If you are looking for somewhere to stay in north Hampshire, there is a wide range of accommodation available. There are many hotels in Andover and the surrounding areas offering everything from b&b to budget hotel rooms to five-star accommodation, so there is plenty of choice. So, whether you prefer a cosy traditional inn or a modern purpose-built hotel, the area has plenty to offer. Value for money is another aspect that concerns most travellers, so the highest-quality accommodation you can find at an affordable price will always be an attractive option.
The perfect place for that leisure break
Many people come to this picturesque part of Hampshire for holidays, attracted by the lovely countryside and its historic connections. Highclere Castle, more famous as the Downton Abbey of the television series, is situated between Andover and Newbury and is well worth a visit. You should allow a whole day for this, because once you have marvelled at the interior of the house you will want to explore the beautiful gardens. Of the places to stay near Newbury that are conveniently situated for Highclere Castle, the George and Dragon in the village of Hurstbourne Tarrant is an excellent choice, being close (but not too close) to the M4 motorway.
A romantic county pub
With eight comfortable en-suite bedrooms, the recently restored George offers a unique place to stay, steeped in history and character. With locally produced food and ales on offer, dining here is an experience not to be missed.
Many travellers looking for quality hotels near Andover find this a convenient place in which to break a journey to the south coast. For instance, if you are travelling from the north to board a cruise ship, the chances are that you will leave from Southampton, the largest cruise port in the UK. If so, the village of Hurstbourne Tarrant is a good choice for an overnight stop, just leaving a short journey of less than an hour to the cruise terminal the following morning.
Then again, if you enjoy fishing, the Test Valley is internationally renowned for the quality of its fly-fishing. Brown trout and grayling are found in the Test and its’ tributaries. The clear chalk streams attract fly-fishers from around the world. Other visitors are drawn to the picturesque villages, tranquil water meadows and ancient woodlands for which the area is famous. There are many inns and hotels near Andover and Newbury, from budget hotel chains to charming historic coaching inns. The George and Dragon is an excellent example of the latter. Horse riders, walkers and cyclists all visit the Test Valley to enjoy the countryside. Best of all pets such as dogs are welcome throughout the premises.
A great place for dog walkers
Our local village of Hurstbourne Tarrant is situated on the route of the Test Way, a long-distance walking route of forty four miles. The route runs from Inkpen Hill to the outskirts of Southampton, passing through some of Hampshire’s most picturesque villages. Some sections of the route are also suitable for cyclists and horse riders. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for refreshments at one of the cosy pubs along the way or divert from the path to see the watercress beds or visit some of the historic churches you will find.
The accommodation in this area ranges from small bed and breakfast establishments to budget hotels that are part of large chains. Some people prefer the anonymity of staying in one of these, and it can be a convenient solution for certain occasions such as business trips or visiting friends when you will only need the room for sleeping. Knowing exactly what standard of accommodation to expect can also be an advantage, although many people would prefer a little more character in their holiday accommodation than is offered by these budget hotel chains.
There are also many quality independent hotels, of different sizes and price ranges, so there is something for everyone whatever your budget. At the George and Dragon we pride ourselves on the welcome we offer our guests. Children and dogs are welcome here, and our large family room is equipped with a sofa bed in addition to the super-size double.
Unlike some hotels and restaurants in the area, we locally source as much of our food as possible, reducing the food miles and ensuring our guests can eat delicious fresh produce throughout the year. Drinks, too, are sourced locally where possible, and our house ale is brewed close by in the village of Hurstbourne Tarrant by Betteridge’s brewery.
Visitors staying in hotels around Andover and Newbury will find plenty to keep them occupied, with manyf amenities and attractions nearby. Andover itself is a charming market town dating back as far as Saxon times. The streets are picturesque and interesting with most of the buildings dating from the eighteenth century. Around this time, Andover was a popular stopping place for coaches travelling between Southampton, London and Oxford. It is easy to spend a day in Andover finding out about the history of the town by following the Andover Time Ring, a town trail featuring important historical events that occurred in the town. There are ten mosaic panels situated along the high street, each detailing one of these events.
For anyone wanting to stay actually in the town, there are a few pubs and hotels situated conveniently close to the centre of Andover, but many guests prefer a quieter location in one of the attractive villages around the Test Valley, one of the reasons being that in some of the town centre hotels, traffic noise can present a problem.
Nearly all the hotels around Andover and the Test Valley offer Wi-Fi, which is an increasingly important aspect of life today. If a reliable Wi-Fi signal is important to you, it may be wise to check this is available. Here at the George and Dragon, in addition to luxury handmade Hypnos beds and flat-screen televisions, we have free Wi-Fi in all the bedrooms to enable guests to keep in touch with their friends and family or surf the web.
Wherever you decide to stay near Andover, you will be surprised at all the area has to offer. From outdoor adventure activities, visiting stately homes and gardens or exploring the region’s rich historical and literary heritage, there is something that everyone will enjoy in this part of the country.