The market town of Ringwood lies near the western edge of the New Forest, in the county of Hampshire. Nestled on the banks of the River Avon with far-reaching views across the surrounding countryside, it is popular among visitors to the region. The south coast is a short drive away, with sandy beaches and the classic resort of Bournemouth to explore. Within walking distance of your Ringwood holiday cottage, the streets in the historic town centre are lined with beautiful Georgian and Victorian buildings. Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Ringwood, the Wednesday morning market has been held since the Middle Ages, and remains packed with stalls selling fresh, local produce. There are a number of cosy old pubs in the town, many of which serve ales from Ringwood Brewery.

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Get away into the woods with a holiday at Endymion, a cosy rural eco-lodge in the grounds of the owner’s house, with a rustic exterior and endearingly quirky interior, surrounded by picturesque New Forest National Park in the isolated hamlet of Linwood, near Ringwood in Hampshire. Pets welcome.

Ringwood is home to many interesting landmarks, including the Church of St Peter and St Paul, which features a 15th century monumental brass of John Prophete. Local family-friendly attractions within a short distance of Ringwood holiday cottages include Millstream Model Centre and Raceway, the country’s largest slot-car racetrack. Sailing and other water sports can be enjoyed at the neighbouring lakes, where New Forest Water Park and Spinnaker Sailing Club are located. Many scenic walks can be found in and around the town. The Castleman Trail follows the route of an old railway track to Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood Brewery and Crow Farm Shop. Nearby, Hockey’s Farm Shop is well worth a visit to pick up fresh produce and see the animals.

A short drive eastward from Ringwood, the New Forest National Park is an enchanting expanse of glades, open moors and clifftop walks. Beaches at Boscombe and Bournemouth are half an hour away from the town. The medieval cathedral city of Salisbury is well worth a visit, a short drive northward from Ringwood.