Weekends away are nice. Weekends away in the country are nicer. Weekends away in the country less than an hour from home are the best.
So, that’s what we did one weekend. We fancied getting away, but without having to deal with that horrible Sunday morning motorway traffic.
Luckily for us we managed to get a great deal on a lovely looking place called Tylney Hall Hotel. Just a stones throw from the town of Hook and the M3 motorway, and set within 66 acres of wonderful parkland, the Grade II listed building dating back to the year 1700 was the perfect spot for relaxing weekend away.
The entrance courtyard of the luxury hotel was a great first impression, with some beautiful detail on the old red bricked Victorian era mansion house.
Through the arched doorway and into the reception area with its chequered floor tiles, dark walnut panelling and sweeping staircase, that great first impression continued. The details were very sympathetic to the history of the building.
There were several categories of rooms ranging from standard, deluxe, executive through to larger suites. Our room was a Deluxe Room within the main mansion house, with a courtyard view. The decor was gorgeous with period pieces of furniture giving the room a very classic country house feel. There was also a lovely large and bright bathroom.
The public areas of the building were also impressive. The lounge areas were comfy with cosy fireplaces, beautiful heavy drapes and one of the most gorgeous ceiling details I have ever seen in a hotel. A lovely place to spend some time in the afternoon with a drink and a good book.
The main dining offering – The Oak Room Restaurant was equally impressive. Renowned locally for the great food and ambience, we had a lovely meal here accompanied by the sounds of a grand piano. Breakfast is also served here – it’s worth asking for a table near a window overlooking the grounds.
As well as the main house, the estate has a number of outbuildings that have also been converted into accommodation such as the Orangery and a row of terraced cottages. There’s plenty to see when wandering around outside the building – the outdoor terrace, Italian Gardens, a kitchen garden, the rose gardens, orchards, a water garden and a seasonal outdoor pool in a private walled section of the grounds. Sadly, it was out of said season when we visited, so no dip in the pool for us. Maybe next time.
There is also a Health Spa although we didn’t use it during our stay.
As if this wasn’t enough to see during an afternoon or morning stroll, there is also an impressive mature Redwood lined avenue directly behind the main building leading you down to a vantage point overlooking the Hampshire countryside. Just perfect.
So there we are, I would thoroughly recommend a stay at this hotel, if you are looking for a relaxing weekend away.
Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens, Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9AZ