Hampshire Accommodation Guide

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The Southern County of Hampshire (often abbreviated to Hants) is the largest county in the South East of England. The county get its name from its old name “Hantescire” which was recorded in the Domesday Book (AD 1086) by the order of William the Conqueror.

Hampshire has a rich and prestigious past. It was once home to the first capital of England (Winchester) and is the alleged home of King Arthur and his Round Table. The county’s two principal seafaring ports of Southampton and Portsmouth helped to lay the foundations of Britain’s international trade routes.

With its Lavender planations, trout filled rivers, vineyards and historic market towns, Hampshire is also famous for its many picture postcard English villages such as Selborne in the South Downs National Park. Quintessentially English, Hampshire is one of the prettiest parts of rural England.

Key Facts Of Hampshire

  • County Town: Winchester
  • Land Area: 3,769 km2 (1,455 square miles)
  • Population: 1,844,245 (2019)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 22 °C)
  • Days Of Rain: Dry for 162 days a year

Best Attractions In Hampshire

South Downs National Park: England’s newest National Park has its western boundary in Hampshire near Winchester. The park, covering an area of 1,627 square kilometres (628 sq mi) The South Downs Way spans the entire length of the park and is the only National Trail that lies wholly within a national park.

Highclere Castle: Set in the Hampshire countryside near Basingstoke, Highclere has become famous in recent years as the film location for the hit TV series Downton Abbey. Originally built in 1679 it is the county home of the Earl of Carnarvon. Tours can be arranged on specific dates of the year.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard: With a history that can be traced back over 800 years, Portsmouth is Britain’s oldest naval dockyard. Many historic fighting ships have been preserved for the public to visit including Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory and the first iron clad battleship HMS Warrior.

Watercress Line: The area surrounding Winchester, in particular Alresford, produces the vast majority of the UK’s watercress. It is also home the world famous restored steam railway (The Watercress Line) which stretches from Alton to Alesford.

Best Accommodation In Hampshire

Potters Heron Hotel: With its distinctive thatched roof, Potters Heron represents the very best of English hospitality.  Located in the historic market town of Romsey, you are ideally located to explore Winchester, the New Forest, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Langrish House: At the head of the beautiful Meon Valley, close to the market town of Petersfield, Langrish House is situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park.  With a history dating back to Norman times, this historic house has just 12 individually appointed en-suite bedrooms.

The White Hart: Located in the stunning Hampshire village of South Harting, The White Hart offers stylish accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. This award-winning gastro-pub also has a highly appraised chef who prepares scrumptious dinners.  What is more, you are just a stone’s throw from the South Downs Way and Harting Down.


Stay In Britain is the ultimate guide to places to stay and things to do in Great Britain.  Whether you are looking for a luxury self-catering cottage, a cheap B&B for a weekend stay, a short break in a caravan park or a business-friendly hotel in the Hampshire area, we have everything you need.  Enjoy your stay in Britain!