Although The Tally Ho! itself is a good enough reason to visit Broughton on its own here are some other great attractions for you to enjoy…
Enjoy picturesque walks through a fine example of unimproved chalk downland providing fine views over the Test Valley. The down is fringed by mature woodland including impressive stands of beech at its eastern end, and a small wooded valley. Continue working your way westwards you will reach the round barrow known as “Plum Pudding”. Broughton Down is managed by Hampshire Wildlife Trust as a Nature Reserve and is very popular with Butterfly enthusiasts. Broughton Down is noted in particular for its colonies of Chalkhill Blue and Sliver-spotted Skipper Butterflies.
St Mary’s Church
This idyllic 12th Century churches door as always open for daytime public access to admire its beautiful architecture. In it beautifully kept grounds have views of Broughton House which is set within extensive grounds, at the southern end of the village of Broughton. The Wallop Brook, a tributary of the River Test, flows through the centre of the grounds, to the west of the house.
13th Century Dove Cote
Also within the church grounds is a dovecote, sometimes known as a Columbarium, the Latin for pigeon or dove being columba. The Dovecote would have been gifted from the manor house for the provision of meat, with the droppings being a valuable fertilizer. The interior is filled with 482 nesting boxes and to gain access to them there is a revolving ladder, it is the only one in Hampshire and one of only four in the whole of England. The present dovecote dates from the period of William and Mary, 1639 – 1702 but it is known that their was an earlier one dated from 1341 and attached to the rectory.
The Well House
The Garden Gallery
The Garden Gallery exhibits and sells contemporary sculpture, ceramics, glass and furniture for gardens and interiors. Proprietor Rachel Bebb, a Garden Designer, promotes outstanding contemporary artists creating sculpture and other works of art for gardens, the home and the office. Contemporary garden sculpture and contemporary sculpture for interiors is exhibited in stone, bronze, glass, steel, copper and ceramic. Sculptural ceramics and contemporary garden furniture are also displayed. Commissions can be arranged for those wanting a unique, site-specific contemporary garden sculpture, and many of the Gallery’s artists also work on a large scale for public places. The Garden Gallery is currently open by arrangement.
Attractions close to Broughton
Mottisfont Abbey set on the River Test was once a medieval priory. The grounds and the setting on the river are exquisite. Look out for the most astonishing spring you have ever seen. In summertime don’t miss seeing the National Rose Collection in the walled garden.
St Andrew’s church In Nether Wallop is famous for its ancient wall paintings.
Danebury Ring an iron age hill fort of which is easily spotted from the top of Broughton Downs.
Horsebridge Station, once a halt on the ‘Sprat and Winkle’ railway. The Old Station has been lovingly restored and preserved.
Houghton Lodge, a curious building popular as a film location, is open to the public on most days during the summer months.
The Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop houses a unique collection of historic helicopters and gliders.
Nearby golf courses are at Leckford.