Escape to a romantic hideaway

Woodland lodges nestled in the heart of the beautiful New Forest are the perfect romantic hideaways for a Valentine’s break.

The timber lodges – named after English trees because they blend with their woodland background – offer the chance to stay close to nature, with a touch of luxury, at the award-winning Sandy Balls Holiday Centre.

The range of two, four and six-berth lodges come with all the creature comforts you would expect, plus a few extra – some have their own hot tubs. And when you wake refreshed, there is a 120-acre private estate to explore.

 Wander down through forest glades to the picturesque River Avon, which meanders along the bottom of the estate near Fordingbridge. You can hire bikes from the Cycle Centre or take a trek on horseback to enjoy the National Park landscape of wild ponies, deer and cattle roaming over evocative heathland.

 Or set out on foot to discover Good Friday Hill and Giant’s Grave – the dome-shaped sand and gravel outcrops which gave Sandy Balls its name. Then relax at Sandy Balls’ Leisure Centre, with a dip in the Jacuzzi, a warm in the sauna or a swim in the pool. Use all the latest equipment in the gym or pamper yourself with some hair and beauty treatments.

To round off your day, book a meal at the cosy Woodside Inn, which offers local ales and a menu which includes a full English breakfast, beer-battered fish and chips, oriental Thai chicken curry or a traditional carvery on a Sunday. Pizza in the Piazza offers old favourites such as spaghetti bolognese and margherita pizza, as well as more a la carte whole sea bass.

 If you prefer a romantic meal ‘at home’, make your selection from the take-away menu. Sandy Balls is a special place for a break in any season . . . which would make this Valentine’s break a time to remember.

Sandy Balls is offering a Valentine’s Day Package with a weekend or midweek stay in a Hazel Lodge with Champagne, his ‘n’ hers massage, tandem bike hire and private dining for an additional charge of £155 per couple plus the accommodation charge.

 For a couple to stay in a 2-berth Hazel lodge on the weekend of the 12th February (three nights) is £199 and mid-week (four nights) from Monday 14th February is £149.

 Alternatively, buy your loved one a Sandy Balls gift voucher (available in multiples of £10, £20 and £50) which can be redeemed against all types of accommodation bookings. They can also be used for day visits – a meal in a restaurant, a hair or beauty treatment or a day’s bike hire from the Cycle Centre.

Explore Sandy Balls

UK holidays, weekend breaks and short breaks at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre set in the New Forest National Park. We provide high quality holiday accommodation in luxury lodges and caravans and we also cater for tourers and campers. We have a range of facilities including a restaurant, pub, beauty suite,cycle centre and two swimming pools. There is also fantastic activties for all from archery and laser clay pigeon shooting to team games, arts and crafts and much more!