Our guide to luxury Hampshire holidays

With its bucolic woodlands, flaxen shores, and free-grazing ponies, is it any wonder so many crave the unbridled, back-to-nature bliss of a weekend in Austen’s county? This is the Unique guide to luxury Hampshire holidays.

Hampshire is a county painted by Mother Nature’s masterstroke. From the sylvan plains of the South Downs (England’s newest National Park, stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne in East Sussex) to the ancient heathlands of the New Forest (and former hunting haunts of William the Conqueror), this is a pocket of England that marries adventure, history, and home comforts. For intrepid souls seeking airborne thrills, the Solent Sky Museum poses the opportunity to go “up, up, and away” in a vintage aircraft, whilst water babies harness the wind and waves of the Solent. Meanwhile, cyclists can make tracks through the Meon Valley, and hikers can clock miles along the Jurassic Coast.

There’s no such thing as a short to-do list in this county; behold the soaring spires of Winchester Cathedral that safekeep King Arthur’s table, or head to Portsmouth Dockyard for stories of seafaring and the world’s most iconic naval vessel, HMS Victory. In our guide to luxury Hampshire holidays, we’ve taken steer on the best places to see, eat, and stay, including woodland hideaways and big group options designed with family in mind (we’re talking treehouses, zip wires, outdoor pools, arcade games, and acres of woodland glades for Gruffalo hunting). Whatever your ideal Hampshire holiday looks like, we’ve got luxurious self-catering homes to suit both the young – and the young-at-heart.