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Heckfield Place

Hampshire, UK

Why we love it

When this country house hotel opened in September 2018, it instantly became the latest go-to for escapes from London. Just over an hour away from the city, the restored Georgian family home sits within 400 acres of lush meadows and ancient woodland, with two lakes (one for boating), wisteria- and rose-entwined walled gardens, fruitful orchards and a biodynamic farm where fruit, vegetables and honey are cultivated for the hotel’s two gourmet restaurants. Flowers picked from the gardens decorate the simple, but chic rooms. Interiors have a contemporary, cozy feel with natural materials, such as rushes from the nearby River Ouse, to reflect the bucolic surroundings. The Little Bothy Spa and fitness studios with Bodyism expertise — plus 67-seat screening room, wine cellar and the intimate Moon Bar — complete the package.


Meet

Sacha Hale, director of sales and marketing,
reservations@heckfieldplace.com, +44 118 932 6868


Stay

The Long Room
Size 2,476 sq ft
Nightly rate from $13,000
Of the hotel’s six distinct Signature Rooms, the Long Room is the one to set your heart on. This grand space, distinguished by its arched ceilings, comes with a wood-and-white lounge leading out to a terrace overlooking the estate. There’s a 10-seat dining area, English oak furnishings and finishing touches including a portrait of Virginia Woolf by the French painter Marguerite Mary Darbour.


Relax

The Little Bothy Spa
The hotel’s wellness space, The Little Bothy Spa, pays tribute to the estate’s flourishing landscape by incorporating ingredients from the apothecary garden along with products from the Wildsmith Skin sustainable beauty range in its all-natural treatments. There are five treatment rooms and three studios for personal training, yoga and Pilates, plus a movement studio from James Duigan’s holistic fitness company, Bodyism.
Contact Candy Saccoccio, spa manager, spa@heckfieldplace.com, +44 1189 326 868


Dine

Marle
With culinary direction by Australian chef Skye Gyngell (known for making her mark at Spring Somerset House and Petersham Nurseries) this restaurant focuses on seasonal, elegant cooking using ingredients grown in the area. In this light-filled wood, marble and olive-green dining room, wholesome dishes highlight ingredients taken from the ground.
Hearth
Also led by chef Gyngell, Hearth exhibits the same well-defined sense of place as Marle, championing the local produce with a menu that continually evolves according to what meat, seafood, vegetables and herbs are available. In this red brick and wooden-beamed restaurant, flavors are amped up with food cooked over an open fire.


Enjoy

Stroll through woodland originally planted by pioneering horticulturalist William Walker Wildsmith, follow the walking trails and bridle paths that cut across the grounds, and cast your fishing line on the meandering River Whitewater. For horseback riding, pay a visit to the nearby Wellington Estate equestrian center, and for further exploration, seek out the stately homes and gardens that are dotted throughout Hampshire.

 

Hampshire
England, UK

 

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Elite Traveler Tip
Uncover the historic estate’s hidden corners by taking a tour with one of the resident history experts