Tucked away in 270 hectares of beech trees, Blackwood Forest has atmosphere in spades. It really is unique - a retreat surrounded by nature and well away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The park sits within the Forestry Commission Estate and there are loads of walks and bike rides right on your doorstep.
Blackwood Forest Lodges has a coffee lounge and shop, and its own site ranger who can take you on guided walks and activities. Hampshire is renowned for its unspoilt beaches and seaside towns, such as Bournemouth and Southampton, which are full of lively cafés, bars and restaurants as well as a host of entertainment venues.
Golden Oak Hideaway is ideal if you're getting away for a romantic break; it's been built exclusively for a couple and has panoramic views of the forest. The ensuite bathroom has a sunken bath big enough for two and you can enjoy lounging in the hammock, relaxing in the outdoor hot tub - or staying cosy by the log burning stove.
The historic dockyard at Portsmouth is a great place to visit - you can take a stroll around the Mary Rose, which sat at the bottom of the sea for almost 450 years!
Our Top Tip
"Winchester's Loch Fyne Restaurant offers an array of fish and seafood, while The Black Boy is a traditional local pub that serves a good selection of home cooked grub."
- Restaurant/bar and coffee shop
- Forest walks/cycle trails/nature trails
- Mountain bike hire *
- Ranger–led walks and activities *
- Archery *
- All facilities available for all dates.
- * Charges Apply.
- A selection of spacious luxury timber lodges.
- Outdoor hot tub (except Copper Beech lodges)
- Flat screen TV
- Kitchen including microwave and dishwasher
- Bath and/or shower
- Bed linen and duvets
- Towels and hot tub towels (in Golden Oak lodges only)
- Complimentary toiletries
- Beds made up for your arrival
- Decking with garden furniture
- Heating throughout
- Travel cots and highchairs £5 per night each
- Pets £10 per night each (max 4)
- (in specific accommodation only)
- All non smoking accommodation
Blackwood Golden Oak 1
Luxurious and contemporary lodge furnished to the highest standard. One double with ensuite shower. Log burning stove. Bathrobes. Decking with outdoor hot tub.
Blackwood Golden Oak 2
Luxurious and contemporary lodge furnished to the highest standard. One double with ensuite shower and one twin. Bath with overhead shower. Log burning stove. Bathrobes in master bedroom. Decking with outdoor hot tub.
Blackwood Golden Oak 3
Luxurious and contemporary lodge furnished to the highest standard. One double with ensuite shower and two twin. Bath with overhead shower. Log burning stove. Bathrobes in master bedroom. Decking with outdoor hot tub.
Blackwood Golden Oak 4
The highest quality luxury lodge with one master double with ensuite shower, one double and two twin. Two bathrooms, each with bath with overhead shower. Log burning stove. Bathrobes in master bedroom. Decking with outdoor hot tub.
Blackwood Golden Oak Hideaway
Perfect for a romantic break and designed exclusively for couples. One double with ensuite including large sunken bath big enough for two and boasting panoramic views of the forest through your window. Log burning stove. Bathrobes. Decking with cosy hammock and outdoor hot tub.
Blackwood Golden Oak Treehouse 5 bed
The highest quality luxury lodge with one master double with ensuite shower, one double and two twin. Two bathrooms, each with bath with overhead shower. Log burning stove. Bathrobes in master bedroom. Decking with outdoor hot tub and access by an adventure bridge to a double bedroomed newly redesigned treehouse with its own ensuite. A perfect hideaway for adults and children alike.
Blackwood Silver Birch 2
Luxurious lodge with one double with ensuite shower and one twin. Bath with overhead shower. Decking with outdoor hot tub.
Blackwood Silver Birch 3
Luxurious lodge with one double with ensuite shower and two twin. Bath with overhead shower. Decking with outdoor hot tub.
We had a fabulous time and will highly recommend Hoseasons cabin to anyone. The cabin was beautifully appointed and the forest setting was stunning.
Great time away from reality...
Kerry, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Lovely relaxing holiday
Great place to stay. Loved it!
The break was really welcome and we didn't have cause for complaint. I do have one suggestion though - we had three people staying in our lodge, and we found that after we had all been in the hot tub there was no where to really dry our wet things, especially as we had got wet on a couple of walks so had lots of things that needed to dry.
As above. Cleaners need to be more thorough as people pay a lot of money and don't expect to have to clean things before they unpack.
Couldn't fault the lodge at all.
Patricia, Braintree Essex
I marked cleanliness down as a couple of mins and forks were not clean
The accommodation was lovely. Very spacious and clean.
Lovely cabins not too close together, fantastic hot tub which was checked every day
This was the ideal place for our week break with our two dogs. The onsite location was fabulous with a vast area of 'safe' countryside and forest walks allowign them to roam and explore off the lead. It was also a good base location from which to explore the surrounding area ,we did day trips to the isle of wight, the chalk horse and others. The daily maintenance of hte staff to facilities and cabins on site was noticeable and welcome. we were maybe lucky with a good weather ,a hot sunny week to top it off.
Cabin was lovely. The only issue I had was that the smell of wet dog was overwhelming. There was also quite a lot of dog hair left around the cabin and as a pet free family we found this quite annoying. Maybe there should be a few cabins that are pet free
Perfect escape very relaxing having the hot tub and great walks to enjoy,really friendly helpful staff
We had such a great holiday. The cabin was luxurious, spotlessly clean and spacious. The film package and wifi was great too.
Good holiday, slightly overlooked in this lodge, would go for a golden oak 1 next time
Beautiful accommodation and surroundings
And helpful staff
Will definently be back
Lovely place would definitely go again!
Had a great time, weather was good lovely surroundings, cycle hire on site
Fantastic lodge and beautiful surroundings. We didn't get in lodge till late because waiting for cleaners. That is the only thing that let holiday down was cleanliness, for the money I paid I expect it to be cleaned to a high standard but it wasn't. I had to clean several kitchen items and the bath before use, also old rose petals all over bedroom and also found food wrappers behind cushions on sofa. Such a shame because such a beautiful place. Attention to detail is important when it comes to cleaning. That aside I would recommend this place as I loved it.
Go Ape in Hampshire offers a unique opportunity for energetic adults and children over 10 to let off steam. The fun packed tree top adventure involves swinging through trees, climbing cargo nets, descending down zip wires and trekking through the canopies. Only for those with a good head for heights! The longest Zip wire is a staggering 165m providing adrenaline boosting fun! The site also has a picnic area and kids playground.
This is a really fun and memorable attraction which is suitable for day trips or short breaks. You can buy your tickets online which will help you beat the queues especially in school holidays as well as save money. With a whole host of attractions and thrilling rides there might not be enough time in the day! Exciting rides include the Edge and The Cobra. More family friendly rides for younger children include the Magic Carpet Ride and the Flying Frog. We are sure the whole family will have fun at Paultons so check out their website for the latest opening times and admission costs.
Paultons Family Theme Park has recently been greatly improved to include many new attractions for younger visitors. The brand new Peppa Pig World features 7 amazing new rides and an Indoor Play Area to keep the little ones amused for hours. Of course those looking for more adrenaline boosting activities will not be disappointed either as there are over 60 rides in total to try out. The mighty Edge ride and the terrifying Cobra rollercoaster are the ones to go for if white knuckle rides are your thing. Live entertainment is also on offer several times throughout the season including some amazing family shows such as "The Light Fantastic" which takes place this October.
Royal Victoria Country Park is highly recommended for a day out in the summer and has lots of things for children to do. There are woodland trails to explore with free maps and guides available. There are also several play areas, one for older children, one for the little ones and one for disabled children so no one is left out of the fun. Within the grounds there is also a heritage site, a tea room and a formal garden.