Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

England’s bucolic countryside escape
VERIFIED LUXURY
England’s bucolic countryside is dotted with charming cottages and elegant manor houses, but Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is where you’ll want to stay. About an hour southwest of London, the 18th-century Georgian-style structure sits in Dogmersfield Park, which is no stranger to famous faces — it was here that Henry VIII first met Catherine of Aragon, the first of his six wives. Historic tidbits aside, the luxurious manor house boasts all of the proper modern comforts, too, including an indoor conservatory lap pool and year-round tennis courts. Rooms and suites feel undoubtedly English, peppered with soothing floral patterns and neutral tones, wood furniture and idyllic views of the grounds and gardens.

The shining star of the luxury hotel is its 500 acres, allowing for ample outdoor activities that are only possible with this amount of land.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Spend the morning on the Basingstoke Canal (which runs through the grounds) aboard the hotel’s custom-built boat, and take time in the afternoon to go horseback riding, fish on Belvedere Pond, get a falconry lesson or play croquet on the lawn.
  • While there’s plenty to keep you active, you’d be remiss not to pay a visit to the onsite spa as well, located inside the hotel’s 18th-century stable block, or cozy up to the stylish Library's crackling fireplace, overlooking the rolling Hampshire hills.
  • As well as being surrounded by a vast estate, Four Seasons is also home to three perfectly manicured gardens: a walled garden, a herb garden and a Zen garden. As we last visited in winter, the latter garden was being used as a soccer field; a very English form of Zen.
  • The luxury hotel has its own small boutique on-site, and it sells everything from the spectacular Sodashi products used in the spa to the distinctive Sealy mattress used in your room, offering you the unique chance to take a slice of Four Seasons Hampshire home with you. For more timely considerations, it also sells tailored clothing, luxury gifts, newspapers and magazines.
  • The bath products available in the rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire are renowned French beauty brand L'Occitane En Provence. Therefore, you can expect incredibly luxurious bath-time experiences, with extra gentle shea butter soap, five-essential oils shampoo and shower gel, and the spectacular Sucre Effervescent — a cube that, when placed in the bath, fizzes to release distinctive essential oils of mint, pine and rosemary.
Things to Know
  • Fear not about leaving your precious pooch at home, either — not only is Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire pet-friendly, but an adorable black Labrador, Oliver Beckington, serves as the resident top dog.
  • If you’re hungry any time in between — or in the middle of the night — simply order from the Hampshire hotel’s extensive 24-hour room service menu. We highly recommend the Dogmersfield Plougmans lunch picnic basket, which contains local cheeses, roast beef and gammon with a bread selection; homemade chutney and Piccalilli; grapes and tomatoes; lemon meringue tart; and a bottle of still or sparkling New Forest water. It's achingly delicious.
  • Every child who stays in the hotel receives a personalized invitation to join Kids For All Seasons — a program that runs every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. This complimentary service includes a wealth of fun kids activities, such as games, crafts, swimming, kite flying, soccer, Frisbee, movie-watching, treasure hunts and even tours of the stables and equestrian center.
  • Thrill seekers can enjoy the Highwire Adventure, the tree-top challenge for adults and children alike, which includes a high and low rope course, an exhilarating zip line and the 'Power Fan', the ultimate free-fall experience.
  • The rural nature of Four Seasons Hampshire means that, unless you have your own car, it’s a bit tough to reach. While the countryside hotel offers a limousine service to shuttle you around the Home Counties, a less flashy option, whether coming from the airport or from London, is to make your way to Fleet train station then hop in a taxi.
The Rooms
  • The Four-Star hotel is home to 133 guest rooms, including 22 suites, all of different shapes and sizes.
  • The standard guest rooms vary from the Mews Room to the Grand Manor Room, and while each has its own color scheme, they all incorporate king beds, quintessentially English furnishings (including hanging portraits), mod cons (like TVs and iPod docks), well-defined seating and working areas, and fine estate views.
  • The Four Seasons Executive Suite includes everything you will find in a guest room plus a small dining table, large sofa and full marble bathroom while at the highest end there's the extraordinary Royal Suite. Ideal for families, this two-bedroom suite covers an enormous 2,420 square feet and includes two kings beds, a fully-furnished living room, a dining room (hosting up to six people), two full marble bathrooms and a large balcony offering views over the estate.
  • Whichever option you choose at the Hampshire hotel, expect an elegant blend of classical English style — all beiges, browns and deep reds — and flattering 21st-century mod cons.
  • The beds in Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire are specially — and exclusively — designed to offer the ultimate in comfort and support. Known as Sealy Beds, the mattresses and matching box-spring bases offer a firm but comfortable place to sleep, and are used in every single room throughout the hotel — from the basic Mews Room to the decadent Royal Suite.
The Restaurants
  • Experience local ingredients at the property’s restaurants thanks to executive chef James Dugan’s commitment to regional products from nearby producers such as Laverstroke Park and Secretts Farm.
  • Seasons, the hotel's flagship restaurant is the perfect place to start your day — and you can't beat the Hampshire Breakfast Buffet. The buffet includes everything — a bakery selection, fruit, yoghurts, cereals, cold meats and cheeses, plus hot dishes including eggs (from scrambled to Benedict), back bacon, port sausage, hash browns, mushrooms and roast tomatoes.
  • The perfect place for a light lunch, Café Santé offers up healthy-eating staples like salads, soups, pastas, rissoles and tempuras in a beautiful glass-sided setting. As it's right beside the spa, you'll also find a wide selection of herbal teas, coffee, power drinks and juices.
  • Still hungry? Then head to the luxury hotel’s Library for an afternoon tea of elegant finger sandwiches, homemade pastries, and, of course, freshly baked scones served with seasonal jam and Devonshire clotted cream. And when it comes to the tea, we recommend the Jubilee Brew — a mix of Ceylon and black tea created in 2012, and now the finest cuppa in Hampshire.
  • After all that, we'd suggest a light dinner, so choose the Bistro for superb bar food. When it comes to dessert, don't miss the tasty chocolate and orange bread and butter pudding.
Getting There
8 Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, Hampshire RG27 8TD
TEL44-1252-853000 | 800-819-5053
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