New Forest Bed and Breakfast

Our elegant B&B accommodation are all tastefully decorated, and feature deluxe en-suite bathrooms with every attention to detail including satellite TV.

Delightful separate dining room where an excellent breakfast is served to start you on your day..


What's New:

Golfing Mini-Breaks


TheNew Forest has many Golf Courses. We have put together a selection of new forest accommodations that cater for the Golfing enthusiast and their Families. Many are keen Golfers themselves and I know of at least One professional golfing family that are new forest bed and breakfast hosts.

Updated: December 14, 2011

Some Forest facts:


People of the worldWhat is a commoner? Can anyone become a Commoner? What are the responsibilities of releasing stock into the Forest?
What is Common of Mast, Turbary, Estovers, Marl? They were concessions won from the Crown centuries ago - but are they still practised?

A Commoner is a person who occupies land to which Common Rights in the New Forest are attached. A Right of Common is authority for the occupier of a plot of land (to which Rights are attached), to take specified material or products from somebody else's land. In the context of the New Forest, the principal product is grazing and the owner of the land is the Crown. Land with Common Rights is not confined to the perambulation of the Forest; many "holdings" are in villages on the periphery of the Forest.

Rights of Common of Pasture are attributed to land. It permits depasturing of "commonable" animals on 45,000 acres of Open Forest. Commonable animals are ponies, horned cattle and donkeys. Goats are barred from the Open Forest. By historic practice, chicken and geese may wander in the Forest, but this is not a Common Right.

Those depasturing animals must comply with Verderers' Bye-Laws:
payments to Agisters, receipt of which is recognised by tail marking (cutting) for ponies, and ear tags for cattle;
all stock must be branded to identify the owner (usually near-side saddle area in ponies and the off-side in cattle);
disease control regulations must be complied with and vicious or mischievous animals must not be depastured;
stallions over 2 years old must be approved by the Verderers, they must be registered New Forest ponies and they must be moved on every 4th year to avoid in-breeding.

About 5,000 commonable animals are turned out. The ratio of ponies to cattle is 3:2. Around 130 stallions are turned out in the breeding season. About 500 Commoners use the Right. There is no limit to the number of animals that may be depastured.

...But though the form of the New-forest horse is seldom beautiful; yet as the ornament of a forest scene he is very picturesque. The horse, in his natural state, rough with all his mane about him, and his tail waving in the wind, as he feeds, is always beautiful; but particularly in so wild a scene as this, which he graces exceedingly."
(William Gilpin, 1791)

Common of Mast is the right to turn out pigs in the Forest during the Pannage season. The Pannage season is a period of not less than 60 days, fixed by the Forestry Commission after consultation with the Verderers. Before the 1964 New Forest Act, the Pannage season was fixed at 25 Sep-22 Nov.

Pannage is an ancient practice to fatten pigs before slaughter and salting for the winter. It was additionally useful in the Forest - the pigs turned out ate green acorns and beech mast that are poisonous to cattle and ponies (for example, in 1968, 80 ponies and 40 cattle died eating acorns). The 3,500 acres of Adjacent Commons recently brought within the perambulation are not subject to Pannage dates.

In the 19th century, up to 5,000-6,000 pigs were turned out; currently the numbers are in hundreds - it is a declining Right. Commoners may also turn out breeding sows out all year providing they return to the Commoner's holding at night, and are not a nuisance. This is not a true Right, it is an established practice.

Right of Turbary

This Right allows the Commoner to cut turf for fuel; turves were once cut in tens of thousands each year. Turves were 2' by 1'; to preserve grazing and reduce environmental damage, for every turf cut, two were left. A ticket to cut turf was issued by the Forestry Commission. In 1876, 80 people cut turf, but the Right is no longer practised. The Rights belong to the chimney and hearth of a property, not the land.

Right of Fuelwood (Estovers)

This is the Right to cut wood for fuel. The wood must be burned in the house and the Right applies to the hearth, not land.

The Right is now confined to a few Commoners; most have sold their Rights to the Forestry Commission. The Forestry Commission stacks the wood close to holdings in long stacks. The stacks are labelled into "cords"; a cord is a stack of wood in 4 foot lengths, 4 feet high and 8 feet long. In 1996, 99 properties had allocations totalling 221 cords. The Right is controlled by the Forestry Commission, to inhibit plunder of the Ancient & Ornamental woodland.

Anyone living in a property built before 1850 within the perambulation can pick fallen twigs and branches, providing a vehicle is not required to transport them.

Right of Common of Marl

Marl is a lime-rich clay used to fertilise land; it was also be used for building. The Right of Common of Marl was to dig marl from one of the 23 pits mentioned in the Register of Claims. It is not now exercised; modern fertilisers have made the practice unnecessary and exercise of the Right died out last century. It was confined geologically to the south of the Forest.

Common of Pasture of Sheep

There are Rights to depasture sheep at very few holdings, principally at Godshill and Beaulieu - lands formerly belonging to monastic properties. Exercise of the sheep Rights is uncommon; in the early 1990's 100 sheep were depastured at Godshill for the first time this century - they are now gone. Sheep are depastured on the former Adjacent Commons, principally Penn Common.

Customs (not Rights of Common)

Cutting fern: Fern (bracken) is cut from the end of August. It was originally cut in squares by scythe, but is now "swiped" by machine. Sixty bundles (pooks) made one wagon load. It was a frequent practice until the 1940's and the tracks of the wagons can still be traced on the ground. The bracken had the same utility as straw. It is still cut by a few now as bedding for ponies, but it is principally cut to stop the fronds smothering sweet grass.

Bees: Hives are placed July-September; a fee is payable to Forestry Commission. Old "Bee Gardens" have been described in the Forest - small circular enclosures where hives were placed. Names of locations in the Forest testify to the practice - Hive Garn Bottom, King's Garn Gutter.

Gorse (furze) and holly: They were cut to provide browse in the winter for the ponies and deer. Deer won't eat gorse, but they find cut holly palatable. I have never seen cut gorse, but holly trees are still pollarded to provide winter browse.

Updated: July 16, 2011

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The Olde Barn - Lymington in the New Forest

077 47 87 06 06

The Olde Barn New Forest B&B

Our beautiful 17th Century barn surrounded by farmland in close proximity to Lymington, New Forest and coastal towns is open to you for a most enjoyable & relaxing stay.

Our elegant b&b accommodation are all tastefully decorated, and feature deluxe en-suite bathrooms with every attention to detail including satellite TV.

Delightful separate dining room where an excellent breakfast is served to start you on your day.

Good pub food within easy walking distance, so why not enjoy our friendly hospitality, book now and have a memorable stay with Julie and Simon at The Olde Barn b&b in the new forest.

We look forward to receiving you as our bed and breakfast guests. We have several leaflets about places of interest in and around the New Forest available to our accommodation guests for sightseeing and the local beaches. Non-smoking accommodation with plenty of secure off-road parking.


Welcome to The Olde Barn which has been lovingly restored by Julie and Simon themselves.

First purchased at auction in Nov 1987, Julie and Simon where un-aware of the work that was to be undertaken, but unfortunately due the recession that came along were forced to stick with it and from there in have formed a love/hate relationship with The Barn.

Firstly faced with a structural engineers report that was to almost condemn the whole building, and then planners who would have wished the barn to stay a derelict building they did not get off to a very good start.

Eventually 18 months later plans were passed and they could make a start on their project that was to take the best part of 9 yrs until it became completely habitable.

Almost being pulled down to the ground The Olde Barn was rebuilt by Julie and Simon while living on site in a caravan, at first it was not the intent to re-build The Olde Barn for the purpose of paying guests, it was to be a family home, Julie at the time was very much involved with her shire horses and having the two acres of ground made it possible for her to have them at home with her, hoping that one day she would have a lovely stable yard at the back, how wrong could she be !!

Luke their son came along in June 1990 while still living in the caravan and was to be the only one, he’s currently at golf school in Florida.

Due to the severe lack of funds it was the idea of a friend that maybe starting Bed and Breakfast at The Olde Barn could help with future funding and help Julie and Simon finish their project and so here we are just about to start our 12th year in business.

Although the conversion of The Barn has been full of trials and tribulation it is a project that Julie and Simon are glad they have completed and are still here to tell the tale!, we are happy to share it with our guests many of which return year after year and also hope that many new guests get the chance to share it with us too.

Unfortunately due to the business becoming successful Julie has now retired from showing and breeding her shire horses, Simon has stopped riding bikes and both have now started to play golf, following in the footsteps of their son, both are completely hooked by the game and all are members at their local club at Barton-On-Sea, (
There are many other excellent golf clubs in the area and for those of you that are keen golfers and may like a game during your stay; Julie will be only too pleased to help arrange the golf.

We live in a great area with every attraction only a short drive away, we are situated only a few miles from the cliff top at Barton-On-Sea and Milford-On-Sea where you can stroll along the cliff top or on the beaches, there is a marvellous walk from Milford-On-Sea cliff top out to Hurst castle along the shingle bank with beautiful views out to the Isle Of Wight and the Needles, this certainly blows the cobwebs away or you can take a 15 minute drive to the nearest point of The New Forest for a pleasant walk where you can see the New Forest ponies roaming sometimes accompanied by cattle, donkeys and even pigs not forgetting the natural beauty of the forest itself.

For those of you who may just want to shop Bournemouth and Southampton are the nearest big shopping centres both within a half hour drive, also Lymington our small local town whose market on Saturdays is always well attended also has its own attractions with the quay and marina at the bottom end, good shops in the high street where you will also find many good eateries.

We look forward to receiving you as our guests and you can be sure that your stay will be comfortable, enjoyable and second to none.

  • Yachting, horse riding, beaches and golf all within easy reach.
  • Elegant bedrooms all with de-luxe en-suite bathrooms and satellite TV.
  • Delightful separate dining room serving an excellent English or Continental breakfast.
  • Relax, enjoy the friendly hospitality and have a memorable stay with Julie and Simon in The Olde Barn.
  • Terms per person per night b&b from £30 inc VAT.
  • Non-Smoking house with good parking.
  • AA rated 4 Diamonds and Welcome Host


There are no hidden extras:

* Bed Linen/towels supplied at no extra cost
* Electricity/gas supplied at no extra cost

Initial arrival time is generally between 4 - 5.30pm, to be confirmed with Julie a few days before coming & rooms should be vacated by 10.30 on day of departure.

2012 Prices From Per Person

January from £24 per person
February from £24 per person
March from £26 per person
April from £35 per person
May from £35 per person
June from £35 per person
July from £35 per person
August from £35 per person
September from £35 per person
October from £35 per person
November from £25 per person
December from £25 per person

Single night stay supplement may apply - please telephone first.

Bank Holiday Weekends - due to the high demand for these dates we have implemented a minimum stay requirement of 3 nights.

We also have Family accommodation suitable for a family of four.

We welcome children aged from Ten years old. * For safety and insurance reasons we cannot cater for children under the age of Ten years.

Please telephone for details.


Tel: 077 47 87 06 06

Julie and Simon
The Olde Barn
Christchurch Road
SO41 0LA

UK: 077 47 87 06 06
Outside UK: +44 77 47 87 06 06


From the M3 onto M27 heading for Bournemouth, leave M27 at junction 1, follow A337 to Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst to Lymington, then follow signs for New Milton and Christchurch on A337, as you leave the one-way system on the edge of Lymington you will find The Olde Barn 3 miles on the right, about 3/4 mile after the Everton Nurseries which is also on the right hand side.


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