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The Best Staycation Hotels in Hampshire

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With miles of beautiful coastline, two national parks, a handful of pretty market towns and acres of greenery, Hampshire is one of the UK’s best staycation spots. Planning your next summer sojourn? Read on for the C&TH pick of Hampshire’s best hotels.

Best Hotels in Hampshire

Reviews are taken from this year’s Great British & Irish Hotels Guide, you can read the full reviews online or purchase your print Hotels Guide here.

 

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  • Chewton Glen

    Chewton Glen

    One of the country’s finest hotels, Chewton Glen in Hampshire has seamlessly moved with the times since it opened over half a century ago. The eight-bedroom house, where Captain Marryat wrote The Children of the New Forest, has gradually expanded to become a 72-room bastion of luxury, with gorgeous bedrooms, lavish spa, croquet lawn, children’s club and a nippy nine-hole golf course that will excite golfers with the lowest of handicaps. Set in England’s green and pleasant land, 14 extraordinary, tranquil treehouses built on stilts can be found in the grounds, as well as 70 thriving bee hives, a spectacular newly-refurbished spa and a purpose-built kid’s club called The Beehive. You may well leave Chewton Glen with green fingers.

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    +44 (0)1425 282212chewtonglen.com

  • 16A Winchester

    16a Winchester

    This beautiful house takes boutique self-catering to a new, more intimate level. A former livery and dance hall, the main house has three gorgeous, inviting bedrooms, which can be booked separately or all together. Room 41 is classy, reminiscent of a New York loft apartment with exposed brickwork and industrial lighting. Room 19 is elegant and simple, whereas room 98 maxes out on space and style as the biggest of the lot. Downstairs, the home-from-home spaces include a decadent library with cosy nooks to curl up and read a book; a large hall complete with a reclaimed wooden dining table and grand piano.

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    +44 (0)1903 723511 / hshotels.co.uk

  • East End Arms

    East End Arms

    Welcome to the New Forest, 145 square miles of ancient heath and woodland in Hampshire, where ponies, donkeys, pigs, cattle and deer still freely roam and where the East End Arms makes the perfect affordable base. The owner is Dire Straits’ bass guitarist John Illsley. When he bought the pub in the mid-1990s, he received a letter from the regulars, saying: ‘Hands off our public bar’. ‘They wouldn’t even let me repair the hole in the ceiling and when we repainted, it had to be exactly the same colour. Fine by me,’ he says. For a comfy night, head upstairs to one of the five cute and comfortable bedrooms with their king-sized beds dressed in crisp white sheets, Nespresso machines, Mulberry fabrics and walls decorated with John’s paintings. Breakfast is spot on.

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    +44 (0)1590 626223 / eastendarms.co.uk

  • The Pig in the Wall

    The Pig in the Wall

    If The Pig – at Brockenhurst is the country house, then this is its town house cousin, just 20 minutes away in Southampton, charmingly embraced by the city’s defensive walls. It’s gorgeous, affordable and makes a great choice for a hassle-free short break, easily reached by train. Hole up in one of its faultlessly chic bedrooms with their retro radios, telephones and alarm clocks, rain showers and roll-top baths, superb beds, well-stocked fridge ‘larders’, bare floorboards, painted wood ceilings and pretty fabrics.

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    +44 (0)2380 636900 / thepighotel.com

  • The Manor at Sway

    The Manor at Sway

    Five years ago, young hotelier Tim Holloway and his wife Edlyn Cunill decided to swap London for the peace and quiet of the New Forest, with happy results for anyone looking for an affordable yet stylish rural trip. In the village of Sway, surrounded by open heath and woodland that’s ideal for walking, horse riding and cycling, they found The Manor, built in 1906. With the help of interior designer David Bentheim they’ve given the solid brick Edwardian house a stunning makeover, its 15 beautifully coloured bedrooms decorated with prints from John James Audubon’s Birds of America, an open-plan restaurant and bar and a sitting room that daringly pairs William Morris fruit wallpaper with lime green furnishings and black and white check carpets, to stunning effect.

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    +44 (0)1590 682754 / themanoratsway.com

  • Lime Wood Hotel

    Lime Wood

    It’s all about attention to detail at this ravishing, deeply luxurious New Forest lair. Oak doors are thick, paint finishes fresh and soft floor lights switch on as you walk into the bathroom from your quietly opulent bedroom. Stylised sitting rooms melt one into another, pale lemon into sage green, each with an open fire. In the sybaritic Herb House Spa, you can do yoga on the rooftop herb garden, take in forest views from the massive sauna and eat inspired raw food in the Raw & Cured café. And as for the hotel’s Lake Cabin? It has to be one of the most romantic hideaways in the country.

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    +44 (0)2380 287177 / limewoodhotel.co.uk

  • the pig at brockenhurst

    The Pig at Brockenhurst

    Many hotels boast kitchen gardens, but few are as central to operations as that of The Pig. Here, it’s an imaginative edible paradise from which the chefs source much of their daily produce. Indeed, this abundant patch was the inspiration for the original concept of The Pig and its subsequent drove of hotels in the rustic Home Grown Hotels. This handsome Georgian shooting lodge stands in a clearing in the New Forest, with walking, foraging and spa treatments on offer.

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    +44 (0)1590 622354 / thepighotel.com

  • New Park Manor

    New Park Manor

    The 17th and 21st centuries fuse impeccably at this New Forest hotel, part of the Luxury Family Hotels collection. The manor was Charles II’s favourite hunting lodge and still has its original fireplaces, panelling and oak leaf-patterned doors, alongside all the contemporary comforts that you – or your children – could possibly need. The 25 bedrooms are divided between the manor and a modern wing, which also houses an indoor pool and award-winning ELEMIS spa with a hot tub, pool and thermal rooms.

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    +44 (0)1590 623467 / newparkmanorhotel.co.uk

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