Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in Hampshire, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

Balmer Lawn Hotel, The New Forest, Hampshire

03/03/2023 by .

Barrow Hill Barns, Hampshire

21/02/2022 by .

Michael Edwards, with four-legged friends and family, goes walkies on the South Downs, from a luxurious barn-style cottage.

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The Wellington Arms, Hampshire

03/09/2019 by .
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It’s fortunate the Duke of Wellington was a very busy man. With over 50 conflicts to his name, identifying each of the 31 rooms at the Wellington Arms after one of his battles was less of a challenge than it might have been had he been less successful.

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The Red Lion, Odiham

02/09/2019 by .
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King John rode out of Odiham Castle to sign the Magna Carta but I suspect had the Red Lion been around back then, he might have a dallied a few more days or just stayed there and called the whole thing off.

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The Bell Inn, New Forest

13/02/2019 by .
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Considering the Bell Inn in the tiny New Forest village of Brook has been owned by the same family for over 200 years, longevity seems to be part of its DNA. Perhaps that’s why Barry has lit the log fire in the bar every morning at 11.30 for 37 years and counting.

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Rhinefield House Hotel, Brockenhurst

01/02/2019 by .

What would William Conqueror make of the New Forest today? In 1079 from his capital in Winchester, William established the New Forest by royal decree, as his hunting grounds.

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Florence Gardens Hotel

25/01/2017 by .
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Portsmouth has been much maligned, Spike Milligan relegated the whole town to Room 101 and sure, a weekend break in Portsmouth doesn’t have the same ring as 48 hours in Corfu or Majorca. You won’t see minke whales, otters or seals frolicking on the coast like you could, up in Scotland. But Portsmouth has a rich literary and naval history, the first Sherlock Holmes was written here. There is a newly restored and amazing dockyard with Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose and Nelson’s Victory.

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