I was on a flying business visit (literally) to Bournemouth Airport and needed a place to stay for one night. Fully prepared to spend a night in a typical dismal airport hotel I found Heronshaw instead.
This is what hospitality is all about. Beautifully renovated farm house, charming hosts and home cooked food prepared just for me. As I had not eaten all day I had a mushroom risotto, followed by venison in local, seasonal berries and orange and a decent glass of red. Trying to avoid desert I failed and fell for the made-on-the-spot, perfect lemon soufflé.
The food is local, organic, seasonal and prepared with love.
Avid readers of my reviews (both of you) will have seen me whinging about a certain chain in the US and their terrible breakfast offerings (that I must admit have improved somewhat). Take a lesson from the Heronshaw and the wonderful fresh fruit, yoghurt and home made cereals. I also had poached egg from the hens in the garden. They also keep pigs but there was no bacon this time...next time?
I had a really comfortable nights sleep after a chat, a great meal and a read. Business travel as it should be but this place would be a great stop off for the airport or New Forest. Craig and Jenny deserve every success.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer superior accommodation and great local food - ideal for a family celebration, a house party with friends, or just a pampered, relaxing weekend break. Heronshaw House at Hurn is a traditional 17th century stone-built farmhouse, with various brick modifications over the centuries, on the edges of the New Forest, in traditional farmland and therefore quiet, but surprisingly very close to all major transportation and Bournemouth Airport. Bournemouth centre is just 10 or 12 minutes away with its wonderful beaches and lovely town centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heronshaw House Christchurch, Dorset