Located on the South East coast of England, Hampshire with its incredible landscapes is an ideal location for your holiday. Stay in one of the charming holiday cottages in Hampshire and explore this stunning part of England. The region not only contains a national park but also boasts other areas within its confines that possess vast areas of rural beauty for you to discover. The county actively promotes and maintains its stunning scenery by inviting visitors to become involved in the many outdoor activities available. There are several walking and cycling tours for you to enjoy when you stay in a holiday cottage in Hampshire and many areas host activities to amuse the entire family.
Perhaps you wish to follow the footsteps of the wonderfully prolific Jane Austen as you embark on the Jane Austen Trail in Chawton and view the sights which would have inspired her during the last eight years of her life which she spent in the village. Hampshire was once a haven for literary geniuses and you may also wish to visit the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum in Portsmouth. The museum is actually the house where Dickens was born and has been restored to emulate the early 19th century, as it was when Charles Dickens' parents, John and Elizabeth first moved there. This quaint historical tribute to the great author hosts readings from his works throughout the year.
South East England abounds with history and there are several museums and attractive feats of architecture to visit when you stay at a holiday cottage in Hampshire. A most remarkable place to visit is Odiham Castle in Whitchurch, North Hampshire. This 13th century stronghold was built by King John and passed to the de Montford family when his daughter, Eleanor married Simon de Montford in 1238. An undoubtedly essential place to visit when staying in a holiday cottage in Hampshire is The Great Hall and King Arthur's Round Table in Winchester. The Great Hall attracts many visitors due to its early English Gothic architecture and the ornate stone columns which adorn this 13th century hall. The Round Table itself hangs on the wall of the Great Hall and bears the elaborate inscriptions of the infamous knights from which the myths of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have stemmed.
There are sights to interest all the family when you stay in a holiday cottage in Hampshire and there are many fun activities to enjoy. As well as exploring the museums and castles, children can become actively involved in recreating history by enjoying castle building days at The Great Hall. They can also discover the unsung heroes of Hampshire on the ‘Hidden Heroes Trail’. In addition, Hampshire is home to many arts centres which present family days and children’s activities all year round.
A most popular attraction for visitors renting a holiday cottage in Hampshire is the Hillier Gardens in Romsey. This fantastic expanse of luscious greenery has over 100 sculptures dotted around its 180 acre grounds which have been created by 60 contemporary artists. The gardens also host an array of family days, including a Falconry Photography Day, gardeners’ workshops and fun days specifically for toddlers and babies, each with different themes. Budding artists who want to enjoy a holiday cottage in Hampshire can also participate in painting the gardens’ scenery when they attend any of the beginners’ watercolour classes held here. This verdant landscape also accommodates all styles of bands, from orchestras to Jazz, at various times throughout the year.
The National Park of The New Forest is of course a vital attraction in the county and when you stay in the holiday cottages of Hampshire you can venture to this most recent addition to Britain’s National Parks. Relax as you stroll past the glistening rivers and shady alcoves that make this park a picturesque retreat during the warm summer months. Admire the ponies and deer that roam freely amongst the woodland and perhaps stop for a pint at one of the charming old pubs in the area.
This unique gem of a location offers both countryside and coastal scenery for you to enjoy and allows you to experience country ramblings and water sport activities on your holiday. There are cottages in Hampshire which are ideally located near the coast so you can enjoy sports such as sailing, yachting and kayaking as well as experiencing the many land orientated activities available for you to enjoy.