Rhinefield House Hotel & Walking New Forest

Rhinefield House Hotel

Rhinefield House Hotel

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.

Walking from Brockenhurst to Rhinefield House Hotel

Walking from Brockenhurst to Rhinefield House Hotel

Looking for the forest...

Looking for the forest…

Smiles despite the clouds

Smiles despite the clouds

Rhinefield House Hotel

Rhinefield House Hotel upon arrival, walking from Brockenhurst

Rhinefield House Hotel entrance

Rhinefield House Hotel entrance

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.

Rhinefield House Hotel maze

The maze at Rhinefield House

Blackwater Arboretum Sensory Trail

Blackwater Arboretum Sensory Trail

Blackwater Tall Trees Trail

Along Blackwater Tall Trees Trail

Rhinefield House at dusk

Rhinefield House at dusk

Old Fashioned & Blackberry Tom Collins

Predinner drinks: Old Fashioned & Blackberry Tom Collins

November colors of New Forest

November colors of New Forest

Creepy branch structures began appearing

Creepy branch structures began appearing

Dangerous Animals...?

Dangerous Animals…?

New Forest ponies!

Fun fact: New Forest is home to nearly 5,000 ponies

Fun fonts in Brockenhurst

Fun fonts in Brockenhurst

Quaint Brockenhurst pub... saving for next time

Quaint Brockenhurst pub on the way back to the train station… saving for next time

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