Location:Meonstoke, Hampshire, South Downs National ParkSee map here
More info:All prices include Full English Breakfast. Check out 10am; Check in 2pm. Open all year except Christmas day.
Description of Meonstoke pub with B and B, South Downs, England
A beautiful 16th century inn situated alongside the River Meon in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Nestled between fields and woodland this picturesque village is one of the remotest in Hampshire. Choose to visit for fine ale, home-cooked food or to stop overnight in one of 5 spacious rooms. At the end of the South Downs way this Inn makes a great place to stay for your first or last stop depending which way youíre walking.
Relax inside by the open fire or enjoy the garden with the Meon River passing alongside and views of the beautiful countryside on your doorstep. If youíre staying for longer than a night you can experience the beautiful surroundings by taking a walk along the river through the beautiful rolling meadows. There are plenty of nearby attractions to visit as well including; Hinton Ampner house and gardens; Uppark House and gardens; Jane Austenís house; Marwell Zoo; Winchester City Mill and plenty of little villages and towns.
Rooms, food and facilities
Stay in one of 5 spacious bedrooms and get a lovely view of the river from each. All rooms are doubles and have their own en-suite bathroom, television and coffee and tea making facilities. Prices include breakfast and guests are free to come and go as they wish.
For more information about a family room please get in touch.
The closest train stations are Emsworth or Rowlandís castle depending from which direction youíre arriving; from either, there take the 300 bus towards Denmead and get off at the penultimate stop Denmead Green; get in a Taxi from here to Meonstoke.
Meonstoke lies just off the A32, 10 miles east of Winchester and 8 miles north of Fareham.
Responsible tourism: Meonstoke pub with B and B, South Downs, England
The attractive 16th century pub is surrounded by woodland and fields with the river Meon running alongside it. This beautiful scenery attracts a variety of wildlife; there are trout in the river with specific plants added to attract more trout to the river; bird feeders and wild trees attract a range of birds including Egrets and Herons, you might even spot the local Kingfisher who you can often find flying by the river.
Many guests arrive by foot as this tiny village is on the South Downs way; however there are cycle routes you can take to arrive at the pub as well. The pub tries to stay as green as possible as there is no mains sewage in this little village. Cleaning products are eco-friendly as chemicals canít go into the treatment plant and they encourage guests to be careful conserve energy and water. All glass, cardboard and plastic is recycled, with food waste going into compost for the garden.
This very little village has a great community spirit with the pub being very much part of it. Friendly locals will be warm and welcoming with a few tales to tell too. Maggie is part of the gardening club in the village and the Wild Trout Association are often in the garden by the river looking at trout or planting plants to attract more to the river.
There is a yearly fate in Meonstoke in the grounds of the pub and there is also a Beetle Drive once a year that people from surrounding villages come to attend. The village also holds a plastic duck race in the river once a year for charity. The pub is very much involved in helping to host the duck race and it brings a real sense of community to the village.
Other than village events there are plenty of places to visit nearby that Maggie and Martin would recommend to you; Hinton Ampner house and gardens; Uppark House and gardens; Petworth House and gardens; Jane Austenís house; The D-Day museum; Marwell Zoological Park; Winchester City Mill; Portsmouth Harbour Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway; or simply borrow and map and take a walk into the outstanding South Downs National Park.
The view from the pub is lovely with the river in the distance passing through the rolling hills and the meadows. There are lots of trees in the nearby woodland including Willows, Ash and Silver Birch. In the fields there are cattle and horses from the nearby Stud Farm and youíll see plenty of little rabbits hopping around the fields.
With such beautiful surroundings there is plenty of opportunity to experience the landscape on one of the many walks nearby. Maggie particularly likes to walk up to Winchester Hill to get a great view of the Meon valley and past the old Bronze-age burial mounds that are dotted across the chalk downlands. Walking through the fields around the area you can expect to see rapeseed, linseed, corn and wheat growing. There are fields of peas and even a vineyard. There are several flocks of sheep and cattle herds in the nearby fields which certainly add to the picturesque views.
The village of Meonstoke is mentioned in the Domesday book demonstrating the amount of history to the village. Another interesting aspect is the disused railway line that runs alongside the village. On the eve of D-Day the train taken by Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and alongside him his war cabinet, leaders from foreign governments arrived at Droxford (2nd June 1944). This was so that they could travel to see the soldiers based nearby and to hold last minute talks with the major commanders including Eisenhower and De Gaulle. When Churchill met De Gaulle to tell him that the liberation of France was about to begin, he had the train stop in a nearby cutting rather so that De Gaulle had to walk from the station and along the track to meet him! There is a lovely walking or cycling route you can take alongside the railway track throughout the year; however it can get quite boggy in the winter months.