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Events in 2014

Great Places to Visit

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1 Andover Museum and The Museum of the Iron Age A family friendly museum giving an insight into Andover’s past. Finds from Danebury Ring on display.

Andover Embroiderers Guild. Saturday 17 May to Saturday 21 June www.hants.gov.uk/andovermuseum

Thruxton Village Fete

Sat 21 and Sun 22 June www.thruxtonvillage.com/fete

Romsey Festival 2014

5 – 20 July www.romseyfestival.org/events

Beggars Fair 2014 Saturday 12 July www.beggars-fair.org.uk

Andover Carnival

Saturday 20 July At Vigo Recreation Grounds commencing at 12 noon until 9pm. www.andovercarnival.org

Romsey Carnival – Summer Procession

Saturday 20 July www.romseycarnival.weebly. com/romsey-carnival-2014

Trout ‘n’ About

Sunday 3 August www.facebook.com/troutnabout

Romsey Show

Saturday 13 September Broadlands Park, Romsey www.romseyshow.co.uk

Soldiers' Journey at Andover Museum

Saturday 11 October to Saturday 10 January 2015 www.hants.gov.uk/andovermuseum 2 www.testvalley.gov.uk

2 Cholderton Charlie’s Farm Home to a number of Britain’s rare breeds. 3 Danebury Ring A Scheduled Ancient Monument and one of the most famous Iron age camps in the country. 4 Weyhill Fairground Craft and Design Centre Epitomised as Thomas Hardy’s Weydon Fair in The Mayor of Casterbridge.

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5 Finkley Down Farm Feed the goats, cuddle the rabbits and see lots of baby animals in their natural environment.

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6 Hawk Conservancy Trust More than 200 birds from around the world. 10 Museum of Army Don’t miss the regular Flying Follow the history flying displays. of the Army Air Corps from 7 Houghton Lodge and the days of ballooning to Gardens Peaceful Walled the gliders of the Second World War. Garden, orchid house and tranquil riverside walks.

8 King John’s House 13th century building in the heart of Romsey featuring medieval graffiti cut into the plaster and a rare bone floor. 9 Mottisfont Abbey Once a 13th century priory, now a house of note with walled gardens, river walks and the national collection of oldfashioned roses.

11 Paultons Park Family theme-park with more than 50 rides and attractions including Peppa Pig World. 12 The Rapids Romsey’s indoor swimming experience with raging rapids, water flumes and bubbling jacuzzis. 13 Romsey Abbey Outstanding Norman and early English architecture with a rich history.

14 Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Wonderful themed gardens and landscapes with events throughout the year. 15 Thruxton Home to the British Automobile Racing Club. Exciting race meetings are held here each year. 16 Whitchurch Silk Mill Tour the old mill, watch the skilled weavers at work and buy some of their creations from the shop. 17 TreeRunners High ropes course for all the family with more zip lines than any other course including tree to tree zip lines.


Welcome

to the Test Valley Visitor Guide Situated in western Hampshire and covering 250 square miles of beautiful English countryside, Test Valley is a tapestry of charming villages and market towns set beside the crystal waters of Hampshire’s longest river. Throughout this guide we have captured the best spots to visit. So whether you are here for a short break, or just the day, we’ve got some great ideas on how you can enjoy your time and soak up the true character of Test Valley. Test Valley has a wealth of independent shops and eateries. Throughout your stay be sure to taste the treats local producers have to offer, from smoked trout to water buffalo meat. And you cannot leave without sampling some of Britain’s finest wine and award winning Champagne grown on Hampshire’s chalk slopes - see page 14.

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Events in 2014 and Great Places to Visit Welcome to the Test Valley Visitor Guide Tales from the Riverbank The Test Valley Way  Art and Craft A Rum Name for a Gallery... Rum’s Eg A Riverside Lifestyle Glorious Gardens in Test Valley It’s Got to Be Local… Spotlight on Romsey’s Award Winning The Three Tuns Pub  10 Reasons to Visit Stockbridge Days Out Churches of Test Valley  In the Valley There’s Plenty to Explore... Where to Stay Keys to Symbols Finding Your Way around Test Valley FREE Prize Draw

As its name implies, Test Valley owes a great deal of its beauty and character to the river that has a worldwide reputation. The River Test is known internationally for fly fishing and is also a favourite amongst countryside lovers, as an unspoilt haven for wildlife. To find out where to walk see page 7, and for tales from the riverbank see page 4.

Romsey Tourist Information Centre and its nine tourist information points offer a wide range of information to help you enjoy your stay in Test Valley. Find information on attractions, accommodation, activities and events, transport and local history.

We hope you will enjoy visiting this beautiful part of southern England, with this guide to help you make the most of your visit.

Staff will be pleased to help you plan your visit and provide advice. Please telephone or call in for current information.

Romsey Tourist Information Centre 13 Church Street, Romsey, SO51 8DF Tel: 01794 512987 Fax: 01794 512987 Email: romseytic@testvalley.gov.uk

Front cover image of Stockbridge Down credit to Mike Finchen; Stockbridge centre image on page 20 credit to Joe Lowe and for other images, Hampshire County Council. Information is correct at the time of printing. Test Valley Borough Council do not endorse any of the products or services presented in the guide, and cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience incurred as a result of changes to advertised information. Always check details before making arrangements. To find out more about advertising within the guide contact:dgleave@testvalley.gov.uk

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Tales from the Riverbank The River Test is acknowledged as one of Hampshire’s finest chalk streams. A natural habitat for birds such as kingfishers, marsh harriers and little grebe, the river passes through pretty towns and villages on its 40 mile journey to Southampton Water. The river is fed from the underlying chalk aquifer, which slowly releases its clear and alkaline water. It is extremely fertile, providing the perfect habitat for salmon, trout and grayling as well as 22 species of mayfly. The river is well known for its abundant mayfly hatches that send the trout into a feeding frenzy – and result in a fair few fishermen’s tales.

Look out for the distinctive fishermen’s huts that can be found along the river. The most famous lies on the Oakley Stream, and is a thatched construction used by the father of fly-fishing F.W.Halford. It can be seen as part of a visit to the National Trust’s Mottisfont Abbey. For more on fishing breaks in Test Valley visit:

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Did You Know? The River Test is world famous for its trout fishing – and for one of the most exclusive clubs you could ever hope to join. The Houghton Fishing Club is the oldest private fishing club in Britain, dating back to 1822 – it is known for being very private and has a restricted membership of just 25. Its home is at the Grosvenor Hotel in Stockbridge.

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A Breath of Fresh Air… the Test Valley Way

Did You Know? Excavations at Danebury uncovered everything from bone combs and pottery to quern stones used for grinding a whole variety of materials. In total, 180,000 pieces of pottery and 240,000 pieces of animal bone were discovered.

Viewers of BBC2’s A History of Ancient Britain will already be aware of some of the grisly aspects of Iron Age life at Danebury. Presenter Neil Oliver and archaeologist Professor Barry Cunliffe, who led excavations between 1969 and 1988, examined some of the skulls from the hill fort and discussed the brutal ways in which men were killed in battle.

Did You Know? Test Valley has more Iron Age hill forts than anywhere else in Hampshire.

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Built 2,500 years ago and occupied for almost 500 years, there is evidence of 73 roundhouses, 500 rectangular buildings and thousands of deep storage pits within Danebury Ring hill fort. The circular houses were for people, while the store buildings and pits held their most valuable commodity, grain. The pits had a narrow entrance, so the base was wider than the neck. They were filled with grain and sealed. Today Danebury’s Ring and its once hidden gateway is the perfect place for a picnic and to fly kites. More information about the hill fort, its excavation and the artefacts uncovered on the site can be seen at Andover’s Museum of the Iron Age.


Wherwell If you fancy a stroll through a picturesque village, then Wherwell near Stockbridge should fit the bill. Here you will find lovely thatched cottages, an excellent example of a mid-19th century gothic revival Victorian church and other distinct buildings. The village also boasts a wildlife haven on the Common. The Sprat and Winkle line used to run through Wherwell. Originally part of the London and South Western Railway, the line ran between Andover and Redbridge, Southampton. The unusual name may stem from the line’s close proximity to the River Test where the winkle may be found. Pick up a copy of the Sprat and Winkle leaflet for two alternative explanations!

Get Out and Walk... Rolling chalk downland, beautiful river valleys and the special wooded hills of the North Wessex Downs make Test Valley a great place to explore. These intriguing landscapes are connected by an extensive network of public rights of way. Four long distance footpaths and many miles of bridleways link large open spaces including Stockbridge Down, Stockbridge Marsh, Chilbolton Common and Danebury Ring hill fort. All of these features have now been conveniently brought together in a booklet called ‘Get Out and Walk’. Test Valley Borough Council worked closely with Andover and Romsey Ramblers to select six walks to tempt beginners out of their cars to enjoy the countryside. A number of local hostelries are also included for essential refreshment. Copies of the above leaflets can be found at Romsey Tourist Information Centre, Test Valley Borough Council offices at Beech Hurst, Andover and the Former Magistrates’ Court in Romsey, as well as many local tourist attractions and pubs. To download them go to:

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Art and Craft Living and working in one of the most beautiful areas of England has certainly proved inspirational to local artists. The Romsey Art Group has 300 members and was formed in 1963 by a handful of creative minded locals. The group hosts several exhibitions a year at the Mountbatten Gallery. You can expect to see more than 500 original artworks at their main spring and autumn shows. The Romsey Arts Festival will take place in 2014 and is a great showcase for local talent. For more information visit: www.romseyartfestival.org.uk Stockbridge is also home to several galleries including Courcoux & Courcoux Contemporary Art and the Wykeham Gallery who represent major names in British art. The Fairground Craft and Design Centre in Weyhill is a showcase for local creativity. Run by volunteers and tenants as a Community Interest Company, there is studio and workshop space for artists and makers, as well as a delightfully light and airy gallery, a tearoom and a large community hall, all within the embrace of historic chalk walls.

Fairground Craft & Design Centre Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire SP11 0QN Tel: 01264 773438

Email: info@fairgroundcraft.co.uk www.fairgroundcraft.co.uk

10 working craft studios. Unique and affordable gifts. Varied programme of workshops. Exhibition gallery available to local artists. Tea room. Ample parking. Easy access.

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Performing Arts

As Andover’s theatre and entertainment venue, The Lights continues to thrive seven years after it opened its doors to the public for the very first time. Looking back over the past year, The Lights has been packed to the rafters with tribute shows, theatre, ballet, folk, comedy, blues, contemporary dance and musical theatre, including some fantastic performances from the likes of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, Vienna Festival Ballet, Barry Cryer, Sean Lock, Alistair McGowan and the Budapest Café Orchestra. 2014 is set to be another busy and exciting year for the venue, with a glittering array of performances from artists including Omid Djalili, Pam Ayres, Dr Feelgood, China Crisis, Spiers and Boden, Lee Hurst, Nik Kershaw and Derek Acorah to name but a few. There is a wonderful programme of creative workshops for young children aged 0-16 and 2014 will see the venue stage its fifth Children’s Festival. The Lights works in partnership with the Andover Museum and Andover Library to create a wonderful festival for the whole family over February half-term, culminating in a huge Teddy Bears’ Picnic at The Lights. If you are passing by, why not pop in and have a drink and light lunch at the lovely Arena Café Bar. The cakes are definitely well worth the visit! The future is bright for this great local venue, so why not take a look at the full programme of shows and events on their website or become a follower on their Facebook or Twitter accounts – we are sure you won’t be disappointed!

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A Rum Name for a Gallery... Rum’s Eg It is a contemporary gallery and art space that wouldn’t look out of place in a desirable district of London. Forget Chelsea or Marylebone High Street, Rum’s Eg is the latest stylish addition to the market town of Romsey. Just along the street from the main square in Romsey is where you will find the showcase for talented Hampshire artists. Spread over three floors, it is a hub of creativity with classes covering everything from mosaic-making to how to build a bug house. On the ground floor is a shop selling cards, jewellery, art and gifts. Upstairs is the gallery space and Rum’s Cafe, where you can stop for a coffee and cake, while the top floor hosts workshops. Founder Siriol Sherlock explained the gallery came to life as a result of a creative grounds well that saw local artists and art admirers willing to give the gallery their financial backing. The botanical artist, who lives in Romsey, used to walk past the premises in Bell Street and think it would be ideal for a gallery.

So tell me, what does Rum’s Eg mean? It’s the Old English name for Romsey. Test Valley artist Siriol Sherlock recommends … “While you are in Test Valley you must visit Romsey Abbey, and King John’s House just opposite is a lovely spot to visit, especially in the summer when you can sit outside and enjoy a cup of tea.”

Art & Craft Gallery in Romsey

“I kept walking past this empty building and dreaming about how it would look and feel, then one day I picked up the phone to speak to the agent and it has completely taken over my life since,” she said. She approached artists and art lovers to support her in the venture and many individuals have ploughed up to £1,000 or more of their own money into Rum’s Eg to get it off the ground. These patrons have been joined by corporate sponsors such as Waitrose and Hampshire County Council who have recently given them funding too.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm Sundays 10.00am to 4.00pm Closed Mondays

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Rum’s Eg, 27 Bell St, Romsey SO51 8GY. Tel: 01794 511220

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A Riverside Lifestyle What started as a way to share the rejuvenating effects of a weekend in the country has spawned a lifestyle business that allows everyone to share the dream. Busy mother-of-two Clare always had a desire to live a self-sufficient and bountiful life in the country. When she found her beautiful thatched cottage tucked into the verdant Test Valley countryside, it quickly led to the development of Riverside Lifestyle – an online cornucopia of artisan food and beauty products made with lavender grown in the grounds of her cottage. “The cottage sits in the most beautiful location – it’s a luxury hideaway you can escape to. When my children were tiny they loved parking up and being able to jump out of the car and run with no restrictions or concerns for city traffic. “We’ve done quite a lot to the house and gardens over the years and now we are using the lavender we harvest for our online farm shop producing chutneys, jams and marmalades as well as our beauty products; as well as offering the cottage and now also the pool house for short term lets. “The idea for Riverside Lifestyle was that it would allow everyone to enjoy a little bit of the countryside wherever they may be,” she said. 10

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Links with an olive grower in Spain have led Clare to stock their virgin olive oil and artisan olive oil crisps that can be bought in a party tin or regular family / individual packs. Closer to home, Riverside Lifestyle is a keen promoter of localism. “On our blog The Kitchen Table we recommend local producers and I am keen to stock more of their products and encourage a creative community,” said Clare. To find out more about Riverside Lifestyle go to:

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Houghton Lodge and Gardens

Glorious Gardens in Test Valley Green fingered gardeners and those who prefer to admire the work of others will be spoilt for choice when it comes to visiting gardens in Test Valley.

Mottisfont Abbey is a National Trust property famous for its walled rose garden. However the picturesque grounds have much more to excite visitors all year round from spectacular autumnal shades to carpets of spring flowers.

Houghton Lodge and Gardens near Stockbridge is a hidden gem. Recognised as one of the finest gardens in Hampshire, Houghton Lodge is an 18th Century Grade ΙΙ* listed Gothic Cottage Orné, idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test. Enjoy The Walled Kitchen Garden with its new themed herb garden, a beautiful border with year round colour, a topiary garden and lawns that sweep down to the River Test.

The 180 acres of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at Braishfield near Romsey are famous across the globe. The magnificent collection boasts more than 42,000 plants from around the world, including 13 national plant collections and one of the largest winter gardens in Europe.

Longstock Park Water Garden opens on the first and third Sunday of each month from April to September. Voted the finest water garden in the world by the International Water Lily Society, the beautiful haven for wildlife and glorious planting was the domain favoured by John Spedan Lewis, a botanist best known for the retail partnership that bears his name.

No visit is complete without including a trip to the Longstock Park Nursery. Set in and around a walled garden, it includes the national collections of Buddleia and Clematis Viticella as well as the Gilchrist collection of Penstemon. It is also home to the Leckford Estate Farm Shop and Café selling local produce. Many beautiful private gardens are open to the public each year under the National Garden Scheme (NGS). It is well worth checking the NGS website to plan your visits.

Year-round events include an www.ngs.org.uk annual Art in the Garden sculpture exhibition, running from May to www.visit-testvalley.org.uk October.

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Woodlands and Nature Conservation The woods of Test Valley provide a cool canopy for walkers or cyclists on a hot summer’s day, and those such as the ancient Harewood Forest are right at the heart of Test Valley. Many of the borough’s woodlands and nature conservation areas are managed by Council officers and volunteers. Please contact the Council’s countryside officers for more information about year-round volunteering opportunities on 01264 368811 or email leisure@testvalley.gov.uk

Other volunteering opportunities at local nature reserves can be found at: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

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An 18th century Grade ΙΙ* listed Gothic “Cottage Orné” idyllically set above the tranquil River Test. Formal & informal gardens with chalk cob walls, traditional kitchen garden, new themed herb garden, greenhouses, hydroponicum & orchid house. 14 acres of picturesque countryside with riverside walks and charming Alpacas, Topiary Dragon, Peacock Garden and Ornamental Pheasants. Self-service Tea Room.

Open: 1st Mar - 31st Oct (Thurs - Tues) 10am - 5pm. Weds & House tours by appointment. Special rates for Groups. Admission: Adults £5.00, Children under 14 free. To visit the alpacas and to walk through the water meadows, there is an optional extra charge of £2.50.

01264 810502 or info@houghtonlodge.co.uk www.houghtonlodge.co.uk

Great Days Out A romantic house and art gallery set in beautiful riverside gardens, with a year round events programme to suit all of the family. Mottisfont, near Romsey, Hampshire. SO51 0LP

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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is a 180 acre garden and plant paradise for all seasons. Director Wolfgang Bopp explains why: “The Winter Garden is one of the biggest in Europe containing hundreds of different plant selections. Some have red, yellow, green, white or orange stems, peeling bark, others flower through the winter many with scent such as witch hazel, Lonicera and Daphne.

In mid spring Magnolia Avenue lights up in the most stunning shades of white, pink and red with thousands of thick waxy petals. These are just some of around 400 magnolias growing in the Gardens. Together with hundreds of Camellia, Rhododendron, spring bulbs and other plants, we have thousands of plants in flower. The Centenary Border is a marvel of colour and texture in the summer and, at 250 metres, it is believed to be the longest double mixed border in the country. With 30,000 plants in about 800 varieties it has interest all summer long and changes week by week throughout the season. Autumn is one of the most colourful times, with yellows, oranges, reds and purples. One of the many delights is the Katsura tree, (Cercidiphyllum), which smells of candyfloss when the autumn foliage turns and falls.”

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens 180 acre garden paradise offering: • Exciting play features • One of the longest double borders in Europe • 400 Champion Trees • Winter Garden • 13 National Plant Collections • Open air concerts • Workshops • Exhibitions

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Open all year round, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Nr Romsey, Hampshire, S051 0QA

Tel: 01794 369318 Email: info@hilliergardens.org.uk

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It’s Got to Be Local… A whole host of producers are putting local food on the map in Test Valley. Everything from smoked trout to water buffalo meat is available – and it can be washed down with local beers and wines. Information on all the top producers and where to buy locally produced food is available in the Taste of Test Valley leaflet, available at tourist information points and online at www.testvalley.gov.uk

Here are just a few to whet your appetite... At the River Test Smokery in Chilbolton they use traditional methods and no artificial additives in the trout patés, soups and smoked eel they produce. At Manor Farm in Broughton you can buy lean naturally reared water buffalo meat. The cooperative that runs West Tytherley Village Stores sells beer, eggs, meat and cheeses. The award winning Flack Manor Brewery, based in Romsey, produces 32 different beers including gold medallists Ironside and Pride of Romsey. Visits to Danebury Vineyard near Stockbridge can be arranged by appointment. Their white and sparkling wines are characterised by their clean and crisp flavour.

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Hampshire Fare

Hampshire Fare is one of the country’s leading local food groups and can provide all the foodie information you need when planning your visit. With locally-sourced ingredients and products on menus and in shops, there are plenty of ways to sample local food and drink during your stay. You can experience the true taste of Test Valley with a visit to Hampshire Farmers’ Markets. The monthly markets bring real food, passionately produced throughout Hampshire, to Alma Road Car Park in Romsey. Hampshire Farmers’ Markets pride themselves on providing produce of the highest quality and freshness. All produce sold is grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked or processed in the county, or within 10 miles of the border. This means you don’t pay a premium for food miles, you’re always receiving the freshest food and you’re helping the local economy. Visit the Hampshire Fare website to discover more about the delicious local food available.

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A Sign of Quality Hampshire Hospitality Awards The Hampshire Hospitality Award (HHA) is a quality marque for restaurants, tea rooms, pubs, cafés and other eateries in the county. The awards celebrate the best of Hampshire’s eating experiences. Ten of Test Valley’s eateries have qualified for the award and can be identified by the HHA logo.

HHA Award Winners: BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor Chilworth, Southampton SO16 7PT www.chilworth-manor.co.uk 023 80767333 Keats Restaurant Winchester Road, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 9BQ www.keatsrestaurant.co.uk 01794 368252 Studio 54 Ampfield Golf and Country Club Winchester Road, Ampfield, SO51 9BQ www.restaurant54.com 01794 368480 The Bear and Ragged Staff Romsey Road, Stoney Marsh, SO51 0LB www.thebearandraggedstaff.net 01794 368602 The George Inn Vernham Dean, Andover, SP11 OJY www.thegeorgeatvernhamdean.co.uk 01264 737279 The Plough Inn Longparish, Andover, SP11 6PB www.theploughinn.info 01264 720358 The Three Tuns 58 Middlebridge Sreet, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8HL www.the3tunsromsey.co.uk 01794 512639 The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie Market Place, Romsey SO51 8ZJ www.thewhitehorseromsey.co.uk 01794 512431 The White Horse Thruxton, Hampshire, SP11 8EE www.whitehorsethruxton.co.uk 01264 772401

…Your Local Source of Natural Mineral Water Iconic Hildon represents the finest quality English Natural Mineral Water. Hildon is bottled at source and comes from deep beneath the chalk hills, in the famous Test Valley, Hampshire. Hildon Limited, Broughton, Hampshire, SO20 8DQ Tel: 01794 302002 Email: hildon@hildon.com

www.hildon.com Available to trade or for home delivery.

Parsonage Farm is a small family farm producing Charcuterie and fresh meat, running workshops and markets. Offering a personal, individual service while farming in a sustainable manner. John and Sarah Mills Parsonage Farm, Upton, Andover, SP11 0JP Tel: 01264 736208 Email: sarah@ parsonage-farm.co.uk

www.parsonage-farm.co.uk Owtons Traditional Family Butchers is one of the premier wholesale butchers and farm shop proprietors in the country stocking local quality products including cheese, chutneys, desserts, oils and vinegars, apple juices, water, fruit and vegetables and wines. Owtons at Kimbridge, Kimbridge Farm Shop, Kimbridge Near Romsey, SO51 0LE Tel: 01794 341681 Email: kimbridge@ owtons.com

Wyke Down Picket Piece, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 6LS www.visit-testvalley.org.uk www.owtons.com www.wykedown.co.uk 01264 352048

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Eating Out

Vin-tastic Wines of Test Valley The Liddell family first planted their vines at Cottonworth Farm, between Andover and Stockbridge in 2005. Since then they have built a great reputation for their sparkling wines. They like to think that wine was being produced in the vicinity as far back as Roman times. An old Roman villa, which archaeologists think was an old water mill powered by the river, was uncovered nearby. Coins and pieces of clay pots have been found in one of the Liddell’s vineyards, suggesting the farm was on a trade route. Cottonworth has three vineyards planted with the three varieties of vine used in Champagne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The soil type is chalk, just like the Champagne region of France. Tours and tastings can be made by appointment. 01264 860221 www.cottonworthwine.co.uk Somborne Valley Vineyard is a family-run business with 23 acres of vines, situated close to the meandering River Test. They produce fine English still and sparkling wines which have won a number of Wessex Vineyards Association and UK Vineyards Association awards. 16

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Eating out is a pleasurable experience in Test Valley with a whole host of pubs, cafés and restaurants to choose from. The Bear and Ragged Staff pub has been a public house since the 17th Century. It is rumoured the inn got its name from the time the Earl of Salisbury, who stayed in the gardens of this building on his way to fight in the War of the Roses. The pub prides itself on using local produce. The George Inn at Vernham Dean is a former Hampshire Village Pub of the Year award winner and it hosts an annual beer festival on the August bank holiday weekend. The Mill Arms near Romsey received an AA dinner award and was recommended in the Good Pub Guide. They also hold special menu evenings celebrating everything from comforting meat pies to curries. The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie in Romsey is renowned for its variety of freshly baked breads. Where possible, every aspect of the food served is prepared in-house from their own refined olive and chilli oils, to breads, ice-creams and shortbread. Wyke Down Country Pub and Restaurant at Picket Piece, Andover uses beef from its own farm on the menu – and it can be bought in their shop too. Two guest ales are always available at the bar.


The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie

Wyke Down Country Pub and Restaurant

The Brasserie is contemporary in style with leather high backed chairs and polished wooden tables. Two AA Rosette cooking with locally sourced produce served with flair and subtle professionalism.

Wyke Down is an early nineteenth century barn offering fresh, homemade good food and local beers. See Where to Stay - caravan/camping park.

19 Market Place, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8ZJ Tel: 01794 512431 Fax: 01794 517485

Email: thewhitehorse@silkshotels.com www.thewhitehorseromsey.co.uk

Open: All Year Food Service Times: Breakfast 7.00 to 10.30am Lunch 12.00 to 3.00pm Dinner 6.00 to 10.00pm Max Cover: 65

The George Inn Vernham Dean, Andover, SP11 0JY Tel: 01264 737279

www.thegeorgeatvernhamdean.co.uk contact@thegeorgeatvernhamdean.co.uk

Sixteenth century freehouse with open fires, oak beams and attractive beer garden. With an excellent reputation for our warm welcome, freshly cooked, quality food and real ale. Children and dogs welcome. Open: Mon-Sat noon to 11.30pm Sun noon to 8pm. Food Service Times: Mon-Sat noon to 9.30pm, Sun noon to 6pm. Max Cover: 50 | Full licence

The Mill Arms, Dunbridge, Romsey Barley Hill, Dunbridge, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0LF Tel: 01794 340401

Email: millarms@btconnect.com www.millarms.co.uk

Super food (AA dinner award), wine and cask marque ales, log fires, comfy sofas, 6 en-suite guest rooms, big garden and easy car and rail access. Open: all year (exc Sun night & Mon) Tues–Fri 12–2.30pm and 6pm–10.30pm, Sat 12–11pm, Sun 12–4pm. Food service times: breakfast 8–10am residents (outside breakfasts by prior arrangement), lunch 12pm– 2.30pm, dinner 6–9pm. Max cover: 80. Full licence. Dogs welcome.

Open: 12:00pm to 2:30pm / 6:00pm to 11:00pm Food service times: 12pm - 2pm 6pm - 9pm Max cover: 120 Full licence

Picket Piece, Andover, Hampshire SP11 6LX Tel: 01264 352048 Email: info2014@ wykedown.co.uk www.wykedown.co.uk

Bear & Ragged Staff Relax, unwind & enjoy

Fresh bean to cup coffee latte, cappuccino, espresso A la Carte menu and Daily Selection available lunch and evening Bar menu available all day from 12 noon Freshly prepared dishes cooked on the premises Fine wines by the glass & bottle Quality Cask Ales

Located on the A3057 Stockbridge to Romsey Rd at Stonymarsh Michelmersh Romsey SO51 0LB 01794 368602 Hampshire Hospitality Award 2013-14 Quality Assured Award Local Produce Award

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Spotlight on Romsey’s Award Winning The Three Tuns Pub “Excellent food at moderate prices” Michelin Guide 2013 The Three Tuns is a Grade II listed hostelry and was voted Hampshire Life Pub of the Year 2012. It prides itself on serving delicious, seasonal food, great wines and real ales. Nestled deep in the Hampshire countryside and conveniently placed for locals, foodies and walkers, The Three Tuns is just a five-minute walk from Market Square in the lovely market town of Romsey. With the Broadlands Country Estate nearby and the River Test flowing beneath the stone bridge just along the street, the 300 year old building is brimming with character and charm.

Owned by the team at Winchester’s Chesil Rectory, the pub has been stylishly refurbished yet it retains the atmosphere of a charming old boozer and still has many original features including the central bar, oak beams and open fireplaces.

Fresh, Delicious, Local

Manager Rob is passionate about real ale and offers an ever changing selection of it. Thanks to their local brewery, Flack Manor, they keep Flacks Double Drop on all year round plus a host of guest beers. No less than two guest beers can be expected at any time. Cheers!

Head Chef, Harvey Rodgers, uses as much local produce as possible to create simple, honest food with a bit of a twist and the menu is brimming with pub classics, bar snacks and specials.

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Longstock Park Nursery A true gardener's nursery Visit us for inspiration or an enjoyable day out • • • • • • • •

Visit our 90m herbaceous border Beautiful water gardens (restricted opening times) National collection of Buddlejas and Clematis viticellas Impressive collection of Penstemons Specialists in climbing plants, perennials, shrubs Mature shrubs and trees also available We stock tools, accessories and a large selection of pots Highly qualified staff to offer free advice

Opening hours Mon-Sat: 9am to 5.30pm Sundays: Mar to Oct 10am - 5pm Nov to Feb 10am - 4.30pm

Stockbridge: Tel: 01264 810894 Fax: 01264 810924 www.longstocknursery.co.uk email: longstocknursery@leckfordestate.co.uk

Nestled next door to the historic Longstock Park Nursery, the Farm Shop stocks a range of local products. It focuses on those from its own estate, such as the popular cider and rapeseed oil, and those from Hampshire Fare Producers. The shop is home to a selection of English wines, and there are specialists on hand daily to help you chose your meat and cheese. A function room is available for morning, afternoon and evening hire which seats 30 very comfortably. For further information about products, events or to book the Farm Shop please call 01264 810270.

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1. Pretty as a Picture

Located on the River Test, midway between Andover and Romsey, Stockbridge is one of the prettiest spots in Test Valley and is known as its ‘jewel in the crown’.

2. Traditional

A reminder of how high streets used to look – relaxed and friendly with plenty of independent, specialist shops, pubs and tearooms. A traditional weekly market is held in the Town Hall where traders sell local goods.

5. History

In the 1700s, Stockbridge was a “rotten borough” and the Town Hall was given to the local voters as a bribe! The wide sweep of Stockbridge High Street reflects its early role as a through-route for drovers bringing their sheep and cattle from Wales. Stockbridge’s Welsh links can be seen to this day. A thatched cottage known as ‘Drovers House’ has the message in Welsh painted on the wall: ‘Seasoned hay, tasty pastures, good beer, comfortable beds’.

10 Reasons to Visit Stockbridge 3. Shops

As well as the shops catering for everyday needs, there is a wide range of individual shops selling everything from crafts and gifts to country sports gear and clothing. Find that special gift in one of Stockbridge’s unique shops.

4. Food Glorious Food Stockbridge High Street was voted Best Foodie Street in the 2010 Google Street View Awards. With tearooms, pubs and restaurants, you can enjoy a traditional cream tea or a delicious lunch or dinner. Many eateries serve local produce. The Greyhound on the Test has recently been named Michelin Pub of the Year 2014. The 500-year-old pub was recognised for its all-round hospitable approach and great food, drawing on a modern British menu courtesy of head chef Alan Haughie. 20

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6. Galleries

Stockbridge has three art galleries on the High Street. Courcoux & Courcoux and The Wykeham Gallery specialise in contemporary art, while Dogs in Art has found a niche with canine art, and features paintings, drawings, sculpture and gifts from a wide range of artists.

9. Events

Stockbridge has plenty going on throughout the year. Its ‘Trout ‘n’ About’ event in August is always very popular.

7. Inspiration

Stockbridge has inspired many writers and there’s a poetry trail of ten poems set in stone, metal and glass, around the town centre.

8. Sport

The Grosvenor Hotel was at one time owned by Lester Piggott’s great grandfather, who also owned the local race course. Today it remains the home of the world famous Houghton Fishing Club, the oldest fishing club in England. Stockbridge is a great place to use as a base for walking, cycling, riding, fishing and other country pursuits.

10. Location

Test Valley is famed for its rolling hills and tranquil beauty. Not far from Stockbridge you’ll find picturesque Hampshire villages with thatched houses, pretty churches and traditional country pubs as well as the popular Test Way. Nearby attractions include: Danebury Ring hill fort; Houghton Lodge Gardens; Danebury Vineyards and the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop.


Days Out Meet the Animals

Children will love Finkley Down Farm in Andover. As well as cute little pigs, there are a whole host of animals to meet and interact with. And once they are all fed and watered there is the Indoor Play Area with amazing interactive fun. Don’t miss The Lamb Grand Prix during the summer holidays. Cholderton Charlie’s Farm is a rare breeds farm located on the Test Valley border with Wiltshire. There are lots of opportunities for hands-on farm activities from feeding, cuddling baby animals and tractor rides.

Magical Moonlight Memories Here’s a wonderful way to see the owls of The Hawk Conservancy Trust at their best.

On Saturday evenings throughout the spring, you can join in the magical ‘Owls by Moonlight’ evenings and see them as they take to the wing in the night sky. Numbers are strictly limited, so it’s best to book early and avoid disappointment. Check availability at www.www.hawk-conservancy.org Tickets: adults £29.50 / children £16.00 - includes a light supper.

The Hawk Conservancy Trust

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is home to the only Great Bustard aviary in the UK where you can get up close to the world’s heaviest flying bird.

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a conservation charity and visitor centre set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow. There are over 150 birds of prey on view, from owls to eagles! Allow at least half a day for your visit as there is so much to see and do.

Location: Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire SP11 8DY Tel: 01264 773850

Email: info@hawkconservancy.org www.hawkconservancy.org Open seven days a week. (Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Closed 7th January 2014 – 7th February 2014 inclusive)

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History and Heritage

Test Valley has been inextricably linked with the armed services for many years. In 2012 an Armed Forces Community Covenant was signed by Test Valley Borough Council, Army Headquarters, Corps of the Royal Engineers, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and the Army Air Corps. It signalled their commitment to work together to honour, support and help the armed forces and their families, recognising the sacrifices they make and remembering that some pay the ultimate sacrifice. In 2014 the Corps of the Royal Engineers will join forces with the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and the Army Air Corps for a joint Freedom March through the town. A new £44m headquarters for the British Army’s land forces, known as the ‘brains of the Army’ is based in Andover. More than 2,000 military and civilian personnel are based at the Marlborough Lines site following a merger between Land Command and HQ Adjutant General. At Middle Wallop, the Army Air Corps’ busy working airfield is the base for their impressive Apache and Lynx helicopters. 22

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Situated right alongside is the Museum of Army Flying, where you can follow the history of the Army Air Corps from the days of ballooning, through to the brave exploits of those who flew gliders during the Second World War, to the helicopters of today. There are around 35 historic aircraft on display and a replica of a 1940s house. Hangers Café is a great spot to watch the helicopters take off and land while enjoying a morning coffee or afternoon tea. Andover Museum is a former town house dating back to the mid-18th century and visited by Jane Austen. The museum tells the story of Andover from prehistoric times to the present day. Enjoy an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions, including art, craft, photography, history and more. Visit the museum and relax in the coffee shop.

The River Test turns the waterwheel at Whitchurch Silk Mill. Built in 1800, it still produces high-quality silk, much of it used for specialist conservation projects and theatrical costumes. You can tour the old mill, watch the skilled weavers at work and buy some of their creations from the shop.

Located in one of Romsey’s oldest thoroughfares is the Romsey Heritage Centre which encompasses three buildings: King John’s House; The Tudor Cottage and the Victorian Museum. These buildings have a combined history covering 750 years. Dating from the 13th Century, King John’s House was once the main building in a major medieval complex. Visitors can see many early features, including the roof timbers, graffiti cut into the medieval plaster and a rare bone floor. The Tudor cottage is a late Tudor/early Jacobean timber-framed house. The room on the upper floor has now been furnished to give a flavour of the period, while the lower room is Miss Moody’s Tudor Tea Room. The Victorian Museum features aspects of Romsey life during the Victorian and Edwardian period. The old gunshop has been reconstructed upstairs, using original fixtures, fittings and display items, while William Moody and his sister wait to greet you in the recreated parlour in the room behind.


Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age Discover fascinating archaeological finds, the scandal of the Andover Workhouse and the story of Weyhill Fair. Then take in the stunning Fullerton Mosaic, the remains of a 1600 year old Roman Floor depicting the god Mars. The Museum of the Iron Age tells the story of Danebury Hill Fort. The displays give a vivid impression of life for our

prehistoric ancestors who farmed, fought, worshipped and died here more than 2000 years ago. Location: 6 Church Close, Andover, Hampshire SP10 1DP Tel: 0845 603 5635

www.hants.gov.uk/andover-museum Open: Tues-Fri 10am to 5pm Saturdays 10am to 4pm (Last admission 1/2 hour before closing). Admission: FREE.

King John’s House and Heritage Centre Medieval house with 14th century graffiti and rare bone floor, Tudor cottage and Victorian museum, beautiful period gardens. Special events/exhibitions and children’s activities. Available for private hire. Lift to lower ground floor of KJH, lift to museum.

13 Church Street, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8BT Tel: 01794 512200

Email: annerhc@aol.com www.kingjohnshouse.org.uk Open: King John’s House MarchOctober. Museum all year round. Tea room 10am to 4pm (lunch 12 to 2pm) all year round. Admission: Adult £2.50 (£1.50 Oct - Mar), Senior Citizen £2.00 (£1.00), Children 50p.

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Whitchurch Silk Mill : Living weaving heritage in the heart of Hampshire 19th century working silk mill • Idyllic riverside location • Tea room • Gift shop • 10.30 to 17.00 Tuesday to Sunday • Individuals and pre-booked groups welcome. Open: All Year (except Christmas week) Admission: Adults £4.50, Senior Citizens £4.00, Children £2.50, Family/Group £10.00

Whitchurch Silk Mill 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7AL Tel: 01256 892065 Fax: 01256 893882 Email: info@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk

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Romsey Abbey

St. Margaret’s, East Wellow

Churches of Test Valley Throughout Test Valley there is a wealth of beautiful churches, many of which date back centuries. In their book ‘The Churches of Test Valley’ Bryan and Diana Beggs give a comprehensive guide to the architectural jewels. Here are just a few highlights. Romsey Abbey is a wonderful example of Norman architecture and is of international importance. It contains a wealth of artistic expression in all fields of human endeavour since its building in 1120-1180. We have to thank the people of Romsey who saved it from destruction at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. They managed to preserve it as their parish church, paying Henry VIII £100 for the privilege. The tomb of Earl Mountbatten of Burma lies in the south transept. Of all the churches of Saxon origin within Test Valley, All Saints at Little Somborne is unique. Here the actual size of the tiny original building is clearly visible and the windows still have their original 1000 year old plaster splays. It was no doubt built in the reign of King Ethelred at a time of some prosperity when faith was restored after the first millennium. Within the churchyard is the grave of Sir Tommy Sopwith... ‘Aviation Pioneer’ is all it says... it is sufficient. 24

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‘New’ St. Peter’s church “My wife and in Stockbridge was built I have been in 1866 by John Colson delighted to know of Winchester and stands how many people proudly welcoming have used our worshippers, ramblers and book as a means visitors in the centre of of discovering the High Street. Only the Test Valley and chancel of ‘old’ St. Peter’s its churches for remains in its original themselves.” position at the east end of Bryan Beggs this small town. A very old depiction of the crucifixion in stone, possibly of Saxon origin and only about twelve inches tall, is in the Lady Chapel. Forever associated with Florence Nightingale, whose last resting place lies in this churchyard, St. Margaret’s in East Wellow is an important shrine to her memory, and where a memorial service takes place every year in May. The church dates back to the 13th century and has some marvellous wall decorations of that period. From its vantage point overlooking the Bourne Valley, St Peter’s at Hurstbourne Tarrant has seen almost a thousand years pass. All centuries have left their mark... the Norman door arch and nave columns... the medieval wall paintings, with their dire warning... its shingled tower and spire supported by the massive trunks of English oak forming the bell-ringing chamber... the Victorian chancel and the engraved glass of the Millennium window... all in harmonious relationship.


In the Valley There’s Plenty to Explore... If you are keen to explore beautiful Test Valley, there is no better way than to go by foot or cycle. The Test Way covers 44 miles of tranquil scenery following much of the course of the River Test. The long distance footpath has been divided into eight sections, each providing a great day out. Choose between water meadows or tidal marshes, riverbank picnics or cosy pubs, steep hills with exhilarating views or cool, peaceful woodland. The route passes through some of the most picturesque villages in Hampshire, strewn with listed buildings, historic churches and houses. It is well sign posted and waymarked. Horse riders and cyclists can also use some parts.

Highlights along the Way Include: The villages of Longparish and Forton have wonderful thatched properties and as you drop down into Wherwell, you will have the most superb view of Test Valley. Leaving the attractive village of Wherwell, cross Chilbolton Common. This patch of grassland is an area of great natural beauty. It has an international reputation with botanists, who have found more than a hundred species of grasses and other plants growing there. The entire village of Leckford was bought by John Lewis in 1928, and the properties are all decorated in the familiar green of the retail brand.

A Valley of Words

Chilbolton Common

Wherwell

Test Valley’s stunning landscapes and buildings have long inspired some of the world’s best known authors. Writers including Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hardy and Ian Fleming have literary links with the area and even a very famous Tank Engine can trace his roots to Test Valley. Literary Test Valley, a leaflet featuring all the intriguing links with authors, is designed to encourage visitors to explore the area. Copies are available from the Council’s website, Romsey TIC and the Council’s Beech Hurst office in Andover.

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Where to Stay Prices Prices are correct at time of going to press, but it is essential to check when making a reservation. Quoted hotel and bed and breakfast prices are per room, per night including breakfast, unless otherwise stated. Prices for self-catering establishments and holiday parks are per unit per week. Short breaks may be available; please call to enquire. Prices for caravan and camping parks are per pitch per night. All prices include VAT but prices may be subject to change. Some establishments accept Euros and this is indicated by the symbol €. Ratings You Can Trust VisitBritain and the AA assess hotels and guest accommodation (including B&Bs) to the same criteria and award one to five stars. The star ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience. For serviced accommodation (hotels and guest accommodation) there are two separate schemes. The following descriptions of what to expect apply to all types of accommodation. Use the ratings as a general guide.  = Simple, practical, no frills.  = Well presented and well run.  = Good level of quality and comfort.  = Excellent standard throughout.  = Exceptional with a degree of luxury.

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VisitBritain Gold and Silver Awards Places that “go the extra mile” to make your stay a special one will be awarded a high star rating, and hotels and guest accommodation may achieve a Gold or Silver award. AA Yellow Stars (for Guest Accommodation only) These are awarded for the highest quality within each star level for all aspects of guest accommodation. All the accommodation featured in this guide has been quality assessed by either VisitBritain or the AA, or has recently applied for a rating and is awaiting assessment. Please be aware that ratings may change throughout the year. Working with Visit England and Quality in Tourism, Test Valley Borough Council has created an entry level assessment scheme for B&Bs which meets regulatory standards and provides reassurance for customers. Approved Visitor Accommodation

Walking and Cycling Friendly These accommodation establishments are designated walking and cycling friendly. This means they provide services especially for walkers and cyclists such as packed lunches, a drying area for wet clothes, a safe place to store bikes and boots and local route information.

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Accommodation

Car park Wheelchair access/facilities Guided tours available Café Gift shop Licensed Children’s indoor play area Restaurant service Baby changing facilities Outdoor play area Accommodation Credit Cards accepted Bar meal Vegetarian dishes

No smoking establishment Swimming pool on site/nearby Credit cards accepted Ground floor bedrooms TV in room Central heating throughout Off street parking Licensed Children welcome (min age) Tea/coffee making facilities Lounge for residents Access for disabled Garden Games room Pets welcome Internet or WIFI Railway station within 5 miles

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Dishwasher Clothes washing facilities Linen and towels provided or for hire Microwave Cot available for hire Café or restaurant Electrical hook-up Chemical toilet disposal Washing and ironing facilities Shop or mobile shop Hot showers Car parking beside tent/ caravan/unit Children’s play area Euros accepted


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Packridge Self-Catering and B&B

silver award

Comfortable and relaxing Georgian house set in quiet picturesque village with 2 Inns, both serving excellent meals. Stonehenge and the historical cities of Salisbury and Winchester all near by. 3 minutes drive from Thruxton Circuit. Ideal stop over for the West Country.

Pretty garden, ample parking and wi-fi. A warm welcome is assured. Thruxton, Nr Andover, Hampshire SP11 8LZ Tel: 01264 771241

Email: info@maycottage-thruxton.co.uk www.maycottage-thruxton.co.uk Rooms: 1 Double, 2 Twin, 3 Ensuite Single supplement: £45-£65 Double/Twin pp: £75-£90

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Set in 10 acres of gardens and grounds ideally located just off the M27 giving easy access to Southampton, Romsey, Paulton’s Park and the New Forest. Accommodation comprises of one bedroom first floor apartment and ground floor studio apartment, both with king size beds,

plus 3 en-suite bed and breakfast rooms including family room accommodating up to five. Packridge Farm, Packridge Lane, Toothill, Romsey S051 9LL Tel: 02380 733073 Fax: 02380 733073

Email: thedairy@packridgeestate.com www.packridgeestate.com Open: All Year Rooms: 2 Units, Sleeps 4 max Low Season (min): £225.00 High Season (max): £550.00

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Ranvilles Barn

By The Way Annexe A rustic, self-catering annexe located in the heart of the Test Valley. Good access to Winchester, Salisbury and the New Forest.

Romsey Road, King’s Somborne, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6PR Tel: 01794 388469

Email: bythewayannexe@yahoo.co.uk Low Season (min): £225.00 High Season (max): £250.00 SC

1 Self Catering Annexe sleeping max 3 persons. Open AprilOctober.

Kingsbridge House B&B Southampton Road, Cadnam, Southampton, Hampshire SO40 2NH Tel: 023 8081 1161

linda@kingsbridgehouse.plus.com www.kingsbridge-house.co.uk B&B

New Forest Tourism Association Quality Assessed

Warm welcome awaits at this distinctive house, attractive gardens. Forest amenities, pubs, cycling/walking routes nearby. Ideal for touring surrounding areas. Rooms: 2 Double, 1 Family, 3 Ensuite.Single from: £43.-£48 Double from: £36

Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6AA Tel: 02380 814481

Email: info@ranvilles.com www.ranvilles.com Contact: Anthea Hughes

Weekly Rate: £280-£600 2 night minimum stay SC

Extra luxury in this up-market open plan barn conversion with every modern convenience. Fully equipped kitchen and super bathroom with huge walk-in shower, free-standing bath and twin basins. Relax in your own private garden with BBQ or watch the large TV with satellite dish. Open plan and has extra large king sized beds that can be twinned.

Ranvilles Farm House Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6AA Tel: 02380 814481

info@ranvilles.com www.ranvilles.com 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 Twin, 1 Family. All Ensuite. Self catering available. Single from: £35-50 Double from: £55-85 B&B

16th century listed grade II* house in 5 acres of peaceful gardens and fields. Large elegant rooms with extra large beds. One mile from the pretty market town of Romsey. Equidistant from Southampton, Salisbury & Winchester. Edge of New Forest. Contact: Anthea Hughes

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Wyke Down Touring Caravan and Camping Park

BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor Set in 12 acres of landscaped grounds the Edwardian Manor House is steeped in history. There are 26 bedrooms in the Manor House and a further 69 in the Garden Wing, 11 meeting rooms, restaurant, bar, gardens and terraces. The hotel also has a state of the art Health Club and Spa with ozone cleansed pool (child restrictions apply), sauna/ steam room, well equipped gym and [comfort zone] beauty suite. Free WiFi. Free car parking. Easy location.

Chilworth, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 7PT Tel: 023 8076 7333 Fax: 023 8070 1743 Email: reservations@chilworthmanor.co.uk No. of rooms: 95 Price prpn: see website for best available rate www.bw-chilworthmanor.co.uk

Picket Piece, Andover, Hampshire SP11 6LX Tel: 01264 352048

Email: info2014@wykedown.co.uk www.wykedown.co.uk

We have fully serviced, electric and non-serviced pitches on level, well drained grass or hard standing. Pub, golf range. Acres: 7 No. of pitches: 69 No. of static vans: 0

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Caravans (per pitch per night) from £17.00 Tents (per pitch per night): from £10.00 for 2 man ridge tents from £18.00 for 3 - 6 berth Motor Caravans (per pitch per night): from £19.00

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Cosy Cottage B&B Southampton Road, Cadnam, Hampshire, SO40 2NH Tel: 02380 814 952

Email: info@cosycottagehome.co.uk www.cosycottagehome.co.uk

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The Chalet Guest House 105 Botley Road, Whitenap, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 5RQ Tel: 01794 517299 Mobile: 07922 662933

Email: thechalet@hotmail.co.uk 2 Double, 1 Family, 3 Ensuite Single from: £40 Double from: £65 B&B

Riverside Cottage

Small family run B&B approx. 1 mile from Romsey centre and train station. Private parking, ensuite facilities, tea/coffee making, TV, central heating. Ideally situated for New Forest,Salisbury, Winchester and Southampton. A warm friendly welcome.

Willow Bank House Saunders Lane, Awbridge, Romsey SO51 0GP Tel: 01794 340843

Email: jennifer@wineberg.co.uk www.willow-bank-house.co.uk Rooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 3 ensuite. Double: £93.00 to £115.00 B&B

Newly built cottage-style B&B. Luxury ground floor accommodation with en-suite. Easy walking distance to restaurants/pubs. In New Forest/30 minutes to Bournemouth/10 minutes to Southampton. Special diets catered for. Babies/ dogs welcome.

Bransbury, Nr Barton Stacey, Winchester SO21 3QJ Tel: 07973 215407

Email: info@riversidecottage4let.co.uk www.riversidecottage4let.co.uk SC

Detached thatched house, large garden, situated on quiet lane on bank of River Dever. Winchester 15 mins, Andover 10 mins, London 1 hour. Open: All Year Sleeps: 8 + 2 Max 2/3 night weekend stay: £1000 Full week: £2200

Yew Cottage B&B Willow Bank House is a luxury licensed B&B offering a chance to escape and relax in beautiful surroundings. Unable to accommodate under 14s.

Yew Cottage, Longparish, Andover, Hampshire SP11 6QE Tel: 01264 720325

Contact: Rosie Lowry rosie@yewcottagelongparish.com

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Cosy 17th Century cottage accommodation with annexe in a beautiful village on the River Test. Good pubs and shop nearby. Rooms: 1 twin ensuite and 2 single shared bathroom. Single from: £40.00 Double from: £80.00

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The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie

Situated in the heart of Romsey, the 4 Star White Horse offers discreet yet professional service, wonderfully comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms and a very warm welcome to you all.

Church Mews

19 Market Place, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8ZJ Tel: 01794 512431 Fax: 01794 517485

Email: thewhitehorse@silkshotels.com www.silkshotels.com Rooms: 6 Single, 22 Double, 3 Twin, 31 Ensuite Single from: £95 Double from: £115

Church Mews is an Elizabethan galleried town house and one of Andover’s oldest dwellings. At the head of the medieval High Street it combines a wealth of historic features with warm and comfortable modern living.

2 Chantry Street, Andover, Hampshire SP10 1DE Tel: 01264 324323 Fax: 01264 332820

Email: guesthouse@churchmews.co.uk www.churchmews.co.uk Rooms: 1 Single, 1 Double/Twin, 1 Family, 2 Shared Bathrooms Single from: £40-£45 Double from: £55-£65

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THE POTTERS HERON HOTEL FOR ALL YOUR HOSPITALITY NEEDS!!!

WEDDING EVENT ROOMS TO 200 Licensed For Civil Ceremonies Wedding Open Days For Viewing

EVENT/MEETING ROOMS FROM 2-250 Receptions • Private Dinners • Christenings Product Launches • Business Meetings • • Funeral/Memorial Gatherings •

CHRISTMAS PARTIES AND EVENTS • Disco Dinners • Christmas Day Lunch • Boxing Day Buffet Lunch • • New Years Eve Gala Dinner • Festive Lunches And Dinners

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Seasonal, Regional Menus Innovative Affordable Wine list Alfresco Dining, Live Music

En Suite, Terrace Or Balconies, Free Wifi, Free Car Parking, Countryside Setting

All Fresco Lunch and dinners Regional Ales, International Lagers And Drinks Selection

For Special events and promotions see our website

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The Mill Arms Barley Hill, Dunbridge, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0LF Tel: 01794 340401 Fax: 01794 342281

Email: millarms@btconnect.com www.millarms.co.uk Rooms: 2 Double, 4 Twin, 1 Family.

Hill Farm Caravan Park Great beds, super food, wine and cask marque ales. Wonderful country walks. Easy access to lots of attractions by train or car. Single: from £75.00 Double: from £80.00 Super King: from £95.00

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In beautiful countryside near the New Forest, 4 miles from Romsey and close to Winchester, Salisbury, Southampton and the South Coast beaches.We provide modern toilet and shower blocks and an ideal base for touring the area.

Acres: 12, No. of pitches: 110, No. of static vans: 6 Branches Lane, Sherfield English, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6FH Tel: 01794 340402 Fax: 01794 342358 E: gjb@hillfarmpark.com www.hillfarmpark.com

Caravans (per pitch per night): Tents (per pitch per night): Motor Caravans (per pitch per night): Static Vans (low season to high season):

from £16.00 from £16.00 from £16.00 £280.00-£500.00

Finding Your Way around Test Valley Andover is situated on the A303 and is on the main London Waterloo to Exeter railway line. Trains run frequently. Romsey is a short distance from the M27 and M3 and is on the main Portsmouth to Cardiff railway line with connections via Southampton to London Waterloo, Bournemouth and Weymouth.

Don’t wing it

Why Not Take the Bus?

There are a number of routes operating around the borough. A free bus runs every Sunday through the summer and on bank holidays. It starts at Romsey Railway Station, making a number of stops on its way to Stockbridge including Romsey Abbey, Mottisfont and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Telephone 01794 369318. Cycling is a very green way to enjoy the lushness of Test Valley - and a great way to keep fit. On and off-road trails wind their way through the area so you can make it as challenging or as sedate as you wish.

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FREE Prize Draw Entry to Win a Short Break in Test Valley Complete the visitor questionnaire below to assist Test Valley Borough Council with future marketing and publications and be entered into a FREE prize draw to win a short break at BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor Hotel. To enter the draw simply complete the questionnaire below and return it to: Test Valley Visitor Guide 2014, Economic Development and Estates Department, Test Valley Borough Council, Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ. 1. Have you visited Test Valley in the past 12 months? Yes No 2. When you last came to the area, how long did you stay? This is my first visit Day trip only Overnight More than one night 3. What was the reason for your visit? Special occasion Family day out Business Visiting friends/relatives Holiday Short break Other ..................................................... 4. When you last visited, where did you stay? Hotel/inn/lodge My own home Self catering With friends/relatives Campsite B&B/guest house Please state the name of where you stayed ..................................................... 5. How did you find a place to stay? Visitor guide Internet search engine Test Valley website Establishment’s own website Personal recommendation

7. During your visit to Test Valley, which attractions did you visit? Weyhill Fairground Craft and Design Centre Whitchurch Silk Mill Danebury Ring Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Paultons Park Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens The Rapids Houghton Lodge and Gardens Romsey Abbey Museum of Army Flying Spitfire Shoot Hawk Conservancy Trust Thruxton Cholderton Charlie’s Farm Tree Runners Finkley Down Farm The Lights King John’s House Other ……….............. 8. Where did you pick up your visitor guide? ………………………………….............………………….. 9. Which elements have you most enjoyed reading about in the guide? ………………………………….............………………….. ………………………………….............………………….. 10. Are there any elements that you think we can improve? ………………………………….............………………….. ………………………………….............………………….. I am happy to receive information from BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor I am happy to receive information from Test Valley Borough Council Name.……………………………….............…………… Address ......................................................................... .......................................... Postcode ............................ Telephone ...................................................................... Email.............................................................................. Term and Conditions

The prize includes two nights’ accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast (excluding drinks) for two adults at BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, Southampton. The prize will be valid until December 2014 (inclusive) and is subject to availability (excluding Southampton Boat Show). The dates of your stay must be negotiated with the accommodation provider. Applicants must be 18 years or over. By entering the competition you agree that your name, region and publicity photos may be required. Closing date for entries is 30 September 2014. Only one entry per person. The winner will be the first name drawn at random from all entries. The draw will be attended by an independent observer. Additional beverages, meals, snacks and extra facilities are not included in the prize package. Prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. No purchase necessary. Employees of BEST WESTERN Chilworth Manor or Test Valley Borough Council are not eligible to enter. For further details please send a SAE to: Test Valley Visitor Guide 2014, Economic Development and Estates Department, Test Valley Borough Council, Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ.

6. During your visit to Test Valley, what did you do? Leisure cruising/sailing Dine out Visited local villages and towns Shopping Attended a local event Sightseeing www.visit-testvalley.org.uk Fishing Other ................ Walking

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EXPERIENCE OVER 100 YEARS OF

The Museum of Army Flying is home to a unique collection of aviation history of national and international importance. Explore over 35 incredible historic aircraft from World War I to the present day. Together with interactive displays, detailed dioramas, artefacts, trophies, models, and more, these remarkable machines tell the fascinating story of the how the British Army have taken to the air.

ARTEFACTS

GLIDERS

EXPERIMENTS

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MODELS

DIORAMAS

www.armyflying.com Middle Wallop SO20 8DY

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Test Valley Visitor Guide 2014  

The official visitor guide for the Test Valley covering attractions, local food and drink, accommodation and places to visit. Production by...

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