Shafts Farm is a unique and very comfortable B & B in a charming family home, where you will receive a warm welcome with tea and home-made cakes on arrival. We are peacefully situated a five-minute walk from the centre of West Meon, a picturesque Hampshire village which, since April 2011, has been included in the newly-designated South Downs National Park. There is easy access to fine walking country and outdoor pursuits such as horse-riding, cycling and fishing (Meonsprings), as well as a host of interesting places to visit in the vicinity.
The nearest pub, The Thomas Lord, with its award-winning restaurant, is only a few minutes' level walk away. There is also a good choice of other local pubs which we can recommend.
Although Shafts Farm is no longer a working enterprise, there is a livery yard with extensive paddocks, a productive kitchen garden and well-established ornamental areas.
The Morrish family moved to Shafts Farm in 1988, since when Rosemary has created and developed the gardens – the pièce de résistance being the rose garden, designed by David Austin and planted by Rosemary (with lots of help from friends), which contains almost 300 shrub roses interspersed with traditional cottage garden planting. The sight, scents and sounds of the rose garden in mid-summer combine to create a wonderful haven in which to sit and relax, read a book or just recover from a strenuous day's walking, whilst enjoying afternoon tea.
The clear waters of the upper reaches of the River Meon flow lazily past Shafts Farm before it turns south in the centre of the village to head down to the sea at Titchfield Haven. If you are really lucky, you might catch the flash of blue of a kingfisher's plumage, but more likely these days you will spot the little egret, a small white heron, now a common winter visitor, wading in the shallows.