There is so much to see and do when you rent a cottage in Hampshire, Wiltshire, or the Isle of Wight, that your only problem will be deciding where and what to see and do first. Located in the very South of England, these three counties offer together arguably the best of England. Only an hour from London, and with excellent travel links, Hampshire is ideal for a weekend holiday. The cathedral city of Winchester, located on the South Downs, is home to a bustling community, combining the very best of London and country life. The eleventh century Cathedral is not to be missed, as are the numerous eateries and boutiques which dot this unspoilt city. Winchester is also home to country’s largest Farmers Market, as well as being the resting place of Jane Austen, who placed many of her novels in and around Hampshire. The New Forest is a massive tourist attraction – with good reason. The deer, horses, and many animals which inhabit this protected area make visits truly memorable and offers a glimpse of England now so frequently obscured by modern mistakes.
Hampshire’s busy Solent coastline has much to give visitors: examine Hampshire’s naval heritage at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and across the harbour at Gosport. For a little more excitement go windsurfing on Hayling Island, or sample kayaking, sailing, or fishing. Wiltshire’s heritage is unrivalled in Europe, with ancient moments such as Stonehenge, Avebury, and Salisbury Cathedral drawing visitors internationally. Places to visit from a holiday cottage in Wiltshire include Longleat Safari Park, which will be loved by your kids, the historic houses of Bowood, and Stourhead, and some of the earliest white horse hill figures in Britain. A visit to the majestic Stonehenge is a must, followed by a trip to Avebury, the largest stone circle in Europe, and comparatively overlooked as a tourist destination. Continuing the heritage role, Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest spire in Europe, as well as being near some of the finest restaurants and boutiques in the county. Salisbury reflects its history through street names such as Poultry Cross, or Butcher Row, whilst the up-and-coming Winchester Street is the place for specialty shops. Marlborough and Devizes are also great for shopping and relaxation.
Finally, the Isle of Wight has much to offer travellers, from the local’s unique perspectives to the beautiful people in Cowes. Isle of Wight self catering accommodation has long been the choice for holidaying, from the Victorian era and the creation of Osborne House (now a National Trust property and open to the public) to the modern London set down for the weekend. The beaches and sailing in the summer months are probably the biggest draws for visitors, although there are numerous other activities to enjoy. Mottisstone Manor House Gardens, Carisbrooke Castle, Ventnor Botanic gardens, and Amazon World Zoo Park near Newchurch (an award winning attraction) are all great days out for the whole family. The seaside towns of Seaview, Yarmouth, Benbridge, and Cowes are buzzing during the summer, especially during the first week of August during Cowes Week. An internationally renowned regatta, it is perhaps better known as a seven day party.