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The Woolpack, Totford, Hampshire
With bags of character and well turned out rooms, this is the perfect place to stay if you've come to enjoy the country walks and outdoor activities that this pretty part of England offers. The menu makes full use of the rich pickings from the area: trout from the chalk streams, game, small-production cheeses and watercress from Alresford, which is a 10-minute drive away. Dogs are warmly welcomed and gun-lockers are provided in each of the seven rooms if you've come to shoot in season. Rooms are country-chic and you can see the 19th-century flint and brick construction on the bare walls, which is offset with deep blue or grey paint.
The Woolpack is in the tiny hamlet of Totford, in the heart of the Candover valley. Take the footpath directly out of the pub and you can walk to Alresford in an hour and a half through varied countryside.
The inn is a half hour's drive from the New Forest National Park, and 20 minutes from Winchester on the edge of the South Downs.
By car: The hotel is 2 hours from London, 1 hour 40 mins from Bristol and 50 mins from Portsmouth. There is free parking on-site.
By train: London Waterloo to Basingstoke takes 45 mins. The station is a 20-minute taxi ride from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Country-sport enthusiasts will love it here (tweed optional!). The huge boar's head that hangs on the wall has been affectionately named Boris.
Service & Facilities
There was no decaffeinated coffee in the room but the staff were happy to prepare us a little jar of ground coffee for the in-room cafetière. Dogs are allowed in all the rooms and a dog blanket and dog biscuits are provided.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
Golden pheasant is a suite of two double rooms with a shared bathroom, which is great for families or friends. The little plate of homemade cookies with a welcome message from the chef.
The Classic, The Feature, The Family
Facilities include: double bed, ensuite bathroom with shower, hairdryer, vegan bath products, TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, breakfast included
Food & Drink
The bar caters for dietary requirements with non-alcoholic, gluten-free and vegan beer. The hot smoked trout, caught from the local chalk streams, is delicious.
The Woolpack Inn: seasonal dishes, modern British cuisine, pub classics, Sunday roasts. Mains from £12.50. Food served 12-3pm and 6-9pm Mon-Sat, 12-6pm Sundays.