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Hampshire

The county of Hampshire in the south east of England has a southern coast that takes in Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington and two national parks; New Forest National Park and South Downs National Park.

Here you’ll find fascinating cities, historic towns and picturesque villages. Lovely areas of protected forest and rolling chalk downs, Blue Flag beaches and a rich maritime heritage.

Portsmouth has connections with Britain’s naval traditions that go back hundreds of years and the city’s historic dockyard offers a fantastic insight into this maritime history. See the HMS Victory, explore the Mary Rose Museum and then take a tour of the harbour or maybe appreciate the great views across the Solent from the 170 metre high Spinnaker Tower.

Just along the coast Hayling Island offers great family entertainment with a Blue Flag beach, rollercoaster and sea front railway; a great traditional seaside day out.

The New Forest National Park has 218 square miles of protected landscapes and is a wonderful playground for walkers, cyclists and horse riding with 146 miles of marked trails, pubs and tea shops. It is of course also home to the famous New Forest ponies. Get along to the New Forest Centre at Lyndhurst to plan your visit.

The chalk hills of the South Downs National Park also provides the perfect setting for wonderful adventures by foot, bike or horse, or maybe try out hand gliding or paragliding. Within the bounds of the national park is Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield, here you’ll find plenty of family activities and the South Downs Way.

Situated on the edge of the South Downs the historic city of Winchester, one time ancient capital of England, has a fascinating history that includes a magnificent 11th century cathedral and associations with King Arthur’s Round Table at the Great Hall. Also of historical interest is Romsey on the banks of the River Test, with its medieval streets and Norman Abbey.

Literary lovers will be delighted by Jane Austen’s house in Chawton. Now a museum, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the beloved author’s life and see how she found her unique inspiration in Hampshire.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Hampshire.
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  • Drovers Cottage

    East Meon

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    Ref: PAAV

    Located in a breathtaking setting, completely enveloped in the rolling countryside which is has wildlife in abundance, this attractive, brick and flint holiday cottage makes a romantic and peaceful retreat, ideal for couples and walkers. As the name suggests, Drovers Cottage was formerly a place of rest for drovers (modern day livestock transporters), who travelled hundreds and hundreds of miles with their animals and needed somewhere to rest. The group of fir trees, which still remain to this day, were an easily recognisable landmark even from afar, so drovers could always locate the homely house.

    Having been totally renovated, Drovers Cottage offers tasteful and well-presented accommodation, and is within easy walking distance to the quaint thatched-roof village, with its shop, beautiful church and two pubs serving good food. Within easy reach are the South Downs, Portsmouth, Winchester Cathedral, Southampton with its maritime history, the New Forest, Chichester, beaches at the Witterings or Hayling Island, the Watercress steam train, Jane Austen’s house, Gilbert White’s house and Birdworld. London is just an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Seasonal fishing available in a small lake close by. Shops ¼ mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner, kitchen area and tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric woodburner included.Electricity, fullGas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot (suitable for ages up to 18mths). High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher.Telephone (honesty box). Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Valley View Annexe

    North Poulner, nr. Ringwood

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    Ref: 25587

    This holiday property is perfectly situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, with wonderful views from the front lawn over fields and the forest. Adjoining the owners’ home and B&B this holiday home offers very comfortable accommodation with a large open plan living, dining and kitchen space. A great base for walkers and cyclists as country lanes and footpaths are all close to the property. The towns of Christchurch and Ringwood are both only a short drive, with many shops, pubs and restaurants. Enjoy nearby beaches at Mudeford, Bournemouth and Poole. Also easily accessible are Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens and Lymington, with ferry trips to the Isle of Wight. Shops, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen/dining area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, oil heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Shared garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Wheelwrights Post - The Old Post Office

    Burgate, near Fordingbridge

    Grade
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    Ref: 30425

    This charming, compact studio annexe is attached to the owner’s home, which is steeped in history and which, in the 1830s, included a wheelwrights, post office and bakery. Although small in size, it offers a tastefully furnished base for couples. Also within the grounds is Walnut Tree Cottage (ref 30424) and The Hideaway (UKC540), providing an ideal opportunity for couples or guests wishing to holiday together whilst retaining their own space. This is a convenient location set just back from the main road leading from Salisbury (9 miles) or Ringwood (5 miles). Keen walkers will delight in the fact that they are situated directly opposite footpaths within the New Forest National Park, with many scenic walks and ideal for spotting local wildlife. For those who would prefer to explore by cycle, the owners can offer a place to lock your bikes away when not in use. All properties have their own allocated parking, sitting-out area and large lawned gardens shared with the owners and their young family. They make ideal touring bases from which to visit the extensive attractions in the area. Not far away is the charming town of Fordingbridge with a host of shops, cafes and eateries, and the gentle flowing River Avon is also nearby. The location is convenient for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch Harbour, and the coast including Poole and Bournemouth. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum and the New Forest Otter and Owl Park. Maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are within easy driving distance, as is Stonehenge. Beach 16 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 400 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With Freeview TV and double bed.
    Kitchen: With microwave and fridge.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Parking for 1 car.

    All properties: Bed linen, towels and electricity included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared 1¼-acre grounds. No smoking.

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  • Bosun’s Locker

    Lymington

    Grade
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    Ref: DAAX

    Bosun’s Locker lies in the bustling riverside town of Lymington, just a stone’s throw from the town quay. Set in the old Georgian part of town, this detached holiday home commands panoramic views across the harbour, nature reserve and the Solent to the Isle of Wight. This historic town has a selection of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and an ancient Charter Market on a Saturday. This is an excellent base for walking, bird watching, fishing, horse riding, sailing, cycling, the beach or relaxing in the New Forest and the seaside and quay around Lymington. The quay offers boat trips to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. Attractions include Exbury Gardens, Beaulieu House and Motor Museum and Mudeford, Highcliffe and Friars Cliff Beach. Shops and pubs 15 yards.

    Kitchen with dining area, slightly low ceiling and tiled floor. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor. Cosy double bedroom with views, accessed via en-suite shower room with toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to second floor: Living room with triple aspect.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi available (payable to BT Openzone)
    • No garden
    • Roadside parking 200 yards; car park 75 yards (permit at cost)
    • Cycle store

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  • Forest Lodge

    Furze Hill, nr. Fordingbridge

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    Ref: W43511


    Forest Lodge is situated in an idyllic setting in a quiet corner of the New Forest, enjoying direct forest access which is home to an abundance of wildlife. Whilst in the grounds of the owner’s home, Forest Lodge has its own parking area and pathway. This detached holiday property stands alone and is not visible from the main house. Stabling and grazing are available for 2 horses on site, with prior arrangement with the owner and there is a grassy children’s play area with football goalposts, rugby posts and other games. The New Forest National Park offers thousands of acres of moor, heath and woodlands, where ponies and cattle roam free, and is perfect for walking, cycling and riding. You may also see wild deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits. The New Forest is a genuine walker’s paradise and also a fantastic place for cycling, with miles of traffic free tracks. Farm shops, pubs, tea rooms, an excellent restaurant and a church are within 5 minutes of the property. There is a riding school nearby offering hacks across the forest for both the beginner and more experienced rider. Forest Lodge is 4 miles from the market towns of Ringwood and Fordingbridge, and 12 miles from the historic city of Salisbury, with its magnificent cathedral and tallest spire in the UK. The coastal resorts and sandy beaches of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are approximately 15 miles away. Coarse fishing is available on the nearby River Avon. Golf courses and water sports are also nearby. Shops, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Conservatory. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Satellite TV (Sky+). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and freezer in outbuilding. Wi-fi. Internet connection. Terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared natural, woodland grounds. Ample parking. Stabling and grazing on request. Grassed play area. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced stream and pond in grounds, 50 yards.

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  • Cornhill Hall Lodge

    Bishops Waltham, nr. Winchester

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    Ref: 30392


    This delightful single-storey holiday lodge is located in the grounds of the owner’s spacious country home, which is set in 6 acres. The lodge enjoys its own private lawned garden with views over the South Downs National Park. Couples can enjoy use of the large indoor heated pool, and there is a public footpath adjacent to the property providing access to excellent walking trails in the local area and beyond. Nearby Bishops Waltham is a popular medieval town, and has interesting historic sights such as the 12th-century palace ruins and Roman church, as well as local shops, pubs, restaurants and coffee houses. Cornhill Hall Lodge is ideally located for many sightseeing areas. It is within easy reach of the historic cathedral city of Winchester, and also near to Southampton and Portsmouth. Chichester, The Watercress Steam Railway, Jane Austen’s House, The New Forest, Marwell Zoo and Poultons Park are also within easy driving distance. It is less than a 30-minute drive to the nearest coast and the local area hosts a number of golf courses. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Laundry service on request. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (9.5m x 5m, depth 1.2m - 1.8m), use by arrangement. Welcome pack. No smoking. Babes in arms only. NB: Fenced pond 25 yards.

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  • The Annexe

    Kings Somborne, Stockbridge

    Grade
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    Ref: 23891

    Set in the pretty village of Kings Somborne, this smart annexe offers comfortable accommodation for two all on the ground floor. It has a cosy woodburner in the living room and the shower room features a double cubicle.The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book and nestles in the Test Valley with the River Test one mile away - famous for its excellent fishing and popular for a stroll along the Test Way. The attractive town of Stockbridge is 3 miles north. There are many gardens and NT properties to visit nearby including Mottisfont Abbey. The historical towns of Winchester, Romsey and Salisbury are all within an easy drive away. Shops and pub 60 yards.

    Two steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/ kitchen. 1 double (6ft, can be twin) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Sett

    Linwood, nr. Ringwood

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    Ref: W42020

    Surrounded by woodland

    This semi-detached barn conversion is surrounded by woodland in the grounds of the owner’s home, which was formerly owned by a famous wildlife film maker and photographer. Wildlife abounds with good birdwatching, and a chicken keeping course is sometimes available at an extra cost. This holiday accommodation has a sitting-out area with a seat overlooking woodland and lies within the New Forest with open heaths and wild ponies. Miles of footpaths and a network of walking and cycling paths stretch from the door. Salisbury and Winchester cathedral cities are both a short drive. Bournemouth with its sandy beach, and Christchurch are both about ½ hour’s drive. Poole is within easy reach, and the market town of Ringwood is approximately 4 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom with low sloping ceiling.

    Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Microwave. Sitting-out area with seat. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 14 years.

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  • Cedar Tree

    Cole Henley, nr. Whitchurch

    Grade
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    Ref: W44270

    Shared heated swimming pool

    Residing in the grounds of Peak House Farm enjoying glorious views across the North Hampshire Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the Cedar Tree. This beautifully designed, fully insulated shepherds hut with its ’wriggly tin’ roof rests on an oak chassis with cast iron wheels. Clad in cedar, it boasts underfloor heating, has its own elevated decked terrace and enclosed garden, complete with use of the owners’ covered heated swimming pool by arrangement – May to September. Peak House Farm is a working dairy farm with 120 cattle offering the unique opportunity to purchase ’raw milk’ described by some as ’slipping down like fine wine!’ There are walks from the doorstep with good pubs and restaurants in nearby Whitchurch, which sits on the River Test and is Hampshire’s smallest town. Visit Britain’s only working silk mill and walk the Mill Trail beside the river. North of the town are the North Wessex Downs AONB, immortalised in the Richard Adams Book ’Watership Down’. Visit Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed. Visit the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery and take a cocktail masterclass at the Bombay Sapphire Gin Academy. There are good rail connections to London and Exeter. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Open-tread steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room with double bed/dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 24" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry by arrangement. Access to freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked area and furniture. 150-acre farmland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared heated, covered swimming pool (4.8m x 9.7m, depth 1.2m to 2.4m) by arrangement with owner, May-September. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Folly

    Hambledon

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    Ref: PRA


    For couples who fancy a romantic getaway and something out of the ordinary, this detached 19th-century listed folly stands in the garden of the owners’ house and enjoys wonderful views over the pretty village of Hambledon, the birthplace of cricket, and full use of a 30ft indoor heated swimming pool, (open April to October) is perfect. This Georgian Grade II listed property was built in 1832 and is situated in the South Downs National Park making it perfect for stargazing. There are many wonderful walks nearby, and just 13 miles away are the sea and the coastlines of Hampshire and West Sussex – including picturesque Chichester Harbour. Easy touring to stately homes at Beaulieu and Broadlands, and gardens at Exbury. Portsmouth (13 miles) boasts Nelson’s Victory, the Mary Rose, a wide range of amenities, a harbour and ferries to the Isle of Wight. Historic cathedral cities of Winchester and Chichester area a half-hour drive. Rose Bowl cricket ground is within easy reach and a local free tennis court with all equipment supplied free of charge, National Trust properties and gardens, Goodwood Racecourse, Festivals of Speed and Revivals are all easily accessible. Golf, horse riding and fishing nearby. Shops 200 yards, pub 400 yards.

    Small fitted kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow-tread stairs to first and second floor. First floor: Cosy living/dining room with electric fire. Second floor: Pretty double bedroom with attractive antique pine furniture.

    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Fan heater
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD player
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • Sole use of owner’s indoor heated swimming pool (open April-October)
    • Unsuitable for the elderly/infirm
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small pond in owners’ garden.

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  • Laurel Cottage

    Sway, nr. Lymington

    Grade
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    Ref: W44142


    This well-presented cottage, adjoining the owner’s home, offers a comfortable, light and spacious base for couples to explore this scenic area. The delightful village of Sway is about a 5-minute walk away, and has a lovely community feel, with fetes and carnivals annually, as well as local shops and pubs. Located just outside Lymington, the popular harbour town has a host of boutiques, inns and eateries, and the ferry to the Isle of Wight, perfect for a day trip! Laurel Cottage is situated down a lane with direct access to the New Forest National Park, famous for its roaming ponies and miles of open heathland, ideal for walking, cycling and riding. The property offers a homely and well-furnished holiday retreat, and lies in a convenient location for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch harbour and the coast, including Poole and Bournemouth. Other attractions include Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu Motor Museum and New Forest Otter and Owl Park. Maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are within easy driving distance. Beach 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Gardeners Cottage

    Hythe

    Grade
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    Ref: 63022

    A detached single-storey coachman’s holiday cottage which has been tastefully modernised, is situated adjacent to the owner’s residence, attached to which are stables, harness room, coach house and paddock. The location has much to offer with the Solent only a short walk away and for those wishing to explore, the beautiful New Forest lies a short distance to the west. From Hythe, ferries can be taken to the Isle of Wight and Southampton. Beach 4 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed and beams/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Use of washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Garden furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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