Winchester is the cathedral city of Hampshire and is a fantastic city break destination being barely an hour from London, it has cottage holiday rentals in the heart of its medieval city centre streets. Winchester is on the western end of the South Downs National Park, 100 miles from Beachy Head in East Sussex. Winchester dates back over 1000 years when, under King Alfred in Saxon times, it was the capital of England.
Heading east towards Petersfield on the Hampshire border with Sussex, the South Downs National Park covers a wide area of East Hampshire. Lovely holiday villages with beautiful cottage holiday rental accommodation such as at West Meon, New Alresford, East Meon and Cheriton nestle beside hills and in valleys amongst the chalk downs.
Cottage holiday rentals in Petersfield are perfect for walking and cycling in the South Downs. Petersfield holiday cottages are close to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Butser Hill, the highest point on the South Downs. The country park is a large recreational area so is ideal for those holidaymakers wanting dog friendly accommodation.
The South Downs are particularly majestic in the area of Harting Down and Uppark which are always popular with visitors. The nearby Sussex village of South Harting offers cosy downland cottage holiday rentals and local pubs providing a true rural escape.