Local Places

Not that you would ever want to leave Oakley Hall once you have arrived, but just in case you wanted to explore what the local areas have to offer, we have put together a list of recommended places. Whether you would like to immerse yourself in the rich history of Jane Austen at her family home in Steventon, or simply sit back and unwind with a cocktail at Bombay Sapphire Distillery, there is so much to do in our neck of the woods!

 

Bombay Sapphire distillery (Laverstoke Mill)

Laverstoke Mill is home to the world famous Bombay Sapphire Gin, less than 5 miles from us. Originally a paper mill, Laverstoke has been sympathetically transformed into a sustainable distillery and visitors can discover how Bombay Sapphire is made, as well as finding out more about the history of the mill or simply enjoying a walk along the River Test.

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Stonehenge

Stonehenge, just 30 miles west of Oakley Hall Hotel, is Britain’s most famous prehistoric monument, and one of the wonders of the world. The site is so popular visitors need to purchase a timed ticket in advance to guarantee entry.

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Highclere Castle – ‘Downton Abbey’

Highclere Castle is the home of the Earl & Countess of Carnarvon and is where Downton Abbey is filmed. 20 minutes away from Oakley Hall Hotel, the castle and gardens are open to the public during July and August and at selected times during the rest of the year.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Situated within a working Naval Base, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (45 miles from Oakley Hall Hotel) is home to a collection of fantastic attractions, there’s so much to see and do. This is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future and is a must see for anyone visiting the south of England.

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Jane Austen’s House Museum

An 18th-century house in which novelist Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life. A buildings of exceptional interest since 1963, the Jane Austen’s House Museum is now a private popular museum located 18 miles from Oakley Hall Hotel.

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty the Queen. A stunning place with over 900 years of Royal History, that occupies 13 acres (5.3 ha), and combines the features of a fortification, a palace, and a small town.

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The New Forest

In 1709 William the Conqueror dubbed the area now known as the New Forest his ‘new hunting forest’. It covers an area of 566 square kilometres and is made up of vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys. Today deer, ponies and cattle continue to roam free in its ancient heaths and woodland. Clear rivers and shady groves provide tranquillity and a car-free haven for walking, cycling and horse riding.

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Winchester

The historic town of Winchester is less than 20 miles away and well worth a visit. Steeped in history and heritage, England’s ancient capital city is a treasure trove of historic buildings, monuments and museums waiting to be explored – from the world-famous Cathedral to The Great Hall and King Arthur’s Round Table and Military Museums. There are plenty of other attractions nearby as well, including Jane Austen’s House, the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson and Marwell Zoological Park.

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Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill, an early 19th century textile mill, is a short drive from Oakley Hall Hotel. As the oldest silk mill in the UK, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a fascinating example of our industrial heritage. Skilled weavers provide demonstrations during the week and the clear water of the River Test offers some of the best trout fishing in the South of England.

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Laverstoke Park Farm

Laverstoke Park Farm is an excellent example of organic/biodynamic farming. The farm supplies pork to the Glasshouse Restaurant and welcomes visitors: the farm shop (closed Mondays) stocks a wide a range of top quality meat, pies, fruit and vegetables, all of which is from the farm itself; or wander round the farm and see cattle, sheep, pigs and wild boar – even water buffalo.

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Basing House Ruins

Basing House was once the country’s largest private house, the palatial home of William Paulet, the first Marquis of Winchester who served as Lord Treasurer of England to no less than three Tudor monarchs. During the Civil War, the house became a Royalist stronghold that fell to Cromwell – and was destroyed – in 1645 after a siege of over two years.

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Beaulieu

Less than an hour’s drive from us, and set in the very heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu offers a great day out with something for everyone to enjoy. Explore the National Motor Museum with its extensive collection of cars from all ages. Wander through Palace House, home to the Montagu family. Visit Beaulieu Abbey, founded in 1204, and discover how the Cistercian monks lived. And stroll through the extensive grounds and enjoy a mix of formal and informal gardens.

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Portsmouth

Portsmouth is an easy drive from Oakley Hall Hotel and provides a wide variety of attractions. Steeped in naval history, Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard is a day out in itself, where you can visit HMS Victory or discover incredible Tudor artefacts in the Mary Rose Museum. Shopaholics are well served by Gunwharf Keys, the award-winning shopping and leisure complex, which includes a plethora of restaurants as well as a multiplex cinema. A little further along the coast is Southsea, where you can enjoy a typical day out at the seaside.

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Silchester Roman Ruins

Just 10 miles from us lies Silchester, famous for the ruins of the Roman-British town Calleva Atrebatum. The outer walls, forum, amphitheatre, and the entire plan of the city, including baths and several temples, were revealed through excavations that began in the 1890s and have revealed a wealth of ancient artefacts ever since.

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Special Offers

Hampshire Escape

This two night package is the perfect opportunity to take time out and relax in beautiful surroundings or perhaps explore an area you have never been to before.

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Romantic Getaway

This package includes everything you could wish for – champagne, traditional afternoon tea, three course dinner and of course, bed & breakfast!

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Bombay Sapphire Getaway

We have teamed up with the famous Bombay Gin Distillery in Laverstoke and are able to offer you this fantastic break on selected dates throughout summer.

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