Located in the heart of the renowned Test Valley in the south of England, Stockbridge has a unique ambience for those who appreciate the pleasures of rural life, and there is now the opportunity to stay in the village at newly built Firs Lodge.
Purpose designed as a holiday let for individuals or parties seeking a high quality stay in the Stockbridge area, the house features flexible accommodation, having two bedrooms on the ground floor and a large open plan living space on the upper floor, with the balcony offering spectacular views over the beautiful landscape to the west.
Whether your passion is country walking, fishing, shooting, cycling, fine cuisine or simply relaxing with a good book to read, Firs Lodge offers the ideal surroundings to unwind from the pressures of modern life. Naturally however, should you wish to stay in touch, tv, wifi and data port links are provided around the house for your convenience.
Built to a very high standard, using locally made Michelmersh bricks to support a green oak timber frame construction, and finished with underfloor heating powered by an air source heat pump, the accommodation offers excellent levels of comfort, and all within strolling distance of the renowned Stockbridge High Street.
Our High Street has been known since Victorian times for its excellent hospitality, and winning the Google â€œbest foodie streetâ€? award in 2010 was confirmation that its reputation is current and well deserved, with an exceptional range of pubs, restaurants and shops, all within a very short distance of Firs Lodge. Whether your preference is for eating out or self-catering, everything you need is here, so there is very little forward planning required for a stay at the Lodge.
We look forward to making you welcome over your stay, please look around our website for further information on the accommodation and facilities provided both at Firs Lodge and in the surrounding area; if you have any questions, please contact us and we will of course be pleased to advise.
Added daily rates to show better on the website. AH 01/01/13Added weekend rate to elevate cover for housekeeping costs, and state minimum stay 2 nights. AH 13/01/13
Places of Interest
Danebury Hill Fort
Well worth a visit, it is a stiff walk to the very top of the ramparts but the views are spectacular from there, and it is a good way to get some fresh air.
The Museum of Army Flying
One of our favourites, there is always something new to see, and plenty to keep children occupied, also has a restaurant if you need a snack.
Houghton Lodge Gardens
Spectacular country house and gardens, well worth a visit but do check opening times.
Wonderful National Trust owned property with great history and architecture, rose gardens and riverside lawns, great for a leisurely wander around.
Longstock Park Water Gardens
Part of the Leckford Estate owned by the John Lewis Partnership, a wonderful water garden worth a visit at any time of year.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust
A woodland setting with some fantastic birds on display and in action, just off the A303 between Andover & Thruxton
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
On the Braishfield road north of Romsey, this world famous arboretum and garden is open all year round, and is home to many wonderful species of plant.
High Ropes activities for all ages in Harewood Forest, if you fancy swinging through the trees like Tarzan……..
Winchester City Centre
Ancient capital of Wessex, the centre of Winchester has many fascinating historic features, and a visit to the Cathedral is highly recommended.
Salisbury City Centre
Salisbury is another ancient regional centre with a wonderful heritage including of course the impressive Cathedral, Old Sarum, and a little further afield, Stonehenge.
Romsey Town Centre
Romsey is a classic english market town, and retains much of its character to this day. The imposing Norman Abbey and 13th Century St Johns House are highlights, and the Broadlands Estate, home of the late Lord Louis Mountbatten lies to the south of the town, with the River Test running along the front of this magnificent stately home.
Andover Town Centre
Despite major development in the outskirts of Andover, the centre of the town still has its historic market town which is worth a visit, and there are also cinema’s and children’s play centres should you need a diversion on a rainy day.
Walks and Views
Situated as we are in the centre of the Test Valley, it is not far down the valley to the crossing point of the Clarendon Way as it traverses Hampshire to join Winchester and Salisbury. The Test Way cross the Clarendon Way at Houghton, and it is a quite idyllic spot with complete peace in the middle of the river valley as you cross over various bridges, looking down at the clear chalk stream water below.
The Test Way
From Firs Lodge here in Stockbridge you can walk straight to the Test Way and turn either north or south and go as far as you wish to. Alternatively you can drive to one of the many intermediate car parks along the Way, and start at a point further away, for a different part of the route.
Stockbridge Common Marsh
It is very easy to take The Marsh for granted as it is so close to Stockbridge and Firs Lodge, however, whether you stroll down the Test Way, cut between Lillie’s and Garden Inn or park at the Lions Den, the Marsh is a wonderful place to take a walk at any time of day. Whether you stay up at the Stockbridge end with the river and footbridges, or venture down to the southern end with the beautiful Lutyens designed Marsh Court overlooking the valley, the Marsh is always a relaxing place to walk.
Although you either have to walk up the main Winchester Road or drive up and park in the carpark, a trip up to the Down is recommended as the views from the top are spectacular, looking across to Danebury Ring and Salisbury Plain to the west, the Isle of Wight to the south, and over towards the South Downs to the east.
The atmospheric centrepiece of mystical Salisbury Plain. It is a though provoking place to visit at any time of year, rising so unexpectedly out of the rolling grassland of the Plain. A short car journey down the A303, there are many other remarkable Neolithic and Iron Age site within a short distance of Stockbridge.
Located in the heart of the renowned Test Valley in the south of England, Stockbridge has a unique ambience for those who appreciate the pleasures of rural life, and for 2012, there is now the opportunity to stay in newly built Firs Lodge.
Firs Lodge sleeps up to six guests, with two bedrooms on the ground floor; open plan first floor & sofa bed.