Barton Stacey is a village in the county of Hampshire. Set amid unspoiled countryside, it is a traditional rural community with a population of less than 1,000. Self-catering holidays in Barton Stacey are a stone's throw from a lovely pub, The Swan Inn. More than 300-years-old, it offers good food and an impressive selection of local ales. After a walk in the surrounding countryside, visitors can enjoy a hearty pub lunch, such as the Stacey Stacker, the pub's house burger, or the homemade pie of the day. Less than three miles north of Barton Stacey, nestled in the Test Valley, The Cricketers Inn is another popular choice, with a beer garden for summer days and two open fires for the colder months. The pub serves local beers and ales, and a menu of British classics such as lamb shoulder, steak and kidney pudding and smoked haddock fishcakes.
Your holiday cottage in Barton Stacey will be perfectly located to enjoy walks through the Hampshire countryside, and along the banks of the River Test. Mottisfont, a romantic 18th-century house owned by the National Trust, sits on the banks of the river, 13 miles from Barton Stacey. It was home to American social worker and writer Maud Russell in the 1930s, and houses a gallery filled with contemporary art.
For families, the Hawk Conservancy Trust is home to owls, vultures, kites and ibis. The historic market town of Andover is less than a 15-minute drive from holiday cottages in Barton Stacey. With narrow streets and beautiful Saxon architecture, it is an excellent place to delve into the region's history. The Andover Museum, the Museum of the Iron Age and the Museum of Army Flying are all in or just outside the town.
Enjoy a leisurely day out in the county town of Winchester, home to the imposing Winchester Cathedral, lies on the edge of the South Downs National Park.