Local Area

The Test Valley is one of the prettiest areas of Hampshire with chocolate box villages and the famous River Test.

Nestling between the Cathedral Cities of Winchester, Salisbury and the New Forest, the Test Valley boasts beautiful countryside and the market towns of Romsey (4.5 miles to the South) and Stockbridge (5 miles to the North).

Walkers, cyclists and horse lovers can enjoy parts of the 44-mile Test Way, which follows the course of the tranquil River Test and can be accessed from the top of our driveway. 

With the Test Way on our doorstep it gives access to miles of beautiful country walks or take a walk around the beautiful Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort or to Fawley Mount. 

The River Test, famous for its chalk streams, trout and salmon, is a lure for fly fishermen and nature lovers alike.  

The Test Valley has a fantastic collection of places to eat and drink, from top quality restaurants to cosy tearooms (most are child and dog friendly).  The John O'Gaunt Inn at Horsebridge is just a 1 mile stroll along the Test Way.  The Boot Inn, Houghton is 4 miles is a lovely local with good food and a garden that runs down to the river.  Stockbridge has a fantastic choice of pubs, restaurants, bistro's, deli's and tea rooms.

There are also numerous attractions for lovers of gardens, heritage and the arts, from the Andover Museum and Danebury Hill Fort in the north to Romsey Abbey in the south.
Discover the beauty and inspiration at the gardens, woodlands and walks of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Mottisfont Abbey and Exbury Gardens.  Longstock Park Water Garden, Romsey Heritage and Visitor Centre, Highclere Castle, Whitchurch Silk Mill, the Museum of Army Flying and the Hawk Conservancy Trust also provide an enjoyable day out in memorable Test Valley.  

Fancy a day sampling the local produce, why not visit Bombay Sapphire and take in the crystal clear water and beautiful natural surroundings as you walk along the River Test. Uncover the fascinating history behind Laverstoke Mill, while you learn all about the distillation process and sample and stunning gin and tonic. The Old Barns is located in the stunning Test Valley, Hampshire. Alternatively if gin is not your tipple, the Ringwood Brewery tour is a beautiful location and entertaining tour with Ringwood beer at the end.

The New Forest is only 15 minutes from The Old Barns giving access to miles of stunning walks, wild horses, pigs and cattle.  There is some lovely little gems of pubs, independent brewery, cheese maker etc. to visit in the New Forest as well as the more famous villages of Lymington, Lyndhurst, Beaulieu including the motor museum and Bucklers Hard, Lepe Beach and country park and Milford Beach.