The Hampshire Market town of Ringwood is minutes away by car or bus and as well as being the home of a weekly market since the Middle Ages it also hosts a monthly Farmers Market held on the last Saturday of every month. Ringwood is also home to Ringwood Brewery, who produce a number of beers such as Old Thumper, Boon Doggle and Forty Niner, that can be sampled in many of the local pubs as well as at the brewery itself that conduct visitors Brewery Tours on a daily basis.
Closer to Thatched Eaves, the hamlet of Ibsley and its neighbour Blashford are worth a visit with Ibsley once containing an Air field during the Second World War, complete with shelters that can still be explored today. Interestingly the Air Field was converted to a Grand Prix circuit during the 1950’s when it held several races for a period of around 5 years, attracting the likes of John Surtees and Roy Salvadori to its tracks Today it is a lovely lake and neighbours the adjoining Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, which is a haven for bird lovers or those who just love to enjoy a lakeside stroll.
Slightly further afield but all accessible within around 30 minutes you can visit the delightful New Forest Village of Beaulieu which is home to the National Motor Museum, Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, The New Forest Wildlife Park and Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway which is a 200 acre woodland garden with adventure trails for the younger explorers.
The picturesque honeypot villages of Lyndhurst, Burley and Brockenhurst are also within around a 30 minute drive. Lymington Town, situated on the southern fringe of the National Park is on the coast looking over towards the Solent water and offers a ferry service to the Isle of Wight in around 40 minutes. Lymington also hosts a weekly Saturday market all down the high street.
If you fancy seeing the sights of the New Forest but giving the Satnav a rest, the New Forest Tour Bus literally stops outside Thatched Eaves and runs throughout the warmer months. It will take you on a leisurely trip around the New Forest National Park letting you jump on and off as you please.
For the more adventurous, the award winning Paultons Park adventure theme park and home to Peppa Pig World is located around 20 minutes away offering thrill seekers and their offspring a fun packed day out.
Staying with the action, the New Forest Water Park is located just over 1 mile from Thatched Eaves and is home to the South’s first Cable Wakeboard System and the UK’s first Wibit Inflatable Sports Aqua Park offering the young ones (and young at heart ones!) hours of wet and wacky fun.
Ellingham Water Ski and Wakeboard club is also located within one mile of Thatched Eaves and offers one to one water ski, wakeboarding and windsurfing tuition and facilities.
The port city of Southampton is around 24 miles east of Ibsley and is the biggest cruise port in the UK, with all of the main cruise operators docking in during their worldwide cruises. Go along and see the size of the cruise ships in the flesh, arrange to have lunch on one of them and then if retail therapy is required, a visit to the West Quay shopping centre with over 100 stores is highly recommended. Why not take in a premiership football match at Southampton stadium or a cricket match at the Ageas Bowl whilst you’re there!
If you live further away, or are needing a stopover before a flight, Southampton International Airport is situated around 24 miles away and accessible in around 25 minutes via car/taxi.