Hampshire has got it all, not least its stunning coastline, quick access to London and two national parks. It’s the perfect place for a few lungfuls of fresh country air, watching the yachties in Lymington and fat-bottomed ponies. The Hampshire stretch of the South Downs National Park takes in rolling hills and market towns such as Stockbridge on the River Test and Alresford, famous for its watercress fields; while the New Forest is an enchanting place where little has changed since it was a royal hunting ground. And the Isle of Wight, with its many gentle charms, is just a short ferry ride away.
Hampshire is a county of fine dining and foraging and knows how to make the most of the seasons. And if you love gin, be sure to visit the home of Bombay Sapphire at Laverstoke. More inspiration for visiting this lovely county in the Gourmet Traveller feature in the new May issue of Food and Travel.