Have just returned from a golf break at the Bell Inn in Hampshire and I would like to thank you on behalf of the 12 of us. Thought it was excellent and couldn't fault it.
The Bell Inn
Offering comfortable accommodation amidst the heart of the New Forest National Park, as well as easy access to the neighbouring Bramshaw Golf Club, which has two contrasting golf courses, The Bell Inn is a fantastic option for those looking to escape to the country on a relaxing golf break.
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Bramshaw's Forest Course is the oldest in Hampshire, having been constructed on common land in 1865. The idyllic landscape dictates the style of the course, which encompasses numerous humps, hollows and meandering streams. The heathland of the New Forest make the course relatively open, but the small targets and tight fairways ensure that this a considerable test.
For anyone who's played common land golf, the Forest Course is golf in its purest form. While ponies and cattle graze on the heath, golfers are eased in to their round on a tricky front nine which is followed up by a trio of testing long par fours on the homeward stretch. Although the course appears short on the card, three of the five par-threes measure over 200 yards and pinpoint accuracy is required to negotiate the many streams and small greens.
The Manor Course, opened in 1970, has added considerably to Bramshaw Golf Club, and is entirely different in style to its neighbour; the Manor is carved into the mature woodland of a 200 year-old hardwood plantation, and as a result accurate driving is the most valuable asset. The gently undulating fairways lead to some of the best putting surfaces in the South.
This array of options makes the Bell Inn an extremely interesting option for your next golf break in the South.
The historic Bell Inn dates back to 1782, and offers visitors a superb standard of accommodation, featuring the requisite modern amenities whilst retaining the quintessential charm and character of the traditional inn. Situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, there is a tranquil atmosphere throughout, but the Bell Inn is also easily reached via the motorway network. The 25 en-suite guest bedrooms are fitted with luxury extras like flat screen televisions and wireless internet connectivity, while the welcoming public areas serve to intensify the intimate atmosphere of your golf break at the Bell Inn.
Having been awarded an AA Rosette for fine dining for 14 consecutive years, it is clear how good Briscoe's restaurant at the Bell Inn is.
The Bell Inn has been a popular free house for over two centuries, and serves a fine range of quality ale and West Country cider.
Private dining is available on request, while guests can also eat al fresco in the summer months, weather permitting.
- Practice Area
- Putting Greens
- Pro Shop
- Golf Buggies
- Driving Range
- On-Site Parking
- Private Dining
- Award Winning Restaurant
- Conference Facilities
Our golf break at The Bell Inn was great and we all had a lovely time.
As usual the food at Briscoe’s was amazing and we were treated very well by the staff. It is not surprising to hear that they have been awarded AA Rosettes for so many years in a row!
The golf course at Bramshaw was a bit busy so we didn’t finish our round until quite late but that was fine...we were on a golf holiday after all so time wasn’t an issue! Monday’s golf at Dunwood Manor was wonderful. The golf course was in excellent condition and as the tee time was early we were able to get round quickly with fewer players on the course.
I have been organising golf breaks for myself and the girls for years and will continue to come back to Your Golf Travel as I now have a very personable relationship with the company.
Our golf break, staying in the Bell Inn was a great success.
We were greeted by very friendly staff and members, as well as some excellent weather. The accommodation was excellent with good food but we will probably order from the menu next time rather than take the golfer's menu.
We decided to play the Forest Course twice as the tee time for the Tuesday was a bit of a wait. This is an excellent course though, with the added hazard of New Forest ponies and cows! As the oldest course in Hampshire it certainly felt like how golfing used to be and none the worse for it. Scoring 42 points on the first round I was certainly happy!
The Manor Course was quite busy with competitions but we will be happy to return and book tee times that allow us to take in both courses next time.
A great couple of days.