Offering an extensive variety of deluxe four star hotels, Hampshire is home to the beautiful New Forest National Park, the bustling historic ports of Portsmouth and Southampton, and part of the scenic South Downs National Park. It is also well connected to the rest of the country via the M3 and M27, and many cities and towns in the county provide regular direct trains to central London.
See the charming medieval Bargate, one the gateway to Southampton, then head to the Solent Sky museum and find out about this city's pioneering role in aviation development. You can also visit the beautifully preserved Medieval Merchant's House, one of Hampshire's finest 14th century houses, then visit the Southampton City Art Gallery and admire its great Renaissance relics and modern masterpieces.
One of Southampton's most popular four star hotels is the Botleigh Grange Hotel, which as an exquisite spa and immaculate rooms with free WiFi.
Head to the observation deck of Portsmouth's iconic 170-metre-high sail-shaped Emirate Spinnaker Tower, from where you can enjoy a mesmerising view of the enormous harbour. This city is also home to the well-preserved HMS Warrior, a large Victorian ship museum, and the D-Day Museum, where you can learn about Portsmouth's important role in the Normandy landings in the latter stages of the Second World War.
The New Forest National Park
A wonderful combination of unspoilt woodlands, broad grassy meadows, and quaint country villages, the New Forest is one of Britain's most visited national parks, inheriting this prestigious status in 2005. See the delightful Exbury Gardens of the Rothschild family, visit the beautiful village of Beaulieu and its National Motor Museum and enchanting Palace House, and spot the forest's numerous ponies, deer and donkeys.
For a romantic getaway, few places are as idyllic as four star The Crown Manor House Hotel, a historic venue with meticulously decorated rooms and outstanding wedding services. It's in the pretty village of Lyndhurst, which is the home of the magnificent Queen's House and has been nicknamed the 'Capital of the New Forest'.
See the charming Winchester City Mill, then observe the city's striking cathedral, one of the finest medieval landmarks in England. Winchester is also home to the Gurkha Museum, a grand Romantic-style medieval castle, and the Royal Green Jackets Museum exhibition of historic military artefacts.
For sophisticated four star accommodation nearby, you could stay at The Winchester Hotel & Spa, which offers stylish, spacious rooms with refrigerators and free WiFi. Also very close to Winchester is the family-themed Marwell Zoo, where you can see hundreds of animals originating from all over the world.
The South Downs National Park
Revered for its dramatic chalk cliffs and gentle rolling hills, the South Downs, which became a national park in 2011, links Hampshire, East Sussex and West Sussex, and is ideal for long summer hikes and mountain biking. You can also explore the quintessential market tons of Alton and Petersfield, then head to the top of St Catherine's Hill for a stunning view of the South Downs and the nearby city of Winchester.