Beautifully styled escape-for-2, with a south-facing wildflower garden
Sleeps 2 + a baby
** Brand new**
An hour’s drive (or train) from London will whisk you deep into the Hampshire countryside, where this stunning barn sits on a 1500-acre farm of golden fields and flowing hills. Exquisitely renovated, the huge open-plan space was once a dusty old cart shed, and still retains its dramatic vaulted ceilings and panelled doors. But a palette of soft greys and greens, quirky art and designer barstools have magicked it into a boldly modern romantic retreat.
On arrival, pull up a seat at your private bar and pop some fizz; you’ll be in the mood to celebrate. Then head out into your south-facing wildflower garden, along with a pair of binoculars, to spy hawks, kestrels and owls circling overhead (along with the occasional Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter from the RAF station in Odiham; thrilling). And don’t forget to pack your walking boots: Hampshire hikes are up there with some of the UK’s best, while local pubs and farm shops are an easy stroll away.
Getting here: drive, or train to Basingstoke then taxi (10 mins)
- Hearty countryside hikes are best followed by lazy pub lunches. The Gamekeepers, in the neighbouring village of Mapledurwell, has been an inn since the mid-1800s — you can walk to it across the fields behind the barn. Food is fancy pub fare, locally sourced, and the ales are real (and really good).
- Or wander to the family-run Newlyns Farm Shop (4km). Complete with deli, café and cookery school, this place has farm-to-fork licked (see what we did there?). Best of all, there’s an entire room dedicated to cheese. Don’t miss the Tunworth, a British camembert made in the heart of Hampshire.
- Exploring via canal is a great way to see the area. Hire kayaks, canoes or an electric boat from Galleons Marine in Odiham, and cruise – or walk the canal path – to King John’s castle. These 13thC ruins have seen many a historical event, from a French siege, to the imprisonment of a Scottish king.
- Take a National Trust roadtrip. Half an hour away, Stockbridge Down on the Mottisfont estate is home to views, wildlife, an Iron Age fort and several Bronze Age burial mounds. Then swing by The Vyne – as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once did – a beautiful Tudor mansion with incredible stained glass windows, surrounded by woodlands and wetlands.
3rd night free when you book a 3-night winter stay.
Stay dates: 1 Nov 2020–28 Feb 2021, excluding school holidays. Message the owner to enquire/book and quote 3 for 2.
Book by 16 October 2020.