Hampshire Accommodation Guide
Welcome to Stay In Britain’s guide to accommodation to Hampshire. Each of the accommodation choices listed below has been handpicked by our team of travel writers. From barn conversions to quaint countryside cottages, we present our definitive list of the best accommodation in Hampshire whether you are travelling on holiday or for business.
Furthermore, where we include a link to an accommodation booking site, you can book with complete confidence. Our ‘Price Pledge’ ensures that you receive the lowest available prices. In addition, our regular quality audits ensure that only the very best Hampshire accommodation options make it into our ‘Top 10’.
In addition to highlighting some of the best overnight accommodation options in Hampshire, we will also list some interesting facts about the county and feature some of our favourite local attractions. Enjoy your stay in Hampshire!
Best Accommodation In Hampshire
The Little House (West Meon): Just a stone’s throw from the Stay In Britain office, we can speak with confidence about this lovely little holiday cottage and its location in the beautiful Meon Valley. Located in the centre of the South Downs National Park, this is a great base to explore Hampshire and its many attractions. The cottage is close to the famous ‘Thomas Lord’ pub in the village centre.
The Garden Studio (Selbourne): The Garden Studio is an idyllic holiday home in Selbourne and situated on the edge of the South Downs National Park. Perfect for families, this small cottage is located next to a field containing horses. It is also close to the Gilbert White House (a museum dedicated to the world-famous naturalist) and also Jane Austen’s House Museum (in nearby Chawton).
Baytree Cottage (Sarisbury): Located close to the picturesque River Hamble, this lovely holiday cottage is perfectly placed to explore all of Hampshire’s best attractions. Sleeping 6 people across 2 bedrooms, the cottage has a luxurious hot tub in its own private courtyard. The historic cities of Southampton and Portsmouth are easily accessible as is the New Forest National Park.
Bailey Cottage (Bursledon): Bailey Cottage is a superb holiday home for larger groups of friends or family providing accommodation for 10 people across 4 bedrooms. A recently renovated boatbuilder’s cottage, you are close to Hamble-le-Rice and it’s many nautical treasures. Similarly, you are a short train ride into both Southampton and Portsmouth.
The Little Granary (Fordingbridge): Situated on a working farm, this incredible little holiday cottage is the perfect base from which to explore the New Forest National Park. With views across a beautiful pond and the wider farm, this is a fantastic place to relax after a day exploring the New Forest.
Bryony Cottage (North Gorley near Fordingbridge): Providing accommodation for 8 people across 4 bedrooms, Bryony Cottage is a gem of a holiday home in the midst of the New Forest National Park. Situated by a pond and next to a field full of friendly ponies and donkeys, there is also a games room with pool table. The famous Royal Oak pub is literally next next door!
Breaches Barn (Rockbourne): Breaches Barn is a large barn / self-catering holiday house which sleeps 13 people across 5 bedrooms. The barn’s standout feature is its large central living space (perfect for large groups). Set amongst the barn’s high ceilings with oak beams there is a cosy log burner which is extremely popular in the winter months. There is also a private tennis court.
Fox Hole Cottage (Alderholt): Fox Hole is a small holiday cottage that sleeps 4 people when combined with the cottage next door (Mole Hill Cottage). Set in 10 acres of glorious grounds, these two cottages are close to Fordingbridge, Salisbury, Southampton, Bournemouth and the New Forest National Park. Beautifully appointed, these two holiday houses are hard to beat!
Potters Heron Hotel (Romsey): 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 (near Petersfield): 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 (South Harting): 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.
Hampshire: Interesting Facts
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.
- 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.
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!