Netley Abbey lies on the eastern banks of Southampton Water, before it meets the Solent and English Channel. Netley Abbey holiday rentals are a great option for visitors who want a picturesque base from which to explore the county of Hampshire. Southampton is just to the north and Portsmouth to the south, while the South Downs and Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are both a short drive away. Netley Abbey – also known as Netley – takes its name from the ruined monastery which stands on the outskirts of the village. It is renowned as the most complete abbey built by the Cistercian monks, with almost all its walls and 13th century church intact. Nestled in ancient woods and covered in ivy, the ruins are a must-see on self-catering holidays in Netley Abbey.
The village of Netley Abbey occupies a dramatic position on the banks of Southampton Water, backed by the Royal Victoria Country Park, a 200-acre expanse of woods, parkland and shingle beach. The park is also home the striking chapel of Royal Victoria Hospital, a military cemetery and a miniature narrow-gauge railway.
Wander into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Netley and you will discover a traditional community with family-run businesses and rows of colourfully painted terraced homes. Stop at the shingle beach to look across the water to Hythe and Fawley, before exploring the independent shops between Victoria Road and the train station. The Prince Consort is a charming pub on the river bank, serving a range of local ales and a roast or salmon on Sundays. Head to Pickwell Farm Shop on Grange Road for fresh produce from the Hampshire countryside. Netley Abbey hosts exciting events throughout the year, including Netley Music Festival in the grounds of Victoria House and Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show – both in July.