The English countryside offers some of the most fantastic views. A land of all seasons, it’s great for exploring or just simply admiring its beauty. So if you’re seeking a mini adventure in the countryside or just wishing to steal a moment or two of tranquillity, then why not head to Tylney Hall. Set in 66 acres of glorious parkland, the grade II listed mansion boasts the longest uninterrupted view in Hampshire.
During a recent visit to the independently owned country house hotel, I was not only lucky enough to dine at the hotel’s Oak Room restaurant which overlooked the gardens but also to occupy one of the 112 rooms with the very same view. It’s one of those vistas that you can’t help but stand and admire each time you walk past the window.
Situated at the end of a sweeping drive, Tylney Hall retains the magic of a bygone era and yet offers the luxuries of a modern property. It holds considerable architectural and historic interest. The Hall which dates from 1898 served as hospital during the First World War and later as a private school. Today it provides the mix of traditional and contemporary in equal measures.
The elegance of this mansion is immediately apparent in the rich walnut panelled reception hall. The Italian and Grey Lounges to the of the hall are great to sit in to take in all the grandeur your surrounded in whether upon arrival, after a walk on the lawns or a relaxing chat with your friends.
It’s not often we get to spend time in the great outdoors so my guest Julie and I decided to make the most of daylight hours with a walk around the lakes and gardens. But this is not the only way to enjoy the gardens. Off road racing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, hot air ballooning and treasure hunts are just some of the activities that are offered here. For golfers, there is a challenging 18 hole course next door and to keep in shape there are jogging trails, all weather tennis courts, and cycling opportunities. The outdoor heated pool has been voted one of the best in the country by a top national British newspaper.
Further relaxation can be found in the onsite spa. Set around a charming courtyard complete with fountain, the health and beauty suite, which includes an indoor heated pool and a sauna, is a great way to get pampered after a day’s activities.
And after a demanding day, dining in the glass domed Oak Restaurant to the accompaniment of a piano really is a gourmet’s delight. The room further features full length windows looking out to the gardens (you really can’t get enough of those rolling hills and views) and a baroque ceiling. Pulling our eyes away from our surroundings, we finally looked at the menu. And the choice is plentiful. Stephen Hine, head chef at Tylney Hall for twenty two years is responsible for the cuisine and the two AA Rosettes dining award. The menu is changed seasonally and depends heavily on local produce.
I couldn’t wait for the food to arrive quick enough. The pan fried skate served with mango avocado and chilli was devoured eagerly and despite not having room for dessert, I still managed to have one. Well with an experienced pastry chef in the kitchens it would’ve been rude to pass on the extremely popular vanilla panacotta. I totally understood why.
The rooms are all unique in design and a perfect way to unwind after a good hearty dinner. The bedrooms and suites are unique in design, each coming with its own charm, atmosphere and elegance. The bathroom boasts Molton Brown toiletries as well as bathrobes and slippers to make your stay even more comfortable.
With such a romantic setting, a place like Tylney Hall commands being used as a place to exchange wedding vows. The Hampshire Suite which houses two rooms is licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships. Weather permitting, couples can get married outdoors with the gazebos erected at either side of the Italian Gardens. Now if that isn’t enough to put a magical touch to your special day, what is?
For more information on Tylney Hall visit www.tylneyhall.co.uk
By Sabi Phagura