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Winchester

Known as one of the most desirable places to live in England, the historic city of Winchester also provides a lovely cottage holiday destination for the hundreds of visitors who come here each year.

Winchester is actually the former capital of England, which brings with it a rich, historical legacy. Here you’ll find a number of attractions that could easily rival those of the current capital city. For example Winchester Cathedral; this world-famous cathedral is now over 1,000 years old and no visit to Winchester is complete without a visit to this most impressive building. In addition to the cathedral, history is at every turn in Winchester, such is the incredible legacy of the city.

Although most of Winchester Castle no longer stands, the surviving structure, The Great Hall, remains as a glorious reminder of the building’s great past. In addition to its structural splendour, The Great Hall is home to the legendary Arthurian Round Table. Perhaps not surprisingly for such a historic city, Winchester is home to a number of fascinating museums. There are no less than five military museums here, housing one of the largest collections of military artefacts outside of London. Meanwhile, you can trace the history of Winchester from Roman times through to the present day at the City Museum.

There’s plenty more to Winchester apart from all the historical interest; the whole family will enjoy a day out at Marwell Zoo or a visit to the largest planetarium in the country, there are a host of fascinating visitor attractions nearby as well as the South Downs National Park just to the east.

Consider staying in holiday cottages in Winchester for your next break and immerse yourself in centuries of glorious history.
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  • Garden Cottage

    Alresford

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    Ref: 28837

    This detached former barn, located amongst rolling countryside, has been thoughtfully renovated to provide a relaxing and peaceful base. Alresford, 2½ miles, is the perfect place for strolling, and has many historical features worth a visit including old Alresford Pond, The Millennium Walk and Broad Street with its Georgian coloured buildings. Visit Jane Austen’s house at Chawton, the Watercress Line steam railway, running from Alresford to Alton through 10 miles of beautiful countryside or Winchester with its magnificent cathedral, 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Steep, narrow, open-tread paddle stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) galleried bedroom.

    Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack on request. No smoking.

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  • April Cottage

    Old Alresford

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    Ref: PTK

    This lovely listed 17th-century thatched cottage has its own garden and is set at the end of the village green in friendly Old Alresford (with shops and pub/restaurant within walking distance). It is spacious, attractively furnished and well equipped – a romantic and characterful retreat for couples. The area abounds in fine walks and, just a mile from the cottage, the Mid-Hants ‘Watercress’ Railway operates steam trains to Alton, where connection can be made to the electric railway service to London. The area is also great for cycling with the Ox Drove cycle trail running through the village. Tennis, riding, golf and a very good gym/health club locally. Winchester 8 miles. Shops 1 mile.

    Dining room. Beamed sitting room with inglenook fireplace. Charming L-shaped kitchen with stable door to garden. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with lovely four-poster bed. Dressing room.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with furniture
    • Roadside parking 20 yards
    • No smoking
    • No children under 18 yrs

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  • Dunley Den

    Woodmancott, nr. Winchester

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    Ref: W44185


    This spacious holiday cottage adjoins the owners’ home in a peaceful rural area surrounded by woodland and fields on a no-through road. The private patio is an ideal spot to enjoy watching the visiting wildlife and birds. Woodmancott is a hamlet close to Winchester, a medieval city surrounded by picturesque villages and scenic countryside, and is a culturally rich and vibrant destination.

    Visit the magnificent 900-year-old Winchester Cathedral and take a tour. Enjoy lunch in one of the award-winning pubs or restaurants, browse the ancient and modern shopping streets where you will find a thriving independent vibe from artisan bakers and butchers to lively art galleries, a working mill (the oldest in the country) and colourful markets. For rail enthusiasts, visit Alresford and Alton for the mid Hants Watercress Line or just to visit on market days. Nearby, visit Rooksbury Mill nature reserve for a day’s fishing in a beautiful natural setting, or visit Blackwood Forest for a lovely walk or cycle and finish up in the nice restaurant/coffee shop which is just 5 minutes away. Highclere Castle stands in stately Victorian splendour amidst 1000 acres of spectacular parkland and will be familiar to many as TV’s ’Downton Abbey’. Outside, explore the gardens, woodland and surrounding parkland where you can enjoy the views of the Kennet Valley.

    Visit Jane Austen’s house museum, responsible for such well-loved literary masterpieces such as ’Pride and Prejudice’ and ’Sense and Sensibility’. The novelist Jane Austen lived out her last eight years with her sister and widowed mother in this modest 17th century cottage in the picturesque Meon Valley. The New Forest has over 200 square miles of mixed woodland and heathland which is an outdoor lovers paradise. Explore by bicycle, on foot or even on horseback and keep your eyes open for a glimpse of the famous New Forest ponies which roam wild in the woods. Also visit Lyndhurst, with the New Forest Visitor Museum and the Georgian market town of Lymington with harbourside restaurants and views. Within an hour’s drive travel to Southampton, Portsmouth (Spinnaker tower and Gun Wharf Keys), Salisbury, Stone Henge, Christchurch (Avon Beach at Mudeford), Waterloo Station (by Train), Bournemouth (pier and beaches), Boscombe (surf reef), Beaulieu House and Gardens, Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, Marwell Zoo, Milestones Museum and The Hawk Conservancy to name a few! Shop 3 miles, pub (dog friendly) and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Sky TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Little Lansker

    Kings Worthy, nr. Winchester

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    Ref: 30132


    This “upside down” detached holiday property has the bedrooms on the ground floor and living areas on the first floor, with lovely views over the fields. It is located along a peaceful single track lane on the edge of the village of Kings Worthy, which offers local shops and pubs. Only 2 miles from the lively and attractive city of Winchester, the ancient capital of England. Sometimes known as the legendary Camelot, it is steeped in history and culture and was one of the locations for the filming of the ’Da Vinci Code’. As well as the Winchester Cathedral, there’s the magnificent Great Hall and its pride and joy, The Round Table. Cultural enthusiasts will delight in Wolvesey Palace, the Old Bishop’s Palace and Winchester College, one of the oldest public schools in England. Your trip may also include paying your respects at the graves of some of England’s greatest kings and queens, bishops, saints and literary giants such as Jane Austen. Alternatively, there’s the Peninsula Barracks where you can fire a Baker Rifle or find out more about the history of various regiments of the British Army. Winchester also lies on the route of some historic trails and you can walk in the ancient steps of pilgrims on routes that vary from a few hours or could take you all the way to France. Hampshire has a lot to offer visitors, from attractive coastline, the spectacular hills of the South Downs and the lovely chalk streams and water meadows of the Meon Valley, the varied attractions of Portsmouth and Southampton, the New Forest and only one hour from London. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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