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Highclere Castle is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of […]
Our North Hampshire take sites are at Down Grange and War Memorial Park in Basingstoke. We also have our own site at Hartley Wintney. All these sites are convenient for the M3 motorway which you will almost certainly see on your flight. During the balloon ride you may see Tylney Hall Hotel, Wellington Country Park, […]
Eastrop Park is a peaceful haven, a few minutes walk from the town centre and Basing View. It has a boating lake (rowing boats and pedalos to hire in summer), extensive play area, trim trail, and in summer has a paddling pool which is extremely popular with families. There is also a programme of live […]
The Basing Lime Pits were once part of a private estate,and now provide an opportunity for walking, playing and picnicking in a rural location. The site forms part of the Basingstoke Canal Heritage Footpath Trail, which runs across Basingstoke common and finishes at Basing House. It follows a route rich in wildlife and cultural heritage. […]
Wellington Country Park is a country park on the Berkshire/Hampshire border, around Riseley, between Reading and Basingstoke. The Park consists of 350 acres of coniferous and deciduous woodlands with several nature trails and a lake. There are special events, adventure playgrounds including a minature railway. Entrance charges apply.
Watership Down is a well known beauty spot with access to the Wayfarer’s Walk close to Kingsclere and Ecchinswell. A great place for walking, cycling or trail running across open hillsides with specatular views and ancient woodland that were the setting and inspiration for Richard Adams’ famous novel ‘Watership Down’. Free parking is available.
The Basingstoke Canal runs for 32 miles, from Greywell Village in Hampshire to Woodham in Surrey. There are numerous pubs to reward the weary, canal side car parks along the whole length of the canal and convenient train stations should you need transport back to your start point. The postcode will take you to the […]
Originally a tribal centre of the Iron Age Atrebates, Silchester became the large and important Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum. Unlike most Roman towns, it was never re-occupied or built over after its abandonment in the 5th century, so archaeological investigations give an unusually complete picture of its development. You can walk around almost the […]
An intimate family home, the history of the Vyne spans the centuries. From its royal beginnings in Tudor times to its place today as a intriguing retreat for you to explore, you can lose yourself in the surroundings that inspired great authors such as Jane Austen. Discover a chapel where sunlight streams in through stained-glass […]
The Parish of St Mary Bourne with just over 500 houses includes the larger village of that name with a population of approximately 1000, the smaller village of Stoke, population of some 170, and the hamlets of Binley, Dunley, Egbury, Upper, Middle and Lower Wyke (pronounced “Wick” or “Week”) and Wadwick. In the past, our […]
A genuine working village, Overton combines rural charm with the unusual status of being an ‘industrial’ village. The former Portal paper mill is nowadays home to the De La Rue factory which prints currency, and is a major local employer. A large, bustling village, Overton has a full range of amenities complemented by a range […]
Famed for its history, Old Basing in north-east Hampshire, UK, shot to national prominence in 1645 when Oliver Cromwell led his troops in the English Civil War to end a two-year siege of the great Basing House – home to the loyalist Paulet family. Today, this thriving yet still picturesque parish on the eastern outskirts […]
For quintessential rural charm, look no further than Oakley, with its picturesque village pond. Schools, shops and pubs along with sports clubs and facilities make for an attractive proposition for those wanting to combine the best of rural living with being in easy reach of the town. Oakley is a large village about 5 miles […]
Sherfield-on-Loddon is home to a 650-year-old mill which gives milling demonstrations, as well as a 14th-century church whose bells, it is said, were donated by Oliver Cromwell after the siege of Basing House. As well as interesting historical buildings, the village features an attractive green and cricket pitch. Sherfield School and Daneshill independent schools are […]