The county of Hampshire, located on the southern coast of England, provides holidaymakers with a fantastic blend of city, coast and countryside. There are two national parks, the New Forest National Park and the South Downs National Park, in the county of Hampshire, making it a great destination for visitors interested in exploring the great outdoors.
Winchester, the historic city situated on the edge of the South Downs, was once the ancient capital of England. The city has an 11th-century cathedral and a Norman crypt. Relive the legend of King Arthur’s Round Table at the Great Hall. Visitors to Hampshire may also wish to visit Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, which is now a museum. Other sightseeing opportunities in Hampshire include smaller towns and villages, all with ancient to medieval histories. The county is also associated with Britain’s naval tradition, exemplified in Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory at the historic dockyard in Portsmouth. Attractions in the area include the coastline of Hayling Island, which offers family entertainment at Blue Flag beach – ride the rollercoaster and seafront railway for a seaside day out to remember.
If you seek sports recreation whilst in England, Hampshire is a great choice. The vast green spaces of Hampshire include the New Forest National Park, which has 218 square miles of protected wildlife, as well as designated trails for public use. Cyclists, hikers and horse riders can take advantage of the 146 miles of marked pathways. Stop off the trail for a quiet drink at one of the pubs or teashops along the way. Home to herds of wild ponies, the New Forest makes for a wonderful day outdoors. Other popular outdoor recreation locations include the chalk hills of the South Downs National Park. Hang gliding and paragliding rentals and horseback riding are available to visitors of this stunning national park.
Luxury cottages offer visitors to Hampshire a place to relax after a day of exploring the area. Rent one of our luxury cottages in towns such as Andover, Petersfield, Burley or Fareham as a place to call home while in England. The luxury cottages are conveniently located near to major airports and bus and train transportation hubs. Reserve 5-star luxury cottages, luxury cottages with hot tubs and luxury cottages by the sea. We have over 1,000 luxury cottages to choose from across the UK, as well as Ireland, France and Italy.
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