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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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  • Inadown Farm Holiday Homes - Whitedown

    Newton Valence, nr. Alton

    Grade
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    Ref: 31246

    Inadown Farm Holiday Homes consists of five well-presented properties (refs 31242, 31243, 31244, 31245 and 31246), designed to offer a retreat for the busy city dweller. Only an hour from London, they are situated in a beautiful part of the South Downs National Park. The holiday homes are tastefully styled and are on the site of a former granary within the grounds of a popular stable yard, where horse riding lessons and livery can be arranged (by prior arrangement). The properties are named after some of the local fields which stretch towards the nearby South Downs. They have between one and three bedrooms; some are interconnecting, making them up to four bedrooms, perfect for larger groups or families. The living space is contained within a traditional Hampshire weatherboard barn exterior. Each of the homes have been furnished and equipped with comfort and convenience in mind and all have wi-fi and cable broadband. Middledown (ref 31244) has wheelchair access rated for Mobility Level 2. There are outdoor seating areas in the shared paved courtyard with garden furniture and barbecue area. We welcome cyclists, walkers and those with limited mobility. The on-site riding school is a long established business, and welcomes all ages and abilities, and there are junior course weeks during the school holidays.

    There is so much to see and do in this scenic area. Chawton is just over a mile away, home to Jane Austen’s House, where she wrote a number of her great works. It is now has a museum dedicated to her. There is also Chawton House Library, an internationally renowned research institution. Portsmouth with its historic dockyard, Spinnaker Tower, the D-Day and Royal Marines museums, Gunwharf Quays, various museums, art and entertainments, waterside dining and shopping outlets, is about a 40-minute drive, as is Chichester, with its ornate cathedral, festival theatre, cinema, Goodwood Races and Fontwell Races. Other places of interest locally include Gilbert White’s House in nearby Selborne, 3 miles, which is also a haven for flora and fauna.

    Alresford is about 8 miles away, with the Watercress Line steam railway – a delightful trip on an old steam train stopping at various stations along the way. Also worth a visit, is the market town of Petersfield with main line station and Winchester, with its cathedral, Guildhall Water Meadows and Intech Science Centre and Planetarium. Children will love Marwell Wildlife Park, Peppa Pig World, Birdworld and Farnham, with Alice Holt Forest Woods, home to Go Ape treetop adventure. The Queen Elizabeth Country Park at Horndean has 1,400 acres of woodland and downland, and is about 9 miles distant. The beaches at Wittering and Hayling are within easy reach, about a 40-minute drive, and sailing in the Solent is possible from numerous marinas in the area. A day trip to the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth or Southampton should not be missed! Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared enclosed patio and furniture. Shared barbecues. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. Please note: This property can be booked with Pleasure Row (ref 31246) via interconnecting door to accommodate up to 8 guests.

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  • Myrtle Cottage

    Hambledon, nr. Portsmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: W43472


    Ideally located in the delightful village of Hambledon, a few steps from the traditional store and local inn, this charming holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s Grade II listed Georgian home. Hambledon is set in the heart of the South Downs National Park and is ideal for walkers, cyclists and photographers. It is famous as the ’birthplace of cricket’ and boasts the oldest, commercial vineyard in England. Just 13 miles away are the sea and coastlines of Hampshre and West Sussex, including picturesque Chichester Harbour, the historic dockyards of Portsmouth and the beaches of the Witterings and Hayling Island. Local activities include tennis, golf, fly fishing, shooting, horse riding and gliding. Within easy reach are the Isle of Wight ferry, Winchester Cathedral, The New Forest, the Watercress Line steam train, Jane Austen’s House, Marwell Zoo and Beaulieu Motor Museum. London is about an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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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  • Drovers Cottage

    East Meon

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Tiplen Green Farmhouse - Leydene Barn

    Clanfield, nr. Hambledon

    Grade
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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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  • Church View

    West Meon, Petersfield

    Grade
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    1
    3
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    Ref: PFFW


    Set along a country lane, this attractive and skilfully converted self catering holiday cottage offers a very good specification of holiday accommodation, and being single-storey, it is suitable for all ages. It lies within beautiful rolling countryside and farmland, within the grounds of a working farm, next door to the local pottery. Offering plenty of light, it has been tastefully refurbished, furnished with guests’ comfort in mind. Spacious, open-plan Church View is wheelchair-friendly with large windows to take advantage of the superb countryside views. This pet friendly property enjoys shared use of a large lawned garden and direct access to miles of scenic walks. Just under a mile from the quaint village of West Meon with pubs serving fine fayre, and where the founder of Lords cricket rests. Within easy reach are the glorious South Downs, Portsmouth and Spinnaker Tower, waterside dining, extensive designer shopping, ferry trips to the Isle of Wight, Winchester Cathedral, Southampton with its extensive maritime history, the vast heathland walks and riding in the New Forest, historic Chichester, beaches at Witterings or Hayling Island. London is about an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Shop and pub ¾ mile.

    Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor open-plan with twin bedroom. Shower room
    with toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Broadband
    • Large shared enclosed garden with furniture
    • Shared barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • Wheelchair access

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  • Heathfield Lodge

    Bransgore, nr. Christchurch

    Grade
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    Ref: DRL

    This pretty thatched holiday cottage nestles in a secluded location on the edge of the New Forest, with lovely views over field and woodland from the verandah. Adjoining the owner’s home, it serves as a haven for wildlife lovers; countryside walks radiate from the property offering plenty of opportunities for spotting the animals and birds resident in the area. A short drive away are the characterful resorts of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Lymington (departure point for Isle of Wight crossings), for beaches and boating. The Beaulieu Motor Museum is well worth an outing, as is the New Forest, for museum and pony trekking. Shop 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with piano, French doors to verandah and rugs on wooden floor. Small kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet. Z-bed (for +1 child only).

    Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. TV. DVD. Microwave. Use of owners’ washing machine and tumble dryer. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Sole use of part of owner’s garden and furniture. Parking 50 yards. No smoking.

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  • Hops Annexe

    Brockenhurst

    Grade
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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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  • Drayton Farm Barns - Shepherds Den

    East Meon, Petersfield

    Grade
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    Ref: PDDQ

    Amidst beautiful rolling countryside and farmland, set in the grounds of the owner’s farmhouse within a working farm, Drayton Farm Barns (PDDP, PDDQ & PDDR) have been skillfully converted from one large barn. Offering plenty of light and space, these beautifully presented barns have been tastefully furnished to a high specification. Henwood (PDDR) is an ‘upside down’ house, designed with the living area on the first floor to take advantage of the superb countryside views. They enjoy shared use of a large lawned garden, and direct access to miles of scenic walks in this wonderful part of Hampshire within the Meon Valley, with the river meandering through the farmland.
    Just over a mile is the quaint thatched roof village of East Meon, which has shops, a church and two renowned pubs serving good food. West Meon (where Thomas Lord rests, founder of Lords cricket) is also close by with award-winning butchers and pub. Within easy reach are the glorious South Downs, Portsmouth with Nelsons Victory, The Mary Rose, waterside dining, designer shopping and ferry trips to the Isle of Wight, as well as Winchester Cathedral, Southampton with its extensive maritime history, the vast heathland walks and riding in The New Forest, historic Chichester with cathedral and festival theatre, beaches at the Witterings or Hayling Island, Watercress steam train, Jane Austen’s House, Gilbert White’s House, Birdworld and Marwell Zoo. London is about an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Shops 1½ miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area and oak floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Full oil central heating included
    • Parking (for 1 car)

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Large shared garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: sloping bank and 4 steps in garden.

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  • Tudor Cottages - Tudor Cottage Studio

    Romsey

    Grade
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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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  • Little Gate House

    New Forest, nr. Fordingbridge

    Grade
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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 Sett

    Linwood, nr. Ringwood

    Grade
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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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