Sightseeing and Events around Basingstoke
Hampshire is famous as the home of Jane Austen, the famous novelist. She was born in a quaint little village of Steventon which is only 3 miles from us. The Jane Austen museum is in another little village named Chawton 13 miles away. We have guests stay from all over the world who want to immerse themselves in the history of Jane Austen.
There is lots to do nearby in and around Basingstoke such as The Popham air show, Balloons over Basingstoke, The kite Festival, The local Village fetes in Dummer and North Waltham We also have the Wayfarers walk, Cycle routes, Milestone Museum and the Farnborough Airshow. Southampton airport is also just 20 minutes from us.
Four pub/ restaurants within walking or a short drive that I can recommend.
- The Sun Inn. This is a gastro pub which has won awards for its food and is approx. 400m walk from us.
- The Queen in Dummer an oldie worlde Pub selling great traditional fayre.
- The Wheatsheaf Noth Waltham about 500m from but driving would be advised as the Winchester road is unprotected for pedestrians.
- The Fox Inn, another Oldie worlde Pub. Great views from the garden overlooking the fields of Nth Waltham.
Golf and More
Dummer Golf club. A really good 18 hole pay and play , with a driving range and club house.
Cycling is great starting from Tower Hill House. Straight takes a small steep hill into Nth Waltham. Left takes you up past Dummer down farm through Axford and surrounding villages. Right takes you up through Dummer to Farleigh Wallop and surrounding villages.
Basingstoke Town centre has Festival Place for a great shopping experience, which has all the typical restaurants, coffee shops, and a multiplex cinema.
We have to theatres which have superb shows all year round. The Haymarket and The Anvil.
Bowling or Bingo?
About 5 minute drive from the centre there is a Leisure park that boasts a bowling alley, Aquadrome, Gala Bingo, Cinema and Ice rink which is home to the famous Basingstoke Bisons Ice Hockey Team,
A Great Visit
A great visit that I recommend is to the Bombay Sapphire distillery in Whitchurch.
It is housed in an Old Mill with a history spanning from the Doomsday book to the british Raj. The experience is fantastic and finishes with a Gin cocktail. My personal favourite is the Laverstoke. A long refreshing drink and as Gin is on trend so why not?
We are not finished there. To finish the trip off, why not visit the Redfort Tandoori in neighbouring Overton, a superb Indian restaurant.
Once a year, in the August 23-25, Carfest is held at Jody Scheckter’s, the famous former formula 1 racing driver’s farm. This has been organised by Chris Evans, the DJ in aid of children in need. It is a fantastic weekend for all the family and includes, famous bands, Food and drink tents and shows of different kinds and not forgetting that every car imaginable wil be there on display or racing round the circuit.
A bit futher a field, there is the most famous set of stone in the world, Stone Henge.
This about 33 minutes away from us on the nearby 303. The 303 by the way will take you to Cornwall or the west. That makes Tower Hill House Ideal for overseas travellers as we are at a halfway point for a stopover
The famous Dockyard of Portsmouth is 40 minute away. Within that vasinity there are outlet shops for cheap cloths etc. and an abundance of restaurants.
For spectacular scenery I would recommend the New forest, with its wild ponys and cattle. About 50 min
A day at the beach my recommend Bournemouth. It has a beautiful soft sandy beach and great Fish and Chips.
All are welcome!
We also welcome motorcyclists, groups and ramblers to the the guest house, so please feel free to contact us with your requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.