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Balmer Lawn Hotel 2024 refurbishment

New Year New Look Balmer Lawn Hotel Brockenhurst

Family owned and run by the Wilson family for over 25 years, Balmer Lawn Hotel Brockenhurst is nearing the completion of its ‘New Year’ refurbishment – transforming the 4-star venue into the modern era and providing guests with a truly fabulous New Forest hotel experience.

Balmer Lawn Hotel early bird Christmas offer

Christmas Giveaway at Balmer Lawn Hotel Brockenhurst

Is it ever too early to talk about Christmas - if there's a very special offer involved? Balmer Lawn Hotel is inviting readers to share heartwarming tales of and tributes to people they believe deserve a chance to win a complimentary stay at the hotel for Christmas 2024.

Winter wedding at Careys Manor and SenSpa

Shop and Gift Local in the New Forest: Christmas presents for the hotel enthusiast

Shop and Gift Local: Christmas Presents for the Hotel Enthusiast on your list, at Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa Brockenhurst and The Montagu Arms Hotel Beaulieu. Read on for Six Great Gifts!

SenSpa at Careys Manor, pool

Menopause-friendly New Forest spa hotel: SenSpa at Careys Manor

18 October is World Menopause Day, and if you're in this life-stage you'll likely appreciate taking frequent time out for you! SenSpa is the fabulous on-site spa at Careys Manor Hotel is the perfect sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation; it actively welcomes non-residents to its wide range of holistic treatments and therapies together with hydrotherapy pool, thermal rooms and ice room. ​​​​​​Lunch taken in your fluffy dressing gown in the adjacent Zen Garden Thai restaurant is a treat indeed! Read here.

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Greenclose Hotels and the Art of Hospitality in the New Forest

The iconic Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu and the luxurious Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa in Brockenhurst. Where family values and community flourish - read what sets these two outstanding Hampshire hotels in the New Forest apart...

Little girls dining at family friendly Montagu Arms Hotel

Family friendly hotel in the New Forest: Montagu Arms Beaulieu

From dippy eggs to Giant Jenga to roaming in the forest to re-fuelling at Montys Inn, the Montagu Arms in Beaulieu is a family friendly hotel as well as a gracious and elegant base in a beautiful New Forest village - read more!

Jubilee Lodge at Shorefields

New facilities for Shorefield Country Park in Milford on Sea

Shorefield Country Park has just opened two brand new facilities: The Beachcomber and Jubilee Gardens. The Beachcomber is a family-oriented complex including a new 750-seat restaurant, relaxed bar area and an entertainment room which will be open to holiday makers, owners and members for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jubilee Gardens is a lodge ownership development of two to three bedroom lodges, each with a double parking space and an EV charging point.

Self catering alpine apartment for private rental Samoëns, France

Brilliantly located self catering apartment in Samoëns, French Alps

Self catering winter ski and summer sports Grand Massif France

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Apartment 5 Pas au Loup Samoëns is a ground floor self catering holiday apartment with private west facing terrace, which sleeps 4-6 in beautlful Alpine village Samoëns, France.  Large main room incorporating kitchen, dining and sitting; 2 bedrooms, bathroom with bath and shower, separate WC with basin, private terrace and large communal gardens.

Absolutely amazing location: 2 minutes walk to main Grand Massif ski lift and 5 minutes walk to village centre, with west facing views along the valley. Available for ski Christmas New Year & February weeks and for multiple summer sports & pursuits certain spring summer & autumn weeks.

Introduction to holiday rentals of A5 "Pas au Loup" (means "in the footsteps of the wolf"!)

Introducing Jane's very own newly acquired small but perfectly formed holiday home in the French Alps at Samoëns - where we've been visiting for more years than I can count and which is a perfect jewel of a holiday destination, both winter for ski and summer for a myriad of activities. To contribute to the costs of owning it we shall be renting it out privately for certain weeks of the year as below.

It's a lovely winter/summer self catering west facing holiday apartment in Alpine village Samoëns - a traditional village full of history and charm in the Grand Massif ski area, France (1 hour drive Geneva Airport).

Available for private holiday rentals Christmas, New Year and February, in the Summer Holidays and for out of main season spring/summer/autumn weeks too. 

The apartment sleeps 4 very comfortably in two bedrooms each with single beds which clip together to make kingsize beds, and up to 6 incorporating the large, comfortable double sofabed in the living room.

Altogether the spacious convivial living area, the lovely views and outdoors space, and the AptA5 Pas au Loup Samoens self catering winter ski and summer sports Grand Massif Franceconvenience for skiing and other mountain sports in winter, and hiking, cycling and river sports in summer, make this apartment a real gem - on the edge of a jewel of a mountain village with oodles of charm, lots of excellent shops, good restaurants and a lovely ambience which feels welcoming and warm to families, couples and friends alike.

Skiing and winter sports

The Samoëns ski resort is part of the Grand Massif ski area which also includes the resorts of Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. The Grand Massif is the fourth largest ski area in France, with more than 265 km of slopes, offering everything from great beginner facilities including a good choice of excellent ski schools, to challenging blacks and fabulous off piste ski areas too.

"Samoëns is a breath of fresh mountain air. The French proudly describe it as one of their monuments historiques, that just happens to be attached to a great ski area. An hour by car from Geneva, this ancient village, famed for its stonemasons, is part of the Grand Massif ski domain and is connected to high-altitude, snowsure Flaine." Source and more praise here!

From putting on your boots and collecting your skis from your secure ski locker just down the stairs from the apartment it's literally 2 minutes walk past the ski hire shop and the fantastic Tiffany bakery (which serves the local area with freshly baked bread and pastries), to the Samoëns lift station. AptA5 Pas au Loup Samoens snow ski 800

From here the "Grand Massif Express" whisks you swiftly up to Samoëns 1600 from where you can ski the resort slopes or connect to the whole of the Grand Massif area within a few minutes on a fast chairlift.

Also from the "GME" you can catch a bus to all the local villages including directly to Morillon ski station which can be very convenient in inclement weather, the main Morillon slopes are in the trees and you can ski in almost all conditions there.

Ski schools: we personally recommend Ecole de Ski 360 and would be happy to give you a personal introduction to the fantastic team who run it.AptA5 Pas au Loup Samoens ski 800

Beautiful Alpine valley with so much to do - summer holiday destination too

In summer there's fabulous valley and mountain hiking (900 km of hiking trails!), biking, swimming and a plethora of other sports on the doorstep.

Samoëns "base de loisirs" leisure centre with popular and excellent terrace restaurant, swimming pool, tennis courts and much more is 5 minutes walk from the apartment, as is the lovely Lac aux Dames to which the leisure centre is adjacent and around which a stroll at any time of day or moonlit night gazing at views of mountains on all sides of the wide valley is an immense pleasure. AptA5 Pas au Loup Samoens lake 800 (Also around the lake and along the Giffre river walk towards Morillon is lots of "natural" play equipment which is great for fitness training or simply to keep the energetic amused and entertained on family walks.)

The leisure centre which in summer is open every day also offers a large children's play area and an enormous sports fields (football, basketball) for teenagers. Activities are offered throughout the summer: tennis (rental and courses), adventure course, outdoor pool (slide, 3 pools), paragliding, bowling.  

Convenience and ease of access

Just an hour’s drive from Geneva airport and 8 hours drive from the French Channel ports, Samoëns is one of the most accessible winter and summer holiday destinations in the Alps.  It's not essential to have a car at the apartment because everything is within walking distance; Go Massif offers a range of transfer options.


Plenty is written elsewhere about the beautiful village of Samoëns and you can take a look here at the resort website;  in its wide valley setting with mountains on either side but in no way oppressive or dominant, visually its proud backdrop is the stunning 2,207 metres Aouille ("needle" in local dialect) du Criou.  About the Criou.AptA5 Pas au Loup Samoens criou 800

The centre of Samoëns is traffic free, with a very old square including lots of history and culture to explore at your leisure, dominated by a magnificent lime tree. The main street offers everything you need for self catering with a couple of small supermarkets open until late in the evening, and gourmet shops offering mountain ham, local cheese and mouth-watering pâtisserie. Every Wednesday a large market sells local produce. It's also a wonderful place for browsing, buying gifts and possibly investing for your own home too in the Savoyard interior designer shops.

Apartments Pas au Loup

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Literally "in the footsteps of the wolf", Apartments Pas au Loup are located just 5 minutes level walk from the village centre and literally two minutes walk from the main Grand Massif express telecabine; on the way to which you'll find a large ski hire shop which makes hiring your equipment tremendously straightforward, plus an excellent pizzeria and the fabulous "Tiffanie" boulangerie where on the premises the bread, pastries including local specialities are baked to serve the whole of the local area. 

In the "aerial" view (taken from the GME) Pas au Loup Apartments can be seen on the far left. For a view from "our" side see the photo at the top of this page.

The park, lake and leisure centre are just 200 metres pleasant walk past the campsite parallel with the Giffre valley.  

It's a truly lovely location whilst being totally practical too - just off the main roundabout on the way in to the village so very convenient for driving and not getting caught up in any central village traffic jams, yet with rural west facing outlook it's also a really quiet and beautiful spot! samoens apt5 pas au loup self catering apartment DINING VIEW 800

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Apt A5 is a west facing ground floor apartment with a generous living/dining/kitchen area giving access to a good sized west facing terrace and spacious communal gardens beyond; the apartment has two bedrooms, a bathroom with basin and bath with shower over, and a separate WC with hand basin. The washing machine is also in this room.

The well proportioned open plan kitchen, dining and living space make it relaxed and convivial for families and groups of friends. Both the kitchen/dining/living area and the main bedroom have a fabulous westerly outlook over the private terrace and gardens towards the beautiful Giffre valley beyond.

The apartment has underfloor heating, the well equipped kitchen is newly fitted with Bosch/Siemens appliances. There's plenty of crockery and cutlery and there's a cooker including full size oven (rare in apartments like this) as well as a microwave. It is worth noting that the undercounter fridge is not large and the freezer compartment is small - but shopping in the wonderful foodshops on a regular basis is part of the pleasure of staying in Samoëns.  And there's plenty of storage for your own provisions.AptA5 Pas au Loup Samoens ski summer holiday apartment kitchen 800

The apartment is good for couples, friends and families because of both the living area layout and the flexible sleeping arrangements. Both the bedrooms have kingsize beds which separate to singles, plus there's a quality comfy double sofabed in the living room. Bedroom one with doors onto the terrace also has a wardrobe and both bedrooms have under bed storage, bedroom two has a useful 6 drawer unit and both rooms have plenty of hooks, but please note the bedrooms are not large and storage capacity is for the kit you need for a holiday only! 

Outside on the private terrace there are table and chairs for alfresco summer dining.

There’s also a private ski locker and a small underground garage where you can keep your car (NB average size family car ok) snow free and/or bikes secure.

This is our own holiday home so we are not on hand to help out, but we’re available by email and phone at all times and our English and incredibly helpful concierge/key-holder lives in the chalet next door.

What others say:

Abi, Feb 2018: "As a family we spent February half term here and it was totally fantastic! The apartment is located opposite the ski hire shop and you cannot get nearer to the ski lift! Samoëns town is a few minutes walk and is a delightful place to eat, drink and shop! The apartment is brilliant! Everything you need, spacious, cozy and comfortable. Private patio with views up the mountains and really peaceful. I cannot find one fault with the accommodation at all - new kitchen, comfy beds and a totally workable and easy space for a family of four or a group of friends. I cannot recommend this place enough. Just perfect!" 

Melanie, July 2018: "This place is fantastic! The apartment matches the photos completely and is very well equipped for a family stay. The kitchen appliances are all new and in great condition. The location is ideal for summer and winter - only a short walk from the Base de Loisirs with two beautiful lakes, child play area (climbing frames etc), basketball court and loads of walks. The Grand Massif ski lift is just across road as is the delicious boulangerie Tiffanie. We had an absolutely superb stay and would definitely come back."

Availability and Prices

2020-21 Ski season Saturday changeovers, full week bookings only

Sun 20 Dec £1250 
(Not available New Year through to first week February)
Sun 7 Feb £1250 
Sun 14 Feb £1500 
Sun 21 Feb £1500 
Sun 28 Feb £1250 

Summer season start Sundays as above

July/August weeks subject to availability - normally £750 

Rest of year full weeks and short breaks:

Most weeks May-June and Sept-Nov - Please enquire re availability; price dependent on length of stay and number of people.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details of availability, prices for other times than those mentioned, booking form and payment details (sterling and euro account options).  



A wide range of excellent self catering holiday accommodation with New Forest Cottages

Over 155 self-catering holiday homes in Lymington and the New Forest

Let the friendly experts at New Forest Cottages help you find the perfect holiday accommodation!

New Forest Cottages has a wonderful selection of holiday accommodation in the New Forest

Are you looking for somewhere to stay in the New Forest? Whether you want somewhere cottagey and tradition or modern and open plan, in woodland, town or near the sea, New Forest Cottages will have the perfect self-catering holiday accommodation for you.

The oldest and largest holiday cottage letting agency in the New Forest, New Forest Cottages has over 40 years of experience and a national reputation for excellence. And with over 155 self catering holiday homes on their books, you'll be spoilt for choice! Trudie Russo and her friendly, professional team know all of the properties inside out and are experts on the local area - they will be pleased to help you choose the perfect property to match just what you’re looking for. 

Let New Forest Cottages help you choose

Details of all the properties are easy to view on the New Forest Cottages website, which has been designed with the customer in mind. “We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to search for a holiday cottage,” shares Trudie, “We recognise that different things are important to different people and so try to incorporate as much detail as possible.”

A character New Forest cottage for your holidayPerhaps you are looking for a holiday cottage with direct forest access, woodburner and a nearby pub… or need somewhere pet-friendly with enclosed garden near to the beach…or a village property with ground floor facilities and a nearby shop…or maybe a modern townhouse with swimming pool, barbecue terrace and off road parking for more than one car? Whether you are planning to take the kids, the dog, the grandparents or just hope to get away from it all, there is a New Forest holiday cottage for you!

In fact, New Forest Cottages will help you even if you’re not entirely sure where you would like to stay. The “Inspire Me” section of the website provides suggestions for romantic hideaways, luxurious properties, family breaks and much more. If you need further assistance, the New Forest Cottages team are on hand to guide you via online chat, telephone and email. With an office in Lymington, the team provide a host of local knowledge to assist visitors during their stay.

“Booking was simple and straight forward leading to a cottage in an exceptional position with perfect hosts.”

Holiday Barn in the New ForestEach holiday cottage description is brought to life with a range of interior and exterior photographs and independent online reviews. New Forest Cottages operates a Feefo customer review system, enabling real customer reviews of each cottage. “We are very proud of our 99% customer satisfaction,” says Trudie. “And that many of our guests come back to stay in our cottages again.”

Many guests come back to stay in New Forest Cottages again!

“We have used New Forest Cottages for years and have always been satisfied with their service.”

New Forest Cottages is a Quality-Accredited Agency (QAA) and they pride themselves on their attention to detail. The cleanliness of each self-catering holiday accommodation is guaranteed. Kitchens are well-equipped, many with a dishwasher and big fridge-freezer and over 86% of the properties have wifi.

“The owners really go the extra mile to provide a wonderful place to stay. The cottage is always exceptionally clean and very comfortable. We appreciate the personal touches, such as the welcome tray with milk on arrival and the change of linen.”

A reputation for excellent customer service, user-friendly website and high quality lettings ensures New Forest Cottages remains an excellent prospect for those thinking of letting their self catering property. If you would like to find out more about letting holiday accommodation in the New Forest area, get in touch with the team

new forest cottages logo jpg webSo, with New Forest Cottages taking care of your holiday cottage, all that remains is to decide where to explore first: the forest, the open heathland, the magical streams or the picturesque beaches…

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Double AA Hospitality Award Win for the Montagu Arms

Double AA Hospitality Award Win for Beaulieu's Montagu Arms

The Montagu Arms Hotel scoops four AA Red Stars and its Terrace Restaurant awarded three AA Rosettes

The Montagu Arms exterior 600x400Congratulations to The Montagu Arms, quintessentially British countryside hotel in Beaulieu, New Forest, on scooping a double award win at the 2019 AA Hospitality Awards, celebrated on 23rd September 2019 at the Marriott Grosvenor House London.

Awarded through inspectors’ choice, The Montagu Arms has achieved the coveted accolade of four AA Red Stars, marking it as one of the finest examples of a four-star hotel in the UK and Ireland. Red Star status is bestowed to hotels that excel in all areas, offering outstanding levels of quality, service and hospitality.

The Montagu Arms Oyster Alongside this impressive achievement, the fine-dining Terrace Restaurant at The Montagu Arms, led by new Head Chef Matthew Whitfield, has been awarded three AA Rosettes.

The three AA Rosette rating is given to outstanding restaurants that ‘demand recognition well beyond their local area’, and that demonstrate excellence in timing, seasoning and judgement of flavour combinations.

Andrew Nightingale, General Manager at The Montagu Arms said: “It’s through the continual hard work and dedication of each team member throughout the hotel and restaurant that we have achieved these awards. I’m incredibly proud of the team, they always go above and beyond and it’s great for their hard work to be recognised.”


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