Escape to the Country at Tylney Hall in Hampshire  

Tuesday 09th Jul 2024 |

Hampshire is the largest county in the South-East of England. It’s a picturesque blend of landscapes with lush woodlands, verdant fields, charming villages, and historic towns.

The county is famous as the birthplace of Jane Austen and is also home to Highclere Castle, known globally as the setting for Downton Abbey. And we’re heading somewhere similar. 

The short drive from London takes us through winding country lanes past intriguingly named villages like Hartley Wintney and Nately Scures, to our majestic destination at Tylney Hall just outside Hook. It all feels very Midsomer Murders as roads get narrower, woodland gets denser and villages get quainter.  

And then we turn into the incredible driveway, a stately tree-lined avenue with rolling lawns on either side. The Hall is set on 60 acres of parkland and gardens and even the entry is breathtaking with some of the most spectacular trees I’ve ever seen lining the way. Who knows how old they are and what stories they could tell? 

Tylney Hall

Because there’s no doubt that a lot has happened in this imposing location. Tylney Hall is a Grade II Listed building with a long history dating back to 1561 although the actual Hall was not built until 1700. Since then it’s been a private home, a hospital, a headquarters for a famous shipping line, and a school. And in 1985 it reopened as a hotel and restaurant after some serious refurbishment. These days, it’s nothing short of magnificent.  

From the grandeur of the exterior to the high ceilings, plush carpets sparkling chandeliers, and those stunning views from the giant windows, it’s the ultimate in quintessential, luxury English country living. We’re shown to our room past the sparkling outdoor pool (heated to 29 degrees, naturally) and through part of the beautiful garden.  

Our garden suite has a separate lounge and bedroom, a contemporary marble bathroom, and direct access to the manicured gardens. It also backs onto the majestic forest. It’s so beautifully peaceful and plush with the thickest of towels and robes and plenty of space for relaxation that it’s hard to tear ourselves away to explore. 

But as Tylney Hall is also about its multiple gardens we take a leisurely walk down to the lake and then up towards the hotel’s terrace. There’s so much to discover, you can even take a special garden tour. There’s an orchard, an Italian garden, roses and azaleas, a Dutch garden, and kitchen gardens with fruit trees and a herb garden, all with their distinct personalities. There’s even an air raid shelter. The view from the Hall’s terrace is one of the longest uninterrupted vistas in Hampshire lined by giant redwoods. It feels a bit like we’re surrounded by the gardens of Versailles, yes it’s that grand. 

Tylney Hall

Inside it’s just as elegant as we discover with our pre-dinner drinks at the bar and in the glorious Oak Room restaurant with its ornate decor and picture windows. We’re shown to our window table overlooking emerald laws and the sparkle of the pool. The award-winning restaurant, under Executive Head Chef Mike Lloyd, serves dishes with a British twist including seasonal specialities and signature dishes. There’s also a fabulous, carefully chosen wine list at perfectly acceptable prices.  

We feast on crispy sweetbreads and sublime soup and share a delectable chateaubriand complete with Dijon mash, onion rings, and indulgent bearnaise sauce.  

And the best rhubarb dessert ever (my husband should know, he’s a rhubarbophile). A heavenly dinner.  

Tylney Hall also has an indoor pool and spa if you need some serious pampering. Although any stay here is in itself indulgent and rejuvenating. The best of manor house living in the stunning English countryside of Hampshire. And I’m pleased to say there were no murderous occasions either to spoil it, you get the feeling that nothing bad could ever happen at Tylney Hall.  

Words by Sandy Cadiz-Smith 

Tylney Hall
Rotherwick, Hook
Hampshire
RG27 9AZ

T: +44 (0)1256 764881

E: enquiries@tylneyhall.com

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