Though our seven year anniversary was back in October, it wasn’t until this past weekend that we were able to take our official anniversary dinner and stay at the Rhinefield House Hotel that Ben had purchased as a gift. We left early Saturday morning, first taking the tube from West Hampstead to Victoria Station, from where we took South West Trains to Brockenhurst. From town we walked a little under four miles to Rhinefield House, which though the hotel sits among many excellent walking paths within New Forest National Park, it nevertheless surprised the hotel employees that we arrived on foot. This became unsurprising to us when we realized a majority of guests appeared to be most interested in the endless tea time treats served throughout the day rather than physical exertion.
After checking in, we grabbed a bite to eat before almost immediately heading back out to explore the hotel grounds and then into New Forest to explore the Tall Trees Trail and Blackwater Arboretum Sensory Trail. Not far from the hotel, both are worthwhile leisure walks beginning from Blackwater Car Park and well marked with information pertaining to tree species, facts and figures. New Forest maps are available both at the Rhinefield House and in the car park.