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Upper South Downs House

Entire house hosted by Helen
14 guests6 bedrooms14 beds3.5 bathrooms

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High on the Hampshire Downs, Upper House is the perfect place to relax, to entertain or to enjoy a quiet break or an active outdoor holiday with family and friends.

The space

High on the Hampshire Downs, Upper House is the perfect place to relax, to entertain or to enjoy a quiet break or an active outdoor holiday with family and friends.

Generally the house is only let for weekends although you can stay for up to a week by arrangement.

The House
Upper House is one of two adjoining rental properties, originally constructed in 1895 as a kiln to dry hops from the fields that now make up the garden. It was converted in1995 into a rural retreat.

Everything here is focused on rest and relaxation; the layout of the rooms, the efficiency of the kitchen, the detail of the spectacular dining terrace and the views to the South Downs across 5 acres of fields and gardens.

The heart of the house is the large galleried Hall at the centre. The high ceilings are supported by ancient pitch pine beams, with a big open fire at one end, a TV at the other and a mezzanine above.

If the focus is The Hall, then the kitchen is the hub; its super-efficient workflow a blessing for enthusiasts and cooks, be it for fine dining with grown-ups, or making pancakes with the kids.

There’s also a ready supply of talented caterers, if you'd rather lounge by one of the three open fires.

For sleeping there are 7 bedrooms with 3 baths or shower rooms, as well as one more separate WC. All the rooms are flexible, stylish and original, with a good mix of sizes to suit all groups.

Outside is a brick terrace, with a polished concrete dining table, under canopies that light up at night. It’s great for dinner or cocktails as the sun dips below the horizon to the west.

In the garden there's the option of a fabulous Mongolian yurt for chilling out and camping in the fresh air.

And beyond, there’s grazing for horses and space for bikes, as well as great access to the South Downs Way or the Queen Elizabeth Country Park for walking, cycling and horse riding. In the garden

Other things to note
Terms and Conditions
Upper house occupies the major portion of a large barn conversion in the middle of a small rural community. There are nearby village houses and the main property is connected directly to a smaller property which is occasionally let out to small family groups or used by members of the owners family.
The owners have lived in and around Weston for twenty years and they retain excellent relations with the inhabitants of the hamlet which they wish to preserve.
Their intention is that Upper House should provide a convivial location for groups of civilised individuals who will appreciate the individual character of the house. People who will enjoy themselves in a grown up fashion, eating, cooking, drinking and appreciating the proximity of the South Downs.

It is not a place for raucous partying or noisy behaviour either inside the property or out. It's not that the owners disapprove of that at all. It is simply that Upper House is not the right location for it.

So, in order to protect the property and the owners' relationship with the residents there are some reasonable, ground rules. Failure to comply with these conditions will invalidate the tenancy and put the full deposit at risk.

1 All bookings are dealt with by email, by hand. For clarity, and to avoid confusion or doubt, booking emails will be prepared according to the details submitted by you and returned back via email. So, please check your booking email carefully to ensure you are coming to the right place on the right day.
A non-refundable, initial payment of 50% of the total cost of your stay must be made within 7 days of the date on your booking email. Failure to transfer funds will result in the house risking being re-let.
If you decide to change your mind it would be courteous to let us know.
Once you have paid your ‘Non-Refundable booking deposit’, the house will be reserved and the remaining payment must be settled at least 1 week before your stay. Once paid the balance is also non-refundable

2 The main terrace is a great location for enjoying dinner, having a barbecue and watching the sun go down. However, after 10pm it must be stargazing only. Loud conversation should be transferred indoors after this time. This is very important as noise travels far in small communities late at night and the nearest neighbours are over 80 years old. Inside the house large amounts of noise may travel and disturb the adjoining property so must be kept to a reasonable level - especially after midnight.

2. The hamlet has many small houses that line the very edge of the lanes, so wandering up and down the hamlet at night creating noise and interference is not acceptable.

3. Because of the proximity of horses at the farm stables - fireworks/chinese lanterns or similar are strictly forbidden anywhere in the garden or fields beyond.

4. There is no house sign on the outside of the property (it is like that specifically to protect guests from unwanted and unscheduled visits from people wishing to have a look around the house who have viewed it online) Therefore all members of your group must be issued with the directions to the house - even those arriving by taxi - so as not to bother the residents of the hamlet with endless requests for help in finding it. Directions will be issued when final payment has been made.

5. The house is not to be used for gatherings of any more than the number of people booked to stay in it - except by strict prior arrangement.

6. There is parking for around 8 cars and there is absolutely nowhere else where cars can be parked in the village. The lanes are small and have to be kept clear for tractors to pass at any time and will get towed away. Excess cars can easily be left in any of the free roads or industrial estates in nearby Petersfield.

7. There are two closed stores in the house containing the owners personal property – one in the kitchen and the other in the garden. If the seals on these stores are broken the deposit will be forfeited.

8. Within the house there are patterned inlaid wooden floors susceptible to damage from inappropriate footwear, so stiletto heels or heavy outdoor boots must not be worn – particularly in the lounge . Damage to the inlaid wooden floor in the lounge will be extremely expensive and inevitably use all the deposit and more so please be careful.

9. Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere inside the property. Any signs or indications of anybody smoking anywhere in the house will result in the full loss of the deposit - regardless of whether any visible damage has been done.
There are a couple of black flower pots on the patio filled with sand for cigarette ends for anybody who wants to smoke outside. It would be appreciated if you would clear any butts into the trash when you leave as part of your cleaning process.

10. There are no pets allowed in the property as we have guaranteed it to be a 100% pet free environment for all visitors.

11. Rubbish must be recycled. The green bins are for bagged general household rubbish (which are subject to spot checks by the binmen – so please do not put recyclable items in your bagged waste). The black bin is for plastic bottles/paper and cardboard/tin cans – you can just put these straight into the black bin. As we are not a recycling facility we cant deal with large numbers of glass bottles so please make sure you take all glass bottles with you – there is a bottle bank 5 mins down the road in the Tesco Store on The Causeway. Failure to comply with any of the above means the cleaners will have to resort your rubbish and take it to the local tip for which they charge a flat £25 fee.

13. We respectfully request that you clean up after you on yr last day and make an effort to leave the property as you found it. If bathrooms/toilets/floors/ kitchen surfaces etc are left very dirty, carpets are stained/ walls have been drawn on! and so on - then we will have to levy a cleaning surcharge on your stay.

14. Lastly! Please enjoy your stay at Upper House. Treat it with respect and if you break anything or damage anything then please tell us about it when you leave.

High on the Hampshire Downs, Upper House is the perfect place to relax, to entertain or to enjoy a quiet break or an active outdoor holiday with family and friends.

The space

High on the Hampshire Downs, Upper House is the perfect place to relax, to entertain or to enjoy a quiet break or an active outdoor holiday with family and friends.…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
3 single beds
Bedroom 5
2 single beds
Bedroom 6
2 sofa beds


Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Washing machine
Smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide alarm

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2 reviews


Weston, England, United Kingdom

Upper House sits at the centre of a tiny hamlet of only a few dozen houses. It is an integral part fo a farming village that stretched back at least three centuries and was originally part fo the Home farm for the Manor house nearby.

Hosted by Helen

Joined in July 2016
  • 2 Reviews
During your stay
The owners have a flat in Petersfield nearby so are often available in case of any difficulties. If not they have a local network of people who can be on hand to help.
  • Response rate: 87%
  • Response time: within a few hours
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 15:00
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Long-term stays (28 days or more) are allowed
Health & safety
Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Learn more
Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
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May encounter potentially dangerous animals
Carbon monoxide alarm
Cancellation policy