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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in Southern England

Southern England has an array of activities and cultural attractions on offer, ranging from the famous university town of Oxford to coastal Bournemouth. With many historical buildings and museums throughout the region, there is something to please everyone. Places to Visit in Southern England Highclere Castle and The Harrow at Little Bedwyn are listed below.
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Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire. It is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, a branch of the Anglo-Welsh Herbert family.
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Established nearly 20 years ago, this privately-owned restaurant has had a Michelin Star for 12 years in a row. It has also been named AA and Decanter Restaurant of The Year and won numerous International Wine Awards. The owner, Roger Jones, is also a wine journalist and wine judge, working for Decanter Magazine, The_Buyer.net, CSWWC, DWWA & Taittinger Sommelier of The Year.
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Explore the beautiful Uppark House and Gardens The tale behind Uppark House and Garden near Petersfield in the South Downs is a dramatic one, its having gone down in flames a couple of decades ago thanks to a spark from a workman's tool. The National Trust has surpassed itself in restoring the house and gardens and the result is a classic stately home in surely one of the most beautiful spots in England. Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton inspired the glorious grounds here which hav...
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Explore one of the Seven Wonders of Britain Windsor Castle, one of three official residences of The Queen, has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years and not only is it the largest inhabited castle in the world but is the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and battlements of the Castle loom large from every approach to the town, creating one of the world´s most spectacular skylines. Visitors can walk around the State Apartments, extensive suites of rooms at t...
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This handsome 18th century building used to be a pub. Exposed beams and brickwork and chunky wooden tables still give the place a homely feel, but the focus now is firmly on food and wine. There's a cosy first floor bar for those all important pre-dinner drinks, then its straight down to the main dining area (or on a sunny day, one of the al fresco huts in the garden) to sample ex-Chez Bruce chef Chris Bailey's modern British menu. While the produce might be local, with some even coming fro...
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For a hotel to really make the top ranks, there needs to be a spa to send it skywards. Thankfully the brains at Sopwell House have gone the extra mile to provide spa connoisseurs with a knockout retreat where you'll feel the weight of the world disappear. Helped by cool Japanese design influences, from the dark wooden finish of the luxury changing rooms, soft LED lighting and natural materials, to the chic minimalist relaxation area, ease into a slower pace of life. Peruse the treatment menu ...
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The House of Thomas Bayly was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653-1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed,
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Explore the highly distinctive gardens of Hinton Ampner House The gardens of Hinton Ampner House were laid out by the scholarly Ralph Dutton in the middle of the 20th century with great regard to line, landscape and historical propriety. Statues, buildings, axes and views have been placed with exquisite judgement to lead you subtly along the exact route that Dutton intended. He was also careful to choose plants which would do well on chalk, and then plant lots of them - using always t...
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Set within a Capability Brown inspired park, Highclere Castle gardens are hidden from view. Gravel paths lead to the Monks Garden with plantings of roses,lavender, penstemons and a summer wild flower bed. Espaliered medlar, quince and fig trees line its walls. Behind the towering yew hedge lies the White Garden and a gate into the exquisite Secret Garden with its colourful curving herbaceous borders. Beyond the formal area an arboretum is in its early stages and by 2010 a meadow of wild flowe...
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Discover the Beautiful Waddesdon Manor and gardens Waddesdon Manor and gardens were bequeathed to the National Trust by the Rothschilds in 1957. The garden today is essentially the one laid out by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and his French landscape designer Elie Laine. It is one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain with a parterre, colourful shrubs, rose garden and specimen trees. A rococo-style aviary houses exotic birds and is known for breeding endangered species. The garden...
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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is home to one of the most important modern plant collections in the world. Established in 1953 by the distinguished plantsman Sir H
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Terrace Restaurant & Bar is all about relaxed all-day dining with a contemporary twist. Awarded the AA Rosette for fine cuisine, it offers hearty British cuisine with some subtle Spanish influences, with emphasis on fresh and local produce.
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Discover, Buscot Park, a magnificent stately mansion and intimate family home The home of Lord Faringdon, 18th century Buscot Park in Oxfordshire is one of those glorious English country estates that whisk you back through the centuries as you wander in awe at the beautiful paintings and plates, pots and urns, furniture and fabrics. If you've the time before you visit, take a look at Buscot's website in which Lord Faringdon himelf explains the history by which he came to live in the hou...
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Explore a splendid 18th-century English interiors in an idyllic country setting The architecture of Claydon House includes extravagant rococo and chinoiserie decoration, with a unique Chinese Room and parquetry Grand Staircase that is so precious no one is allowed to use it. The house was occupied by the Verney family for over 380 years and the family museum contains mementoes of Florence Nightingale, who was a regular visitor, along with military uniforms, weapons, costume and musical...
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Closer to Wildlife! Enjoy a relaxing day out in beautiful surrounding at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, with over 260 animal species in 160 acres of spacious Parkland. Stroll up our New Giraffe Walkway and get eye-to-eye with these amazing creatures. Picnic whilst watching Rhinos grazing on the lawns of the Gothic Manor House. Leap about with Lemurs in their walk-through enclosure. Ride on the railway around the Park or climb into the tree house in the adventure playground. There's something...
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The Vineyard, one of the UK's best known places for those who love fine dining. The Vineyard restaurant is a 3 AA rosette awarded restaurant, with everything you expect from a 5 star Hotel without the stiffness. From the beautiful dining space, with its signature Art Nouveau-style wrought iron vine balustrade and well spaced, linen covered tables. There's a five or seven course tasting menu available or you can create your own menu from a selection of classic dishes such as Cornish lobster...
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City Museum & Records Office is dedicated to local history, `The Story of Portsmouth´ display room settings showing life in Portsmouth from the 17th century to the 1950s. Experience the different life-styles from the working poor to the affluent `Victorian Parlour´ along with a 1930s `Art Deco´ dining room and a 1950s front-room complete with flying ducks on the wall. The Museum has a fine and decorative art gallery with a temporary exhibition gallery and regular changing exhibitions. The Rec...
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Dew Pound is a 16th-century country house restaurant located in the hamlet of Old Burghclere, some six miles south of Newbury. The period features and original oak beams are given a contemporary feel with the use of vibrant artwork and black leather chairs. The raised decked terrace out the back provides charming views across the pond to Watership Down and Highclere Castle. The menu changes daily with the availability of local, seasonal produce. There is a well thought through wine list with ...
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All the food served at The Montagu Arms' restaurant has been grown in the on-site organic garden, or is sourced from the New Forest, the wider Hampshire area an
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Hughenden Manor has a rich and varied history. Once the home of Benjamin Disraeli, it was also a covert WWII base that produced maps. Both of these stories are fascinating, and the house and gardens bring them to life.
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Once the gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House has been the ancestral home of the Montagu family since 1538, following the dissolution of the monasteries.
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The Shuttleworth Collection is in a quiet countryside setting on an old fashioned all grass aerodrome with eight hangars. These hangars comprise an aeroplane engineering workshop, a garage and coachroom, and the remainder house the world famous collection of aircraft. During the season, all of the airworthy aircraft are flown in displays, alongside visiting aircraft from other operators and from other Services, re-creating flying during the Edwardian period, the First World War, the peacetime...
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Discover a lifetime of family treasures at Kingston Lacy Kingston Lacy is a 17th century house that was the home of the Bankes family for over 300 years, and replaced the ruined family seat at Corfe Castle. The house contains an outstanding collection of paintings and other works of art including work by Titan, Sebastiano del Piombo and a Velçzquez. The dramatic Spanish Room has its walls hung in magnificent gilded leather. On display are furniture, books, Italian sculptures and bronze...
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Discover centuries of gardening history at The Vyne Attractive gardens surround the 16th century Vyne house. The gardens are home to several stunning features such as a walled garden and glass house beautiful lawns, herbaceous borders, a wild garden with woodland walks, a lake, and a newly developed wetlands area. Much like the house itself the garden is filled with history, keep an eye out for the six hundred year old oak tree and second world war storage sites.
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Take a look at a time gone by at Longleat House, a superb example of Elizabethan architecture, and one of the country's finest stately homes. Home to sixteen generations of the Thynn family, the 7th Marquess of Bath is perhaps one of Longleat's most famous residents.
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The Greyhound Inn offers a fabulously warm welcome and looks after its guests with great care and attention. The rooms are thoughtfully appointed, the food is freshly prepared, imaginative and delicious, and there's a good selection of beers and wines by the glass. Guests can enjoy country walks from the doorstep or cycling routes on the untouched North Wessex Downs.
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Kids love a day out at the award-winning Dinosaur Museum. Packed with life-sized models of dinosaurs, along with skeletons and fossils, it's interactive, immersive and great fun. Kids are encouraged to touch and explore, and the life-sized reconstructions really bring the attraction to life.
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Farmer Palmer's is an award-winning farm park designed specifically for children aged 0-8. Acres of Adventure to explore and Bucketfuls of Play to discover
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Luton Hoo Spa offers its guests the perfect chance for escapism, the second the robe is on is the first step towards tranquillity. Walk through the relaxation area and unwind at the poolside and blend into the calm, natural surroundings.
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Once a 16th century Inn, the pub boasts a 5* AA rating, has 9 guest rooms and is dog-friendly. The Mason Arms is a smart and convivial country pub, offering sumptuous menus of local produce. The Mason Arms is also home to Artist Residence Oxfordshire, a delightful boutique-hotel offering a heavenly retreat in the most glorious setting.
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Donnington Valley Spa is the perfect lifestyle destination, a privately owned country retreat in the heart of Berkshire. Take time out in our sanctuary as we welcome you with a drink of your choice accompanied by a light breakfast, before we invite you to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and entertain your senses with our bespoke collection of day packages, with something suitable for everyone. Our leisure facilities include a luxurious modern 18m swimming pool, steam room, sauna, ...
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Explore the majestic Uppark House and Gardens Uppark is a fine late 17th century house set high on the South Downs. The disastrous fire in 1989 and its restoration add to the magic of this romantic house. The elegant Georgian interior houses a famous Grand Tour collection of paintings that includes works by Pompeo Batoni and Luca Giordano and a fine collection of furniture and ceramics. The 18th century dolls´ house on display has all its original contents and makes a wonderful exhibit ...
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Nestled in the beautiful Candover Valley in Hampshire, the Woolpack is a rural country inn and a renowned destination for countryside pursuits especially for those keen on shooting and fly fishing. With seven beautifully appointed country style bedrooms and a hearty breakfast in the morning, you'd be sure to have a lovely countryside stay. The restaurant serves classic British dishes using the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients whilst the bar offers a large selection of real...
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Welcome to the health and leisure club at the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton. Welcome to total relaxation. With indoor and seasonal outdoor swimming pool, sauna and spa pool you can make the most of the revitalising powers of water at our seaside hotel. Then, to complement, these healthy activities, why not book yourself a treatment in our beauty rooms.
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Howard's House is a privately owned hotel, hidden away in unspoilt countryside in the heart of Wiltshire. The ancient honey coloured stone building has not been subjected to any modern tampering which shows in the simple elegance of the airy restaurant. Chef Andy Britton's ethos is to source as much local meat, game, fish and seasonal produce as possible as well as the vegetables and herbs from the kitchen garden. The cuisine is modern British and the menu may feature a starter such as roaste...
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There is so much to do at Manor Farm and Country Park in Southampton that you may want to come back straight away after your first visit. Make the acquaintance of Mrs Earwicker, the farmer's wife, down on the Victorian Farm and take a farmyard walk to learn about how life was lived in the 1800s. There are lots of animals for the children to meet (we love the chicks and ducks), you can help with the milking of the cows and even learn about Victorian farming equipment. Over in the school room, ...
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Set in the heart of Berkshire countryside, The Crab & Boar is a lovely country pub with rooms offering British cuisine, free Wi-Fi and a large car park. The award-winning restaurant serves locally-sourced seafood and seasonal game in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has received 2 AA Rosettes and are part of 'Pub group of the year 2016' by The Good Pub Guide.
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The Fleece looks over the field of Witney's delightful Church Green. It is one of only a handful of spots around the local area where you can sit outside on radiant days, eating, drinking and viewing the world pass by. An incredible bar with a private lounge area and 10 superb en suite rooms.
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Heythrop Park Resort Golf is destined to become one of the finest new courses in the UK. The club is limiting the membership of the club to just 400 exclusive members. The stunning course meanders through ancient woodland, lakes and streams and is supported by a sophisticated new clubhouse built beside the original family home. The club has separate changing facilities for golfers and those using the Health Club. There is also a family change area with easy access to the swimming pool.
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Blenheim Palace gardens (one of the Winners of the Historic Houses Association/Christies Garden of the Year Award 2008)are one of the great 18th century parks landscaped by `Capability´ Brown including the largest lake he ever devised. The Secret Garden is one of Blenheim Palace´s most popular attractions for plant lovers as it is a garden for all seasons, combining mature trees with new plantings. This secluded area has winding paths that lead to soothing water features, bridges, fountains, ...
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A Thai spa that is deep in ancient Eastern inspiration, it offers rituals that exist create an escape from everyday life, an opportunity to entirely relax and leave behind one's everyday cares at the door.
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The Seaview Hotel, Restaurant and Bar is a classic yet contemporary, stylish Victorian retreat located in the fishing village of Seaview on the Isle of Wight. The Restaurant which holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand award, offers a fantastic menu of British dishes all served in a contemporary setting. The terrace enjoys stunning views of the Solent. The food has a real wow factor and the menu is designed to reflect the seasons dependent on the relative abundance of local produce or season, you ...
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Not many spas in Britain lay claim to the elusive title of destination spa, but Lucknam Park Spa delivers a masterclass in treatments and design.
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Discover the life and times of a beautiful Berkshire Mansion This Berkshire Palladian mansion was rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Illife back in 1952 who set about restoring it and scouring the country for 18th century artworks and furnishings that would be in keeping with the history of the house. The result is what you see today – a simply glorious building, inside and out, which reflects the gracious life of an aristocrat in Georgian England. Inside you'll see amazing plaster wor...
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The Dundas Arms is set on the Kennet and Avon canal in the charming historic village of Kintbury halfway between Hungerford and Newbury. As a true country pub, our menus make the most of the local flavours available from the surrounding rivers, farms and fields and you'll always find traditional pub classics alongside creative seasonal dishes. Nestled between the Kennet River and the Kennet & Avon Canal, our idyllic garden is the perfect place to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the fine...
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Explore the beautiful gardens of Mottisfont Abbey The 19th century garden at Mottisfont Abbey is typical of the period, with sweeping lawns and stands of trees, much in the Capability Brown style. The garden is the result of the work of several well-known garden designers. In 1971 the kitchen garden was developed and holds a collection of roses from rosarian Graham Stuart Thomas, the National Trust´s gardens consultant. Visit in June for the best display. The grounds have a wonderful...
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Once the gatehouse of medieval Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House has been the ancestral home of the Montagu family since 1538.
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Enjoy modern British cuisine in our elegant yet relaxed 2 AA Rosette Glasshouse Restaurant. Quality is everything – right down to every ingredient. We follow a ‘field to fork' philosophy and pride ourselves on using local produce sourced from within a 50-mile radius. Some produce even comes from our own Kitchen Garden, where we grow a fantastic variety of vegetables & herbs and plenty of fruit. Taking its name from the original glasshouse designed in c.1850 by Edward Milner, a renowned lan...
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The King's Head is a traditional Four Star Georgian coaching inn located in the historic village of Hursley just moments from Winchester. The 8 contemporary en-suite bedrooms have just been refurbished and have been designed with your comfort in mind and feature flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi internet access, Egyptian cotton bedding, Bramley toiletries and tea and coffee making facilities. The Head Chef Jenny uses the best seasonal and local produce so you can expect that every plate on the K...
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Perched on the edge of the Thames, The Trout is a true Cotswolds inn that makes the most of its incredible riverside location. Whether stopping-in by boat, bike or on foot, you can enjoy everything from great real ales, local game and delicious fish including fresh crayfish from the pub's own river spots. The Trout Inn has recently reopened its doors with a fresh new look and a delicious menu and are proud to have already received 1 Rosette, 1 Breakfast award and 4 Star Gold from the AA. T...
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Tucked away in the small village of St Mary Bourne in the Hampshire countryside, the Bourne Valley Inn is a lovely country inn offering charming accommodation, delicious countryside dining and a warm, friendly service. Sink into one of the nine contemporary cottage-style rooms and unwind in your own private corner of the Hampshire countryside. Named after the lakes and rivers that lie nearby, the rooms are designed with your comfort in mind and include luxurious bedding, flat-screen TVs, W...
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Discover the Stunning Wildlife at The New Forest National Park The New Forest National Park is a unique landscape of ancient woodland, heather-covered heath, wide lawns, boggy mires, gentle farmland, coastal saltmarsh and mudflats and picturesque villages. It is one of the last places in the south-east of England to offer a sense of wildness and tranquillity. As the largest remaining area of lowland heath in Europe, it gives the flavour of a landscape that was once much more extensiv...
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Discover the beautiful Farnborough Hall nestled in the Warwickshire Countryside Bathed by the light bouncing off the honey-coloured stone of the glamorous 18th century Farnborough Hall, the grounds at this wonderful regal stately home are a delight to explore. This is a rare example of a ferme ornee (or ornamental farm), a style much favoured by the early 18th century landscape gardeners who wanted to move from grand, formal gardens to softer, more naturalistic designs. The hall's ow...
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The Vineyard Spa is a luxury 5 Bubbles Spa that is situated in Newbury, Berkshire. About an hour from London, it's the perfect location to escape the city for a relaxing spa day or get away. From the moment you slip into your fluffy robe and cushioned slippers, the journey to rediscover yourself begins. Whether you are looking for spa days and breaks, or simply want to visit for a treatment, The Vineyard spa is somewhere you will experience relaxation that will rebalance your body and min...
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Discover the beautiful world of Hughenden Hughenden Manor was the home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli from 1848 until his death in 1881. Most of his furniture, pictures and books remain here, his private retreat from parliamentary life in London. On display is a collection of fascinating personal memorabilia of the life of the great statesman and writer. The surrounding park and woodland have lovely walks and the colourful formal garden is a recreation of the design by h...
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Caudalie is a charming French skincare brand that unites modern, scientific technology with ancient traditions from the Bordeaux vineyards. The Vinotherapists at Caudalie are extensively trained to deliver the highest level of luxury, guests are encouraged to indulge in an array of treatment experiences.
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Situated in the idyllic village of Tollard Royal on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, The King John Inn is a gorgeous pub with rooms serving award-winning and seasonal British food. The eight en-suite bedrooms combine modern comfort with rustic elegance and feature luxurious linen, Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, direct dial phones and handmade bath and body products from Bramley. Our Head Chef sources his ingredients from the best local suppliers – from the fresh seafood deliver...
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Restaurant Hywel Jones offers an outstanding dining experience. Executive Chef Hywel Jones has held a Michelin Star at the hotel since 2006
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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. The 200-acre site boasts extensive woodland and riverside areas lined with the world-famous Rothschild rhododendron and rare tree collections. Plus a newly-restored iris garden, one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, aromatic herbaceous borders and so much more! Exbury also includes a miniature steam railway.
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Explore a beautiful English country garden at The Courts Garden The Courts Garden is a delightful English country garden showcasing some of the UK'S best gardening. Take a stroll through the beautiful colour-coordinated flower bed and admire the wonderful variety of trees, shrubs and naturally planted spring bulbs. The water garden contains a rectangular lily pond surrounded by pale Iris Sibirica and an earlier creation of a dye pond. Borders are enclosed with Yew, Beech and Holly. T...
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The Carnarvon Arms Located next door to Highclere Castle, home to the real Downton Abbey set and just a few miles from Newbury town centre, The Carnarvon Arms is a modern day country inn. Originally a coaching inn serving travellers to nearby Highclere Castle, Grade II listed Carnarvon Arms has recently been restored to its former glory, offering a dining room with a high vaulted ceiling, a bar and 19 individually styled boutique bedrooms. Crowned Historic Luxury Hotel of the Year 20...
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The Wellington Arms, Hampshire Wellington Arms is a homely pub restaurant which serves good, honest, local food executed with understated finesse. Owners Simon Page and Jason King are living the good life keeping chickens, bees and even pigs on the premises and tending to fruit trees and their veg patch. Homemade honey from pub's very own bees and fresh eggs collected from the chickens are sold at the bar. The interior resembles your gran's living room with exquisite, solid Edwardian ...