As our summer holiday isn't until September, me and my boyfriend booked another spontaneous weekend away last weekend, to spend some time together and get away from it all. We adventured down South for a lovely two nights away in the New Forest. We had such an perfect weekend, enjoying some us time, peace and quiet, as well as bike riding, making friends with Shetland ponies and yummy pub dinners.
We drove up late on Friday night, and had already stopped half way for a naughty KFC, so we headed straight to the B&B for the night. It was already late when we arrived and had taken a few wrong turns but eventually we found it tucked away behind some trees. Friday night was a night for chilling, unpacking and planning our next two days. We ended up making ourselves a cuppa and watching Twilight, before falling asleep after that long drive! Since we got an early night, we woke early the next day, dressed and got ready and headed into the garden to see the Shetland Ponies. The cottage we stayed at had Shetland Ponies roaming in the back garden! I soon found a favourite.. she was so cute!
Mid morning, our tummies were rumbling so we headed into the next town for breakfast. We found a cute little shop selling teas and coffees, waffles and ice cream, so we headed in and I enjoyed toast while my boyfriend had a croissant. We finished our food and made our way to cyclexperience as we were going bike riding!
Neither me or my boyfriend had been on a bike for years, so when the guy bought the bikes over to us, I almost fell off! Admittedly, I was a little scared! The guy at bike hire hut gave us a route that suited us best, a nice short ride with a pub stop halfway. We were soon off and I was terrified at the thought of riding in the road with cars but my boyfriend assured me I wouldn't get run over, and in no time we were lost in the forest.. the only thing we could see were cows. My boyfriend soon got us on the right track but I was exhausted and my legs were already aching. I pushed on but soon realised we forgot any drinks and I was hot and thirsty! The ride to the pub took us around three hours, and we could barely walk after but we found the pub and rewarded ourselves with food and drink!
The ride back wasn't as bad, we got lost again but it was more enjoyable as I had food in my tummy! We dropped the bikes off by the afternoon, and we were sore and aching. Our bums were hurting most and I honestly don't know how my boyfriend drove us back! I knew we should've done some pre bike riding stretches..!
We stayed in the little town called Sway, in a beautiful B&B called Meadow Cottage. It's a quaint house, with three rooms welcome for people to come and enjoy the New Forest. It had a very homely feeling owned by a lovely couple and we really loved our stay here. We were lucky enough to have a room facing the garden, which meant we had a lovely little patio area to sit and watch the ponies roaming in their six acres of land. They even had a cat too, which took a fancy to us and followed us about! So cute!
I downloaded the New Forest app and had a look at the pubs nearby for a place to go for dinner. I found a lovely pub/hotel called The White Rabbit serving the most delicious foods. It had a very warm atmosphere, with lots of people, so we headed outside and enjoyed the evening sunshine. Me and my boyfriend always order Hunters Chicken whenever we're at a pub, so in keeping with the tradition we went for the Brewers Chicken.. chicken smothered in a bbq and ale sauce topped with cheese. It was delicious except we could taste the ale and it was a bit strong! The chips were amazing too. We spent our evening just sitting, enjoying the evening sunset and having a good old laugh. The bike ride was catching up with us though, so we headed back and fell asleep in seconds!
We really loved our stay in the New Forest and I can't wait to go back again. It was just what we needed, perfect for some relaxing time away, peace and quiet and being on our own, just us and the Shetland Ponies ♥