Finding this hotel by car is a bit of a mission, especially at night. Bizarrely, given they're in the middle of nowhere, the sign at the entrance (up a long drive) isn't lit and nor is any part of the drive. Not brilliant in the dark in the wettest winter in 300 years. But it's worth the minor hassle as this is generally a very good hotel indeed.
Rooms are large and comfortable as you'd expect of a Four Seasons hotel and they're well maintained. There are nice touches - L'Occitane soaps, a free newspaper and a free overnight shoeshine service. And the staff are friendly, the best being the local staff who deliver great service with understated enthusiasm and a nice line in humour.
The place itself is a bit of a maze and it takes a while to get used to it but once you do it's fine. There's an excellent spa, 'pool and wellness 'pool and all are well used by local folk who are unfailingly friendly. The breakfast room is down a slightly strange staircase and is rather dark, anonymous and uninviting in a 'dark wood modern fit-out' sort of way; but the food was good and the views lovely.
But I think that's the problem and why I didn't give this lovely hotel 5 stars: it lacks personality.
It's very good and I had a restful and pleasurable stay, but there's nothing to make me want to rush back. It lacks that 'something' which the really great hotels have; that feeling that makes you want to re-book as soon as you've gotten home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amid 500 acres of Hampshire parkland, yet only 1 hour from central London, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is the perfect English-country escape. Centred on a historic Georgian Manor house, rooms feature English-style interiors with spacious, en-suite marble bathrooms. Guests can enjoy an array of country pursuits including horse-riding and clay-pigeon shooting, and outdoor activities such as tennis and cycling. The luxury Spa, situated in the renovated stable block, features a conservatory-style infinity pool and outdoor vitality pool, and a tree-top challenge, the Highwire Adventure, is situated in the estate's woodland. Seasons restaurant offers traditional British classics with a modern twist, made with the finest locally sourced produce. Adjacent to the restaurant, Bar 1086 serves a range of seasonal cocktails and Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire's own craft ale, the '1086'. Guests can also delight in Afternoon Tea in the Library, overlooking the rolling Hampshire Hills. Pets welcome. From 17th October to 2nd December 2016, Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire will be undertaking an enhancement programme of the ground floor facilities of its Manor House. During this period, arrival at the Hotel will via The Club & Spa at Four Seasons and provisions are in place to guarantee a seamless check-in experience. Afternoon Tea will during this time be served in Seasons. The Hotel Team is committed to minimising disruption to guests throughout the duration of the enhancements. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England
- Four Seasons Hampshire England
- Four Seasons Hook
- Hook Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England UK