a frosty day out in Beaulieu

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!

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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.

Palace House

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.

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Gardens

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.

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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!

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19 Comments

  1. December 29, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    These are such nice pictures, looks so beautiful and looks like you had a lovely time.

    • milenkamillie
      December 29, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you lovely it was very pretty there! xx

  2. December 29, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Lovely photos I’ll have to go to the New Forest, the gardens look beautiful πŸ™‚

    • milenkamillie
      December 29, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you! It is a really lovely place! And there are so many little towns and villages in the New Forest that it’s difficult to pick just one to visit! Thank you for your comment ☺️ x

  3. December 29, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    Lovely snaps! I’m off to the New Forest at some point in the New Year (christmas present πŸ™‚ ) – I haven’t been there since I was little so I don’t remember much of it, but thsee pictures have got me excited to visit πŸ™‚

    • milenkamillie
      December 29, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      Thank you! Oooooh that’s exciting! Aww are there any places you’re thinking of visiting in particular? 😊 That’s so lovely to hear! xx

  4. December 30, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Lovely pictures as always! I have never been but after seeing this I think I might eventually! Looks beautiful xx

    • milenkamillie
      December 30, 2016 / 10:15 am

      Aw thank you! You definitely should it’s really worth it! xx

  5. December 30, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    This was such a lovely read! And your photos are beautiful! I’m really in love with everything about this post.

    • milenkamillie
      December 30, 2016 / 4:12 pm

      Aww thank you so much that’s really love to hear! 😊😊😊 x

  6. December 30, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    What an phenomenal Palace! That must have been such a fun adventure. And can we talk about the Alice in Wonderland gardens- how cool! I’m minorly obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. I love being able to tour inside gorgeous places like that. I always think about what it would be like to actually live in there and what life would be like! It’s also really cool how you guys have “palaces’ there, over here in the USA we have “mansions” which are also beautiful and elegant buttt palace just sounds more glamorous! πŸ™‚

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      January 1, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      It’s beautiful isn’t it! Ahhhh as soon as I saw them I got really excited. I think it would be even nicer in the summer and having a picnic there πŸ™‚ Ooooh that’s really interesting that we use different names for similar buildings. I bet mansions in the USA look incredible! Thank you for your lovely comment, Jenny, and Happy New Year! xxx

  7. January 7, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Love the fact you kept mentioning the wedding venue idea to Dave! I’ve not been to the palace house there before but it looks amazing! xx

    • milenkamillie
      January 8, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Ahahaha throwing about some subtle hints there πŸ˜… it was really lovely! I was just in awe at how beautiful the outside of it is ☺️ xx

      • January 8, 2017 / 6:51 pm

        Hehe I do that all the time! It would make the perfect venue! So pretty… πŸ’› xxx

  8. January 16, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Amazing place The castle is so massive!

    • milenkamillie
      January 18, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      Thank you! It really was! Crazy to think that people lived there once ☺️ x

      • January 18, 2017 / 2:10 pm

        yeah, indeed… When I read it now, it kinda hit me… Well, as we live once, lets live good πŸ™‚

        • milenkamillie
          January 18, 2017 / 2:13 pm

          Exactly! That’s a really good life motto! x

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