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This small 9 acre park is ideally positioned to explore the delights of the New Forest and with close proximity to the A31 offers great access to the popular resorts of Poole and Bournemouth.
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Hoburne Park Cottages are a collection of luxury holiday homes adjacent to Hoburne Park Holiday Park in Christchurch, Dorset.
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Landal Marwell Resort is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, enjoying a beautiful setting on the edge of the South Downs National Park.
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Welcome to the Mill Rythe Holiday Park, where you may spend a tranquil Hayling Island getaway with your family while enjoying the natural beauty and adventure.
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Oakdene Forest is part of our Go Active+ Breaks Collection, set amidst picturesque surroundings and boasting the stunning scenery of the New Forest and Castleman Trailway on the doorstep.
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Shorefield Country Park has so much to offer from 100 acres of beautiful parkland, amazing entertainment and facilities, top accommodation including lodges with hot tubs and pet friendly offerings.
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Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat is part of our Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection, a hidden gem nestling in the idyllic Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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Hampshire Visitor's Guide

Embark on a Hampshire escape where lush forests meet serene coastlines. Savour local seafood, indulge in award-winning pies, and sip on fine ales from quaint country pubs. Thrill-seekers can conquer the waves with watersports, while the South Downs beckon hikers with rolling hills. Culture vultures will revel in Jane Austen's home and the maritime legacy of Portsmouth. An intriguing fact: Hampshire is the birthplace of cricket, with Hambledon Club shaping the modern game. For any getaway, be it a cosy couple's retreat, a family exploration, or a fun trip with friends, opting for a lodge or cabin stay is unbeatable.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Hampshire?

Hampshire is a gem on the south coast of England, offering a blend of coastal beauty, lush countryside, and vibrant cities like Winchester and Southampton. It's steeped in maritime history, with the historic dockyards of Portsmouth showcasing the famous HMS Victory. For 2024, Hampshire has upped its game with new attractions and events, including the much-anticipated opening of the Winchester Science Centre's interactive exhibits. Lodges in Hampshire provide a more intimate, nature-immersed experience compared to hotels, often featuring amenities like private hot tubs and stunning views. The uniqueness of Hampshire lies in its diverse landscapes, from the New Forest National Park to the South Downs, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle.

If you're visiting Hampshire with kids

Absolutely, Hampshire is a playground for kids! With attractions like Paultons Park, home to Peppa Pig World, and the interactive displays at the Winchester Science Centre, there's no shortage of fun. Lodges offer space and freedom for kids to play outside, often with on-site activities like swimming pools and play areas. They're a home away from home, with multiple bedrooms and living spaces where families can relax together.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Swimwear for beach days or pool access
  3. Rain gear – just in case!
  4. Outdoor toys like frisbees or footballs
  5. Binoculars for wildlife spotting in the New Forest
  6. Layered clothing for changeable weather
  7. Any favourite snacks or comfort items
  8. Chargers for electronic devices
  9. First aid kit for little scrapes
  10. Sunscreen for those sunny Hampshire days

Pet Friendly Hampshire Adventures

Hampshire is a treat for pets, with many lodges offering enclosed gardens for safe, off-lead fun. You'll find plenty of pet-friendly pubs and eateries, like The Ship Inn in Langstone, where dogs are welcomed with open arms. When booking, look for lodges that specifically mention being pet-friendly, and check if they have any additional facilities for pets, like doggy showers. A top tip is to bring your pet's bed and toys to make them feel at home.

Dog walking ideas in Hampshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
New Forest Walks Varies Forest & Heathland SO42 7ZN
South Downs Way 100 (total) Rolling Hills SO32 3QF
Lepe Country Park Up to 5 Coastal & Woodland SO45 1AD
Old Winchester Hill Varies Grassland & Views SO32 3LJ
Beaulieu River Walk 7 Riverside & Forest SO42 7YE

Remember, Hampshire is a county that's both rich in natural beauty and family-friendly activities, making it an ideal spot for a lodge break. Whether you're bringing the kids, your pet, or just looking for a peaceful retreat, you'll find what you're looking for here.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

When it comes to a romantic getaway, Hampshire's lodges offer the perfect retreat. Imagine unwinding in a secluded lodge, perhaps with a hot tub under the stars – it's the ultimate way to relax with your partner. For those looking to indulge, some lodges provide pamper packs, complete with luxurious goodies to enjoy together.

If you're both into spa experiences, check out lodges that offer on-site spa facilities or book a treatment at nearby spas like SenSpa at Careys Manor or Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa. For dining, Hampshire boasts a range of cosy pubs and upscale restaurants. Couples can enjoy a romantic meal at The Black Rat in Winchester, known for its intimate atmosphere and exquisite dishes.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Hampshire is famed for its local produce, including watercress and trout. For a taste of the local cuisine, visit the farmers' markets or dine at establishments like The Chesil Rectory, which offers seasonal dishes.

When it comes to pubs, The Wykeham Arms in Winchester is a hit for its charm and hearty meals. For families, The Shoe in Exton provides a welcoming atmosphere and a menu that caters to all ages. Couples should try Lainston House, where the dining experience is as spectacular as the setting.

For a good night out

Hampshire's nightlife might surprise you with its variety. For a laid-back evening, The Railway Inn in Winchester hosts live music and comedy nights. If you're after a traditional pub vibe, The King's Head in Hursley offers a great selection of ales and an inviting atmosphere.

For something more upbeat, Southampton's Oxford Street is lined with trendy bars and eateries. And don't miss out on Portsmouth's Gunwharf Quays, where you can enjoy drinks with a view of the harbour.

Fishing

Anglers will find plenty of fishing spots in Hampshire. Here's a list of some prime locations:

  • Dever Springs - SO21 3NP
  • Avon Springs Fishing Lakes - SP4 0HG
  • Rockbourne Trout Fishery - SP6 3PB
  • Meon Springs Fly Fishery - GU32 1HW
  • Willow Park Fishery - GU11 2PT

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Hampshire's outdoor centres like New Forest Activities offer canoeing, archery, and bushcraft. Prices vary, but a ballpark figure is around £30-£50 per person for most activities. Seasonal opening times apply, with many centres open from spring through autumn.

Calshot Activities Centre is another hotspot, especially for watersports enthusiasts. Try sailing, windsurfing, or even indoor climbing. They're open year-round, with prices starting at about £40 for a half-day session.

Shopping and Souvenirs

NameTypeOn OfferPostcode
WestquayShopping CentreHigh-street brands, diningSO15 1QF
Gunwharf QuaysOutlet ShoppingDesigner labels, restaurantsPO1 3TZ
The HambledonBoutique StoreHomeware, fashionSO23 9ES
Foxbury FarmLocal ProduceFresh goods, giftsSO51 6FU
Winchester Christmas MarketSeasonal MarketHandcrafted gifts, festive itemsSO23 9LS

Whether you're after high-street fashion or unique local crafts, Hampshire's shopping scene won't disappoint. Westquay and Gunwharf Quays are perfect for a spree, while boutiques like The Hambledon offer something more bespoke. For local produce and gifts, Foxbury Farm is a must-visit. And if you're around during the festive season, the Winchester Christmas Market is an enchanting place to pick up souvenirs.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Hampshire

Landal Marwell Resort, Hampshire

Driving Distance: About 17 minutes (7.97 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 10 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Landal Marwell Resort is a luxurious retreat on the edge of the South Downs National Park, offering chic lodges with hot tubs, an array of activities, and a serene atmosphere for an unforgettable family holiday.

Who will love these lodges? Families, couples, and adventure-seekers will find Landal Marwell Resort irresistible. With its stylish lodges, hot tubs, and a plethora of activities, it's a haven for those seeking both relaxation and excitement. The resort's location makes it unique, offering a peaceful countryside experience with the thrill of adventure at your doorstep.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The resort boasts an activity centre, a bistro/café, and a range of activities including a treetop adventure course, archery, junior quad bikes, and clay pigeon shooting. For relaxation, soak in your private hot tub or enjoy the indoor soft play area and outdoor play park with the kids.

What's nearby? Marwell Zoo is just a mile away, perfect for a family day out. The historic cities of Southampton, Portsmouth, and Winchester offer shopping and nightlife, all within a short drive. The New Forest and South Downs are nearby for nature lovers, providing stunning landscapes to explore.

Accommodation options: Landal Marwell Resort offers a range of accommodation, from the Spitfire Lodge ideal for families or groups of 8, to the intimate Typhoon Lodge perfect for couples. While the resort is not pet-friendly, the luxurious amenities and stylish décor make for a comfortable and memorable stay.


Mercury Yacht Harbour and Holiday Park, Hampshire

Driving Distance: About 25 minutes (19.08 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Set near the charming village of Hamble, Mercury Yacht Harbour and Holiday Park offers a unique marina experience with comfortable holiday homes and easy access to local attractions.

Who will love these lodges? Couples and small families looking for a distinctive waterside getaway will find Mercury Yacht Harbour ideal. The marina setting provides a tranquil escape with the convenience of nearby village amenities and attractions.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park itself has a launderette and is a stone's throw away from the picturesque Hamble village, where you can enjoy local pubs, restaurants, and shops. A licensed club nearby offers reasonably priced meals.

What's nearby? Southampton is just 8 miles away, offering shopping, cultural experiences, and maritime history. The park is also within reach of the New Forest, providing opportunities for outdoor adventures.

Accommodation options: Choose from the unique Marine Lodge floating homes or the comfortable Winchester Caravan, both accommodating up to 4 guests. Though not pet-friendly, these accommodations offer a cosy and memorable stay with beautiful waterside views.


Green Hill Farm Holiday Village, Wiltshire

Driving Distance: About 25 minutes (20.03 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes (selected accommodations)

What to expect: Nestled in the New Forest National Park, Green Hill Farm Holiday Village offers a diverse range of accommodations, from luxury lodges to unique shepherds huts and safari tents, all set in a wildlife-rich environment.

Who will love these lodges? Nature enthusiasts, families, and couples will adore Green Hill Farm Holiday Village. With its close proximity to wildlife and a variety of ranger activities, it's a natural paradise for all ages.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park features a cafe, pizzeria, shop, bike hire, Segway tours, archery, target shooting, a children's play area, and a fishing lake. There's something for everyone to enjoy.

What's nearby? The Lavender Gardens and the Forest Falconry are just a short stroll away. Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, is a 10-minute drive, offering fun for the whole family.

Accommodation options: The park provides a range of pet-friendly options, including the Premium 2 Bed (Pet) and The Woody Safari Tent HT (Pet), as well as luxurious lodges and bespoke shepherds huts for a romantic escape.


Cherry Bird Country Park, Berkshire

Driving Distance: About 30 minutes (28.61 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Cherry Bird Country Park is a serene oasis set within the North Wessex Downs AONB, offering stunning lodges with breathtaking views and a chance to unwind amidst nature and wildlife.

Who will love these lodges? Those seeking a peaceful retreat with a touch of luxury will find Cherry Bird Country Park enchanting. It's ideal for couples and families who appreciate the countryside and want to explore the nearby city attractions.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park itself is a tranquil haven for relaxation, with the lodges providing a comfortable base for exploring the surrounding areas.

What's nearby? The park is close to London for city excursions, while local attractions in the North Wessex Downs offer outdoor activities and scenic walks.

Accommodation options: Accommodations range from the pet-friendly Signature Spa Four Pet lodge with a hot tub to the spacious Platinum 6 Pet lodge, catering to different group sizes and preferences.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Hampshire

Marwell Zoo

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 (Summer), 10:00 - 16:00 (Winter)
  • Prices: Adults £20, Children £16, Under 3s Free
  • Postcode: SO21 1JH
  • Est. time required: 4-6 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free of charge

Marwell Zoo is a hit for animal lovers and families. It's home to an array of exotic and endangered species, from majestic giraffes to playful meerkats. The zoo is constantly evolving, with new exhibits like the 'Energy for Life' tropical house showcasing sustainable energy in action. To avoid crowds, aim for a weekday visit. Tip: Buy tickets online to save time on arrival.

Phone number: 01962 777407 | Web: marwell.org.uk/zoo/


Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:30
  • Prices: Adults £31, Children £23 (includes all attractions)
  • Postcode: PO1 3LJ
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: Admiralty Road Multi-storey

Maritime enthusiasts, get ready for a deep dive into naval history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Check out the legendary HMS Victory, the impressive HMS Warrior, and the fascinating Mary Rose Museum. There's always something new, like interactive exhibits or live demonstrations. Best time to visit? Off-peak seasons to dodge the queues. Pro tip: The all-attraction ticket is a steal, giving you access for a whole year.

Phone number: 023 9283 9766 | Web: historicdockyard.co.uk/


The New Forest

  • Opening Times: Open 24/7
  • Prices: Free (charges for certain activities/attractions)
  • Postcode: Varies by area
  • Est. time required: 2 hours to Full day
  • Nearest parking: Lyndhurst car park

The New Forest is a breath of fresh air for nature buffs and outdoor adventurers. With its wild ponies and ancient woodlands, it's a living postcard of natural beauty. For something new, try the 'Go Ape' treetop adventure. The forest is stunning year-round, but autumn colours are especially Instagram-worthy. Tip: Grab a map from a visitor centre to discover hidden gems.

Web: thenewforest.co.uk/


Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 (may vary seasonally)
  • Prices: Adults £24.75, Children £12.50
  • Postcode: SO42 7ZN
  • Est. time required: 3-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, included in ticket price

Car enthusiasts, Beaulieu's National Motor Museum is your nirvana. It's not just about vintage cars; there's the 'World of Top Gear' and the 'Secret Army Exhibition'. They're always adding new vehicles or exhibits, keeping things fresh. Spring or autumn visits are ideal to avoid the summer rush. Tip: Check for event days for an extra special experience.

Phone number: 01590 612345 | Web: beaulieu.co.uk/


Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:30 (Spring to Autumn)
  • Prices: Adults £12.50, Children £3.00, Railway extra
  • Postcode: SO45 1AZ
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site, free

Exbury Gardens is a horticultural wonder, perfect for a peaceful stroll or a family picnic. The steam railway adds a charming touch, chugging through the scenic landscapes. They've recently introduced new garden areas, so there's always something blooming. To see the gardens at their best, visit in spring for the rhododendrons. Tip: Buy a combined gardens and railway ticket to save a few quid.

Phone number: 023 8089 1203 | Web: exbury.co.uk/


Winchester Cathedral

  • Opening Times: 9:30 - 17:00 (Mon-Sat), 12:30 - 15:00 (Sun)
  • Prices: Adults £9.95, Concessions £7.95, Children free with paying adult
  • Postcode: SO23 9LS
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Several city centre car parks

Winchester Cathedral is a masterpiece of medieval architecture, steeped in centuries of history. It's not just a place of worship; there are exhibitions, guided tours, and the stunning illuminated Winchester Bible. They've recently restored the presbytery, revealing even more of its splendour. Visit during a choir practice for an auditory treat. Tip: The crypt floods in winter, making for a unique photo op.

Phone number: 01962 857200 | Web: winchester-cathedral.org.uk/


When planning your Hampshire getaway, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges in Hampshire. They offer a perfect base to explore these attractions and the chance to unwind in comfort after a day of adventure. Whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or thrill-seeker, Hampshire's diverse attractions are sure to impress.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home. Lodges in Hampshire offer a tranquil escape with stunning natural surroundings. Many come with added luxuries like hot tubs and wood-burning stoves. It's a chance to unwind and connect with nature without sacrificing modern amenities.

What should I pack when visiting Hampshire?

Pack for the outdoors – walking boots and layers are key. Even in summer, evenings can be cool, so bring a jacket. Don't forget swimwear for hot tub lodges and a camera for capturing Hampshire's beauty. Essentials like toiletries and basic cooking ingredients are also a must.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Hampshire provide parking spaces right outside or very close to your accommodation. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. Check with your specific lodge for any parking restrictions or fees, but generally, it's a hassle-free aspect of lodge breaks.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun! Hampshire lodges often have board games, books, and cosy interiors for a relaxing day in. Plus, there's plenty of indoor attractions nearby, like the Winchester Science Centre or SeaCity Museum in Southampton, to keep everyone entertained.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely! Many local restaurants and takeaways in Hampshire offer delivery services to lodges. Some lodge sites even have their own restaurants that can deliver to your door. Supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury's also provide grocery delivery if you fancy cooking up a storm yourself.

Is Hampshire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Hampshire is a year-round destination. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often better deals on lodges. The countryside is stunning in autumn and winter, and attractions like Beaulieu Motor Museum or the historic Portsmouth Dockyard are open all year.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Hot tubs at lodges are meticulously cleaned and maintained between guests. You can look forward to a sparkling clean soak upon arrival. Some lodges even offer daily checks to ensure the hot tub is perfect throughout your stay.

Are lodge breaks in Hampshire pet-friendly?

Many lodges welcome pets, so your furry friends can join the adventure. Places like Forest Holidays Blackwood Forest are great for dog walks. Always check the lodge's pet policy and any additional fees when booking.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't skip the New Forest National Park for outdoor fun. For a dose of culture, visit Winchester Cathedral or Jane Austen's House Museum. Thrill-seekers should head to Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, for a family-friendly day out.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges in Hampshire are designed with accessibility in mind. Features like ground-floor bedrooms, walk-in showers, and ramps can be found. It's important to discuss your specific needs when booking to ensure the lodge is suitable and fully equipped for a comfortable stay.

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