The Rufus House

“Hospitality and relaxation at the fore near the New Forest” - AA Inspector



Official Rating
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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
As WHO's situation report on the daily infection figures in the UK is still high, as well as recent news regarding UK public's easy attitudes toward COVID-19 infection, we are taking cautious approach. Initially we are taking bookings based upon 50% occupancy policy and 48 hour gap between use of a room to prioritise personal safety, without compromising warm human touch (even keeping a strict social distancing policy) which we always aim to provide. Use email confirmation, with guest information package attached.

Our Inspector's view

This delightful and elegant Victorian house is situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, ideal touring base to explore the New Forest National Park and surrounding areas of natural beauty; walking, cycling, bird watching, sailing, golf, archery, kayaking & canoeing and swimming beaches. Equestrian centres and spa are all short distance from The Rufus House. The clean and bright bedrooms all have beautiful views and free WiFi. There's free private parking on site as well as room for cycle storage. We offer Mindfulness Retreat and Mindful Prana Yoga lessons upon prior arrangement. Our breakfast is made with locally sourced produce and served in the beautiful dining room.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

4 Gold Star Award: Premier Collection
Breakfast Award
The Rufus House
Southampton Road, LYNDHURST, SO43 7BQ


  • Rooms 10
  • Family bedrooms: 1
  • Bedrooms ground: 2
  • Free TV
  • Wifi
  • Open parking
  • Accessible bedrooms: 1
  • Steps for wheelchair: 3
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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