You’ll find home county Hampshire in between famous green spaces such as the New Forest, North Wessex Downs and South Downs National Park. Hampshire is home to towns and cities both inland and coastal, such as Portsmouth, home to the iconic Spinnaker Tower, Southampton and Winchester, offering an attractive variety of living experiences and a real blend of culture and heritage. Residents and visitors alike love the many eateries, as well as charming farmers’ markets and food festivals, such as the New Forest Food & Drink Festival.
Living in Hampshire can be pricey, but what you get for your money is an outstanding quality of life and a plethora of surrounding amenities that complement every type of lifestyle. Average care home fees are around £1,200, but when you consider the wealth of museums, galleries, castles and shopping nearby, plus the benefits of seaside living from the coastal towns, the cost of a care home will be worth it. It’s no wonder that Hampshire is a popular place to live for students, couples, families and pensioners alike.
So, if you’re looking for a care home in this beautiful and diverse county, we’ve put together a list of the UK’s best care homes in Hampshire. For more options, check out our full list of Hampshire care homes here.
Lottie’s Verdict: Best for luxury facilities and activities
First on our list of the best Hampshire care homes is Netley Court, located in the heart of picturesque Netley Abbey, near sunny Southampton. As a part of the well-established Cinnamon Care Collection and one of the top care homes Southampton has to offer, Netley Court care home provides specialist dementia care, as well as residential care in other specialist area and has a rare Outstanding rating from Care Quality Commission.
Manager Lindsey Groenewald heads up the highly trained care team, who place special focus on Netley Court’s three core principles of dignity, personal choice and independence for all residents. As well as facilitating easy living and care for couples, Netley Court offers excellent travel connections via road or train, making it easy and convenient for family and friends to visit.
Care seekers are sure to be impressed by the range of facilities available at Netley Court, which include a hair salon, hobby studio, library, music room, potting shed and landscaped gardens. For fans of cooking, there are lifestyle kitchens, while for those who like a more relaxed pace of life, there are a variety of communal spaces to kick back in and enjoy the stunning waterfront views Netley Court has to offer.
Residencies From: £1,400 per week
For more info or to book call 02382 544533
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for care quality and luxury facilities
Nestled between leafy Denmead and vibrant Waterlooville, Wellington Vale care home offers nursing care, dementia care, residential care and short-stay care. With manager Gaynor Rhead in charge of the management team, Wellington Vale’s desire is to help our elderly people live happier, healthier and fulfilled lives, allowing families to relax in the peace of mind that their relatives and loved ones are being properly cared for. Staff knowledge and experience is unrivalled in the area and all staff are regularly upskilled and mentored, demonstrated by the impressive score of 9.9 from carehome.co.uk and a rating of Good from Care Quality Commission.
So, whether you’re in for a long-term stay, you’re in need of a short period of convalescence, or you simply need a little break from the hustle and bustle of life, Wellington Vale is the place to be.
Residencies From: £1,375 per week
For more info or to book call 02394 311267
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for community spirit
A real ‘home away from home’, Borovere care home in situated in market town Alton. Forming part of the Greensleeves Care collective, Borovere has the advantage of both idyllic natural surroundings and easy access to the town centre. Led by manager Karen Shepperdson, the home’s 24-hour dedicated care team are always on-hand to provide the highest quality residential care to match each individual’s personal needs.
Community spirit is celebrated here and residents often have the pleasure of visits from local guests and entertainers, in addition to a fun-packed programme of daily activities. Borovere residents also meet regularly to discuss the running of their home, with everyone’s views, opinions and requests taken into consideration.
For those with strong opinions and a desire to shape their own care home experience, Borovere is the perfect place to live.
Residencies From: £1,216 per week
For more info or to book call 01420 557493
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for residents’ independence
Situated in Hythe, Southampton, Carpathia Grange from the Care UK group is one of the most pleasant care homes Hampshire houses, providing a truly luxurious care home experience for residents. Headed up by manager Pooja Dhoot, the skilled person-centred care team are fully trained across a wide range of short-term care and permanent care services, including residential care, nursing care and dementia care.
In terms of facilities, Carpathia Grange care home has an on-site hair and beauty salon, café and cinema, as well as multiple seating areas and beautiful landscaped gardens where residents can pass a few pleasant hours in good weather. Residents are actively encouraged and supported to keep up their independence with small tasks around the home, including gardening, laundry and giving guests tours of the building.
Residencies From: £1,219 per week
For more info or to book call 0330 175 5454
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for natural surroundings and period charm
A wonderfully elegant building, Woodlands House is set in rolling residential grounds in tranquil village Woodlands, with dreamy surroundings saturated with the peace of the nearby New Forest. Led by manager Agnieszka Or?owska, the care team provide an exceptional standard of residential care, ensuring its residents are happy, well and safe at all times. A daily schedule of activities and outings keep residents entertained; whether that’s heading out for an excursion, or taking a gentle stroll in the gardens.
Although the building itself radiates period charm, the interior of Woodlands House is modern and up-to-date, with generous and freshly furnished en-suite bedrooms complete with flat-screen TV and telephone points. Residents can enjoy wandering the magnificent hallways, relaxing in the library, or dining in the bright and charming dining room. Woodlands House is well-decorated, and with a rating of Good from Care Quality Commission, a 9.8 from carehome.co.uk and a coveted Beacon status for End of Life care, you can rest assured that relatives and loved ones will be extremely well-cared for here.
Residencies From: £1,200 per week
For more info or to book call 02382 544414
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Lottie’s Verdict: Best for home culture and socialising
Next we move to New Milton to visit Kingfishers care home, part of the Colten Care group. This care home has the benefit of being just a few miles from the New Forest, as well as beautiful cliff top spots and sunny beaches at nearby Barton-On-Sea. Led by manager Beata Brzozowska, Kingfishers care home offers residential care and nursing care and the expert staff are well-trained in caring for all kinds of age-related conditions, which earned them a top rating of 10 from carehome.co.uk.
Life is peaceful at Kingfishers and residents can enjoy pottering around the garden in the sunshine, as well as singing, music, gentle exercise and arts and crafts sessions. Residents here love to socialise, exemplified by the home’s popular pen pal scheme, and often gather for a chat in the on-site café, which serves tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes. For the more tech-savvy residents, the activities room comes fully equipped with computers and internet access.