3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Hampshire Life today click here

4 of the best places for a staycation in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 11:11 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 22 February 2018

No Man's Fort in The Solent

No Man's Fort in The Solent


According to Visit England, Brits took 56 million domestic overnight trips last year. And with temperatures (hopefully) soaring this summer, staying home is the new going abroad. Natalie French checks out some of Hampshire’s best offerings

The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

One of the spacious rooms at the Pig In The WallOne of the spacious rooms at the Pig In The Wall

As city dwellings go, The Pig in the Wall is a bit sexy, with 12 boutique bedrooms hidden within the historic medieval walls in Southampton.

Designed by Judy Hutson, you can expect shabby chic-style monsoon showers, comfy beds and ‘larders’ stocked with snacks.

Don’t miss: Guests can jump into The Pig in the Wall’s Land Rover and be whisked to the heart of the New Forest to The Pig in Brockenhurst for dinner. Available Sunday to Thursday, ‘Trot from Town to Country’ is £199 for two and includes a night at The Pig in the Wall, continental deli breakfast, free transfer and a three course dinner.

Take me there: Rooms from £135 on a weekday. No minimum number of nights.

Adhurst Yurts

Birch hut amid the bluebells at Adhurst YurtsBirch hut amid the bluebells at Adhurst Yurts

Escape the bustle of modern life and get off-grid at Adhurst Yurts. Located in the stunning South Downs within 100 acres of ancient woodland, high above the banks of the River Rother, you’ll find four locally-made 18-foot yurts. This is luxe-camping – expect double beds with duvets, large comfy pillows and a supply of chopped wood for the log burner. The newest of the yurts, Willow, even has its own roll-top bath, with hot running water, perfect for a moonlight dip. Despite the creature comforts, hardy campers can embrace the car-free zone, complete with campfire, long-drop loo, safari kitchen and open-air shower. Solar-powered fairy lights twinkle at night and add to the magic, whilst come daytime, hop on the rope to swing across the river.

If an evening tipple is on your agenda, you can stroll to the village of Sheet without going anywhere near a main road. The Queens Head, The Harrow and The Half Moon are also nearby.

Don’t miss: “You can book extras including guided bird walks in Spring, bespoke bushcraft sessions and advanced wild fly fishing for the experienced,” says owner Alison Lubbock. “Throughout the year we have a programme of events for residential as well as day guests that includes Deer to Venison in a Day with lunch; Pheasant Plucking and Traditional Pheasant Dinner; Woodland floristry and Oak Wreath making with Christmas decs; Night Photography for Fire and Stars (yurt guests only)”

Take me there: From £300 for two nights min (midweek). Weekends start at £480 and always include a Sunday. There is a brief intro with a bushcraft instructor most Fridays around 6pm. Pets are welcome.

No Man’s Fort

No Man's FortNo Man's Fort

As hotel locations go, No Man’s Fort is out on its own. Sitting stoically in The Solent, unperturbed by the swirling sea around it, this unique hotel offers views to the Isle of Wight in one direction and Portsmouth Harbour in the other.

Built between 1867 and 1880 on the orders of Lord Palmerston, the fort was designed as a line of defence against enemy attacks. As you arrive by private boat and climb aboard, you’ll be struck by the sheer size of this dramatic and distinctive structure.

Don’t miss: Push the boat out and book the Lighthouse, a self-contained, two-bedroom penthouse. Flooded with natural light, it offers the perfect Solent vista and a decadent freestanding bath. If you can drag yourself away, chill out in the circular sitting room at the top of the lighthouse or in the rooftop hot tubs.

Take me there: Prices from £329 per room for one night, from £569 for the Lighthouse.

Two Hoots

A sherpherd's hut at Two HootsA sherpherd's hut at Two Hoots

In Bighton, five miles from Alresford, this small but perfectly-formed campsite can be found down a single-track country lane, away from noise and light pollution. No need to tinker with tent poles though, as Two Hoots now offer two shepherd huts.

Strictly for adults, the huts come with king-size beds, log burners and large private veranda with canopy. More importantly, they offer privacy and seclusion. “We are a small unique site on a Plato of a hill, with 4.5 acres of pure uninterrupted views, for just six couples to escape the larger more populated sites and get out into the countryside for some together alone time,” explains owner Caz Parham, “With no children, pets or groups bigger than two, it makes for a very romantic break. This is what we wanted when we used to go camping but never found.”

Don’t miss: Two Hoots joined Green Impact earlier this year and have won a Bronze Award, meaning you can enjoy a much-needed break, whilst keeping your eco conscience. Caz and husband Dave’s efforts include limiting outside light pollution and adding bird, bat, bug, hedgehog and owl boxes. “Green Impact is a sustainability and social responsibility engagement and awards scheme designed to help organisations become greener,” says Caz. “We have demonstrated our commitment by reducing our carbon footprint year-on-year, so it’s great to have this recognition.”

Take me there: Minimum two-night stay at Lazy Days and Keepers Cosy from £95 per night. Optional bedding hire £30.

More from Out & About


10 of best photos of Hampshire shared on Instagram over the past week...

Read more
Tue, 09:55

This year Winchester’s Theatre Royal celebrates the 40th anniversary of its re-opening as a performance theatre

Read more
Mon, 15:30

Avon Valley, Beer and Cake is the ABC of why Ringwood, a busy market town on the western edge of the New Forest, makes a quirkily clever choice for a break away

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

Lego enthusiast Duncan Titmarsh has built his business brick by brick; from tinkering in his garden shed to internationally acclaimed sculptures

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

New Forest ponies are an iconic sight, yet modern-day pressures pose a constant threat to the traditional landscape. Viv Micklefield heads to Lyndhurst to take stock of what happens inside England’s oldest forest court

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

From Austen’s treasures to castles built by Henry VIII, Heritage Open Days (6-9 and 13-16 September 2018) allow you to step behind the doors of some of the county’s most iconic but hidden premises.

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

With the New Forest, South Downs and a picturesque coastline, Hampshire is an amazing place for a walk. We round up a few of our favourites

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Hampshire this month

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

If there’s one thing we love to do here at Hampshire Life, it’s to celebrate local produce! So here are a selection of some of the best farm shops across the county where you’ll find just that

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

With a vibrant local community, this is a shining example of a true Hampshire village

Read more
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Coeliac disease affects 1 in 100 people, and many more are seeing the health benefits after waving goodbye to gluten. Here are just a few of the county’s cafes, pubs and producers who are embracing the gluten free way

Read more
Monday, August 20, 2018

Looking for some peace and tranquility this summer? Lose yourself in one of these wonderful gardens

Read more
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The castles and forts around the county make for a fascinating ghost hunt by night, and a fun family trip by day

Read more
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

When Southsea’s South Parade Pier closed in 2012, derelict and a shadow of its former glory days, who’d have thought that six years on it would be Pier of the Year

Read more
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Latest Competitions & Offers

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search