With lockdown restrictions easing we are now able to start thinking about taking a well-earned break. Here are our top five quirkiest ‘staycations’: 

A holiday doesn’t have to be abroad and with abundant beauty on our doorstep, we’ve taken a look at some of the most unusual places to stay over the border in Hampshire:

Sprat and Winkle, Horsebridge:  

Bournemouth Echo:

The Horsebridge railway station

This elegant train carriage is secluded on its very own platform in the Test Valley. 

Fully equipped with luxe fixtures and fittings direct from the Orient Express, Sprat and Winkle is described as being a first class experience. 

Sprat and Winkle Owner, Val Charrington, said:

“It’s very popular and we’re back in business with all guns blazing!”

Packed with history the carriage itself was used to transport troops in WWII and the railway line, before its closure in 1964, was used during both world wars. 

The carriage can sleep up to four people and prices start from £550 for seven nights. 

For reservations visit the website.

Old Winchester, Hambledon:

Bournemouth Echo:

The Old Winchester in Hambledon 

This 100 year old converted shepherd’s hut nestled on a Quaker farm in the heart of Hampshire. 

Filled with vintage furnishings and royal memorabilia this quirky stay is perfect for a couple looking for a cosy getaway. 

Featuring a wood fired hot tub and private fire pit the Old Winchester is described as being the perfect spot to unwind and take life in the slow lane. 

Prices start at £90 per night and reservations can be made online

Redwood, Adhurst:

Take glamping to the next level in this bohemian yurt under a redwood tree in Adhurst. 

As part of five yurts separate in the woods, Redwood has a safari style shared kitchen which is described as perfect for baking and slow cooking. 

There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you entertained including fly-fishing and hiking along Hangers Way. 

Redwood is priced at £175 per night for two people and can be booked online.

The Safari Airstream, Isle of Wight:

The Safari airstream is one of 13 caravans on the Vintage Vacations Airstream Field. 

Described as a peaceful spot with a laid-back vibe the Safari Airstream is a retro-lovers dream holiday. 

The airstream features a private picnic bench and deckchairs, outdoor facilities and original American plug sockets (travel plugs are provided!). 

The Safari Airstream sleeps two people from £50 per night and bookings are available online

Forest Holidays, Blackwood Forest:

The Golden Oak Cabins are located in the heart of Hampshire’s countryside. 

With 60 luxurious cabins on site there is something to suit nearly everyone’s budget.  

Golden Oak Cabins sleeps from two up to eight people with all your modern day essentials including underfloor heating, flat screen TV and a hot tub.

Cabins also have a gas BBQ, terrace and hammock so you can really put your feet up. 

For bookings visit their website