|BREAMORE HOUSE & COUNTRYSIDE MUSEUM||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Breamore House Breamore, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 2DF|
Travel back in time and enjoy the country experience of Elizabethan Breamore House and Stuart village. The Manor House completed in 1583 by the Dodington family - five years prior to the Spanish Armada - houses a fine collection of paintings, tapestries, and porcelain. Period furniture is crafted from oak, walnut and mahogany. The surrounding 17th century village (Breamore) is largely unspoilt with many historic thatched cottages; Breamore Countryside Museum provides a fascinating insight into the village when self-sufficient. Full-size replicas of: a farm worker's cottage before electricity; a blacksmith's shop; a dairy; a brewery; cobbler's shed; a wheelwright's and a saddler's shop. We have a tea barn providing light lunches and teas. The village shop, school, cooperage, bakers, laundry, garage and clock-maker represent more recent developments. The museum boasts one of the finest collections of steam powered farm machinery, tractors, barn machinery and historical tools.
|Tel: Museum 01725 512468 House 01725 512858 Fax: 01725 512858|
|AVINGTON PARK||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Avington, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1DB|
Avington Park is a magnificent Palladian mansion set in its own parkland, on a tributary of the River Itchen. The state rooms are beautifully painted and gilded, with unique trompe l'oeil and wonderful views.
The House and T bar are open on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, May to September and Mondays in August from 2.30pm until 5.30pm. Last tour at 5.00pm. Groups may visit at other times by arrangement. Also available for private parties, weddings, meetings, conferences and many other corporate or private events.
Sorry no wheelchair access to the first floor.
|SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QA|
One of the most important plant collections in the world. Over 42,000 plants across 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside. Visit the newly replanted Centenary Border, Magnolia Avenue or one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe. Exciting children's play features include treehouse and bamboo tunnels. Excellent restaurant and tea room. Exhibitions and events all year round. Many all-ability paths. Annual 'Art in the Garden' with 80 sculptures features from May to October. Buy one get second entry half price. Valid only for adult or concession Gift Aid entry. Cheapest entry is half price. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Not valid for special events or workshops where an extra charge may apply. Simply print off this page and hand in to the Front Desk. Must include one full paying adult or concession per pair. Valid until the end of March 2014. Open: All year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Children 16 and under FREE
|MOTTISFONT ABBEY GARDEN, HOUSE & ESTATE||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Mottisfont, nr Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP|
Historic and atmospheric riverside estate. At the heart of this tranquil rural estate is Mottisfont Abbey, set in glorious grounds alongside the fast flowing River Test.
There are many layers of history for the visitor to explore, including the gothic remains of the original 13th century Augustinian priory.
In the mid 20th century the final private owner, society hostess and patron of the arts Maud Russell used the Abbey as a base for her racy and intriguing life.
The River Test is one of the finest chalk streams in the world and the walled garden houses the National Collection of old fashioned roses.
|CHARLES DICKENS BIRTHPLACE||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|393 Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 4QL|
The famous Victorian writer Charles Dickens, was born in this modest house in 1812 during the time of the Napoleonic Wars.
The house has miraculously survived and is now preserved as a museum dedicated to the life of this important literary figure.
It is furnished in the style of 1809 which is when his parents set up the first home of their married life there.
|WEST GREEN HOUSE GARDEN||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|West Green, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, RG27 8JB|| |
Celebrated 10-acre garden that combines neo-classical style with contemporary design. At its heart is a magnificent and faithfully restored Walled Garden with exuberantly planted perennial borders in wonderful colour combinations and an elaborate ornamental potager with two stately fruit cages. Smaller garden rooms designed to create different moods house traditional box hedge parterres and imaginative clipped topiary balls, cones and pom poms. Beyond the walls the Lakefield embraces an intriguing collection of follies. A grand water staircase leads up to the Nymphaeum fountain and Italianate garden. A path leads from the serenity of the lake to the Paradise water garden and the chinoiserie inspired Garden of the Five Bridges. In the summer the garden plays host to a season of country house opera and music. £8 Adults. £4 Children under 16. Free to National Trust Members with cards.
|UPPARK||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|South Harting, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 5QR|
Late 17th-century house in an impressive setting. The drama of the 1989 fire and restoration adds to the magic of this romantic house, which is set high on the South Downs with magnificent sweeping views to the sea. The elegant Georgian interior houses a famous Grand Tour collection that includes paintings, furniture and ceramics. An 18th-century dolls' house with original contents is one of the highlights. The complete servants' quarters in the basement are shown as they were in Victorian days when H. G. Wells' mother was housekeeper. The beautiful and peaceful garden is in the early stages of being restored to how it would have looked in the 1830`s.
|GILBERT WHITE'S HOUSE & GARDEN AND THE OATES MUSEUM||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|High Street, Selborne, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3JH|
Gilbert White's House & the Oates Museum is a charming 18th Century House, home of the famous naturalist, the Rev. Gilbert White, the author of "The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne".
Over 20 acres of garden and parkland restored to how it would have looked in Gilbert White's day.
There is also an exhibition on Captain Lawrence Oates and his part in Scott's ill fated expedition to the South Pole in 1911.
Facilities include a tea parlour serving some 18th Century fare such as Homity Pie and Toasted Wigs.
Excellent Museum shop stocking unusual gifts.
|HOUGHTON LODGE GARDENS & HYDROPONICUM||Stately Homes & Gardens|
|Houghton Lodge, North Houghton, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6LQ|
An 18th Century Grade ΙΙ listed Gothic Cottage Orn, idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test.
The House is set in extensive grounds, with fine trees and lawns sweeping down to the banks of the River. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful privately owned houses and gardens in Hampshire. Surrounded by glorious formal and informal gardens which create a peaceful and stunning attraction. There is a fully restored Walled Kitchen Garden, Topiary Peacock Garden, Topiary Dragon, Herbaceous Borders, Woodland and River Walks, a Hydroponic Greenhouse, and an Orchid House. Meet Tom, Dick and Harry our Alpacas, walk through the meadows and stop for light refreshments at the Tea House. Children under 14 free.