I adore being by the countryside and just over an hour’s train ride from London Waterloo is the gorgeous five star luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire, a country house style hotel located on Dogmersfield Park estate, with expanses of green land all around.
We were spending the night in this restored Georgian Manor House, and were there to experience the recently launched Seasonal Social dinner, which you can read about here. I couldn’t get over how convenient it was to get to and definitely one to bear in mind if you fancy a slice of country living without having to travel for miles.
The historical house, full of so much charm and character, is surrounded by gorgeous green perfectly manicured land, has a lake within the grounds with lots of ducks, an equestrian centre with stunning horses and the whole estate is a beautiful setting, perfect for an escape from the hustle and bustle of chaotic London. It actually feels wonderfully serene and the perfect place to recharge your batteries.
The interiors of the hotel are a combination of traditional country chic with contemporary touches with certain period features retained, and I loved the warmth coming from the open fireplaces throughout the hotel, giving it a “home away from home” feel. You could even borrow Barbour Jackets and Hunter Boots, should you wish to go for a walk outside on the grounds, which was really lovely as you can avoid your shoes getting mucky.
The hotel has 3 adjoining wings, and my room was a spacious Heritage Room and so pretty, with a massive bed, which I was so excited to have all to myself, a table, two arm chairs, fresh flowers (which was such a lovely touch), a chest of drawers, a TV and a walk in wardrobe. I had views of the courtyard from my windows and I just adored how homely the room felt, with pictures on the wall and all the soft furnishings.
The highlight was the marble bathroom, with toiletries from Asprey, and a roll top bath. It was gorgeous and I of course made the most of it, filling it with the Asprey bath salts provided and having a relaxing soak whilst enjoying a cup of coffee from the room’s Nespresso machine and indulging in my book, something I don’t get a lot of time for normally.
There is also a marble walled power shower, which was also really good. The bathroom was really spacious and I loved the low hanging ceiling and the natural light it had, as well as being well lit with convenient plugs next to the mirror, which is always a plus point.
In terms of facilities on the grounds, near the gym and wellness centre, there is an indoor heated pool and outdoor vitality pool, which is a major bonus for me as I absolutely love vitality pools and loved the one at Four Seasons Ten Trinity when I went to review the Spa facilities, which you can read about here. This one was equally lovely and surrounding it was lots of sun loungers, which would be ideal for the warmer months.
I also tried out the crystal steam room, which was lush and it was such a lovely few hours enjoying the facilities before getting ready for dinner, at the Fox Hollow (pictured below), the venue for the Seasonal Social dinner, and the hotel’s private dining room. I didn’t get time to have a Spa treatment on this trip but I’ve heard that they are amazing.
The Wild Carrot lounge area was the venue for our lunch, where we enjoyed fish and chips and I road tested the Mojito, which was absolutely delicious.
I absolutely loved the interiors here and it was a lovely place to unwind with a drink or a good book, and very “instagrammable.”
Breakfast is worth getting up for as not only was there an amazing spread at the breakfast buffet, but the cooked options were fantastic too, and I opted for Eggs and Soldiers, which were made perfectly. They also catered so well for any dietary restrictions and were so lovely and warm and ready to help.
After our breakfast, we borrowed the hotel’s Hunter boots and headed out to the grounds to explore, coming across the resident cows, ducks and admiring the various parts of the ground, which were just breath taking.
The grounds are just gorgeous, and it felt so lovely and relaxing walking them, breathing in the crisp fresh country air and just forgetting about crazy to-do lists and that hectic London lifestyle. I honestly felt so sad at the thought of going back. Plus the cows were just super cute!
Before I discuss brunch, it is worth mentioning one of the other highlights of the hotel for me, as a massive dog lover. They have a resident labrador called Oliver and it is safe to say I fell head over heels in love with him. If you love dogs then you are definitely going to love this handsome chap!
Now brunch. WHAT A BRUNCH.
We pretty much tried every single dish on the brunch menu and it was all incredible. For cocktails we had a Royal Gift, which was homemade blackberry liqueur with prosecco, Raspberry Fizz, which was raspberry puree with vanilla syrup, Chambord and fresh raspberry, a Mimosa, and Tintoretto which was a mixture of pomegranate juice and prosecco. They also have a variety of Bloody Mary’s available which sound really interesting.
Our brunch dishes were as follows:
A decadent Oreo Waffle with Chantilly Cream, Nutella Sauce, vanilla ice cream, grilled hazelnuts, caramelised popcorn and meringue, What a combination!
Clotted cream stuffed French Toast with cinnamon, strawberries and whisky maple syrup.
Spinach pancakes with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and watercress.
Poached eggs on homemade sourdough with avocado, crispy bacon, roast cherry tomatoes and chilli salsa.
Cornish Crab Omelette with guacamole, coriander, rocket and fresh tomato ceviche.
Whole meal ricotta pancakes with berry blast, cacao nibs and passion fruit.
My favourite from the savoury selection was the sweetcorn fritters with feta, spring onions, girolle mushrooms and maple syrup.
The brunch was absolutely amazing and everything was beautifully presented and it was hard to resist trying all of it, but favourites were definitely the sweetcorn fritters and the Oreo waffles, because it just about had all my favourite ingredients to make it the dream waffle combination.
The entire stay at Four Seasons Hampshire was just perfection, from the attention to detail, the fantastic service, with the small touches like offering a bottle of water when we headed outdoors, to the gorgeous grounds with the serene silence all around with the exception of the gentle sound of birds chirping away in the trees. Was such a lovely difference to the sound of taxis hooting, or the motorway or just general commotion I have become so used to in London.
The food was fantastic at breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and I would definitely recommend trying one of the Seasonal Social dinners when they are scheduled.
Spring – Watercress and Rhubarb – Thursday 19th April
Summer – Trout and Strawberry – Thursday 5th July
Autumn – Hog and Apple – Thursday 4th October.
There is plenty to keep you occupied within the hotel from the Spa, to the lush green grounds, and it really has that superb luxurious country-esque vibe to it all. The best part is the relaxed vibes around the hotel and you definitely leave feeling fresh, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is located at Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Ln, Hook RG27 8TD. For more information and bookings please visit the website.
Disclaimer: My stay was complimentary but all views and photos are my own.