Barton-on-Sea is a village on England’s south coast, 13 miles east of Bournemouth. With the North Solent National Nature Reserve and New Forest National Park on their doorstep, Barton-on-Sea holiday cottages are popular among visitors who want to make the most of the beautiful county of Hampshire. From your holiday cottage in Barton-on-Sea, the beach will be a stroll away. This dramatic stretch of sand, shingle and rock is backed by towering clay cliffs, offering breathtaking views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight. Whether you want to sunbathe, hunt for fossils or take an invigorating dip in the sea, it is undoubtedly one of the Hampshire coast’s most idyllic spots.

In the town centre, a short walk from the beach, there is a variety of family-run shops, cafes and restaurants. For a bite to eat, try the Beachcomber Café, on Marine Drive, where you can enjoy great food prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The café has amazing sea-views and log-burning fires in the winter months. Nearby, Pebble Beach is a stylish restaurant with a reputation for delicious seafood and a lovely terrace. If you fancy an evening out, see what is on at the Forest Arts Centre, an excellent venue with a packed programme of theatre, film, music, exhibitions and workshops.

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Self-catering holidays in Barton-on-Sea are perfect if you are planning on exploring Hampshire. Many of the county’s most spectacular walking routes are a stone’s throw from the village, including the Solent Way, a 60-mile coast path which runs from Milford-on-Sea to Emsworth Harbour, passing deserted beaches, lively seafronts and yachting harbours along the way. A scenic ten-minute drive east, Hurst Castle is a magnificent fortress at the end of a shingle spit, with 38-ton guns, a lighthouse exhibition and a café. Bournemouth, Christchurch, Portsmouth and Southampton are all close enough for day trips. Just to the north of Barton-on-Sea, the New Forest National Park is an enchanting expanse of woodland trails and heathland, known for its wild ponies.