Out and about

Set on the edge of The South Downs National Park, on the “Writers Way” the barn is an ideal base for walkers, with several beautiful walks straight from the front door.

We are also in the heart of Jane Austen country with the pretty village of Chawton a leisurely half hour walk away through woodland and open fields (or short drive), where the Jane Austen House Museum and Chawton House are located.

The naturalist, Gilbert White’s Museum (with its excellent cafe) in the pretty village of Selborne is a short drive away or a beautiful walk through open fields and a stunning beech wood which comes alive with bluebells in Spring. Explore the pretty Selborne Common and walk up the zig zag path created by Gilbert White and his brother in the 1700s. Visit the Selborne Pottery for gorgeous hand thrown pots, mugs, lamps and vases.

A 20 minute drive to the south is the stunning market town of Alresford and for opera fans, we are ideally located for the Grange Festival. The nationally acclaimed annual Alresford Watercress Festival which takes place in May, is an event not to be missed! Just 10 minutes further down the road is historic Winchester with its beautiful cathedral and a plethora of independent shops.

The south coast is approximately 50 minutes drive, with an extensive number of beaches to choose from.

There are a number of National Trust properties within easy reach, such as Hinton Ampner, Uppark House and The Vyne.

For train enthusiasts, the heritage Watercress Line runs steam train trips between Alton and Alresford.

Food and drink

Waitrose, Sainsburys and M&S Food are located in Alton with the former two available for delivery to the barn. There is a Farmers Market in Alton on every second Saturday of the month and there is an excellent butcher in nearby Four Marks. For more fresh, local produce, there is also The Country Market on the way to Bordon.

If you don’t fancy cooking, the atmospheric Rose and Crown is a short and pleasant stroll away through the village and offers delicious lunches and dinners, but be sure to book in advance as they do get very busy.

The Greyfriar in Chawton also offers excellent pub food and the cafe at Gilbert White’s house offers excellent lunches and cakes!