Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens – Butler Service and More:
There’s very little that’s more exciting in life than going to stay at a grand country house hotel – but if you’re a Londoner like me it always seems to mean travelling for hours out of town to get that essential combination of luxury, top-notch food and that all-important sense of getting away from it all. So I didn’t have to think twice when asked to review the brand-new State Suite at Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens, a historic Grade II listed country house hotel dating back to 1700 with superb gardens and parkland that is only an hour’s drive from London and 5 minutes by cab from Basingstoke train station.Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens is a 112-bedroom hotel set in 66 acres of grounds that is both a member of the Small Luxury Hotels consortium and part of the Elite Hotels group that includes Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, East Sussex, The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne and Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, Bedfordshire. With a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2016 and a slew of other awards, fine-dining in the 2-star AA Rosette Oak Room Restaurant alongside on-site wellness facilities and an impressive outdoor pool there was clearly going to be a lot to explore and experience.Climbing up the staircase from the charming walnut-panelled Great Hall it was clear that Tylney Hall Hotel has been beautifully restored with a respect for the integrity of the building’s architectural heritage and lacking the soulless corporate feel that can bedevil this type of operation.The State Suite’s official name is the Thomas Mugelston State Suite, after the eponymous founder of both Tylney Hall Hotel and the Elite Hotels Group. Rumour has it that Lady Florence Philips – the wife of former owner Sir Lionel Philips used the space as her boudoir. The first thing you see on walking in is the extremely elegant high-ceilinged lounge – I had to pinch myself – was it really a dream or did we really have this space to play with for 24 hours? Moving into the bedroom I started channelling my inner aristocrat as I considered where I should loll after my drive – on the super-comfortable bed…or on the chaise-longue…First world problems…or maybe we should take tea and enjoy the view of the Italian Garden from our private balcony?
After a great night’s sleep in the State Suite and a morning stroll through the grounds it was time for breakfast. With an extensive selection of fruit juices, cereals, fresh fruit and yoghurts, mufﬁns, croissants and pastries as well as platters of smoked salmon, meats and cheeses there was something for everyone.If you wanted something hot you could have a substantial looking Full English, porridge, grilled Scottish kippers, smoked haddock with poached egg or my choice of Eggs Benedict which had a particularly luscious hollandaise sauce.
There is so much to see and enjoy at Tylney Hall that it’s as suitable for a more extended visit as it is for a brief staycation, though if you’re only there for a night as I was you might find it hard to leave!
The State Suite is very special so if you want something out of the ordinary it’s really worth investigating. Butler breaks in the Thomas Mugleston State Suite at Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens start from £850, including breakfast, a complimentary half bottle of Champagne, chocolates, fruit platter and complimentary soft drinks mini bar.
Tylney Hall is less than an hour and a half drive from central London or an hour from London Waterloo to Hook or Basingstoke in Hampshire by train. For more information and to book, visit www.tylneyhall.com or call 01256 745533.
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Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens
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Disclosure: We were guests of Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens but all content is editorially given.