Christmas Week in the New Forest-Pt.4

The day after Boxing Day, me and my partner headed out to a small village called Burley. As it was my partner’s last day before going back to work, we wanted a fairly relaxed day.

Burley is a traditional village with quirky stores, handmade goods and second hand shops. It was also my nan’s favourite place in the world, before she passed away last year. 

Even though quite a few shops were closed as it was the Christmas holidays, we still went into our favourite fudge shop and stopped off for some delicious scones.

Me and my partner first visited Burley twice over the Easter holidays last year, where we did a fun horse and carriage ride through the forest.

I also brought my nan back some postcards and souvenirs from the shops. I was thankful I got to visit her favourite place and get to talk to her about it, before she passed away last May. 

After Burley, we took a different route back to the lodge and stopped to look at the wild horses and ponies.

The view on the drive back.

And then it was time for my partner to leave. We had an amazing time together in one of our favourite places, so I was sad he had to go, but I made sure to make the most of my last two days. 

The next morning, me, my mum and my brother went on an alpaca walk. We got to pet and walk the same alpacas last year when they was babies, but as they’re now older, we was able to take them on an hour long walk through the forest. 

I had the rather messy haired Pickle, who was super sweet and well behaved. 

We walked up to Godshill viewing point and with the sun shining, it was beautiful.

Before then walking Pickle back to his field.

We spent the rest of the day at leisure and in the lodge, before heading to the on-site restaurant for dinner. 

I had a delicious falafel and halloumi burger with chips and salad.

Then shared a yummy ice cream sundae with my brother.

After dinner we walked back into the main square, which was still beautifully decorated with Christmas lights.

Before heading back to the lodge, ready for our final day. 

On our last day in the New Forest, I spent most of the afternoon at the on-site spa.

I had a facial, massage and pedicure. All of which was fantastic and super relaxing. 

I loved the short walk back to the lodge, where I didn’t see a single person. The sun was shining and the only noise I could hear was birds singing. 

Once I got back, I ran a bath and used one of Lush’s Christmas bath bombs, Shoot For The Stars. 

After a relaxing bath, I spent the rest of the night in the lodge, resting, packing and already planning my return visit.

34 thoughts on “Christmas Week in the New Forest-Pt.4

  1. Watching wild horses is one of my favourite things to do! It’s so so cool that you got to walk the alpacas, what a fun and unique experience! Glad you had what sounds like a fun and exciting yet relaxing Christmas xx

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      1. Haha. I was going on about doing an alpaca walk to my partner last year, so when I saw I could do it in the New Forest, I was so excited haha😊 I’ll try. I’d love to go away more for Christmas xx

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      2. It’s so random you even thought of it lol but so cute! Like I never even would have thought about doing an alpaca walk! I bet you were buzzing lol, so much fun! Really? I definitely prefer staying home at Christmas, it doesn’t feel righ for me to be away haha! Where would you most like to spend Christmas? xx

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      3. Haha I’m always random. My partner always thinks I come up with random things to do. I’d like to be sonewhere snowy, Switzerland or anywhere cold. Or Australia one year☺ x

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      4. It’s the best way to be! Being somewhere snowy would be perfect, or New York! Imagine NY at Christmas!! Australia would be completely different, my friend went to Oz this Christmas and she had to have McDonalds as her Christmas meal lol X

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  2. Aw that is so sweet that you got to go visit a place that reminds you of your beloved Nan. I bet she is so happy that you went there! I love gathering postcards and little knick-nacks from places I visit, it’s always a good little memorabilia to hold on to. My goodness, the alpaca’s are so cool! It’s so cool having the opportunity to see real wild life animals, let alone being able to get that close to them, what an experience! Nothing I love more than a spa experience your toes came out fab, great color choice!!

    xo, JJ

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    1. Aaw thank you. She was really happy when I went and I can imagine her being happy I went back😊 The alpacas were so lovely. Really cute and mine was so sweet and well behaved☺ Aaw thank you. I love spa days😊 I tend to go for pinks on my toes, but I loved the blue glitter xx

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    1. It is a lovely little place. It feels like time’s stood still, it’s so traditional☺ They were adorable. Walking the alpacas was a lot of fun. I wanted to take mine home with me😊 I think it was an OPI polish. Xx

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  3. Oh my gosh those horses! And the alpacas! My cousin raises alpacas and I love going to her farm and petting them! That is sweet you got to go and honor your Nan like that! The village seems like such a beautiful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life! ❤

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    1. Aaw that’s amazing. I really love alpacas, so I hope you enjoy going to see them☺ Aaw thank you. My nan loved it there. She went every year when my grandad was still alive, so it’s a special place. It is so peaceful and calm there😊 xx

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