Newton Valence

Newton Valence is a small village in Hampshire. It lies amid the chalk hills of the South Downs National Park, within the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The main industries in the area are arable farming and sheep-grazing, making holiday cottages in Newton Valence perfect for visitors who want to experience life in an authentic rural community. There are no shops or pubs in the village, but there are several striking historic landmarks, including St Mary’s Church, some of which dates back to the 14th century. On Newton Lane, there is a village hall where many community events are held, while just outside the village, a Bronze Age bowl barrow and an Iron Age field system have been discovered.

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Directly to the east of the village, on the doorstep of your Newton Valence holiday cottage, Selborne Common is a spectacular, National Trust-managed expanse of wooded hills. Hike to one of the hilltops for breathtaking views across the Hampshire countryside. On the opposite side of Selborne Common, Selborne is a slightly larger village, with a post office and a small shop. There is an excellent museum set amid idyllic gardens, and a pub, the Selborne Arms, near the banks of the Well Head Stream. Expect a variety of ales and a menu of pub classics, including homemade steak and kidney pies.

Self-catering holidays in Newton Valence are a great option if you are planning to explore the South Downs National Park. It covers 628 square miles of unspoiled countryside, with densely wooded hills and vales. The Park extends to the south coast, where towering chalk cliffs overlook a sand and pebble shore. A half-hour drive westward from Newton Valence lies Winchester, an enchanting city with a medieval cathedral and the ruins of Wolvesey Castle. On the coast, Hayling Island is a half-hour drive southward, with lovely beaches and a fun theme park.