Marwell Hotel

Winchester, Hampshire

Winchester

Winchester

Executive room

Winchester

Standard room

A unique safari lodge-style hotel on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Winchester, with three AA Rosette dining – includes an optional seven-course tasting menu dinner and more

For wildlife lovers who fancy the idea of staking out tigers, cheetahs, snow leopards, giraffes and other endangered species without having to squint through a pair of binoculars, the setting of this safari-themed hotel couldn’t be more spot-on. You’ll be right opposite Marwell Zoo - the 140-acre park that was one of the first in Europe to focus on animal conservation.

The architect’s vision of bringing an African colonial-style lodge to the county of Hampshire has been a roaring success. There’s 68 guest rooms split between four connected lodges, all of which assure lovely woodland views. Expect rich colour tones, tasteful soft furnishings, carpeted flooring, and ultra-comfy beds.

Days can be spent taking long walks in the stunning South Downs National Park and visiting the nearby cathedral town of Winchester for its rather famous 700-year-old copy of King Arthur's Round Table. Post-sightseeing, head back here to savour modern English fare at the three AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, take a swim at the on-site leisure club, or book a tee time for either of the championship courses at the hotel’s co-owned East Horton Golf Club.

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