Heckfield Place – Hampshire, England
You’d be hard pressed not to take an intake of breath when you first set eyes on the elegant Georgian mansion. The mansion has been restored with extraordinary imagination and vision, with the entire house and its grounds exuding a warmth and homely charm. Clean and contemporary inside, the exterior follows the Georgian principles of horticulture complementing nature.
From the owner’s private art collection on the walls, to the exquisitely restored walled garden, and from the cool natural colours of the rooms and furniture, to the views of the lakes, there’s an air of simple but sophisticated luxury. And whilst it is only an hour from London, you are deep in Hampshire countryside. This is a place for long lazy mornings, picnics in the woods, sumptuous afternoon teas and self-indulgent dinners.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:Guests are welcomed at the door, the food is fresh from the farm & there is so much to discover.
Style:A quintessential British country haven.
Location:Heckfield Place stands on 400 acres of beautiful Hampshire landscape.
Rooms:45 beautifully designed rooms & suites.
Swimming:Go wild swimming in one of the lakes on the estate, or in the indoor pool in The Bothy Spa.
Children:Children are very welcome here!
Accessibility:The hotel has three rooms that have been adapted for wheelchair users. There is also a lift to access all of the floors, including the underground screening room.
Open From:All year round
Price:From £600 per room, per night.
Individually and beautifully decorated, the 38 rooms, four suites and an apartment, are all their very own havens, brimming with character, and with the best stocked minibars we’ve seen in a long time. A mix of Georgian and contemporary furniture is found in all the rooms, together with British artwork on the walls and unique spoiling touches.
Prepare to dine like kings. Three restaurants on site all create delicious and authentic dishes from seasonal produce from the home farm, market garden and local suppliers, accompanied by a very well curated wine list. Start the day with an epicurean breakfast, from the a la carte menu, then lunch at Marle with its simple, pared back dishes, inside in slate and marble surroundings, or on the sunny terrace.
Then it’s just a short walk to the Sun House for a truly exotic afternoon tea, followed by cocktails at the Moon Bar, with ingredients fresh from the estate. With its ever changing menu, Hearth is in a former stable block, with oak beamed gabled ceilings, chairs hung with sheepskin, and is only open a few evenings each week. Cooking is over an open fire, and you should definitely try the tasting menu.
The Little Bothy Spa is decorated in the same understated country home style as the main house, and offers relaxing tailormade treatments. There are spaces for yoga, pilates and personal training, with Bodyism providing guests with personal training and holistic fitness regimes.
The Bothy Spa, a new addition to Heckfield Place includes an indoor swimming pool, treatment rooms, and a fitness centre with top of the range equipment.
Outside, the entire estate is there for the exploring, from wild swimming in the lake, to walking or running one of the many trails. There is a boot room full of wellies and jackets for guests to help themselves to. There’s a private screening room that shows the latest releases, documentaries and special screenings; a library with an impressive collection of classics and a programme of talks and workshops known as the ‘Assembly program’.
Little ones will love it here as there is so much to discover and explore. The hotel is happy to organise bespoke adventures in the grounds, babysitting services and offer children’s menus. The Chamber and Master bedrooms allow for an extra bed to be added for a family friendly escape.
Sustainability is ingrained within the DNA of Heckfield Place as they continuously strive to minimise their environmental impact. They pride themselves upon upholding responsible practices, and, if their makeover is any indication, have a clear vision for the future. Self-sustainability is the ambitious aim they strive towards. A biodynamic farm already supplies much of the kitchen, which, as with the rest of the hotel, uses clean energy and recyclable materials.
They also plan to outlaw all plastic bottles and aluminium receptacles, to be replaced instead by a glass-blowing centre. Anything that’s not developed on site is sourced from local providers.
Heckfield Place stands on 400 acres of beautiful Hampshire landscape. It superbly located around an hour from London via train.