Hampshire, United Kingdom – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
March 2013 will see the unveiling of the much-anticipated Heckfield Place. Ideally located under an hour from London, Heckfield Place is set in 400 acres of garden, woodland and rolling Hampshire countryside. The hotel will have the feel of a private home where guests can seek solace in numerous intimate spaces in the 18th-century manor house and wider estate. Beautifully crafted with exquisite detail at every level, Heckfield Place will offer an authentic and elegant country house experience celebrating Englishness with genuine charm and soul.
Each of the 60 rooms at Heckfield Place will have their own unique style. Rooms will be found around the stables, the walled garden and in the principal manor house, and will be intimate, secluded and full of personality. The hotel, gardens and landscapes will respect Heckfield Place’s historical provenance and be created by some of the UK’s leading designers and architects including the gardens advisor to England’s historic Royal Palaces, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan.
Uniquely set on a working farm, the food at Heckfield Place will be a simple and honest selection of deliciously prepared local and estate-sourced ingredients. The estate is already home to Berkshire Pigs and a herd of rare breed Aberdeen Angus cows, and seasonal produce will be freshly picked ready for cooking.
Eating at Heckfield Place will be a pleasure, with different environments for different moods. The Beckwith, an intimate dining room with 30 covers, will welcome guests for both lunch and dinner with handwritten set menus, devised weekly and dictated by the kitchen gardens. Afternoon tea at Heckfield will be an elegant and languid affair, and a chance to relax and indulge in quintessentially British treats. For The Stables, Skye has created a staple menu of four hearty dishes available throughout the day from mid-morning onwards.
“Ultimately Heckfield Place is all about reconnecting with England’s past, with future ideas, and with all that is natural, including great food, honestly cooked, enjoyed in the easy company of like-minded people,” says Charles Oak, the hotel’s general manager, formerly general manager of The Mayfair in London and Scotland’s Skibo Castle. “We want Heckfield Place to be comforting and true to itself. We don’t want to be formulaic, but intuitive, honest and elegant – it will be a hotel with a soul.”
Private events at the hotel will range from literary salons to musical recitals to more gourmet-focused experiences, including foraging weekends and wine tastings. There will be film clubs to partake in, with an underground, state-of-the-art 65-seat cinema, and occasional author sessions in the hotel’s library. Private health and beauty treatments will be available in the former estate cottages. Pubs, shops and quaint English villages, horse riding, golf, chalk stream fishing and major historical attractions are all nearby.