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Hotel du Vin, Winchester, Hampshire
The very first property in the Hotel du Vin chain, this red-brick townhouse hotel epitomises all that is good about this witty, wine-loving brand. Situated just a stone's throw from the High Street, it nevertheless provides sanctuary with a pretty walled courtyard garden and even it's own small car park. Enjoy large period rooms with sumptuous styling and L'Occitane toiletries, Nespresso machines and soft fluffy robes. Sip an al fresco aperitif surrounded by fairy lights before dining in Gallic style with bowls of French onion soup or moules frites in the bistro. If you can tear yourself away, then the Gurkha museum, the Great Hall with an Arthurian round table, and Winchester Cathedral are all within walking distance of the hotel.
This central location is perfect for popping back for a coffee while exploring the city.
Just off the main Winchester high street, the hotel is peaceful and within easy walking distance from the city's shops, museums and other attractions.
By car: around 2 hours from London. Just over half an hour from Southampton. There is free parking at the hotel.
By train: Direct trains from London Waterloo take about 1 hour 15 minutes. From Southampton, about 15 minutes. The hotel is a 10-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel is perfect for city-breaking couples looking for a centrally located hotel. We love sitting outside in the courtyard watching the fairy lights bob above us.
Service & Facilities
We love the enthusiasm of the staff when talking about the city they work in. Dog-friendly rooms have direct access to the garden and dogs are charged at £10 a night. They cannot, however, access the public rooms including the bar and restaurant.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Facilities for disabled guests
- Non-smoking rooms
The Courvoisier suite has the wow factor with hardwood floors and an in-room tub. We love the posh Bird and Blend teas in the room - the same as those served in the restaurant with afternoon tea.
Standard Double, Superior Double, Deluxe Double, Garden Double and Principal Suite
Facilities include: fine Egyptian linen, deep baths, power showers, L'Occitane toiletries, TV, air conditioning and Nespresso coffee machine
Food & Drink
We love the passion with which the sommelier talked about his wine cellar. Afternoon tea comes with local Hattingley Valley sparkling wine to wash down croissants and quiches.
Bistro du Vin: elegant, informal, classic French cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mains from £12.50.
Bar: relaxed, extensive wine list, classic cocktails, bar food. Plates starting at £8.50.