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Much of Hampshire’s charm lies in its natural variety; from its rolling hills and unspoilt coastline to its bustling market towns and pretty villages, the county offers some of southern England’s loveliest views and its proximity to London makes it an increasingly popular destination for weekends away.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Hampshire endeavours to find something for everyone from rural pubs in the New Forest like the East End Arms; popular with both locals and visitors and owned by the former bassist from Dire Straits, to the glamorous and luxurious Lime Wood offering plenty of activities if you can be bothered and fabulous spa facilities if you can't!

Not surprising, then, that the standard of the best places to stay in Hampshire is sharply on the rise, with a wide choice for discerning guests.

Best places to stay in Hampshire

Traditional inns

If traditional inns are your thing, then a couple which have received a recent update are The Anchor at Froyle and the Peat Spade on the River Test. A good alternative would be the Woolpack Inn, just north of Winchester.

For foodies

For foodies there is a huge choices of places to stay in Hampshire.

We particularly like TerraVina in Netley March - owned and run by master sommelier Gerard Bassett and his wife Nina and The Montagu Arms which offers Michelin starred dining in its Terrace Restaurant.

The Mill at Gordleton is another good option or perhaps the Three Lions nr Fordingbridge.

If locally sourced food is one of your bugbears, then stay at The Pig - most of the produce comes from their own kitchen garden, if not they guarantee it will not come from further than 25miles!

Best contemporary place to stay in Hampshire

  • Contemporary hotels may seem like a bit of an oddity in Hampshire, but if you're wanting something a little bit different go for the Aviator - a designer hotel on Farnborough Airfield - very sleek, with a definite urban vibe!

For a weekend away

  • With the recent proliferation of places to stay in the increasingly popular New Forest National Park, Hampshire is becoming a very busy destination for weekenders. One of our favourites is the Master Builders with a stunning location in Buckler's Hard, great brasserie style food and quirky interiors.

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  • East End Arms

    East End, Hampshire

    Genuine village pub that works well both for locals and overnight guests alike owned by the bassist from Dire Straits. Simple fresh rooms are well designed and comfortable. Hearty British fare is served in the restaurant and local ales are on tap. The New Forest is on the doorstep.

    5 rooms from $113
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Beaulieu estate and view the stately home, the Abbey and the National Motor Museum.
    Great walks  -  Get your wellies on and head straight out into the New Forest.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • The Black Hole B&B

    Winchester (Hampshire)

    Quirky prison-themed B&B that’s both stylish and comfortable with 10 ‘cells’ and nearby sister wine bar, The Black Boy and Michelin star restaurant, The Black Rat. City bolt hole for couples who want something a bit different or solo travellers after solitary confinement! Children are welcome.

    10 rooms from $113
    Foodies  -  With an excellent wine list and Michelin starred restaurant The Black Rate moments away: foodies will love.
    City Style  -  A quirky stay in traditional Winchester.
    Sights nearby  -  Winchester Castle and Cathedral are must visits.
    Full of character
  • Britannia House

    Lymington, Hampshire

    Enjoy a memorable stay at this characterful "home away from home" B&B. Each of the five rooms are filled with artwork and antique pieces; richly coloured fabrics and furnishings. There is also a separate apartment to rent. Enjoy a hearty full English breakfast - fuel for the days outdoor pursuits!

    5 rooms from $113
    Great walks  -  The New Forest has an abundance of routes of try The Solent Way coastal walk
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Hurst Castle, Henry VIII's fortress and Beaulieu Abbey-Palace House
    Sailing  -  Lymington is a sailing mecca
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 10's welcome
  • Bourne Valley Inn

    Andover, Hampshire

    Traditional country pub located in Hampshire's bucolic Bourne Valley. Rooms are decorated in a cosy yet classic style. AA Rosette dishes are served and the full english breakfast (included in the room rate) and afternoon tea are real treats. Its large gardens are a huge draw too.

    9 rooms from $113
    Country Escape  -  A proper stay in an English country pub surrounded by some of Hampshire's finest scenery
    Great walks  -  Bourne Valley is one of Hampshire's most picturesque spots and popular for walking
  • The Anchor Inn

    Lower Froyle, Hampshire

    Delightful and traditional inn located in prime shooting and fishing country. Full of character with books, pictures, nostalgic bric a brac and WW1 poet themed rooms. Featuring eccentricities such as wooden galleries, quaint private balconies each room is unique. A wonderful country escape.

    5 rooms from $119
    Country Escape  -  A cosy property boasting far reaching views across some of Hampshire's most bucolic landscapes
    Fishing  -  Two nearby chalkstreams make for great fishing
    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of eight are welcome
    Great walks  -  Walks starting right from the front door
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Woolpack Inn

    Totford, Hampshire

    Classic, traditional inn with beautifully designed rooms in a tiny rural hamlet. Seven elegant, rustic-chic rooms with exposed stone and brick walls. Great food with daily specials and outdoor wood-fired oven for casual pizzas. A real family friendly country find.

    8 rooms from $126
    Fishing  -  The area is great for fly fishing, which can be arranged from the hotel
    Views  -  Wonderful views over rolling hills and the beautiful Candover valley
    Great walks  -  There are a wide range of walks for all abilities on the doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  20 mins from Winchester with its famous cathedral
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • The Yew Tree

    Highclere,, Hampshire

    The closest inn to Highclere Castle, The Yew Tree is a firm favourite amongst families and couples making a break from London for the weekend. Stylish rooms and interiors feature tartan prints, reclaimed furnishings and novel lighting. Perfectly executed pub grub is the focus of the menu. Tuck in.

    8 rooms from $131
    Sights nearby  -  Billed as being the closest pub to Highclere Castle it is but moments away.
    Great walks  -  Perambulate the nearby Natural Garden.
    Full of character
  • Audleys Wood Hotel

    Basingstoke, Hampshire

    Good value, family friendly country house hotel just outside Basingstoke. Great location for exploring the Winchester area. Traditional bedrooms equipped with all mod cons. Good venue for business activities and weddings.

    72 rooms from $139
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Jane Austen's house in Basingstoke and enjoy the New Foreset National Park
    Great walks  -  A wide selection of paths for walkers and runners on the doorstep
  • The King's Head


    Georgian coaching inn in historic Hursley. Eight individually designed country-chic rooms with antique furnishings, original fireplaces and oodles of charm. Award winning British cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients and a traditional skittles alley. A wonderful country escape.

    8 rooms from $146
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring the surrounding area with its beautiful countryside, including Winchester and Jane Austen's House
    Great walks  -  The Hampshire downlands are full of lovely walks for all abilities
    Sights nearby  -  The ideal base for exploring Winchester and the New Forest
    Full of character
  • The Mayflower

    Lymington, Hampshire

    Smart pub with rooms close to Lymington's marina. Six individually designed rooms, all with a cool nautical theme & one with private balcony. A friendly, laid back vibe leads to convivial evenings dining on delicious locally sourced, seasonal fare. A great base for exploring the coast or New Forest.

    6 rooms from $146
    Local exploring  -  Whether you're a yachtie or land lubber, there's plenty in the surrounding area to keep everyone happy.
    Birdwatching  -  Britain's largest colony of Black headed gulls can be found in the North Solent Nature Reserve
    Sailing  -  Charter a boat and enjoy a day's sailing off the South Coast
    Sights nearby  -  Motor mueum at Beaulieu, plus gardens at Exbury and Furzey
  • Master Builder's

    Brockenhurst, Hampshire

    Lovely historic property situated on the Beaulieu River. Maritime themed living rooms downstairs whilst bedrooms have a traditional country feel with the addition of colourful Indian fabrics. An award winning restaurant serves modern British cuisine. A host of activities. Ideal for families.

    26 rooms from $153
    Local markets  -  Make a trip to the quaint Lymington Saturday market and sample local foods and drink.
    Great walks  -  The very location, within the New Forest, makes this ideal walking terrain.
    Sights nearby  -  The spectacular Winchester Cathedral is worth a visit.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • Langrish House

    Petersfield, Hampshire

    A quintessentially British country house hotel just outside Petersfield. Langrish is a stunning 17th century property with individually styled, chintzy, traditional rooms, a gourmet restaurant and atmospheric bar set in the Vaults. Perfect for a weekend escape & a great base for exploring Hampshire.

    13 rooms from $158
    Great walks  -  Situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park
    Sights nearby  -  There are plenty of country houses, gardens and charming towns and villages to explore close by.
    Birdwatching  -  There are a wide variety of species to be spotted in the grounds and surrounding area.
    Views  -  All rooms have lovely views over the grounds
  • Three Lions

    Nr Fordingbridge, Hampshire

    Converted village inn housing an excellent, personally run restaurant in the New Forest. Rooms decorated in mellow hues have large glass patio doors leading onto the fine garden. The piece-de-resistance is the restaurant headed by owner and chef. Ideally placed in the New Forest for local exploring.

    7 rooms from $166
    Great walks  -  Walk straight from the property in to the New Forest or a short drive will take you to coastal walks.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Beaulieu estate and Abbey.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Pig In The Wall


    Traditional English boutique hotel in central Southampton. Vintage style rooms with luxurious bathrooms and fantastic breakfasts. Ideal for a city break filled with shopping and history in the city from where Titanic set sail, or perfect for a pre or post cruise stopover.

    12 rooms from $172
    Coastal  -  HMS Titanic set sail from the harbour
    Chic  -  Shabby chic style with wooden floors
    Retro/Vintage  -  Vintage touches in all the rooms
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • The Old Vine

    Winchester (Hampshire)

    This four star inn is brilliantly placed for people wanting to explore Winchester by foot. The relaxed vibe throughout the hotel makes it great for families whilst charming rooms mean couples will like it too. Hearty meals, fine wines and ales are served in the bistro pub. A welcoming stay.

    5 rooms from $172
    Sights nearby  -  Winchester Cathedral is round the corner.
    Full of character
  • Hotel du Vin Winchester

    Winchester, Hampshire

    The original Hotel du Vin, well located in a fine Georgian building in the town centre. Elegant rooms mixing period features with contemporary design. A buzzy bar and bistro cooking. An excellent base for local exploring.

    24 rooms from $178
    Local markets  -  Winchester plays host to the largest farmers market in the UK
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the impressive Cathedral or Wolvesey Castle
    Great walks  -  Close to the New Forest National Park
  • Peat Spade Inn

    Longstock, Hampshire

    A delightful fishing inn and refuge for country sports enthusiasts in the beautiful Test Valley. Characterful rooms with warming hues, traditional paintings and tartan fabrics. Situated in a quaint village. The ideal country escape.

    8 rooms from $179
    Fishing  -  Situated in the Test Valley one of the finest locations for fly fishing
    Great walks  -  Lovely walks starting straight from the hotel door
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Longstock Park Water Gardens
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Rhinefield House Hotel

    Brockenhurst, Hampshire

    Gothic/tudor style country house hotel set in the depths of the New Forest. Beautiful gardens and traditionally done bedrooms. Dining to suit all tastes and leisure facilities including outdoor swimming pool and gym.

    50 rooms from $179
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
    Great walks  -  Situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park
  • New Park Manor


    Situated in the stunning New Forest, and once Charles II's hunting residence, this hotel prides itself on its family-friendly facilities. The spa, swimming pool and games rooms mean that no members of the family will be bored. The hotel has its own traditional English restaurant.

    21 rooms from $179
    Child friendly  -  Creche and child games room available
    Outstanding location  -  In the middle of the New Forest
    Four poster beds  -  One four-poster room available
  • The Greyhound on the Test

    Stockbridge, Hampshire

    A delightful award-winning country inn in an idyllic location. Perfect for a weekend break, favoured amongst couples. Rooms and en-suites provide contemporary country chic. great base for walkers and foodies and those into typical country pursuits - fly fishing, walking and shooting.

    10 rooms from $186
    Fishing  -  The property boasts its own private stretch along the Test River for you to try your hand at fly fishing.
    Great walks  -  With wellie boots to borrow and packed lunched available you are all see to complete the Test Way.
    Full of character
  • Stanwell House

    Lymington, Hampshire

    Boutique townhouse hotel in the centre of delightful Lymington. Rooms feature large windows and contemporary chic design. A host of dining options including fine modern European cuisine, private dining and a laid back all day bistro menu. Well priced and placed for local exploring.

    30 rooms from $186
    Exclusive offer  -  Stay five nights pay for four
    Great walks  -  With the New Forest surrounding there's miles of stunning countryside to be explored.
    Birdwatching  -  The marshes are within walking distance.
    Local markets  -  Lymington's famous Saturday market.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • The Wykeham Arms

    Winchester (Hampshire)

    Artisan ales complement hearty yet gourmet pub grub. Rooms are pleasantly large & decorated in rich hues of reds and greens with waxed oak wood and shining brass beds. Eccentric art and photos line the walls. Voted The Good Pub Guide's best town pub this hotel lives up to the high expectations.

    13 rooms from $186
    Sights nearby  -  Winchester Catherdral is just a few minutes walk away. Winchester Castle is also worth visiting.
    Great walks  -  Embark on a guided walk through historic Roman and Saxon Winchester.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children not permitted.
    Full of character
  • Lainston House

    Winchester, Hampshire

    Modernised 17th century country house set in lovely parkland. Large rooms with antique furniture, sash windows and some come with four poster beds. Excellent award winning cuisine. Well set up for corporate shindigs, with plenty of activities, or romantic luxury breaks.

    50 rooms from $196
    Fishing  -  Hire a ghillie for fishing on the Test or Itchen
    Cooking classes  -  In house professional cookery school
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • The Mill at Gordleton

    Hordle near Lymington, Hampshire

    Rural restaurant with rooms in an idyllic riverside location with "secret garden" and wildlife galore including kingfishers and heron. Pretty country rooms some of which feature lovely views over the river. Modern British cuisine and a snug bar. Ideally placed on the edge of the New Forest.

    8 rooms from $199
    Sights nearby  -  Less than 30 minutes away is the medieval Beaulieu Abbey.
    Great walks  -  Miles of countryside to be explored in the New Forest.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • TerraVina

    Netley Marsh, Hampshire

    A wonderful country hideaway run by expert hoteliers. Stylish rooms feature oh-so comfy beds, mellow hues and contemporary artwork. There's also a heated outdoor pool but this hotel is all about the restaurant. Stunning gourmet cuisine matched with wines by award winning master sommelier. Masterful.

    11 rooms from $212
    Exclusive offer  -  Late Availability
    Great walks  -  Walks through the New Forest start straight from the door - the hotel will point you in the right direction.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Beaulieu with its National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Estate and Abbey.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
  • The Pig

    Brockenhurst, Hampshire

    A country escape a step above the rest. Traditional meets modern world comforts in rooms with oh-so comfy beds and huge rain showers. The restaurant is worthy of a visit alone with produce being very locally sourced (often from the garden). Treatment rooms on offer for some pampering. Glorious.

    31 rooms from $245
    Spa  -  Not a spa as such but treatment rooms that therapists come to on request from their sister hotel.
    Great walks  -  Borrow a pair of Hunter wellies and set out in to the New Forest.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Beaulieu Abbey, Hurst Castle or Buckler's Hard.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Johansens, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Hannah's B&B

    Winchester (Hampshire)

    In an ideal location close to the centre of Winchester and perfect for couples escaping for a city break. Three individually decorated rooms feature charming design quirks such as antique mirrors and lighting, refurbished doors and bedheads and reclaimed Victorian radiators.

    3 rooms from $259
    Great walks  -  Follow in famous footsteps along the Keats walk. You might just pen a verse or two.
    Local markets  -  Winchester Market has a vibrant spread of locally sourced goods.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Winchester Cathedral is a must visit.
  • Aviator

    Farnborough, Hampshire

    Designer hotel at Farnborough airfield. Contemporary, large rooms the best of which feature views of the runway. Sleek and opulent, it's an unusual luxury getaway for urbanites, as well as an impressive conference location.

    169 rooms from $265
    Views  -  View of planes landing and taking off from the best rooms
    Great walks  -  Lovely walks in the nearby Frensham Little Pond
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the Sculpture Park in Churt
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Johansens
  • The Montagu Arms

    Beaulieu, Hampshire

    17th century country house hotel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Michelin-starred restaurant, library bar, terrace, sumptuous rooms.

    22 rooms from $303
    Spa  -  Access to Spa at sister hotel Careys Manor.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
  • Four Seasons Hampshire

    Hook, Hampshire

    A modernised country house estate with extensive additional modern wings attached. Classic rooms feature high ceilings, sash windows and some with in-room free standing baths. An abundance of country pursuits and spoiling spa. Ideal for the quintessential British country experience.

    133 rooms from $365
    Kids Club  -  Professionally organised children's programme
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens, Kiwi Collection
  • Chewton Glen

    New Milton, Hampshire

    Classic and superbly run country house hotel with great attention to detail and a wonderful spa close to the New Forest. 5 star luxury, inimitable service, gourmet dining.

    70 rooms from $431
    Exclusive offer  -  Last Minute Deals
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Private Hot Tub  -  Treehouse Hideaway Suites feature their own outdoor hot tubs
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
  • Lime Wood

    Lyndhurst, Hampshire

    Scintillating luxury hotel in a superbly redesigned Georgian house in the heart of the New Forest. Wonderfully comfortable beds in large rooms all with unique features including free standing baths, fireplaces or four posters. A superb restaurant curated by a celebrity chef. Countryside perfection.

    29 rooms from $617
    Exclusive offer  -  Lastminute offers
    Cooking classes  -  The excellent Hartnett Holder &Co Backstage. cookery school has a wide variety of hands on courses.
    Great walks  -  Head straight out into the New Forest from the property.
    Spa  -  Featuring holistic and ayurvedic therapies.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pool.

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