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Hampshire is a fascinating and unique county to visit, packed with surprises. From the beautiful panoramas offered by the New Forest National Park and the beautiful beaches that pepper the coast, to the historic attractions and family-friendly things to see and do, there's something for everyone. Breaks in Hampshire are never run-of-the-mill and neither should your accommodation be. Independent hotels in Hampshire offer a great alternative to the more generic hotels you can find in most towns. Full of character and charm, they range from quirky guest houses to timber-beamed inns and elegant hotels.
Independent hotels are for those who want something a little out of the ordinary. As they tend to be a little smaller that their chain-lead counterparts, owners invest greater attention to detail in everything from the accommodation itself to the levels of quality and service. If anything, owners of independent hotels tend to work harder than most to ensure that their establishments stand out from the crowd. The Kingsley at Eversley is an excellent example. Now a luxurious guest house, it was originally built for the daughter of the Victorian academic George Kinsley, and has managed to retain much of its original elegance.
For sheer indulgence, it's hard to beat the spectacular appeal of Grayshott Spa. This is ideal for special occasions and the 47 acres that surround this opulent spa have their own golf course. However, if you'd prefer something with that home-from-home ambience, the Seacrest Hotel in Portsmouth offers a superb standard of accommodation, combined with the feeling that you are being looked after as an individual rather than as a mere room-number.
Dining is an important part of any downtime and, without any head-office-proscribed menus to adhere to, you'll find that independent hotels are much more accommodating when it comes to personal taste and dietary requirements. The restaurant at the Oakley Hall hotel in Basingstoke offers superlative British cuisine in beautiful surroundings, and has even achieved two rosettes from the AA.
Hampshire is a superb county to visit, at any time of year. If you're looking for accommodation that offers more than just a room and service, then check out the collection of independent hotels in the area.