Planning a Special Weekend Away with Friends & Family

Friends & Family Time

Weekend away with Friends & Family

Do you have a special occasion to celebrate with your friends and family coming up? Are you spread all over the country and find it hard to come together? Or are you already booked to come to The Crest to celebrate?  A 60th Birthday, a 40th Wedding  anniversary, or simply bringing your family together, parents, grandparents and grandchildren, all under one roof for the first time in a while?

The Crest has been a special place over the years for many people.  The way the property is laid out lends itself perfectly for folks to spend lots of time together, but well you know, still have that all important space to get away from each other!

Fabulous share spaces

We have three, yes three living rooms! One in the annex (this is typically where the grandparents hide out), and two in the house.  That arrangement makes for plenty of space for everyone to watch TV, read a book, and catch up with each other.

LoungeThe large lounge with the log burner gets all dec’d out in December with a large Christmas tree, and in the summer the French doors open right out to the garden.

The Annex

The annex is its own special little house, with a double bed, a walk in shower a kitchen and lounge, and even it’s own courtyard garden.   I think many visitors “just nip over to the annex for something”, sneak a quiet cup of coffee and take a few moments (hours) by themselves!

Annex Lounge

The garden

This is my favourite part of the house, it was why we bought the house to raise our family in.  I spent many hours in that garden, baby monitor on my hip, before we moved to the US and I miss it deeply.  Please have as much fun as you can there – I would LOVE to see some pictures if you do. There are two areas to gather and share a meal at, when the weather permits.  The large gas BBQ and the long English summer nights mean that this may be your most favourite area, just like me.

Perfect for Hide & Seek

We are all set to make your stay away with your family & friends as special as we can.  We love putting up our beautiful hand made Birthday Banner across the dining table ready for you to add the cake to the stand and friends around the table!

Birthday Banner

Eating Out

There are also some really great places to have a special meal booked during your stay.  Two of our favourites at the moment are the newly opened Hurdles Pub on the outskirts of Droxford, with Edd and the team producing some phenomenal Sunday roasts; and the The Shoe Exton which is a cosy modern country pub with its own pantry selling freshly baked bread, jams and pastries and has a garden (and ice cream shack) set right alongside the River Meon.


Don’t take our word for it. We have been doing this for over 6 years now, most of our reviews are tucked away in our lovely guest book, but lots of them are now online here and we are very proud of them 🙂


Come Stay!

We realise it’s not all about the property, this is an indulgent post in that respect.  There are so many  memorable days out to be had in the area and we will continue to cover these, we love helping you plan your time should you want help. Why not start reading here to give you some ideas of what to do?

Contact me to plan your home from home break away with your friends and family!

Jo x

February 1/2 Term at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Exploring Hampshire

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is putting on some fun activities this February 1/2 Term, which also coincides with Valentines DayHeart  on Wednesday.

From Lego building to scrapheap submarine making, there’s sure to be something for everyone  at this fantastic full day out in Portsmouth.

As an added bonus, should you purchase an annual pass during your visit, you will receive 20% off the normal annual ticket price!

Visit this link to view the full description of events : 10 Activities at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Read more about planning a day out at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard & other great local attractions on our blog page here.


Calling all Cricket Lovers – World Cup started today!


Cricket – The Rose Bowl (or Agnes Bowl)

With the grass growing at a phenomenal speed, blossom popping up and the hint of sunshine here and there Summer is finally coming into sight in the South Downs.

If you’re an avid cricket fan and want to get a fix while you’re down South or simply fancy a day out with a picnic and good company with something happening in the background, why not take a look at the fixture listing at our local big cricket stadium The Agnes Bowl.

Rose Bowl

The Hampshire Bowl will host ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures for the first time in 2019, with five matches taking place at the venue. 

In the past, the ground has held some fabulous international cricket matches, including one day internationals.  In addition there have been Two Twenty20 Internationals, as well as matches from the 2011 and 2014 Test with England playing Sri Lanka and India respectively.


Cricket Ball
Enjoy your time planning your fun day out!
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