What to do in and around Minstead

A must see in Minstead is the village church, parts of which date from the 13th Century. The grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle can be found in the church graveyard.

There is a pub, village shop and tea room by the village green. New Forest ponies often gather on the village green which is also notable for its stocks.

     Popular Minstead pub The Trusty Servant       Stocks on Minstead village green
 Popular Minstead pub The Trusty Servant                Stocks on Minstead village green

The Chelsea Flower Show Award Winning Furzy Gardens contains eight acres of gardens to explore, a 16 century cottage, a coffee shop and an art gallery.

The Rufus Stone marks the spot where King William II was killed whilst hunting in the forest.

The New Forest National Park

The New Forest contains over 100 miles of cycle routes. Bring your own bicycle (secure storage available) to Woodside Lodge or ask Janice about bicycle hire (bicycles hired from Trax can be delivered to Woodside Lodge or Ashurst or Brockenhurst railway stations).

Andrew's Mare at sunset

Deer at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
Cycle track at Acres Down

Family favourite Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park is just a short drive away.


For those of you who don't want to miss out on a round or two of golf whilst on holiday we recommend the New Forest Golf Club in Lyndhurst. With 18 holes set in the beautiful New Forest, as well as food and drink served in the clubhouse, its the perfect way to relax and unwind. Ask Janice about your discount at the New Forest Golf Club when you stay at Woodside Lodge.

New Forest Golf Club


Ask Janice for directions to Highcliffe beach - a quiet, sandy beach with plenty of parking nearby and a cafe.

Janice's grandchildren enjoying Highcliffe beach