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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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  • Weaver’s Lodge

    North Gorley, near Fordingbridge

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    Ref: UKC353


    Boasting superb panoramic views over scenic, rolling fields where horses graze, this well-presented, single-storey lodge forms a wing of the owner’s family home. Ideally located in a peaceful setting, Weaver’s Lodge makes the perfect relaxing retreat. It is situated along an unmade lane and offers direct access to miles of walks in the New Forest National Park. Inside, this light and airy home offers tastefully furnished accommodation using carefully co-ordinated colour schemes. The large windows in the living area offer plenty of natural light and a wonderful vista. For those bringing a dog, there are plenty of excellent walks all around, many of which offer great bird and wildlife spotting. For guests who may wish to bring a horse, the owners offer stables, a menage and horsebox storage on site, available by prior arrangement.

    Although in a rural setting, many towns and picturesque villages are within an easy drive. There is an award-winning farm shop about a 10-minute walk away, which has local produce and a licenced café. There is also a pub serving good food just under a mile away. For the outdoor enthusiast, riding, cycling or strawberry picking are all nearby, as well as a popular water sports park. Visit Moors Valley Country Park which has orienteering, cycle hire, golf, forest Segway, walking groups, canoeing, petanque and craftmaking. There is a fishing lake close by.

    The New Forest National Park provides miles of open scenic heath and woodland for walking, riding and cycling, as well as a network of footpaths and bridle paths. You can often find ponies, donkeys and cattle freely roaming. The charming town of Fordingbridge which has a host of shops, cafés and eateries, and the gentle flowing River Avon, is also nearby. Ringwood also has a good selection of shops and restaurants, and is about a 15-minute drive away. Weaver’s Lodge is convenient for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, as well as for visiting Christchurch Harbour and the coast with Poole and Bournemouth. Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Otter and Owl Park, maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are within easy driving distance. Beach 9 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 875 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on the ground floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot available on request. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. 1 dog welcome - to be kept on a lead. Stabling and grazing available by arrangement. Private parking for 1 car. 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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  • Garden Cottage

    Alresford

    Grade
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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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  • The Retreat

    Ower, nr. Romsey

    Grade
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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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  • The Barn

    Burley

    Grade
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    Ref: PDDE

    A beautifully renovated barn conversion situated in the village of Burley Street in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Built of oak and timber, it has an air of relaxed elegance and offers a wealth of features including a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, spiral staircase and wood-burning stove, as well as extras such as Egyptian cotton sheets. Located in the grounds of the main cottage, it provides a perfect base for exploring the New Forest’s many delights. The market town of Ringwood is a 6-minute drive where all facilities can be found, with handsome Georgian buildings. Sandy beaches lie 8 miles away and sailing and surfing can also be enjoyed. Shop and pubs ¾ mile.

    Large open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, large windows, wooden floor and hand-made kitchen area. Shower room with toilet and tiled floor. Spiral open staircase to first floor: Galleried area with 5ft bed and wooden floor. Vaulted ceilings and beams throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • TV (LCD)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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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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  • Cornhill Hall Lodge

    Bishops Waltham, nr. Winchester

    Grade
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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 Barn at Guiles

    Froxfield, nr. Petersfield

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    Ref: DBBT

    This lovingly refurbished barn conversion offers a stylish and comfortable holiday retreat, with many features such as a hand-crafted oak staircase and wood-burning stove. Located along a quiet country lane at the edge of the green at Froxfield, this tastefully furnshed property is adjacent to the owner’s home and backs onto fields. This delightful village is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the South Downs National Park. Petersfield, with plentiful shops, eateries and amenities, is about 4 miles away, with mainline station to London in 1 hour. Within easy reach are Portsmouth, Winchester Cathedral, Southampton, The New Forest, historic Chichester, beaches at the Witterings or Hayling Island, the Watercress steam train and Jane Austen’s house. Shop 1 mile, pub 2 miles.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen. Utility. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full underfloor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • 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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  • 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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  • April Cottage

    Old Alresford

    Grade
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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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