Guest Blogger November 2016

Could you be our guest blogger?

Date published: 27 Oct 16

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Bell Inn, near Lyndhurst in HampshireThis guest blogger draw is now closed.

This month’s guest blogger and companion will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner and a two night stay with breakfast in the heart of The New Forest at the charming Bell Inn, near Lyndhurst in Hampshire. 

Originally an 18th century coaching Inn, the grade II listed property has been sympathetically updated with contemporary-styled bedrooms, while the restaurant, bar and lounge areas retain their more traditional rustic appeal with flagstone floors, large open fireplaces and beamed reception rooms. 

Independently owned by the same family for over 200 years, the Inn also boasts two outstanding golf courses – including the oldest golf course in Hampshire.

Bar captain - Bell Inn, near Lyndhurst in HampshireWith an informal feeling throughout - dogs are more than welcome - The Bell Inn offers warm and personal hospitality, real ale and seriously good food. Produce is sourced locally as much as possible, as well as from the family’s New Forest and Scottish estates. The menu serves up a true estate-to-plate experience with an impressive selection of tempting seasonal dishes as well as daily specials.  

Conveniently positioned in the picture-perfect village of Brook near Lyndhurst, The Bell Inn is just minutes from the M27 motorway, but a world away. Whether it be walking, cycling, exploring Hampshire’s countryside or coastline or even playing golf, The Bell Inn is the perfect base from which to explore glorious playground that is the New Forest.

All we ask in return …

Bell Inn, near Lyndhurst in HampshireOur guest blogger and their companion will stay for two nights at The Bell Inn on a bed and breakfast basis, with dinner provided on one evening, and will also want to explore the New Forest and surrounding area. We are looking for someone to write two articles, each of 500-600 words with 3 or 4 photos, one on The Bell Inn and its special features, the second about the appeal of the New Forest and what there is to be enjoyed in the area.    

What are you waiting for?

TBell Inn, near Lyndhurst in Hampshireo enter, simply post on this page in the Comments section, or go to the thread on our Forum and say why you feel that you would be the best Guest Blogger to review The Bell Inn for Silver Travel Advisor. You may have a link with the New Forest or a real wish to visit this area, or you may like the idea of travel writing, exploring this beautiful region and enjoying the superb accommodation. Draw closes 30 November 2016.

Terms & Conditions

Reservations are subject to availability and may be taken in January-March 2017 excluding Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and will be for two nights only. A three course dinner will be served on one night – please note that drinks and service are not included.

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  • BerylAnn
    about 3 years ago
    The New Forest is a magical place which is a pleasure to explore all year round. When visiting from Norfolk we normally stay with our son and daughter-in-law who live in Highcliffe. However, they have just acquired house rabbits, which for the winter months are living in their guest bedroom! Surely this is not so the mother-in-law cannot stay! So, where will we stay? What will we do? Maybe Silvertravel can come to the rescue!! It would be a delight to stay at the Bell Inn and report on both the hotel and surrounding area.
  • Gilligan
    about 3 years ago
    With his head down, nose snuffling along the ground and his tail up, merrily semaphoring his happiness, my dog Murphy loves nothing better than to explore the scents of the countryside and to have a paddle in puddles and streams. I follow on, head high, savouring all that the British countryside has to offer. And there is nothing better, knowing after a day’s exploring, that a delicious cooked meal and a comfy bed awaits you, and all you need to do is relax, contented with the day.

    On the occasions when I drive between Southampton and Stonehenge, I like to detour through the ancient New Forest, but never have the opportunity to explore. That small corner I cut across is so lovely with its thatched roofs, leafy woods and (if I’m lucky) New Forest ponies and donkeys ambling across the road, that I have often wondered about making a weekend of it with my husband. But how dog-friendly is the New Forest? What is there for a couple to do with their much-loved furry member of the family? And how well will he be accepted, muddy paws and all, where we stay? The opportunity to find out courtesy of Silver Travel is one I would dearly love to take up and write about. So - walking boots on; lead at the ready – when can we go?!
  • Pipsqueak
    over 3 years ago
    The puddings are made, mincemeat in jars, the cakes cooling, dont you think I deserve a well earned rest? Oh to be cossetted for a few days, a chance to explore this beautiful season in pastures (and forest!) new.
  • Freddie
    over 3 years ago
    I enjoy travel and writing and have published over 100 reviews on Silver Travel Advisor. Whilst I have passed nearby the New Forest, I have never visited it. My wife and I would enjoy the double new experiences of the hospitality of the New Inn and delight in discovering the New Forest.
  • schroedie
    over 3 years ago
    I don’t have a dog but I’d be barking mad not to apply for the chance to review this New Forest haven. My partner and I enjoy both history and natural history, so a stay at the Bell Inn would offer a great opportunity to explore the New Forest and to experience all it has to offer, from meeting the ponies to walking the open heaths, while treading in the footsteps of our Norman conquerors.
    It’s an area neither of us know well so this would be a lovely opportunity to discover the area while enjoying a few days in luxurious accommodation. To be honest, we might pass up the chance of water sports (it might be a trifle chilly at the start of 2017) but we’d be happy to get out and about, combining geocaching with photography to ensure a good record of our wanderings.
    I’ve written several reviews for Silver Travel Advisor, and would love to be able to sample the New Forest, and to add this area to my list of favourite destinations.
  • anjo
    over 3 years ago
    I stayed in the New Forest ten years ago spending an idyllic weekend to celebrate a big 0 birthday with my husband. I would love to recapture the wonderful time we had by returning for his next bigger 0 birthday which is coming up soon!
  • JaxWhit
    over 3 years ago
    My husband and I are newly retired and have a great sense of fun and adventure. We intend to travel extensively and to begin new careers as travel writers is a fabulous idea. My husband has already started a blog about our recent travels at We'd love to sample the delights of the New Forest and write some reviews!
  • Nevertooold
    over 3 years ago
    I'd love to win this. My boyfriends mum is buried in the New Forest but we haven't been able to go for several years. It's such a beautiful and scenic part of England with so much to see and do with lots of fantastic walks, local pubs and friendly hosts you'll always want to return.
  • Brandi
    over 3 years ago
    I would be most interested in reviewing this in and the surrounding area. I have only passed through the New Forest once and vowed to return but never have. x
  • Pendle125
    over 3 years ago
    We would be very interested in being a guest blogger for this as we live in nearby Dorset and therefore would have a fairly in-depth knowledge of the area. We would be happy to review the hotel and surroundings for you. We are walkers and also photographers. We were sad that we were unable to be a "blogger" a couple of years ago after being chosen we could not take it up.
  • Adventurer
    over 3 years ago
    I have not been to The New Forest. I have this burning desire to visit the area. I have read a lot about New Forest. I would love to explore the place and be your Guest Blogger.
  • helanie
    over 3 years ago
    I have never been to the New Forest but have heard so much about it. It is one of those places that I really should visit and it is on my list! I would be a great person to blog on this trip as I used to ride horses and know a lot about them and ponies. So I would feel very in the saddle about the whole experience and would just love to trot out my views!
  • wilf
    over 3 years ago
    As I have already written 27 reviews for Silver Travel Adviser writing another one for the New Forest would be "A walk in the Park!" er sorry ,rather a walk in the Forest eh? Ha! even that would not be a problem as myself and my partner are long distance walkers. We are both also keen photographers so there would be a good selection of local shots to accompany my review. I am also an enthusiastic cook so my thoughts on the Hotels Cuisine would be explicit, interesting and in depth.
  • boats12
    over 3 years ago
    Although we only live 45 minutes from the New Forest it is an area we haven't ventured to since moving to Hampshire. What a wonderful opportunity this would be to don the walking boots and explore the forest and coastline of the New Forest. It would also be delightful to be able to take our little dog with us as she loves going on holiday. One of the things we have promised ourselves to do is to visit the Rufus Stone and I would love to find out about the history of it and share that with your readers. Add to that a stay at a lovely looking hotel, the ponies roaming free and the beautiful church and harbour at Christchurch we would see it as a privilege to be your Guest Bloggers.
  • DavidT
    over 3 years ago
    My wife and I recently returned from Las Vegas, which was the second time we've crossed the Atlantic this year, having visited family in Calgary in July and spent a week in the Rockies. All this after having toured South Africa at this time last year, and gone on our first cruise in May! I count 23 reviews written for Silver Travel Advisor, where I try to share our experiences, and I know my travel writing has been well-received on the whole. My wife has said to me that it's about time we visited places our own country where we've never been, and coincidentally we've been talking about the New Forest recently after friends enjoyed a visit there. My reviews would therefore be written from the point of view of someone new to the area, without any preconceptions. and to the standard you can see in my previous writings - and photos! As everyone says, it's great to be offered such an opportunity by Silver Travel Advisor, and I would love to be chosen for it!
  • oldlangelei
    over 3 years ago
    Ridiculously, while we live on the very edge of this national park, we have never made time to explore or experience this lovely part of our wonderful country, apart from travelling through it from A to B. This would be the most ideal opportunity to "pull ourselves up" and "put ourselves about" to appreciate the area, the location of the hotel and its hospitality being offered. YES PLEASE!
  • Stephen-Fleming
    over 3 years ago
    My brother and sister-in-law are living just on the edge of the New Forest. I would love to visit the area to see what they have been 'raving' about. I'm sure that I would be able to reflect some of their enthusiasm in the articles to be written...
  • Ozdevon
    over 3 years ago
    It is quite some time since we visited the New Forest so this would be a welcome opportunity to revisit. I can think of nothing better than a crisp winter day exploring the area and returning to the comfort of The Bell Inn.
  • Vangus
    over 3 years ago
    I would love to discover an area of England I have never visited before and to share my experience by writing about it. This would be an exciting opportunity for me to combine my passions of travel and writing and explore new possibilities.
  • Patricia48
    over 3 years ago
    I would like the opportunity to review this beautiful region of Southern England. Have visited the area many times but never stayed long enough to appreciate the many attractions. Love regional food and drink and would like the opportunity to discover what the area has to offer.
  • WiltshireWanderer
    over 3 years ago
    This sounds like a great opportunity to explore the New Forest from an ideal central location. We retired down to the south coast 4years ago but have only driven through this unique area. It would be a pleasure to experience Lyndhurst and then write about our visit.
  • Luna
    over 3 years ago
    I think anyone would be pleased to stay in such a beautiful place, I used to pass by this area for many years whilst visiting our in laws to help out as they got older, their retirement to the sea presented many problems without their only son on hand when they became frail.. Now on my own, I have never found the courage to stay in a Hotel in this country. I always take my holidays abroad, mainly because with the sun, people I find are friendly. However, I realy want to get to know my own country now, I realise how diverse it is and if the weather is not hot, the places are interesting. What better place to start than Lyndhurst and the Bell Inn, I can feel the warmth from that log fire now. I would be looking to see how comfortable a stay it is, what the walking is like around the Bell and most of all to see want the New Forest has to offer.
  • Lin
    over 3 years ago
    What a wonderful opportunity to explore the New Forest. Early in the New Year is an ideal time to visit this part of Britain, when the crisp, cold air turns to steam in our breath. And what better to look forward to on your return to the hotel, than its open fireplaces, good food and real ales. What's not to like?
  • deefletch
    over 3 years ago
    I would like to write a blog on the hotel and the New Forest, which is a favourite place of ours! Its so beautiful. We used to stay in our friends caravan in the Forest, but theyve sold it so it would be a chance to go there again, from a different viewpoint, as it were. Im articulate and so able to write a good article for you!
  • Hunter
    over 3 years ago
    Would love to win this and have the opportunity to write a review.
    The New Forest is a great area to visit whatever the time of year. I remember going through there when it was flooded after a long spasm of rain - trees, surrounded by water and myriads of late Autumn leaves. Impressionable!