Hotels in Winchester - Norton Park

There is a good choice of hotels in Winchester, but one of the best is the Norton Park Hotel (tel 01962 763000), situated 6 miles from the city centre. It’s one of those rare hotels that successfully caters for both the tourist and the business traveller, and makes an excellent base for a culinary tour of Hampshire. It’s not just close to Winchester itself, with its fine farmers’ market and historic cathedral, it’s also only a short drive from the picture-book village of Alresford – home of Hampshire’s annual Watercress Festival.

Hampshire Spa

The Norton Park has 162 rooms in the main – modern – building. They’re furnished in contemporary style and are well equipped, with flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and comfortable beds. However it somehow manages to retain quite a cosy atmosphere. The hotel also boasts an excellent spa with 10 treatment rooms. We were delighted to find that it also had a good sized pool where you can enjoy a proper swim – not one of those hotel pools where you can do little more than splash around.

Manor House Rooms

Unlike the hotels in Winchester city centre, the Norton Park Hotel has extensive grounds – 54 acres in fact with lush green meadows, a tranquil lake and woodland walks. The hotel has been built around a 16th-century manor house, which has a refined ‘country house’ feel with antique features, its own walled garden, and 13 large, light bedrooms. If you want a manor house room, then specify when booking – and be prepared for disappointment. Norton Park is more popular than most hotels in Winchester for weddings, with brides frequently booking the whole manor house for them and their guests. (The hotel’s picturesque 17th-century barn is ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions.)

A Hampshire Menu

The Norton Park has a restaurant that is also open to non residents. There’s a sun deck outside – ideal for breakfast on a summer’s day, and the service is pleasant and efficient. We liked the fact that they immediately offered us a choice of tap water or bottled, and brought us fresh bread with good olive oil. Their special menu - 3 courses for £26 – represents good value and changes regularly. During the Hampshire Food Festival, which takes place in July, they’ll be making a feature of local produce.

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