Hampshire holiday lodge, South Downs
Comfortably furnished lodge situated in the garden of our thatched cottage, offering views of open countryside. The lodge is on the edge of the South Downs National Park. We are an ideal base for walking or cyclingin the Downs. Within easy reach of Selborne, the home of Gilbert White, and Chawton, once the home of Jane Austen. Alton is 6m away where the Watercress Line steam railway runs to Alresford.
We look forward to welcoming you on arrival and can offer any advice you may need on the local attractions that the area has to offer. We hope you will have a relaxing an enjoyable stay.
Rooms, food and facilities
Kitchen with breakfast bar and the normal modern facilities.
Bed /sitting room ( recently extended ).Includes Wi-Fi
WC hand basin and separate shower all of a good standard.
Outside decking area with table and chairs overlooking garden.
Off road parking is available.
Sorry, no pets.
How to find us
Alton station is six miles away so a car is often necessary but some guests prefer to cycle or even take the train to Alton and a taxi at the start of the week and a taxi back at the end, this saving on long distance travelling. This allows for lots of walking in between and a great saving for the environment.
How this holiday makes a difference
There is an excellent view from our garden across a field, which is edged by Oakhanger Stream, to the woods (or hanger) beyond. It is just as picturesque as it sounds! If you climb to the top of this wood covered hill there is a lovely view which you can also see from the garden. The walk to Selborne takes you past Priory Farm, named after the Monks Priory, long since destroyed. Oakhanger has an ancient, pre-Roman history and the road outside our house is on the line of a Roman Road. Some local roads are very narrow with steep banks, allegedly some of the oldest in southern England.
There are several places of interest nearby for those keen on preserving nature. Within the village there is Shortheath Common, an ancient common land and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, well known for its Nightjars and Woodlark. Also, Noar Hill near Selborne has lots of interesting flora and fauna including wild orchids and amazingly the occasional glowworm!
The landscape is rolling and interesting with lots of woods and farmland. I am a member of a walking club and go on different walks each week. We never do the same walk twice in a year.
I hope this demonstrates how perfect the area is for those who want to totally relax and enjoy the countryside.