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The Rufus Stone - Photo © Jim Champion
The Rufus Stone - Photo: Jim Champion CCL

A lovely thatched village with a 13th century church, Minstead lies close to the spot marked by the ‘Rufus Stone’ where flame-haired William II was killed by an arrow fired by Walter Tyrrell while hunting New Forest deer in the year 1100. Was it really an accident or did William’s ambitious brother Henry orchestrate his untimely death?

Furzey Gardens is a delightfully informal garden which offers views over the New Forest. Its attractions include a lake and a restored 16th century cottage.