A short but sweet staycation in one of the most luxurious properties in South East England. Welcome to Four Seasons Hampshire.
You might remember seeing the beautiful spa or the dreamy marble bathroom on my Instagram (or the hundred photos and excited videos I posted on Snapchat) but last month, my Mum and I took a trip deep into the Hampshire countryside to experience the luxury of the Four Seasons. Having had the pleasure of visiting their Budapest property last year, I was very excited to see how it compared, being such a short journey away from where I live.
We had the pleasure of staying in a King Manor Room, located in the restored Georgian Manor House – the heart of the property. With lavish furnishings, rich brocade curtains and beautiful views over the central courtyard, it was a room fit for royalty. There were amenities in abundance; free wi-fi (a necessity of course), thick terry-cloth bathrobes, a Nespresso coffee machine, a complimentary newspaper and a twice-daily housekeeping service. Our every need was catered to on a whim. But my favourite feature? The spacious marble bathroom, complete with huge claw-foot free-standing tub right next to a large window, allowing the natural light to flood the airy space. It was beautiful.
In fact, there were bright, airy spaces throughout the entire hotel – something I absolutely loved. Despite being an old Georgian Manor, the interior was notably modern; white spacious rooms and in many places, floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the courtyard and the beautiful grounds. The contrast between the building’s history and the renovation of the facilities gives the Hotel an otherworldly charm, something truly unique that you can’t help but adore.
Our first spa stop was Café Santé, a beautiful glasshouse café serving an abundance of fresh, healthy food and rainbow-coloured juices. Flooded with natural light and full of tall green house plants, it was the perfect place to enjoy lunch before our treatment. My personal recommendation? The Thai butternut squash soup, made with coconut milk and a hint of chilli. Thick and creamy with a spicy kick, it was absolutely delicious.
Then for my treatment (which was so relaxing, I actually fell asleep); the Sodashi Pure Radiance Facial – designed to renew and replenish, using plant essences and 100% natural skincare products to holistically nurture your skin. Throughout the 60-minute treatment, my skin was first massaged with warm aromatic oils to soften and exfoliate, before the use of a face mask to purify and hydrate. A brief consultation prior to the treatment ensured that the facial was tailored specifically to my skin, using gentle products and avoiding anything too heavy or oil-based.
I came out relaxed and glowing. My skin was smooth, supple and dewy in a way that I can never quite achieve.
After our wonderful treatments, we spent a lazy afternoon in the Relaxation Room, sipping on fresh ginger tea and nibbling on healthy snacks. With cushioned loungers, a vast array of books and magazines and most importantly – peace and quiet – it was the perfect place to unwind and quite simply, switch off from the outside world.
Though we didn’t actually use the indoor pool, I can imagine it’s a beautiful spot to unwind on a warm Summer’s day, with the sun beating down on the vast glass windows. Unfortunately it was raining throughout our entire visit, though that didn’t stop us from totally immersing ourselves in the tranquil of the spa.
Mood lighting and a beautiful alcove table overlooking Dogmersfield Park, Seasons was the perfect restaurant to enjoy a quiet, romantic dinner. Perhaps it was because it was quiet on the night we visited but it was peaceful and private, with no fear of being overheard or sitting too close to other diners. Offering a French-European menu, the dishes predominantly contained either fish or meat, which neither my Mum or I eat. And I have to admit, despite the fact that the staff went out of their way to provide for us (especially me with my allergies), the restaurant doesn’t cater too well for vegetarians – and definitely not for vegans. But the staff accommodated for us as best they could; I was served a basket of gluten free bread to start and a mixed garden salad with beetroot foam for my main. My Mum ordered the potato dumplings and we both had a few (read: one too many) glasses of rosé. Without a shadow of a doubt, I cannot fault the service. It was outstanding and the staff really did go above and beyond to make our dinner as enjoyable as possible. But with regards to the choice of dishes for those with dietary requirements, I couldn’t really recommend this restaurant unless you were dining with somebody who eats either meat or fish.
However, my Mum and I still had a wonderful evening and when we had finished dinner, made our way to Bar 1806 to enjoy a few cocktails before bed.
The Breakfast Buffet
On the morning of our departure, we rose late (unsurprisingly after all that wine) and ventured down to breakfast, which was held in the Seasons restaurant. We were met with an extensive buffet that served every breakfast food we could have wished for and some of the most delicious fruit juices I’ve ever had. I was spoilt with my own gluten free selection – cereal, toast and ginger cookies (which naturally, I had far too many of). And afterwards, I enjoyed a soy cappuccino and a colourful bowl of fresh fruit salad. It was the perfect end to a wonderful stay.
A huge thank you to all the wonderful staff at Four Seasons Hampshire for hosting my Mum and I, it was so lovely to be able to share this experience with her. I’m fortunate enough to have some incredible opportunities but they seem even more magical when I can share them with the people I really care about.
We will definitely be back … if only so that I can have glowing skin again!
This post is in collaboration with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.