Posted 16th Mar 2016
Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens has plenty to offer its guests, from fine food and stunning landscaped gardens to comfy rooms and top leisure facilities, there truly is something for everyone at this elegant country house
Lush green pastures awash with sunny daffodils and a carpet of brilliant white snowdrops greet you as you journey along the sweeping tree-lined driveway leading to the imposing Tylney Hall. The grand hotel, nestled in the depths of beautiful Hampshire countryside, is the epitome of luxury with a warm and inviting olde worlde charm evident from the moment you step inside, greeted by magnificent floor to ceiling walnut panelling while the soft crackle of a fire lures you into the lounge just next door. The Great Hall sitting room is a stunning centrepiece of the house, with an ornate ceiling brought over in sections from the Grimation Palace in Florence to be admired, while the terrace it overlooks is a picturesque spot to relax with a tipple.
The elegant Grade II listed hall appears to be from a long passed era when in actual fact it was built in the Victorian period, though has enjoyed quite the colourful past serving as both a hospital in the First World War and a school in 1948, eventually opening as a hotel in 1985. Today sitting in 66 acres of breathtaking landscaped gardens, woodlands and lakes, the hotel boasts 112 exquisitely decorated bedrooms to stay in, ranging from deluxe rooms to master suites, all located in the mansion house and lush grounds. Rooms are furnished with huge comfy beds topped with cloud-like pillows, spacious en suite bathrooms with fluffy robes and indulgent Molton Brown toiletries, while bedrooms offer comfy seating areas with well appointed tea and coffee making facilities, including a Nespresso coffee machine and luxury biscuits.
The hotel offers plenty of facilities to enjoy outside the room too, from indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, steam rooms and a snooker room, to tennis courts, a well equipped health suite and treatment rooms to help you truly relax and unwind during your stay. Tylney also offers plenty of snugs to cosy up in while the Library Bar offers unbeatable views overlooking the Italian gardens. Guests are invited to arrive early for dinner to enjoy a beverage in the lounge before taking a seat in the Oak Room Restaurant where Head Chef Stephen Hine serves up Great British cuisine. The two AA Rosette-winning restaurant with its elegant domed ceiling and rich oak panelling offers seasonal specialities and delicious British produce to tuck into while the keys of a grand piano are tinkled softly in the background. Starters such as ballotine of rabbit with celeriac remoulade and toasted brioche, goats' cheese wrapped in golden beetroot, and smoked salmon terrine with coriander and lemon tickle the taste buds whilst the likes of turbot poached in coconut milk with spiced new potatoes, braised pork cheeks with butternut squash purée and a pancetta crisp, and chive and mushroom double-baked soufflé with spinach and white wine cream sauce satiate for mains. Desserts are well worth saving room for too, with Belgian chocolate delice with blood orange purée and Grand Marnier macaroons, kiwi and lemon parfait with praline and vanilla tuile biscuit, and apple tarte tatin with crème fraîche ice cream and caramel sauce just some of the tempting treats to grace the menu.
After an extra special evening drift off for a peaceful night's sleep back in the room, waking up to unspoiled views of the rolling Hampshire countryside. The sweet smell of breakfast cooking downstairs will lure you to the dining room ready to indulge once again in tasty home-cooked fare. As the sun pours in through the full length windows brightening up the room, tuck into a full English breakfast with eggs cooked just how you like them, or help yourself to the array of fresh fruits, juices, cereals, yoghurts and pastries on offer at the buffet table. Feeling full, why not embark on a bracing walk around the grounds taking in the spectacular landscape designed by Gertrude Jekyll or join a tour of the grounds? Tutored tours hosted by members of the Estate team offer insight into the current restoration programme taking place to reinstate the 66-acre site back to its former glory, as close to the original plans as possible.
Whatever you choose to do at Tylney there's plenty to whet every appetite, whether you're looking to kick back and relax, enjoy a fine dining experience or throw yourself in to all that the magnificent hall has to offer, you are sure to have an unforgettable stay in this timeless hotel.
Visit www.tylneyhall.co.uk to find out more and to book a visit.
By Natalie Crofts