Hampshire, United Kingdom

Heckfield Place

Rates per night from$314.72

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP250.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Georgian peach

Setting

Hampshire hills

Calling all historic hotel lovers, as well as Jane Austen junkies: handsome, heritage-filled Heckfield Place is in the author’s Hampshire heartland. With its own organic farm, landscaped gardens and woods, the 400-acre estate gives Pemberley a run for its shilling and pence. Acclaimed chef Skye Gyngell is manning the kitchens (and the open fire at Hearth), there’s a £250 cocktail on sale in the Moon Bar and a super spa is incoming for 2019. This Georgian manor has been reimagined for the modern country squire – it’s time to dig out those tweeds.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

45, including six suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and an additional charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm also flexible for a fee.

Rates

Double rooms from $314.72 (£250), excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast but exclude a 10 per cent discretionary tax.

Also

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.

Poolside

An infinity pool is planned as part of next year’s spa unveiling.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

Embrace the Great British countryside in style: bring smart tweeds, classic checks, waxy Barbours and weathered Dubarry boots to fit in.

Also

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.

Pet‐friendly

Furry friends stay for a one-off fee of £35; dog beds, bowls and treats can be provided (the hotel will need your dog's name, size and breed in advance). Dog-friendly rooms are very limited, so you'll need to request one at the time of booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Hampshire.

Children

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.

Eco‐friendly

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In the cosy corner nook of the terrace closest to the dining room, which is lined by floor-to-ceiling glass windows on both sides so you can admire the acreage. In Hearth, pull up a pew as close to the kitchen as your body temperature can handle.

Dress Code

Corsets and curls are optional.

Hotel restaurant

Skye Gyngell is at the helm of both restaurants. Marle is so in tune with nature that it’s named after a particularly fertile type of soil, and if an ingredient on the menu hasn’t come from the estate’s own farm, orchard or gardens, it’ll be from a hyper-local supplier (self-sustainability is the estate’s aim). Enjoy dishes such as turbot with béarnaise, and some star sides – don’t miss the crispy potatoes with black garlic. Those who struggle to control themselves when confronted with a breakfast buffet will be pleased to hear that the morning menu is entirely à la carte; expect options such as buckwheat pancakes with plum jam and whipped butter, tea-smoked eel with poached eggs, beetroot, carrot and fennel, and bubble and squeak with a fried egg and kasundi. The second restaurant, Hearth – in a former stable with arched windows, flagstone floors, exposed bricks, sheepskin-draped Ercol chairs and beamed ceilings – is only open to Heckfield residents, on certain nights of the week. The five-course flame-grilled tasting menu is cooked before you on an open fire.

Hotel bar

The Moon Bar has an aptly after-dark atmosphere (whatever the time of day), with midnight-blue walls, leather seats, a marble fireplace and a giant disco ball. Even the menu has a laser-cutwork cover of the constellation that was shining the night the hotel opened. The cocktail list includes a £250 combination of 40-year-old cognac, champagne and Moon Perfume, a special essence made with flowers from the gardens. There’s also a 1,200-bottle-strong cellar.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am until 11am. Lunch hours are noon till 3pm; and dinner is between 5.30pm and 10pm. Hearth is open for lunch (noon to 3pm) and dinner (6pm to 9pm) on Fridays and Saturdays. Moon Bar opens at 11am and calls time at 11pm.

Room service

Breakfast can be served in-room between 7am and 11am. An all-day menu is available from 11am until 11pm, when a smaller overnight selection kicks in.

Location

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Address
Heckfield Place
Heckfield, Hook
Hook
RG27 0LD
United Kingdom

Planes

London Heathrow is 40 miles away; the drive should take around 45 minutes, and the hotel can fetch you for £165 each way. The drive to and from Gatwick is just over an hour; transfers are £244 each way.

Trains

The closest station is Winchfield, which can be reached from London Waterloo via a quick change in Farnborough. Otherwise, hop one of the speedy 25-minute services from London Paddington to Reading and jump in a cab. Transfers from Winchfield cost £25 each way.

Automobiles

The hotel is a 20-minute drive south of Reading. There’s free valet parking when you arrive, but the car park’s only 100 yards away if you’d rather do it yourself. The drive along the M4 from central London should take around an hour and 15 minutes. If you want to explore the certified-beautiful surroundings, a car will come in handy; otherwise, rely on the hotel’s fleet of chauffeur-driven Land Rovers.

Worth getting out of bed for

Once you’ve orienteered over the 400 acres (which include boat-trip-ready lakes, woods, a river and farmland), picnicked at one of the estate’s follies and settled into the Little Bothy spa, the Hampshire heartland awaits. The hotel can arrange tours of the farm, taking in the orchards, hives and kitchen garden, fly-fishing, bouquet-making classes and a recce of the grounds with the head gardener. This is the Great British countryside at its finest, with the activities to match: ride horses at the neighbouring Wellington Estate, play golf at Hartley Wintney or ask the hotel to facilitate a few rounds of clay-pigeon shooting. If your borrowed home for the night has got you feeling ducal, head to Wellington Country Park to compare acreage. The 350-acre estate was opened to the public by the namesake Duke and Duchess in 1974. 

Local restaurants

Jostle the locals for a prime beer-garden perch at the Leather Bottle in Mattingley, or head to the Phoenix Inn if you’ve just finished a round of golf at nearby Hartley Wintney. A 15-minute drive away, The Hogget is a family-run pub with guest ales, daily specials, a seasonal menu – and the best pork scratchings around. For something formal and fancy, try L’Ortolan, a Michelin-approved restaurant just outside of Reading.

Local bars

Heckfield’s Moon Bar wins the local cocktail competition, but for a good old-fashioned pint, amble across to the Waggon and Horses pub in the next village along, Hartley Wintney.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in England and unpacked their souvenir fudge, a full account of their bucolic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Heckfield Place in Hampshire

Heckfield Place has been in the works for a long time, until the pleasingly perfectionist owner was happy to fling open the doors to the first guests in autumn 2018. And were they in for a treat: if you’ve ever wanted to be lord or lady of the manor, now’s your chance. On arrival, you sweep up the long gravel drive to glimpse the elegant 18th-century manor with its grand entrance hall, statement staircase and assorted stately sitting rooms (some with a pianist tinkling away). Don’t forget to look up: some of the ceiling mouldings are seriously impressive. The first-class food in both restaurants is sublime, of course, and the decor throughout is all antique delights and in-keeping modern touches. And the thoughtful details keep coming, down to the buttons on the staff uniforms (plain grey or brown by day, mother of pearl by night). And outside, the 400-acre estate is flanked by certified Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with officially beautiful hills (Surrey and Chiltern) and downs (North Wessex and South) stretching out in every direction. Good things come to those who wait.

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