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Hire bikes in The New Forest for a great family day out

Cycling in The New Forest is brilliant! We went for an afternoon and drove to Brockenhurst where we hired the bikes. Armed with a cycle map we headed off and within a mile or so we were out of the village on a well-groomed cycle path. We did about 11 miles in a couple of hours and with an age range of 3yrs to 73yrs that was probably far enough but everyone agreed it was a great day out. We rounded it off with dinner at a pub in The Forest and were very grateful as always that we live so close to this wonderful area.

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Lemonade weather is back!!

Now the warmer weather is back we’ve been busy making jugs of homemade lemonade which have been going down very well with our guests. After a long tiring journey they really appreciate a jug of cool fresh lemonade and a cream tea when they arrive.

Our French journalists from Le Figaro who stayed earlier in the week passed on the lemonade though and opted for lots of strong espressos. Mind you they were at Stonehenge at 4am for sunrise so they didn’t get much sleep!


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Featured in the Sunday Times as one of “The best stays” In Wiltshire

We were featured in The Sunday Times on Sunday 22nd May 2011 in the Wiltshire County Show article.

The Sunday Times said…

Lesa Drewett took as much care over the recipe for her scrumptious new B&B as she does over her famous flowerpot muffins and other baked treats, served with home-made lemonade to arriving guests. The result is Quidhampton Mill (01722 741171,, opened this February and already rocketing towards number one in the Salisbury hospitality charts. It has darling New England decor, a garden with views of the River Wylye and doubles from £85.

View the article here…

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