Just returned from "The Willows" in the New Forest. Excellent B&B, and will stay there again whenever in the area. On our arrival, Jackie made us feel welcome with tea and home made cakes. We had the largest room, but the bathroom is a little cramped, so needed to take our toiletries to and fro, but flannels, soap and shower gel was provided + hairdrier. Other than the small bathroom, everything else was perfect. Great breakfast, tea/coffee provided and conveniently placed. Recommend the nearest pub. The "Forest Inn". The food was excellent, and did some decent real ale. We don't have a car, so getting around can be a problem in some areas, but there are pubs, shops and takeaways in walking distance, and we walked to "New Forest Wildlife Park", which took just 35 minutes. Well worth the trip. Public transport could be better, but the No.6 bus between Southampton and Lymington runs right by the door, but in our opinion could be more regular. Hourly Mon-Sat and 2 hourly Sunday. Ashurst train station is just 15 minutes walk down the road. Enjoyed our stay, and Jackie makes sure her guest are comfortable.
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4 October 2013
Thank you Malcolm for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and that you did manage to visit quite a few places. There are a number of initiatives to encourage people to visit the Forest without their cars such as the Tour Bus, the Twizzy and cycle hire. Unfortunately, the Tour Bus only runs during the summer period due to finance but already a third route has been introduced and this year it continued into September. Out of season locally, is the No 6 bus and the Rail station to help you visit some of the attractions and villages in the Forest. For more information on how to get around without a car-visit our website www.thewillowsbandb.oc.uk.
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We are also pleased that you took advantage of our local pubs and restaurants especially as a discount is available at most of them for The Willow guests.
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