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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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  • 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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  • Drovers Cottage

    East Meon

    Grade
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    Ref: PAAV

    Located in a breathtaking setting, completely enveloped in the rolling countryside which is abundant with wildlife, this attractive, brick and flint holiday cottage makes a romantic and peaceful retreat, ideal for couples and walkers. Having been totally renovated, it offers tasteful and well-presented accommodation, and is easy walking distance to the quaint thatched roof village, which has a shop, a 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 Austens’ House, Gilbert White’s house and Birdworld. London is just an hour by train from nearby Petersfield. Seasonal fishing available in 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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  • The Wheelwrights Post - The Old Post Office

    Burgate, near Fordingbridge

    Grade
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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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  • Drayton Farm Barns - Shepherds Den

    East Meon, Petersfield

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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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  • The Folly

    Hambledon

    Grade
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    Ref: PRA


    For couples who fancy a romantic getaway and something out of the ordinary, this detached 19th-century listed folly stands in the garden of the owners’ house and enjoys wonderful views over the pretty village of Hambledon, the birthplace of cricket, and full use of a 30ft indoor heated swimming pool, (open April to October) is perfect. This Georgian Grade II listed property was built in 1832 and is situated in the South Downs National Park making it perfect for stargazing. There are many wonderful walks nearby, and just 13 miles away are the sea and the coastlines of Hampshire and West Sussex – including picturesque Chichester Harbour. Easy touring to stately homes at Beaulieu and Broadlands, and gardens at Exbury. Portsmouth (13 miles) boasts Nelson’s Victory, the Mary Rose, a wide range of amenities, a harbour and ferries to the Isle of Wight. Historic cathedral cities of Winchester and Chichester area a half-hour drive. Rose Bowl cricket ground is within easy reach and a local free tennis court with all equipment supplied free of charge, National Trust properties and gardens, Goodwood Racecourse, Festivals of Speed and Revivals are all easily accessible. Golf, horse riding and fishing nearby. Shops 200 yards, pub 400 yards.

    Small fitted kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow-tread stairs to first and second floor. First floor: Cosy living/dining room with electric fire. Second floor: Pretty double bedroom with attractive antique pine furniture.

    • Electricity, electric radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Fan heater
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD player
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • Sole use of owner’s indoor heated swimming pool (open April-October)
    • Unsuitable for the elderly/infirm
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small pond in owners’ garden.

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  • Inadown Farm Holiday Homes - Goldridge

    Newton Valence, nr. Alton

    Grade
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    Ref: 31242

    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 patio doors and laminate floors. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room 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 Maplescombe (ref 31243) via interconnecting door to accommodate up to 8 guests.

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  • Valley View Annexe

    North Poulner, nr. Ringwood

    Grade
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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 and bed linen 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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  • 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 Roost

    Ower, nr. Romsey

    Grade
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    1
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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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  • 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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  • River Cottage

    Abbotts Ann, near Andover

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC798


    This Grade II listed, thatched semi-detached cottage, with its garden bordering a small brook, offers a great holiday location for exploring this lovely area. Dating back 200 years ago, it is set in the picturesque village of Abbotts Ann, just south of Andover. Wine and dine in the local pub, which is just a short 400 yards away and enjoy a romantic meal for two. Spend days visiting Weyhill Hawk Conservancy, Army Flying Museum, Thruxton, Stonehenge, and many historic venues such as Salisbury Cathedral, Medieval Hall, Wilton House and Highclere Castle. Slightly further afield is the New Forest National Park, with all its wildlife, scenery and attractions, and onto Romsey and Southampton. Winchester with its historic Round Table is well worth a visit, one will have plenty to enjoy for a memorable holiday. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground Floor:
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    Open plan living space.
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    With 36" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
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    Landing:
    With single bed.
    Bedroom:
    With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Stairgate. Welcome pack. Small lawned garden with decking and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced brook in the garden.

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  • Drovers Way

    Fordingbridge

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 29455

    With scenic views over paddocks and surrounding New Forest countryside, this spacious detached single-storey property is an ideal holiday retreat for couples or small young families. Peacefully set in the owner’s grounds, it has direct access to many walks within the New Forest National Park, yet has easy access to road links to Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch Harbour and the coast including Poole and Bournemouth. Visit Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum and New Forest Otter and Owl Park. Maritime Southampton and many attractions are an easy drive. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile...

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and French doors/kitchen, all with tiled floors. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with additional sofa bed (for child). Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi.Telephone (honesty box). Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead (livestock). No smoking.

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