We booked this B&B because we were interested in visiting the Dorchester area, but we wished that we had allowed some time to explore the New Forest. As others have said, Ashurst provides all you would need in terms of food establishments, both pubs and takeaway, within walking distance of the B&B, and the owners were very nice to allow us to use the dining room for bringing in takeaway in the evening. Lyndhurst, just a few miles down the road is a bigger town, and offers much more in the way of restaurants, shopping, and a fantastic visitor's centre for the New Forest park. I would have liked more time to explore the town and park as well.
Our room was a tad small, especially the en suite bathroom (one of those tight fits built into the corner of a bedroom), but it was extremely clean and comfortable. Although the B&B is situated on the main road through the New Forest, there was very little noise at night. It's a quiet part of the world after the sun goes down! And the breakfasts were fantastic - they actually offer choices within the full English breakfast offering, and were willing to mix it up a bit for my husband per his request. The owners are very attentive and willing to please. Most pleasant!
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