Toasty and warm in our heated log cabin, Dave and I woke up to a delicate blanket of frost stretching across the New Forest, with ponies grazing in the morning sun and the light reflecting from the ground, sending beams of sunlight in all directions. It was such a picturesque scene to open our eyes to in the morning, and made a very cosy start to our day. We felt almost as if we were away on another little break. Sadly, we weren’t and this was only our temporary quarters in the garden while his cousin is visiting from the Philippines! Nonetheless, it was still so much fun staying in the cabin and we were able to pretend that we were glamping somewhere in the Lake District!
Following breakfast, which is when we had this beautiful view, we made our way to Beaulieu with Dave’s family for a wintery day out. In case you haven’t heard of it, Beaulieu is a little village in the heart of the New Forest and is home to the National Motor Museum, which, I know, doesn’t sound very exciting! However, there is so much more to do than just look at cars. The museum is set in some really beautiful grounds, making it the perfect place for a scenic winter walk.
Possibly the most beautiful historic building, Palace House is a restored Victorian country house that would make a really charming setting for a wedding, as I kept mentioning to Dave throughout our visit! There actually was a wedding on that day at the Beaulieu Abbey, which is the building next door to the palace, but luckily Palace House was open for us to look around. We saw the various rooms in the house, with their opulent interiors and festive decorations, and even had the opportunity to taste some Victorian gingerbread in the kitchen. There were plenty of ceramics around so I was completely in my element, and the huge paintings adorning the walls around the house reminded me of Hogwarts a little. There was a lot to see inside, but it was hard to compete with the outside of the palace, which was just so picturesque.
The immaculately finished gardens were dotted around the grounds of the museum and were full of little whimsical touches. There were a few pretty fountains, a padlock tree and even an Alice in Wonderland instalment with shrubs in the shapes of characters from the story. We walked around with Dave’s family, admiring the features and imagining how beautiful and colourful it would be in spring. There were even fairylights draped over the hedges, giving the gardens a really enchanting effect.
I had such a fun day out with Dave and his family, and it was lovely to spend some time with his cousin, getting to know her a little! These past few months, Dave and I have discovered so many lovely places in the New Forest, which, I have to admit, I didn’t expect there to be. I always assumed it was just trees and horses! Do you go out and explore places in your local area much? And have you been to the New Forest before? I’d love to hear about some of your favourite days out!