Up the leafy lane to the house at the end. Canopies of trees and a carefully tended garden surround this family home, and on a warm day you’ll be sitting on the terrace for tea.
For breakfast: homemade marmalade and local treats, and eggs from Steph’s friend’s hens. Then head for grand old Winchester, a 10-minute drive or an hour and a half walk across the water meadows. Wander along the loop of its ‘chalk stream’ river; stop for lunch at one of the pubs – ask Mike and Stephanie for the best recommendations.
The vintage Watercress Line is close. On a 10-mile, steam-driven route to Alton, it passes Jane Austen’s Chawton. End the day at the Chestnut Horse in Easton, a mile down the road, for dinner and old-world charm.