BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN HAMPSHIRE

With bustling coastal ports and the beautiful landscape of the New Forest within its boundaries, Hampshire, the largest county in south east of England has much to offer any visitor with a great selection of boutique hotels to choose from. The selection of Chic Retreats boutique hotels in Hampshire includes a luxury hotel to suite every taste and budget. In the New Forest, Chewton Glen is an award-winning, five-star, luxury Hampshire hotel with a superb spa and restaurant, surrounded by 130 acres of parkland. There’s Lime Wood, a country house hotel in Lyndhurst, Hampshire and its sister restaurant with rooms, THE PIG, in Brockenhurst, Hampshire - a foodie’s dream. Or for something more intimate, opt for The Wellington Arms in Baughurst instead, which is a charming find, well off the beaten track, with two rooms in a converted old hay store and one apartment. In the summer, lunch in the pretty garden here is an absolute must.

Exploring Hampshire

Hampshire has 3,000 miles of footpaths and 750 miles of cycle paths that wind in and out of picturesque towns and villages. In the handsome Georgian town of Alresford, you can take a ten mile nostalgic steam train ride on The Mid Hants railway to Alton and then visit Jane Austen’s House Museum which is nearby. It was in this house that the author wrote novels such as Emma, as well as revising her drafts of Pride and Prejudice, and today, the museum tells the story of Austen and her family. Equally interesting are the homes of naturalist Gilbert White at Selborne and Mottisfont Abbey, a 12th-century Augustinian priory turned private house with a drawing room decorated by Rex Whistler.

Other places worth exploring include the city of Winchester, for its cathedral, farmers’ market, which is the largest in the country (it takes place the second and last Sunday of each month) and bustling high street, plus the Solent towns of Portsmouth, Southampton and Gosport. Go shopping at Gunwharf Quays and see HMS Victory in the dockyard at Portsmouth, take a guided walk of the city’s old walls in Southampton and wander round the harbour at Gosport, which looks south towards the Isle of Wight. There’s plenty to keep children amused in Hampshire too, from day trips to Marwell Zoo and Longdown Activity Farm (there are pony rides, feed the animal sessions and outdoor play areas where they can run ragged) to Calshot Activity Centre, where teenagers can sign up for sailing, canoeing and other water sports.

Foodies

All the Chic Retreats recommended boutique hotels in Hampshire have truly excellent restaurants but it’s also worth checking out The Purefoy Arms in the rural village of Preston Candover, near Alresford, for imaginative pub grub by half Spanish chef Andres Alemany. Expect dishes such as bouillabaisse and saffron mash, smoked potato soup and red onion and goats’ cheese tart, followed by sloe gin and blackberry sponge pudding with duck egg custard. Elsewhere, Michelin-starred restaurant The Black Rat in Winchester is a renovated pub with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and a thoroughly seasonal British menu.

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Hotel TerraVina

HOTEL TERRAVINA

new forest, united kingdom

Hotel TerraVina has received great acclaim from the off. With sommelier Gerard Basset and Nina at the helm, this is a wine-lovers paradise in Hampshire's New Forest. This boutique hotel has good food, great service and a lovely natural setting.

Spitbank Fort

SPITBANK FORT

Set in the heart of The Solent Spitbank Fort is the first luxury island in England and is available fully catered for exclusive use hire throughout the year with your very own private chef. One night breaks available throughout the year.

The Pig

THE PIG

brockenhurst, united kingdom

Although THE PIG has 26 wonderful rooms and suites it is more of a fantastic restaurant with shabby chic rooms than a boutique hotel. Situated in the New Forest, Hampshire it makes the perfect relaxing getaway for those who love great food.

Chewton Glen

CHEWTON GLEN

united kingdom

Multi award-winning luxury hotel Chewton Glen has been voted one of the 'World's Best Hotels' by Conde Nast Traveller. Situated in the New Forest in Hampshire it is the perfect spot for a mid-week dash a deux or a few days away with the family.

Lime Wood

LIME WOOD

lyndhurst, united kingdom

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, Lime Wood is the best luxury boutique hotel and spa to have opened in the New Forest, just 1.5 hours from London. Perfect for romantic breaks, a mid-week dash, or time away with the family.

The Wellington Arms

THE WELLINGTON ARMS

tadley, united kingdom

We like to call The Wellington Arms in Hampshire a small boutique hotel and restaurant rather than a pub as it is so much more.  Set just back from the country road this delightful Chic Retreat has a lovely garden which really comes into its own in the summer and a seasonal, daily changing menu.

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