IN THE HEART OF HAMPSHIRE
Over one hundred years ago the Star newspaper described Whitchurch as:
“Whitchurch is in Hampshire. People who live in it call it a town. People who live out of it call it a village. It is about as big as a good-sized pocket handkerchief. It has three shops and 19 public houses.”
Today we haven’t quite so many pubs, but we are blessed with a wide range of local amenities all supported by a friendly community. If you can’t find what you’re after locally then we are only a stone’s throw away from many surrounding villages all of which have their own charm, pubs and restaurants to offer. Good transport links to other major towns and such as Winchester also widen your options further.
There is a daily bustle about this little town with always something going on. Check out the town’s main website for more information on things to do locally during your stay.
Want to eat out? Whitchurch has several places right on your doorstep for you to enjoy. We have options to suit everyone’s tastes, traditional pub grub, café’s, Kebab, pizza, Chinese and Indian. If you’d like recommendations on other great places to eat in the surrounding area then we’d be happy to help, just ask!
Whitchurch benefits from some beautiful walks in and around the river test and surrounding countryside. The town is an accredited member of the ‘Walkers are welcome’ national town network and attracts many visitors keen to enjoy the natural beauty of its surroundings.
Enjoy the quiet lanes in the surrounding countryside. Ride to Watership Down, Beacon Hill or along the Bourne Valley. With a great mix of both on and off-road routes there is something for everyone, so bring your bike along and make the most of your stay. Plan your own route or enjoy some of the many cycle routes planned by our locals and shared on the main town website.
The home of Bombay Sapphire Gin is just a stones throw away from Whitchurch. Set in the grounds of the historic Laverstoke Mill. Pay them a visit and learn about the skill and artistry behind their gin. They are open all year round and offer a wide range of experiences from distillery tours to cocktail masterclasses. Click the link below for a full list of their experiences, prices and opening times.
Psssst! Our idea of a great day out is a stroll across the local footpaths into Laverstoke (30-45mins walk), drop into the distillery for a drink or two, then head back via the Watership Down Inn for some local gastronomy (booking is advised) .
The home of Downton Abbey is also just a short drive away. Head up to the castle for a great day out. Designed and built by Charles Barry (Houses of Parliament) with parklands designed by the world-renowned Capability Brown, this is one of the jewels in the crown of England’s stately homes. Visit their Egyptian collection or enjoy self-guided tours around the house and gardens. The house also plays host to concerts during the summer months with Battle Proms picnic being a highlight. Visit their website for more information on planning your visit.