Handsome Heckfield Place is the epitome of Georgian elegance and sits unapologetically at the centre of its estate of ancient heather, woodlands and meadows in the stunning Hampshire countryside.
Offering guests an experience filled with nature, outstanding food and drink and of course luxury, Heckfield Place has been redesigned to be effortlessly warm and welcoming.
Truly the heart of the estate, the grandeur of the house will quickly give way to become an intimate and familiar friend to all who stay; its rooms and spaces reimagined to be contemporary, but also sympathetic to Heckfield’s deep history. You will feel instantly at home in one of the boutique hotel’s many guest rooms.
Within the vast grounds you’ll find beautifully curated walled gardens, stunning glasshouses and on the east of the house Heckfield’s upper and lower lakes.
Ponder the important things in life while strolling by the lakes and through the pleasure grounds, whose development dates to the 1820s. From many positions in the grounds, you’ll be able to take in stunning views from across the rolling Southwest landscape and the house itself.
If you find yourself in need of a little shelter, then the Walled Gardens – restored by experts over a period of five years – offer visitors seclusion in the midst of wisteria, lavender and fragrant English roses.
Sitting elegantly within the tranquil Walled Garden is the Glass House, built to replace William Wildsmith’s original structure, where guests can dine and drink in the centre of the estate’s beauty.
But the Glass House isn’t the only offering for foodies and drinks connoisseurs, certainly not, as there are five venues to choose from.
For food, there’s the Glass House, but also Marle Restaurant where diners can enjoy dishes made using ingredients from the grounds in the venue’s marble, slate and wood surroundings.
The Hearth Restaurant offers diners a cosier and more homely experience, where fresh and seasonal produce is cooked classically.
While in the aforementioned Glass House you can enjoy a Heckfield Place tea with fresh baked cakes made using ingredients from the Home Farm, just yards away.
Drinkers can sup in the Moon Bar, an intimate, sumptuous meeting place nestled in the centre of the house, where you can unwind with a specially made cocktail.
For wine aficionados, beneath the house is a 280-bin cellar that is home to wines from a range of established and emerging producers which can be quaffed in the adjoining cellar alongside the expert guidance of Heckfield’s resident sommelier.
But if you find yourself in need of some pampering, the Little Bothy Spa is on hand with its comforting and rejuvenating treatments. Each treatment is tailored to the needs of individual guests and include facials, massages and reiki to name a few.
Truly, Heckfield Place is deserving of its position among the top five boutique hotels on this year’s list, but you’re more deserving of a break at this stunning retreat.