Living in New Milton
What is life like in New Milton
New Milton enjoys an idyllic location between the New Forest National Park and the sea at Barton, making it one of the most picturesque addresses in the country.
Despite its name, New Milton is actually anything but new, with a long history. It is a town that has been formed over many years and the result is an aesthetically pleasing and quaint settlement in the heart of the Hampshire countryside.
This country town boasts a wide selection of shops, restaurants and pubs, and is just as popular with tourists as it is with permanent dwellers, as it acts as the perfect base from which to explore the New Forest.
Following World War I, New Milton enjoyed a rapid period of growth lasting about 20 years. During this time, it went from being a small cluster of houses around the train station to a more substantial town with additional amenities.
The old village boasted a small pub called the George Inn, which still exists today, albeit in a much larger form.
Hugh Wyeth was the first founder of what eventually became New Milton. He was a brewer who came to the area from Winchester in 1888, and he soon set to work building the Milton Hotel, Milton Hall and a local shop.
New Milton became an urban district in 1926, although just five years later there was a re-organisation of boundaries. It was then changed – along with other neighbouring districts – to be part of the Borough of Lymington.
Former footballer and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp was born in nearby Barton, while ex-motorcycle racer Sammy Miller, owner of the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, is a local resident.
Entertainment, sport and days out
In such a beautiful location, there is no shortage of things to see and do. The people of New Milton can visit the beach at Barton, which is just a mile or so away and is one of the most stunning coastlines anywhere in the UK.
The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum is found between Hinton and Bashley and is a must for all petrolheads, while the New Milton Recreation Centre offers excellent facilities that can be used for all manner of workouts and sports..
Of course, the New Forest is a particular favourite among residents, with its famously flat landscape making it the perfect place for walking, cycling and horse riding among other activities. Many parts of the national park have tracks in place for these pursuits.
New Milton's local recreation ground can also be used for sports, and it includes a children's playground and skate park.Local sports teams include Lymington and New Milton FC, who play their home matches at Fawcetts Fields. Cricket fans should catch a game at Fernhill, which is the home of the town's club.
Eating, drinking & shopping
The town is home to a small number of restaurants. Vetiver at Chewton Glen is one of the most impressive and popular, while the Cliff House in nearby Barton is also a good choice for those seeking a high-quality meal. Pebble Beach and Milton Barns are other eateries located in the area and come highly recommended.
Several pubs are dotted around the town, including the House Martin, the Rising Sun and the Rydal Arms, all of which offer a warm welcome and a good range of drinks.
New Milton has its own department store, Bradbeers, which provides a great shopping venue for locals. There is also a good selection of other outlets selling a range of goods, and anyone living this close to the New Forest should be in pole position to acquire delicious local produce on a regular basis.
Schools & healthcare
Although only a relatively small town, New Milton has a number of excellent schools in place, so parents do not need to worry about finding a good education for their children. The Arnewood School, New Milton Junior School, Ballard School, Durlston Court School and Milton Academy of Dance are just some of the institutions in the area.
Milford War Memorial Hospital in nearby Lymington is capable of dealing with most types of injuries and illnesses, while Christchurch and Bournemouth also boast high-performing hospitals.
New Milton has its own train station, from where residents can quickly and easily reach neighbouring cities Bournemouth and Southampton. There are also direct services to London available from the station, with these journeys taking around 100 minutes to complete.
Many of the local roads are small, as they wind their way through the New Forest, but it is only around 12 miles to the M27, which is the main route running between the east and the west and provides a simple connection to Southampton and the rest of southern England.