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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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  • 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 $120
    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 $120
    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
  • Peat Spade Inn

    Longstock, Hampshire

    A delightful fishing inn and refuge for country sports enthusiasts in the beautiful Test Valley, full of locals for Sunday lunches, with charming rooms. Full of character.

    8 rooms from $127
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • 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. Good local sourced food, stylish bedrooms, a great coastal base.

    5 rooms from $140
    Local exploring  -  Close to Lymington, the Solent and New Forest
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • 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 $149
    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 $156
    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
  • Woolpack Inn

    Totford, Hampshire

    Classic, traditional inn with interior designed rooms in a tiny rural hamlet location to the north of Winchester. 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 $156
    Views  -  Wonderful views over rolling hills and the beautiful Candover valley
    Great walks  -  There area a wide range of walks for all abilities on the doorstep
    Fishing  -  The area is great for fly fishing, which can be arranged.
    Sights nearby  -  20 mins from Winchester with its famous cathedral
    Recommended by  -  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 $169
    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
  • Anchor Inn

    Lower Froyle, Hampshire

    Updated traditional inn in pretty Hampshire village in prime shooting and fishing country, full of character with books, pictures, nostalgic bric a brac and WW1 poet themed rooms.

    5 rooms from $170
    Great walks  -  Great walking from the door.
    Full of character
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Master Builder's

    Brockenhurst, Hampshire

    Stunningly situated, historic and character hotel overlooking the river at Buckler’s Hard, with good brasserie food, popular with locals, and perfect for sailing or New Forest exploring.

    27 rooms from $177
    Restaurant  -  Excellent food.
    Great walks  -  In the middle of the New Forest. Though you will need a car.
    Views  -  Lovely views of the river, and from the best rooms.
    Sights nearby  -  Beaulieu Motor Museum and Abbey
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Three Lions

    Nr Fordingbridge, Hampshire

    Converted village inn housing an excellent, personally run restaurant in the New Forest. Rooms arranged around a fine garden, ideal for families, a good location for exploring.

    7 rooms from $177
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    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 where Titanic set sail.

    12 rooms from $183
    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 $184
    Sights nearby  -  Winchester Cathedral is round the corner.
    Full of character
  • The Pig

    Brockenhurst, Hampshire

    Laid back restaurant with rooms in the heart of the New Forest. Delicious, ever changing menus, with food that comes no further than twenty five miles to reach your plate. Rustic but chic bedrooms and spa treatments in The Potting Shed.

    26 rooms from $191
    Garden  -  Wonderful kitchen garden.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Johansens, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • 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 $191
    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 $191
    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
  • Aviator

    Farnborough, Hampshire

    Designer hotel at Farnborough airfield, booked full during the Air Show. Sleek and opulent, it's an unusual luxury getaway for urbanites, as well as an impressive conference location.

    169 rooms from $198
    Views  -  View of planes landing and taking off from the best rooms.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Johansens
  • 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 $198
    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, good for families, sailors and local exploring. New Forest and the sea close by. Bistro food, comfortable rooms.

    29 rooms from $198
    Exclusive offer  -  Stay five nights pay for four
    Birdwatching  -  The marshes are within walking distance.
    Local markets  -  Lymington's famous Saturday market.
    Sailing  -  Close to the quay and marina.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • 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 $198
    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
  • 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 rooms, quiet and charming.

    8 rooms from $212
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  In the New Forest.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Johansens
  • TerraVina

    Netley Marsh, Hampshire

    Informal restaurant with rooms run by a master of wine, with wine list to match. Comfortable, contemporary rooms and a pool make for a gourmet break in great countryside.

    11 rooms from $220
    Exclusive offer  -  Late Availability
    Good wine list  -  Exceptional cellar.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
  • Hotel du Vin Winchester

    Winchester, Hampshire

    The original Hotel du Vin, well located in a fine Georgian building in the town centre, with elegant rooms, a buzzy bar and bistro cooking. An excellent base for local exploring.

    24 rooms from $239
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • 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 $276
    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.
  • Four Seasons Hampshire

    Hook, Hampshire

    A modernised country house estate with extensive additional modern wings attached. Its many facilities include an excellent pool and spa, fishing lake, riding, croquet and more. Ideal for conferences and active breaks.

    133 rooms from $297
    Kids Club  -  Professionally organised children's programme
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel
  • 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 $323
    Spa  -  Access to Spa at sister hotel Careys Manor.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Michelin Travel
  • Lime Wood

    Lyndhurst, Hampshire

    Scintillating luxury hotel in a superbly redesigned and extended Georgian house in the heart of the New Forest. Family friendly with spa and pool, and plenty of activities if you want them.

    29 rooms from $347
    Exclusive offer  -  Lastminute offers
    Spa  -  Featuriung holisitc and ayurvedic therapies.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  In the heart of the New Forest.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pool
  • Lainston House

    Winchester, Hampshire

    Modernised 17th century country house set in lovely parkland, just north of Winchester. Excellent food. Well set up for corporate shindigs, with plenty of activities, or romantic luxury breaks.

    50 rooms from $347
    Restaurant  -  3 AA Rosettes
    Fishing  -  Hire a ghillie for fishing on the Test or Itchen
  • 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 $460
    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

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