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Things to do During your Rural Retreat at Highfield Country Guest House in Hampshire

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Do as much or as little as you like

Here at Highfield Country Guest House in Hampshire, we are ideally situated for you to enjoy country walks, shopping, a wonderful pub lunch or a spot of sightseeing.

Have a browse through the information on this page and you will be well equipped to start planning all of the fun things you are going to do during your rural retreat with us.

Don't forget to download your Stockbridge Pocket Guide for heaps of on-the-go information.

For local taxis call:
  • Terry & Alison Dawkins:
07535 533 040
01794 301 403
07402 942 294

  •  Addy:
01962 760 474
07989 966 542

Eating out


hotel food
restaurant
Stockbridge High Street (All open on Sunday evenings)

http://www.whitehartstockbridge.co.uk                      01264 810 663    
http://www.the3cups.co.uk                                         01264 810 527         
http://www.thegreyhoundonthetest.co.uk                  01264 810 833
http://www.purbanistockbridge.co.uk/menu.html      01264 810 417

Tea Rooms: Stockbridge High Street

http://thymeandtidesdeli.co.uk                                  01264 810 101
http://www.lilliesofstockbridge.com                          01264 810 754
http://woodfirestockbridge.co.uk                               01264 810 248
Within 10/15 minute drive:

http://thebootinn-houghton.co.uk                               01794 388 310 (closed Sunday evenings)
http://www.thecrowninnks.co.uk                                 01794 388 360
http://www.peatspadeinn.co.uk                                   01794 810 612
http://www.greyhoundinnbroughton.co.uk                  01794 301 992
http://www.closdumarquis.co.uk                                 01264 810 738 (closed Sunday & Monday evenings)
http://www.themayfly.co.uk                                         01264 860 283
http://www.abbotsmitre.co.uk                                     01264 860 348
http://ploughinnsparsholt.co.uk                                  01962 776 353 (open Sunday evening 6 - 8 pm)
around the hotel

Beautiful Country Walks

  •  Test Way
A 44 mile route which follows the valley of the Test for much of its length, linking Totton (near Southampton) and Inkpen Beacon (near Newbury). The route travels along the disused Sprat and Winkle Railway line, once a very important transport link for Stockbridge.
 
  •  Clarendon Way
The 24 mile route links Winchester and Salisbury and crosses the Test Valley between King's Somborne and Houghton.
 
  •  Test Valley Tour
The Test Valley Tour is a series of 30 circular walks and on/off road cycling routes designed to take you safely off the beaten track.
 
  •  Danebury Ring
One of the finest Iron Age Hill Forts in Hampshire. Pleasant walks are complemented by fine views across the attractive countryside. Take time to follow the archaeological trail.

For more local walks, click on the link below: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/test-way.pdf

Places to visit


A romantic house and gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens. Ancient trees, babbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this lovely old house. Crafted from a medieval priory, it is full of surprises, with art that intrigues and delights. Come back throughout the year to see different exhibitions in the gallery and the latest installations by our artists in residence. Carpets of spring bulbs, a stunning walled rose garden, rich autumn leaves and a colourful winter garden make Mottisfont a feast for the senses all year round. Approximately 3 miles from Stockbridge you drive through a village called King's Somborne; drive through the village on the same road. Approximately 2 miles further on you will see a brown tourist information road sign on the right to Mottisfont.
 
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles west of Amesbury and 8 miles north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It was constructed in three phases and it has been estimated that the three phases of the construction required more than thirty million hours of labour. Speculation on the reason it was built ranges from human sacrifice to astronomy. Head down the A303 to Amesbury and follow the signposts.
 
Renowned for its grand cathedral, Salisbury city is approximately 20 minutes from Stockbridge. With many restaurants, bars, shops and a cinema, Salisbury is a great place to visit for a day out. Follow the A30 into Salisbury.
 
Wiltshire’s only city is home to the famous Salisbury Cathedral with 800 years of history and majestic 404 foot (123 metre) spire. The cathedral houses Europe’s oldest clock, dating from 1386 and one of the four copies of the Magna Carta still in existence.
 
Winchester city is located approximately 15 minutes from Stockbridge and here you will find quaint little side streets with bars, restaurants, boutiques and a range of shops. Follow signs for Stockbridge Road B3049 to find yourself in the heart of Winchester.
 
This cathedral, so named because it houses the throne (or ‘cathedra’) of the Bishop of Winchester, has its origins in the seventh century, when a Christian Church was first built on the site. Since then it has played a fundamental part in the life of this ancient city and a role in our nation's history.
 
There is a wealth of places to visit and explore in The New Forest from award winning gardens, museums, leisure and wildlife parks, farms, plus much more! Feeling energetic? The New Forest is a haven for the cyclist, horse rider and walker.
 
Beaulieu, one of the South of England’s top day visitor attractions is set in the heart of The New Forest. Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House and historic Beaulieu Abbey.
 
Open to the public on behalf of a charity on the first and third Sunday of the month, from April to September.
 
Longstock Park Nursery, part of the Leckford Estate owned and managed by Waitrose, lies within Hampshire’s picturesque Test Valley. Home to some unusual plants, the nursery also has an impressive water garden which can be visited at certain times of the year. Longstock Park Nursery is signposted by brown tourist signs from the western end of Stockbridge village on the A30 via Longstock village.
 
Only 3 miles from Stockbridge following the A30 to Salisbury, Danebury Vineyards are located on the paddocks of what was a famous 19th century racehorse training yard. The vineyards cover 7 acres (2.8ha) of sheltered, south-facing fields on chalk and flint-stone soil. The first vines were planted in 1988 and today they produce two single-grape still white wines: Madeleine Angevine and SchoĢˆnburger, together with their ‘Cossack’ vintage sparkling wine. Please note, they are not open to the public but you can visit the website for details of open days throughout the year.


To make a reservation for your next rural retreat
call Highfield Country Guest House of Stockbridge in Hampshire on
01264 810 457
07802 880 365
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