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Hampshire

Hampshire is the perfect combination of city, coast and countryside, blessed with rural beauty, thriving culture and a wealth of history. The never-ending woodlands, cobbled paths and rustic villages make the county an exceptionally pretty one and a desired staycation destination.
 
Hampshire is ideally located in the South East of England and boasts great transport links making it an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for an overnight stay or long weekend. With endless acres of greenery, beautiful lakes, traditional buildings and a wealth of history, it’s no wonder that it is a firm favourite for travellers on the hunt for a luxury holiday. Breathe in the crisp air, put your wellies on and discover the great outdoors.
 
Hampshire offers an array of quintessentially English country house hotels boasting magnificent rural surroundings and grounds with endless rolling hills and meadows to explore. From country-chic guestrooms and suites to one-of-a-kind treehouse options, guests can unwind in luxurious comfort while escaping the world.
 
When visiting Hampshire make sure to take advantage of its five-star spa offerings boasting top-notch treatments and a spectacular blend of indoor and outdoor facilities. Picture laying back in a bubbling hydro pool while gazing out to the surrounding forest. Heavenly, right?
 
Foodies in particular are going to go nuts for this British paradise of culinary excellence. With heaps of glorious untouched land, it’s no wonder produce here is seasonal and fresh. Whether you want to have your meal in a vintage barn, fine dining eatery or country pub, expect signature British dishes and organic flavours throughout.
 
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Whether you want to cycle, sail, trot or hike through the greenery there is plenty to see and do for adventurous families, romancing couples and nature lovers alike. Explore the New Forest national park where around 4,000 ponies, cattle and deer roam freely amongst ancient woodland. But, to truly please the little ones, a trip to Peppa Pig World is a must.
 
With a wild-life rich landscape, infused with different types of plants, trees, insects and birds, The New Forest National Park is hard to beat for walks, bike rides and horse riding. Enjoy panoramic views of The New Forest National Park from the open top New Forest tour bus. There are three scenic routes you can choose between and you are able to hop on and off as you please. Set your eyes on magical landscapes, beautiful lakes, rustic villages and the main attractions Exbury Gardens and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, all in a weekend.


 
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Good to know

  • Must See: Beaulieu Abbey and village
  • Best Foodie Hangout: The Pig Restaurant
  • Instagram Opportunity: New Forest Ponies
  • In A Word: Picturesque 

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 4°c   Feb: 4°c   Mar: 6°c  
Apr: 8°c   May: 12°c   Jun: 14°c  
Jul: 17°c   Aug: 17°c   Sep: 14°c  
Oct: 11°c   Nov: 7°c   Dec: 5°c  

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Hampshire In A Nutshell

Don’t Forget Your Kit 
 
  • Embark on a canoe or kayak experience in the New Forest or along the River Avon as you glide through the waters looking out to see if you can spot the surrounding wildlife. Alternatively, take a boat tour and learn more about the magical surroundings as you pass them.
     
  • Hire a bike and cycle through the forest as you test your map reading skills embarking on a wild trail. Or, for something a little more adventurous, visit Go Ape Moors and zip wire above the tree tops.  
     
  • Take part in quintessentially English activities such as tennis, croquet, horse riding and polo. For a more leisurely pace go fishing at one of the scenic lakes and see what you can catch. 
     
Family Fun Guaranteed  
 
  • Explore Marwell Zoo with the family and see if you can spot the giraffes, penguins and tigers. With 140 acres of park to keep you busy, a cool train, five adventure playgrounds and cafes, you might as well make a day of it. Meet and feed the animals and listen out for one of the daily talks, to brush up on your wildlife trivia. 
     
  • A must is Paultons Park, also home of Peppa Pig World, which is an exciting theme park set in the New Forest. The rides and attractions here are impressive, including rollercoasters, a log flume, waterpark, adventure golf, a 4D cinema, animals and amazing landscape. With a whopping 70 rides to choose from, little ones will have a whale of a time. 
     
  • Alternatively, visit the pigs at the Longdown Activity Farm or the Blue Reef Aquarium for a fun family day out. 
     
Tastes To Try 
 
  • Dining at the Black Rat is an absolute must. The charming Michelin-star restaurant is set in an enchanting building that dates back to the 1700s. With a seasonal menu that incorporates fresh ingredients from the restaurant’s allotment where it grows its own vegetables and herbs, guests can enjoy a wealth of flavours alongside vibrant presentation. Choose from many scrumptious dishes including rabbit loin, crispy rock oyster with smoked eel cream, and slow cooked lamb belly served with wild herbs and caramelised onions.  
     
  • If you’re looking for dinner with picturesque surroundings, then The Bush Inn in Ovington is the perfect spot. Opt to dine al fresco at the traditional 17th century pub situated on the beautiful banks of the River Itchen and tuck into traditional classics like twice roasted pork belly with seared fresh scallops and fresh Cornish haddock in batter with hand cut chunky chips. 
     
  • For out-of-this-world British cuisine head to The Pig restaurant which is nestled in the grounds of the New Forest. Dine in a relaxed, intimate setting as you enjoy a unique menu that changes with the seasons. Expect pollock fillet and Hampshire chorizo, and Lyme Bay monkish tail and garden spinach as well as Himalayan salt aged ribeye steak. Start your meal by ordering one of the restaurants famous Piggy Bits. We recommend pea and ham hummus with puff pastry.  




     
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