Need to know
45, including six suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and an additional charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm also flexible for a fee.
Double rooms from $325.23 (£250), excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per person per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast but exclude a 10 per cent discretionary tax.
The Assembly is a year-round programme of events at the hotel with a different topic each month. Most take place in the subterranean 45-seat screening room, which, helpfully, has its own bar; some events are held in the woodlands or at the farm, and others take the shape of a dinner or a talk in the drawing room.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, gym, valet parking, gardens, farm. In rooms: Apple TV, iPad, iPod dock, Bang & Olufsen speakers and phones, free bottled water, minibar with house-made cordial and ginger beer, free non-alcoholic drinks and snacks, air-conditioning and Wildsmith Skin bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The rooms are split between the main house and the Corridors, but there’s no annexe or extension feel, thanks to the Ilse Crawford protégé behind the impeccable design, Ben Thompson. We loved room 15, a Master in the Corridors, for its double French doors that lead out to a cosy terrace and the walled gardens – a shiny box of boules is helpfully provided. For maximum preening potential, book the Ochre Room, which has a bathroom bigger than the bedroom and a slate-grey roll-top bath tub. The minibars, with Skye Gyngell-approved snacks and house-made soft drinks, are definitely worth a rummage.
An infinity pool is planned as part of next year’s spa unveiling.
The Little Bothy – a series of five treatment rooms and a relaxation space – is already in operation, with the Big Bothy scheduled to arrive next summer. Bodyism trainers are on hand for exercise inspiration, as well as nutritional advice. Yoga and Pilates classes are held regularly.
Embrace the Great British countryside in style: bring smart tweeds, classic checks, waxy Barbours and weathered Dubarry boots to fit in.
The hotel has three rooms that have been adapted for wheelchair users, and there’s a lift to access all of the floors, including the underground screening room.
Furry friends can come along for a one-off fee of £35; dog beds, bowls and treats can be provided, as can someone to do the walking for you. The dog-friendly rooms (all of the ground-floor rooms in the Corridors) have direct access onto the grounds. See more pet-friendly hotels in Hampshire.
Welcome, but only over-16s can stay in the main-house rooms. Cots (free) and extra beds (free for under-fours, £100 a night for 4–16-year-olds) can be added to the Chamber and Master rooms. Children are welcome in Marle, but there’s no special menu.
The hotel has ambitious plans to up its already impressive eco-cred. In addition to the on-site biodynamic farm supplying much of the kitchen produce, upcoming glass-blowing centre and use of clean energy and locally made bath products, Heckfield’s planning to replace all plastic bottles with aluminium receptacles. Even the glass and ceramic containers in the minibar are from local suppliers.