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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 and lockable bike store. 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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The Rufus House re-opening on 3rd of December

The New Forest National Park is Tier 2, may we kindly draw your attention to possible restrictions.

  • If you are travelling from a Tier 3 area, you are kindly requested to re-schedule your booking to a later date.
  • The rule of 6 will apply, it means
    • cannot socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
    • can socialise up to 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space. 

In order to implement and maximise hygiene standard, your co-operation is essential. For this in mind we have prepared detailed information for our guests.

COVID-19 Update and our Hygiene Policy, Wellbeing of guests and the team
Our primary concern being the wellbeing of our guests and team. The Rufus House have been presented "AA COVID Confident...

Our hygiene standards is recognised by industry standard so that you can stay at The Rufus House with peace of mind to enjoy festive season with beautiful nature.

Look forward to welcoming you back to The New Forest National Park.

With warmest regards

Ernesto and Etsuko
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 and Short Breaks, New Forest Retreat Petit Hotel & BB
SPECIAL OFFERS Each season, The Rufus House offers special Direct Booking deals! Enjoy four nights for the price of ...

Virtual New Forest, Lyndhurst Forest Walk and Heathland Walk

Nature brought new life and spring flowers to The New Forest National Park, we thought it might be a good idea to bring beautiful New Forest to your living room. 🧚

Hope you will enjoy our videos!   foals, new forest ponies, cows,
donkeys, bluebells, spring forest, spring flowers 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...

Mindfulness Retreat

How about a healing trip to refresh your mind and body?

The Rufus House offers Mindfulness Retreat for Stress reduction, Anxiety Treatment and Emotion Management.

It is a safe environment on your personal retreat to practice meditation, mindful Prāna Yoga (meditation with movement), breathing exercises and participating CBT and Mindfulness sessions, while staying this peaceful house in The New Forest National Park, Hampshire.


Everyday Mindfulness


To check availability, please click the enquiry button below.



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