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The picturesque Odiham High Street is just a 5-minute walk from Oak Tree Close and boasts a variety of boutiques, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Tuck into a delicious roast at the Grade II-listed 16th century Bel & The Dragon, enjoy some gourmet food at The Grapevine, or knock back a local ale overlooking the pond at The Mill House. Foodies will love FlavourFest, Odiham’s annual food festival held in August where a range of artisan food and drink is on offer.

For your shopping needs, head to the Co-op in town or the Tesco superstore 7 minutes away in Hook. Under a quarter of an hour away, Basingstoke gives you the choice of Iceland, Morrisons and Waitrose as well as a wide array of options in the Festival Place Shopping Centre.

History

Odiham is steeped in history. The village dates from Saxon times and is the first Hampshire entry in the Domesday Book of 1087 because it had become William the Conqueror’s largest holding in Hampshire. Built by King John in the early 13th century, the ruins of Odiham Castle are open to visitors. It was from this castle that King John set out to sign the Magna Carta. In the centre of Odiham village, just off the high street, the 13th century All Saints church stands on the site of an earlier Saxon church. Next to the church is a rare surviving example of a Pest House (a refuge for plague sufferers) which dates from the 1620s.

History

Odiham is steeped in history. The village dates from Saxon times and is the first Hampshire entry in the Domesday Book of 1087 because it had become William the Conqueror’s largest holding in Hampshire. Built by King John in the early 13th century, the ruins of Odiham Castle are open to visitors. It was from this castle that King John set out to sign the Magna Carta. In the centre of Odiham village, just off the high street, the 13th century All Saints church stands on the site of an earlier Saxon church. Next to the church is a rare surviving example of a Pest House (a refuge for plague sufferers) which dates from the 1620s.

Countryside

With easy access to the North Wessex Downs, the South Downs National Park, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the New Forest National Park, Odiham is superbly located for outdoors enthusiasts with some of England’s most picturesque countryside in close proximity. Even closer to home, the Deer Park and Odiham Common provide acres of open space for summer picnics and Sunday strolls while nearby Basingstoke canal offers canal cruises and charming waterside walks. For a family outing, get the adrenaline flowing on the high ropes at Go Ape in Alice Holt or go and visit the penguins at Birdworld in Farnham.