The Jack Russell

Pub with rooms in Faccombe, Hampshire

From £90 per night

Curator's notes:

  • Luxurious dog-friendly inn
  • Field-to-fork menu; estate produce
  • Stylish rooms have the wow factor
  • Remote downland setting; great walking
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Speak to us on +44 (0)20 8161 0100

Overview

Located in the highlands of Hampshire, this historic, dog-friendly inn offers unpretentious luxury in a tranquil countryside setting.

Eleven contemporary bedrooms - three in the pub and eight in a bespoke courtyard lodge - are perfectly designed retreats for rest and relaxation. The menu focuses on local produce, such as fresh game, lamb and vegetables, all grown on the surrounding Faccombe Estate. The inn generates its own power via a wind turbine, draws water from a bore hole and a biomass boiler for heating ensures the inn is as sustainable as possible.

Set on an escarpment at the northern-most border of the Hampshire Downs, it is well placed for a walking break - there are several circular walks that begin and end at the front door - or a getaway exploring the region's historic churches, castles and perfectly preserved villages. Downton Abbey buffs may like to visit Highclere Castle, which is just a short drive away.

Rooms from

Classic: £90; Family: £100; Indulgent: £120; With a view: £140


Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Alfresco & private dining
  • Parking available
  • Dog stay: £15

Dog-friendly
Every room is dog-friendly with dog beds and bowls available too. Dogs are also very welcome in the bar and casual dining areas.

Scenic and serene
Located at the northern-most border of the Hampshire Downs, this is an idyllic and tranquil countryisde setting, perfect for those seeking a peaceful retreat.

Family favourite
Z-beds are available on request and some of the rooms can be turned into family suites via interconnecting doors.

Rooms

The eleven elegant bedrooms - three in the pub and eight in a separate lodge known as 'The Dog House' - are named after dog breeds in keeping with the Jack Russell theme.

Rooms are tastefully decorated to a high standard using natural materials - think stone, timber and wool - in calming colours of grey, silver and cream, with colour accents provided by armchairs, fake-fur throws and cushions. They boast comfy king beds, huge walk-in rain showers (some also have the addition of a roll-top bath), a Smart TV, an espresso machine and Bramley natural toiletries.

Book the coveted deluxe Great Dane or Bulldog rooms, which have French doors opening onto a private balcony or terrace, and watch the sun setting over the Hampshire downlands.

Restaurant & bar

Interesting seasonal menus follow a field-to-fork ethos with much of the game, lamb and vegetables grown and reared on the surrounding farms on the Faccombe Estate.

Step through the door into the warm, dog-friendly, wood-panelled bar and bag a table by the fire in one of the cosy snug areas and unwind with a drink and a delcious bar snack -. If you fancy something more substantial, take a seat in the casual dining area, again featuring snugs - all attractively decorated in a calming palette of aquamarine and gleaming wood - or the private restaurant, which seats 60 and offers an elegant, but relaxed setting for more formal dining.

Expect lots of farm-fresh fare on offer and don't miss the wine list, with local beers and wide range of spirits, including small-batch artisan gins and whiskies, to accompany it.

Private dining

For intimate dinners, such as a birthday celebration or an anniversary dinner for up to 14 people, the elegant dining room can be turned into a private dining area. For larger events, the restaurant, which is separate from the pub, can seat up to 60 guests.

For weddings, shoot parties or corporate away days, the well-appointed Dog House can be hired out, offering eight bedrooms, a chic private residents' lounge (with pool table, giant flatscreen TV, sofas, bar and kitchen), an interior courtyard and undercover fire pit for your exclusive use.

Things to do

Once you arrive here, hidden away on the northern boundary of the Hampshire Downs, you may not want to leave, because it's so tranquil and picturesque. The landscape here is varied and pretty, and because The Jack Russell is located on a ridge and dramatic escarpment, which rises to more than 290 metres, there are some amazing views to admire not far from its door.

Located in the "highlands of Hampshire", Faccombe Estate is a great base for incredible walks, including its own 4.5km Estate Walk, or exploring the wider area, including historic churches, castles - such as Donnington Castle which was built in the 14th century and is now managed by English Heritage - and perfectly preserved villages.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Newbury
Taxi from station: 25min
Drive: Reading 45min; Bristol 1hr 30min; London 1hr 45min

Address

Netherton Hill, Faccombe, Andover SP11 0DS

Reviews

"My husband and I were very impressed with the whole place. Lovely food , staff and superb accommodation. We will be going back for a longer break!"

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