We had a great time for a week at Hoburne Naish during the School Easter Holiday, and really hit the jackpot with baking weather for the week.
We did wonder if it was too cheap to be any good but arrival soon dispelled any qualms and we thought that overall it was excellent value for money.
The worst was feared when we checked in the main block and the receptionist pointed out where we were and where we were going, via the old ‘long and winding road’. However, once we drove the car round to park near our accommodation, it was only two minutes’ walk as the crow flies back to the main complex and we had the advantage of peace and quiet at night (the main complex was noisy!) with very few neighbours and virtually no passers-by, except those walking along the cliff path.
Staying in one of the older Ashridge chalets, we were only about 20m or so from the cliff edge. Erosion will reduce that in the next few years and you can see where other chalets have been removed closer to the edge and service pipes hang in space over the cliff from others long gone. The cliff is taped off and is not a sheer drop in any case and so not dangerous except for the very young or totally stupid and we loved the view along the coast and to the Isle of Wight.
There was a welcome pack and the whole chalet was clean and well presented, the kitchen was good, the bedrooms big enough (one double, one twin) even if the beds were a little uncomfortable for the adults. The lounge suited and we even brought a freeview box with us but there was no need as we had a very swish new TV. There was a bench table and seats outside and we had a barbeque whilst there. We really enjoyed riding our bikes along the cliff path and around the complex so bring them if you come here.
The beach was only a few minutes’ walk and we spent some pleasurable hours there too. In the main complex it did get crowded for the ‘entertainment’ (no problem for us as it was not our first choice!) but the service in the restaurant and bar were very good and the food good value for money too.
The pool was excellent and the afterhours aqua-scooters etc. were good fun too. The gym was also equipped well enough to keep me busy and we used the tennis court as well. The kids had much merriment in the outdoor play areas and there was free wifi in the lobby area so fun for all ages.
We used a couple of the local pub restaurants, a Toby Carvery and a Harvester, yes know it sounds twee but they were actually very good and if the kids liked it they can’t be bad!
We went to Bournmouth, Beaulieu and crabbing in Christchurch/Mudeford, all to be recommended.
Although expectations were not low to begin with, all in all this was a really excellent family holiday, although it was made by the unexpected hot week. Maybe it would not have been so memorable if it had rained even if we still had the on-site facilities.
I have already recommended this place to many and would unreservedly do the same for everyone. It isn't not perfection and it is quite basic accomodation but it’s great fun.
- Also Known As:
- Hoburne Naish Hotel New Milton
- Hoburne Naish New Milton, Hampshire