Heckfield Place – Hampshire
Hotel Type: A Georgian family home beautifully restored as an elegant luxury country hotel on a working estate and farm.
Location: Heckfield Place stands on 400 acres of beautiful Hampshire landscape. It superbly located around an hour from London via train.
Style: A quintessential British country haven.
Rooms: 45 beautifully designed rooms & suites that you won’t want to leave.
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is The Heath Room, the colours are amazing!
Ideal For: Relaxing in a spacious beautiful English setting, eating food fresh from the farm and learning something new during your stay.
Swimming: Go wild swimming in one of the lakes on the estate. An indoor pool is also planned as part of the new Bothy Spa set to open later this year.
Dining: The food tastes incredible here with chef Skye Gyngell at the helm. There are three farm to fork restaurants that all utilize the farms produce, are focused around the seasons and on reduced food waste.
Activities: Being outdoors is highly encouraged here. There is so much to do one day is not enough. Join a tour of the estate, visit the animal residents on the farm, go for a wild swim, take out the trail bikes, go fishing, shooting, berry picking or foraging, run or walk along their plethora of trails, visit the Jane Austin museum in the local village, head to the spa for a treatment and learn something new at one of their Assembly program events.
Spa: The current spa is known as The Little Bothy Spa which offers natural treatments using exclusive products from the Wildsmith skincare range. Watch this space for a new luxurious spa coming soon.
Children: Children are very welcome here!
Furry Friends: Well behaved dogs are welcome in the downstairs rooms for £35 a night. They are welcomed with treats, bowls and beds!
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.
Low Season Price From: £350 per night to stay in one of their Friends Rooms and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: £395 per night to stay in one of their Friends Rooms and includes breakfast.
Open: All year round!
We love this hotel as the guests are individually welcomed at the door, the food is fresh from the farm and there is so much to discover.
You’d be hard pressed not to take an intake of breath when you first set eyes on Heckfield Place. An elegant Georgian mansion in 400 acres of gardens, woods and farmland, it 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.
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. The Guest Rooms and Friends Rooms are intimate, with views across the walled garden and courtyard. The Chamber Rooms look out over the grounds, with comfortable seating areas and a private terrace. The Master Rooms are really spacious, with sofas you sink into, garden views and most of them with a terrace for outdoor dining. It doesn’t get more luxurious than in the Signature Rooms. With their expertly chosen furniture, separate living areas, enormous bathrooms, they command striking views across the estate and come with their own butler. For total seclusion, the Long Room is Heckfield Place’s most sublime suite. It has a fully fitted oak kitchen, romantic circular bathroom (complete with a chandelier), toasty fireplaces and even a Virginia Woolf painting in the bedroom.
Prepare to dine like kings at Heckfield Place, where its three restaurants 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.
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.
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. A new luxurious spa ‘The Bothy Spa’ is coming soon and one to watch. This will have treatment rooms, a grooming room, hot tub and an indoor swimming pool.
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’.
We love how being eco-friendly is at the top of their agenda. They are on route to becoming a fully certified biodynamic farm (which is all about the natures cycle – so picking veg when the sun is rising and the earth is waking up), they are plastic free, have a bio mass engine that turns waste into electricity, locally made bath products and all the glass that they ‘waste’ will be reused in their glass blowing studio.