Visit Basingstoke and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Basingstoke, Hampshire. The Parish Church of St Michael in Basingstoke is mostly Perpendicular but much restored. Inside can be seen the Royal Arms of Elizabeth, James I and William III, and some early l6th-century glass in the south aisle and the south chapel. This originally came from the old Chapel of the Holy Ghost, which lies in a cemetery near the station. Founded in 1525 by Bishop Fox and Lord Sandys, who also built The Vyne near Sherborne St John, parts still survive.
The Willis Museum in New Street contains geological and archaeological finds and much else concerning the history of Hampshire.
Round about there is much to see. Herriard Park Gardens lie only 4 miles south on the A339, with 5 acres of beautiful gardens, including a walled rose garden, open to the public.
Wincklebury camp, 1 ½ miles north west of Basingstoke, is an ancient earthwork covering nearly 20 acres. Signs of both rampart and ditch can still be seen.
Some of the surrounding villages are charming. Dummer, 5 miles south west, has pretty cottages, some thatched, and an interesting church. The nave is Perpendicular and chancel Early English, and it has an interesting 15th-century rood canopy and a very early pulpit. In the 19th century, cremation urns dating from prehistoric times were found in this area. Dummer lies near Farleigh Hill, which gives fine views over four counties. And only 1 mile away is Deane, an attractive old village.
Preston Candover, 8 miles south of Basingstoke, also has charm, and the area must have been inhabited since earliest times, for ancient barrows lie hereabouts, Roman and Bronze Age remains have been discovered, and the Droveway - probably an ancient track for driving sheep - is nearby.
Upton Grey, about 4 miles south east from Basingstoke, is also an attractive village, with a pond, willow trees and some l7th-century cottages. Finally there is Steventon, a pleasantly secluded village about 5 miles south west It is famous as the birthplace of Jane Austen. The church where her father preached dates mostly from the 13th century, and in it can be seen monuments to the Austen family.
Nearby cities: Winchester
Nearby towns: Andover, Aldershot, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Newbury, , Whitchurch
Nearby villages: Hook, Hartley Wintney, Kingsclere, Oakley, Overton, Tadley
Have you decided to visit Basingstoke or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Basingstoke bed and breakfast (a Basingstoke B&B or Basingstoke b and b)
- a Basingstoke guesthouse
- a Basingstoke hotel (or motel)
- a Basingstoke self-catering establishment, or
- other Basingstoke accommodation