About Us

Forest Side Guesthouse, formerly known as Temple Lodge, offers accommodation in Lyndhurst, the heart of the New Forest National Park.  Situated opposite the open forest, enjoying views over to Bolton's Bench and the freely wandering New Forest ponies, donkeys and cattle, you can appreciate all the charms that the New Forest has to offer on your doorstep. 

Our guesthouse has retained many of its Victorian features and boasts a splendid wooden staircase, beautiful stained glass windows, high ceilings and original fireplaces.     

Forest Side has six delightfully spacious, en-suite guest bedrooms over two floors.  All have flat-screen TV and DVD, mini fridge offering refreshments and snacks, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and complimentary luxurious pampering products.

Our dining room overlooks our splendid and colourful garden.  Start your Forest Side adventure with our scrumptious, cooked to order, traditional English breakfast to include a choice of bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, tomato, mushrooms, hash browns and black pudding.  All of our products are locally sourced where available.  Alternatively try our fresh fruit salad, cereals, porridge, pancakes with maple syrup, smoked haddock with poached eggs or our heavenly smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.  All served with the finest British and fruit teas, coffee, fruit juice and toast and preserves. 

Special dietary requirements can be accommodated for upon request, please let us know at the time of your booking.  Please also inform us of any allergies that we should be aware of.

Our sun garden offers a chance to unwind after a day ‘out and about’ exploring.  If you are not fully prepared for the change in our English weather, then why not pick up our complimentary wellies before you leave and let us make you a warm flask of coffee with our compliments. 

Or why not relax in our cosy guest lounge with two large sofas, chess, backgammon, board games and our library of books and dvd's where we aim to provide you with all your home from home comforts. 

With private on-site parking, less than 20 metres from the open forest and a 5-minute stroll into the thriving village of Lyndhurst offering tea rooms, cafes, fabulous restaurants and traditional pubs, you really will be centrally located to enjoy all that the capital of the New Forest has to offer.

Guest Reviews - Forest Side, Lyndhurst

"Beautiful house, lovely room, fantastically located. Breakfast was superb, all sorts of products and very nicely cooked to our taste. We would happily recommend this guesthouse to everyone and I'm sure we will come back!" Elaine

"Best room we have ever stayed in, the bed was superbly comfortable. Breakfast was delicious.  Thoroughly recommend." John.

"We stayed here for 3 nights and couldn't fault it. The house is beautiful and in a fantastic location. We stayed in the deluxe double bedroom which was well decorated, very clean and had great views of the surrounding countryside." Danielle

New Forest National Park

Ponies, Cattle, Donkeys, Deer & Pigs

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.


The 'Capital' of the New Forest

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.



Whether you are looking for a 9 or 18 hole golf course, there are a variety to choose from, all surronded by stunning scenary and varying in difficulty.


With more than 140 miles of tracks and footpaths through woodland, heathland, beautiful villages and spectacular coastline, the New Forest is a walkers dream.


With miles of off-road tracks you can enjoy easy and relaxed cycling. For the more serious cyclist our long distance cycle routes offer both off and on road routes.

On the water

Our New Forest 'gem', 43 miles of stunning coastline.  Enjoy kayaking, rib rides, cruises, water-skiing and wakeboarding.

Horse Riding

With over 3,000 New Forest ponies freely wandering, could there be a more perfectly splendid way to enjoy a leisurely hack.


The New Forest offers a variety of fabulous days out.  Please visit https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/things-to-do/activities  for more information.

Restaurants, Tea Rooms and Traditional Pubs

Details to follow shortly