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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.

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  • Tudor Cottages - Tudor Cottage Studio

    Romsey

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    Ref: B6843

    Set in the centre of the delightful town of Romsey within easy reach of the New Forest, these attractive Tudor cottages built in 1524 have original oak beams and inglenook fireplace. Each property has a parking permit for one vehicle, and offers comfortable accommodation, making an ideal holiday base for exploring. Locally, the pretty town offers many amenities, shops, restaurants, inns, golf and a leisure centre with large swimming pool and water chute. The Test Valley, known for its fishing and walking, The Test Way, The Clarendon Way all nearby. For keen gardeners, visit the world famous collection of trees and shrubs at Hilliers Arboretum, or the aromatic collection of old roses at nearby Mottisfont. Broadlands (home to the late Lord Mountbatten) and Romsey Abbey are also close by. The area has plenty of attractions for all ages, within easy reach are Paultons Park, Marwell Zoo, the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, and maritime history at Southampton, where you can take a ferry to the Isle of Wight. The New Forest is a short drive away, which covers almost 145 square miles and supports hundreds of free roaming ponies, cattle and deer. There are 150 miles of gravel roads in the forest, appealing for cyclists and horse riders with acres of open heathland. New Forest attractions include Beaulieu Palace House, Abbey and Motor Museum, New Forest Museum and Visitors Centre, Bucklers Hard, Exbury Gardens and various popular towns and villages to discover, including Burley and Lymington. Bournemouth is renowned for its clean sandy beaches, year round entertainment and facilities, and is within half an hours drive, or alternative beaches worthy of a visit are Studland Bay, Sandbanks, Milford or Highcliffe. Within an hour’s drive, the historic Naval port of Portsmouth with designer shopping, waterside dining, The Warrior and HMS Victory, and Porchester Castle. Both properties can be booked together to sleep 8+1. Shops and pubs 500 yards.

    Shared entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/bedroom area with double bed, beams and parquet floor. Kitchen with parquet floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH and electricity included (£25per week October-April). Bed linen included. Travel cot. DVD. 2 ring electricity hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Large shared lawned garden with sitting-out area. Barbecue. On road parking (permit at cost). No smoking.

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  • The Roost

    Ower, nr. Romsey

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    Ref: 28398

    This holiday lodge in the owner’s grounds, consisting of 22 acres of woodland and lakes, is a wonderful area to walk with carp fishing free of charge. On the edge of the New Forest National Park, with access to the A36 from Salisbury to Southampton, it provides an ideal base for exploring, due to miles of footpaths and heathland, coastline and resorts such as Bournemouth and Poole. There are sites of interest such as Beaulieu Abbey, Buckler’s Hard, Portsmouth Historic Shipyards and Bronze Age barrows. The city of Southampton is 7 miles, with the annual boat show and cultural events. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Induction hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 22 acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 4 lakes within grounds.

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  • Higher Farm - Saddle Room

    Martin, Fordingbridge

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    Ref: PJJA

    Higher Farm is well located in the quiet, picturesque village of Martin within a conservation area and on the edge of Martin Down National Nature Reserve. These two single-storey barn conversions, adjoining one another, were formerly the saddle room and stables for the small farm and have been transformed into very comfortable holiday accommodation with a modern, light and airy feel. The village of Martin is set in an area known as Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs, an AONB. The village has its own small, community-run shop which opens twice a day on week days (9am-11am and 5pm-6pm) and once in the morning on Saturdays (9am-12pm). The medieval city of Salisbury, 8 miles, has its famous cathedral spire and close, individual shops, pubs and restaurants, a theatre and a cinema which is housed in the old wool market. The New Forest and the small market town of Fordingbridge are 6 miles away. Fordingbridge is known for its famous medieval stone bridge with its fine arches; it boasts plenty of shops, pubs and cafés and there are excellent walks along the river. Shop 6 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Ramp and small step to entrance. Living room with wood-burning stove, French doors, dining area and kitchen with Belfast sink. Large double bedroom with French doors. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full central heating with air source heat pump, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared, lawned, orchard garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Stables by arrangement with owner
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • The Annexe

    Kings Somborne, Stockbridge

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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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  • Little Gate House

    New Forest, nr. Fordingbridge

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    Ref: DAAG

    Little Gate House is a detached, peaceful retreat for couples, nestled in the heart of the western edge of the New Forest National Park. Well-designed, it offers a compact, yet light and airy space. Idyllically located off the beaten track, the property sits in a south-facing, elevated position overlooking the owner’s 3½-acre grounds, providing seclusion and tranquillity with views across fields and the forest beyond. The property is surrounded by an abundance of wildlife including buzzards and deer. Buzzards nest in the nearby trees and are often seen souring the skies above and deer are also frequent visitors. The open New Forest is directly on the doorstep providing 140,000 acres of off road walking, riding and cycling, yet there is quick and easy access to all main roads for visitors to explore the many villages, towns, cities and beaches that Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire have to offer. Strawberry picking ½ mile, riding stables 1 mile, watersports/fishing 2 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Living room open plan with kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove and large French doors to large area of south-facing decking. Cosy double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, full electricity rad central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed side garden
    • Decking area with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • The Retreat

    Ower, nr. Romsey

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    Ref: 28870

    This detached single-storey holiday lodge is situated in the owner’s grounds, consisting of 22 acres of woodland and lakes. The lodge sits on the edge of one of the lakes, with a decked area from which to enjoy watching the birdlife and fish. On the edge of the New Forest National Park, with access to the A36 from Salisbury to Southampton, it provides an ideal base for exploring the miles of footpaths and the towns of Bournemouth and Poole. Sites of interest include Beaulieu Abbey, Buckler’s Hard, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Bronze Age barrows. Southampton is 7 miles. Carp fishing on site, free of charge. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Stairs to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Induction hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Decked terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, natural 22-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: On the edge of a lake. 4 lakes in grounds.

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  • Bosun’s Locker

    Lymington

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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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  • The Hayloft

    East Meon, nr. Petersfield

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    Ref: UKC221


    Situated in a truly stunning location, with a magnificent backdrop of rolling hills with sheep and cattle grazing, The Hayloft makes the perfect peaceful retreat for a couple wishing to explore the area. It is equidistant from Winchester, Portsmouth and Chichester, which are all about a 20-minute drive away. Skilfully converted to provide lovely holiday accommodation, this delightful light and spacious property has high ceilings and attractive beamwork. The breathtaking views can be savoured, particularly from the bedroom, which has plenty of windows to take full advantage of the vista. Set within beautiful rolling countryside and farmland, nestled in the hills of the South Downs within the grounds of a working farm, and the owners’ country farmhouse offers bed and breakfast for overflow guests.

    There is direct access to miles of scenic walking and cycling routes in this wonderful part of Hampshire, (dogs to be kept on a lead in the immediate vicinity due to livestock) within The Meon Valley, near to West Meon with pubs serving fine fayre, and where Thomas Lord rests, founder of Lords cricket, as well as award-winning butchers and pub. East Meon is about 3 miles, with a pretty church and more good pubs. Petersfield market town is about 5 miles away, where there are plenty of restaurants and shops, as well as a train station with trains to London in approximately one hour. Other places to visit include Portsmouth with Spinnaker Tower, HMS Warrier and HMS Nelson’s Victory, waterside dining, extensive designer shopping, and ferry trips to the Isle of Wight, plus historic Winchester Cathedral and King Arthurs’ Round Table, Southampton with its extensive maritime history, the vast heathland walks/riding in The New Forest, historic Chichester with cathedral and festival theatre, beaches at the Witterings or Hayling Island, the Watercress steam train, Jane Austen’s House, Gilbert White’s house, Marwell Zoo and Birdworld to name a few. Also, Queen Elizabeth Country Park is on the other side of the valley and worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Open plan, spacious living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area, beamed ceiling and wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with kingsize bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    • Electricity, NSH, underfloor central heating in bathrooms, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared 100-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 50 yards.

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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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  • The Wheelwrights Post - The Old Post Office

    Burgate, near Fordingbridge

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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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  • Hops Annexe

    Brockenhurst

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    Ref: 30093


    This delightful annexe, attached to the owner’s home, offers cosy and comfortable holiday accommodation, ideal for couples wishing to explore the wonderful New Forest. Only a 2-minute walk to the local shops and restaurants, and 4 minutes to Brockenhurst train station. The area is a haven for wildlife with ponies and cattle roaming across the heathland, extensive walks, cycling and riding routes. There is plenty to do in the area for all ages, all year round, including Beaulieu Motor Museum, Bucklers Hard, Marwell Zoo, New Forest Owl and Otter Park and Southampton with its maritime history, to name but a few. Historic Lymington is only a 10-minute drive with waterside dining, boutiques and ferries to the Isle of Wight. It is also within easy reach of many beaches, including Sandbanks Poole and Bournmouth. Beach 8 miles. Shops 300 yards, pub 400 yards and restaurant 550 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children.

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  • Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn

    Clanfield, nr. Hambledon

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    Ref: DNH

    These two beautifully presented properties, set in the South Downs National Park, have been tastefully converted from a south-facing barn, and command views of open countryside and the surrounding arable farmland. Furnished and equipped to a high standard, they each enjoy their own furnished garden. An excellent base for touring, they are close to the old docks of Portsmouth, Chichester and Hayling Island. The cathedral city of Winchester and Petersfield are also easily accessible. Good walks abound in this scenic area, particularly on Butser Hill (3 miles) and the South Down Trail at Petersfield. Sailing 10 miles. Golf 6 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and French doors to garden. Farmhouse-style kitchen with terracotta-tiled floor. Utility. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity £25per week
    • Full oil central heating £15per week
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Unsuitable for children
    • Couples and family bookings only

    • Wood-burning stove – logs available locally
    • Bed linen included
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Small garden with patio and furniture
    • No smoking

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