Hampshire

The Bell Inn, New Forest

13/02/2019 by .

Considering the Bell Inn in the tiny New Forest village of Brook has been owned by the same family for over 200 years, longevity seems to be part of its DNA. Perhaps that’s why Barry has lit the log fire in the bar every morning at 11.30 for 37 years and counting.

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Rhinefield House Hotel, Brockenhurst

01/02/2019 by .

What would William Conqueror make of the New Forest today? In 1079 from his capital in Winchester, William established the New Forest by royal decree, as his hunting grounds.

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Florence Gardens Hotel

25/01/2017 by .

Portsmouth has been much maligned, Spike Milligan relegated the whole town to Room 101 and sure, a weekend break in Portsmouth doesn’t have the same ring as 48 hours in Corfu or Majorca. You won’t see minke whales, otters or seals frolicking on the coast like you could, up in Scotland. But Portsmouth has a rich literary and naval history, the first Sherlock Holmes was written here. There is a newly restored and amazing dockyard with Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose and Nelson’s Victory.

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