Nestled in a little village in Hampshire and part of the Exclusive Hotel group, Tylney Hall Hotel is a hidden gem.
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.
The entrance hallway has a beautiful fireplace and stunning stained glass window.
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.
The Italian Lounge has elaborate fireplaces and an ornate ceiling that was imported piece by piece from the Grimation Palace in Florence.
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!
My starter of wood pigeon salad was subtly flavoured and my companion’s seared scallops with courgette relish were equally impressive.
The Italian Gardens have a beautiful lawn and view down towards the lake.
The hotel’s gardeners have done a fantastic job restoring the grounds and the flower borders were stunning.
We enjoyed walking around the restored Water Garden. The ducks were certainly enjoying the sunshine!
The cedar drive gives an uninterrupted vista down the hill.
The garden suites are charming and perfect for wedding guests who want some privacy.
After a hearty breakfast, we settled in for a relaxing morning reading the papers by the outdoor swimming pool.
Tylney Hall, Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9AZ