Upham, Hampshire Cottages
The Stables provide a spacious, well laid-out interior, all at ground floor level, with carefully researched furnishings and paint colours, eco-friendly, ground source underfloor heating and a delightful garden area with attractive planting. The owners keep horses, chickens and rare-breed pigs in the fields beyond the main barn so an added bonus for guests is that free range eggs and sometimes 'home-grown' bacon and sausages are available. The owners have gone to great lengths to ensure that all their guests' needs are catered for and this is evident throughout the accommodation.
All at ground level.
Entrance from outside into 'outer' hallway. Further internal entrance door into inner hallway with access to a shower room/wc. Light, very attractive, open-plan living room with access out to the garden and comprising a sitting area with woodburning stove, a dining area and an oak fitted kitchen.
Double bedroom with large, antique pine bed and kingsize mattress.
Inviting garden area, attractively landscaped by the owner, with an array of insect-loving plants and grasses.
Underfloor heating. WiFi. Sorry no pets. No smoking.
The Stables is peacefully situated on a 4 acre smallholding in the depths of the Hampshire countryside, The detached property has been sensitively converted from an original farm building which once used to house shire horses.
The surrounding countryside forms part of the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and for the active visitor there is fantastic walking and cycling on the doorstep. There are riding stables and several golf courses nearby as well as excellent game and coarse fishing in the Test and Meon valleys. The Stables also provide easy access to a great variety of attractions; the cathedral city of Winchester (ancient capital of England) is just 7 miles away while Portsmouth's historic, naval dockyard (HMS Victory, The Mary Rose and HMS Warrior), Jane Austen's House at Chawton, Gilbert White's at Selborne and The Watercress Line (heritage steam railway) are all within half an hour's drive.
For shopping, the medieval market town of Bishop's Waltham is 3 miles away and there is an excellent pub - The Brushmaker's Arms - and an award-winning local brewery a mile away at Upham.
"Well executed conversion with good quality amenities make this a great place to stay. We found plenty of places to visit including Winchester, 4 National Trust properties, Watercress railway, Bishops Waltham, National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and the Historic Naval docks in Portsmouth. I would advise you to study the map before leaving. We followed satnav instructions on the way which took us down miles of very narrow lanes with few passing areas. We found that going out and returning through the village of Upham (1 mile to the south) was easier. Really enjoyed our stay!"Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-08-20
"The Stables was the best 2 person accommodation that we have ever stayed in. It was the perfect retreat away from the daily hustle and bustle of urban life. The detail by the owners was exceptional from the very well equipped kitchen right down to a little bedside clock. The property was well laid out and very clean and well decorated, a lot of effort has been put in by the owners to make it very comfortable and welcoming. It would not matter what the weather was like outside, if it was wet and cold it would be cosy and warm with the log burner and underfloor heating and if it was hot and sunny there is the use of a magnificent private garden. You'll find it difficult to go home after experiencing a stay at the Stables."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-07-01
"We stayed at the Stables for three nights. The accommodation is faultless and the owners have thought of every last detail. The location is close to Winchester and perfect for a day out to the cathedral and military museums. We would highly recommend the Stables and would definitely like to return to enjoy a few more glasses of wine around the log burner! Thank you for a wonderful stay!"Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-03-12