We’re always on the lookout for unique and beautiful destinations worldwide. Topping the list are hotels and resorts that share our passion for taking care of the environment and living that eco-friendly (and of course, luxury) lifestyle...
One such exciting discovery is Heckfield Place in Hampshire England. Although we haven’t visited first hand yet, this magical sanctuary has moved right to the top of our 'must-visit' list as it's undeniably the perfect place for nurturing the mind, body, and taste buds.
Located just an hour outside of London, it’s well known as one of England’s best country house hotels and the ideal place for a peaceful rural escape. Every design detail has been created to inspire and enhance guests relationships with our natural surroundings and this ethos is exemplified throughout Heckfield's 438 sprawling acres.
Heckfield Place has a rich history that adds to its charm. Originally built in the 18th century as a Georgian style family home, the estate has been meticulously restored to preserve its architectural integrity with each room showcasing exquisite craftsmanship and use of natural materials throughout.
The Gardens: A Botanical Wonderland
The expansive grounds are reflective of the Georgian era's emphasis on naturalistic designs and creating open spaces to host social and cultural events. Guests will deepen their connection to nature as they meander through woodlands of age-old trees planted by horticulturist William Wildsmith, delight in the secluded Walled Gardens, and enjoy a peaceful stroll to the upper and lower lakes.
Culinary Delights: Farm-to-Table Philosophy
"At Heckfield Place we believe that the very best tasting food is locally and responsibly grown."
One of Heckfield Place’s standout features is its commitment to culinary excellence. The estate’s culinary offerings, overseen by Skye Gyngell, source ingredients from the property's own biodynamic farm ensuring guests experience the freshest and most flavorful dishes with a menu that changes with the seasons.
The beautifully designed Marle restaurant has been awarded the prestigious Green Michelin Star. This accolade is granted to restaurants that "offer dining experiences that combine culinary excellence with outstanding eco-friendly commitments…”
Marle Restaurant - Photo Courtesy of Heckfield Place
Cozy up and enjoy a tasty meal at Hearth, where the original character of the house’s former stables is preserved with bare brick walls, arch-shaped windows, and flagstone floors.
Hearth Restaurant-Photo Courtesy of Heckfield Place
Also carrying the estate-to-table ethic is the Moon Bar. Unwind with a cocktail that’s crafted with “liquors, tinctures and infusions created with fresh ingredients from the Home Farm and gardens.”
Moon Bar- Photo Courtesy of Heckfield Place
The accommodations here are nothing short of extraordinary.
Located within the main house, corridors, and surrounding grounds, the property’s 45 rooms offer guests a selection of sumptuous Signature Rooms, spacious Master Rooms, airy Chamber Rooms, cozy Guest Rooms, and welcoming Friends Rooms. Each space is designed to evoke a sense of serenity, with views of the estate’s lush gardens or the picturesque surrounding countryside.
Morning Room- Photo Courtesy of Heckfield Place
The absolute gem of this property is the Long Room —your own cozy hideaway tucked into a private nook of the house. This exclusive space features vaulted ceilings, a sitting and dining area, a private terrace, and a balcony that provides panoramic views of the estate. Adorned with original British art, the Long Room notably showcases a captivating Virginia Woolf painting in the bedroom.
Long Room- Photo Courtesy of Heckfield Place
Those in search of a bit more tranquility might consider Church Lodge—a charming black and white timbered two-bedroom gatehouse nestled amongst its own gardens.
Wellness and Rejuvenation
"Slow breath, slow time. Reconnect to nature's rhythm."
If you're seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, The Bothy offers a range of wellness experiences. It's a true oasis of tranquility where all treatments and therapies are designed to promote holistic well-being. The healing power of nature is integrated into every aspect of its design as beautifully displayed in the Waters and Hydrotherapy areas.
Using an integrated approach to wellbeing, therapists establish a connection with every guest and customize treatments to suit their body, emotions, and specific needs.
Bothy Wellness Space- Photo Courtesy of Heckfield Place
You can indulge in a variety of experiences from massages and facials to meditation and yoga. Spend time with Master Practitioners who specialize in naturopathy, osteopathy, reiki, bodywork, and experience further wellbeing.
“Even before you reach the treatment menu, The Bothy is quite unlike any other British country-house spa I can think of. That’s due to the team having time and space to craft a spa that’s not intimidating – while remaining totally serious about what they’re doing here.” -Condé Nast Traveller
Heckfield Place takes sustainability seriously, and its organic Home Farm is a testament to this commitment. The estate's farm not only supplies the restaurant but also serves as an educational hub, offering guests the opportunity to learn about organic and biodynamic farming practices. This emphasis on sustainable living aligns with the estate's overarching philosophy of promoting harmony between guests and the environment.
Home Farm- Photo Courtesy of Heckfield Place
Heckfield Place: A Year-round Experience
Winter, spring, summer, and fall… every season is celebrated with a diverse offering of curated events and happenings.
The Assembly at Heckfield Place is a space that encourages you to "unearth, reconnect, and rediscover" where you can view special screenings and listen to engaging speakers. Get creative and join a hands-on workshop, or visit the festive markets all honoring core themes of the estate.
For those who appreciate a good sip, join the sommelier for wine-tasting that's more like a journey, or try your hand at cocktail-making in a class where you’ll discover the nuances of estate-grown botanicals and perfect the art of mixology.
Photo Courtesy of Heckfield Place
In the springtime you can marvel at over 50,000 tulips in bloom and in summer enjoy a swim in the Lower Lake. In the fall and winter months you can even partake in Cold Water Immersion with a cold-plunge guided session.
Our Final Thoughts...
If you're searching for a respite from the ordinary, Heckfield Place beckons as the perfect destination for a unique and unforgettable escape. Refined elegance, history, natural splendor, and culinary excellence all blend seamlessly to create a luxurious immersive experience.
This beautiful destination meets all our criteria, and we can't wait to visit one day and experience all of its wonders firsthand.