We are David and Rosetta, the owners of the Forest Side Guesthouse and between us we have over 39 years’ experience within the hospitality industry.
Following numerous visits to Lyndhurst and the New Forest National Park, and having a shared passion for nature, wildlife, the outdoors, hiking and cycling, we recently relocated from Jersey, Channel Islands to the New Forest so that we may realise a preferred work-life balance whilst engaging in our ultimate dream guesthouse venture.
With us we bring personality, a sense of humour and most importantly 'heart' to what we want to achieve - a family run guesthouse in Lyndhurst that we can open up and share with people like you so that you may experience the freedom and charm of all the New Forest National Park has to offer.
We are ‘doers’ and together we are passionate and deeply invested in our new home and guesthouse in Lyndhurst, New Forest. We aim to provide a personal touch, to deliver over and above your expectation of a perfect break whether that be a weekend or extended stay, celebration, anniversary, business trip or some simple and well-deserved ‘time out’, Forest Side are confident we have something for everyone.
We’re excited that you took the time to visit our web page and we truly look forward to having the opportunity of welcoming you to the Forest Side Guesthouse offering quality bed and breakfast. We are ultimately here so that you may enjoy all that we can share with you.
Feel free to browse our Forest Side Story blog and the Calendar of Events for more information on local attractions and advice on planning your trip with what you ‘must see’ and ‘must do’ during your visit to the Lyndhurst, New Forest National Park.
Your Forest Side adventure awaits you.
Hope to see you soon.
David & Rosetta
Whether this is your first stay with us or you are our return guest, we aim to provide you with the Forest Side VIP experience.
You may have found us on a hotel booking or review site for Lyndhurst in the New Forest, however when choosing to book your stay with Forest Side, there really is no better way than booking with us direct whether by phone, email or our online booking system.
HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK DIRECT
Greater Room Selection
'Sold Out’ on third-party booking websites doesn't always mean our bed & breakfast is full. We often want to keep our rooms for guests who ‘book direct’ with us either through our own website and social media, by email or by telephone.
By booking direct you will receive our best rate available, our latest special offer and our website and social media only promotions.
Our Relationship with You, Our Guest
Many third-party booking websites now have filters on the way in which we can communicate with you, our guests. We do not receive your email address and sometimes we do not have access to your phone number – this can lead to delayed communication.
When you book direct with us, it allows us both to communicate more effectively and to be more personable in our communication.
When you book direct with us, our relationship begins in that very moment.
Local Small Business Supporting Our Community, Our Local Economy and Local Charity
As a New Forest small business, we aim to help shape our ‘home’ in the New Forest by supporting other local businesses, our local economy and our local chosen charity, the New Forest Trust.
By booking direct you will not be charged any hidden administration fee and we will not be charged an increasing commission.
By booking direct you can help our new small business offer you the very best accommodation, help shape the community we live in, our economy and the New Forest National Park that we now call ‘our home’.
TO THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR SMALL BUSINESS AND FOR BOOKING DIRECT YOU WILL RECEIVE:
Remember, if you have found a more competitive price at the time of your booking via a booking or review site,
then please give us a call and let us know
Once the royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror, the New Forest became a national park in 2005 in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.
There really is no shortage of things to discover in the New Forest, covering over 571 square kilometres, it is made up of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys as well as places of historical interest, delicious food and a picturesque coast.
The culture of the New Forest is closely tied into the traditions of the people and their communing rights. Commoners of the New Forest own the rights of common of pasture whereby commonable animals such as ponies, cattle and donkeys are allowed to freely roam between the commons and the forest.
These are not the only animals that have the right to be turned out. Mast is the right to turn out pigs in the autumn in order to feed upon the acorns, which helps other animals. If eaten in excess, the acorns are poisonous to the ponies and cattle.
It is fair to say that the true pleasure of the New Forest is simply ‘being’ in the moment, among nature and the freely roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys and deer.
If walking, cycling, horse riding or existing in nature is what you are looking for, then the New Forest has everything that you could ask for and with over 140 miles of tracks to explore, the New Forest truly is a tranquil haven.
Known as the ‘capital’ of The New Forest, Lyndhurst is a charming village with lots of independent and delightful shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs. With nearby hamlets of Bank, Emery Down and Swan Green, you are sure to enjoy all the delights that our exciting bustling village life has to offer.
Forest Side Guesthouse is proudly positioned opposite Bolton’s Bench, Lyndhurst’s celebrated local landmark and picturesque yew capped hillock. Here the giant yew tree delights in views over towards the centre of the village and the open forest beyond.
Bolton’s Bench, which according to local folklore, was originally the corpse of a dragon slayed by a valiant knight, attracts many visitors who affectionately splendour in the delights of the New Forest ponies, donkeys and cattle grazing on the open lawns.
The church of St Michael and All Angels, another local landmark standing on one of the highest points in the village, is a magnificent gothic church where Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is buried in the church graveyard.