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Overview

Nestled amid rolling green hills, this rustic Hampshire inn, rated 4 stars by the AA, offers a great location for a luxurious country escape. Its nine contemporary cottage-style rooms are finished with indulgent touches, including Feather & Black bedding, natural Bramley bathroom products and tea trays with fresh milk, creating the perfect place to relax and unwind.

The restaurant menu focuses on fresh fish caught in nearby gin-clear waterways and produce from local farms and estates, and the BVI pride themselves on being able to serve some of the world's finest single malt whiskies from behind the bar. Close to the world's greatest chalkstreams, it is the perfect base for a fly fishing break (fly fishing was invented on the nearby River Test). For more glamorous days out, try the Victorian majesty of Highclere Castle, the "real Downton Abbey", or gin lovers can take a tour of Bombay Sapphire's new distillery, which is a 15-minute drive away.

Rooms from

Classic: £85


Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Parking available
  • Dogs are very welcome at the BVI

Water and waves
The BVI is nestled alongside some of the world's greatest chalkstreams, perfect for a spot of fly fishing, or simply relaxing by the waterside.

Events and celebrations
For big celebrations, the renovated barn can accommodate up to 80 guests, while for more intimate affairs, their private dining room is suitable for up to 16 guests. There is also a private garden available, perfect for a summer champagne reception.

Work-friendly
Reserve the barn for either a half day or full day for up to 80 guests, as well as WiFi throughout the inn, the BVI is also fully equipped with flipcharts, flat screen TV and a projector so you can present, brainstorm, or workshop as required.

Crown collection
Part of the original Epicurean Collection, you can earn and redeem Crowns here if you are one of our Crown members.

Rooms

The Bourne Valley Inn has nine elegant rooms decorated in calming tones of pale green, creams and greys, and all are named after the lakes, brooks and rivers in this beautiful corner of rural Hampshire. Quirky details, such as colourful lamps and lux wallpaper, add interest, while little touches such as mini blackboard 'Do Not Disturb' signs and tea trays with proper tea and coffee give a homely feel.

For a restful sleep, flop onto the sumptuous Feather & Black pillows and bedding, and refresh yourself in the bathroom with natural Bramley products. The twin Keepers' room and double Priory room can be connected to provide extra privacy and space - perfect for families or large groups.

Restaurant & bar

In an area with trout-rich rivers, it's no surprise that fish is a specialty on the menu. Local game is also a mainstay, so expect plenty of tempting traditional fare with a farm-fresh countryside twist. The food, which has earned the BVI an AA rosette, is served in their elegantly restored barn, which has the feel of a luxury countryside farmstead, complete with sumptuous leather chairs and restored wooden tables.

If the weather's fine, you can sun yourself in the adjoining beer garden with a drink in hand. As well as local ales and fine wines, the bar serves an array of exceptional whiskies and offer cigars to accompany a wee dram in toast of a special event, or simply to relax after a long day out fishing.

Private dining

For larger events, the renovated barn, which includes a bright and spacious dining area and huge windows overlooking the garden, is suitable for up to 80 guests. There's even a retractable dancefloor, making it perfect for weddings and birthday parties.

For more intimate affairs, such as a dinner party or family celebration, there is a private dining room available for up to 16 guests. There's also a private garden, perfect for a summer champagne reception or an ideal spot to enjoy a dram and a cigar. All the mod cons are on hand for corporate needs too, including wifi, flipcharts, large screen televisions and space for projector screens.

Things to do

With its countryside location, the Bourne Valley Inn is a great spot to get away from it all and only a short stroll away from the postcard pretty village of St Mary Bourne. Nestled on the southern edge of the North Wessex Downs, it is also very well placed for all kinds of adventures.

Gin lovers shouldn't miss the Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill for tours, tastings or a relaxing drink in the cocktail bar. For a spot of heritage and culture, head to Winchester - England's ancient capital, former seat of King Alfred the Great and home to Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Or learn about Britain's industrial past by visiting Whitchurch Silk Mill, the oldest silk mill in the UK still in its original building.

For a dose of fresh country air, take a stroll through Micheldever Wood, famous for its bluebell displays in the spring and its soaring beech trees, or get on your bike and follow the 23-mile circular Whitchurch Cycle Route, which goes right by the front door.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Whitchurch (Hants), 1hr 15min from London
Taxi from station: less than 10min
Drive: 15min from Andover, 20min from Newbury 1hr 30min from London

Address

St Mary Bourne, Nr Andover, Hampshire SP11 6BT

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