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