Tylney Hall Hotel: a hidden gem

Tylney Hall Hotel: a hidden gem


Nestled in a little village in Hampshire and part of the Exclusive Hotel group, Tylney Hall Hotel is a hidden gem.

Tylney Hall Italian garden
A Grade II listed building, it is conveniently located close to Hook and not far from the beautiful New Forest. Standing in 66 acres of parkland, the hotel also boasts historic gardens, originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll. A restoration programme is in place to restore the gardens to their former glory. The Water Gardens have already benefited from this, and the Kitchen Garden has been planted with produce that is now used in the hotel kitchen. The approach to Tylney Hall was impressive, up a long driveway surrounded by cedar trees.

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The entrance hallway has a beautiful fireplace and stunning stained glass window.

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We settled into our room and were then shown around the hotel by Richard, who has been with the hotel for 19 years. There are 12 conference and banqueting suites, perfect for meetings, weddings or other events.

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The Italian Lounge has elaborate fireplaces and an ornate ceiling that was imported piece by piece from the Grimation Palace in Florence.

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The Dutch walled garden houses the beautiful outdoor heated swimming pool. When we arrived, it was pouring with rain so we crossed our fingers for sunshine the next day!

Garden Door @ Tylney Hall
We started with an aperitif in the Grey Lounge, whose has ornate cornicing and blue/grey walls are reminiscent of Wedgewood. Overlooking the garden, it’s also the perfect place for afternoon tea.

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Followed by a delicious dinner in the Oak Dining room. Serving staff were friendly and pretty efficient on the whole – the maitre d’ in particular stood out as approachable and knowledgeable.

My starter of wood pigeon salad was subtly flavoured and my companion’s seared scallops with courgette relish were equally impressive.

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Our mains were served in spectacular silver domes. My sea bass with spiced lentils was perfectly seasoned and my companion loved his roast.

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We finished in style with a succulent banana and chocolate desert, and a strawberry torte with chocolate parfait.

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The next day, with the sun shining we got up early for a walk around the hotel’s magnificent grounds.

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The Italian Gardens have a beautiful lawn and view down towards the lake.

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The hotel’s gardeners have done a fantastic job restoring the grounds and the flower borders were stunning.

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We enjoyed walking around the restored Water Garden. The ducks were certainly enjoying the sunshine!

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The cedar drive gives an uninterrupted vista down the hill.

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The garden suites are charming and perfect for wedding guests who want some privacy.

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After a hearty breakfast, we settled in for a relaxing morning reading the papers by the outdoor swimming pool.

Tylney Hall Dutch garden swimming pool

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I can highly recommend Tylney Hall for a business conference or relaxing leisure break close to London.

Tylney Hall, Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9AZ