Local Gems: Our Guide to the Hampshire Area

Our Hampshire Hotel offers plenty of on-site activities to keep you busy during your stay, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to exploring our estate. Hampshire is a vast county, and we want you to experience it like a local. To get you started, we asked our Four Seasons team for their top recommendations to make your visit one to truly remember.

Four tall beer glasses filled with beer on a table with cheese, crackers and appetizers

Our Equestrian Manager’s Favourite Pub

– Carra Baker, Equestrian Manager

“I love going to The Mill House in Odiham after a busy day at the yard. Not only are the food and drinks great, but the building is a Grade II–listed watermill (a historic designation) dating back to medieval times. You’ll really feel like you’ve travelled back in time. For a true taste of history, you can’t beat their celeriac suet pudding with new potatoes, greens and cranberry gravy. It’s the perfect traditional dish to dig into on a winter’s evening in Hampshire.”

Looking up at St. Paul cathedral ruins, facade against blue sky

Where Our Senior Events Manager Goes on Her Day Off

– Aimee Heming, Senior Events Manager

“You won’t find gift shops or audio tours at the ancient ruins of Waverley Abbey, but what remains is beautifully peaceful. As a history fan, I like to imagine what monastic life was like there all those years ago, but I also go to walk beside the river or just enjoy a moment of quiet. I recommend going first thing in the morning when it’s most likely to be just you and the ruins.”

Our Sommelier’s Top Hampshire Tour

– Sandro Mezzapelle, Sommelier

“Head over to Titchfield Vineyard to discover the process behind the wine we stock here at Wild Carrot restaurant. The sheltered estate, right by the Solent waters, is the perfect setting to taste the wines. To add to your experience, be sure to sample their local cheese platter. I’d recommend pairing it with a wine from their Rondo variety. Using a hybrid grape dating back to 1964, this ruby-red wine is the perfect accompaniment.”

A Shopping Find From Our Concierge Manager

– Andrei Pascut, Concierge Manager

“Odiham’s High Street is every treasure hunter’s dream come true. Just a short drive or leisurely walk from our estate, the shops stock some of the most fascinating vintage pieces and antiques, and are filled with artefacts from years gone by. Odiham’s history dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and is mentioned in the ‘Domesday Book’ of 1086 (the oldest surviving public record), so you never know what you might uncover in one of the town’s stores. From vintage watches and antique treasures to war souvenirs, it’s true living history at your fingertips.”

Where Our Fitness and Recreation Supervisor Goes to Escape

– Joshua Blackmer, Fitness and Recreation Supervisor

“Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body, so when I want to unwind, I go to the Farnham Sculpture Park. The park has a variety of sculptures (over 650) and a unique peacefulness that allows you to truly escape. As a secret fantasy nerd, my personal favourites are the dragon, tank, polar bears, huge tarantula and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The park is open year-round, but I love going in autumn to see the diverse sculptures among the colourful, changing landscape.”