South Downs Way bed and Breakfast farm, near Petersfield
Upper Parsonage Farm is a part of a family farm right in the heart of the Meon Valley surrounded by the chalk hills of the South Downs National Park and just half a mile from the South Downs Way. We have a four star Visit England rating with a gold award. We have several attractions on the doorstep, being the glorious walking, cycling and riding area of Butser Hill and The Queen Elizabeth Country Park - both within half a mile. If history is more of an interest there is Butser Ancient Farm with its round house to view. Consider following the river Meon out to its estuary. It has a tremendous amount of wildlife and local histoy. We even have the source on the farm and it is the highest chalk spring in Hampshire.
For those not wanting to travel too far Petersfield is now a superb market town with so many individual shops and local enterprises. As well as our superb local town the villages of East and West Meon are worth a visit for their historic Churches, local buthchers and award winning Pubs. Midhurst, Petworth and of similar interest retaining their own individuality with so many privately owned shops.
We are within an hour for visits to London or down to the historic Dockyard at Portsmouth. We have Winchester and Chichester locally for visiting the cathedrals or merely having a good shop.
The historic and farming knowledge of our family is very interesting for those happy just to peruse the local valley - we have been farming in Hampshire since the family migrated in 1904
We’re helping to make it easier for our guests to leave their car at home, or if they have driven to us, have car free days once here, by offering travel information and alternative transport services to get you to and around the South Downs National Park.
Reaching us by bus and train is simple and we can help you plan your car-free days, with many accessible key walking, cycling and horse-riding routes. You can read full details of what we can offer elsewhere on this page – or simply ask us! We’re happy to help you discover another way to explore the South Downs.
Rooms, food and facilities
Upper Parsonage Farm currently has two double rooms with ensuite bathrooms. One is ground floor and opens onto a courtyard garden - for those wishing to stay longer it is self contained with a small kitchenette. The other room is in the main house it is also a double but has a shower and bath. facility. Both rooms are comfortably furnished with televisions, wifi, complimentary beverage tray and locally produced lavender wash products.
We are able to offer a facility for drying clothes and boots after walking or riding the South Downs Way and we even have a bed for the horses. We can organise shipment of luggage from one establishment to another and can take you to the village for an evening meal. We can recommend ideas for all the numerous tourist attractions locally from fishing in the neighbouring valley, visiting cathedrals to the famous Dockyard at Portsmouth or just enjoying our countryside.
How to find us
Petersfield is our nearest main line link by train where one can take a bus directly to the village of East Meon (No67) from here head out on the Clanfield Road for 1 mile and take a left into Oxenbourne Lane and continue until you find Harvesting Lane and our signs. We are three miles out of the village. There is also a good service to Clanfield by bus and we are 5 miles from there. The house is located half a mile from the South Downs Way and for those using a car Exit A3 at Clanfield, Hambledon and Butser picnic area. Follow signs back towards Petersfield at mini roundabout, past Hampshire Hog Pub on left hand side, take next left into Petersfield Road.
Take next turn right into Hogs Lodge Lane (signed Butser Picnic Area) follow the road to the picnic area. Take the last road on the left before the picnic area with my sign on the gate and the farm is on the left.
Responsible travel: South Downs Way bed and Breakfast farm, near Petersfield
Our knowledge has been passed through our forebears and farmers love nothing better than getting out an old diary to tell tales of historic changes, from weather reports to new hedges or houses. Michael, my father in law is a wealth of knowledge on the local area seeing many changes in his 75 years. He is an East Meoner through and through, a whole hearted supporter of all things country and farming. We are happy to share our local knowledge of a lovely quiet spot on Park Hill to sit and look at the village or to pop into the pub for a pint of Bowmans Ale produced by the brewery 3 miles up the road or to just inform people of the special places to see kites or even a weasel on the farm. Farming is not just a job but a way of life.