Sporting Pursuits

With so many activities on offer right here on our doorstep there is always plenty to do whilst staying at Thatched Eaves. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll you are looking for or something a little more adventurous we can point you in the right direction

Walking & Rambling

For the keen walkers amongst you Thatched Eaves is a perfect spot for some serious (and not so serious) walking.  We are approximately midway on the Avon Valley Path, a walk split into 5 sections totalling some 34 miles that takes you from Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire, down through Hampshire and into Dorset finishing in the lovely Priory town of Christchurch.  For the more leisurely strollers, we are around 0.75 miles from the entrance into the New Forest National Park with hundreds of miles of free walking at your disposal to suit your ability.


The New Forest and surrounding Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset countryside are extremely popular for cycling pursuits and offer an abundance of on and off road cycling routes to suit all abilities.  We have maps and routes available for guests to use if they would like any assistance on planning their route.

Free jet wash facilities are also available at Thatched Eaves for the committed off roaders!


Cross over the road from Thatched Eaves and you are on the River Avon. The Hampshire Avon is one of the best examples of English Chalk streams and is very popular for river fishing.


Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve is situated within one mile of Thatched Eaves and is managed by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  Constructed on the former Gravel pits the area has been a Nature Reserve since 1995 and spans 159 hectares including several miles of pathways with hides offering bird spotters a superb opportunity to watch a variety of birds in their native habitat.

Water Sports

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 kids and big kids 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.


We can cater for golf parties or casual golfers and have a number of excellent courses on our doorstep including Bramshaw’s Forest Course, the oldest golf course in Hampshire and a truly unique course winding through the National Park amongst the Forest ponies, cows and pigs.

For an unforgettable experience we can arrange three counties golf packages enabling guests to play a great course in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire over two or three days.  Golf packages can be tailored to suit and we can accommodate up to 8 golfers in our two suites at Thatched Eaves including breakfast and dinner packages if required. Please enquire directly to discuss your specific requirements and we would be delighted to put a package together for you.


Bookings being taken for key worker and essential business travellers.

Our luxurious en suite bedrooms are completely self-contained.

Breakfast can be delivered to your bedroom and there is an extensive menu available for delivery from the pub directly next door.

Take a break from home and relax in 220 square miles of New Forest fresh air.