurst, the capital of the New Forest.

After a forty minute drive, we arrived at Beaulieu.

Beaulieu estate is owned by the Montagu family. Due to escalating costs for upkeep and repairs, Lord Montagu (who passed away in 2015) created the on-site motor museum which Beaulieu is now best known for.

As we’d visited the motor museum the previous Christmas with my fanily, we decided to explore more of the Palace House and Gardens this time.

Us in front of Beaulieu’s giant Christmas tree.

We admired the Alice in Wonderland gardens.

The water features.

And stumbled across a beautiful Love Lock Tree.

When the late Lord Montagu’s son got married, the Love Lock Tree was commissioned to be made for them and their wedding guests to attach love locks too.

In 2017 it was opened up to visitors. Once we saw this beautiful and romantic tree, we headed back to Beaulieu’s shop and bought a lock.

Our love lock.

After enjoying the gardens, we walked on to the Beaulieu Palace House.

The Palace House has been the Montagu’s family home since 1538. It was remodeled in the 1800’s, so it’s now a Victorian country house.

Inside the Palace House.

After a wonderful time exploring the decadent grounds and house, it was time to go as Beaulieu was about to close.

We drove back to our lodge so I could quickly freshen up.

Before hopping back in the car and driving to nearby Ringwood.

We’d booked a table at The Railway Craft Pub & Kitchen, a quaint little pub serving handmade food with locally sourced ingredients.

Our starters, vegan homemade nachos and frickles (fried pickles).

Hands down two of my favourite ever starters.

Followed by a halloumi burger for me and a beef burger for my partner.

Again, amazingly tasty food that wasn’t heavy or greasy.

After a fantastic dinner, we drove back to the lodge where we spent some time with my family. We drank Baileys, watched The Snowman, before heading to bed, ready for Christmas Eve.

19 thoughts on “Christmas Week in the New Forest-Arrival & Visiting Beautiful Beaulieu

  1. Girl your make-up and hair are absolutely perfect! And I LOVE your nails in that last picture soooo pretty! Beaulieu looks absolutely incredible! So picturesque! I love the love lock tree and I love the architecture of the palace house! What a perfect day and way to spend the holidays! 🙂 ❤

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    • Aaw thank you beauty💕 You would love it! I’ve been Beaulieu twice and there’s still more to explore. It’s just so beautiful. I was so happy we saw the love lock tree. I remember me and you both saying we like love locks! The palace house is so nice. Like a castle from the outside and super cosy inside. Aaw thanks huni. It was an awesome start to our week😊 xx

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  2. The lodge looks lovely, where there any other people staying there? Glad you could spend a couple of days with your partner over Christmas, it’s a shame everyone isn’t given a week or so off to allow families to catch up and spend time with each other and have a proper break. I love the idea of love lock tree, if I ever go to Paris I want to put a lock on love love bridge 😀 xx

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    • It was just me, my family and my partner in the lodge😊 I agree. It’d be nice for everyone to get longer off. Instead he had to head back Boxing Day because of work. It’s such a nice idea! I love that the tree was a wedding gift, it’s really cute😊 Aaw you should. We had one made for a love lock bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia💕 xx

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  3. This sounds so magical, that palace house is incredible. Silly question but does anyone actually live there anymore? I love the idea of the love lock tree. I can’t believe it was only opened to the public last year! So romantic though. I love a panto, they’re always good fun. Can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip 🙂 xx

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    • It’s such a beautiful place Beaulieu💕 Not a silly question at all. The family do still live there😊 I love the love lock tree too! It’s nice they opened their wedding gift up to the public. It’s a sweet and romantic thing putting a love lock there💕 I hadn’t been to a panto in years, so it was fun. Aaw thanks hun😊 xx

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      • Ah how magical! So where do they go when all the visitors are there? LOL. I would love to live in that house. Absolutely, such a generous thing to do and definitely inspires more love in the world. Definitely. I’m the same, I went to the panto for the first time in years last year too. I will definitely be back this year, it’s so Christmassy. You’re welcome xx

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      • Haha they have other houses in the same village. So I guess they go there😊 It’s actually so cosy inside. I’d love to live there too! It is really sweet of them. It’s a beautiful idea. I wish someone would make me a love lock tree when I get married! It is very Christmassy. Xx

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