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The Blacksmith's House
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Located within the New Forest National Park right in the middle of the action, you will find The Blacksmith's House. It's a very short walk from the train station at Brockenhurst where the blue and red routes for the New Forest, hop on hop off, open top buses convene, and right in the centre of the bustling little village. Blacksmith’s used to be Tracy's home before she moved on and it still feels like a family home. Bought up in a northern pub Tracy expects people to come and go, "like visiting Auntie Susan's where you know where the key is and let yourself in and make yourself a cup of tea if she's out".

The first thing to say is that this B&B is largely unattended – you are given the code for the front door and are expected to get on with it. I loved the sense of trust, and freedom that openess gave me. But it is not to everyone’s taste. There are only five rooms in the quaint B&B, each named after one of the brass knockers found in an old box of Tracy's aunt. They are reminiscent of pub names, some found in the Forest. All rooms have an en suite bathroom and all but one has a double bed. Three of the rooms have an additional single bed to allow for flexibility. There is a fridge under the stairs for visitors to use, a shared dining area with a huge table, and French doors opening on to the small garden area.

Each room comes with home made shortbread biscuits waiting for you as well as tea and coffee facilities. The shared dining room has a piano as well as a large array of tea items set out daily before 5pm and an amazing breakfast buffet in the morning between 8-9 (or cheerfully prepared earlier if you require it). Tracy is nothing if not generous - home made bara bryth and soda bread awaited my arrival. There are beer glasses and wine glasses in every room and fresh milk in the fridge. The breakfast is locally sourced and all home cooked on Tracy’s Aga and served with lots of interesting chat and information. There are many pubs and restaurants a short stroll from the B&B, the menus for most are available in your room.

Just step outside the front door of The Blacksmith's House in to the New Forest and you are minutes away from amazing walks and well signed cycle routes. The New Forest Tour offers an open top, hop on hop off service which runs on three different, interconnecting routes, two of which (red and blue) leave from Brockenhurst station and take you right through the New Forest National Park on a single ticket. You can take your bike on board gratis, to enable you to start pedalling in a different spot every day of your visit. Within the forest itself you will find ancient and varied landscapes, the blue route takes you along the coast where you can access stunning, family friendly beaches and hunt for fossils. There are free roaming ponies in Brockenhurst which should thrill the kiddies. If you are searching for entertainment that’s a little more formal: Exbury has beautiful gardens and a steam train; Beaulieu has a motor museum or you could jump on the ferry at Keyhaven and visit Hurst Castle. There are cycle rental shops very nearby, one which offers electric vehicles called "Twizys" which take two if cycling is too much. Local maps, piled on the dresser in Tracy’s dining room, are sold through an honesty box. Tracy is a delight to chat to and very knowledgeable about the Forest and surrounding area and I defy you not to find her enthusiasm infectious.

The two rooms: Mary Queen of Scots and the Ducking Stool both have bras beds for a romantic get away - but Mary Queen of Scots also has a roll top bath... wine glasses are provided, but you will need to bring the bottle to make the indulgence here complete. There’s always an option to rent the whole house and base yourself here with your extended family; and if you choose the Red Lion room, there are no stairs to negotiate at all - so anyone with impaired movement should be just fine - even to use the shower room which is set up as a wet room to obviate the need for any sort of climbing at all. Ask Tracy about her amazing Fish Wives – where she teaches women not only to catch a trout, but how to fry it up in a pan as well! Highly recommended.

Seriously a perfect spot if you have no car - you can arrive by railway and get around on the bus effortlessly. The New forest is just begging for you to hire a bike or a Twizy and explore this beautiful area. A few people don't like letting themselves in, but I absolutely loved the feeling of trust and ability to explore Tracy’s place on my own.

Room Tip: Mary Queen of Scots and the Ducking Stool both have bras beds for a romantic get away - but Mary Queen of Scots also has a roll top bath... The Red Lion as no steps at all - not even to get in to the shower.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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blacksmithshouse, Owner at The Blacksmith's House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2013

Many thanks for your review. It was a pleasure to have you to stay and I hope you will be able to come back and take part in a Fish Wives fly fishing day soon.
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Tracy

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We stayed in the 'Cat and Fiddle' room for 2 nights - the room was beautiful, had a lot of character, and plenty of room for 3 of us to get ready! We arrived to delicious homemade cakes, biscuits and scones - some of the best I have tasted. Tracey (owner) was extremely friendly, offering extensive knowledge of Brockenhurst and its surrounding areas and suggested some fantastic walks and 'things to do'.
Breakfast was really enjoyable, with plenty of food, which you are also encouraged to use to make sandwiches for your day - sitting around the big table was also a great way to meet new people and share ideas about activities.

I think this is honestly the best B&B I have ever stayed in, and is was completed by such friendly hospitality! If you would like somewhere to stay in Brockenhurst, stay here, you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank SKerry375
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blacksmithshouse, Owner at The Blacksmith's House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2013

Thank you for your kind review. I really enjoy having a B&B and it is lovely to share the knowledge of the area to ensure guests get the most out of their stay.
I do hope you will come back and remember to take advantage of the 10% discount for returning guests friends and family.
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Tracy

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Reviewed 23 August 2013

I don't think I've ever been to a B&B where afternoon tea was on offer, plus you were encouraged to make sandwiches for lunch, which was perfect for us since we were cycling for 2 days. We liked sitting at a large table for breakfast and talking to a few other guests. Tracy told us about her passion for fly fishing and encouraging other women to join in; another first. No problem leaving the car for the day after we had checked out either. The owner has the best attitude about running a B&B that I have come across in a while; fresh milk, homemade treats and comfortable rooms 2 minutes from Brockenhurst station.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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blacksmithshouse, Owner at The Blacksmith's House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2013

I try to make it like you are coming to stay with a favorite aunt. You know how to get in and there is always something to eat.
so glad you enjoyed your stay. remember you get a 10% discount if your book or recommend a friend to book through our website.
kind regards
Tracy

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Beautiful breakfasts, continental style. Encouraged to make sandwiches if you are a walker/cyclist and when you get back from a long forest walk there are home made scones and cake waiting on the table for you.

Tracy (B&B owner) is friendly and accomodating and has extensive local knowledge which she is willing to share. From a personal point of view the icing on the cake was being allowed to take my well behaved dog with me to enjoy our stay.

Would I stay again - definitely and would I recommend it to others - without doubt.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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blacksmithshouse, Owner at The Blacksmith's House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2013

So pleased you enjoyed your stay and the wonderful New forest
Remember if you recommend to your friends and they book through our website they will get a 10% discount on a stay of 2 days or more.
kind regards
Tracy

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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We paid for 3 rooms for two nights. Overall all a lovely experience. Yes you let yourself in, but that's no problem. You are greeted by fresh scones and cake. Tae and coffee facilities with no restrictions on milk or tea bags! Breakfast buffet ( non full English) was delightful. Loved the fresh drop scones. Comfy bed, small dog made very welcome, he misses Buddy by the way!
Any slight issues, thoughtfully and effectively sorted.
Would recommend for welcome, comfort and location.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank mabo22
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blacksmithshouse, Owner at The Blacksmith's House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2013

So pleased you enjoyed the scones, and hope that you will come back again.
Kind regards
Tracy

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