Breamore House and Countryside Museum
Breamore House and Countryside Museum are in the village of Breamore (pronounced Bremmer) on the outskirts of the New Forest. Both overlook the Avon Valley, just north of Fordingbridge in Hampshire.
Breamore House was built in 1583 and was restored following a fire in 1856. The house is privately owned by the Hulse family who have now opened the rooms to the public on a limited basis.
This beautiful Elizabethan Manor house is interesting as there have been few changes made since the 16th and 17th Century. The house is decorated with fine period furniture and paintings and there is a rare example of a James I carpet. The house is also adorned with tapestries, needlework and porcelain.
Breamore village is also of interest and has several Bronze Age bowl barrows and a long barrow known as the Giant’s Grave. It is also home to one of only two of England’s surviving turf mazes known as Miz-Maze - which is a maze made of turf. It is thought to be very old although it’s difficult to date exactly, and is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Alongside the A338 you will also find the original village stocks and a whipping post!
Breamore Countryside Museum
Breamore Countryside Museum provides an insight into early village life. Various trades and shops such as the blacksmith, a cooperage, a wheelwright, a brewery, a saddler, a village shop, a dairy, the village school and an agricultural workshop have all been authentically reconstructed. The rooms of Breamore Countryside Museum are filled with the museum’s collection of historical tools, tractors and farm machinery – much of which is steam powered.
There is so much to do at Breamore House and Countryside Museum, families won’t be disappointed! Your little ones can expend their energy at the adventure playground and Maze, or Labyrinth, which was the winner of the Sunday Times Magazine’s Great British Maze Competition in 1983. Adults and children alike will enjoy the refreshments offered at the Tea Rooms.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for family accommodation in the area, why not stay at the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge? Located just 18 miles north of Breamore House and Museum and close to the A345, you’ll find this contemporary family friendly hotel. Choose from a variety of stylish rooms including four fully accessible rooms. Eat and relax in the well renowned Solstice Bar & Grill and enjoy the range of attractions in the local area.