Location:East Worldham, Hampshire, South Downs National ParkSee map here
More info:£60 for single occupancy of a double room.
Description of Hampshire inn accommodation, South Downs, England
Visit this charming old inn set in the village of East Worldham, Hampshire. Enjoy a good nightís rest in one of our 4 rooms, or relax in the pub with a delicious meal, an award winning ale and play a board game by the open fire. We are a warm and welcoming pub and we love to serve good food and provide a place for people to come and relax and be merry. Surrounded by beautiful countryside there are some lovely walks in the area and some beautiful places to visit. Chawton is not far where you can look around Jane Austenís house and gardens. Or take the walk to Selborne through some lovely woodland and over some hangers to reach Gilbert Whites House and gardens. In a lovely village in the South Downs National Park, on The Hangers Way, we are a great place to stay and visit by foot, bicycle and car.
Rooms, food and facilities
There are 4 rooms available for letting.
-Double & single with en-suite bathroom
-Double & twin with shared bathroom
All rooms have a TV, tea and coffee making facilities and fridge stocked with continental breakfast.
Full English breakfast is available at an extra cost.
The closest train station is Alton and there is a bus that goes from there once an hour and stops outside the pub. Alternatively you can get the train to Liss and catch a bus from there.
Responsible tourism: Hampshire inn accommodation, South Downs, England
The pub itself started off as a blacksmiths and was then turned into an old coaching inn. The smaller cottages that were next door have been incorporated and are now part of the inn. Itís a brick built building with very big stones. We have some lovely original features of the building with two big log fireplaces. There is an original spit-roast over one of them too. Any decorating we have done has been in keeping with the beautiful original style of the building.
We have a very nice little garden for people to sit in with lots of shrubs and a grassy area. We have birds that like to come and visit the garden and we put bird feed out to help and encourage them.
There is good access to the pub and we often have people arrive by foot and bicycle. The old stables are now used as storage and so this is a safe place for people to store their bikes. There is a bus that stops right outside the pub so you can get to us by public transport. We are also a motor home stop off point so people can recharge their electricity and get water.
We make sure to recycle and we also have council recycling points for card and glass in our car park so that others can recycle here too. We re-use packaging as fuel and we also have two open fires that we use for heating in the pub.
We support the local businesses in the area. The village doesnít have a shop but we do get our meat and sausages from Brocks farm. We also have a coppicer next door from whom we get our wood for our fires. We are soon going to be having a cheese and wine evening hosted here and will endeavour to include as much local cheese as possible.
Since we have moved to the village we have made a commitment to the community and the community has been very welcoming to us. There are lots of local pubs in the area that are closing down and so we want to be at the heart of our community and be a place for the local people go and meet. The local parish ran a free advert for us in the local magazine to promote that the pub is now up and running and open to suggestions of how to make it a hub for the community.
So far we have had a commonwealth day that we held in February; this was an event to raise money for the village hall kitchen. We sold all the food at cost price and ticket sales raised over £300. We have quizzes to raise money; for instance a Red Nose Day quiz. The pub is a polling station and groups also meet here. The village fate committee meet here and the pub intend to be involved in the fate as well. To raise money for charity we make sure to have collection boxes on the bar.
In the local area there are some great places to visit such as Jane Austenís House in Chawton and Gilbert Whites House in Selborne. In Alton there is a wonderful museum that has the history of the local area. There is of course the South Downs surrounding us which attracts many people to the area for the beautiful walking, views and wildlife it has to offer.
The area surrounding us is mostly farmland. Itís a good place to stop off during a long walk, or a good start and end point if you fancy doing a circular walk in the area. The Hangers Way is a wonderful trail that leads you through some lovely parts of the South Downs National Park. Itís a 21 mile walk that goes from Alton all the way down to Queen Elizabeth Country Park. You can walk the entire length of The Hangers Way and itís divided into 8 smaller sections. One of the sections goes from Alton to East Worldam and during this you will pass Monks Wood. The second section starts at East Worldham and goes all the way to Selborne where Gilbert Whites house is. During this section you will pass St Johnís Hill that is thought to have been an Iron Age settlement. You will walk through some woodland before rising to the Wick Hill Hanger and back down again to follow Oakhanger Stream. There is some lovely landscape surrounding us and itís nice that our pub can be a stop off for people enjoying it.