We review the Four Seasons, Hampshire and enjoy the ultimate stay-cation….
Take the risk out of the stay-cation and any fears of Fawlty Towers-style histrionics and check-in at the Four Seasons, Hampshire. If you want perfect service, probably the most comfortable bed in the world, an internationally-renowned spa and a hotel that will welcome your lover and/or your brood of children – then this is the place to stay! The hotel is only 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport and surrounded by the scenic countryside of Dogmersfield Parkland. The long drive leading up to the hotel anticipates the building’s 18th century facade (that would have an institutional air, if not for the pretty portico statues). The heritage listed garden is manicured to perfection and definitely there to be used; guests can enjoy outdoor activities such as horse-riding, archery, pigeon clay shooting, croquet and cycling. However, for those who want a more restful weekend, then commander a sofa and enjoy tea and champagne in the Library, or sneak off to the spa. Guests can do as much or as little as they want here and are sure to return home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Guests can stay in the old house or in the modern wing, both of which have good views of the grounds and are connected by a network of glass walkways. Room interiors are rich in traditional finishes, including parquet flooring and woven carpets that lend a classical and elegant feel. It’s luxurious but not ostentatious. The marbled bathrooms are a treat – with deep soaking baths, separate glass enclosed showers, Asprey toiletries and fluffy dressing gowns.
Descend the sweeping staircase for dinner and be greeted by the welcoming staff. The restaurant has a traditional menu that will please the palette but not surprise it. Request a table by the window to enjoy the beautiful sunsets and views of the terrace and parkland beyond. The set menu – A Taste of Hampshire – is recommended. This five-course meal is a perfectly proportioned selection of locally sourced produce (such as crab to start, beef brisket and then crêpes for dessert) is around £90.00 a head (including wine and service). The breakfasts have a relatively good selection (be sure to try the blueberry muffins!).
The Four Seasons, Hampshire Spa is often mentioned in the media’s Top Ten Spas lists. It is an outpost of the spa chain ESPA and offers treatments using local flower and fauna – for example, a soothing chamomile and sage massage (£90), lavender, rosemary and mint back treatment (£70) or a wonderful Four Seasons Escape package that will leave you relaxed and invigorated (£179.00). A unique touch is the sauna with clear quartz crystal, and a steam room with crystal amethyst. Meanwhile, the gym is extremely well equipped with a good selection of the latest machines, cardio equipment and weights.
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