Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: The Countryside Education Trust, Home Farm Residential Centre, Palace Lane, Lymington, Hampshire SO42 7YG

Contact: 01590 612401



Our residential centre is based on a farm with a lovely garden, and we also have Treehouse Classrooms based in private woodland nearby. We are close to a river, in the New Forest, near a beach, and heathland is a short walk up the hill, so we can cover many different habitats. We cater for schools, university groups, and special interest groups, as well as families, groups of friends, brownies, scouts and special interest groups out of term time!

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board?
Yes we have the LOtC Quality Badge.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We usually have groups up to around 40. Some schools split a week with us across a year group.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
Five people can be accommodated in the main bedrooms, then we have 3 twins and a double.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
We have a variety of different price bands during the year – and occasionally free or subsidized half weeks, so please call for details 01590 612401 or email us on Weekend self catering prices can be found on our website,

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We have all our risk assessments on our website, but we like to meet teachers in a pre visit when we can talk through your visit in detail.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Please call Lynda Leyman in the first instance on 01590 612401 so that we can check dates. If you would prefer email, the address is

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
We have trained first aiders, though we are not in the residential centre overnight.

Please list facilities available.
All meals are provided, with meat, eggs and vegetables from our farm and garden wherever possible. We make packed lunches for offsite days. We have an opportunity for children to buy souvenirs. There is a large grass area for games and a substantial playground.

What are your disabled facilities?
We have a disabled toilet and shower, and can accommodate people with limited mobility. We can adapt programmes to ensure that it is possible for everyone to participate.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are open all year round, though the office is not manned at weekends.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“History and environmental education in the same place. Marvellous’. Head Teacher

“My daughter loved her week and I am so grateful that you catered for her very complicated diet. Thank you.” Parent

“Even mucking out was fun, stinky but fun.” (Jasmine)

“My favourite thing was milking the goat! It’s funner than I thought.” (Michael)

“It was great, we had to feed the animals and collect eggs.” (May)

“I hate peas but the peas from the garden were yummy.” (Ellis)

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
It is hard to describe the variety of activities available across our sites – take a look at our website, We are so fortunate to be in this wonderful New Forest location. For children being able to work on the farm and in the garden daily, to undertake other activities in our woods, and to explore local historic sites is wonderful. We are based on the Beaulieu estate, so we also have access to the National Motor Museum, an abbey dissolved by Henry 8th, a stately home, an 18th century boatbuilding village, and Beaulieu village itself, which is not only picturesque but is also makes for a great village study! Trips to the beach and the wider New Forest are possible, and we can arrange evening sessions with a local gamekeeper or falconer, as well as offering campfires and marshmallow toasting!


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres