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The historic county of Hampshire is home to what was once the ancient English capital and now encapsulates the best of England’s heritage and rural charms. Holiday cottages in Hampshire have become a popular choice for tourists looking to sample the unique character of the UK or those looking for a refreshing break with a difference on home soil.

The historic city of Winchester preceded London as the nation’s capital and was home to King Alfred the Great. Today, it boasts some of Britain’s most breathtaking architecture including the stunning Winchester Cathedral and the Great Hall which was once part of Winchester Castle, as well as a bustling farmers’ market regarded as the biggest in the country and a vibrant arts and street theatre scene. A stroll through the streets of Winchester is never boring – and that’s before you even delve into the world class shops, fine restaurants and enticing pubs.

Beyond the uniquely quaint city life in Hampshire, the countryside is the epitome of idyllic, with nowhere more impressive than the New Forest. The history of the 218 square mile national park, which also spills over into neighbouring Wiltshire, dates back to 1079 when it was established as a hunting ground for William the Conqueror. These days it is home to some of the best holiday cottages Hampshire has to offer and attracts visitors throughout the year to admire the ancient woodland and catch a glimpse of the unrivalled wildlife which includes the famed New Forest Ponies, which roam the forest freely in their thousands. Even more exotic creatures can also be admired at The New Family Wildlife Park, a family favourite attraction which includes bison, wild boar, wildcats and wolves, as well as tropical butterflies, otters and lynx.

Less famous but no less impressive, the South Downs National Park provides the perfect peaceful retreat to explore on foot, cycle or horseback during your cottage holiday. The South Downs Way winds its way along 101 miles taking in rolling hills, historic houses, market towns and views out to the sea. You will find holiday cottages nestled along the route leaving you right in the heart of Hampshire’s refreshing countryside. Of course, there are plenty of shorter routes than the full 101 miles to help you explore, with walking paths to suit all ages and abilities.

Family holidays are well catered for in Hampshire too with a variety of wildlife to enjoy up close at its plethora of nature parks plus a chance to step back in time at Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke or the Rockbourne Roman Villa. Children will also relish the thrills and spills of Paultons Theme Park in Romsey, including Peppa Pig World, and it will be full steam ahead for family fun or grown-up adventures at The Watercress Line, a heritage railway which runs between the market towns of Ropley and Alresford, offering special events ranging from Murder Mysteries and Real Ale Trails to Santa Specials and days out with Thomas the Tank Engine.

From family fun to wildlife walks or historic haunts, holiday cottages in Hampshire present the opportunity to experience the perfect break, whatever you want from your rural retreat. Choose your perfect cottage today.

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