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Woolpack Inn

Totford, Hampshire

Where else to enjoy a break from city life than with a trip to the smallest hamlet in England?

Surrounded by the wide open farmland of the picturesque Candover Valley, the Woolpack Inn in Totford is a Grade I listed flint and brick inn that dates back to the 1880s. Take in gorgeous countryside views from the handsome dining room while enjoying delicious British classics mixed with fantastic seasonal dishes. Later, enjoy a game of pool and a drink by the bar before retiring to your charmingly rustic rooms located in the converted stables – all exuding warm home comfort and country style.    


  • The in-house cake shop adds the finishing touch to any special event with a custom made cake
  • The outdoor pizza oven in the courtyard makes summer parties a delicious affair
  • The incredible selection of real ales and excellent Bloody Mary cocktails
Things to Do


Nestled in the heart of Candover Valley’s shooting country, each of the Woolpack’s seven cosy double en-suite bedrooms are aptly named after game birds. Converted from the original stables, the exposed flint walls and wooden beams exude an elegant and rustic charm with a heavy emphasis on home comfort – think fluffy towels and fresh milk left daily in the fridge.

Restaurant & Bar

As you’d expect from an inn surrounded by farms stretching as far as the eye can see, the menu at the Woolpack is as farm-fresh and seasonal as you can get. Dine on delicious classics crafted with local flavours such as game and beef sourced directly from the neighbours. In the summer the courtyard serves excellent wood-fired pizzas from their own outdoor pizza oven – perfect sharing with family and friends.

Private dining & events

Private dining is a handsome affair at the Woolpack. With room to seat 12 guests, the private dining room features its very own private cigar terrace making it ideal for toasting your shooting adventure or special event with some fine cigars and whiskies. For larger parties, the private courtyard with outdoor pizza oven and BBQ can hold up to 150 guests.

Country Pursuits

The Grange Estate

The Grange Estate is a magnificent sporting estate of over three thousand acres located just 2 minutes from the Woolpack. In addition to its agricultural land, the estate encompasses a number of buildings with a range of different uses, including fly fishing and shooting.

Also visit:

  • Hampshire Countryside: rambling, cycling & horse riding
  • River Itchen & River Test: fly fishing
  • Royal & South Winchester Golf Course: golfing

Grange Park Estate

Culture & Heritage

Grange Park Opera

Founded in 1997 the Grange Park Opera has quickly established itself as one of the major music festivals in Europe’s operatic summer season. With an annual programme of four productions that are staged in a 550-seat state-of-the-art theatre built within the 18th century conservatory, many productions have been acclaimed for superb singing, outstanding conducting and magnificent stage sets.

Also visit:

  • Winchester: cathedral, theatre, museums & art galleries
  • Southhampton
  • Jane Austen’s House Museum
  • Beaulieu Abbey & Motor Museum


New Forest National Park

The New Forest National Park is a scenic area with heathlands, forests and home to the iconic New Forest ponies. Whist meandering through the area you can often spot cows, pigs, donkeys and of course the ponies roaming free.

Also visit:

  • River Test & Itchen
  • Isle of Wight

New Forest National Park

Getting Here

Nearest train station: Winchester - 1h from London
Taxi from station: 15min
Drive: 1h20min from London, 25min from Basingstoke, 30min from Andover, 30min from Southampton.
Helicopter landing site available.

Woolpack Inn

Totford, near Northington, Alresford
Hampshire, SO24 9TJ
01962 734 184