The Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire, England, has been our staycation bolthole of choice for a few years now.
A friend had recommended it to us noting that it was the perfect escape when you need to get away from the busy-ness of London. She was so right! We’ve been obsessed with it from our first visit.
It’s not very far from London but it feels a blissful, secluded, world away. The Four Seasons is located in an 18th-century manor, originally called Dogmersfield House, and it sits on 500 acres of land.
As we entered the hotel we were greeted by the always wonderful staff and a crackling fire to warm ourselves by before checking in.
It has gotten rather cold in the past couple of days, so seeing the fire was a welcome site. It’s definitely on the colder end of Autumn and has been creeping into Winter temperatures. I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet!
The floral arrangements found around the hotel are always gorgeous.
And this floral chandelier is seriously swoon-worthy.
I also love their staircase. It would be a lovely backdrop for photographs.
A Bed of Ones Own
Now I have to say that the room we chose this time was a little unorthodox…for us. Usually when we travel we get a room or suite with a king bed and some sort of sleeper sofa or whatnot. This time we tried out a room with two single beds.
Don’t laugh. It was fabulous. Why? Because I got to sleep all by myself! Often, it’s just my son and I who go to the Four Seasons and he always seems to end up in my bed. Not this time! I’m not one who needs a lot of space when I sleep so a single bed was fine for me. Going forward, I’m thinking I may go this route whenever I travel with just my son. Heh heh heh…
My pictures really don’t do the room justice. All that means is that I need to go back to get better pictures for you!!! It was actually quite large. Two large closets, safe, desk and a big screen tv.
There was even a cookie waiting for my son.
He didn’t share with me.
Our bathroom was lovely. A separate soaking tub and shower. I could have stayed in there all day!
We had a lovely view of the garden from our room, too.
Things To Do
There are a range of outdoor activities at The Four Seasons to keep one occupied while visiting such as horse back riding, clay pigeon shooting, bicycles, tennis and there’s even a high-wire adventure area that looks equal parts thrilling and terrifying!
One of my favorite things to do is walk all the way down to the Basingstoke canal. It was originally built as an agricultural waterway to connect North East Hampshire with the London markets.
I also love to visit the 16th century walled garden. It’s a peaceful area that is beautiful to take in no matter what the season.
The dovecotes in this garden date back to 1570. They are the oldest in Hampshire. Dovecotes were built to house pigeons and doves as the birds were a vital food source many years ago and these structures allowed the birds to nest.
And even though it’s the end of October there were still a few roses in bloom and the scent of lavender was still wafting through the air.
I should probably mention that there is a really nice play area for children, too.
I may or may not have spent a few minutes on the swings, myself.
Even just walking the grounds surrounding the hotel is a nice because there’s a lot of interesting things to see.
And I absolutely love that there is history still to be found, as well. The wall above is the only surviving part of the Chapel at Dogmersfield Park. Its from 1728. The rest of the chapel was lost during a fire on the estate in 1981.
We have a soft spot in our hearts for chickens as we used to keep them when we lived in Pennsylvania. We always take some time to visit the ladies on the property when we stay at the hotel.
The Greatest Pool Ever
The Four Seasons has my favorite pool in the whole of the United Kingdom and in Europe. That’s high praise coming from someone who is not a water baby.
I’m more of a hot tub/jacuzzi lover but this pool has won my heart. Why you ask? It’s warm. Not cool. Not cold like so many of the pools I’ve come across. Warm. It’s the only warm pool I’ve been able to find over here. I’m in love with it.
Outdoor Hot Tub
Technically this is an outdoor activity but this hot tub is actually connected to the indoor pool. And it’s pretty fantastic.
In the nicer weather it’s the perfect place to relax with a glass of bubbles.
Reeds Cottage Game Room
This room is great for children but equally great just for adults, too.
There are things to do such as ping-pong, foosball, air hockey and pool.
There is even a Play Station and X-box. And music that you can control. I’m pretty sure that’s a newer feature as I don’t remember it being there, previously.
My son and I had the best time dancing around to 80s music as we played pool.
There is also a kids club on site.
I didn’t partake in any of the services at the spa, this visit, but they do have a really nice space with a full range of wellness services to choose from. There is also a small cafe perfect to lounge in pre or post treatment. The pool, hot tub and gym are also located through the spa.
Places To Eat and Drink
Breakfast at Wild Carrot is lovely experience. The people who work there are super nice and the food is delicious.
And if you can get a seat by the windows it just completes the experience.
We ate breakfast there and it was divine. They have a nice buffet in the morning.
and the a la cart items are delicious, as well.
I have a son who loves room service. Since this time it was just the two of us staying at the hotel, I indulged him.
He chose having dinner in the room and I suspect its because he wanted to have the Nutella pancakes for breakfast at Wild Carrot. Everything was freshly prepared and delicious. I had a fantastic caesar salad with grilled chicken and my son had a cheeseburger. And we both had an apple crumble tart for dessert.
The library is the perfect spot for a drink or afternoon tea and relaxing while taking in the beauty of the room.
Just writing this post has me longing to go back, already!
Do you a have somewhere close to where you live that you like to escape to every so often just to get a way from it all? If you do, I want to hear about it! Share yours with me in the comments area below.
Thanks for reading! Cheers!