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Country Cottage In South Downs National Park, Near Winchester, Hampshire



Updated: 22-Sep-2016
Cottage in Upham, Nr. Winchester, Hampshire, England - Peaceful Location, Glorious Countryside. Ideal For Walking, Exploring Or Just Resting!

Rays Farm Cottage is a pretty country cottage set on the edge of the lovely village of Upham near Winchester and although modernised it has retained its 17th century charm. The cottage offers immediate access to miles and miles of beautiful countryside for walking, cycling or just unwinding. The South Downs Way is a long distance footpath and bridleway running along the South Downs from Winchester to Eastbourne. It is the only National Trail to lie entirely within a National Park. The village is also ideally situated should you wish to explore the fascinating cities of Winchester, Southampton, Chichester or Portsmouth all full of interest and places to go. The New Forest is about 40 minutes drive away with its heathlands, ponies and pubs. Our own village pub is just a few minutes walk down the road and has a lot to recommend it after a day's activity!

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

My husband Mike and I have lived in the village of Upham for over 25 years. We have 3 children, all of whom went to the village school. Two now live in Brighton and one near Winchester.

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Speaks English, French

6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful, quiet and comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for an all too short weekend and did not really want to go home! The cottage is really lovely and very clean and comfortable. Throughout the booking the owner Anita was so friendly and helpful and we arrived to find homemade bread and marmalade and a couple of other really nice touches. Would highly recommend you try the cottage for yourself and we are sure you will not be at all disappointed. Such a lovely peaceful location with a very good but busy pub, The Brushmakers Arms, within a few minutes walk.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic short break

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is simply perfect. It has everything you could possibly need and the owners are so kind and helpful. My family and I had a wonderful stay and we hope to go again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location, amazing cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is absolutely stunning in the wonderful quiet village of Upham. Wonderful walks very close by and a very highly recommended pub.

The owners are very friendly and provided a lovely goody basket along with freshly baked bread. We went with our 6month old daughter and, although we brought our own travel cott they also were able to provide one if necessary.

We will definitely return here in the future!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely stay, lovely welcome!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our two small children and had a lovely time. Great place to base yourself for walking and sightseeing. In a small village setting, right next door to playground. House is comfortable, cosy, well equipped, quiet with everything you might need. The welcome we received was second to none, lovely lovely hosts!

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting. The owners were very welcoming and left a basket of goodies, including Easter eggs for the kids and a home baked loaf! Very comfortable and all mod cons. Great location for walking and access to Winchester & Portsmouth. Good local pub with very good food. Would definitely recommend (and probably go back!)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Ray's Farm Cottage and could not ask for anything more.

Cottage is well equipped and has all comforts that one expects to have at home.

It is well maintained and clean.

Anita was a great help.

Will return.

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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From the Owner

Although we have lived in Upham for over 25 years, we only managed to acquire our cottage in 2007. It was originally owned by the local farmer who kept it for his farm manager. Over the years we have modernised the cottage but have always tried to retain as much of the original character as possible. We so love living in Upham because although it feels so peaceful and remote, surrounded as we are by miles of open countryside, it is within easy reach of other villages and towns.

Activity and Interests


Various points along the South coast are within about 40 minutes drive.


Southampton Airport 30 minutes

Cross Channel port - Portsmouth 40 minutes

Isle of Wight ferry port Southampton - 30 minutes


The Pilgrim’s Way (2 minutes)

Marwell Wildlife, nr Winchester (8 minutes)

Royal Armouries Museum, Portsmouth (27 minutes)

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (33 minutes)

Bishop’s Waltham Palace Ruins (8 minutes)

Watercress Railway Line (23 minutes)

Historic Winchester (20 minutes)

Royal Navy Submarine Museum (40 minutes)

Longdown Activity Farm (35 minutes)

Further Details:

The village pub serves good food lunchtime and evenings and there are plenty of restaurants in Winchester and Bishop's Waltham. Nearest banks and supermarkets in Bishop's Waltham, 10 minutes.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner to make booking or email

Changeover Day:
Arrival any time after 3 pm. If there is a booking following on we would ask that you vacate the cottage by 10.30 am otherwise we can be flexible.

50% to confirm booking and balance 6 weeks in advance.

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Updated: 22-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

We hope visitors to our cottage will feel very much at home here. It is well equipped and has a very welcoming 'feel' about it. We will certainly do all we can to make your stay here a memorable one. The cottage is right on the edge of the village so has immediate access to the countryside and woodland but is within a few minutes walk of the local pub and church. However if you want to go further afield you will be ideally suited to explore the major towns and cities and all that they have to offer.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Spacious shower room with WC, sink and walk in shower.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed; bedroom 2 has twin beds. Both have plenty of hanging space and storage.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Small private garden with garden table and chairs and barbecue on request. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included; rooms cleaned and changed weekly. Spare linen and towels available. Other: Back and front lobbies - one for boots and coats the other containing a cabinet with books and games.

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