Friday, 5 November 2010

East Boldre: autumn colours, congenial evenings at the Turfcutters - by Bartley Barn guests

We have to share this great advertisement for autumn breaks in the New Forest in East Boldre, one of the New Forest's best kept secrets! Last week's Bartley Barn guests wrote: "What a lovely place to stay, whilst we explored the glorious New Forest in all its autumn glory. The colours were truly breathtaking and we took lots of photos to try and catch the autumnal colours of the forest. Evenings were spent at the Turfcutters enjoying their hearty food at very reasonable prices. No room for desserts or starters as mains are substantial. They made our two spaniels Willow & Jasmin very very welcome which is unusual these days in pubs where food is served so we really appreciated it. Local shop sells lovely bread and is very welcoming and has anything you may need. All in all a fantastic much needed break from the "Rat Race" of the south east of England. Many thanks to our welcoming hosts Jane & Bill." - email us too if you'd like more information too about our fabulous local pub the Turfcutters Arms, and our very own East Boldre Post Office & Stores.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Availability weekend or full week from 24 September

If you're looking for a weekend or full week break next week starting Fri 24th September, we have a cancellation at Bartley Barn! Early autumn is a fabulous time to visit the New Forest National Park and Bartley Barn close to Hatchet Pond in East Boldre is in an ideal base from to explore both Forest and Solent Shore. We can accommodate 2 to 6 people, plus up to 2 dogs. Included in our prices are of course hot water and heating, bedlinen and plenty of towels, plus basic consumables eg everything from toilet paper to tea bags. You can buy fresh eggs from our own free ranging hens. The village shop which supplies everything else is just 5 minutes walk so all you have to do is pack your clothes and the dog, and come! or just call 01590 612902.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

The New Forest National Park is a wonderful area to explore whatever the time of year but Autumn is perhaps the most spectacular season as the colours of the trees begin to turn, the light is clear and the air fresh, and the ponies start to grow their long furry coats for winter. Forest and sea meet at the Solent shore close to East Boldre within easy reach of Bartley Barn self catering holiday cottage. Come and take an Autumn weekend or weekday break - contact us for special short break prices during October and November.

The New Forest is more than a day trip - it is the perfect destination for a a week's holiday or a weekend break. In Autumn there is so much to see and do, the attractions are open - Exbury gardens is a blaze of colour, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, has a host of undercover attractions, New Forest Cider has it's apple presses working and of course there is lots of forest paths and coastal walks to explore.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Autumn has arrived in the New Forest! The blackberries are plentiful and superb this year and in our garden at Bartley Barn we have apples, raspberries, beans and beetroot plus more to share with our guests not to mention fresh laid eggs from our happy free range brood. Visit for more information - weekend and mid week autumn breaks available now in October and November.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Visit Furzey Gardens whilst at Bartley Barn

Last week's guests had previously stayed at Bartley Barn last July (Bartley Barn enjoys an increasing number of repeat visitors) and wanted to come in May this year in order to see Exbury Gardens with the rhododendrons and azaleas in full bloom. They spent two happy days at Exbury and also made a point of telling me about their trip to Furzey Gardens near Minstead, which I have never visited. They were enthusiastic about the beautiful colours of the shrubs, the serenity of the place and the warm welcome of the owners and staff at Furzey Gardens. They also enjoyed the lovely drive from Bartley Barn at Hatchet Pond, across the forest via Beaulieu Road station and Lyndhurst (one of my favourite forest routes), to Furzey Gardens. Visit for more information about Bartley Barn and our availability calendar. I need to update the calendar in fact - we have a booking for next May already!

Monday, 10 May 2010

Freshly laid free range eggs at Bartley Barn!

There's an extra incentive for coming to stay in our New Forest self catering accommodation at Bartley Barn this summer - our relatively recently acquired hens are now all laying, and even when our whole family eat scrambled eggs for breakfast we have eggs to spare!

We still have some availability at Bartley Barn in June and July - when the days are at their longest and the sunsets over Hatchet Pond at their most spectacular. Visit our website and check our availability calendar. Julia, Buddy, Biscuit and the rest of the hens look forward to meeting you

Saturday, 1 May 2010

East Boldre weather phenomenon

We've lived in East Boldre now for 15 years and I've often marvelled at what I call the East Boldre weather phenomenon. During periods of unsettled weather especially in spring and summer, I spot threatening cloud to the north west over Brockenhurst and around to the north towards Lyndhurst - in fact you can see that it's raining there. Yet here in East Boldre and to the south of us the sky remains bright! And so it is again today. In the past couple of hours I've just driven the 5 miles to Brockenhurst to do some errands. All the while it's been dry here, whilst in Brockenhurst it was, and indeed looks from here as if it still is, pouring with that steady, very wet making kind of rain! Moral of the story: look for your New Forest self catering accommodation here in East Boldre! Currently Bartley Barn is occupied by a couple with their dogs who've come sensibly equipped with coats and wellies - but they're happy that they can enjoy the sunshine on the private terrace of their accommodation! (They were also pleased that our 6 chickens all laid eggs yesterday and I was able to share our spoils for their breakfast!)

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Bartley Barn new website has gone live

We've just launched our new look Bartley Barn website which is designed to appeal to people looking for "New Forest self catering accommodation". This includes a new "Google Local" map which shows exactly where Bartley Barn is located, on the open New Forest close to the junction with the forest road to Lymington, within a stone's throw of Hatchet Pond and another mile or so to Beaulieu. The calendar links to our own calendar which we update very easily in "Google Calendar". We've also included a floor plan which we hope will be useful to you if you're trying to understand how the two storey accommodation really "works"!

This new website has been created by our sister company Bartley Marketing If you'd like a similar website for your holiday cottage, guest house, ski chalet, other holiday destination...or know anybody else who might, do contact us via the Bartley Barn enquiry form!

Meanwhile after three weeks plus of fabulous spring weather in the New Forest, nobody minded the few drops of rain we received today...our newly planted vegetable plot was delighted and even our chickens seemed to understand that a little moisture was needed! This week's Bartley Barn guests like last week's (visitors from South Africa who appreciated our enormous and star laden night skies) are pleased that they opted for a UK holiday this Easter time!

Friday, 19 February 2010

Bartley Barn New Forest Self Catering

Bartley Barn New Forest self catering accommodation sleeps 4-6. It's situated in fantastic open heathland of the New Forest new National Park. Available for short breaks March and April. For more information visit Bartley Barn New Forest at or email direct to