I do believe I have stumbled into an enchanted realm. My latest adventure has found me staying for a month in Brockenhurst, England in a charming Bed & Breakfast that can only be described as something out of a fairy-tale. Magic has been found. Boring realities have seemed to disappear for a time. Instead I have found ponies wandering the moors, secret forest paths, owls calling in the middle of the night, fairy lights, and yes…even a unicorn (or a New Forest Pony).
Well, it began when I stepped off the train in Brockenhurst. Awaiting my ride, I heard my name being called and then an older woman dressed in a flowing scarlet scarf with long silver hair came flying around the corner. She looked somewhat like a harried elf who seemed to be out of place at the train station. She belonged in the forest with the other magical folk. This lovely elf turned out to be the owner of the B&B. Sue (such a prosaic name for an elf) picked me up and proceeded to give me detailed instructions on how to find my way around this little village out of time.
When we arrived at Broad Oak, I looked up at the charming old house and was drawn to the dormer attic window. No surprise that it turned out to be The Enchanted Garden room where I am staying the month.
I soon met the other elf in residence, Michael, Sue’s husband. He was so very gnome-like with his white, curly hair and mischievous grin. This couple simply had to be elves taking on human form – the resemblance was uncanny.
Upon settling in, I discovered that the room was as whimsical as the name. Fairies hiding in plants, birds flying across the ceiling and vines growing over the walls. Little lights in the cutest of places and of course, the dormer window thrown wide to let the fresh air of the forest into the room.
I leaned out the window to look at the large, ancient oak spreading it’s branches over the entrance to the road and I began to feel different…more alive. What new adventures awaited me? Was I Cinderella waking to birdsong in her attic and sunlight pouring through a skylight? Was I a princess awaiting her prince high in the Tower of her castle? Whatever it was, the enchantment of this place seemed to work its magic on me. If you let it, it will work it's magic on you, too.
From the moment you book you will know what a special place this is and how wonderful your stay will be from the conversations you will have with Sue in preparation for your stay.
We arrived on a snowy night and were welcomed in by Mike who showed us up to our room. We followed a delicious smell up the magical staircase which already had my boys charmed with the decoration, characters and magic. We found Sue in our room lovingly arranging everything in fine detail to make sure everything was perfect for us all and also safe for our 2 year old. That delicious smell turned out to be our dinner! A fantastic meal that Sue had prepared was cooking away in the slow cooker ready for us to sit straight down to eat!
Our fridge, freezer and cupboards were stocked full of fantastic quality, nutritious food and drink from luxurious treats to fresh organic fruit and veg and Sue and Mike had gone to the trouble of even ensuring our children had their favourite cereal! Sue kept delivering little extras throughout our stay! Their is also all the equipment you could possibly need from a halogen oven to egg cups for dippy eggs!
The bathroom is the sweetest little room I've ever seen! With a miniature bath which both my boys adored and a powerful and hot shower. Even the bathroom is stocked full of toiletries etc and lovely big towels that actually dry you - none of these squeaky white things that absorb no water that you find in hotels! Sue kindly told us to take her towels swimming which saved room in our suitcase!
We stayed in the enchanted garden and enchanted it is! With fairy lights everywhere, vines and leaves and little birds on the walls and ceilings. Even down to the ceiling lights which look like garden lanterns make this room beautiful. Sue dresses the room so beautifully with bedspreads and cushions and so many little touches which make it SO COSY! We really did feel like we were hiding away in a secret little forest haven. Our King Bed was the comfiest mattress i have ever slept on! My 9 year old had a lovely single bed which converted into a comfy sofa during the day. And my 2 year old had a gorgeous little nest made by Sue! We told Sue we didn't have a travel cot but would try and borrow one. She said not to worry, she would make something and boy did she deliver! This is what Sue and Mike do, they go above and beyond your wildest expectations in each and every way. There is magic round every corner and behind every door and our children were filled with delight at every twist and turn from little notes pushed under our door in the night to disappearing and reappearing bears, a pilot riding a cheetah, new toys appearing on their beds and crackers left out for their dinner!
The location of the B&B is absolutely perfect for exploring the New Forest and a very short walk to the little village which has a lot in it!
There is so much more I could say about our stay but I think you need to experience the magic for yourselves. When we left it was like saying Good-Bye to friends and our 9 year old sobbed his little heart out in the car journey home. You will not regret booking this wonderful place.
We stayed for two nights at the end of August. In the Magic Carpet room.
What can I say
The room was spotless and the food was outstanding.
Sue and Mike go out of their way to make you feel part of the family. Sue emails to see what foods you like and tops up the fridge and larder whilst you are out. She made my daughter (10) feel like a little princess and welcomed her with open arms. The little things that Sue did was amazing and the service is second to none. Sue and Mike cannot do enough for you. I would definitely go for the 'more than you would expect' experience, when I stay there again. The room was decorated in a theme of our choice. It is not your normal B&B but if you want something extremely special go there.
Had a really lovely stay at broad oaks. It's not your usual b&b it's more like staying at a friends house the way you can come and go as you please, eat what you want when you want and the owners Sue and Mike are both really helpful and friendly. Room was really cosy and Sue goes to every effort to make sure you are having the nicest stay possible. Plenty of little extras bought for you and nothing was ever any trouble. Highly recommend if you want somewhere to stay in New Forest with a great location and excellent value for money.
Just returned from a 3 day stay at broadoak with my mum. A little surprise for her 60th. Sue and Mike are 2 of the most lovely nicest people we have ever met. Nothing is any trouble for them and they go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and make your stay amazing. They are situated a 2 minute walk from the village centre, with amazing scenery around their beautiful home. We stayed in the magic carpet room and it was beautiful and so peaceful. Everything down to tiny little details was tailored to suit our needs and taste. Brilliant location with lots to do and see. Couldn't wish for better hosts. Definitely recommend and will definitely be returning in the future. Thank you once again for our amazing stay x Julia and Christine x