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Bourne Valley Inn

St Mary Bourne, Hampshire

Nestled amid rolling green hills, this fabulously rustic Hampshire inn offers a great location for a decadent country affair.

The enormous and beautifully elegant barn gives the atmosphere of a luxurious countryside farmstead with sumptuous leather chairs, restored wooden tables in all shapes and sizes and decorative wooden crates lined with candles. An area famed for its chalk stream rivers, decadent fish dishes play a major role on the menu here, all of which are smoked and cured on site. End the evening with a stay in one of their AA 4-star rated, cottage-style rooms.


  • Its proximity to the world’s greatest chalk stream rivers for excellent fly fishing
  • The rustic and spacious private dining barn with its own private garden
  • The Bombay Distillery is down the road - a destination for any gin lovers
Things to Do


Named after the lakes, brooks and rivers that lie nearby and decorated in calming tones of pale green, creams and greys, The Bourne Valley Inn’s nine elegant rooms exude rustic charm. Flop onto the sumptuous Feather & Black pillows and bedding and fall asleep to the sound of the Hampshire countryside. Little touches such as a tea tray with Teapigs tea and coffee cafetières give a homely feel while the three ground floor rooms offer beds and water bowls for any canine companions. The twin ‘Keepers’ room and double ‘Priory’ room can be connected to provide extra privacy and space – perfect for families or large groups.

Country Comfort

Restaurant & Bar

In an area rich with rivers brimming with trout and other freshwater catches, it comes as no surprise that fish is a specialty here and The Bourne Valley Inn do all their smoking and curing onsite. Local game is also a menu mainstay, giving a farm fresh twist to traditional classics such as their pheasant scotch egg, alongside some devilishly tempting British desserts worthy of their AA rosette award.

The Daily Catch

Private dining & events

The enormous Barn offers a fabulously rustic venue for any event and can be arranged to accommodate parties both big and small. Enjoy an intimate party for up to 16 in their private room or hire the whole thing and host a lavish party of up to 80 guests. There’s also a private garden that is perfect for a summer champagne reception or an ideal spot to try some of the fine Cuban cigars and whisky from behind the bar. All the mod cons are on hand for any of your corporate needs too, including Wi-Fi, flipcharts, large screen televisions and space for projector screens.

The Private Dining Room

Country Pursuits

Newbury Racecourse

With a history spanning over 100 years, the Newbury Racecourse just 20 minutes away combines racing heritage with everything a modern sporting and events venue can offer – think fantastic music events, great family days out and, of course, exhilarating racing.

Also visit:

  • The River Test: world-class fly fishing
  • Hampshire’s Test Valley: rambling and cycling

Newbury Racecourse

Culture & Heritage

Highclere Castle

Discover the real Downton Abbey with a visit to Highclere Castle. Just a scenic 15 minute drive from The Bourne Valley Inn, Highclere Castle is often acclaimed as one of the most beautiful Victorian castles in England, and it’s easy to see why. Set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular sweeping parkland, the dramatic scenery and ornate state rooms make Highclere a marvel to behold.

Also visit:

  • Grange Park Opera
  • Stonehenge
  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery
  • Donnington Castle
  • Sandham Memorial Chapel
  • The Vyne
  • Hampshire’s handsome viaducts
  • Winchester: cathedral, shops, museums and art galleries

Highclere Castle


North Wessex Downs (AONB)

The North Wessex Downs is a unique and spectacular landscape that combines tranquil open downland, ancient woodland and chalk streams just waiting to be explored

Also visit:

  • Micheldever Wood in Spring for the incredible bluebells
  • The River Test: fishing, cycling and more
  • Woodlands and chalk hills of the Test Valley for rambling adventures galore

North Wessex Downs

Getting Here

Nearest train station: Whitchurch (Hants) - 1h15min from London
Taxi from station: less than 10min
1h30min drive from London, 15min from Andover, 20min from Newbury

Bourne Valley Inn

St. Mary Bourne, Near Andover,
Hampshire, SP11 6BT
01264 738 361