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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Myrtle Cottage

    Hambledon, nr. Portsmouth

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Heathfield Lodge

    Bransgore, nr. Christchurch

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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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  • 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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  • 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 Roost

    Ower, nr. Romsey

    Grade
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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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  • 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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