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Hotels in Stockbridge
Nestled in the spectacular Test Valley, Stockbridge is a pretty little Hampshire town with a population of less than a thousand. Book a Stockbridge hotel with us and discover this pastoral idyll.
Quintessential village life
Populated by thatched cottages, small farmsteads, an old church, attractive pubs, tea rooms and little shops, Stockbridge is the personification of a classic picture book village. And with the River Test flowing under the quaint High Street before meandering its way through undulating green hills, the vignette is complete.
The fine art of fly fishing
If Stockbridge is the church of fly fishing then the River Test is its altar. The river is home to sea trout, Atlantic salmon, grayling and a host of other fish that favour the chalk-filtered, translucent waters. The conditions for fishing are so refined here that 13 miles of the river is exclusive to Houghton Club members. Founded in 1822 the club's headquarters are located in Stockbridge. Happily the vast majority of the river is available to all anglers.
Flora and fauna
For more fish and a cornucopia of other creatures, Longstock Park Water Garden is the place to visit. Its mix of habitats attracts all kinds of wildlife. The lush vegetation is nirvana to woodpeckers, robins, thrushes, larks, kingfishers, herons and moorhens. The insect world is well represented by dragon flies, damsel flies and a host of butterflies including common peacocks and brimstones. And the fertile water is teeming with four types of carp, golden orfe, pike, bream and roach who feed on the water boatmen, snails and caddis flies. The verdant gardens are accented with native British wildflowers including the southern marsh orchid and the purple loosestrife.
A testing walk
The Test Way, at just under 50 miles in length is a long-distance footpath that runs from Walbury Hill in West Berkshire to Eling in Hampshire. Stockbridge is a significant stop on the route and the walk to Kimbridge, seven miles south, makes for an invigorating and enchanting two hour or so countryside ramble.
Eating and drinking in Stockbridge
Stockbridge has its fair share of handsome pubs serving food, many of which come with good reputations, such as The Crown Inn. And in nearby Chilbolton there's Abbots Mitre, while in Houghton you'll find The Boot Inn. Bringing a little élan to the town, Clos du Marquis, an award-winning restaurant, "offers the quaint elegance of a French auberge." The tasty cuisine, well-chosen wines and Gallic ambience has proven to a hit with the locals. Thyme & Tides is a bistro-cum-deli-cum-fishmonger that serves breakfast, tea and coffee, local ales and wine. Friday is its Fish & Chips Night, a regular event created by a demand for the restaurant to open in the evening.
Shopping in and around Stockbridge
The majority of stores in Stockbridge's High Street are independently owned and include a butcher, fishmonger and greengrocer. You'll find several charming boutique-style shops, as well as an art gallery.
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