Travel: Hampshire

by Jane Hayward on Thursday, 29 September 2011

Cosy in At weekends, rely on the inn's smart bar for entertainment - it has a fabulous wine list, buzzy atmosphere and a basket of glossy mags. Then retire upstairs to low-key, deluxe bedrooms with big, pillow-piled beds and power showers.

Chill out From the front door, a lane leads to England's best fly-fishing river. Staff will happily arrange other country sports or mountain bike hire and supply maps of local footpaths.

Go explore Nearby Stockbridge is a quirky town with great shopping. The New Forest's tumbling leaves are an easy drive. And a Jane Austen trail leads around the countryside, then to her memorial stone in Winchester Cathedral (

Eat and drink The candlelit restaurant flows from the bar and has a daily-changing menu that uses produce so local you might meet the farmer who supplied your steak. Going to Winchester? Michelin-starred The Black Rat has lunches from £22.95pp.

What it costs Doubles from £130 B&B. Visit

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