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The Bell Inn is a charming 18th Century Coaching Inn located in the midst of the beautiful New Forest close to Lyndhurst. Surrounded by ancient woodland yet only five minutes away from Junction 1 of the M27, It’s the best of both worlds and has been awarded a fourth AA Inn Star.

Owned by the same family throughout its history, this listed building is as much part of the timeless landscape as the ponies and deer which roam free through the surrounding forest.

Inside, The Bell Inn has recently undergone a programme of sympathetic refurbishment. The flagstone floors, large open fires and beamed reception rooms are complemented by stylish furnishings, comfortable lounge areas and light, spacious dining rooms. In addition, there are well-equipped meeting rooms for the business traveller. At the heart of the Inn is the large, welcoming bar where guests, locals, golfers, walkers and dogs convene for a drink and something to eat.


The Bell Inn is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon teas with locally sourced menu choices, daily specials and light bites.


There are 28 en-suite bedrooms which are all furnished in a contemporary and comfortable style. Choose to snooze in one of five categories of room: Snug, Classic, Forest, Estate & Manor

Our Manor & Estate rooms enjoy treats such as handmade Bramley bath and body products, as well as New Forest Chocolates on arrival.

We have a selection of dog-friendly rooms on the ground floor for your four-legged friends, and many rooms can easily accommodate a travel cot or z-bed on request.


The Bell Inn boasts two outstanding 18-hole golf courses – the traditional Manor Course and the oldest golf course in Hampshire, the Forest Course, which is played across the natural heathland and trees.

The wonderful central location makes this special place an ideal base for all the activities and attractions that the New Forest and Hampshire have to offer including walking, cycling, horse riding, Paulton’s Park (featuring Peppa Pig World), Beaulieu Motor Museum and Exbury Gardens to name but a few.

Wild horses outside The Bell Inn

Our New Forest inn is steeped in history, more than 230 years' worth in fact.

A love story between the family and the forest, there's plenty to find out about our New Forest inn.

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