Fishing: “Valhalla for the fisherman”….this is how one of our guests described Wellow and Hampshire in general.
A fisherman’s paradise indeed with Headlands Farm Fishery only a few doors away. Woodington Lakes is another popular fishery within a few hundred metres of us. Dandy’s Ford close by and there are plenty more in neighbouring villages.
The Broadlands Estate offers splendid fishing on a beautiful stretch of the river Test . Most rivers in Wellow are linked with the River Blackwater, which is a tributary of the River Test.
Exbury gardens, Mottisfont Abbey and Hilliers Gardens are fabulous. Less well known and smaller but delightful is King Johns House and Garden in the heart of Romsey. The garden is free to wander and divided into separate garden “rooms” which are tended entirely by volunteers. The tea rooms has tables in the garden as well as indoors.
Wyevale has 2 nearby garden centres, one in Plaitford and a huge one in Cadnam which has an aquarium section and a large section devoted to summerhouses, garden offices/rooms, hot tubs etc. There is a lovely gift shop and a Cotton Traders shop for casual clothing and shoes. The café serves hot lunches as well as teas and coffees and this is in addition to all the plants, statuary and every garden need imaginable. You really could live here!
Cycling: If you want to do your own thing we recommend the New Forest. It is a stunning place to cycle, with opportunity for off-road or following established paths. Varied terrain but not too many hills.
Pubs and tearooms seem to appear out of the blue just when you need them..
Tennis: Wellow public tennis courts are only 100 yards from the house.
Swimming: Romsey Rapids is a large complex with slides and wave machine. 5 miles. Lane-swimming at Totton Recreation centre.
Golf: Wellow Golf Club, Bramshaw Golf club and Hamptworth Golf Club are all beautiful and well-regarded courses within easy reach.
Walking: The New Forest is on our doorstep, a vast, beautiful area of woods and open heathlands with many trails and routes for walkers.
There are some pleasant shorter routes around the Parish of Wellow which are ideal for those seeking a stroll rather than a days hike.
Gym: Wellow Golf Glub has gym facilities, also Romsey Rapids.
Horse-riding: Riding is very popular in Hampshire, there are stables in Wellow and many more to be found in the New Forest.
Country Fairs and shows take place here all through the year…The Romsey show, the New Forest Show, Southampton Boat Show, Beaulieu Auto Jumble, The Beggars Fair, the Salisbury Arts Festival, many Village Fetes and so much more…
Paultons Park: Voted the best childrens theme park in Europe! A lovely family-oriented them park with rides most suitable for the under 12s. About 2 miles away. Now with PEPPA PIG WORLD !!.
Paintballing: A great paintballing course is about 2 miles away in the village of Landford. Delta-Force is a little further away in Nursling.
Bowling: Ten-pin bowling in nearby Southampton, great for a rainy day.
Cinema: Southampton or Salisbury
Theatre: The Mayflower in Southampton hosts opera, ballet, musicals, and shows of all types. The Nuffield is a popular venue for drama. Salisbury has excellent facilities for theatre and has an annual Arts festival. Romsey has a flourishing theatre group, R.A.O.D.S which puts on a variety of performances at the local Plaza theatre.