Basing House ruins was once the country’s
largest private house, the palace of William
Paulet, 1st Marquis of Winchester who was
Lord Treasurer of England under three
Tudor monarchs. The Civil War brought
disaster to Basing, which fell to Oliver
Cromwell in person after 2 and a half years
of siege in 1645. The ruins, which cover
about 10 acres, contain Norman earthworks,
the remains of Tudor kitchens, cellars,
towers, a 300 foot long tunnel, a spectacular
barn, Civil War defences designed by Inigo
Jones and recently re-created 16/17th century
One of the South of England’s top day visitor
attractions, is set in the heart of the New
Forest, the UK’s newest National Park.
Beaulieu is a guaranteed great day out with
lots for everyone to enjoy including the
world famous National Motor Museum,
Palace House, home of the Montagu family,
and historic Beaulieu Abbey. It is located
less than an hours drive from Oakley Hall.
The New Forest is a former royal hunting
area in the south of England. It was created
in 1079 by William the Conqueror as a
hunting area, principally of deer. It is a
unique area of historical, ecological and
agricultural significance and retains many
of the rural practices conceded by the Crown
in historical times to local people. Principal
of these is the pasturing of ponies, cattle,
pigs and donkeys in the open Forest by
local inhabitants known as commoners.
Silchester Roman Ruins
Just 10 miles from Oakley Hall lies
Silchester which is noted for the ruins of
the Roman-British town Calleva Atrebatum.
The outside walls (2,760 yd/2,524 m in
circumference), forum, amphitheatre and
entire plan of the city, including baths and
several temples, were revealed through
excavations beginning in the 1890s.
Whitchurch Silk Mill
A 13-minute drive along the B3400 brings
you to the unique early 19th century textile
mill in the middle of Whitchurch. Skilled
weavers provide demonstrations during the
week and the clear water of the River Test
is said to offer the best trout fishing in the
South of England. Together with the duck
pond, working water wheel, weaving
machinery and planned activities
Whitchurch is a lovely day out.
Only 13 miles away from Oakley is the historic
town of Winchester. England’s ancient capital
is a city steeped in history, offering rich
pickings for visitors looking to uncover
Britain’s past. From legend and lore to
awe-inspiring architecture. Winchester is
a treasure trove of English heritage. The city
is packed with historic buildings, monuments
and museums waiting to be explored.
Heading South you will find yourself in
Portsmouth where walking around the city
you’ll notice a striking contrast of old and
new. HMS Warrior 1860 stands within a
mile of Portsmouth’s newest landmark, the
Spinnaker Tower. Portsmouth is home to
no less than 12 museums covering all aspects
of Portsmouth’s past as well as the award
winning shopping and leisure complex Gun
Wharf Quays – with over 20 cosmopolitan
bars and restaurants as well as nightclubs,
a multi-plex cinema and bowling.
Only 35 minutes away is the International
maritime city of Southampton.
Southampton is the 'Cruise Capital' of the
UK and home to some of the finest cruise
lines, along with having an international
airport that provides travel to around 50
European destinations a year, Oakley Hall
provides the perfect stop over to enjoy the
beautiful countryside at its best.