First Look at Burley Manor in The New Forest

If you’re looking to spend a luxurious weekend in the New Forest, then Burley Manor is a great option. This Grade II listed building has recently reopened after a £1.7 million refurbishment, and we were lucky to experience it a few weeks before the official opening.


Driving through the picturesque village of Burley towards Burley Manor, we were surprised and delighted to see horses in the road. Of course, the wild ponies of the New Forest are well known, but we hadn’t realized that there were horses too, and that they frequented the villages as well as the moorland. Apparently there are also wild pigs in the area too but sadly we didn’t see any during our stay.

Burley Village New Forest wild horses
Burley Manor is located right in the heart of the village, at the end of an impressive driveway.

burley-manor-entranceIt’s a beautiful Victorian building that dates from 1852, with many original features still intact and a welcoming open fireplace in the lobby. The first recorded owner of the land was Forester Roger de Burley in 1212, hence the name of Burley Manor. The present day house was built by Colonel William Clement Drake Esdaile, who had the original building demolished. Upon our arrival, the staff were particularly friendly and we instantly felt at ease.

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The rooms in the main house are charming, and a great mix of classic and contemporary style.

Burley-Manor-bedroom-main-houseOur room was a suite in the annexe, and had the advantage of being the furthest one from the main house but still a very short distance from reception. It meant that no one overlooked us and if the weather had been better, we could have sat on our balcony completely unobserved. Burley Manor bills itself as a restaurant with rooms, yet the accommodation is second to none and there’s a very boutique hotel vibe.

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There’s a flat screen TV, excellent free wifi and a very comfortable bed, plus lovely views over the gardens.

Burley Manor suite
I’m a sucker for retro style so the antique furniture, reproduction telephone and digital radio were right up my street.

Burley Manor interior design
The bathroom has those classic Metro tiles with a powerful shower, and is well stocked with fluffy bathrobes and Temple Spa toiletries.

Burley Manor bathroom

There’s a really cosy lounge area with a bar area, don’t forget to try their speciality gin! The open plan design gives a real feeling of spaciousness and it’s a dog friendly place.

Burley Manor lounge
There’s also another lounge with spectacular stained glass windows and comfy leather club armchairs.

Burley Manor residents' lounge
Burley Manor has a separate wedding barn complete with its own bar that is perfect for anyone seeking an elegant forest wedding venue.

Burley Manor wedding venue
An outdoor heated swimming pool will really come into its own in warmer weather, and during your stroll around the 5 acres of land, you might be lucky to come across some of the native red deer, as we did.

Burley New Forest red deer

The dining area has been artfully designed with deliberately mismatched chairs, interesting art prints and a beautiful polished wood floor. Burley Manor pride themselves on their wine list, and have recently appointed Carlos de Barros as their new sommelier, who will adapt the wine list for each season. We particularly appreciated the opportunity to sample some of the fine wines in one-third of a bottle carafe, in fact we mixed and matched our wines to each course.

Burley Manor dining room
The food in Burley Manor is something rather special. Executive chef James Forman is a proponent of the Slow Food Movement, the leading organisation that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment. They have also partnered with the renowned River Cottage to offer apprenticeship opportunities to young people. There’s a wood-fired oven in a separate room that’s available for private dining.

burley-wood-fired ovenServing up natural, seasonal food, its an unpretentious environment that makes you want to linger. I started with a healthy chickpea and garden salad with tomato hearts, farm beets and sesame. Mr Luxe went for a delicate pan fried squid with fresh borlotti beans, chopped rocket and chilli. I also enjoyed my main of gambas al pil pil with pimenton, chilli oil and flatbread. However the stand out dish was undoubtedly Mr Luxe’s spinach, butternut squash and ricotta tortellini – the best that either of us have ever eaten.

Burley Manor dining
For dessert I chose delicious roasted plums with sour cream and Amaretto zabaglione, whilst Mr Luxe opted for the savoury local cheeses – Tunworth, a Winchester Mature blue cheese and my favourite, a Rosary goats cheese with honey from Burley village, all served with poppy seed thin biscuits. We later stocked up on the honey at the local cider pantry shop.

Burley Manor desserts

Served in the light and airy conservatory with views over the garden, this was a somewhat leisurely affair though I’m sure that the service has speeded up since the official opening.


There was a good selection of freshly baked pastries, hams, cheeses and homemade jams laid out on a stylish farmhouse table. That was just the start as a full cooked breakfast awaited us afterwards – I particularly enjoyed the Eggs Benedict with local trout making a welcome change to ham or smoked salmon.

Burley Manor breakfast

Right next to the manor house, there’s a local stables which isn’t affiliated to the hotel but is a great place to arrange horse riding in the local forest. Mr. Bean was rather irresistible!

Burley Manor stables
Burley village itself is a charming little place, with some rather quirky shops and pubs. You can also hire bicycles to explore the local forests.

Burley Coven of Witches
Plus there’s a Cider Pantry where you can buy scrumpy (aka traditional and very strong!) cider, apple juice, cheese infused with cider and all manner of other treats.

The Cider Pantry Burley
If you have time, it’s also worth visiting nearby Lyndhurst, a pretty town whose New Forest Centre houses an interesting museum, visitor centre and gift shop.

New Forest Tourist Information Centre
I couldn’t resist taking a look around the Ferrari and Maserati dealership, they really do have an impressive number of sports cars including this Lamborghini Gallardo.

New Forest Ferrari dealer
However for me, the real stars of the show are a different kind of horse power, and don’t they know it!

Have you ever been to the New Forest and if so where would you recommend visiting?

Burley Manor, Ringwood Road, Burley, New Forest, Nr Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 4BS

Burley Manor wild horses

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I love the New Forest, it’s so pretty. Burley Manor is gorgeous especially the stained glass windows.
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

    • The stained glass windows were amazing, I’d love to see them when the sun is shining!

  • amazing! great photos!

  • Catherine Lux

    Gorgeous photos, it looks like such a beautiful place! I love the New Forest, mainly for the horses and donkeys roaming around hehe!

    C x | Lux Life

    • Seeing the horses was a real highlight, they have certainly taken over the villages and the cars move right out of their way!

  • Waw, this place looks fantastic! Beautiful photos!

    • It’s a lovely place, and I’m glad that you liked the photos

  • Jenn Sie

    Used to live and work in the New Forest. And one of the people I did some freelance for lived in Burley Street next to Burley.

    • Lucky you, having lived and worked there Jenn – such a beautiful part of the country and the food is second to none!

  • this place is just so lovely and charming and still so homey. would love to stay here <3


    • Lovely isn’t it, Jessica – a real home away from home!

  • Burley Manor looks so quaint! It’s always nice to get away to the countryside for a slower and relaxing weekend!

    • I’m so glad that we did, you really feel like you have recharged your batteries in this place

  • Ah this looks amazing. I bet it would just be the best for those weekends where you want to escape the city. I do love doing a UK weekend break! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • It’s so relaxing going on a UK break, isn’t it! No plane to catch, you turn up when you want

  • So gorgeous lady, thanks for sharing!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Looks like a very nice place. I like the countryside feel to it and it looks like the perfect location to escape from daily life.

  • Everything looks amazing and I like how vintage the room is! I would really like to visit there and enjoy all these!

    • Yes I loved the vintage style touches too, I have a similar retro phone at home

  • This place looks like a fairytale. I love the vintage style charm. The perfect escape, indeed.

    • It’s a great idea to combine vintage style with modern functionality – a place after my own heart!

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    What a gorgeous place and how lovely to see the ponies and deer just wandering around. I would love to go to the New Forest

    • I hope that you get the chance, Ali – it’s quite unlike anywhere else in the UK

  • Nina

    What a lovely place. The bed is super cute. and loved your coat, it looks pretty on you.


    • The bed was really comfy and huge! I do wear that coat a lot, brightens up a dark day

  • This seems like the perfect weekend getaway! And I love that the food is all fresh and natural as that’s something we just don’t have the luxury of accessing easily in London… xx

    • The food at the hotel was lovely, and in the village we stocked up on everything cider and honey related!

  • You are inspiring me to book more weekend getaways in the UK! And did you mention free excellent WiFi? That wins for me hands down in such lovely surroundings.

    • Yes I’ve had a few cases abroad where I’ve not had great WiFi so this was a real relief!

  • Corinne C

    All the animals! This place is a dream and the decor is beautiful. Love the high backed chairs in the dining room!

    Corinne x

    • Those high backed chairs were so stylish, especially the way they have mixed them up

  • Danielle

    This is such a charming place! Those windows are beautiful and the horses adorable! You look fantastic in red!


    • Thanks Danielle, I love to wear red when it’s dark outside, cheers me up!

  • stylentonic Constantinos

    Such a lovely place! xxx

  • Virgit

    It looks great , I have to visit this place it looks like a relaxing place and perfect for the weekend getaways.



    • I think that you will love it Virgit, thanks for stopping by

  • alice

    cool place!

    Alice Cerea,

    Baby what’s up by Alice Cerea

  • Wow, this place is so beautiful! I’m loving the cozy interior spaces!

  • Omg the cutest place ever ! You got some beautiful photos


    Monique Chante’
    “The Blonde Historian”

  • What a beautiful place! The rooms look so cozy and the food sounds delicious. A great getaway for a weekend!

    • It was a brilliant getaway, very relaxing with all the animals

  • The place and the surroundings looks super cozy… food looks yummm too!

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  • Cheese! Cider! Wildo ponies! I think my heart just exploded. Ponies! Those photos make me so happy.

  • Courtney Rawlings

    It looks gorgeous! How adorable are the wild horses.

    Courtney x Courtney Says What

  • Beauty Follower

    I would love to be there for a couple of days (or more 😉 in this time of the year!

  • Lucy

    I love the new forest as a weekend getaway it is so beautiful. What a lovely hotel, as a foodie the food is always really important and this looks delicious Lucy x

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