• Tel: 07803 728754
  • Welcome to Watercress Lodges

    Perfectly situated overlooking the historical Watercress Line

  • Day out with Thomas

    Thomas the Tank Engine weeks are a particular favourite with families

  • Heritage

    Situated overlooking the historical Watercress Line at Ropley

    Watercress Lodges have charm and excitement on your doorstep

  • Watercress Line

    Located alongside a working steam railway

    Thomas the Tank Engine weeks are a particular favourite with families

  • Family Fun

    Beautiful self-catering holiday homes

    Rural Hampshire offers countryside walks and cycle routes all round

  • Beauty

    Watercress Lodges are a fantastic new self-catering holiday retreat,

    close to Alresford and the River Itchen, nestled in the beautiful countryside

  • Camping

    Flat, landscaped, exclusive campground is the ideal getaway for families

    Set in relaxing farmland surroundings

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  • Summary: Fantastic stay!
    Overall: 10 / 10
    Location: 10 / 10 Value for Money: 10 / 10
    Quality of Accommodation: None given
    Facilities/Activities: 9 / 10
    Customer Service: None given
    Child Friendliness: None given
    Cleanliness: 10 / 10
    Wifi: None given

    We absolutely loved our short stay at the Watercress Campsite! We took our 3 year old grandson who loved the fact that we were so close to the steam train station and he could see the steam from our tent! The toilet/shower facilities were excellent especially for a small campsite. We will definitely be back and we have recommended it to our friends and family!

    Could do with some coat hooks on the wall opposite the wash basins as there is plenty of rain.

    Would they recommend this to a friend? yes
    Would they stay here again? yes


    Venables Family

    “Steam train magic on your doorstep”
    4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago for a stay in July 2014 NEW

    These new lodges, positioned close to Ropley station on the Watercress Line, were delightfully painted in the traditional British Rail colours of cream and green. The kitchen was modern, and the laundry was large with a separate washing machine and dryer. Cleaning was to a high standard. In fact we were so comfortable here that we cancelled our trip to Ireland to stay a third week. Stunning views of the Hampshire Downs are literally a stone’s throw away. The nearby town of Arlesford is very pretty with friendly locals, some of whom we met at a church in Ovington.


    R.Hill Sydney, Australia.


  • Lovely setting, lovely site and fab facilities -will definitely be visiting again.

    Naomi, Fareham

    Thank you for my card from you and your team but more importantly thank you for helping to make my 70th birthday  an enjoyable and memorable event.  It was really great best wishes Rodney Pollock

    May 2014

  • Gill and Mike loved the peaceful campsite and spotless new facilities.  We will be back !

    June 2014

    Had a lovely stay at your campsite this weekend. Excellent, flat pitches. Superb shower/toilet facilities, and a stunning location. Highly recommended. ‪#‎feelingrefreshed‬

    Tracey E.


  • I stayed at the lodges with my sons during their recent half term. The lodge was perfect, quiet and secluded enough for revision, but only a short distance from several towns.

    The owners have put a huge amount of thought into the lodges, from the comfortable furnishings and well equipped kitchen, to the board games and information on local walks and amenities.

    I would not hesitate to recommend the lodges, whether you are a couple, family or group of friends, there is something for everyone.

    Debra W.

    Kuala Lumpur

    We all had a really wonderful time staying at the lodges, they are really well designed and just perfect for our needs, I will definitely be recommending them to friends and family. Thank you for a wonderful time.

    Kind Regards

    Alex Chalkley

  • We initially intended to visit the Mid Hants Railway for one day during the three day Spring Gala. However, we had spotted the Watercress Lodges at Ropley last autumn and decided to book one for the whole three day event. I am so glad that we made the decision to do so as the whole stay was top rate.

    We found the lodge to be comfortable, clean and extremely well equipped. Obviously its position relative to the railway was just what we were looking for and we were not disappointed in any way and our expectations were exceeded in all respects.

    We would certainly recommend the property to anyone who likes self-catering holidays with all the comforts of home.

    Roger MarshLodge

    We stayed in the “Winchester” lodge which was well equipped and extremely well presented. Our time there was very comfortable and the people running the lodges were very helpful and delightful to chat to. Alresford is a great place to visit whilst in the area.

    K. Neighbour.


    • Jul

      Alton Bus Rally Event Time: 10am-5pm / Event Location: Alton

      One of the South’s largest FREE bus rallies with a static exhibition of buses and coaches of all shapes and sizes from a variety of eras and operati…


      Summer Fayre Event Time: No time set / Event Location: No location set

      Come and join us for the longest Summer Fayre in Hampshire! A traditional high summer fair with barbeque, beer tent, Morris dancers, craft and plant …

    • Jul

      Alresford Beer Festival 2014 Event Time: No time set / Event Location: Scout Hut, Alresford


      A Day out with Thomas Event Time: No time set / Event Location: No location set

      9th – 17th August 2014

      All aboard for a Day Out With Thomas!

      Experience a ride on a real steam train
      Shake hands with The Fat Controller

    • Sep

      DIESEL GALA 5th – 7th September 2014 Event Time: No time set / Event Location: http://www.watercressline.co.uk/

      Save the date for our diesel gala next September! check back here for more details soon.
      Over 3 days we run an intensive timetable R…


      Alresford Agricultural Show Event Time: 9am to 6pm / Event Location: Tichborne Park

      Alresford Agricultural Show

      Saturday 6th September 2014
      at Tichborne Park.
      9am – 6pm.
      Free Parking All Day
      Free Shuttle Bus From Alresford…

    • Sep

      Open Day – Mid Hants Railway Event Time: No time set / Event Location: www.watercressline.co.uk

      FREE entry and extra activities on this one day event for MHRPS members’ and shareholders of the Mid Hants Railway Ltd.
      We run a two steam passe…


      Wallace & Gromit Event Time: No time set / Event Location: www.watercressline.co.uk

      Come and join Wallace and Gromit for a Grand Day Out at the Watercress Line!
      Catch the BIG steam trains to Alresford where Wallace and Gromit …

    • Oct

      Alresford Fair Event Time: No time set / Event Location: No location set

      New Alresford Fair
      A street pleasure fair takes place in the centre of New Alresford every year. A rumble of big articulated lorries announces that t…


      The Autumn Steam Spectacular! Event Time: No time set / Event Location: www.watercressline.co.uk

      Our Autumn Steam Gala always aims for the spectacular, with a dazzling display of steam powered magic! This year we are working on a G…


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