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12 self-catering stays in Hants and the Isle of Wight

Who needs to go abroad with stays like this on our doorstep? If you're looking for a stylish self-catering escape close to home for when lockdown lifts, read on.

HAMPSHIRE

Roscoe, Romsey (sleeps 8)

Can we self-isolate here, please? This ultra-modern 4-bedroom pad is squirrelled away in rural Romsey, near the New Forest, and comes with all the mod cons including a heated indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, a steam room and gym.

Birch Yurt, Adhurst (sleeps 2)

If you’d rather jump off The Needles than face another Zoom meeting, then going off the grid once lockdown ends could be just the reset button you need. Adhurst Yurts in South Downs National Park offers five yurts and a cabin, all electricity-free and hidden in over 100 acres of ancient woodland. (Don’t worry, you’ll still get a gas hob and hot showers.)

Luttrell’s Tower, nr Southampton (sleeps 4)

You might have spotted this Grade-II listed landmark near Southampton before, but did you know you could stay in it? Originally built for MP and alleged smuggler Temple Luttrell back in 1780, the tower offers amazing sea views, plus a secret smuggler’s tunnel running down to the beach.

West Cottage, nr Winchester (sleeps 3)

This eco-chic cottage is the ideal base for a little Winchester sight-seeing, and there’s fishing and golf right on the doorstep, as well as bike racks if you want to take advantage of the nearby routes. Staying with a larger family? East Cottage next door sleeps 7.

The Cinders, Lyndhurst (sleeps 6)

What better way to explore the New Forest than from this beautifully traditional bolthole? If you can tear yourself away from the squishy sofas and log-burning fire, you can explore the 140 miles of forest trails to your heart’s content (say hi to the wild ponies on your way out).

Temptation II, Southampton (sleeps 4)

And now for something completely different! For a quirky seaside stay, you can’t beat a luxury 60ft yacht moored on the River Itchen – especially when it comes with its own jacuzzi on the top deck. Meet you up there.

ISLE OF WIGHT

The Crow’s Nest, Ventnor (sleeps 2)

Who needs Santorini with views like this? Perched high on the hillside overlooking Ventnor Beach, The Crow’s Nest is an ideal romantic getaway packed to the brim with luxe finishes and within walking distance of pubs and eateries. That’s if you manage to leave the private sun deck, obv.

Hobbits Landing, Sandown (sleeps 2)

A lakeside log cabin retreat that’s adults only? Music to our ears. Hobbits Landing is just a few miles from the sea front at Sandown, but if you’d prefer to relax by the lake and dine alfresco, that’s just peachy. If you fancy a couples’ holiday, there’s a matching cabin next door.

Culver Down Manor, nr Shanklin (sleeps 14)

You’d be forgiven for thinking this Art Deco beauty had fallen straight out of the pages of an Agatha Christie novel. A whopper of a period property, Culver Down overlooks Sandown Bay from its clifftop perch – it’s around 70 steps down to the beach (perfect for working off your dinner).

Sea Shells by the Beach Cottage, Bonchurch (sleeps 6)

Try saying that five times fast. Sea Shells is a proper beach retreat, with wonderfully bright and airy interiors and its own private walled garden with sea views and deck chairs to enjoy them from. Dogs are welcome for an extra £20, so bring Fido along too.

Rose Cottage, Newport (sleeps 4)

A quintessentially British cottage, this National Trust property is the perfect base to explore some of the Isle of Wight’s most famous sights, as well as the island’s capital. The village church and Mottistone Manor are practically within spitting distance, too.

The Old Radar Station, Ventnor (sleeps 8)

If chintzy cottages aren’t your bag, you’ll love this minimal, architectural property. Once a receiver station during World War II, the house is starkly stylish and features plenty of open-plan space as well as incredible views.

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