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Business Travellers 

To cater for clients’ requirement for Calm and Relaxing Environment, we are principally Adult Only establishment. Suitable for business needs with a desk, desk lamp, free WiFi, hair-dryer and non-alcohol mini fridge in the room with wine glasses and tumblers for your use. Free use of car parking spaces. 

Perfect place to go on a workation🧚.

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Nature & Wildlife🦌🐂🦎🐖🦢🐴🐎

The New Forest National Park covers 220 sq. mi. with ancient woodlands and lowland heaths where you can find free roaming ponies, cattle, donkeys and deer. In Autumn pigs are released to feast on acorns (poisonous for animals). This annual pannage is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years.

The park also covers coastlines with wild-life rich salt marshes, where river meets sea, and mudflats.

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New Forest Cycle & Walk Routes

The Rufus House is situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, ideal TOURING BASE to explore the New Forest and surrounding areas of natural beauty.

Walking, cycling, bird watching, horse riding, sailing, golf, archery, kayaking & canoeing. Equestrian centres, spa and swimming pools are all short distance from The Rufus House.

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SPRING in the New Forest

Spring is the season when free-roaming New Forest ponies and donkeys give birth to their foals.

New Forest ancient woodlands come to life with the fresh spring light greens with the beautiful carpet of bluebells covers the woodland floor. It is a long-awaited sight of spring in The New Forest National Park. In Lyndhurst, we can spot them at Clayhill Heath and Pondhead Inclosure near to The Rufus House.



Early morning walk to the top of hill to take in the magnificent site of the sun rising and moon set.  If the sky is dark and clear, one evening, we recommend a short walk in front of the Rufus House to the top of the hill where you can enjoy 360 degree views. Why? The New Forest has some of the UK’s darkest skies in the relatively light-polluted south-east.


Mask-wearing, social distancing, 20 seconds hand wash, and ventilation may not be enough to prevent Omicron spread, but those are vital! All of us need to take our own responsibilities. The Rufus House have been presented “AA COVID Confident Assessment Scheme Approval” and “Visit Britain Industry Standard Mark Certificate”, as we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, a Risk Assessment and procedure to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing in place. We use COVID-19 certified products for maintaining cleanliness throughout.    Stay with Peace of Mind at The Rufus House!




Direct Booking and Special Offers

Accommodation: you can book directly from New Forest District Council’s booking site. For special requirements, please email us or call us on 02380 282930, we can make the best suited arrangements for you.

To book please click the book now button below.


SPECIAL OFFERS New Forest Retreat Hotel & BB
THE RUFUS HOUSE SPECIAL OFFERS Each season, The Rufus House offers special Direct Booking deals! Four for Three Nigh...

Virtual New Forest, Lyndhurst Forest Walk and Heathland Walk

We are again in National lockdown,  we thought it might be a good idea to bring beautiful New Forest to your living room. 🧚

Hope you will enjoy our videos!   new forest ponies, cows,
donkeys, bluebells, 4 seasons in New Forest and bird singing.🌈
New Forest National Park Virtual Walks: Forest, Heathland & Coastline
The New Forest National Park Virtual Walks Hope you will enjoy our videos!   foals, new forest ponies, co...

Our Plastic Free Solutions

Too many plastic bottles of toiletries were used and dumped every day in the hospitality industry, polluting our fragile earth including marine environment. We believe this need to stop.

We have introduced Natural Biodegradable Soap and Shampoo to replace conventional hotel amenity items.  Hope you would find our plastic free solution acceptable to save the planet from the millions of plastic bottles out there.

If not, no problem! Please just ask conventional shampoo and liquid soap bottles at reception.


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