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Explore the local area

Hampshire has an enviable blend of countryside, coast and city, being blessed with the natural beauty of two National Parks, approximately 230 miles of stunning coastline and 3 bustling and cosmopolitan cities.

It is also home to some wonderful seaside towns, a cute bundle of picturesque villages and some of Britain’s most enchanting castles and great houses, plus vast areas of unspoilt countryside. Inland to the west lies the New Forest National Park, home to approximately 3,000 wild roaming New Forest ponies and to the east lies the glorious chalk-based South Downs famed for its breath taking scenic walks.

Hampshire’s coast runs from Highcliffe on the Dorset border, past Southampton and Portsmouth, (plus everything in between), right up to Chichester Harbour in West Sussex, about approximately 230 miles in total. This coastline is accessed via The Solent, the stretch of water between the mainland coast and the Isle of Wight, which is one of the busiest coastal zones in England, with Portsmouth having more shipping movements than any other port in the UK.


Southampton lies on the edge of the New Forest and is a bustling container port. It is blessed with a deep natural harbour making it suitable for the largest of ships and tankers, including some of the world’s biggest and luxurious cruise liners. It was from Southampton docks that the Titanic set out on its ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912 and to learn more visit the SeaCity Museum or visit the Solent Sky Museum, the birth place of The Spitfire that played such a role in helping win the battle of the skys in the 2nd world war. Alternately Westquay has a fantastic shopping mail with over 130 shops and eateries, Cinema de Lux and Hollywood Bowl’s bowling lanes.


Amongst other things Portsmouth is home to it’s Historic Dockyard, where The Mary Rose, Nelson’s HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior helps to make the area special. The waterfront is also blessed with the wonderful Gunwharf Quays, a vibrant complex set around the quayside on the mouth of the harbour which is also the waterside home of the iconic Spinnaker Tower which is the 2nd tallest publicly accessible building in the UK. The tower soars 560 feet above the ground and offers unrivalled views over Gosport, Portsmouth, further inland and out over The Solent towards The Isle of Wight and as far as the eye can see.


Winchester, positioned on the edge of The South Downs National Park was the former 9th century capital of legionary King Alfred’s England, proudly boasting it’s splendid Medieval Cathedral and is often described as ‘England as it ought to be’. Nearby are the ruins of Wolvesey Castle and the still working 18th century Winchester City Corn Mill, plus there is The Great Hall in Winchester Castle which for over 700 years has housed the mysterious round table linked to  King Arthur and his famous knights.

Winchester College is the oldest continuously running school in the country and has been used as a location to film a number of blockbusters such as Harry Potter and Les Misérables. Today the city is home to the country’s largest farmer’s market with bustling shopping streets, lively street theatre and a thriving contemporary arts scene attracting over four million people visitors to the ancient city every year.

Take a look at our family friendly properties

We have a large selection of properties that are suitable for family getaways, whether your group is 2 or 20. The Dairy House (for example) boasts a large games room, perfect to keep the kids entertained!

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Reviews from families

A beautiful property with everything you need for a large group with small children!

We found Stoke Villas to be a lovely property that was well presented and maintained which provided us with a comfortable stay for 10 adults and 7 children all under 5. We didn't come specifically for the local area but the location has good access to some interesting surrounding places.

By: Charlotte

Group Holiday at Cambrian House

A lovely holiday home, we were a group of 3 mums with 5 children aged between 11 and 16. The bedrooms were all a really good size with lovely bedding and quality towels provided. The mini pool table in the conservatory was well used by the children. We also hired in a hot tub which was all set up and ready for our arrival. The location was excellent with a wide range of things to do locally.

By: Ruth P

We have just back from a great long weekend at Bury Villa

We were a group of 10 adults, 3 toddlers, 2 babies and 2 dogs and there was plenty of space in the house for everyone to be together or apart. The kitchen was well equipped with everything you might need to cater for large groups. The garden is under sold on the listing. A huge space for eating, rest and play

By: Phillip

Perfect property for a family holiday

We had a fantastic family holiday at The Dairy House. This property was perfect for our party of 5 week old to 86 year old. There was plenty of space for everyone and it is very well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed the games room, the garden, the BBQ and strolls along the sea front. We will be recommending it to anyone considering a similar gathering. Thank you for the perfect holiday!

By: Stephanie B

The Gallery

Four generations of the Adams family enjoyed their stay at The Gallery. Well equipped and well maintained. Beautiful weather enabled us to enjoy the surrounding area.

By: David

Couldn't wish for better

The Granary is a lovely apartment, very close to all amenities and very suitable for our young 2 year old to watch the boats and explore from. Lovely parks within walking distance or a short car ride.

By: Brigem

Perfect for 3 young families

We had a great stay at Grove Lodge, it was perfect for a large group with lots of small kids. We had a great time at the house and loved how accessible it was for Paultons, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

By: Emma

Twenty Three B

My wife, son and I had a pleasant stay at Twenty Three B. It had all that we required for a comfortable stay. It was a fantastic apartment for us and it was perfectly situated. We would certainly stay again.

By: Gareth and Rebecca

A perfect house for a family holiday, catering for all ages from 3 months to 74!

We very much enjoyed our week at Stoke Villas. We found the house very comfortable and well equipped. The house and garden were safe for the children and the older ones loved being able to go to Waitrose without an adult, to buy croissants! Everyone loved the games room and made full use of it. The hot tub rental added to our fun and we would all recommend this as an extra.

By: Prue and Family

Dairy House, Gosport

Extremely well-equipped, versatile & comfortable large house in a good location. Plenty of room & spacious enough to keep our group (ages 3 to 91) entertained even in winter. On a quiet street but just a few steps to waterfront & pubs. Easy access to Portsmouth on the ferry & numerous attractions within a short drive. Kitchen incredibly well-equipped with plenty of fridge/freezer space. Would definitely recommend.

By: Andrew L

Century House is a pleasant, clean and bright property

The house worked brilliantly for our family of 6.

By: Jon

We really enjoyed our 4 nights at Bury Villa

Very comfortable for our group of 10 adults and 5 children. Lovely clean well equipped spacious house and large sunny garden. Plenty of room to relax and enjoy time together. We enjoyed visiting Stokes Bay and walking along the Gosport waterfront Kids also enjoyed the playground in Walpole Park

By: Christine

Weekend exceeded expectations

We have just spent a wonderful weekend at The Dairy House which was enjoyed by all (ages 5-77). The house has a great layout, was very clean and the kitchen well equipped. The games room was a winner! There was lots to do in Portsmouth with interesting guided tours of the Historic Dockyard. Every member of the family agreed that a return visit is a must do!

By: The Kenney Clan

Our stay in The Cabin was a 5/5

It absolutely exceeded our expectations. A lovely accommodation and it was perfect for our family.

By: Sam

We had a fantastic stay at Stoke Villas

It was perfect for our family size and accommodated for all of us. From the youngest toddler to eldest grandad - we had lots of fun with the games table and in the garden luckily as the weather was good. The location was excellent for us getting around and we had a super trip over to Portsmouth and back by foot and ferry. The house was very clean and fresh. We look forward to booking with you again.

By: Gary

Wonderful stay at The Gallery

Spent Friday to Monday for a massive 80th Birthday Family Party for my Dad. The grandkids and their kids enjoyed the games room which was easy to convert from dining to pool and table tennis room and it was spacious yet still very clean and comfy

By: Karren W

We had a wonderful long weekend with our family at Grove Lodge to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary

Grove Lodge provided everything we wanted with regards to the facilities, cleanliness and local amenities. It was well equipped, the beds were comfortable and the bathroom facilities were excellent. The Pool table was an added bonus to keep all of us amused. The garden was well kept and a lovely place to have outside meals. Thank you very much for all the help and guidance you gave us throughout the booking process. You efficiently and clearly sorted out any issues that we had relating to the initial booking with a Third Party Company.

By: Dave and Eirwen

Fabulous Fortieth at Stoke Villas

Home from Home !! An amazing house to spend my birthday celebrations with three generations all having fun together. A weekend to remember! The boys - old & young loved the pool and table tennis table.

By: Chris and Gerry

An excellent property

We rented The Dairy House for our Golden Wedding weekend celebration with friends and family. It was spacious, comfortable and well maintained. The games room meant that the younger members of the family were well entertained whilst the more ‘sedate’ friends and family could enjoy conversations without interruption! A most enjoyable weekend.

By: Eva W

Cambrian House and Century House

We stayed at both Cambrian House and Century House (situated next door to one another) through Complete Holiday Homes in Gosport. Both homes are beautifully laid out, fully equipped and have a fabulous amount of glasses, crockery and cutlery, as well as large cooking pots and dishes suitable for a big party. I've stayed at many big houses for weekends away and this was the best equipped I've ever seen! The gate in the garden was ideal, meaning people could go between both properties without going onto the main road, the gas BBQ and the amount of off-road parking too is excellent.

By: Ruby T

Grove Lodge is a fab house

Grove Lodge is a fab house, in a great location! We would definitely return. The dining table was for perfect for a large group to dine together, play games etc. it also turned into a pool/ping pong table which was an added bonus and encouraged some friendly competition! Lots of bathrooms which was great when we all got ready to go out. Room for 4 cars on the drive. The house had everything we could need for our stay, no complaints here and we had a perfect time celebrating our dads 50th Birthday.

By: Charlie

I booked Bury Villa for four nights over my 50th birthday

We were a party of 15, (10 adults and 5 kids) and we had the most pleasurable and comfortable stay. The check in was very easy, and we were given plenty of information and advice for our stay. The rooms were immaculate, with plenty of storage, cosy seating, and the kitchen is well stocked for catering. The games room was a massive hit and we had some epic rounds of hide and seek! We also had a beautiful meal at the Anglesey Hotel if you are looking for somewhere to eat. We had a real ball and loved the house, it's perfect for adults and kids and none of us wanted to go home.

By: Katharine

We had a lovely time at Stoke Villas

The property was spacious and bedrooms were good size as well. We were group of 10 adults and 8 kids. Linens, towels and bathrooms were clean. One of our friends arrived before us and Lee showed them property around. Property had all the things needed for our stay.

By: Ayushi

The Dairy House for all seasons and reasons

This has been our third visit to this property. We have always been delighted, not easy to achieve being a family of 15 aged from 7 to 77. We particularly enjoyed the short walk along the road to see the new Aircraft Carrier. Fort Brockhurst was also only a short walk away and was enjoyed by everyone.

By: Elizabeth K