Hampshire's rich historical and cultural heritage make it a fascinating county to explore. It also boasts some wonderful countryside - the Test, Itchen and Meon valleys, the South Downs National Park and the unique landscape of the New Forest. Winchester, its county town, has a magnificent cathedral. Two of England's largest ports, Portsmouth and Southampton, lie on its coast. Hideaways' holiday cottages in the New Forest and across Hampshire include Visit England 4 and 5 star luxury accommodation, a marvellous base to escape to for a short break or a longer family holiday in the New Forest and beyond.
Pop’s Barn is a secret little retreat hidden behind the High Street in the bustling village of Downton. Reached by a narrow path leading off a side lane, the cottage is revealed as a pretty brick building of obvious antiquity set in a delightful, sheltered walled garden. New Forest 10 minutes' drive. Salisbury 8 miles.
In a magical setting by the River Avon, on the Wiltshire Hampshire border, Avon Turn Barn provides stunning accommodation within an imaginatively designed, timber-clad barn.
Furnished and equipped to extremely high specifications, North Cottage offers an opportunity to stay somewhere quite exceptional in South Wiltshire’s highly sought after Chalke Valley.
One of two Grade II listed gate houses at the entrance to a country estate, on the Hampshire Dorset boundary, just 10 minutes' drive from the New Forest. Visit England 4 stars, Gold Award accommodation.
One of two Grade II listed gate houses at the entrance to a country estate, providing unusual and highly desirable accommodation on the Hampshire Dorset border. Visit England 4 stars (Gold Award).
Peacefully situated on a 4 acre smallholding in the depths of the Hampshire countryside, 7 miles from Winchester, The Stables provide beautifully presented, well thought-out accommodation.
Imaginatively converted and extended from an outbuilding within the garden of a larger house, Bridge Studio lies in the pretty village of Bishopstone, half way along the unspoilt Chalke Valley.
Peacefully located down a country lane in the village of Bentley, Mews Cottage is the perfect retreat for exploring this unspoilt part of the Hampshire/Surrey borders.
Quietly situated along a country lane on the edge of the pretty village of Rockbourne, this is an enchanting retreat set in the garden of an ancient thatched cottage. New Forest 10 minutes' drive.
Situated on a country lane within walking distance of Selborne, The Garden Studio enjoys an enviable position in the grounds of a larger cottage, with far-reaching views over the surrounding landscape.
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Hampshire is at the centre of the South Coast, just as it has been at the centre of English history. It contains two of the oldest ports in the country, Southampton and Portsmouth and one of the oldest capitals, Winchester. It is also home to one of the oldest royal hunting grounds – paradoxically called the New Forest. Hideaways has an irresistible selection of holiday lets in Hampshire, from romantic cottages for two to country houses and barn conversions for large groups, which provide an ideal base from which to explore the largest county in South East England.
Hampshire’s greatest asset is arguably the New Forest, which covers an area of 220 square miles. The beauty of the New Forest is legendary and our cottages in the New Forest provide the perfect base from which to explore this unique landscape, where nature still reigns supreme. The New Forest has been “new” for something like 900 years, since William of Normandy, in search of royal hunting country, decided upon this part of Hampshire so convenient for his castle at Winchester. Many of the ancient laws of the New Forest still exist and the Verderers Court still sits at Lyndhurst to administer these rules. The free roaming animals, ponies, pigs and cattle continue to enjoy the ancient right of common grazing handed down for centuries.
Within easy reach of the New Forest is the famous city of Winchester which is the administrative centre of the county and was once the capital of the West Saxon kingdom of Wessex. The bronze statue of Alfred, the greatest of the West Saxon kings, guards the city from the bottom of the High Street. At the top is a reminder of a more legendary king; King Arthur’s Round Table hangs in the great hall of the former royal castle. Winchester has a great Norman cathedral, also shot through with reminders of historic events.
Hampshire’s two other large cities both have strong maritime connections – Southampton primarily with trade, Portsmouth with defence. Both had Roman ports, the walls of Portchester Castle stand foursquare to the tides of Portsmouth harbour to this day. The naval dockyard contains Nelson’s flagship ‘Victory’ and Henry VIII’s Tudor warship ‘The Mary Rose’.
There are too many attractive towns and villages in Hampshire to single out but some of the most notable are Petersfield, an ancient market town in The South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Alresford, famous for its watercress festival and steam railway and Stockbridge in the beautiful Test Valley. There are a number of rewarding literary walks associated with famous local writers: Chawton and Steventon for Jane Austen, Selborne for Gilbert White and the Meon and Itchen valleys for Isaac Walton, the father of angling.
Being on England’s south coast, Hampshire benefits from a milder climate compared to many other counties, warmed by the ocean but sheltered from the Atlantic by the South West peninsula.
The extensive selection of cottages to rent in Hampshire and the New Forest available from Hideaways, both country and coastal, are spread right across the county and will allow you to discover its strong historical and cultural heritage as well as its rich and diverse landscape.
For those particularly interested in the New Forest, Hideaways has some stunning cottages to rent both in the New Forest itself or within a few miles of the National Park boundary, perfect for holidays that are all about enjoying life at a relaxed pace. Alternatively, if you want to explore the many attractions that Winchester has to offer, we have a special selection of cottages and apartments in and around this historic city.
Being easily accessible from London, a short break in one of our beautiful Hampshire cottages may offer the perfect escape.
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