Willowbank

5 Mill St, Titchfield, Fareham PO14 4AB, England
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Country House, Manor House, Near the Sea, Restorations / Bed & Breakfast
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Accommodation
12 Guests
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Bedrooms
6 Bedrooms
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Bathrooms
4

Manor-house comforts and south-coast charm

Willowbank is a manor house B&B in Titchfield, a medieval village on Hampshire’s south coast. In Napoleonic times it was the residence of the Lord Admiral of the Fleet, and it stayed in the navy, most recently being home to master of the Royal Yacht, Britannia. The property dates back 400 years, with later Georgian additions: it is Grade II listed, flooded with light and retains all its original features and period character.

Willowbank is not a hotel: it is a family home now run as a B&B. Accommodation is in seven guest bedrooms: all individual, and each with its own charm. Two have grand carved antique four poster beds, one has a wood-burning stove and another a wig room. Some overlook the gardens and the river Meon, some have high ceilings and antique family oil paintings. There is no central heating – even electricity had to be retrofitted here – so each room is kept cosy by ceramic core eco heaters. All rooms have Egyptian cotton linens, organic toiletries and cosy dressing gowns and slippers.

What they don’t all have is ensuite bathrooms. One room does, four more have private bathrooms while some – and brace yourself here – share bathrooms. This is fine for families or when on a residential course, but if private bathrooms are important you’ll want to make this clear when you book.

Breakfast and supper are served in the dining room overlooking the gardens. Alongside a garden design business for 20 years Helen ran cafes in historic buildings and is a baker and cook. Breakfast is delicious, comprising home baked breads and muffins, homemade jams and preserves, the village butcher’s sausages, porridge, stacks of pancakes and local honey. Light lunches, home cooked rustic suppers and afternoon teas can be arranged and special diets catered for with notice.

The atmosphere is very much that of a classic English country house. There’s an extensive library where you can settle in to read a book, and an elegant drawing room with a grand piano for the musically inclined. There’s a terrace, Orangerie and a secret garden shaded by quince trees and extensive lawns for games of croquet or badminton. They lead down to a stream, frequently visited by ducks and swans, which feeds in to the Meon River, and on summer evenings bats flit around a stately magnolia tree.

Willowbank B&B suggests:

Willowbank also plays host to residential artistic or musical courses and occasional themed retreats. Long-weekend landscape painting courses are especially popular, informal gatherings for sketching, painting, learning new approaches and techniques or just the chance to talk, reflect, share fine cuisine and new ideas. Call to see what plans are in the diary.

Features

Lodge Facilities

  • Building of Historical Interest
  • Croquet
  • Dinner by Arrangement
  • Dogs by Arrangement
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden
  • Ground Floor Bedroom
  • Stabling

Local Amenities

  • Beaches
  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Local Park
  • Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
  • Places of Historical Interest
  • Sailing
  • Theatre
  • Train Station
  • Vineyards
  • Walking
  • Water Activities
  • Wild Swimming

Details

Pricing

Price per room per night based on two sharing, including breakfast

£120 - £150

Dinner (by arrangement) £35pp.

Location

Titchfield Village is a thriving community which has six pubs, four with good dining rooms, a couple of useful shops and cafes and St Peter's, an early Norman church that hosts many concerts and recitals. Itr's a stroll to Titchfield Abbey. This dates back to the 13th century and is thought to have hosted Shakespeare plays commissioned by the Earl of Southhampton: though ruined, it's still an atmospheric place. Titchfield nature reserve, an area of outstanding natural beauty, is on the doorstep and offers landscape painters views of coastal wetlands, native woodland, birds and waterfowl. The south coast path is beautiful for a walk or cycle ride with a sketchbook and packed lunch.The beaches of Hill Head, Salterns and Monks Hill are close by, as is Meon’s Shore and its abundant birdlife. Portchester, Portsmouth, Southampton and Chichester are a short drive away.


Helen Tindale

Helen Tindale

  • Bio : Your hosts at Willowbank are Helen Tindale, her family and two golden retrievers Ochre and Tess. They have spent the last two years modernising the property - while hanging on to it's period charm - and know every beam. They are delighted to welcome you to their home and will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible.

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