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Easy weekend meals
Next door to Gins is the Royal Southampton Yacht Club.
Its rather like a smart pub/restaurant that is all about boats! It’s takes 1 minute to walk there from the barn front door and has the most lovely view across and up and down the river. They are open for food and drinks at weekends all year and in the off peak season then at weekends only. Do book in advance if you can.
Chef/Manager – Bob Owen
Assistant – June Greenwood
Gins Clubhouse, St Leonards, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7XG
Telephone: 01590 616213, Fax: 01590 616327
Massage and Beauty
Hollie Scott – a local beautician and massage therapist is available to spoil you at Gins. Massages from £30 for an hour. Deluxe mani £30, Deluxe pedi £36. We will send you a full list of treatments when you book.
There is a fantastic half day walk (easy to make it a full day walk) starting from nearby Bucklers Hard boat yard and heading toward pretty and upmarket Beaulieu and back – right next to the river. The best way to get to Bucklers Hard is by boat taxi from the Gins private pontoon. It costs £20 one way (20 minutes) and is absolutely worth taking the time to start out in style.
There is masses of great walking from Beaulieu in most directions.
On this side of the forest there is the great bonus of combining fantastic foodie places; Limewood Hotel and The Pig are both on the road from Lyndhurst to Beaulieu and there is some beautiful walking between them through the forest and on back to Gins.
There is a wide range of cycling in the area, both on and off road. There are several low-traffic road routes that circumnavigate and cross the forest, many in the most picturesque lanes such as Rhinefield Walk. Bikes are available for hire in Brockenhurst on a daily and weekly basis. Its fun to catch the train across the forest and cycle back to Gins stopping at some of the good foodie haunts on the way.
New Forest Activites in nearby Bucklers Hard also do cycle trips and can drop bikes to you at the house.
New Forest Activites offer all sorts of family and group activities. You can either book an exclusive trip and they will tailor a day for you, including catering options, or book into their usual trips. They offer canoeing and kayaking, ‘battle’ games, archery, ropes courses, bike hire/trips, raft building and trips on boats and kayaks for quite small children too. You can either join in with their own catering arrangements, or if an exclusive trip,
In Brockenhurst and Beaulieu there are two riding schools (same management) and they are well respected for trail riding on the forest and having suitable horses for most riders.
The hacking on the forest is superb and is a lovely way to see the forest and its wild life.
With a private pontoon giving you access to one of the providing some of the finest sailing in UK waters and beyond. It is very easy to arrange pickup by RIB to get to Cowes, Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight or mainland coastal destinations.
Also nearby for sailing day trips are Portsmouth, Weymouth or pretty Studland Bay.
Sailing. Lots of companies around can help.
A good place to start is Lymington Yacht Charters. 01590 688007 they do RIB hire and bare and skipper yacht hire.
Solent Sailing School – www.solentsailingschool.co.uk
Solent Sail – www.solentsail.co.uk
Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events. It now stages up to 40 daily races for around 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, as the event is now known, offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event. The atmosphere for non-sailors is great too